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    Carolina Crown, SCV, Cadets
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    1991 SCV
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  1. 2017 DCI A/V

    iTunes now has 2017 Championships now listed across 3 volumes.
  2. Phantom played Fire of Eternal Glory in '93. Love the all brass version in the "Ornaments in Brass" collection...
  3. iTunes lists a "Silver Bells" album from DCI and this looks to have the "Ornaments in Brass" selections plus others.
  4. 2018 Rules proposals

    If ordinal scoring doesn't pass... Hop's next proposal will be to score like figure skating... all judges judge the full monty and toss the hi/lo scores :P
  5. Musically I liked 14 better over 16...especially the ballad and the high fast loud epic pitch bend closer. Tough call between the two though but slight edge to 14.
  6. 2012 is a favorite for me. I really enjoyed the balance in the front ensemble with the hornline to add to the overall musical experience (and I have always loved their battery writing). Adding in Holst and "The Planets" and you got my attention!!
  7. 2009 Crown will always be a favorite for me... but the prelude to this is that insanely huge opening HIT in 2008 that sets the stage for CrownBRASS!!
  8. 1986... my first DCI show ever at Parkersburg WV... Spirit won over Madison and the encore horn arc is still playing in my head!!! :)
  9. Belpre was über competitive in the local Ohio and WV circuit back in the '80s/ early '90s and produced a few DCI players. Went through a major downsizing/elimination in the mid 90s (due to lack of kids) and now rebuilding to what you see now. I was there '87-91 and was very much patterned after Garfield the first two years (pointed toe roll step... high speed curvilinear drill). I never marched DCI, but the availability of small shows like the one at Warren High School or at Parkersburg (WV) High in the mid '80s was the catalyst for my interest in DCI. Garfield, the Cavies, Dutch Boy all used our housing in Belpre. Nothing like heading home for dinner and hearing Firebird ringing out through the neighborhood!!
  10. I think the OP can coast down the other side of the mole hill with little worries of a wipe out :) Most of the current big events are sites of professional teams or well entrenched collegiate teams. I would be more concerned with funding or low participation well before lack of sites/housing. However you did get me remembering a little show back in 1988 in Barlow-Vincent OH at Warren High School...not sure of the exact size of the stadium but certainly can't hold more than 1000 if even that. Was a great show with BD, the Cavies, and VK to headline. BD stayed at Warren High and the Cavies stayed two days at Belpre Middle School in Belpre OH (my hometown). For Belpre... the field they used was just that a field... (although I believe in 1984 the Cadets used the sacred High School football field which peeved the football coach and he and the local band director got into it ) Some questions I have (noting I am an outsider per se and not really fluent into the economics of DCI): What would be the smallest venue (stadium) that is currently on the DCI World Class circuit? Are there any current venues that have a real/perceived shortage of housing? What does a housing site charge to stay?
  11. Good explanation although for me hard to say the ending truly did lock them into 3rd... to me it was still about the percussion book writing. The book writing over the last few years in terms of gaining points to break into a higher placement is still been a "negative" scoring impact (meaning the higher corps above them really are not losing much if anything or flat out gaining on Crown). And Crown's Brass can't absorb the scoring drag. Perfect example is this year... best book writing and execution for Crown in my opinion since 2009. But it still is not enough on Finals Night to overcome SCV's or BD's line. The reason is the percussion books over the last few years have always favored the overall music book and not put in percussion notes just to have notes. Hard not to not applaud that. But in terms of a on field percussion judge....(listen to this year's finals tape)... Crown was clean but just didn't have a feature worthy of scoring them higher. (and 2016 was no different in terms of the book). Simply the on-field judge wants something to say like "that was insanely hard and incredibly executed...I don't know how you did that....blah blah blah." Hopefully Crown adds something for 2018 to feature the talent.
  12. ...and it helps with a telegraphed ending that the crowd ate up... setup with the "GUILTY" formation and then the burn pit was one of the best props of 2017. Was the right size and frankly had good viewing angles from just about any seat to keep the "She Must Burn" illusion up. And by Finals they tossed a few more into the fire! Crown on the other hand deflated their buildup and the ending was a mess.
  13. Any thoughts on the 2018 Visual side? Certainly room for improvement from 2017 from a color palette perspective amongst other visual items (guard/props/staging & drill).
  14. I really liked the 2017 Crown Percussion book writing this year... so hopefully more of the same for 2018 with a really hip battery feature.