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Everything posted by DrumManTx

  1. All time shows: Phantom Regiment

    I can actually listen to that one though.
  2. All time shows: Phantom Regiment

    Currently reading a lot about Wagner in one of my graduate music history courses. You’re right. lol
  3. Oregon Crusaders 2018

    Same! I figured no one here would know what I was talking about if I brought that up, that's the first show I saw when I got to the dome. Tons of cool references to the movie and really great playing from them for sure. Wish there was a good video available of that show. That weekend was.......awesome. Can't wait to see what OC does with it.
  4. Oregon Crusaders 2018

    This could be FUN. Was just asking for more Berlioz so I’m happy. :)
  5. All time shows: Phantom Regiment

    I didn't mention it but I've always loved listening to it, some great stuff in there.
  6. Cadets 2018

    so a tattoo then
  7. Oregon Crusaders 2018

    Four piano notes at the end of the teaser are from Alanis Morisette’s Uninvited.
  8. All time shows: Phantom Regiment

    Our lists are exactly the same.
  9. All time shows: Phantom Regiment

    This one should be interesting. Some of my favorites when I got into the activity were from Phantom Regiment, it saddens me that I personally haven't connected with recent efforts in that way. 1996 - I think this is a perfect representation of what Shostakovitch is represented on the field, the emotionally charged nature of his music is perfectly communicated and it's always been a favorite of mine. 2007 - Yes, Firebird is awesome but I really connect with the front half of the shows minimalist nature, Vespertine Formations and 1000 Airplanes on the Roof REALLY fit into what I enjoy and they really did those justice. 2005 - I read a lot about how people were pretty shocked that they picked this rep. and I can see how but man. It worked. SO WELL. Just 12 minutes of fantastic music and drill. 1993 - Lovelovelove this whole show, incredible field coverage visually paired with pretty aggressive and in your face music. And the ballad. Fantastic stuff. 2006 - They were masters of ballads, and Ave Maria is just........incredible. Whole show is amazing but that part specifically is just wow. Honorable mention to one show, though just one part. The Schoenberg ballad in 2000 is something I cannot listen to enough, the rest of the show doesn't do a ton for me but the ballad is incredible.
  10. Cadets 2018

    Aww thanks. Oblivious to the obvious perhaps.
  11. Cadets 2018

    You have been a member of this site longer than me and I’ve seen your posts for a long time and I never noticed that your username is ran into the door oh my gosh I’m STUPID.
  12. Boston Crusaders 2018

    Oh for sure. Speculation is fun. :)
  13. Boston Crusaders 2018

    They've probably more than succeeded what I suspect was to draw some attention and speculation. lol Whatever it may be........I'm sure it's gonna be awesome.
  14. Boston Crusaders 2018

    I think they’re who I’m most excited to see where they go from last year. That was a helluva jump in one year like we haven’t seen in awhile, but it’s much more difficult to move up at the top. I’m confident in their abilities though, nice little teaser with lots of possibilities. Can’t wait! :)
  15. All time shows: Bluecoats

    :) I was also going to say 2015, just love love love the entire book. Mr. Maps is just bonkers in the best of ways, how they listened to that and said drum feature is beyond me and I hope I can reach that level of genius at some point in my life time. Also love the 160 BPM breaks in 2010s show and 2014 was very cool as well.
  16. All time shows: Bluecoats

    Also shoutout to 2002, I always have a blast listening to that one; I just really enjoy the closer especially.
  17. All time shows: Bluecoats

    Oh boy. :) If you hadn't said 1 - 5 I might have listed........a lot more than that. My top ten or so favorites includes a good 4 or 5 from them so I think it's probably safe to say that I really really really enjoy what they offer year after year. 2009 was the first drum corps I saw live so they'll always have a special place in my heart, and even some of their recent competitive misfires have been incredibly enjoyable, 2011s opener being one of my all time favorites despite placing the lowest they have in recent memory. 2017 didn't quite come together like the prior three shows but holy hell it was fun to watch and listen to. I just connect with what they do. 2015 - (Listening to this show as I write this actually) Kinetic Noise shell shocked me on first viewing like few other shows have (funnily enough two others on this list are in that club). For me personally that was like watching and hearing something unlike anything I had heard before in terms of the sound design and approach to that aspect of the show that few others had really explored on that scale in this idiom. The way they captured the essence of minimalist material and presented it in a way that was incredibly exciting and accessible is just absolutely masterful arranging by Thrower/Rarick; the two minutes before the ballad = pure ethereal bliss every time I watch it. 2014 - The cliche perhaps but cliches exist for a reason. This show is a simple, but a complete thought on almost every single level beginning to end. After a saturation of so many shows that were pretty heavy to dig through and digest at the top this was such a breath of fresh air in the upper echelon. Simple concept executed brilliantly. Loved every part of the show, not just the ending......but what an absolutely bombastic and exciting ending it was. 2016 - 2013 sewed the seeds, 2014 and 2015 capitalized on the ideas they began, and 2016 perfected the craft. You can say you've seen all the elements they used in this show somewhere before but not packaged all together in a seamless and fantastically executed package like this. As soon as they ran out from behind the ramps at the tour premier I had that feeling that this was their year and low and behold it was. This show was just non stop excitement and energy on the musical front, and visually they integrated and used props about as well as anyone has lately IMO. And it was FUN. Yes it was nuts and pretty risky but in a way that was incredibly infectious. It was a blast following them to their first championship that year. 2010 - This show really satisfied my weird taste for shows that have a darker tone to them, love love love the 160 BPM section especially, that's just everything that I love about drum corps. 2006 - I listen to this one all the time, such fun and exciting music that year and they sound absolutely fantastic and pure. I could go on and on about pretty much every show of the 20th Century and a handful before that (my own fault for not watching enough before the FN went bye bye) but I can hardly think of a show that I didn't enjoy in some way shape or form. I'm excited to see what they're doing in 2018.
  18. Huh. It’s like I said it would make a great drum feature for a reason.
  19. Madison Scouts 2018

    Love it.
  20. As always I'm a proponent of hearing more percussion ensemble music on the field. Would be killer material to build a drum feature around, especially the licks around 7:35.
  21. I would prefer each to follow their own unique path, but I know what scores well is what will bleed down.
  22. We talked about Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique tonight in one of my graduate music history courses. I know it’s been done before on the field but not quite in the way I’m imagining now after digging into that work and discussing it. The idea of the fixation on an idea, his issues with drugs and mental problems, the programmatic nature and story of the work, and the general idea of the fantastic in French literature at the time would make a very exciting basis to set a show in. And of course the music is great.
  23. Cadets 2018

    They were the favorite until the week of Atlanta when things got nuts.
  24. Oh wow I forgot like 3 or 4 shows.....l edited those in. And CRAP I forgot another one in the 2007 Phantom Regiment.......####. That was a journey for me last summer. I don't usually do a flip on a show like that but something just finally clicked. I think I had convinced myself so much I wasn't going to like it live that it took well over half the season to come around.