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    Marched & on staff with Black Gold
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    Phantom Regiment, with love for many others, too
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    2008 Phantom Regiment
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    1992
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  1. TexasPRfan

    The Academy 2018

    Any word how the health of the kids is coming along? Get well soon! Loved this show in Denver! Oodles of potential.
  2. TexasPRfan

    Phantom Regiment 2018

    Encouraging progress with the show AND caption scoring! Way to go, Regiment! 6th in GE Music and overall GE last night and while in 8th in Music, only 0.5 out of 6th there too. Keep pushing! Can’t wait to see Regiment live tonight here in San Antonio.
  3. TexasPRfan

    Phantom Regiment 2018

    So.... it’s been quite a while since anyone commented on how the corps & the show are progressing. Any updates after last night on that regard? Looking forward to seeing Regiment in San Antonio & wishing them the best! Harvey
  4. TexasPRfan

    Drums Along the Rockies - July 14, 2018

    Finally had time on a long flight to type up my thoughts on the show last night in Denver. I posted this in the Review section, but from the looks of it, that section has really died. Great show overall - surpassed my expectations entirely based on the lineup. (I don't mean that in a negative way like I'm sure it's going to sound! LOL) Yesterday I got to start my Drum Corps season with one of my favorite shows – in absolutely my favorite venue for a show. Mile High is the perfect venue for drum corps - a stellar stadium with great acoustics and always enthusiastic crowds. Despite the warmer than usual weather and a lineup without only one top 6 corps it was a great night and I enjoyed nearly every performance. As I’ve said many times, first viewings can be very tricky – I can’t count the number of times my initial impressions changed dramatically for shows by the time championships have come around. I went into the show “cold” not having seen or heard any corps online this year even, and in many cases not even knowing programming or show themes ahead of time. I had a great friend with me who has come to this show with me many times, and also another friend who was seeing their first ever show. The Battalion – So great to see this new corps continue to grow and mature. While the youthfulness of the corps is apparent in execution, they seem to be growing more confident and competent each year. The horn line seems to be their strength so far – both in numbers and performance. I’m excited to see where this corps goes – hopefully to ultimately include rising to the World Class Ranks in a few years. Glad to see they are taking the correct approach with building a foundation and gradual growth Cascades – Alright! I really liked Cascades show. The horn line is again large and continuing to mature year over year. There is good solid demand in the book and the ensemble sound is a times very nice. They show seems well-written to their age levels. Both brass & percussion seem to be above the guard at this time. There is some really nice use of rotating props with soloists on them that fit the theme of the show quite well. Very enjoyable show – can’t wait to see where they take it. Oregon Crusaders – While there are strong visual references to “The Shining” program theme (and a few tasty voice-overs that I hope they have licensing for) with the guard costumes, the horn line costumes, etc, this show just didn’t connect with me. Yes, the music needs to be dark given the program, but there is very little that drew me into the show. The book is clearly challenging and it seems as if they are still focused on the basic execution issues. Hopefully the staff can help the members embrace and emote or communicate the show as the season progresses. One cool thing I didn’t’ realize until the very end – there is a cool abstract likeness of Nicholson on the black side of the uniform jacket. Either there was a change made right before the end, or I was just very slow to catch it. This was the least favorite show – by far – for both myself and both of my friends. At this point in the season it doesn’t come close to the quality of design or performance from that wonderful “Nevermore” show from a few season ago – I hope they get there! Pacific Crest – I liked this show, but I also felt it’s missing something. Perhaps part of it is tempos that are under where they could be in the first parts of the show? The ideas are cute and well relayed, and as usual there is a very competent horn line with a nice ensemble sound. The music is very melodic and recognizable. It’s hard to put a finger on what’s missing for me at this point. I will enjoy seeing it several more times, though! Troopers – Whoa! Yes, that’s a show that feels like World Class Drum Corps to me. While my newbie friend was enjoying the show prior to Troopers a great deal – he was almost giddy with how much Troopers blew him away with their emotion, performance levels, music & visual books. I leaned over and told him, welcome to what drum corps can do when they have that combination. This is already my favorite Troopers show since Wild Horses. It’s always a challenge for the design staff to capture the right direction for a show on a big Anniversary year with a traditional corps with a strong alumni base. I thought Troopers absolutely nailed it with nods to tradition and nods to modern and current drum corps. The music book was extremely enjoyable, and the corps has the makings of another strong brass line yet again. On the downside, while I think their material could make a run to edge of top 12, they have a ton of cleaning to do visually, and the visual issues impact the music towards the last 3rd of the show. Clean, Clean, Clean and build up endurance and this will be a much appreciated show in Indy. Academy – Another corps I thoroughly enjoyed! THIS feels like the show that should have followed their Drum Corpse Bride Top 12 breakthrough. Mature, demanding and emotionally impactful design performed by what I think are easily their best guard and brass sections yet. The Keating piece from the end of Dead Poets Society is very moving and makes me wonder what took so long for someone to pull it into a show. While no expert, I think the percussion session has work to do to rise to the level of the guard. I also really hope they cut down on the # of Oh Captain, My Captain vocals at the end of the show. It almost feels like they are trying to recreate a “I am Spartacus” crowd engagement that is just not going to happen, as it doesn’t fit the beautiful, moving music like the adrenaline pump at the end of that show. From costumes to music & visual book to already impressive performance levels, I’m excited to see where Academy takes this show. An A-minus for early July – that’s fantastic! My 2 friends loved Academy. Blue Knights – Not the easiest year to go last at their home show after Vanguard sucked all the already thin oxygen out of mile high, but I was pleasantly surprised by BK & their show. Great to hear the rich and powerful brass sound continuing after the brass caption change for sure. Also, I loved that this show has more drill and more visual definition than last year. The music book is enjoyable, and the ending is strong. It will take another listen or two for me to decide just how much I like this arrangement of Rite of Spring, but it has it’s moments. Also, they do a great job with props that they use different sides & colors to enhance different moods with quite well. Cadets & Phantom better be careful or BK will once again knock people off – despite the fact that many absurdly count them out year after year. Great organization here is not missing a beat. Vanguard – Holy @$%@. WOW. Vanguard is on fire. This is one hell of an intense, passionate, powerful show that is vintage Vanguard. The hornline, drumline & guard are the best I’ve seen from Vanguard since 1999. Searing music performed exceptionally well. Both friends totally blown away. This show seemed like it was over in 5 mins. That good. It’s also a bit of a blur, and I can’t wait to see it again. So many layers, and done incredibly well. The props are done in just a fantastic way. The expansion, contraction and changes to them fit the show well and were done in a very seamless way (one first viewing). The white unis look fantastic, and finally, a corps that demonstrated a great understanding of how to contract color with the guard, with the rich reds & orangs in the guard uni. Such a great show on every level. I never fully felt Vanguard last year was ready to grab the ring. Not so this year. My only quibble would be a lack of field coverage and drill at this point, but with current adjudication (ala Bluecoats 2016), that may or may not matter. I wanted to see this show again moments after it was over. Go Vanguard!
  5. Drums Along The Rockies Review Yesterday I got to start my Drum Corps season with one of my favorite shows – in absolutely my favorite venue for a show. Mile High is the perfect venue for drum corps - a stellar stadium with great acoustics and always enthusiastic crowds. Despite the warmer than usual weather and a lineup with only one top 6 corps it was a great night and I enjoyed nearly every performance. As I’ve said many times, first viewings can be very tricky – I can’t count the number of times my initial impressions changed dramatically for shows by the time championships have come around. I went into the show “cold” not having seen or heard any corps online this year even, and in many cases not even knowing programming or show themes ahead of time. I had a great friend with me who has come to this show with me many times, and also another friend who was seeing their first ever show. The Battalion – So great to see this new corps continue to grow and mature. While the youthfulness of the corps is apparent in execution, they seem to be growing more confident and competent each year. The horn line seems to be their strength so far – both in numbers and performance. I’m excited to see where this corps goes – hopefully to ultimately include rising to the World Class Ranks in a few years. Glad to see they are taking the correct approach with building a foundation and gradual growth Cascades – Alright! I really liked Cascades show. The horn line is again large and continuing to mature year over year. There is good solid demand in the book and the ensemble sound is at times very nice. They show seems well-written to their age levels. Both brass & percussion seem to be above the guard at this time. There is some really nice use of rotating props with soloists on them that fit the theme of the show quite well. Very enjoyable show – can’t wait to see where they take it. Oregon Crusaders – While there are strong visual references to “The Shining” program theme (and a few tasty voice-overs that I hope they have licensing for) with the guard costumes, the horn line costumes, etc, this show just didn’t connect with me. Yes, the music needs to be dark given the program, but there is very little that drew me into the show. The book is clearly challenging and it seems as if they are still focused on the basic execution issues. Hopefully the staff can help the members embrace and emote or communicate the show as the season progresses. One cool thing I didn’t’ realize until the very end – there is a cool abstract likeness of Nicholson on the black side of the uniform jacket. Either there was a change made right before the end, or I was just very slow to catch it. This was the least favorite show – by far – for both myself and both of my friends. At this point in the season it doesn’t come close to the quality of design or performance from that wonderful “Nevermore” show from a few season ago – I hope they get there! Pacific Crest – I liked this show, but I also felt it’s missing something. Perhaps part of it is tempos that are under where they could be in the first parts of the show? The ideas are cute and well relayed, and as usual there is a very competent horn line with a nice ensemble sound. The music is very melodic and recognizable. It’s hard to put a finger on what’s missing for me at this point. I will enjoy seeing it several more times, though! Troopers – Whoa! Yes, that’s a show that feels like World Class Drum Corps to me. While my newbie friend was enjoying the show prior to Troopers a great deal – he was almost giddy with how much Troopers blew him away with their emotion, performance levels, music & visual books. I leaned over and told him, welcome to what drum corps can do when they have that combination. This is already my favorite Troopers show since Wild Horses. It’s always a challenge for a design staff to capture the right direction for a show on a big Anniversary year with a traditional corps with a strong alumni base. I thought Troopers absolutely nailed it with nods to tradition and nods to modern and current drum corps. The music book was extremely enjoyable, and the corps has the makings of another strong brass line yet again. On the downside, while I think their material could make a run to edge of top 12, they have a ton of cleaning to do visually, and the visual issues impact the music towards the last 3rd of the show. Clean, Clean, Clean and build up endurance and this will be a much appreciated show in Indy. Academy – Another corps I thoroughly enjoyed! THIS feels like the show that should have followed their Drum Corpse Bride Top 12 breakthrough. Mature, demanding and emotionally impactful design performed by what I think are easily their best guard and brass sections yet. The Keating piece from the end of Dead Poets Society is very moving and makes me wonder what took so long for someone to pull it into a show. While no expert, I think the percussion session has work to do to rise to the level of the guard. I also really hope they cut down on the # of Oh Captain, My Captain vocals at the end of the show. It almost feels like they are trying to recreate a “I am Spartacus” crowd engagement that is just not going to happen, as it doesn’t fit the beautiful, moving music like the adrenaline pump at the end of that show. From costumes to music & visual book to already impressive performance levels, I’m excited to see where Academy takes this show. An A-minus for early July – that’s fantastic! My 2 friends loved Academy. Blue Knights – Not the easiest year to go last at their home show after Vanguard sucked all the already thin oxygen out of Mile High, but I was pleasantly surprised by BK & their show. Great to hear the rich and powerful brass sound continuing after the brass caption change for sure. Also, I loved that this show has more drill and more visual definition than last year. The music book is enjoyable, and the ending is strong. It will take another listen or two for me to decide just how much I like this arrangement of Rite of Spring, but it has it’s moments. Also, they do a great job with props that they use different sides & colors to enhance different moods with quite well. Cadets & Phantom better be careful or BK will once again knock people off – despite the fact that many absurdly count them out year after year. Great organization here is not missing a beat. Vanguard – Holy @$%@. WOW. Vanguard is on fire. This is one hell of an intense, passionate, powerful show that is vintage Vanguard. The hornline, drumline & guard are the best I’ve seen from Vanguard since 1999. Searing music performed exceptionally well. Both friends totally blown away. This show seemed like it was over in 5 mins. That good. It’s also a bit of a blur, and I can’t wait to see it again. So many layers, and done incredibly well. The props are done in just a fantastic way. The expansion, contraction and changes to them fit the show well and were done in a very seamless way (on first viewing). The white unis look fantastic, and finally, a corps that demonstrated a great understanding of how to contrast color with the guard, with the rich reds & orangs in the guard uni. Such a great show on every level. I never fully felt Vanguard last year was ready to grab the ring. Not so this year. My only quibble would be a lack of field coverage and drill at this point, but with current adjudication (ala Bluecoats 2016), that may or may not matter. I wanted to see this show again moments after it was over. Go Vanguard!
  6. TexasPRfan

    Phantom Regiment 2018

    bump. Wow, so quite out of Rockford. Any updates anyone cares to share? I can't believe we are a few weeks from Memorial Day. So excited about the upcoming season. Harvey
  7. TexasPRfan

    Some thoughts on 2017

    16 vs 17 comparison for me: BD - 2016. Though that ballad was amazing this year. Last year was more cohesive, better visual, and great ballad and closer. SCV - 2016. Not even close. Much better visually and musically. 2017 technically impressive, but did little for me. Crown - 2016. Grew to really enjoy 2017 too though Cavaliers - 2016. Not even close. 2017 too jumbled and add for me Bluecoats. 2016 was fresh and original while 2017 felt like a stale repeat, done less cleanly Boston - 2017. I actually loved 2016, but this year was amazing in every way (drill, story, ballad, closing effects) Cadets - hmmm. Well... neither? Side by side and 10 seem so long ago.., Blue Knights - a toss up. Loving BK for 4 years running. I'll say 2016 - better visually Phantom - 2017, but only because of the ballad and closer. I actually really liked 2016. Memories impacted by the horrible illness impacting performance & impact last year blue stars - a toss up. I loved themboth years. I'll go with 2017z one of my favorites of the year, despite the Moulin Rouge part. Crossmen - 2016 by a lot. God those props were awful this year. madison - see Cadets. I didnt like either year. Would much rather have seen wonderful Mandarins Saturday night mandarins- 2017. Duh. Pure brilliance & the show of the year. Academy - 2016. Not even close, though I grew to enjoy 2017 harvey
  8. TexasPRfan

    Death to the Seat Poachers

    I didn't experience any rudeness related to this. And I don't mind loaning out a seat in my block if I know it's unoccupied for the night or until a certain point in time. I think the challenge was on Saturday night. It seems most complaining about this were in section 100, as was I. I was on the 10th row on the 50 in 140 (incredible music seats!). The way the stadium is designed, between sections 138 and 142, the entry is confined. There were huge traffic jams with seat poachers having to vacate at the same time the paying customers were trying to get in - especially in the 10-12 block. DCI DOES need to ensure tickets are validated at the entry to those sections - at least on Saturday night. I was not once asked to show my ticket the entire week. Harvey
  9. TexasPRfan

    Santa Clara Alumni Corps

    It was a truly magical moment. Thank you SCV Alumni. What a thrill to see the jr coros and all the age outs just go crazy for the performance. A powerful reminder of the amazing ability for melody driven drum corps to excite all generations. Harvey
  10. TexasPRfan

    Mandarins 2017 - Inside the Ink

    Bravo, Mandarins! What an amazing show. Easily one of my 2 favorite shows of the year, along with BD. Also one of my 3 favorite moments of the year with the Sound of Silence ballad and reprise in the closer (along with BD's & Boston's ballads) Just a brilliant design and performed at a top 12 level - and the best Mandarins have ever been. I SO wanted to see this show one more time. So detailed and nuanced yet performed with so much emotion. Best wishes that this is only the START of something special for this corps. Harvey
  11. Great and fast review, Jonathan! Amazed at how aligned on our thoughts! It was a great night to be sitting in Lucas Oil. Harvey
  12. TexasPRfan

    Phantom Regiment 2017

    Score drop aside, I though Regiment really brought it tonight, gave me some goosebumps and had a great crowd reaction to the closer. So impressed with the growth from Stanford to Finals & the members & staff should be proud. I hope the retention rate with members & staff is great & this is a foundational year with good things to come. Best Regiment program since Turandot for me. Well done! Harvey
  13. TexasPRfan

    Phantom Regiment 2017

    Can't wait to see Phantom & everyone else tomorrow. Living Phantom's underscored guard this year. Keep cleaning & refining that brass sound Regiment!
  14. Awesome review! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm 100% on board with your closing thoughts as well. Those issues have gotten out of hand. Harvey
  15. Here are some of mine: - SCV 90 - Crossmen 92 - Phantom Regiment 2010 - BD 2004 Harvey