Geneva

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About Geneva

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  • Birthday 06/24/1952

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Geneva Appleknockers Jr. corps 1965-1973, Auburn Purple Lancers 1974, Rochester Crusaders (partial seasons) 1973 and 1980, Southern Tier Alumni Reunion (S.T.A.R.) of Corning, NY 1999 & 2000, Mighty St. Joe's Alumni Corps 2003 & 2006, 2007, Ghost Riders 2007, Light Brigade 2008 RIP, Legends of Drum Corps (Greater Boston) 2009, 2010, 2011 Boston Crusaders Senior corps 2009-
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Phantom Regiment 1989
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    1974 because I played DCI finals my first and only time.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Danvers, Massachusetts

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  1. I enjoyed Crest,s Transcontinental RR theme and some nice Doppler horn effects.
  2. Nice review. Thanks for the eyes from the "Left Coast".
  3. Thanks for the great review! I always love to hear your insights. The only corps I have heard live, so far, is Boston and that was music only and under sub-optimal conditions(indoors). So it is definitely too early for me to render much of an opinion. My impression at this time is that they have a more accessible program than last year but that the brass section is less mature than last year. Percussion seems strong AND mature although I am not a percussionist. Music is more recognizable and not as dark as last year although still not containing enough major chords for my taste. I am lukewarm to the vocal feature but she does have a beautiful voice and like you, I do not have a sense of the direction of the program. Being a Boston homer, I would love to see them finish in the top half at finals. At this point I am pessimistic knowing the strength of the competition. I sure hope they surprise me!
  4. Beautifully written, Frank. It makes me wish I could have known the man.
  5. I could definitely do without the syntesizers though. My sentiments as well. I used to feel that the depth and balance of the acoustic sound was a good gauge of how accomplished the brass section was. The synths homogenize everything and you can't tell anymore.
  6. Mike, I had a similar experience with my corps (Appleknockers) in 1969 at little Hobart College in Geneva, NY. I was sitting out the exhibition at the half-time of the Army vs. Hobart lacrosse game. Hobart at the time had a very active "Students For a Democratic Society" chapter which was actually later infiltrated by a government agent known as "Tommy the Traveler" seeking subversive activity (made national news on the CBS nightly broadcast). Anyhow, I found myself sitting in a hostile crowd of students jeering the appearance of the corps fronted by its Honor Guard as "emissaries of the War mongering American Legion". They viewed the corps members as brain washed into making this militaristic/patriotic display. You are right about the Vietnam era of drum corps being an uncomfortable time for our activity with drum corps being an isolated niche. Sure, it is still a niche only now one which is more exclusive and without community ties...but a wonderful niche it is!
  7. I believe he has passed away. In 1994 I wrote him an irate fan letter because of my frustration the the top four corps in prelims that year never performed in exhibition after the show was suspended due to rain. I had traveled a long way to Boston and it was my only chance to see drum corps that year. He was conscientious enough to send me a personal letter of explanation regarding the decision.
  8. I think Paul hit the nail on the head about the shrinking demographic. Of course the other half of the equation is the loss of a source of new young members as the community basis for drum corps has vanished. I consider myself lucky to live in metro Boston where the sheer size of the activity that once existed here is enough to sustain two fine alumni units (and not so long ago three with North Star currently working on a come back as well). This is now my 16th season of alumni drum corps and the inevitable march of time will result in us fading to black in the absence of active community drum corps. So I am enjoying the opportunity to recreate that which meant so much to us as kids and I am grateful to be able to do it with and for those who remember and appreciate what once was...while it lasts.
  9. Just to complete my story of April 5, 2005 http://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/index.php/topic/62667-some-old-corps-photos/?view=findpost&p=1029118 here is the long lost photo of the Appleknockers junior corps taken at Marion, Ohio at the U.S.Open just after our prelim performance which placed us 11th and in the finals of a national competition the only time. The best of memories! (I am the soprano just above the third contra player)
  10. The Kingsmen did beat St. Joe's once in 1967 prior to State Legion at Buffalo. This certainly added drama to the match up at Buffalo and MSJ seemed on edge that AM as they rehearsed on the next field over from my corps. Joe's prevailed in the championships, however. I do not recall there being prelims and finals, just one show. Something strange happened on the Fleetwood recording. It was almost like someone turned the microphone level down on the Kingsmen as if to justify Joe's victory for posterity. I was there in person and what I heard was nothing like the recording. I still have sweet memories of the impact from the Kingsmen's euphoniums as they turned into the stands during the triplets in Maleguena. It was like being pelted in the face!
  11. I do not imagine they took getting beaten by another NYS corps (Brassmen) lightly. That is something I almost never saw happen in the six seasons that I competed against them.
  12. Art, I am looking forward to being a part of an event for a worthy cause and the opportunity to reminisce about the old days. Did you know that Chris Ferrara who heads up the SDCA was a soprano soloist in the day with the Chicago Royal Airs? I heard them live once at a show in NYC in 1966. As a 14 year old newbie to drum corps, I was mightily impressed by the style and technical ability of their soloists. He will be there Saturday. I am looking forward to meeting him.
  13. Let me add my two cents even if it is five years late. I competed there with the Geneva Appleknockers 1970-1973. My fondest memories are 1970 and 1971. In 1970 we missed finals placing placing 13th (they took 10), but I made good use of the resulting free afternoon following our prelim performance to seek out a rehearsing finalist. Since I had driven to Marion, I was able to drive to the rehearsal site of the corps of my choice. For me that was the Argonne Rebels. I had never had the opportunity to see the corps live, but had heard the high praises their horn line was receiving. When I arrived, I found them in a 50 horn semicircle. I was surprised at the number of young ladies in the line which was unusual for the era. What I beheld from the horn line was spine tingling! "Barnum and Bailey's Favorites" being played with power and a depth of sound which I had never heard from a corps before. All the harmonies and moving lines shimmered and soared. This was obviously a line where everybody "got it"! That night at finals I was also blown away by another corps which I had never seen, The St. Paul Scouts. Their drill was fast moving and bold with "big picture" maneuvers. Great memories, indeed! 1971 were some of my best drum corps memories as we made finals. After six years of marching with the corps which introduced me to the world of drum corps, we had arrived at long last. It was our first and destined to be our last appearance in a national competition finals. 1972 and 1973 would see our fortunes fade in the stadium where you could stand at the top and feel like you could see for miles across the plains of the Midwest.