Excited to see what Mandarins and The Academy will do. Very impressed with what the Mandarins' color guard did last year as well as their sound. Great stuff! The Academy has had some really cool shows the last couple of years. Last year was no exception!
Blue Stars had the best show for me since Le Tour. Their sound was so rich and big and the color guard was very entertaining. I want more of this!
I was ecstatic over SCV's resurgence into the top 2! Was really pulling for them at Finals but to no avail. This year they will build on the ever strong percussion as well as the vastly improved color guard and brass line. Now, let's see the DRILL!!!! Can they do it in 2018 and win it all?
Always ready to see what Carolina Crown has to bring to the table. I know last year's show was kind of avant garde, but I enjoyed the heck out of it. I loved the weirdly percussive final piece with their big brass sound. Ready for the HAMMER to drop in 2018.
The Cadets have always been one of my top favorites since seeing their show in 1993. I was losing hope in them because of some of the show concepts the past few years and what seems to be a less competitive drum corps as far as the top 3 are concerned. Not expecting them to contend or even move up too much from last year, but I am ready to see a show designed with a new team (or at least a team that has more say in the final product). Hoping the show kicks a** no matter how it places.
Can't overlook the Bluecoats as I enjoy the new direction they've gone the past few seasons. Their overall brass sound hints at BD which is cool to hear. From Tilted props, to ramps to a zig-zag stage, what is next? Whatever it is, I'm sure it will be innovative and cool.
These are the ones I'm most excited to see. Of course, being a big fan of drum corps, I'm excited to see all of the shows! I hope there is a mix-up in placements at the top this year with some surprises. I'd also like to see some placement changes from night to night as well. Of course, that may be asking for too much!