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About Icer

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  1. I think the Blue Devils did everything right this year. Combination of old and new, plus they simply outplayed everyone. Hats off to them. Everyone else needs to try harder.
  2. Almost all the shows I attended this year set record audience numbers. This is part of the driver as well, and the costumes are a part of it. You want to tell me that those guys on the Blue Devils playing their solos in muscle tops didn't make a few fans? I can tell you that people who had never heard of drum corps before this year have seen The Cadets and been turned on by a show that didn't even place in the top 5. The uniform was part of it. At the same time, the use of vocalists by Crusaders and Crown and a whole choir by Cadets in a beautiful way all around is going to attract one more segment of fans. Also, with the amount of viewing that takes place on the web, don't underestimate the value of personalization that comes when the headgear disappears. Suddenly there is a face, and not just a corps member. Eye contact, expression - not just restricted to guard and pit anymore. Follow the money and you will see the future.
  3. Cadets 2017

    The MM's liked it. Good enough for me.
  4. Cadets 2017

    I'm not religious, and could not be any further from catholic. One of the MM's said for the show was about believing in something, not about religion. That is a difference that a secular 21 year old nailed - perhaps we can learn from them. I can also tell you that the section I was in was a sea of CC and SCV fans, and they were on their feet before we were.
  5. Cadets 2017

    I'm guessing you haven't talked to very many of the MM's to,ask them how they feel about this particular show. With the experience level of the kids and the new staff, they know that a high placement was unlikely this year. But I have never seen a group of kids so completely bought into what they were doing. The other thing that has been heartwarming is that as I have wandered around Indianapolis the last 2 days wearing my Cadets shirt, it is amazing how many people have stopped me to tell me how much the show meant to them. In fact, I had a couple approach me at the practice facility today. Their son has been doing sports there the last few days while the Cadets have been practicing, and they absolutely loved the show - and they didn't even get to see it with uniforms. Sometimes an artistic competitive experience is about more than the score. Sometimes it's something else. When people who were at Lucas Oil Stadium think about what they saw this weekend, they will remember the Crusaders flames, the Cavs guard, the Crown soloist, the Blue Devils' impossible level of excellence that beat an SCV corps that would have won a lot of years, and they will remember this odd program that touched them in a different way. You can be one of the few that didn't like it. I know what I saw, I know what the MM's are saying, and I know what I heard from the crowd these past two nights.
  6. Cadets 2017

    Attendance was quoted as 23,342. Too bad for you and 341 others, because those kids deserved all the praise they received. I applaud all of them, just as I applaud the rest of the competitors. Fantastic night.
  7. Cadets 2017

    23,000 fans were on their feet 20 seconds before the performance ended. Lot of people crying. Not bad in a rebuilding year.
  8. Cadets 2017

    Great points!
  9. Cadets 2017

    I can tell you the MM's are totally into it. They have a great attitude about what they can control and what they can't. They know they are young,, and they know their show is hard to score. So they are not playing out the string, but they are certainly paying for themselves and the crowd rather than the judges at this point.
  10. Cadets 2017

    For the last few weeks I have been reading about how the percussion is hidden in the back and it hurts their scores. I just watched tonight's performance live, and the percussion judge was parked right in front of the battery the whole time. So whatever he is doing, he is certainly seeing their whole performance.
  11. Cadets 2017

    100% wrong. If you have something to say, by all means go ahead. But if you want something to happen, then you have to speak directly to the people who are a position to do something. Or get involved and start pushing for change from the inside.
  12. Cadets 2017

    Here are three things you might consider: 1. Board members do read these pages, but since anyone can post anything on social media, this is an ineffective medium for anything other than general conversation. 2. If you really want to communicate effectively, perhaps a request an audience at a board meeting. 3. Any suggestions you make will be most effective in the context of YEA, not just the Cadets.
  13. Cadets 2017

    I like Phantom's use of the two helmets this year. And I agree, the plume is definitely their signature element. IMO, Blue Devils do a good job this year starting out with the traditional look (with shako) and then switching to the athletic onsey.
  14. Cadets 2017

    The physical nature of the activity is different. Compare the range of movement now vs. 20-30 years ago. I watch the Bluecoats tuba line and wonder how any of those guys will have hips left at the end of the season, or shins from running down that ramp. A college sports season is not that much different from a drum corps season, and look at the difference in the amount of practice time. Now it's impossible to put a drum corps show on the field with only 2-3 hours of practice a day, but even so, overuse injuries are a big deal here. The corps are going to have to figure out how to outsmart the physical limitations.
  15. Cadets 2017

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think Crown may overtake SCV - A month ago I was sure it would be Bluecoats beating Crown, but they might have to worry about Cavs. For some reason, Crown's show seems to be growing on people. Sure they have the great horn line, but their percussion is working well and their guard has improved by leaps and bounds - kudos to their staff. They have balanced the vocals and the horns nicely, and the recent addition of the costume change of the singer between the sections is a smart move as well. I hope they get rid of the mad scramble at the end, but they seem to be making the right calls so far, so what do I know? Cadets (and all corps) can learn something from what they have done this year.