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  1. I could email you some video of Cadets' last camp. How much $$$ you got?
  2. Cadets 2018

    Of course, DCP members don't necessarily know which ideas come from Mr. Hopkins or from someone else, so what this really means is that "If we like things, we'll say that he stayed out of it, and if we don't like things, we'll blame him for it."
  3. Cadets 2018

    March is always my favorite ensemble to attend all year. March Brassness.
  4. Moving to a top 4 corp

    Depends on how you define "better". I'd warrant that the amount of time I put into earning my US D license made me a better coach on that travel team, and made my players better at playing the game, than the Rec Team parent who had neither a clue what he was doing nor much interest in the game at all. I think that belief is backed up by how many of my players started for the High School varsity team as freshmen. And I would say that the musical education my son has obtained with a finalist corps (not even looking at the intangible life lessons that went with it) is light-years beyond what he experienced his first year with an Open Class corps), and also much stronger than what he experienced his second year with a lower World Class corps. Throughout all my kids' sports and music careers, they have been unhappy when they weren't being pushed (by the teachers and the talent level of their teammates) to be their best.
  5. He's not joking. My Ignore List shot into double digits over the least 15 months of the Cadets thread. I just wish others would quit quoting them.
  6. Moving to a top 4 corp

    There are strong and valid arguments for staying or going - it will ultimately come down to how the individual weighs them.
  7. Moving to a top 4 corp

    You hear that so often (mostly from a corps trying to retain you), but then ... how realistic is it to expect your corps to actually make any significant improvement? If he's currently top 12 but looking at top 4, then he's probably somewhere in 7-12, and looking at the last three season's scores for those corps, we see no reason to automatically presume that another three years will necessarily build and improve any of them. Sure, it could happen, but more often than not that's a fantasy. Meteoric rises in today's DCI, like Boston experienced last season, are the exception, not the rule. Scouts: 8 > 13 > 12 Crossmen: 12 > 10 > 11 Blue Stars: 11 > 9 > 10 Phantom: 7 > 8 > 9 Blue Knights: 6 > 7 > 8 Cadets: 4 > 6 > 7 PS - I'm not necessarily saying he should definitely seek to move up. It's just that I've heard that argument ad nauseam, and I just don't find it convincing.
  8. Cadets 2018

    I believe the plan at one point was to use Blue Devil's tarp from "As Dreams Are Made On" and have Jesus walk across it.
  9. Cadets 2018

    I'd prefer that they play and march well. I think they will.
  10. Cadets 2018

    But you're not surprised at the source, surely.
  11. Cadets 2018

    The corps spends the first two weeks or so of Spring Training in Johnstown, PA, then travels by bus to Ada, OH for the remaining couple weeks, then starts the tour. That has been their schedule the last two seasons, and will be repeated this year. The corps leaves Ada June 16 (a handful of days earlier than usual) and instead of driving to Indy for the season opener, they drive on to Nebraska (and rehearse on the 17th), then to Wyoming (and rehearse there the 18th), then to Utah (and rehearse there the 19th), then to Nevada (and rehearse there the 20th), arriving in California the 21st. To be honest, I don't believe the additional miles on the front end will necessarily add much, or any, to their overall budget, because the corps will simultaneously be saving the cost of renting dorm rooms for ~200 people for the several additional days they would have stayed at Ada had they only been heading to the Indy opener. They're also doing 7 shows in California, all clustered around SF and LA, so there are several days in Cali where they are not traveling significantly at all. They're also cutting out the Florida leg of the tour, which was lengthy the last two years. Someone can probably run the exact mileage on google, I suppose.
  12. Cadets 2018

    I won't be around until Sunday afternoon - gotta deal with the other kids' events today.
  13. Cadets 2018

    That's something I took away from the last camp as well: the Sensemayá arrangement was driving, strong and powerful, and should lend itself to interesting, fast-paced drill.
  14. Cadets 2018

    I think that was partially the result of the Bernstein source music, which didn't lend itself so much to meatiness, and couldn't be altered significantly.
  15. Cadets 2018

    Ditto. I didn't particularly like the Sensemaya charts when I first saw them, but enjoyed it much more live last camp with the percussion/pit added, and the more full sense of the music on display. Last season I also questioned several areas of arranging at early camps, and then was pleasantly surprised when the vocals were layered on later (though I did not agree with certain additional vocals that were added late in the season). In other words, I know that I have to sit on my hands and wait to see them put it all together before I can fully judge.