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About ThirdValvesAreForWimps

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Lead/Solo Trumpet, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Your Favorite Corps
    The Cavaliers
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    Any Season Without Singing, Microphones, Synthesizers, or Electronics
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    Physics, golf, family, trumpet, and church -- not in that order.

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  1. 2018 Rules proposals

    Ban amplification.....
  2. 2018 Rules proposals

    I have ONE rules change: Keep the Bb/F horns, cap the number of participants to 150, poop-can the amplification, ban vocals, and reset the composition of the judging panels to 1981 standards because that’s the year the most fans showed up ever. You want those stands filled again?
  3. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Pull out the 1978 brass and percussion score, rewrite it for Bb/F horns, and call it some 40 year anniversary of something or other. Pair it with a modern drill and watch Phantom move into the top 6.
  4. The Cavaliers 2017

    Maybe. I see the surge taking place in 2019-20 at the earliest. I just don't see the Blue Devils or Santa Clara Vanguard leaving the top three at all over the next five years.
  5. 2017 World Championships Finals - Aug 12

    Where were the Mello-Dears from?
  6. That's a good way of putting it. People of all ages are coming out of competitions saying they want to hear more of the raw non-amplified sound. I went to a lot of live shows this year and this sentiment was nearly universal. Here in the US people tend to believe change is always good but often it isn't. I can live with shorter show time limits, Bb/F brass, and even non-traditional costumes. These things still keep the performance in the hands of the performers. The moment any electronic implement is introduced, especially synthesizers, the performance is now in the hands of the sound man. That's never been the mission of DCI. It's always been about the performers on the field until now. Synthesizers can make a brass line sound WAY fuller than it is and to my ear I heard way too much bass from the pit and not enough from the tubas. Self-indulgent people may be driving this train but it's going to run off the tracks. Sane heads will prevail. They usually do.
  7. The Cavaliers 2017

    Yes, if the program calls for it. I would personally like to see my old corps try to play music from the band Chicago but that's not normally done by drum corps.
  8. There will be a movement back to natural means and away from electronic enhancement. This will correct itself rather nicely.
  9. The Cavaliers 2017

    Breaking into the top three again will be very difficult. It's going to take a Herculean effort especially in the brass section.
  10. 2017 World Championships Finals - Aug 12

    Les Chatelaines were terrific. So were Arbella, the Capitolaires, the Ventures, St. John's Girls, the Audobon Bon-Bons, and more.
  11. The Cavaliers 2017

    After seeing The Cavaliers and the Bluecoats last night I knew we had passed them but I'm going to share something: After hearing Carolina Crown have some technical issues and performance issues, I honestly thought The Cavaliers had jumped ahead TWO spots.
  12. Bluecoats 2017 thread - Go Blooooooo!

    The Bluecoats were classy and capable defending champions all season. They proved why the 2016 gold was well deserved.
  13. The Cavaliers 2017

    Just for the record, we're not happy the Bluecoats dropped a spot. We're happy The Cavaliers moved up a spot. We have nothing but respect for the corps from Canton.
  14. What will be the trends for 2018?

    2018 will feature a predictable pendulum swing away from live vocals and electronic enhancement. I'm not saying they'll totally go away -- that will take a rules change -- but I believe coordinators and staff realize they've taken the burden of performance away from the performers and put it on the sound man. The score sheets reward the individuals on the field, not the person at the controls.
  15. The Cavaliers 2017

    Amen! The Cavaliers' brass line kicked it up a notch late in the season but I agree with you completely that there must be more volume to score well. Right now our sound -- I'm an alum and I can say this -- is too baritone dominant. It's like listening to a radio with the treble knob turned down. If you listen to BD or SCV you'll notice some "sizzle" in the upper voices which imparts more energy into the overall sound. When I played with The Cavaliers we occasionally put that "edge" on our sound but years later when I played with Maynard the "burn" was expected.