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  1. Excitement brewing in Milwaukee...

    "brewing." I LOLed Big fan of Andy and his approach to teaching. He's the perfect fit for Pio.
  2. 2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    ?? This does not hold water. If you happen to live in Texas, as many DCI members do (it is the 2nd most-populous state, after all, while Wyoming is 50th), having Troopers come to you seems to be a reason in favor of auditioning with them, not against it. If you live in, say, Ohio, it's easier and cheaper to fly to Dallas than it is to fly to Casper or Cheyenne. It takes less time than it takes to fly to Denver and take the corps bus up to Cheyenne. If you want to audition for any corps, you're going to have to get on a plane anyway, unless you happen to live within a reasonable drive of the camp location. Ain't nowhere in America that's within a reasonable drive of Casper, Wyoming. That has been the case since Jim Jones opened the doors.
  3. 2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    Troopers appear to have made a change at the top of their design team: Adam Sage. News release is here. Also, a tantalizing bit of into at the top (emphasis mine): Last weekend our 2018 Design Team convened in Dallas, TX to begin preparations for our 60th anniversary summer program. This year’s production, which will include an exciting new look is sure to please fans from coast to coast as we set out west for the first time in eight years.
  4. Interesting, in that Raiford is the visual designer for Troopers, a corps for which "brand" -- and all the positives and negatives that come with it -- may loom larger than for any other corps.
  5. This has been suggested at various times and places around DCP forums over the years, for the obvious reason that it is magnificent music, and would be transporting in the hands of a capable, and loud, DCI brass ensemble. Sadly, as has been reported at those same times and places, Morten Lauridsen is very tight with permission to O Magnum Mysterium, as this composition apparently has very personal meaning to him, connected to loss of family/friend. So it's unlikely we'll hear this, though if a corps manages to obtain permission, I make the motion that they automatically win DCI.
  6. In my armchair-designer moments, I like to imagine a very angry, ######-off Troopers corps stalking onto the field, cigarette stubs clenched in their teeth, tobacco stains on the uniforms, the guys with 5 days' stubble -- to the "House of Cards" theme as pre-show music: . . . and then the moment the show begins, go immediately for the jugular -- to hell with a soft buildup; we're going with closer-level megaballad intensity from very start -- with a great recent cover of "House of the Rising Sun" by the Heavy Young Heathens: . . . or maybe use the first 1:45 of Rising Sun as the pre-show music. Maybe the show could be called "House of . . . .<something>"
  7. 2018 Prediction Thread

    "Presenting their 2018 program, 'Six Degrees,' Drum Corps International is proud to present . . . ."
  8. How About Some Common Ground?

    How about this.
  9. 2017 Favorite "Moments"

    As props go, the BAC pyre was about as good as it gets, from the technical perspective. As a storytelling element of the show, and as GE, it struck me as kinda cheesy. I was much more engaged with the SCV discs as they folded upward behind the running guard member. Academy's cartoony tree stumps had a role to play in telling the story, and they involved the members for a greater portion of the show. Mandarins' color guard did a great job, er, drawing the pen nibs into the presentation. The pyre was an exclamation point; the discs, and tree stumps, and pen nibs were more of a storytelling tool. To me, BAC's use of the stocks and gallows props were more effective from a GE standpoint.
  10. 2017 Favorite "Moments"

    SCV pristine backfield "fountain" drill that dissolved into randomness, then snapped into a grid BD's unison rifle work at the stepoff was a thrill to watch every time Bloo tenor feature where the guys spread out 30 yards! Every SCV tenor feature, tbh BD unison flag work during ballad BK brass re-entrance and storm to the end of the percussion concerto Troopers' percussion work during tango, very tasty and musical Cadets' church-organ finish, majestic Crown battery feature, side 1, middle of show. Flam-o-ramic red meat for the drum nerds like me Chord modulation to finish SCV show The Cavaliers' immensely satisfying "my way" musical statement as battery strolled down the brass corridor Blue Stars' final drill segment Mandarins' red ink blot pillow people from hell
  11. Age Outs

    You win in November. You win in December. That's when you compete; that's when the ring is won. The rest is show design and competent instruction. A somewhat cynical take, I'll grant you. And there is always the possibility of an outlier. But, by and large, placements are won when the contracts are signed.
  12. Retreat in Traditional Uniforms

    As I said: a circle. But Don Warren didn't hand bugles to the boys in Troop 111 because he wanted to sell records. You need a solid business plan to run a world-class drum corps these days. The money is vital. But the money is the fuel; it's not the cause. The cause is the members in the ranks; the cause is the members' formation into adults, the cause is the members' growth, the cause is the members' experience; the cause is what motivates the staff, the boards of directors, the volunteer cooks, and the fans in the stands. If the corps could provide the DCI experience to young people without having to sell a single ticket, they would. Us fans are the beneficiaries of the cause. We help to sustain it with our money. But our happiness is a byproduct, not the aim, and anyway our money is not the primary contributor to the top line on the income statement.
  13. Who will be the darlings next year?

    Possibly, though I think 2017 was the most melodic show to come out of BK in years, and one of the most purely listenable shows, from beginning to end, across all of DCI. For my money, the ladder toward the top will be built on visual.
  14. 2017 World Championships Finals - Aug 12

    how is it possible that there are empty seats? What is wrong with you people?