Icer

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  1. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    Considering they only put it in this week, that was great. And it will only get better. Quite a few surprised looks from fans in the stands.
  2. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    I can tell you with near 100% certainty that GH did this sort of thing believing he was cutting edge. He really didn’t obsess over whether they came in 1st, but he always wanted to be competitive. So when something didn’t work out he was genuinely surprised and bummed, but he believed it was a risk worth taking. I don’t have a problem with that to a point. Innovation is great. On the other hand... It’s a bit of a shame not to give the members the best chance to succeed, because they don’t have 40 bites at the apple. So if you flail with the design you are writing off a whole season.
  3. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    Anyone who puts a stage in front of the performers should be forced to listen to a class of 4th graders playing “Amazing Grace” on kazoos on endless repeats. A little platform like Bluecoats have, or like Cavs did last year is fine as long as it doesn’t dominate the field. And then there was the $#@& narrator. If you are going to have vocals, SING for crying out loud. I’m hoping someday someone takes that exact same show, stages it correctly, and takes the gold medal at finals.
  4. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    You hit the nail on the head right there. If the behavior described in the allegations had been some kind of open secret like Harvey Weinstein, the sense of betrayal would not have been as pronounced. It still boggles my mind that all this went on for such a long time and NO ONE KNEW, NO ONE SAID ANYTHING. It must have been a perfect storm of each person thinking they were the only one. And as such, the ongoing dismay in everyone else other than the victims will take a very long time to fully heal.
  5. This year the state champion HS marching band in NJ built their show around Per Gynt (Hall of the Mountain King), Beethoven's 5th and Beethoven's 9th. They can plaster their show everywhere and not have to worry. Take classics and sprinkle in some original stuff (enough to be interesting, not so much to be exceedingly hard to compose) and presto! No rights issues. Maybe that will bring the cost of the rights on regular stuff down a bit.
  6. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    One more thing. By the time the corps arrived in Florida last year they were also beat up from injuries and not enough rest. If the director had been smarter about how he scheduled the corps for the first 8 weeks that would not have been necessary AND he would not have had so many holes to fill.
  7. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    Things didn’t stall last summer because of swimming and sun. They stalled because they kept making significant changes to the program while everyone was cleaning theirs (and not all of the changes were necessarily effective). And because it took another three weeks to iron out the GE-killing electronics issues like feedback in the vocalist mics.
  8. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    Bluecoats put on quite a spectacle, and it may be enough to carry them (we’ll see what BD and SCV bring to the table in San Antonio). For my money, I think Crown has a better show that has more room to grow. Crusaders’ show seems like Crown in many ways, but just a small step behind. At the end of the day what is really nice is the contrasting styles we got to see in a show like last night. There was the whimsical Music City, the themed performance by an improved Spirit of Atlanta, the jazz from bloo, the almost frantic wildness of BC and Crown, and the beautiful, traditional (in sound rather than sight) Cadets. If you didn’t like last night, you don’t like drum corps.
  9. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    I don’t think the colors and pattern should be up to the members. But the activity has changed from marching to marching+dance, and the equipment has to change with it. Without commenting on the aesthetics, there is simply no way Bluecoats could have done any of their last three shows in their traditional uniform. One MM told me that there is a huge difference in the uniform this year even vs the white one-piece in which they ended the show last year. That this one feels no different physically from their practice run-through in shorts and t-shirt. That’s a really big deal when you are performing under brutal summer conditions and this kind of physical demand. Should the activity evolve this way? That’s a different debate. But we are here and they have to adapt.
  10. If it were discovered in 2018 that 35 years ago there was a consensual relationship between a 20-something staff member and a 21 year old corps member, it would not have been headlines. From what I have heard back in the 80’s this was unfortunately not such a rare occurrence. The revelations would have been embarrassing but it would pass as a “youthful indiscretion”. I’m not condoning this, it’s just an observation on what does and does not grab attention and how people react. What made this national news - and rightly so - was the allegations of non-consensual activity (assault) and the fact that the accusations span a 20+ year period. That’s an alleged pattern of abuse that would have been news even in a pre-Harvey Weinstein world. All this - the assault part that made it news - has so far been categorically denied. At the moment it’s he-said/they-said. The investigations will hopefully reveal more - especially if the DA decides to bring charges. But that’s where things stand right now.
  11. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    You should talk to the members about this. They absolutely love the way the uniforms they are wearing allow them to move. Given that this activity is about them, perhaps their take on this is relevant.
  12. It's a really fun show that will be enjoyable seeing a few times. The ragtime in the pit is good.
  13. There is still more to come from the investigation. Good to see Sean King cleared, but other findings still pending that will affect many people.
  14. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    I think this week will tell a lot. They have 5 shows in 6 days. It's going to be tough in the heat, but if they can show improvement each day it could put them in the discussion with the corps that are currently sitting above them. At the risk of repeating, what really hurt them last year was the inconsistency of taking steps back on key nights. The show in Nashville was a killer that even the amazing performance the next night in Powder Springs could not fully rectify. I suspect a lot of that was due to too many big changes too late in the season coupled with a young corps. Let's see if the entire team can avoid that this time around.
  15. Icer

    Cadets 2018

    If you are going to go there, it’s a good thing DCP exists or some people who have thousands of posts next to their name would clearly have nothing to do.