My final thoughts on the night:
Nice to see a show live again after seven years of only online viewing.
The only surprise for me placement wise is Genesis over Cascades, but congratulations to Genesis. They are making their first world class year count.
Great job by the Colts following SCV. Nice to see them rewarded with a good score.
Blue Stars are solid in all captions and have an interesting show. Lots going on. With that though, there are parts of their show that feel unfinished. One example, when the high horns are playing their feature toward the end of the show, the rest of the horns are parked along the 50 doing nothing. I assume there is visual to be added. I see they have three practice days this week. I am betting we see some changes (additions) by the weekend.
Phantom's show flowed better than the Blue Stars, but it seemed to me that they were not as clean, particularly visually.
The Cadets surprised me. They are much better than I thought watching them online. They could finish as high as 5th in my opinion. There are moments in their show that remind me of some of the great Cadet shows of the past. I predict they will be a big hit come finals week.
SCV is simply great. I love everything they are putting on the field. With that said, they have yet to beat the Blue Devils this year, so they are not the favorites to win the championship. By the way, has anyone else velcroed flags together since the Emerald Knights in 1977?
It was fun tonight. Nice stadium, good crowd, lots of screaming band kids. The cheered for everyone.