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About Icer

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  1. Cadets 2018

    Don't worry about the title. Have you listened to any of the brass rehearsals? The mashup of Sensemaya and Sound of Silence is brilliant, the musicianship that will be demonstrated if they play it properly will impress the judges, and the opportunities for properly featuring the percussion in the piece are practically endless (compared to last year where the percussion was not as dramatically showcased). This has the potential to be a spectacular show. Let's see if they can write drill that will compliment the music, and if they can pull it off with this year's veteran corps.
  2. Cadets 2018

    I suspect they will not be hiding the feet under the robes for half the program this year. So however they sound, at least we will be able to see it. It was an interesting experiment, but I'm looking forward to seeing all the marching again.
  3. Cadets 2018

    What exactly does this mean?
  4. Cadets 2018

    One more thing about voice. In "Tilt", the Bluecoats' ballad was the Hymn of Axciom, beautifully done. Two years later, South Brunswick High School used the same ballad, but put it to vocals. The result was equally beautiful, and they won the state championship. Yes it's two different levels of performance between drum corps and marching band, but the arrangement itself was excellent in both cases. So I think it all comes back to what the corps has to work with in terms of music, and if Drew does a good job everyone will be (literally) singing his praises with or without vocals.
  5. Cadets 2018

    I thought the singer for Crown had an excellent voice and sang a beautiful song. My criticism (with the caveat that this is all subjective) is that they should have done what Crusaders did, and confine the voice to the ballad. When the ballad ended and she kept singing, I thought the vocals conflicted with the brass. I also agree with the statement that with more freedom, they can mix the voice in better. The restrictions imposed by the mass and the latin made the voices sound harsh at times simply (at least to me) because of the words and notes rather than the quality of the vocalists.
  6. Cadets 2018

    I don't know that anything is set in stone until the contracts are accepted and they start writing drill. But from what I heard, it sounds like its brass.
  7. Cadets 2018

    It was a good show and tell. MM's appear to be very excited, and from what I heard there were some very talented recruits, and the expectations from the staff were high. The corps played about 1 minute of music, and despite the echoing in the gym, it was possible to hear some really cool stuff going on in all three areas: brass, percussion and pit. Much harder to hear the vocalists, but that was a function of the echos more than anything else. I'm looking forward to hearing more as this develops. I really like the fact that they are going with 4 vocalists instead of 8. The quality of the vocals will not suffer (it might actually improve with fewer microphones on the field), and the 4 additional horns will improve both the sound and the mass of people marching. I would suggest that if you think your son was on the bubble and is talented enough to march Cadets, that you keep in touch with the corps. When it comes time to pay the fees, some spots could open up, and the opportunity might present itself. In the meantime, as for DCA, there are a certainly some corps that are second tier (true in DCI Open Class as well). But the top ones - Bucs, C2, Cabs, and a few others - put on a very good show. And C2 in particular does a great job of taking kids with mixed levels of experience and getting them to rise to the occasion by DCA finals weekend. Check out the finals runs of 2016 and 2017. They are both REALLY impressive. 2016 in particular was such a well-designed show, they probably could have used it as the basis for the Cadets that year and they would have had a better finish.
  8. Cadets 2018

    Even if all your other criticisms were true, the statement above does not square even slightly with the way the kids felt about the show. They were intensely proud of the show and their effort, and while anyone in a competitive activity wants to will, they believed their 2017 effort was about more than the score. If, in 2018, with a much more experienced corps and after having a full year of working together they get similar results, the kids may not be happy. But don't pretend to know what the kids should or should not feel bad about unless you talk to them.
  9. Cadets 2018

    That's a different issue, and I don't disagree. However, I was responding to your point about "go in peace"
  10. Cadets 2018

    The three additions (Sean King has been there a long time) represent a significant upgrade in talent and maturity. This is a good thing.
  11. Cadets 2018

    The "amen" was a purely creative decision - IMO it was a little distracting. Watching the closer before and after the addition of "the mass has ended", it appeared to me (and I have no inside knowledge of this) that the horn line was having trouble moving through the drill at that point, and this break provided some kind of pause/reset to launch into the finale. Whether this was specifically the best solution to the problem can be debated, but I don't think it was a random addition.
  12. Cadets 2018

    There is a new Director of Performing Ensembles in place - Dave Marden, who is serious, mature and highly professional. I suspect a lot of this will get straightened out pretty quickly.
  13. Cadets 2018

    First audition dates are at MetLife: the day after a USBands event when all the stuff will already be there.
  14. Cadets 2018

    I was at Nightbeat as well. We were sitting in a sea of kids - I think they were from various schools in the area. I don't know whether they were exhausted from band camp or just didn't want to be there, but that was the only show I ever saw where a significant portion of the audience didn't react when the Crusaders burned the witch. I don't care who you are (including a loyal Cadets fan), the first time you see that, if you don't say "Wow, that's cool", there is something wrong with you.
  15. Cadets 2018

    One of the nice things about DCA is that even though the Bucs tend to rule the roost (and to be honest, they are generally the best), there is genuine competition on finals weekend. Each of the last 4 years, C2 has used a strong championships to improve on their season performance.