Brian Tuma

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  1. Brian Tuma

    Madison Scouts 2018

    Sorry, I don’t consider Blue Stars in the 80s and 90s “a drop”. It was more of a comeback and proved their tenacity.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    I’m curious if the female member auditioned along side everyone else. She’s a great player and no doubt would have gotten a spot on her own talents.
  3. Those arrangements! They’re technical without sounding like they were lifted from the Arban book. It’s especially apparent to me during the ballad with the extended ostinato passage. Just when you think you’ve got it down, it changes up. Bravo!
  4. Brian Tuma

    2018 Blue Stars

    With so many people complaining about the lack of melody and recognizable music you would think this thread would be over run with posts praising Blue Stars.
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    St Louis, MO - July 15, 2018

    One of my drum corps partners is a “ssssher”. That’s almost as obnoxious as people talking. Ugh.
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    St Louis, MO - July 15, 2018

    The screamers are all about drawing attention to themselves. Obnoxious lot, them. My worst experience involved a middle aged white guy. Totally ruined the Bluecoats 2010 semis performance for me and surrounding fans, screaming and berating them for their electronics usage. I told him he was a disgrace to the hat and shirt he was wearing (Madison). People around me thanked me for speaking up.
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    St Louis, MO - July 15, 2018

    They laid a solid foundation last year. People seem to overlook that.
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    It's time for original music

    With the exception of Florida Suite, I agree.
  9. Brian Tuma

    Sioux City, IA - July 10, 2018

    Any more head to head meetings between BS and Mandarins outside of regionals? I’m having flashbacks to DIII. Hope there’s some back and forth movement.
  10. Brian Tuma

    Weapon Imagery in Drum Corps

    Meh, when you really think about rifles and sabers being tossed about by people not in military dress, it’s kind of goofy. I love it but my friend and I still joke about a guard from the late 80s dressed in long flowing gowns tossing about rifles.
  11. I would have picked OC 2013 but will have to go with Pioneer ‘96. Pioneer had a trajectory toward finals in the late 90s early 2000s but someone got in the way. I have my theory but it ain’t pretty.
  12. This is a fascinating thread. I always looked at the Salem witch trial thing as the establishment going after women who voiced an opinion. They weren’t called the Salem Warlock trials. Lol
  13. I think another elephant in the room is shows based on mental health issues. I don’t mind Cavies so much because it’s kind of based upon Ravel’s last work which was a result of his neurological disorder. There have been shows in the past who took the “look at us, we’re crazy” route.
  14. I think there’s a big difference between what VK’s cymbal line wore and what is worn today. Today’s costuming is designed first and foremost for very active performers who need outfits with flexibility. I won’t comment on what VK’s cymbal line outfit was designed for but I’m glad those days are mostly in the past.
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    Waukesha, WI - July 8, 2018

    I was able to observe BD’s rehearsal this afternoon. It’s always a thrill to watch a champion rehearse. I’ve been a big fan of Devils, being one of the few that was upset in 2008 and absolutely loving Through a Glass. This year isn’t doing it for me. The opener is stunning, after that not so much. Their ballad is a rehash of ‘17 but without the emotional impact. That was done to perfection last year and I feel they’re trying too hard to recapture that moment. There are so many cool, well performed segments but I don’t feel they add up to a a gold medal show. Harlem Nocturn is a huge impact and will get the crowds cheering. Definitely a medalist but there are at least two better designed shows in competition for gold. Don’t get me wrong, I will sit back and admire the professionalism and attention to detail but it’s just not grabbing me as of yet.