MikeRapp

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    Phantom Regiment "Spartacus"; SCV "Phantom of the Opera"

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  1. Cadets 2018

    Can any board not see what Hopkins is doing? His MO has always been to build an organization that is likely to collapse without him as a poison pill for any change of leadership. It blows my mind that any average businessperson would allow such leadership and management malpractice.
  2. Carolina Crown 2018

    Cadets is merging with Boston?
  3. As I have said many times, there are now quite a few World Class alums running bands in the Nashville area. There is plenty of home grown talent to give Music City a great base to grow from. And it’s a great city to send your kid off to if you are in Indy, Atlanta, Memphis or Mississippi
  4. So would Blue Devils and Vanguard then receive twice the take from World Class revenues?
  5. Cadets 2018

    This sort of behavior wouldn’t be tolerated in any public company. Why they tolerate and even support it in an organization supposedly focused on educating young people is truly baffling. Makes you wonder.
  6. Blue Knights 2018

    My digs aren’t random, they are wholly consistent. I don’t like much of what they are putting on the field.
  7. Blue Devils 2018

    I would imagine one big draw is also marching with kids who are mostly around your age and experience. Not many college kids want to spend the summer with 75high schoolers.
  8. I’ve waited 30 years to see a Nashville corps in World Class. Quite a day for the Music City.
  9. What about Batallion? How far away from world class are they?
  10. It would have been practically impossible. Who would choose to march in a non G7 corps? Only those who did not have any other options. The G7 was designed to be a self fulfilling prophecy.
  11. Alabama A&M

    They are two totally different genres, with totally different purposes. But make no mistake about it, those kids can play. They style of HBCU is wholly unique and cannot be compared to any other musical genre.
  12. It's ironic that Boston, who was not included in the G7 and has made a pretty huge statement about it, is now a top 7 corps.
  13. Alabama A&M

    Vanderbilt does not offer tuition credit hours for band, despite having a world class music department. Therefore, the school recruits kids from nearby schools, in addition to motivated vandy students, to field their band. Though they work hard and mean well, it's by no means a competitive collegiate marching band. Which is a nice way of saying, they got smoked by AA&M. Thus the standing ovation, which no doubt included the Vandy band.
  14. I have a somewhat related question. How is it determined which dates, and how many dates, world class corps will play? Obviously some corps can't afford to tour the whole country, but others may want to but not be able to because of slots on shows. Just curious. As we add more legit world class corps, it seems this is going to become a challenge, because you can't have shows that last beyond a certain time frame. And, the more corps you have, the more the money has to be split both in honorariums, gate and merchandise.
  15. Alabama A&M

    Still love the old school high step marching style. And their high brass sound, wow. Btw, this is one of the bands that Drumline was based on. They compete annually for the Big Southern Classic in Atlanta, in front of 50,000 fans. One of the things that blows me a way with this genre of band is that they play in the stands with the same power and authority all game long as they do at halftime. I had the privilege of seeing Tennessee State at Vandy a few years ago, and it was incredible how much energy and commitment those traditional black college bands put into performances all game long.