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  1. I have written previously as to the improbability of a Brass Section that featured only 25 Brass somehow coming in 12th place in G.E. Brass in the 1979 DCI prelims. In other words with only 11 Soprano's, 4 Mellophone's, 8 Baritone's and 2 Contrabass the '79 Crusader's Brass section made the D.C.I. finals in GE Brass. The question is.....was that the most amazing score the '79 Crusader's achieved that year? Well, it's arguable that our M&M execution or visual scores were even more remarkable and remarkable over the course of the entire year. Why? because over the course of that season we beat every Corps in the country in M&M execution save 4. Which 4 were we not able to beat? Phantom, who took high execution that year, the Blue Devils and Santa Clara Vanguard both of whom we did not compete against until the D.C.I. Prelims, and Spirit of Atlanta whom we were only .03 behind at the D.C.I. Midwest. We actually took top M&M execution at the CYO Nationals that year a show that was staged just one week before the D.C.I. finals. In that show we came in over Madison, 27th, Cavi's, Bridgemen, North Star and Freelancer's which were all Corps who were twice our size. One judge gave us a 19.1 and the other gave us a 19.3. Over the course of that year we beat Madison, 27th, Cavi's, Bridgemen, North Star, Freelancer's, Crossmen, Blue Star, Guardsmen (7th place that year) and Trooper's (12th place that year).Those Corps range in placement from 5th to 14th place in the D.C.I. Prelims and again, they were all twice our size. So what happened at the D.C.I. prelims? Well the #2 judge had us in 9th place which is where we were ranking the entire season...if not better and he gave us a 19.4 just one week after we scored a 19.2 while winning M&M at the CYO Nationals. Where did the #1 judge have us? In 16th place with a 16.7 behind Avant Guarde whom the the #2 judge had in 31st place. If you look at the score differentials between the two judges for the other Corps they are fairly close and consistent. But with our score their is a 2.7 gap. Despite the difference in scoring between these two judges we still ended up coming in 13th in M&M execution that year which, all things considered, ain't too shabby. So, I'm not going to say we got screwed by the #1 judge because no one wants to hear that but I am going to say that I think it's a shame that he didn't give us a score that would have been consistent with our previous scores. If we did get the score from the number #1 judge that I thought we deserved, a score that would have put us in 9th place overall then, from a historical perspective, that score should rank #1 as the most stunning score that any Drum Corps has ever achieved given the circumstances, that score along with our 12th place in G.E. Brass. One thing I feel I should add is this.....I was out of Drum Corps for over 30 years and have only been back for the last 8 so I may have missed some other improbable scores regarding Drum Corps. Maybe that's a thread for some else to start.
  2. I did notice the volume control but even when I maxed it out along with the volume control on my computer I still find the volume lacking.
  3. Don't know why their isn't any volume. If your still interested you can go to The Drum Corp Heritage Society facebook page and find it under the video section. You could just choose to watch the visual which is certainly worth it considering that one of the visual performance judges at the D.C.I. prelims had us in 9th place that year which ain't so bad for a Corps that had only about 60 members. Having said that we also came in 12th place in G.E. Brass in the prelims despite having only 25 Brass so you might just want to hear that performance as well.
  4. If the female guard members start going shirtless then maybe I'll start complaining......maybe.
  5. I'd say their more like number 6 with a howitzer.
  6. Marched with the Crusader's brass section back in the mid to late 70's and, to be honest, I have not always found modern day Drum Corps shows to be very entertaining. Having said that... I loved this years Blue Devils brass show! It sounded a lot like old time Drum Corps, albeit the musicianship is certainly on a higher level and they have the advantage of being able to employ that new invention, the 3rd valve, but, in watching the show, I found myself to be truly entertained as opposed to trying to convince myself that I was being entertained which is too often the case for me when I'm taking in a show. I'm not one of those old curmudgeons' who wants Drum Corps to step back into the past. I actually like most of the allowances that modern Drum Corps provides but, I do have a problem with shows that are, IMO, overly cryptic and pompous. You might think that I'm being contradictory in citing the Blue Devils brass show as sounding like old time Drum Corps while, at the same time, proclaiming myself to being innocent of being a curmudgeon in my negative opinion of too many modern day Drum Corp shows but, I don't feel like I am. All the modern allowances are fine with me if the show being performed is one that I can sink my teeth into. I thought the Blue Devils show had a great flow to it, that their were recognizable and sustained melodies and, as I said, very, very, entertaining. I also loved the Crusader's show this year and I would advise the Blue Devils that they had best watch their backs in 2018 as Boston is coming on strong. Thank You Blue Devils.
  7. We weren't exactly angels back then so that if their were any shenanigans perpetrated by a Crusader member while they were wearing a Crusader member jacket then they could be easily identified and the Corps would be held accountable.
  8. We weren't allowed to wear member jackets when I marched in the mid to late 70's. For those who knew the Corps back then no explanation is needed. Having said that we were allowed to wear Crusader member T-shirts which negated the reasoning for us not being allowed to wear member jackets. Sometimes we didn't think things all the way through back then.
  9. The black T-Shirt with the white Waldo is retro, either '77 or '78 I believe. I still have my original one that I wore back in the day. In fact I wore it under my Uniform (costume) when I played with Mass Brass a few years back. It was a bit of a tighter fit but I still managed to move around in it.
  10. Hotlanta - July 12th

    Dumb Drama? Haven't you just created even more drama? Anyways, the Cavies certainly have a shot at 3rd or 4th this year. They've come a long way these last few years finishing 9th in 2015 and 5th last year. It's exciting to see ones Corps competing at the highest level of Drum Corps.
  11. Hotlanta - July 12th

    Is that what we should be talking about? I'll let all the other Boston fans know, thanks.
  12. Hotlanta - July 12th

    How am I high jacking a thread that is specifically about a show that the Crusader's performed in this evening? And what happened at this show? The Crusader's beat the Cadet's for the first time in 37 years! But you find the mentioning of this annoying! What else do you find annoying? How about all those Cub fans going off on how they won the World Series? Did you find them annoying as well? Going on about how they were going to beat Cleveland in the seventh game. They sounded like Red Sox fans from a few years ago. How annoying!
  13. Hotlanta - July 12th

    On July 8th in Orlando the Crusader's were 1.45 behind the Cadets and tonight they bested them. They are now only 1.8 behind the Cavie's. The question is no longer will the Crusader's beat the Cadet's before San Antonio but will the Crusader's beat the Cavie's in San Antonio. I say in San Antonio as I don't think they will be competing against one another again until then.