N.E. Brigand

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About N.E. Brigand

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Just a Fan
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Phantom Regiment & Boston Crusaders
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Santa Clara Vanguard 1999
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    1989
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    Male
  • Location
    Cleveland, OH
  • Interests
    J.R.R. Tolkien, Cinema, Herpetology, Early Music, Theatre

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  1. Santa Clara Vanguard 2018

    Whereas I definitely preferred the design of 2017 to that of 2016, despite some qualms about amplifying an entire brass ensemble for most of the show. But I liked 2013 more than any other recent year. If I were all the judges, that show would have had a silver medal. (And it was just 0.1 from bronze, I think.) I'm wondering if there it could be said that there are different "types" of Vanguard shows, and if different fans respond differently to those groups.
  2. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    If any corps needs a "chief strategist", I hear someone big is available.
  3. The British are coming!

    It's really cool that Americans this year have the chance to see both The Company (in DCI) and Kidsgrove Scouts (in DCA) in person. In my case, I'll have seen each corps live twice in 2017: the former at Avon Lake and Michigan City, and the latter at (presumably) both days of DCA championships.
  4. Does anybody know what their show title and/or repertoire were this year? I never saw them, and it's not on Corpsreps. (Did Michael Boo perhaps mention it on his Prelims liveblog?)
  5. 2017 Mini-corps lineup?

    Thanks. I thought Star's DM was named Becky Saddlemire, but a DCI website article about Soundsport refers to "Star United drum major Vicky Mungle".
  6. 2017 Boston Crusaders

    I can't tell from that video because the audio and visual are not in sync. Even if she were only mouthing the words, she'd time it better than the video shows. She does seem to breathe at appropriate points. And the style of the performance doesn't require belting, so it can look pretty effortless. I did play back videos from Allentown and Semifinals simultaneously. I got them close enough that the faster mallet runs match, and yet it sounds like there are slight timing differences in her voice between the two performances, i.e., that either she was live or the pre-recording started at slightly different moments. It would be highly disappointing if that performance, which everyone loved so much, was actually lip synced. Certainly I think that pre-recorded music ought to be against the rules. That, however, would have led to penalties to a number of corps this year, including, off the top of my head, Blue Devils, Cavaliers, Blue Stars, Mandarins, and Colts.
  7. 2017 Mini-corps lineup?

    Star United's Facebook page indicates they'll be there. Show apparently is titled "Tribute". New DM this year?
  8. Who will be the darlings next year?

    You never know. Treat everybody you meet well. Not only because it's the right thing to do. A few years ago, we got a letter from an attorney telling us that a long-time volunteer who had lately died had included our company among her beneficiaries, specifics to come later. How nice of her to think of us, we thought, but that's all we thought. Six months later, we got a check for the better part of a million dollars. Blew us away.
  9. Death to the Seat Poachers

    Ugh. At Massillon, just as Boston was about to start, and our section was getting pretty full, two older women reached our row and scooted, rather noisily to their seats, three to one side of where I was sitting. They recognized the couple sitting between me and them, greeted them loudly, and proceeded to talk, none too quietly, through about three minutes of Boston's performance, not in response to the show (which would be OK), but about other stuff. Lots of people in front and behind them kept glancing in their direction, but they kept going until I leaned far forward and turned to face them, gave them the meanest look I could muster, and raised my hands in the "what gives?" gesture. They looked most offended by my silent intrusion, but they shut up.
  10. Death to the Seat Poachers

    Are ushers at DCI Finals paid or volunteers?
  11. RIP CorpsReps (and introducing DCX)

    Hmm. I didn't check that. (I usually use From the Pressbox for recaps.) It is possible, though cumbersome, to find at least some recaps (here's one, for instance) via the archive of CorpsReps at the Wayback Machine. I hope that information continues to be available on the new site.
  12. RIP CorpsReps (and introducing DCX)

    Seems to have pretty much everything CorpsReps had (albeit with a new arrangement I'm going to have to get used to) plus much more. Looks good!
  13. A: Competitive Inertia

    Right after BD won, I posited in the Finals thread that your theory might be shaken, though not broken, if SCV had won this year, given it was 14 years since they last medaled. Any thoughts on the question of whether the advantages of competitive inertia wear off after a period of time?
  14. Carolina Gold ?

    Huh. That would be a point of interest for me.
  15. Blue Devils 2018

    "Obviously a man ought to be saying, 'I have made an electric battery. Shall I smash it, or shall I make another?' Instead of that, he seems to be bewitched by a sort of magic and stands staring at the thing as if it were a seven-headed dragon; and he can only say, 'The electric battery has come. Has it come to stay?'" -G.K. Chesterton