George Dixon

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  1. Cadets 2018

    interesting offseason by the Cadets - very quiet 1 snare spot (may be filled?), 1 synth player and a couple lead sops needed to 100% fill out the 2018 corps - according to the latest reports; all other brass spots full, marching 76 brass for 2018. The lift to 154 max membership allowed the corps to add a few more members and set the brass line at 76 as desired using a couple cover versions of "Sounds of Silence" wrapping a more modern/contemporary symphonic music program is an interesting choice by the Cadets Will be interesting to see the influence of the new design director Shane Gwaltney The use of 4 vocalists moving about the field as soloists is a big question mark - not usually a "popular" choice with the fans (see Crown 2017) Rumor has the program opening with this quieter, softer cover and closing with the above - wrapping around an aggressive "Cadets' sounding" middle portion of the program including some very percussive moments West Coast tour for the Cadets this summer, so they will benefit from full panels all season plus direct head-to-head competition early on with 2017's top two corps. After ST in PA & OH (same sights as last several years) Cadets will debut in California and work their way up and down the coast and then towards Denver (DATR) How Shane approaches the program (in comparison to his very successful indoor/winter programs) is what could prove most interesting
  2. Cadets 2018

    Scott Atchison is no longer with the Cadets
  3. 2018 Rules proposals

    The proposal is pretty basic: "ordinal rankings" which means you'd rank 10 corps in a show 1 through 10, 9 corps appearing? Rank them 1 through 9 in your assigned caption. The GE caption would break a tie in the event of one Then they would average your ordinal ranking to determine placement in the competition This approach is already used in various circuits and sports It eliminates a biased or inexperienced judge throwing off the overall results but inserting a massive spread in a given caption which can swing a corps overall placement a lot, skewing the results It also forces judges to rank each corps - no more 19.3, 19.3, 19.3 by giving them 10./9.3 or 9.9/9.4 or 9.8/9.5 etc I thought it was a fairly straight-forward idea Probably something to "test" at a show or two rather than jump whole hog into. JMO The "size" proposal is a no-brainer - but then again, I'm for eliminating size constraints for world class, or at least upping them a great deal more than 4 The "15 corps in finals" idea is a bit misguided. But I am for more corps appearing on Saturday night by splitting "world class" into "world" and "national" class and allowing a larger number of corps compete on Saturday night "finals" - say 14 (top 4 plus top 10) Anyway - back to my "sounds of silence" - it's my happy place
  4. JMO Discuss. Also - prop "handlers" should not count against the size limit IMO
  5. well guys - it's been fun having this "chat" so glad I spent 2 years building up DCP so it could be ruined by 8 snarky old farts see ya!
  6. Actually there are many within DCI that want the size limit to expand - including several voting members on the board As far as "me" - sorry but saying "why not 40 divisions" so everyone wins a championship isn't a constructive comment. You should well-recognize non-constructive comments as it is your specialty
  7. Cadets 2018

    24 or 25 tryouts for the tuba line spots - that's the online specific line I heard a count from as you already posted - most vets returning from 2017
  8. I hate to say it but I'm practically done trying to converse with people on DCP Just reactive nonsense with no support of their position. So frustrating and disappointing If you can't see a difference between year round organizations with full time office staff and many million budgets and the community type corps with PT directors that are run from the kitchen table then I don't know what to say
  9. more competitive LAYERS - ie: a third championship division it allows corps other than the very top bunch to compete for a championship even fully expanded the USA can really only support around 6 top tier organizations - the rest just compete for 7th or 8th place anyway - the idea of expansion to 200 or so allowed is to allow more creative freedom, increase the product's impressiveness and scale and finally - most importantly - encourage greater participation
  10. BOA Finals - Indy - Nov 11

    listening to this group of band kids watch BA during prelims is priceless - got to admire their unvarnished sense of excitement and the are pretty darn observant when it comes down to it
  11. BOA Finals - Indy - Nov 11

    GREAT program (and message) - love that show. LOVE it!!
  12. The idea is to layer in more options for corps at the various competitive/financial/time commitment levels
  13. BOA Finals - Indy - Nov 11

    from 4 weeks ago so they improved :)
  14. BOA Finals - Indy - Nov 11

    absolutely - the outdated "it's just band" attitude some still cling to is really ridiculous DCI is on a different level clearly due to experience, age and rehearsal time; but what these HS kids achieve is entirely impressive!
  15. BOA Finals - Indy - Nov 11

    if you are thinking of checking out a few do NOT miss Marion at 8:15, Carmel at 9:45 and Broken Arrow at 10. Flower Mound program at 10:15 has a lot of buzz and is impressive but it is too "Olympic Opening Ceremony" for me in style. Avon may take the whole thing, or possibly Carmel or BA. Unlike DCI, things tend to shuffle a lot on finals night. A couple years ago the corps going in to finals in 1st finished 3rd. DCI fans would FREAK OUT lol
  16. 2018 Show Announcent/Rumors?

    Cadets are doing a show based on race relations with an all black and white color scheme - and a bit of red shows up for a bit, then some yellow at the end It will be very controversial (this is a rumor) See San Antonio's Ronald Reagan HS Band 2017 program "Us and Them" as a similar "test" concept - Cadets arranger there as well... (again, this is a rumor)
  17. BOA Finals - Indy - Nov 11

    those band folks can EAT drum corps folks mostly just drink bottled water all day lol
  18. this proposal was made prior to "G7" it will happen - just a matter of time the dinos will hate it - and then it will grow the activity once again that the dinos nearly killed off
  19. BOA Finals - Indy - Nov 11

    exactly - many folks use band work to "fund" their lives and allow the summer for DCI
  20. BOA Finals - Indy - Nov 11

    drum corps ARE marching bands
  21. BOA Finals - Indy - Nov 11

    BA has moments this year which rival top 12 DCI - they have a music hit about 3 minutes in that is fricking amazing Here it is in standstill Avon is amazing this year - the last two minutes "this is our testament" The fantastic message of Jay Webb is brilliantly woven into their 2017 program
  22. the fields are so not crowded at 150 many TOP corps barely explore outside the 30s or the back half watch Crown 2016 as an example - you could fit that program on a tennis court lol