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    I got cut from the Blue Devils at my first tryout because I'm the worst marcher the world has ever seen.
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    Phantom Regiment
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    2008 Phantom Regiment, 1994 Blue Devils, 1999 Santa Clara Vanguard
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    1993, 1995, 1999
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  1. It was eight months between the Sandusky scandal hitting the headlines (Nov 2011) and the NCAA finishing their independent investigation and sanctioning Penn State (Jul 2012). Give it time. MSU should (deservedly) be buried, too.
  2. The very first head coach of Penn State football, back in the 1890s? George HOSKINS. *Twilight Zone music*
  3. In other words, there's virtually no chance George Hopkins is innocent here. He needs to resign. Failing that, the YEA board needs to terminate him. Failing THAT, DCI needs to remove him or The Cadets entirely from DCI events until a change is made.
  4. Here to do what I do best: math. Per the FBI, the national average rate of FALSE claims of sexual assault is 3% (this is in line with virtually all other crimes for false claims). There are nine accusers. To figure out the mathematical probability that all nine accusers are lying we simply calculate x (false chance) to the power of n (number of accusers): 0.03^9 The result: the odds that all nine claims are false is 1 in 50 TRILLION.
  5. Which 2017 show have you listened to/watched over and over Honestly? None of them. 2017 was one of the most "meh" years in recent memory for me. I've cooled on SCV, Crown (1st half), and Coats upon further reviews. I was never warm on Devils, Cavies, Phantom, Cadets, or Crown (2nd half). Really, the only show that grabs me in March 2018 as well as it did in August 2017 is Boston's "Wicked Games", but I haven't been replaying it non-stop. I can't remember the last year when only one of the Top 6 stuck with me.
  6. DCPI Season 28 Poll

    Despite the good poll results, I ended up with only about ten players interested, so we will be waiting until the summer again.
  7. DCPI Season 28 Poll

    There will likely only be one tour schedule, and I'm debating doing shows only on certain days of the week, like Thr/Fri/Sat. But it seems like there's enough interest to hopefully run a Winter season. We'll plan on sign-ups starting in December with the winter season running January-March per usual. I also have a trick or two up my sleeve, an idea I didn't want to try during the live season, but something we've never done before that might make things a little more interesting. :)
  8. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    Hate Boston sports teams?
  9. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    Correct information See, I can do that, too. (But seriously, my first paragraph was direct from a YEA! staffer I personally know, and my second paragraph was confirmed in this very thread. My ending supposition may be wrong, but I based it on very correct information.)
  10. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Senility is a terrible thing. I thought for sure Cartwright had been at Phantom longer than a year and I was wrong. I thought the music writing this year was a step in the right direction. I still felt the visual program was a bunch of independently good ideas that did not work together well enough to form a solid whole.
  11. Phantom Regiment 2018

    That is what is puzzling me so much. Cartwright's work with Broken Arrow (and, before that, L.D. Bell) was constantly inventive, original, and fresh. Why have the past several Phantom shows he's been involved with been so... well, basic? And uninspired? I don't have the answer.
  12. Phantom Regiment 2018

    After several years of under-written shows that didn't give the corps a chance to succeed, Phantasm at least had the chops to give them a chance. But there were still a lot of problems. Most key for me: the past two years, Phantom has had shows with a lot of great IDEAS that have failed to coalesce into a working whole. The cohesiveness of show design is simply not there and, let's be honest, hasn't been for a while. This leads me to my first, most drastic suggestion: 1. Replace Dan Farrell and/or Wes Cartwright Phantom needs new eyes at the top and, quite frankly, some fresh design and instructional staff. This won't be an easy task: quality program coordinators do not grow on trees. But Rick Valenzuela is already in place and I think he can bring in good replacements. This corps has scored below 90 at Finals only four times since the build-up system was introduced in 1984. Three of those have been in the past nine years. Their Finals score has dropped five years in a row, and their Finals placement has dropped four of the past five years. There has been no correction in the opposite direction to provide optimism. It's time for a big change. In fact, it's time for multiple big changes. This leads me to my second drastic suggestion: 2. Lose the helmets Yep, I like the look, too. But they are visual albatrosses and it's not reasonable or feasible to keep designing holes in the show for the members to take them on/off. Phantom wore shakos before, they can go back to that, go bare, or even get creative like Crown and invent an entirely new type of headgear that fits the Phantom image without hamstringing the corps' visual potential. Visually, the activity is leaving Phantom behind. You can argue all you want that it shouldn't be that way, but that's the way it is. 9th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 9th, 10th have been their visual subcaption scores the past two years at Finals. The middle 7th and middle 9th are their Visual Analysis scores, which means they are maxing out what little visual vocabulary is written into the show. 3. Keep your classical identity It might seem contrarian to my prior two statements, but there's no reason Phantom needs to reinvent the wheel on their musical books. There's more than enough content in the classical repertoire to provide Phantom with great shows for years to come. (Mr. Will Pitts, please check out a work by English composer Granville Bantock entitled "Thalaba the Destroyer".)
  13. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    My understanding (from an "off-the-record" conversation with a YEA! staffer) is that The Cadets would have gone under years ago if not for their USBands cash cow. Their marching band circuit is basically carrying every other part of the organization. Now, I have ALSO heard a rumor from people in the band world on the eastern seaboard that USBands has started pulling a few shenanigans and there are rumblings of discontent about what they are doing and who is responsible. Which leads me to the speculation that IF George Hopkins is out at YEA!, it will be not because of his recent mishandling of The Cadets but rather (ironically) his recent mishandling of USBands. Purely hypothetical scenario pondering, mind you.
  14. DCPI Season 28 Poll

    Also, I have opened up the Rules Congress for proposals for any rules changes and suggestions for the next Finals location.
  15. Last three DCP-I Finals have been Austin TX, San Diego CA, and Atlanta GA. The next DCP-I Finals will be NORTH, and/or international. Soft-Ineligible locations (Northern/International championship sites visited within past ten years): Toronto, Tokyo, Madison, Montreal. I would prefer not to revisit these places just yet, but you can try to convince me. Hard-Ineligible locations (no chance): Baltimore, Eugene, Minneapolis, New York City. Suggest locations!