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  1. A: Competitive Inertia

    Sorry, BRASSO, I knew someone would ask for that, but I really don't have the time to find the exact show. It was somewhere where the top 4 at the time were 1,2,3,4 in lockstep, so BD, SCV, Crown, and Bloo must have all been there.
  2. A: Competitive Inertia

    Not only did you not "read a lot of this," you didn't even read all of the original post, cuz I covered all of this. Stability is key. Success breeds success, duh. CI only tried to explain two things: 1) When it's close, the nod will always go to the corps that has already done it. (I also said this was human nature, and I don't blame the judges one bit) 2) The data says "One won't win unless one fist comes in 2nd or 3rd in a prior year, and chances are better when it's recent" BD as more inertia than ANYONE, PERIOD, AND THEY'VE EARNED IT. THEY ARE ALWAYS DARN GOOD. Let's say an entirely new corps from a different country came over here, and was "as good as" BD. Do you think that corps would ever get a tenth when it's that close? HELL NO. It's human nature to stick with the known, especially when the known has made calls, talked to you in critique for 20 years, etc IT'S HUMAN NATURE (I'm trying to be clear that I don't think it's unfair, per se) That new corps will have to be 2 points better in order to win by a tenth. "Better luck next year, buddy!" Make no mistake: GAINES IS FULL OF INERTIA. Not only is he THAT GOOD, but everyone gives him an extra tenth just because of the history! And I have no problem with it...it's human nature...the entire point of the CI theory is to acknowledge it, understand it, embrace it, work with it! Build your own CI! Now, a brand new judge, has to listen to all the dos and don'ts. You're kidding yourself if you think they're given a clean slate. No way. They are "taught" how to manage numbers (code for "slotting properly"). Boston: All of those acquisitions have mad respect in the judging community (CI), and they're very good at what they do. Boston's placement is not a surprise. Cadets are losing CI faster than we can observe. They should probably be even lower (last year and this year). I covered this phenom in the original post too.
  3. A: Competitive Inertia

    Safe for another year! But at least SCV, Cavies and Boston are relevant again! We'll need Boston to win without first coming in 2nd or 3rd in a prior year to debunk CI. The inner games were so strong and obvious this year, it's almost comical. Did you see some of the shows this summer where every single sub-caption lined up exactly with the placement? I claim it's STATISTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. I mean, every single corps miraculously achieved at exactly the same rate as the rep! And they weren't even better or worse than any other competitor in those subs! amazing! /sarc We need Boston to win soon, and to do it without first coming in 2nd or 3rd. I'd love it if they won next year. Probably 4th is the best they can hope for...and then maybe 1st in 2019? Trust me, I want CI debunked.
  4. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    Nailed it, on all counts. I hope they don't change a thing except find a legion of people to manage props so that members don't have their souls sucked from them.
  5. When they march, they need to march better together, in uniform fashion. When they play, they need to play better together. Everything else is fair game for individual expression, but there's no grey area for stuff that clearly needs to be uniform. Everything they're doing has been focused on individual expression and rightfully so. It's a long season. They are tightening everything down every second What I don't get is this: the inertia favors SCV and BD so much that crown and Bloo won't change anyone's mind, no matter what they do. At one point, Bloo was 0.5 ahead of SCV in brass, and rightlfully so, even now. But the judges know that SCV doesn't have a prayer to win unless they are at least 3rd. So it goes.
  6. Which Corps are using Euphoniums?

    Bluecoats: 8 baris and 16 euphs since 2010. All Yamaha. #signaturesound
  7. Spot on, as usual. Look, BD and the judges have decided that clean is going to be in vogue again in 2017. BD's performance and cleanliness *IS* their GE! Cuz their show certainly isn't ground breaking, nor forward-looking in any way! Bloo has timing demand and electronic demand that no one has any clue about. Crown is play notes...very simple, predictable notes. Absolutely nothing special, with very little "small group" exposure. Bloo, BD and to some extent SCV have more exposure. If anything, Crown's overuse of gimmickry is ruining the music. Gianini 3 sounded more impressive when SCV did it in 1983! But yea, if Bloo can approach championship levels of clean feet and performance, it will get very interesting.
  8. The color changes as the turn is made. This is transotional and makes perfect sense. What no judge has yet grasped is that the synth is NOT PLAYING on the last chord!! That sub octave low Eb is created by the writing and Bloo's intonation. Yes, it is amplified (duh) but it is not processed in any way. The bottom line is that this event is designed for amplification, period. The hornline is amazing no matter what. Plenty of non-amped stuff to hear it, lol.
  9. Can Cadets medal?

    Someone needs to get the five thirty eight people involved, and assign percentages to each corps' chance of medalling/winning/making finals/etc. I'd put Cadets chances of medaling at about 2%. It will take an uncharacteristic collapse by those with good chances to make it happen.
  10. Their use of electronics is as groundbreaking (again). The 3rd dimension is explored a lot more than DSU. Other than that, it's just drummin, spinnin and blowin to the max!
  11. As long as tubas can still be heard, bring on the goo! When tubas are covered, severe point penalties should result.
  12. DCI is outdoor summer winter guard with full hornline accompaniment, as I've been saying since mid 90s.
  13. 2017 PREDICTIONS!

    Ya know, it's entirely possible for every corps to improve (Quality), and placements to change dramatically from the previous year. We'd call that a fantastic year for drum corps. It's very rare that an established corps's performance quality goes down; it usually stays the same or improves. This is what all winter hype is based on. What really separates the corps these days isn't known until competitions start: the quality of the visual design and its perform-ability...this is what changes most often throughout the summer. It's the most difficult part of designing a show. We know we're going to get amazing music and performance from almost everybody, especially the top 3-6 from last year. We have almost no clue about anyone's overall show, since no one has put it all on the field yet. We only have a few show titles, corps sponsored videos, music selections, and t-shirt designs lol. That said, any corps at place X has to hope that any corps above X will stumble in their visual design and/or perform-ability, or they have to come out with a mind-blowing new design AND perform it AND improve on their music writing AND its performance. I'd argue that only SCV and Boston are well-positioned to do that. Everyone else has to hope for an epic stumble, ala Cadets 2016, Phantom 2009, Cavies 2012, Madison 2000, 2007.
  14. Crown = Star

    First of all, this is old news. But one thing Crown does consistently better than Star ever did is perform musically in emotional fashion. Dance of vengeance? More like a Strauss waltz. Their timing was freakin impeccable tho.
  15. OMG, who F-ing cares?? I taught the Glassmmen hornline back when they first made finals. Of course I wished they'd all stay, and I taught them about loyalty and building their own brand. Most did. But the few that went on to higher-placing corps remained my friends, and I was very happy for them. My first go-round with Bluecoats brass (2006-2011) saw similar things, except the retention was much higher. Again, for the 1-2 members who switched (and not always higher!), we remain friends and I was happy for them. Then I taught SCV 2012-2015, and back at Bloo in 2016, where I met one member taking the corps switch to a new level: three years of SCV, then 2016 at Bloo, and this year at BD. I'm certainly going to miss her, after investing 4 years in her drum corps development, but I don't begrudge her one bit. I wish I had done the same thing! In fact, fundamentally, if we were to REALLY put the member first, we'd ENCOURAGE corps switching, just for the sole purpose of learning the diversity of ideas out there.