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  1. For sale: "Goo" for everyone!
  2. Same year (if it was '94) that BD's guard was outfitted in Victoria's Secret silk bras.
  3. Hell, yes. What a beautiful book. I could listen to that trumpet break on a loop everyday, all day, for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. Same for the ballad. As much as II loved last year's ballad, they freaking NAILED it this year.
  4. I agree. That would have been awesome, and the Mandarins are a hard working corps that had a great year. I am looking forward to what they do next year.
  5. It was awesome to see SCV gunning for the tile. I have former students on that staff, so it was good to see them achieve what they did. And, how cool is it that the Bay took top two? Awesome.
  6. Let's all post here to avoid the haterade... No need for "Do it up, Devils!!!". They DID!
  7. Just texted a colleague that I taught with at BD in celebration. What a corps, what a history, what a night.
  8. I think this all comes down to the old "art reflects culture" discussion. Generally speaking, so much of what exists as entertainment in our world today is short on depth. Consequently, the world of DCI has followed suit. It has to to stay relevant as an artistic medium. But I agree with all the folks that are concerned about where the activity is right now.
  9. I think the genesis of all this is easily traceable: Michael Gaines and the Cavaliers. When they were consistently winning, it was because their visual design was unparalleled. But, it was short bursts of creative eye candy while they played donut holes in the brass section, and while their percussion was top notch, it all happened (as the OP states) in segments. But, it won. Multiple times. Consequently, to be competitive with them, designers and arrangers began to emulate them. When in Rome... I think this phenomenon can also be traced back to WGI, specifically Fantasia. When they won with their "City Of Glass" show, it marked the end of any semblance of musicality and length of phrase being rewarded. The transitions became pedestrian, and the emphasis was put on creating Michael Bay moments of flash, bang, and whiz that were fun to watch, but lacked in substance. In other words, it was reflective of what was (and still is) happening in pop culture. That style of design found its way into all other arenas of the marching arts. As long as this type of design gets rewarded, it isn't going anywhere.
  10. I SMELL SMOKE!!! THEY'RE ALWAYS READY!!! 18!!!
  11. Watch it from beginning to end in context. Jay Murphy does not write/design "moves", but creates a show that is in constant motion from beginning to end from at least one of the elements. It is a process of seeing the "forest for the trees". Mr. Murphy may not offer a lot of trees, but the freaking forest is amazing.
  12. Simplicity?!? Seriously?!? Watch the show again. There is nothing "simple" about it. If you really think that, you have either never taught or marched.
  13. Ok. BD's show is awesome this year, as it usually is. However, if you factor in what is on the sheets, their show last year is top box. This is a great year for drum corps. Last year was, too.
  14. Biggest hose job in DCI history. No announcement of scores and a random draw for finals. BD thought it was in the bag, but had no way of knowing that they were trailing.