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  1. New Members

    Did you get any help with your request? I don't think many DCP members look in the New Member thread.
  2. I've spent most of the day toggling between today's 4 regional BOA marching band competitions on FloMarching. I live in Tennessee so it was enlightening to check out a bunch of Texas bands. WOW! Big and deep and very mature performances by the handful that I watched. Only similar performance I saw at the other 4 competitions was Avon HS. I lived in TX as a child and music in the schools was typically as important as sports, even in small towns. What is your daughter's school and what does she play?
  3. 2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    Here's a link to his website. Looks like Music City is going to be in great hands! https://www.kentbakermusic.net/about Also, here are the caption heads and designers for 2018: Brass: Robert W. Smith (arranger), Paris Foreman (caption head) Percussion: David England (arranger), Chris DeBerry (caption head) Guard: Tracy Carter (caption head) Visual: Jeffrey Thompson (designer), Josh Meyer (caption head)
  4. 2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    Music City just posted this on their Facebook page: Music City is pleased to welcome Kent Baker as the organization’s new executive director. For the past 22 years, Baker has performed French horn with the USAF Band in Washington, DC. He has an extensive background in music education that includes serving as a high school band director, as a staff member with the Cavaliers and Cadets drum corps, and as a judge and clinician for DCI, Winter Guard International and for numerous marching band competitions. As a composer, Baker has won numerous awards and had his works featured on NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Kennedy Center Honors. “I am excited to be part of such a dynamic and creative team,” Baker said. “The students and staff at Music City have a reputation for being not just a drum corps, but a family, one of which I’m proud to join.” Feel free to contact Kent at director@musiccitydrumcorps.org to welcome and congratulate him. Here's to great things to come!
  5. Music City approved for World Class

    Music City just posted this on their Facebook page: Music City is pleased to welcome Kent Baker as the organization’s new executive director. For the past 22 years, Baker has performed French horn with the USAF Band in Washington, DC. He has an extensive background in music education that includes serving as a high school band director, as a staff member with the Cavaliers and Cadets drum corps, and as a judge and clinician for DCI, Winter Guard International and for numerous marching band competitions. As a composer, Baker has won numerous awards and had his works featured on NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Kennedy Center Honors. “I am excited to be part of such a dynamic and creative team,” Baker said. “The students and staff at Music City have a reputation for being not just a drum corps, but a family, one of which I’m proud to join.” Feel free to contact Kent at director@musiccitydrumcorps.org to welcome and congratulate him. Here's to great things to come!
  6. Music City approved for World Class

    As a Nashvillian, I am so happy for Music City. If you haven't seen it yet, I think you will enjoy the recap of their best shows that DCI posted.
  7. FloMarching makes a funny

    Speaking of Flo, I purchased the whole year deal because I have a granddaughter who is on the track team at Sacramento State plus I wanted to check out BOA, as well as all the great DCI events. This is my first time to watch any BOA events and this afternoon I am watching the Regional competition at Clarksville, TN. Just saw Castle HS and was so impressed with them. Great sound, an entertaining show, and some saxophone soloists that have me contemplating the possibility that allowing a few sax players (who of course double on a brass instrument) to perform in a drum corps show could be a good thing. Please don't stone me!
  8. When did halftime get hijacked?

    You hit the nail on the head. Back in my school teaching days, having an active and passionate parent organization was essential. The years when I had the most hands-on parents were our best years in every aspect. I saw parents get things done with the administration that teachers couldn't get done. I think a wise music department cultivates and shows appreciation for their boosters.
  9. G7 part 2, Eletronics Boogaloo

    I have read this thread pretty thoroughly and found it enlightening, even if overstated in many cases. But there is something that I don’t think I’ve seen addressed in the whole G7 issue. I, and others I know who are drum corps fans, aren’t that hung up on the top 12 corps, much less the top 8. We just like drum corps, and the more corps with that many more shows to take in, the merrier. I recently reconnected with a former student from my music teaching days and found out she’s a big drum corps fan. Immediately we became animated as we talked about our favorite shows from this season and our personal favorite corps through the ages – Phantom Regiment, Scouts, etc. I taught school in Delaware and Arizona and my student was born and raised in Delaware. She went on and on about some local Delaware corps that aren’t around anymore. What got her excited about a show – was getting her hair blown back with the great, big sound. Over in Open Class, quite a few of us who were watching the 2017 prelims and finals on Flo got very excited about Southwind – and their scores weren’t that impressive. But their sound was. It was awesome and they had some great solos and ensembles that rivaled the top 12 corps. But there they were, in Open Class, not even in the top 6 of OC, and yet they won our hearts and interest and future support with their music. So I have to say that the arrogance of a group of people in positions of power to pretty much disregard, spurn, stamp as of no value or little value – Southwind, Academy, Troopers, Vanguard Cadets, Music City – MERELY because they are not in the top 8 placing corps – is puzzling to me. I think they must hang out with people who have lost their pure love of music to think like that. I just don’t get it.
  10. Alabama A&M

    So for a little variation in the whole marching band thingy, thought it might be refreshing to revisit some of the great Japanese marching band performances.
  11. Since this was only their 2nd year in existence and they only did a short tour, I think it will be a while before they reach that point. They are very impressive and probably have a good talent pool around them.
  12. I believe this is correct. Pretty much they pulled things together after the scare and have done well ever since. There's a great article about Music City in the September issue of the School Band and Orchestra magazine. Keith Hall, founder, is interviewed and talks about applying for World Class, etc. Here's the link to the digital edition: http://digitaleditiononline.com/publication/index.php?i=435371&m=&l=&p=1&pre=&ver=html5#{"page":0,"issue_id":435371}
  13. Alabama A&M

    Mike - how did the Vanderbilt band do? I have never seen one of their shows.
  14. Alabama A&M

    You got my attention so I looked them up. Here is a good YouTube video of that show. Those tubas! A total entity all by themselves! Thanks for posting this.
  15. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    YESSSSSSSS! PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON US!