George Dixon

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  1. Cadets 2018

    “Backflip Jesus vs. Adonis, a DCI/MMA Presentation”
  2. Cadets 2018

    get one before they're gone!
  3. Cadets 2018

    changing to consultant role as he is "opening his own marketing firm"... but does remain in an official capacity with YEA They are looking to fill a couple positions in the dept - there's a press release on
  4. Cadets 2018

    Backflip Jesus, someone spinning wrapped Christmas presents or random mannequins appearing in the end zone are also key indicators - and of course Oprah banners are a given
  5. Cadets 2018

    I find myself agreeing more often than disagreeing with Ream these days. It’s like we are all converging on the same “undeniable truth”
  6. Boston Crusaders 2018

    maybe "The Pacific" with other contents mashed in... could use tunes from Pearl Harbor, heck anything really woven in... some Japanese music as well... I believe this because this teaching/design group in the past has explored/floated ideas about a Pearl Harbor and Pacific/WW2 based program Personally I find the idea/subject matter intriguing and could be very emotional if handled correctly. JMO - could be a great vehicle for them
  7. Cadets 2018

    well clearly we all want the best, but I agree, let's see how it works out "time will tell"
  8. Cadets 2018

    yeah - I'm mean clearly "In The Spring, at the Time When Kings Go Off to War" and "The Zone:Dreams in Four Parts With a Door" and "This I Believe: Truth, Value & the Personal Experience Called Drum Corps" all really struggled
  9. Cadets 2018

    you missed the point I was trying to make - I guess I wasn't being very clear if anyone post about the Cadets you are 1. torn to shreds by the haters (if you're being positive in any way) and/or 2. torn to shreds by those accusing you of being "the borg" or jumping on the"hype train" if you post negatively - well, then have at it So that puts anyone not negative on the defensive and then everyone is pushed in their corresponding corners and this thread happens I totally get those (like yourself) who are more "dubious" given the last few years - totally get that What I do not get, nor will ever get, are those who are so clearly anti-Hopkins or anti-Cadets who lurk here in the Cadets thread constantly hating on everything - those folks need a new hobby IMO Others here are advancing the idea/question of "what is success" for the Cadets in 2018 For me - a well received show and they move up a couple places. I literally said the same thing last year and then back flip jesus happened - I still believe if they would have taken a different course during the final four weeks (edited and cleaned vs... added, added, added) the program would have grown during finals week instead of just sitting there. A couple programs ahead of them were very vulnerable if the right decisions would have been made. I'm sure that's part of what infuriated you and others
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  11. Cadets 2018

    absolutely - makes a huge diff
  12. Cadets 2018

    you're a "borg" unless you are 24/7/365 negative JMO I'm quite negative right now, passed along "a report" and then it got quoted and referred to as "hype" So frankly, when it comes to Cadets "you can't win"
  13. Cadets 2018

    actually I heard 2 of the top 5 brass lines last year during finals week standing still which did not sound good
  14. Cadets 2018

    hey these remote control props, 18 speakers, 20 wireless mics and high end mixing boards cost $$$$ gas is cheap by comparison - we're officially in the era of indoor practice domes and grammy award winning mixing consultants :)
  15. Cadets 2018

    So - as some of you know I've been laying low. I did get a video and call from a friend who was at the camp over the weekend I guess the big thing to share is the brass line is set - and a much more powerful and aggressive book/approach than same time last year My buddy - who marched elsewhere (BD) but is a pretty tough critic - was impressed by the book and the brass. 70 some in attendance. He said it reminded him of the 2007 line in terms of sound/power. I loved that line so when he said that it surprised me. Anyway - that's all I got. G.
  16. Cadets 2018

    No longer on the staff page
  17. Cadets 2018

    So the new “Design Director” is no longer listed in Cadets staff page. Sad situation indeed, such a talented guy if he would have been given an opportunity imo
  18. Cadets 2018

    you don't need to name names, sadly I know exactly which corps you're referring too - and yes - they performed the heck out of it. But it was a horrific design and the "amplification" didn't help matters either. But it did help their scores so there is that.
  19. Cadets 2018

    let's hope not... Lyrics from the song reference that working title... (below) I do like the uniform sketch - a modern look but the jacket hashes and the colors a nod back to the M&G classic uniform. Shako sketch looks cool Proof is always in the execution so we'll see when the actual uniform hits the field... The prop looks a little weird. Hard to tell but I guess if it moves by remote it could be cool worked into the drill, opening and closing a "dividing line" As others here have said, I'm very dubious. I hope they have a good 2018, but I have grave doubts as well... just based on recent decision making Hello darkness, my old friend I've come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence In restless dreams I walked alone Narrow streets of cobblestone 'Neath the halo of a street lamp I turned my collar to the cold and damp When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light That split the night And touched the sound of silence And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence Fools, said I, you do not know Silence like a cancer grows Hear my words that I might teach you Take my arms that I might reach you But my words, like silent raindrops fell And echoed in the wells of silence And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that it was forming And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls And whispered in the sounds of silence
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  21. 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
  22. Cadets 2018

    Scott Atchison is no longer with the Cadets
  23. 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