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  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    MM's that HAD to have their wisdom teeth out...

    Reason No. 194 to play drums.
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    Drum Corps Map and Daily Rundown

    Yes, indeed it does. But the camp did open on May 21; that's when members started to arrive. I guess they hit the field today. It's all good. This is a fun thread.
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    Drum Corps Map and Daily Rundown

    Actually, May 21 is the day that Troopers begin all-days, in Douglas, Wyo.
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    2018 HYPE

    SCV was just nails last year, and if they have an extra gear to get them to the top, it's gonna be awesome to see and hear. Hype me, Vanguard. The last time Cavies sniffed a medal, they stuck around awhile. Unless the staff drops a horrible design on the members, I expect to see a Cavaliers squad of the likes we haven't seen for more than 10 years. I'm sorry, but the Bluecoats spreading out their tenors 40 yards during their soli was the biggest hype moment of the year for me in 2017. Can they go for 60 this year? Cadets. So many variables. Hard to know how they will resolve. They are certainly the story of the year. The corps has huge financial issues, at least for now. The admin will have to work hard to keep that from affecting stuff on the field. How will the members react to losing their West-Coast opportunity? The fans will be in their corner, for sure. The show seems a winner on paper, but there's also the risk of overselling it into the realm of manipulation. The members may feel they have something to prove, but in truth they shouldn't have to feel that way, and a chip on the shoulder gets to be awfully heavy after a while. The potential for burnout seems possible. Or they could win the whole #### thing. It's hard to tell now, but will be compelling to watch. Blue Knights vs. Phantom will be its own hype. Phantom seems to be doubling down on its heritage, at least musically. Importing Brad Toth, known for coaxing an easy, glossy power from the brass, is an interesting addition. But every new staff takes a couple of seasons to load their system completely into the ranks, and anyway if the design team runs the brass around the field like they did last year, I don't know how much oxygen the players are going to have to give to Brad. Over at BK, the brass staff has a bit of a Crown pedigree, and it will be interesting to see how -- if at all -- the BK brass will move away from its lush sound to the almost sterile quality of the Crown sound. Jay Bocook is still writing the charts, and he's got really intriguing material to work with the year. Two corps, each with new brass instruction staff. Will be interesting to see. Don't know what to expect from PR visually, but BK is planning on a monster-sized guard, and if anything, the use of color may be more intense in 2018. Last year's percussion was elite; if they can give visual even a modest bump while holding on to their brass standing, BK could approach Top 6. So could Phantom, for other reasons. And the anticipation will build more this year, as the two won't meet up until much later in the season. Let the hype begin. As usual, the battle for 12th will be hyped. Mandarins are swimming in a sea of local talent even deeper than Texas, and sure seem poised. Academy? No idea. Probably. Colts absolutely could be there. Troopers will have their biggest horn line ever, one year removed from the staff change; drums have long-time instruction stability, good talent and will be solid. The design this year is drawn more directly from their DNA, but Troop needs to get its guard into the hunt to have a chance. And can any of them overtake Madison or Xmen?
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    2018 Blue Stars

    Yeah, I was just gonna say: that's a show with a lot of melody, something that is in short supply these days in DCI. This could be the most whistle-able show of the season.
  6. https://evidence.uslegal.com/testimony/ But you are right in the sense that testimony is not synonymous with evidence. It is evidence given by a witness, as compared to evidence provided by a document or something.
  7. A newspaper is not a court of law. BUT Under oath, in a trial, testimony -- i.e., people who talk -- is considered evidence. This news story is airtight. Sources are named; several of their accounts are corroborated by witnesses; the nine accounts span a long range of time and share similar characteristics. The reporting is ironclad and the writing is cool, clinical. It is rock-solid journalism.
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    Excitement brewing in Milwaukee...

    "brewing." I LOLed Big fan of Andy and his approach to teaching. He's the perfect fit for Pio.
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    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.
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    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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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>"
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    2018 Prediction Thread

    "Presenting their 2018 program, 'Six Degrees,' Drum Corps International is proud to present . . . ."