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About grenadasmoothie

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Fairfield CT Tornadoes soprano 1982, 1983:CT Hurricanes soprano 1984, mellophone 1985 - 1989: Hawthorne Caballeros mellophone 1990, 1991; honor guard 2010 - 2012. Park City Pride mellophone 2003.
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Suncoast Sound, Caballeros
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    '84 Cabs @ DCA Finals
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    DCA 1991 - DCI 1986
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    Constitution State

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  1. grenadasmoothie

    Mandarins 2018

    We are going absolutely bonkers having to wait two more weeks to see them live finally in Allentown. Heard from a friend who saw them in TX last night, and he was totally sold! Nothing really to add to the conversation here, except, GO PURPLE TEAM!!!!!
  2. On OR off, I'll be in the area, having to leave home many hours before any weather-related decision would be made. Looks 50-50 for rain tomorrow evening last I checked. Everybody cross your fingers.
  3. grenadasmoothie

    Mandarins 2018

    A little anecdote to show how Mandarins' popularity is spreading: I worked the Clifton, NJ DCA show last Saturday night. Until then, for years I had described myself and my wife as the only diehard Mandarins fans in the northeast. On Saturday, though, we saw a lady with the purple Mandarins logo T-shirt at the show . Welcome to the club, unknown drum corps fan in New Jersey!
  4. grenadasmoothie

    Standings as of now DCA

    From my experience in the ticket booth, walk up and will-call seemed about the same as last year, if not (a bit) slightly stronger.
  5. grenadasmoothie

    Field Mics for Entire Ensemble

    Are there really this few of us who recognize the complete absurdity of amplifying an ensemble of 65 to 80 brass players, most of whom are playing instruments that are actually designed to be be, well, sound cannons? And please don't think I'm just another grumpy dino. I absolutely love most of what today's corps are doing. For example, I think what Cadets are doing with their vocalists this year is absolutely beautiful, and I love the occasional trombone or French horn feature. But amping your giant brass line just strikes me as goofy.
  6. grenadasmoothie

    Who's on first?

    Saw Spartans last Sunday in their first show. If they don't contend for a medal, Open Class is INSANELY strong this year!
  7. grenadasmoothie

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    FWIW, neither am I, but, as reluctant as I am to admit it, I think both BAC and Cadets are doing great things with vocals this summer. And please don't think I was offended at your expression of your opinion! Besides, you're right about mellos- We ARE wonderful, aren't we ? Heck, that moment in the show might work for me specifically BECAUSE I know the young lady!
  8. grenadasmoothie

    Favorite shows and moments of 2018 so far

    That would be Cavaliers!
  9. grenadasmoothie

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    "Where she belongs"?!?! That young lady is an awesomely talented all-around musician. She belongs wherever her talents are needed! Oh, and she IS one of the opening singers. Of course, I may be a little biased, as her mom's a dear friend of mine . Not personally attacking your opinion- I do see your point, just don't happen to agree with it, is all. I think a woman's voice is the perfect choice there, and helps the musical climax beautifully. So there's some heck for you to catch .
  10. grenadasmoothie

    Lawrence, MA - July 1, 2018

    Boston really turned it on for the home crowd tonight. Great Amazing Grace vocal solo, Claire!!!!!!!
  11. grenadasmoothie

    Lawrence, MA - July 1, 2018

    Some truly beautiful moments from Cadets. Annoying when the ENTIRE horn line is on the right side 30 and you hear brass from the speakers on the left side 30, though. Never thought I'd say this, but the vocalists were very good, and I wouldn't have enjoyed the show as much without them. Well done!
  12. grenadasmoothie

    Lawrence, MA - July 1, 2018

    Pretty poorly dressed, but polite and friendly
  13. grenadasmoothie

    Lawrence, MA - July 1, 2018

    Not at all happy that, as was just announced, intermission was just extended an ADDITIONAL 15 minutes. Come on, guys, I have a 3-hour drive home, and have to get to work tomorrow morning . OTOH, Spartans were a very pleasant surprise. Very engaging show. Most I've enjoyed them in a LONG time! Now that the sun's well below the top of the grandstand, just a pleasant summer evening, slight almost cool breeze.
  14. grenadasmoothie

    Lawrence, MA - July 1, 2018

    All great points, but it's still stinkin' hot up here !