Mello Dude

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About Mello Dude

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    80-84 Royal Grenadiers, 86-89 Regiment, 03&06 Royal Airs
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Phantom Regiment & Royal Airs
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    83 Madison
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  1. Phantom Regiment 2018

    You could say that, but why? You are assuming those coming in worse than those that left or are leaving. Quite an assumption. Visual wasn't great but it also was not bad. Yet their guard did extremely well this year. They had plenty of talent this year but that show was just ok. Frankly Regiment needs to quit doing what other people are doing and get back to just marching, and playing well with a visual package that fits the music rather than music fitting the visual. Without a doubt they need to stop over using the amps and synth and start playing like a Regiment Hornline SHOULD be playing like. Perhaps be the first corps to stop using bug stomp swivel hips and do, I don't know something different like march into another drill subset rather than eating up visual time with nonsense? Play more than 5-6 minutes ensemble? Quit leaning on the percussion so heavily and start carrying your weight in the hornline? There is so much potential hopefully they can do something this next year.
  2. But, he's not far off the mark despite what you consider rude. Drum Corps used to be a youth activity for kids that had nothing. To be frank it's just another one of those "things" that has been yuppified. There are kids (with a LOT of talent) that will never be able to have the drum corps experience because of the cost and time needed. I'm not completely sold that it's worth the money anymore because what you are learning is not "real world" music if that is what you are intending to do. Don't get me wrong drum corps teaches a LOT of things a LOT good some not so good.
  3. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Meh, never though it was an issue. Phantom's guards are always strong regardless. But horn line power was lacking to say the least. With the race to the biggest loudest sound systems anymore...who knows.
  4. Acoustic Division?

    I don't know about starving for "unplugged" corps but this was the slippery slope that was poo poo'ed when they allowed amplification. There was supposed to be smaller pits...yeah whatever. It's a taste thing. I think because this IS a judged activity that this much weight given to something not human, money based is beyond asinine. But that's my opinion.
  5. Acoustic Division?

    Perhaps, another circuit that simply does away with electronics. Thing is, with enough purse money you could lure existing DCI corps to compete on another circuit save there being rules forbidding it. This is how DCI came into being...seem a shame to not use the same idea.
  6. Electronic Amplification

    I don't see it going anywhere and getting worse. The money has been spent, the scores given credit for that money spent. The genie is out of the bottle per se. I would be shocked if DCI dialed it back. LOL, the only real hope is that there is an EMP or another circuit started. I miss the days of soft and loud (real loud) vs loud and louder with a ton of background noise. Those days are gone. I HOPE that the real music education is still being taught in schools because drum corps is not what music is. Oh, it's great and well done (the little that is played) but in the real world...meh.
  7. 1986 BD Modernized

    The guy definitely spent some time on these.
  8. 1986 BD Modernized

  10. Amplify THIS ! !

    Well, when you don't know any better I suppose it was a great moment for you and others of your ilk to be sure. I wont't waste my energy, experience and knowledge trying to convince you there are better ways.
  11. Amplify THIS ! !

    Well, first thing there is no such thing as "perfect" tone quality. I have heard VAST differences in playing and all have merit at a high level. As someone who plays, I can tell you that it's possible to play loud without pinching and in fact "pinching" is precisely what you should NOT be doing if you are good at playing. Again, if the ambient noise was SOFTER the soloist would not need to blow their brains out to be heard regardless of key.
  12. Saying the group moving is performing at a higher level because of the added difficulty. In a buildup scale this should be recognized but sadly is not. Somehow moving became irrelevant to score/difficulty and that needs to be looked at.
  13. Amplify THIS ! !

    But mics don't because it is an artificial sound. Best sound is ALWAYS live without amps. Amping changes the sound. If the soloist needs to be mic'd everything else is too loud.
  14. Amplify THIS ! !

    This will require judges to be re-trained to stop giving so much credit for electronics and more with what a corps members are actually doing. IMHO dynamic contrast is so bad anymore that I cannot believe this is not mentioned. Everything is so in your face there is like ZERO subtlety anymore. Musicality is suffering IMHO big time. The thing is you actually would sound LOUDER if you allow the ambient volume to be soft and have impacts that would "impact". Something needs to give because right now what is the point of 20 tubas again when they are buried under synth doubling. Or feeling the absolute NEED for trombones? Like what you have frigging 20+ baritone/euphs on the field. This whole doing it because you can (getting massive creds for) rather than actually making musical / show sense..I don;t know. Reminds me in 86 when Star had an entire semi truck to have teh guard get into human size hamster wheels to roll across the field....