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About Mikey408

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    All of my youth
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Scv, Crown, Phantom, Cavies, i dunno, they're all great
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Crown 13
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
  1. there is a good thread about the differences between a b flat trumpet and a g soprano bugle, as well as the differences between a b flat tuba and a g contra bass somewhere on this site. Andalucia instruments is in the process of pushing b flat soprano bugles, and b flat contras back into the drum corps world.. I would think that going to these horns would purify the brass sound to more like the old days. Bigger bores, and different bell designs. Check it out. As well, we had not just mellos, but flugles and marching bell front french horns, all built based on the same characteristics as the soprano bugle, rather than their concert counterparts
  2. Back when I played and did some arranging, we mostly played in g,f,or a major, or e,a d minor. I missed the change to 3 valves, so in my time, we were limited by practicality. Any note requiring the 3rd valve was not playable. As well, there were many more corps around, so the average ability didn,t come any where near the talent in brass lines today, so that played a part in the difficulty of music arranged and performed. As for the saddest key question, it could be due to conditioning. Minor keys are associated with sadness and darkness. The key of D minor is used alot in soundtrack music as it takes advantage of the lowest clear notes on the double bass, and allows for more span of orchestra for the string section, the most versatile and emotive of the orchestra. I would think that since we all have heard these sad themes in movies, and their associated music, we hear it as the saddest key? Hows that for armchair psychobabble. Anyways, it's true about D minor being one of the most poular sound track keys, That info is from a Mr Hans Zimmer.
  3. agreed, I was merely saying that, with a good sample library, you would get a better idea of colour changes commensurate with key changes in general, using a good brass sample set, but most sample sets do not include G bugle in their libraries so your point about accuracy is correct.
  4. changing keys definitely will change the tone colour of a live performing line, but doing it digitally will not give you a valid ear picture of what the real sound would be, so to speak. live, changing keys means changing valveing, or keying for different notes, making them generate a different set of overtones so the overall colour will be different. you would get a much better representation of this if you could play the original score in, say sibelius or finale, then transpose the whole score and play it again. aI do that when I want to explore different colours for a chart I am writing or arranging.
  5. Cardinals of pb 77. Great Year, won US open and butler, if I remember correctly We kicked ### for a class . corps folded in 79 many of us went to oakland crusaders to age out
  6. How about 2 piston and a rotary third valve. :. There is absolutely no practical reason for this, but it would be a unique configuration. It makes no sense at all to go back to a simple 2 valve configuration. too much lost musically. the 3 valve Bb sop and contrabass is the way to go.
  7. How about a show based on the epic Team America World Police?
  8. How about a whole show based on 50years of Godzilla soundtracks with a kazoo choir and a percussion feature of Hannah Montana music played backwards.....
  9. Ok you win, but it's hardly recognizable, mercifully short, and hopefully forgotten
  10. Bd, or SCV doing anything by Justin Beiber
  11. Boston crusaders 83 l Think 26 Horns and They Played and marched like 66.Tough bunch too if l remember correctly They took on q local Miami gang Just before Prelims and leaned them a thing or2 about New England Hospitality
  12. I see a bottle dance finale later in the season....
  13. Cadets played it in 13, and they came 3rd
  14. 1977 seneca optimists and Cardinals of Preciuos blood. 2 Canadian corps won the US open that year
  15. I've been waiting to here that piece done well forever (finlandia) some stuff from his first symphony could domwell toBring on the bass horns!!!!!!!