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    Carolina Crown, SCV, Cadets
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    1991 SCV
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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. CrownBRASS.... "BONZAI!!!!!"
  4. It is simple for the ending...Crown's best in class hornline just needs to create a final chord "vortex of sound" that causes everyone's butt to stand-up and cheer!!
  5. The the thing that gets me about Crown in this context is that it sorta flies in the face of what was explained to me many years ago from a staffer (I don't remember the name) at the reception before NightBEAT... that Crown was always trying to connect with the audience and is a core philosophy for them. So that is the standard in my mind that I have of Crown. This year...sure if it is a one off then "It IS"... but if the change is "for good" as someone suggested above then, that could be a turn-off in the future. We will just have to wait and see.
  6. One way or another there will be two camps on this show after Saturday... maybe "IT IS" exactly what the designers want...but I for one could go for a little more "traditional" Crown thematically.
  7. Please let us know on the any new changes as they come about this week... always interested in how things evolve and particularly if any of these can grab some Visual/GE points.

    It's a buffet... take what you want and leave the rest!!
  9. With losing the marching "pit" ...there is more gained with them standing... for instance one player can play multiple timpani (allows for gain in instrumentation member allocation) and you introduce different styles of keyboards (size-wise) to allow for other percussive sounds. Sure they are literally standing but they add to the effect of a broader percussive musical voice. The sounds were always there...just moved to the sideline. Plus another key part to the sideline voice is often when the music book switches to the sideline focus... the brass/battery are resetting their formations, so a chance to integrate better transitions between vocal and visual sets. So it adds to the presentation. In the end I really don't think anyone out there is upset at the main pit for being on the sideline. Getting rid of the sideline pit... you would notice and say bring them back. Getting rid of a sideline choir...which is what some of the original argument is about...we would not miss them at all. Technically the field conductor stands around the entire show...we should get rid of them too
  10. Hurts my back just watching those timp players ... cool vid though!!
  11. I for one would rather have a sideline pit versus say marching keyboards or timpani and glad that evolved as such. These instruments just look to awkward on the field. Brass is OK to park and bark... sometimes you just got to let it out!!!
  12. The theme and lack of a good visual program will be the big discussion post finals. Hopefully for 2018 they find a better way to show the top brass talent and not rely on so many gimmicks (too much vocals and props that don't fit). And it will be interesting to see how many of the battery members are returning.
  13. Coats 2014 ending interestingly enough was changed from the drum ending to the fast and loud ending due to fans wanting more after the Pitch Bend... I am glad they did. Crown's percussion is their best ever...but the hornline MUST finish it!!
  14. Well I do find it interesting that BD is using prop (likeness) and music from previous years throughout the show... so I guess that counts for tradition. If worked the first time... milk it some more :)
  15. Not the first time a judge missed this show... 2013 the percussion judge was absent.