Tim K

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  1. Tim K

    Clovis, CA - June 22, 2018

    Perhaps the West Coast inflation argument goes as far back as you contend, though I will have to admit I don’t recall hearing it back in the days of the circuits (I go back to the mid-70’s as far as following drum corps is concerned). I seemed to hear it more on DCP about 2009 when Crown began to ascend, later with Bloo.
  2. Tim K

    Clovis, CA - June 22, 2018

    I’d have to look back to past DCP posts, but in 2013 Cadets had a pretty powerful show and in the early season lots of folks who saw Cadets live predicted another championship. I wouldn’t be too surprised if the West Coast inflation argument was used, especially where there was some back and forth victories between BD and Crown.
  3. Tim K

    Clovis, CA - June 22, 2018

    Usually it’s folks east of the Mississippi who speak about West Coast inflation. When I saw the scores this morning, I expected lots of posts from people who saw Thursday’s show predicting a Crown or Bloo victory in August with maybe Cavies or BAC catching someone based on West Coast inflation and overscoring of BD and SCV. It’s kind of a dark morning around here, maybe we just need our coffee. Speculation of West Coast inflation usually ends when the top corps begin meeting. I did expect both BD and SCV to have higher scores, so I think we could see some movement with BD, SCV, Crown, and Bloo. Blue Knights scored better than many probably expected. It does look as if predictions regarding Mandarins are accurate and Academy could make noise. Tonight Madison, Cadets, and Crossmen will be competing somewhere as will Colts, so we’ll have scores for all of last year’s top 15. Troopers will be competing as will Genesis, and it will be interesting to see how they fare. Tonight could be a late night and tomorrow’s chatter will be interesting.
  4. Tim K

    Cadets 2018

    In the Boston Crusaders thread there was plenty of excitement, perhaps some hype, but in the predictions thread it seems as if for every “hype” post there was for BAC, a post followed that predicted a less than stellar year. These folks often had Bloo and Crown lower with SCV blowing everyone away including Blue Devils and some who claimed it would be Blue Devils owning the season. I don’t think Clovis made that a guarantee. It’s going to be a slugfest this year, and yes, Cadets could shake things up. I would think that most drum corps fans want Cadets to have a successful year. Most want the year to be competitive. I think lots of people in the drum corps community would love to see Cadets place higher this year, as long as they do not knock out their favorite corps to do so. That’s down the road. Tonight is not about proving that the corps is more than the former director or that the ground lost over the past couple of years has been regained. It’s not about proving that long time rivals such as BAC or maybe Cavies, both who have reputations of growing as the season progresses were over hyped. It’s about getting a corps on the field, letting the judges have their say, and letting the season begin. The kids have proven already they have grit. Alums have more than stepped up to the plate. Tonight should be about tonight. Tomorrow when Cadets, Cavies, and BAC face each other for the first time: let the games begin.
  5. Tim K

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    I’m not sure if they’ll be live streamed in the next few days but East Coast Classic is a week from Sunday, and I’ll be seeing them live three nights in a row.
  6. Tim K

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    Due to an unforeseen situation, I was unable to see the shows last night. It does sound like I missed a great night. I can’t comment on the “new tricks” on display by other corps or lack of them by BAC, but in the past Boston Crusaders has added things gradually, which was the case last year and it worked. I think an argument can be made that holding off has more of an impact. The classic example for me is 2015 Blue Devils. Adding the young girl to the show at the end of the season made it come alive powerfully. Not sure I would have felt that way if she had been part of the show all season.
  7. Tim K

    2018 Tour Premiere

    An unexpected situation prevented me from going to the movie theater last night, but those things happen. Given various comments on here and Facebook, as well as photos, warm up videos, etc, and now seeing the recaps, here are my thoughts: Thise who predicted Bloo and Crown as battling for five and six in August, anything may be possible, but it doesn’t look like that will be the case. Lots of folks predicted Cavies and BAC as three and four last night, and that’s where they placed, but it sounds as if there is potential in both shows. Cavies shows often grow and explode in a positive way, and with the staff and ambitions of the BAC, never know. Remember too, it was not until mid-July that things really heated up for Boston. Blue Stars and Phantom have the most “all over the place” reactions. For Blue Stars it sounds as if they are more “carpentry” as in the people there are not enough of when you need renovations when people wanted them to be more “Carpentry” as in the duo. I have seen photos of the uniforms and one person suggested some tailoring. While no one consults me about fashion, this would be wise advice. For Phantom it sounds as if people hoped for a resurgence though I can’t help but wonder if the anticipation of BAC, Cavies, Bloo, and Crown May have made some less excited about Phantom.
  8. Tim K

    Fan Uniform for Opening Night?

    Michigan City is 963 miles from where I live, and even if I did part with them, I’d have to find them first. I’m still unpacking and will be for a while!
  9. Tim K

    2018 Blue Stars

    When the relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney was particularly cool, Lennon said in an interview that McCartney only wrote silly love songs. Instead of taking offense, McCartney wrote "Silly Love Songs" which hit number one on the Billboard charts. In drum corps, was there ever a more feel good and perhaps a bit sappy moment than Crown's use of the poem "Lovers on a Park Bench"? Lots of folks critiqued it, but I don't recall Carolina Crown turning in their gold medals in 2013. So a silly love song added millions to Paul McCartney's already sizable fortune and Philip Glass including a perhaps too sweet poem in "Einstein on the Beach" (Glass did not write the poem himself) which Crown incorporated into their show gave us one of DCI's most memorable moments. In DCI, if the brass and percussion are strong, the guard is always moving, the show is well designed, gimmicks work and have roots as far back as Bridgemen and Velvet Knights. If any of these elements are lacking, a show appears to be using gimmicks to hide flaws, and this gets noticed. For tonight, I do expect the top four to be Crown, Cavaliers, Boston Crusaders, and Bluecoats though not necessarily in that order, though I do expect either Cavies or BAC or perhaps both to rain on Crown and Bloo's parade a bit (I am predicting very slim margin among the top 4), and while I am not one who expects Phantom to have a dismal season as some have suggested, I expect some hefty competition between Phantom and Blue Stars this evening.
  10. Tim K

    Fan Uniform for Opening Night?

    I just moved and have two full boxes of drum corps t-shirts and polos, most of which I’ve never worn. A few years ago I did wear a Carolina Crown t-shirt on an unusually hot day and someone said “I bet you’d like a cold Carolina Crown right now.” I to,d the story to a member of Crown’s BOD and suggested the do craft beer as a revenue resource. I have a pretty busy afternoon ahead of me. If I have time to change I may pull out a BAC polo. If not, I’ll be wearing dress pants and a button down shirt, nothing that says drum corps.
  11. Tim K

    2018 Tour Premiere

    Quite a few Boston area theaters are sold out. My recollection is the attendance was always very good, but I don’t recall so many being sold out. There are two fewer venues, though there is a new theater with a larger seating capacity near one of the theaters not showing the premiere and it is part of the same chain. The crowds here are pretty enthusiastic and no doubt when Boston Crusaders begin, it will be loud though there could be a few who sit on their hands during certain shows. As we know in drum corps, some slight or rivalry that happened 900 years ago can still be as fresh and raw as if it happened yesterday.
  12. Tim K

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    I assumed you were kidding. If it’s any a consolation, I was trying to be funny too!
  13. With so many predicting Cavaliers to medal, does the same hold true for Cavies? If not, why not?
  14. Tim K

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    If you're talking about my strategy of recruiting of volunteers I'm not gloating. There are so many music teachers and parents on this site who need to recruit volunteers, I'm merely sharing a "trick of the trade." Perhaps using the word "legendary" may be gloating a bit, but I am the son and grandson of pharmacists who had a store with a soda fountain and their sundaes, root beer floats, cherry Cokes, raspberry-Lime rickeys. Ice cream treats and parties are in my blood. Also, it's not me who is legendary, the flavors of ice cream and the fixings I choose are legendary. All kidding aside, what I do enjoy most about sundae parties is the way they can bring people together. For kids, it's just fun, for adults it brings out the kid in them, so whoever came up with the idea of ice cream socials should be legendary. When it comes to drum corps, I try not to gloat until after the season, the key word being try. In more than one season, I have gloated when my predictions seem to be correct, only to have things change overnight, and in the end it's not a banana split I'm eating, it's crow!
  15. Tim K

    Our friend DrumManTX

    DrumManTX is always positive,, and he keeps us positive as well. I think another equally positive person is fellow Texan Hook'emCavies, so it will be his job to keep us positive this year since DrumManTX will be too busuy!
  16. Tim K

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    True, but there may be an exception. I have a feeling a young, driven Mike Woodall may have dreamed about this day and even greater things to come when he stood on a drum major's podium many years ago.
  17. Tim K

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    If that is sinful, I've been leading people astray for years. My "Make Your Own Sundae Parties" are legendary, especially with kids. My philosophy: get kids to volunteer for a worthwhile activity, say thank you by loading them up with sugar, and send them home! I don't live with them. How do I get away with it? I invite the parents too and in the process I get volunteers for chaperoning activities. Am I bribing them? Maybe, but it's a trick I learned when I taught middle school and it has worked over the years. This also reminds me, the theater I'll be at tomorrow night not only has reclining seats but serves Ben and Jerry's.
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    Our friend DrumManTX

    The “Bahstahn” or other variations is how lots of folks outside of Route 128 and buying 495 think we say the name of our city that John Winthrop called a “city upon a hill” when he first sailed into Boston on the Arbella (a name familiar to drum corps fans for another reason), is more how they hear it. Remember, people don’t hear accents where the accent is prevalent. A woman I know who taught public speaking at Boston College and St. John’s Seminary and coached many a politician claimed there were three Boston accents, the Brahmin “home of the bean and the cod” accent and the Boston Irish accent, both of which were molded into one by the Kennedy’s. However, to get the topic back on the man of the hour. I have a feeling that if someone who uses the sign in name DrumManTX talks to the locals, people are not going to ask him if he grew up in Soutie!
  19. Tim K

    Our friend DrumManTX

    First, I think this is great for you and for Bluecoats. You’re enthusiasm combined with your knowledge is evident and should be great assets, not to mention education is your goal, teachers are among the hardest working (and often unappreciated) people, and this will be an amazing experience and I’m sure it won’t hurt resume wise either. Second, I’ll hopefully meet you in Lawrence, Lynn, or Cranston. Third, I hope Bluecoats gives a free day while you’re in the Boston area. July 4th is a great time to be here. I believe Bloo marches in the Plymouth (pronounced Plimith) parade and used to stay in Duxbury. The route is along the water (or as we say “the root is along the watah”, or maybe we’d say “along the hahbah”) and it’s a great place to be. Some advice, if you are in Plymouth, don’t tell locals you are enjoying Cape Cod. Only tourists consider Plymouth the Cape, actually only tourists call it Cape Cod.
  20. Interesting. I was in a Boston area CYO band and planned on making the switch to drum corps, but my means of transportation fell through: I didn’t have a car and the driver’s father was transferred for work reasons to another part of the country, and public transportation would not have been an option. I was pretty disappointed, but a family emergency would have required me to leave during the season and there was the reality that college does not pay for itself, so subsequent years I would not have been able to march either. What I did find interesting. Thanks to Drum Corps World and Drum Corps News, and talking to folks at the shows I did attend, I knew more about scores, repertoires, and the season than kids who marched, kind of like the kid who loves baseball and knows the stats and history. Of all those who I knew who did march, I’m the only one who still follows drum corps. Looking back, there are times I wish I had marched. I would love to have shared stories about bus mishaps, bad food, and the excitement of competition. I run into people who marched with the corps I had hoped to join (Holy Family Defenders) and they seem like a great group to have spent a summer with, but I also learned perseverance and the meaning of family after the emergency. My father had a stroke and had to learn to walk again, and with Father’s Day upon us, I’m very glad I was able to spend the time with him I did, and working to pay college tuition taught life lessons too. Last thing: I spoke with a man yesterday. Marched with St. Mary’s Cardinals and donates to the Alumni Association to help with the scholarships they provide, donates to Boston Crusaders to help defray the costs of marching, and hasn’t been to a show since he aged out. He’s going to his first show in forty years on July 2nd. Lots of age outs never attend shows after they march.
  21. Tim K

    2018 Uniforms!

    If you ask me, these guys were nothing but a bunch of clowns!
  22. Tim K

    2018 Predictions

    My recollection from conversations I had with some BAC volunteers prior to the beginning of the 2016 season is that there were many rookies in the corps and young rookies at that. Their hope was that the rookies would stay and progress as the corps progressed in years to come. I would say these folks assumed “Quixotic” might realistically place between 7-9 as I did prior to the beginning of the season. i cannot remember any conversations at the early season shows about the talent of the kids in BAC being equal to the Cadets, nor did I hear any such comparisons sitting with BAC alums in Allentown when news of the Gino/Colin departure began to surface or in Indy. I did hear BAC alums and volunteers state they should have been placing higher than Madison and Crossmen. There was some disbelief Academy might push them out of finals. There was lots of chatter that the show had potential but at certain points it was designed poorly and that the corps did not face the audience at high impact moments. Some critiqued the narration and inclusion of music other than “Man of La Mancha” which kept it from being the audience favorite. Keep in mind my connections with BAC folks is primarily alums who may volunteer when the corps is in town, or longtime fans, I do know a few board members but they know me from outside of drum corps. I know none of the instructors personally and a casual conversation would never turn into a conversation about compatative talent, do I’m not saying the comparisons were not made, but it was not the main topic in the stands and I can’t say I recall it on DCP either.
  23. Tim K

    2018 Blue Stars

    When I see these uniforms, the song “If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady....” comes to mind.
  24. Tim K

    2018 Uniforms!

    I haven’t seen her posts here or on Facebook for a while, so I looked her up and while there are people who have posted to her FB timeline for her birthday, she has not responded in two years. And no, I am not cyberstalking her. We are actually FB friends though I have not met the woman in real life.