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  1. Boston - kick a##, well-paced Crown - it grew on me because it stood out... the brass was so pure, and the musical risks shook things up Cadets - wish I could splice the first half of the show (all brass opener), early in the season, to the ending, later in the season Mandarins - while there was a lot of greatness on the west coast, they're the only ones that truly hooked me Jersey Surf - these kids rocked Basia's music on the field. Loved it Crossmen - lots of hummable stuff Blue Stars - agree with previous posters re: the quality of how their show was engineered (and performed)
  2. Cadets 2018

    When you say "my kind of corps", it makes me think of the public attitude the Cadets had toward the competitive aspects of this activity... that there is a distinction between "winning" and "being the best". Pursuing excellence, not numbers. Composure during both good and bad moments. Despite any situational challenges, there is an attitude that can elevate an individual beyond what he or she believed was possible. Focusing on what made the Cadets special will be key to their comeback.
  3. Cadets 2018

    Agreed. For years 2012 through 2015, the MMs were vastly outperforming the designs. The path to improvement required tweaking the show to raise the GE ceiling. It was sound thinking for those years. The same strategy was put into overdrive in 2017. Execution suffered because it was rarely allowed enough time to mature, and do justice to, any good design ideas. By finals week, the frenzied rewrites and additions yielded some unfortunate results (e.g. BFJ). I hope this year's design is done sooner and the kids are allowed a cleaner execution earlier in the season.
  4. What you want for 2018

    A return to big drill moves. It's taken me several years to realize that Visual is now more about rifles than cross throughs. Totally missing Phantom's block merges, Cadets' intricate reshapes, Cavies' geometric wizardry, and SCV's war-like maneuvers accompanying their thunderous brass.
  5. Cadets 2018

    I watched the video and like the concept of the show. Drum corps shows could use some more appropriate and effectively placed silence.
  6. Cadets 2018

    Few people are indifferent toward the Cadets
  7. Cadets 2018

    That's a tall order while on tour with BD! I wonder if there have been corps that have medaled, yet did not win a single show all season.
  8. 2018 Show Announcent/Rumors?

    Maybe it doesn't work to have a Show Announcement and Rumor thread. Corps are wanting to keep things quiet while they work on their shows... and no one wants to spill a corps' secrets. Any ideas for some good discussions? Jonesing for a drum corps fix here...
  9. Cadets 2018

    I’m in such drum corps withdrawal right now, I’ll take anything... and the Cadets’ thread has been the best supplier this off season.
  10. Carolina Crown 2018

    What year was that, for SCV? Back to Crown, do you think they’ll make most all of 2018 like 2017 part 1?
  11. Carolina Crown 2018

    I grew to like it a lot too, once they got it to work. There is so much complexity, it took them some time. Early in the season I did not like it.
  12. Carolina Crown 2018

    At first viewing, I wasn't alone in finding the first few minutes of 2017 easily among the best shows I'd ever seen. It is admirable that the design staff took risks in the latter part of the show. I'm basing my prediction on the designers playing it slightly safer this year and maximizing the level of promise 2017's opener displayed.
  13. Cadets 2018

    Yes, Crown's drumline (and colorguard) have had to strive for years to approach the league of their brass. In no way do I want to diminish the vocalist. She graciously shouldered the burden of being put in a difficult position... a predicament that was shouldered by many in the non-brass sections, over many seasons. She deserves credit for the challenge she had to handle as a section of one. My sincere apology if my comment sidetracked the Cadets thread. It was in response to a comment about vocalists, in general, which were heavily featured in Cadets 2017. With talk about Cadets continuing vocalists this year, it seems relevant to discuss vocalists, in general. Again, back to the Cadets. Looking forward to their newly unshackled design team and the wonderful ways we are expecting them to innovate this activity with an effective use of vocals.
  14. Cadets 2018

    Agreed. The latter part of the show’s design was a miss, for more than one reason. For me, relegating that brass line to backup felt criminal. It took all season for it to (barely) work.