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  1. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Except that, the trajectory of the respective corps is heading in opposite directions. That one person isn't going to change that.
  2. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Why would they do that?
  3. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Sans choir.
  4. All time shows: the Cavaliers

    In no particular order: 92 Revolution & Triumph 04 007 06 Machine 14 Immortal 16 Propaganda
  5. Phantom Regiment 2018

    I will give them credit for trying something 'different' however, the design was faulty (based on placement). This is not the fault of the MMs. Inadequate design, no matter how well performed, will result in lower and lower placements until, finally, they are in the stands on Saturday night instead of on the field. This is something I don't want to see happen. Unfortunately, this has become an 'all in' activity, and it appears the corps is not 'all in' but rather, 'we'll try a little bit of this and that and see how it goes'. I don't necessarily care for a lot of the arranging today as, IMO, it doesn't continue a musical thought but rather gives me a musical glimpse. My brain takes longer to process things and if you have already moved on before the phrase comes to a logical conclusion, you've lost me. However, as someone previously stated, it is a visual driven activity, and music is there to be an accompaniment to the visual presentation. I don't like it, but that's what it is. So, if your visual presentation is weak and your music is lacking, you are in for a world of hurt. IMO!
  6. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Here's all you really need to know - 3rd ,6th ,7th ,7th ,8th ,9th , with a corresponding drop in their finals score over the last 6 years. Something drastic needs to happen/change!
  7. THE ACADEMY 2016 - Drum Corpse Bride 2015 - A Step in Time 2010 - Strangers in Paradise BLUECOATS 2007 - Criminal 2014 - Tilt 2015 - Kinetic Noise BLUE DEVILS 2015 - Ink 2009 - 1930 2011 - The Beat My Heart Skipped BLUE STARS 2015 - Side Show 2008 - Le Tour: Every Second Counts 2016 - Le Rêve BOSTON CRUSADERS 2014 - Animal Farm 2013 - Rise 2011 - Revolution CADETS 2016 - Awakening 2011 - Between Angels and Demons 2015 - The Power of 10 CAROLINA CROWN 2011 – Rach Star 2015 - Inferno 2016 - Relentless CAVALIERS 2014 – Immortal 2016 – Propaganda 2011 - XtraordinarY COLTS 2015 - And a Shot Rings Out 2014 - Dark Side of the Rainbow 2011 - Deception: The Jagged Edge CROSSMEN 2013 - Protest 2007 - Metamorphosis 2010 - Full Circle MADISON SCOUTS 2011 - New York Morning 2015 - 78th & Madison 2016 - Judas PHANTOM REGIMENT 2010 - Into the Light 2012 - Turandot 2008 - Spartacus SANTA CLARA VANGUARD 2015 - The Spark of Invention 2013 - Les Misérables 2014 - Scheherazade: Words 2 Live By TROOPERS 2008 - Iron Horse Express 2009 - Western Side Story 2015 - Wild Horses
  8. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Ummm, no. Not a clue, and if 2017 was any indication of this, YIKES!
  9. Some thoughts on 2017

    I'm not sure, but, I think we agree?
  10. Some thoughts on 2017

    Umm, that's not really what I was referring to. My issue is, the percussion writing, a lot of the time, does a disservice to the brass arranging. It is almost as if someone told the percussion (battery) arranger, 'you have this many counts of music to write, GO!' and just stuck it with the brass charts. (slight exaggeration) An example of this that immediately comes to mind is, early in the season the percussion parts for Regiment during the beginning of the opener. The brass line was playing a rather soft melodic section while the drummers were jamming away, a total distraction.
  11. How About Some Common Ground?

    Here's an example for you to ponder. Suppose at the end of Boston's show, the prop didn't work? Don't you think there would have been a commensurate drop in some GE score rather that a judge going, 'gee, since I know the effect you're going for, and even though it failed, I'm going to give you credit'? Personally, none of the electronics or amplification has EVER made a show more enjoyable to me. If your soloist is up front and the ensemble is playing appropriately, we should be able to hear them. It's worked in the past, it should work now. But, I am a proud dinosaur!
  12. Some thoughts on 2017

    I agree that 'when they get it right' it's awesome, but I also agree with Bobby Collins, it's been a long time since it's happened. Don't get me wrong, percussion lines have come a LONG way however, IMO, at the expense of brass lines.
  13. Some thoughts on 2017

    Being a dinosaur, I don't much care for the chop-shop approach to music composition. (They all do it). I loath the use of synthesized bass as it takes no talent to press a key on a keyboard and I would much rather hear it organically from the brass line. Percussion writing, IMO, seems to be in competition with and not a complement to the brass charts, often times playing a large number of notes needlessly. However, conceptually, there were many good shows that (IMO) would have been even better with less percussion breaks in the middle of a musical phrase. Lastly, if you have to stand still to play a difficult phrase of music, perhaps you should practice more so you can do it while moving. But then again, I am a dinosaur so, what do I know?
  14. Phantom Regiment 2018

    This would be AWESOME!
  15. Just a little consistency is all I ask. What am I thinking?