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About palmettomello

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  1. All time shows: Carolina Crown

    1. 2009 Probably my favorite drum corps show of all time. <SNL Stefon> This show had everything (including a didgeridoo!). Amazing music and drill. Told a story with out gaudy voiceovers, the music and visuals spoke for themselves and guided us through the almost 'wizard of oz' type story. I thought the use of green and cream was one of the most unique color schemes ever fielded. Seeing that "tinker bell" was disguised as a marching member and her reveal is probably the only time I was truly surprised by something happening on the field. Can't say enough about how perfect this show was. 2. 2008 First crack in the top 5. Probably the only "cut and paste" show I have ever liked. Intro with candide into that first impact, yowza. 3. 2012 Fantastic, but wish they would have put a little more color on the field. 4. 2015 Inferno was great, perfect program design. 5. 2006 This was the first year I really started following drum corps and I fell in love with this show. The music is fantastic. I would really like to hear them or someone else revisit some of the source music. Sure, execution wasn't as high as we know them today. That drill is beastly and included some very, umm, interesting drill sets. I encourage everyone that hasn't watched this show in quite some time to revisit to hear that brass line digging into the music. Yes it is less refined, but yeah can begin to hear the real beginning of that distinct crown sound. Also look for a young Herbert on the flag line, the start of his years 2006-2011! HM's 2010 I love love loved the Mahler and Danzon No. 2! I enjoyed this show much more than others. Sadly, the last year they really fielded the cream team. 2016 That guard and the music! 1999+2000: The start of something special. Jekyll and Hyde and The Mask of Zorro featured some great tunes. Also those guards were way above the rest of the corps. Didn't 1999 finish like 6th while the rest of the corps finished around their final placement of 11-12th? Edit: Yes, 2007 and 2013 are quite good. I just don't go back and rewatch them as much as I do for the shows listed above. Less than favorite: 2011 and 2014
  2. Cadets 2018

    Cadets announce 2018 Brass Staff
  3. Alabama A&M

    University of South Carolina's "Mighty Sound of the Southeast" surprised me Saturday. College marching bands usually make me cringe. Saw this live this past weekend and it was pretty good, which was a lot better than our football team's performance. Arranger JD Shaw supplied some very accessible music from ZZ Top to Rihanna to Queen for a show themed for around "the history of automobile racing." Toe lead marching was something else too.
  4. Carolina Crown 2017

    <This is purely a guess, I have no inside info> I would not be surprised if Crown adds something big visually come prelims. I felt like by the last week of 2015 and 2016, the show's became a little stale that prevented them from surging in GE. Like the huge banners in 2015 that kind of lost their sparkle after a while. I could see them adding a new tarp or make something of those percussion islands. Could be wrong and they are just polishing. I saw the Massillon show and more of the guard work popped for the weapon line. Idk if it was new or just more clean, too lazy to go back and look.
  5. Phantom Regiment 2010 was so refreshing. Saw it throughout the season marching another corps and it definetly clicked, musically, when they made it to LOS. Just watched it again for the first time in a while and remembered how much I love this show. Definetly made an emotional connection viewing in person. They got a lot of flack for the show not falling in the 'classical repertoire' from alumni. Also believe that it's the last year PR included males in their color guard. The program was so simple but so brillant, kudos 2010 PR.
  6. Carolina Crown 2017

    I, personally, feel that one of the reasons that the guard isn't scoring as high as some other units is that their weapons do not have as many large ensemble tosses/moments that are really exposed. A lot of the 6's and 7's are rippled, like in the opener. They really need more WOW moments. The ballad lacking equipment entirely doesn't really help either. I remember the 2016 show during Hallelujah there were some huge tosses that were really exposed and integrated in the kneeling brass form. That opener during Madea paired with the closing reprise having the entire guard on the rifle feature was also quite impressive. I understand it's the caption head's first year with the program but it is unfortunate that the rest of the corps is scoring so well on the sheets. Like others, the green uniforms blending into the field doesn't help highlight the section and work either. Other things aren't always reading that well from far away, like work using pieces of the broken rifles. It isn't always about if there were drops, but the content of the work and difficultly in executing it within the ensemble. Really hope in the years to come that Sacktig and the guard staff work together more with the staging of the guard as well.
  7. Hoping a kind person out there will periscope Crown tonight. Really wanting to know what they have up their sleeves.
  8. Carolina Crown 2017

    So I've watched the show online a few times and not sure if this has been brought up in the past pages. It seems that side 1 gets more raised and scattered sidelines than side 2. I think the drill kind of alludes to side 1 being the more 'deconstructionist' theme, i.e. the straight company front that turns into the wave form on side 1 a few times. And then they finish the show with more percussion 'islands' on side 1 with the drill centered on side 2 during the fugue reprise. Has anyone else commented on this or heard the viewpoint from the drill/design team? Sorry if I'm stating the obvious.
  9. Cadets 2017

    I am an east coast-er that hasn't seen the cadet's production this year. Also a grad school student that's too poor to buy the streaming and shows won't be near me until towards the end of July. Wouldn't mind if someone just might happen to inbox me a present that would make my day. Really want to see what they've fielded this year. I've seen nearly everyone else via periscope, youtube, social media, etc. Cadets have been a tough cookie to find for me!
  10. Carolina Crown 2017

    Is the fugue going to be pushed into a pre-show to fit the rest of the closer in the allotted time? Will there be more "deconstruction" to the field in that break near the very end where the percussion islands come out? I could see them moving the yard lines.
  11. Harrowing Hamilton - June 26th, 2017

    I could honestly see them trying to move the entire field lines over to try and change the intervals between some. Use something like the tarps cadets had for the field numbers. Or change the field a little more than when coats "tilted" it with a tarp. Just a guess.
  12. Blue Devils 2017 60th Anniversary!

    What is it titled? I couldn't find it.
  13. Opening Night!

    I thought everyone debuts their final product in June..... </sarcasm> What I was alluding to is that almost everyone else tonight had shows that saturate the field with their key concepts/ideas. Religious references, a huge jagged runway, space props, love, etc. Crown's concept will take infinitely more work to covey on the field as they polish their show and add in layers. Their show is smart and will take some time to sink in like 2013 and many of BD's recent productions. I know this isn't all that GE takes into accounts but I just hope this caption doesn't hold their score back as August rolls around.
  14. Opening Night!

    I think it's going to be interesting to follow Crown's GE score for the rest of the season as their show develops more.