Tony L.

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  1. I hear you. It was nice. But more and more about less and less. I will reserve judgment (of course) til I actually see them live! But last night I left a little underwhelmed.
  2. So, having seen nothing, I am going to go ahead and call the season. SCV will win it all this year. When they are this close to BD at this point, and nothing offered last night will likely win, it is really open for SCV.
  3. Helpful stats. Thans for the research, but quite frankly other than 2015 and perhaps 2014, the Cadets shows during this sample really don't measure up to really good shows. I have no illusions, this show is not likely to win, but, it is something that I think they need to explore. I think that they will end up like a great (recent) SCV show where they will get a tremendous 4th or 5th place. But they will set the stage for a show next year with The Age of Anxiety and Jeremiah Symphony where they will take that next step.
  4. So can someone explain how anyone can possibly pass judgment about where this show is going to end up when not all precincts are in? Is this show amazing at this point, no. But is there room for growth? Yes. And for anyone to say that it, categorically, will not be top six is a real stetch. There is a whole lot of season to go, and 4 points behind a show that was (quite frankly) not as amazing and fresh as lasr season is nothing at this point. It is about how high you score in August, not the first show. Patience and faith.
  5. Wow. Those Vanguard unis are . . . Something! Need to see them live, but yikes!
  6. I think they should evolve to the point where the removal of a robe by one final individual or individuals becomes a moment in the show. Make it less large groups and more indidual drama. That is where the potential impact will be. Make ot a point of drama rather than a simple task that is doen all at once.
  7. One notice tonight, but the robes in the first act give a real Ventures feel! If the Ventures can win a title with skirts, then surely the Cadets can win with robes!
  8. Just back from the theater and a couple of thoughts. First, the theater was pretty full and the Louisiana audience was VERY different from all of my prior experiences in Philly and NYC. They were very appreciative and gave lots of applause. Good to hear everyone into the shows. Second, while I have learned years ago to never decide on the fate of a show in June, I will say that I am not getting that "special" vibe that I have had in the past when I have seen a championship show early on from any of the shows tonight. Which is a good thing for everyone there because they are all on fairly even footing (albeit not solid footing given that BD and SCV are yet be heard from). Some thoughts. Bluecoats were OK, just not special. And following a special show like last year is going to be very difficult. Crown was awesome to start, but man did that show jump the shark when the concert broke out. Cavies show was so much about nothing that it felt like nothing at the end of the day. Not mch can be done about that, except perhaps add more tenor spins. I thin kthe Cadets show moght have a lane this year. Needs some work and the permance from brass and (apparently) percussion need to step up. But at least the show felt like something. And I always like something more than nothing. Blue Stars had the most cringeworthy moment of the night with Lady Marmalade. But, they looked well put together and solid across the board. The crowd in my theater loved Crossmen. Really connected well. We will see if they have aomething apecial brewing this year. All of that being said, overall a very solid start to the season. Can't wait to see where these shows and all of the rest of the shows go from here! It is only June!!!!
  9. I really thought the program worked much better tonight with (most of) the costumes. I think I will wait to pass judgment until I see it live, but two basic comments: 1) i still feel the robes might be on a bit too long, and 2) the "12/8" section needs to be revamped. I would definitely slow it down to give it more of down and dirty bluesy feel (see original recording of Mass and not the Nagano recording) and it should onclude a slow, constantly revolving block that disintergates to complete chaos with the choir riffing into mics and trombones and trumpets blaring into mics. I would even have members breaching the front sideline and really pushing the action into the audience more. They have a chance, but they really need to push it much further. Much better feel for it after tonight.
  10. Having watched the streamed show tonight, I am still liking my concept for the show (which was pitched many times before they ever announced they wer doing Mass this year) more. I am still waiting to actually see them in competition before passing judgment, but I have three general comments. First, they need to let the 12/8 section breathe and try to get a little more down and dirty bass sound under the whole segment. Second, they can't possibly wear those full uniforms that long and be successful. Third, they need to really not be so literal in costumes and in concept. Not sure why the guard have to wear alter boy outfits? Sometimes less is more and the fans can fill in the blanks. But, like I said, I am not saying anything until I see them in person.

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  12. Thanks for the heads up!
  13. The tickets are in Section Q, Row 16, seats 3 and 4.
  14. Update: managed to find tickets for Semis on StubHub. Only desperately looking for Finals tickets now!