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  1. RetiredMusTeach

    I'm sick of waiting - how about you?

    I'm excited to see Music City's Family & Friends performance Saturday night before leaving on tour. I went to a rehearsal last week and the show is so entertaining and they are sounding like a mature world class corps.
  2. RetiredMusTeach

    Crossmen 2018

    Very excited about this show. It kept my attention all the way through. Musically top notch, thrilling. Visually engaging, entertaining. I think they will iron out any negatives along the way. As a retired choral director, I know how fragile the voice is - nerves, fear, allergies can derail the best singer. I'm hoping the soloist was having an off day and will get some good vocal coaching and learn how to take care of his voice. All said, next to Crown, this is my favorite pre-season show so far.
  3. RetiredMusTeach

    Carolina Crown 2018

    I like it! Of all the preview shows I've seen so far, it is my favorite. Get the whole beastly, menacing vibe. Looks great on the field for so early in the season. Yea Crown!
  4. RetiredMusTeach

    Troopers 2018: The New Road West

    I have a great affection for the Troopers. Spent about 1/3 of my life out west, New Mexico & Arizona, and the Troopers personify some of the best qualities of people who live in sparsely populated states with huge vistas around them every day. They are so "America the Beautiful", reminding us with every show of some of the roots of our country, the brave, courageous, and persistent plain folks who helped form the basis of the USA. I saw their video on FB of them playing "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in honor of founder Jim Johnson. They sounded awesome and they looked so military, so competent, so steady and stable. I look forward to their show every year. Like "Daave" above, I hope they don't use tarps this year, but I also hope they find a way to maintain their identity and still move up the ladder toward the top 12. If they don't get there, I won't love them any less.
  5. RetiredMusTeach

    2018 Predictions

    I've resisted wading into all of this but - I'm weak, so here goes: I predict that in about 2 weeks, this forum will really get to be a fun place as members attend shows that we can't go to or view on FloMarching, and provide a running commentary on what they are seeing and hearing, sometimes with accompanying photos. It's the season when I love this place and view the members affectionately. Can hardly wait.
  6. RetiredMusTeach

    2018 Uniforms!

    Looking at all the new uniforms/costumes, there are 2 things that I hope for. First, that they will show up great on the field and details that you may not like in up-close photos will not even be noticed in the big picture. Second, I'm all for what is humane. So in the summer heat and humidity, if these non-traditional uni-costumes are lighter, more comfortable, easier to run in and do all the gymnastic moves in than "regular uniforms", I will get over the fact that I can't instantly recognize the corps from what they are wearing.
  7. RetiredMusTeach

    Live Stream Schedule

    This is just a PSA. FloMarching is just one of the many activities that you are available to you with your fee. I watched FloTrack to see my granddaughter on the Sacramento State track team, plus there are many other events. Check out the complete list to see if maybe you can get more for your money:
  8. RetiredMusTeach

    2018 HYPE

    I am hoping for more shows where you can follow the theme of the show as you watch the performance, as opposed to esoteric, nebulous concepts that leave me scratching my head. I'm hoping that along with powerful, dark music there will be more beautiful music. While most of the comments on here so far have been about the top 8-10 corps from last year, I'm excited about the up-and-comers who no one expects as much from. May they surprise us with joy! I am hoping to be moved to tears, choked up with emotion, delighted and mesmerized by the 2018 junior drum corps' performances.
  9. RetiredMusTeach

    2018 HYPE

    Now THIS is fun! More, please. Keep 'em coming! I liked BRASSO's list - I'd forgotten that BAC moved up 6 spots last year. I'd love to see more of those kinds of explosions this year.
  10. RetiredMusTeach

    The Academy 2018

    As someone fairly new to drum corps, The Academy is one of the main corps I look forward to seeing every year. They always entertain me musically and visually. While I know that hardcore supporters of individual corps tend to be prolific in their praise about upcoming shows, I enjoyed the the thoughts of the original poster and am anticipating another top 12 show from them. I lived in Arizona for 10 years and am happy the state now has a great corps. I look forward to the day when that can be said of every state.
  11. Here on page 455, after reading over & over the actual confirmation of this scripture: "Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!" - it seems to me that all of us have had to examine our hearts. That's the good and the hard thing. And it is a good time to repent, if needed - turn and run the other way! Repentance no longer justifies wrong and evil, it just says "this was wrong, this was evil" - and THEN repentance sets about trying to rectify the damage that was done to another, if that is at all possible, and to work on the restoration of all who were harmed. So now that we are admitting to decades of "nodding & winking" or worse at bad and evil behavior, after "coming clean" we can work at a new era where gentlemanly and gracious behavior is expected and is the norm, where the strong protect the weak, where we bite our tongues before talking dirty, where we look down instead of leering, and where we regularly examine our hearts to make sure we are contributing good to society and to this awesome activity.
  12. RetiredMusTeach

    Music City 2018

    Living in the Nashville area, I've been able to attend all their Family & Friends performances this year. The music for this show is plain ole thrilling. I can hardly wait to see them on the field.
  13. RetiredMusTeach

    The future of the Cadets

    I've tried to follow this discussion but realized that one of the problems is that I have no idea what a Borg is. Just in case there is anyone else who is just as ignorant as me, I Googled "What is a Borg?" and here's Wikipedia's take on it. Now I understand the term being used by Cowtown: The Borg are a fictional alien group that appear as recurring antagonists in the Star Trek franchise. The Borg are a vast collection of "drones", or cybernetic organisms, linked in a hive mind called "the Collective" or "the Hive". The Borg co-opt the technology and knowledge of other alien species to the Collective through the process of "assimilation": forcibly transforming individual beings into drones by injecting microscopic machines, or nanoprobes, into their bodies and surgically augmenting them with cybernetic components. The Borg's ultimate goal is "achieving perfection".[1] Aside from being recurring antagonists in The Next Generation television series, they are depicted as the main threat in the film Star Trek: First Contact. In addition, they played major roles in the Voyager series and serve as the way home to the Alpha Quadrant for the isolated Federation starship USS Voyager. The first encounter between humans and the Borg is depicted in the 2nd season of the series Enterprise in the episode "Regeneration" in which the phrase 'you will be assimilated; resistance is futile' is heard by the crew of the Earth Starfleet's starship NX-01 Enterprise for the first time. The Borg have become a symbol in popular culture for any juggernaut against which "resistance is futile". TV Guide named the Borg #4 in their 2013 list of the 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.[2]
  14. RetiredMusTeach

    Crossmen 2018

    If they can pull off the 1st movement of Tchaikovsky's 1st Symphony, and play it cleanly, I am going to be really, really impressed. I've been hoping a corps would do this piece but knew they would have to have a mature horn line.
  15. RetiredMusTeach

    Seattle Cascades 2018

    Just following up. Did you audition with them? Did you get contracted?