wilme861

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About wilme861

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  • Birthday 06/11/1987

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    2005 Carolina Crown
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    Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Phantom '03, Star of Indiana '93 and '91
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    2000
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  1. 2018 Rules proposals

    And what a travesty that would be...
  2. 2018 Rules proposals

    I'm still debating yes or no on this one. In general, I'm for this idea but I don't like this specific implementation of it. As you said, the judge's job is to rank and rate the performances.The first thing judges have to do, basically their primary goal, is to make sure the best corps wins their caption, period. The ordinal system keeps that intact. The rating part has always been something I've had an issue with through the years. First off is how the score itself changes throughout the season. Every season starts with the 1st place corps starting around 70-75 and ending the season between 97-100. The first corps to break 90 is around the San Antonio regional and the first to break 95 is around Allentown. It's pretty formulaic really. The other issue I have is the fact that the caption numbers matter but don't at the same time. By that I mean, getting a 20 in a caption doesn't necessarily mean you had a perfect caption. Let's say that the second place corps had a 19.8 so it just means you were 0.2 pts or more better than that second place corps. You got a "perfect score" just because of number management, not because you necessarily had a perfect performance. Obviously judge training tries to combat getting in that situation in the first place but sometimes it just can't get avoided. Just for arguments sake, let's say it's a really good year in guard where the 12th place corps is performing at the level to receive a 19.3 or so. But due to the fact that they are the 12th place corps in guard, they can't possibly get a 19.3 and instead will go down to a 18.5 or so just to make room for the other corps. That 18.5 helps to come up with a score sure, but it's artificially low compared to their actual performance level. From a competitive aspect, all we care about is they are in 12th in guard. From an educational aspect, we care we are scoring a 19.3. I would like ordinals to take over as the primary competitive score but corps still receive scores from each judge, however each corps can only see their own specific scores.
  3. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    I disagree. If either corps stops being successful it won't be because they are all-male corps but more of an admin/staff issue. Being coed definitely opens up possibilities but so does being an all-male corps. These two corps can do concepts that other corps can't do. The Cavaliers have really embraced that the last couple years and I doubt they stop anytime soon.
  4. Some thoughts on 2017

    Just curious, when was the last time you saw a show live?
  5. I'm going to channel my inner pedant in me and say you are actually the contrarian in this thread...
  6. I was literally just going to make a post asking if anyone noticed this change on the recaps for championships! I only ever use the recaps off competition suite and I've noticed during the year that sometimes music GE judges were in the first two spots and other times in the last two spots so I started paying attention to the actual judges to figure out which was music and which was visual. But I noticed for prelims that they had mixed it up but figured that maybe DCI was just trying something. Glad I wasn't the only one to notice this. Thanks for making my post for me though! Saved me the work of typing it all up lol
  7. BD were definitely loud but I think I was just preparing for it being unbearable from all the talk from San Antonio and Atlanta but I didn't think it was too bad in Indy. Cavies just stood out to me the most with the end of their show.
  8. I must be an idiot then... If a brass or percussion judge on the field is having the problem you are saying they have, then we have some real issues with judges. Fortunately, they seem to do the impossible and actually judge the brass and percussion even with those mighty speakers going crazy behind them. I wonder how the corps staff manages to clean them at all since they can't tell which is real and fake... Obviously you disagree with some brass standings, so what did they screw up in your opinion? Was the battle for the Ott between the wrong corps? You're making an argument that judging at field level, there are issues but I just don't see where.
  9. I saw them 3 times live. For me, the Cavaliers were easily the loudest with having to get Frank Sinatra louder than the corps at full volume at the end.
  10. Again, you're talking about Music Analysis and GE, not the brass caption. I think you are overexaggerating how loud those speakers actually are on the field. I'm going to use the Cavaliers as an example because I personally thought they were the loudest when it came to amplification. Listen to the percussion judge tape or the drum set run through GoPro video and listen for yourself on how "loud" it is from on the field. Yes I know a judges tape isn't the most high quality thing out there but it's relatively good. And the drum set cam should just reinforce it even more with them being indoors and the speakers aimed at a wall 10 ft in front of them. Can you hear "my way" coming from the speakers? Absolutely, you can on both tapes but no where near the volume that it is from the stands where the speakers are actually meant to project the sound. If the Ott was awarded from one of the judges upstairs then you're argument might have some weight. But it isn't so I'm going to have to just disagree with you. So I'll say it again, find me a brass judge that judges a show by the speakers instead of by the hornline and I'll gladly admit I am wrong.
  11. I'm just curious which one(s) of the three medalists are you referring to exactly? Having been in the lots during Prelims and watching about half of the finalists brass lines there, I'm willing to bet a good amount of money that Jim Ott would have been extremely proud of every one of those hornlines. BTW, still getting a good chuckle with you thinking a sound system has any affect whatsoever on the Ott. Find me a brass judge that judges a show by the speakers instead of by the hornline and I'll gladly retract my statement.
  12. I'm going to spin it to the Sanford since I'm a percussionist...I would want the championship over the Sanford. I see it as more of would I want to be part of a championship corps or a championship line? Of course winning both is the goal!
  13. Even if he does hear it, it doesn't matter. He judges Brass, not Music Analysis or GE. Good luck covering up mistakes in a brass line when the judge is standing 10 ft away from you.
  14. Except the guy that judges brass is behind all the speakers and won't hear any of that...
  15. Age Outs

    41 members of the 2017 A corps marched the B corps at some point. I think it was less than 20 that were in the B corps last year but I didn't keep track of that.