DCI-86

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    Marched guard in Les Eclispses in 1986
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    SCV, Cadets, Blue Stars

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  1. DCI Tour Premiere - Thursday, 21 June Corps Score Carolina Crown 1 Crown 72.8 The Cavaliers 2 Bluecoats 72.2 Bluecoats 3 Cavaliers 71.5 Boston Crusaders 4 Boston 71.4 Phantom Regiment 5 Blue Stars 64.8 Blue Stars 6 Phantom 63.9 MidCal Champions Showcase - Friday, 22 June Corps Score Blue Devils 1 SCV 74.2 Santa Clara Vanguard 2 Blue Devils 73.8 Blue Knights 3 Blue Knights 66.2 Mandarins 4 Mandarins 63.3 The Academy 5 Academy 63.0 Troopers 6 Troopers 61.4 The Whitewater Classic - Saturday, 23 June Corps Score Madison Scouts 1 Cavaliers 73.2 Boston Crusaders 2 Boston 72.9 The Cavaliers 3 Blue Stars 66.5 Blue Stars 4 Madison 63.4 Colts 5 Colts 59.7 Pioneer 6 Pioneer 49.6 DCI West - Saturday, 23 June Corps Score Blue Devils 1 Vanguard 75.0 The Academy 2 Blue Devils 74.4 Santa Clara Vanguard 3 Blue Knights 67.0 Mandarins 4 Mandarins 64.1 Blue Knights 5 Academy 64.0 Troopers 6 Troopers 62.5 Innovations in Brass - Saturday, 23 June Corps Score Bluecoats 1 Bluecoats 74.0 The Cadets 2 Crown 73.9 Carolina Crown 3 The Cadets 70.4 Crossmen 4 Phantom 65.0 Genesis 5 Crossmen 64.8 Phantom Regiment 6 Genesis 58.2
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    2018 Blue Stars

    Just heard Blue Stars full show (at their family day). Holy hornline!! We are in for another fan accessible but sophisticated show.
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    2018 Predictions

    Just watched Spirit online: much improved more coherent show. All makes sense. Music accessible (although didn’t recognise any of it bar the ballad). Guard seems much improved over seasons past and are the main feature in the ballad. Like BD, they use fence type props in the show. (they perform the ballad behind them). No idea what the show is about!! Guard book stopped after ballad. No idea how they will compete - probably in contention with Troopers et al.
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    Blue Devils 2018

    Just watched BD online from last night’s family day performance. No costumes. I would say typical BD. Virtuoso brass and percussion moments and a sense of moving/running around/resetting the stage between these moments (which are mostly played standing still). Big electronic/sound effect feature before ballad, whilst corps resets the stage and guard is featured on weapon. Obviously bare bones right now. Guard featured throughout most of the show but pretty dirty (as are most I suspect right now) but very well staged so they will be in contention for high guard. Very weapon centric show. It's almost like they have said. 'there is no way we are not winning high guard this year' Show didn’t make much total sense to me as it is. Lots of props (metal fences and moveable bars/bar stools) but ballad beautiful and feels like classic BD. They ended after the ballad which featured some neat drill (including lots of tempo changes in their feet). I suspect BD does nothing without consideration so I am sure will score well on the sheets. A very typical Blue Devils show with many things we have seen from them before/what you would expect from a BD show.
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    2018 Predictions

    Just watched BD online from last night’s family day performance. No costumes. I would say typical BD. Virtuoso brass and percussion moments and a sense of moving/running around/resetting the stage between these moments (which are mostly played standing still). Obviously bare bones right now. Guard featured throughout most of the show but pretty dirty (as are most I suspect right now) but very well staged so they will be in contention for high guard. Very weapon centric show. Show didn’t make much sense to me. Lots of props (metal fences and ‘wooden boxes’) but ballad beautiful and feels like classic BD. They ended after the ballad. I suspect BD does nothing without consideration so I am sure will score well on the sheets. A very typical Blue Devils show with many thing we have seen from there before/what you would expect from a BD show.
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    2018 Blue Stars

    If you think Michael Shapiro or his staff would put out a sub par guard then you clearly don't know him. His guards always have crazy books and are always a mess at the start of the season but by the end of the season, as they start to master their crazy book, then they start to turn heads. There is no reason this year will be any different.
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    Cadets 2018

    I am not sure you can assess that the guard is weak from that angle and the little we saw. Yes they have a lot to clean. The key question is how much do they add to the program to bring the show to life (as opposed to just spinning 100mph) and do they get their moments?
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    2018 Blue Stars

    Given how hard the book always is for Blue Stars’ guard, I am sure they don’t look great right now (if you have really seen them) but they know it’s a marathon not a sprint.
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    Blue Devils 2018

    I am sure their music will make more sense with the visual but a lot of the time it just sounds like random notes or playing tricky passages for the sake of the sheets! When they do play a melody they sound wonderful (e.g. the ballad). I only wish they played more tunes that had a start, middle and end rather than chop & bop 10-20 second passages!
  10. I expect SCV to win this year. Last year they had the champion percussion section and the champion guard and now perhaps the best drill writer too. I too think it's funny that very few people seem to be counting them as potential champions, as though last year was a fluke. I guess we will find out in a few week's time!
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    Cadets 2018

    A few WGI groups have had remote controlled devices very successfully integrated into their shows. Can't see why DCI couldn't also make it work.
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    Cadets 2018

    I wonder if they are still going to be remote controlled?
  13. I just reread the article. Pretty poor on Madison’s behalf and bravo to Blue Stars for having a transgender member last year. Based on Madison’s policy if you were a male to female transgender person you would be eligible to march (based on being a born a male!) but a female to male not so much. Something seems wrong with that don’t you think?
  14. I appreciate the uniqueness of having an all male corps but they have been clearly struggling with talent levels in the last few years. Going co-ed would double the talent available to them or maybe they should go all female ;-)
  15. Listening to some of this music, I wonder if a drum corps would ever switch from Trumpets to Cornets to get that brass band sound? Crown maybe?