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Piper last won the day on December 15 2012

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About Piper

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Too many years to count.
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Madison, BAC, Cavaliers, Cadets and Troopers...oh wait, the Bandettes.
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    75' MADISON - Testosterone!
  1. Piper

    Cavaliers Cell Phone Question

    I work with a guy who was rear-ended in his car three times. Two out of those three were by someone talking on their cell phone. What does that tell you?
  2. Piper

    Corps Anthems?

    Sometimes it depends on what you mean by the word "Anthem". There are Corps Songs and there are Mantras. The two are not always the same, although sometimes they can be. For example, the Cavs corps song is simply called "The Cavaliers" (sung to the melody of the Coast Guard anthem "Semper Peratus"- always prepared, but their mantra is "Over the Rainbow". BAC's corps song is "Giant" but their mantra is "Conquest". Contarily, the Troopers corps song is sung to the melody of "How the West was Won" but is also their mantra, or at least I think it is. Go figure. :smile:/>
  3. Piper

    Music City Folds

    This is something that I don't understand and probably never will. According to DCI's own rules, a startup has to spend a minimum of one season in OC before they can even apply for WC. OK, fine, I get that. But if they don't have enough OC corps then where the hell are they going to get more WC corps from, the fairy godmother? By their own logic OC should be at the top of their priority list.
  4. Piper

    To march baritone or euphonium?

    What are you trying to do kill her? Man, give give her a break will ya?
  5. Piper

    Abuse Vs Teaching

    Drum Corps teaches you lessons about life that you can't learn in a classroom. The good, the bad and the ugly. It's one hell of an education, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
  6. Piper

    Old School Drill

    I can only speak as a former snare drummer, but watching them today I often wonder how they manage to play out there. They're expected to do everything but stand on their heads. However, it's not relugated solely to percussion. You could probably ask former guard members and brass players and they'll say the same thing. Drill design today is far more demanding than it used to be. With that said, Drum Corps was never intended to be easy.
  7. I know that this sounds stupid, but where are they from? I've never heard of them before.
  8. I would love to hear a hornline with piccolo sops, conventional sops, french horns, mellos, baris, euphs and contras all playing the same chord at the same time. That would be awesome. Hey, I can dream can't I?
  9. "Similar" does not mean "the same". Girl Scouts don't join the Brownies and Boy Scouts don't join the Cub Scouts.
  10. This is totally correct. There are 25 standard Americam drum rudiments. All else played are derived from those.
  11. There are no such thing ss "trumpets" in Drum Corps - they're sops. Tuba is a joke - makes it sound like we're talkig about sousaphones or an elephant. Maybe we're not like bands because we don't want to be.
  12. It was mostly word of mouth. Everybody was talking to everybody else about everything. The only exception that I can remember are the Bridgemen when they switched from their cadet style uniforms to the long yellow coats and floppy head gear. I don't think that anyone saw that coming. How they managed to do that I'll never know.
  13. It seems like a pretty good idea to me. Some corps have to spend so much time away from their base that the locals don't even know who they are. The show isn't polished yet of course, but by seasons end I'm sure it will be.
  14. I went to my college class reunion a few years ago and was bored to tears. Just a bunch of stiffs sitting around telling each other about their percieved success. Contrarily, I attented my corps reunion last year and had the time of my life (granted some of it was alcohol induced) but it was great. There's a huge difference between a classmate and a corpsmate.
  15. You might be looking at it from the wrong angle. Unless you go on a scholarship then you're not only a student, you're also a customer paying them for their service, and like any customer you should expect to get what you're paying for. Think about it. When you go to a store to buy an item they don't ask you how much volunteer work that you've done, they want to know if you have the cold hard cash to pay for it. Good grades I can understand, but if they wanted to know about volunteerism and work experience I would blow them off in a heartbeat. They're there to serve you - not the other way around.