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  1. Insightful takes from you, as always. When Mass premiered, it was highly anticipated from the guy who gave us West Side Story. Some critics slammed the work, not only for the blasphemous destruction of the chalice and remarking how easily things get broken, but also accusing Bernstein of grotesque narcissism in the composition of the entire work, which could be argued on both sides. I found that interesting.
  2. I think it's crazy cool and unique to have a corps director that interactive with dcp fans. Thanks Hop, for being that guy.
  3. It's okay, neither are most of us on here. haha
  4. Hard to compete with the 83 Z Pull- I think for that moment in time even interstellar gravity was frozen!
  5. I'm pretty sure this is it. Honestly, this year seems to be a vintage Cadets come home type of season. If we can keep up the momentum, and then strike a Z, I think the crowd would have their back.
  6. When news broke in the winter that they were using a vocal ensemble, I wasn't sure how to feel since Dci and vocals have had a storied past, especially with the Cadets! Not only to I agree with you, but I'm reminded of what innovation is in that programming them was a HUGE risk. Now the reward!
  7. Hop said the other day that the team was happy with the direction of 90% of the program, and they had to make sure the closer addition they're adding in finished this show- not finish a different show. Intriguing! Of course he wasn't going to let on what they're actually going to do. Just implied that the stained glass prop staging in the back has something to do with it. Hoping they hit a homerun this tag. It will come at just the right time in addition to cleaning, small tweaks, etc.
  8. This. I don't know about you guys, but before the season and up to the premier, I had friends who were already counting them out. Some of them were pleasantly surprised as they've been able to see the show, and the rest are wrestling with the growing reality that this is a different corps than they thought it would be. It's simply inspiring.
  9. Hop had a live FB post today saying they're teaching the new ending now and it's going in around 7/15. He referenced how they would teach new material and sit on it for weeks back when Zingali was there, which I always enjoy hearing those references. Reminds me of when he would speak to us at night!
  10. 3 tickets available to Dci Atlanta Regional (Southeastern Championship) Location is Section 115- right off of the 50 yardline, side 2. Seats 2,3,4 (1 seat off of the aisle). Buyer must be willing to buy all 3. I am arriving in Atlanta tomorrow evening. I will be in the Centennial Park area tomorrow evening, and then at the Dome on Saturday afternoon. $300 for all 3! Please call or text: (727) 224-8421
  11. I can tell you, when we were directed to play again instead of leave. . .it was what every member of the corps wanted. As a crowd, you all willed that to happen. It was one of those moments that a performer could not turn down. A true connection!
  12. Exhilarating. If I'm a fan, that's the beefy encore I'd want to see. FHNSAB
  13. I actually thought the premise was that even if our current audience "stays put," financially the landscape of Dci is not sustainable. That's how I took it. And looking at the cost of stadium rental, gas prices, and rising tour fees, I could see how that could be accurate. It stinks because there are great fans! But I don't know that even the greatest of fans every year contribution can equate to the rising cost of keeping the activity going season after season.
  14. I was also at the Orlando show and actually thought the use of mics was very well received. It might've been the younger generation, but there was audible screaming and clapping on the high sustains. I made a mental note it because I was expecting the consensus to be an awkward reception. While I have not heard a formal explanation, musically it would make sense to mic up a soloist to open up arranging possibilities. At triple forte, there's not much one or two soloists can do (in a contrapuntal sense) to balance unless the form of the piece facilitated in such a way. Not to mention this would not be practical for the player's chops on a day to day basis. I'm not saying that this is 'better' than the acoustic days! Just that if I'm a brass arranger, I'd appreciate the possibility of having one more trick to employ.
  15. Michael, between your insight on this and NakedEye's Orlando show review, these might be the two most profound things I've ever read on Dcp.