Icer

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    Cadets, Crown, Buecoats, Phantom
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cadets 2018

    That's a different issue, and I don't disagree. However, I was responding to your point about "go in peace"
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Cadets 2018

    First audition dates are at MetLife: https://yea.org/news/1750-cadets-and-cadets2-first-audition-camp-to-be-a-pro-stadium-event the day after a USBands event when all the stuff will already be there.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Cadets 2018

    Does anyone really think that The Cadets had the combination of talent and experience on the field last year to medal under any circumstances? I don't. So many of their MM's stepped up from C2 or lesser corps. This was the perfect year to experiment, to push the envelope, to play to the crowd (and you had to be blind and deaf at finals not to think they succeeded on that last point). Give Crusaders credit for doing the same thing. If they return to a normal retention rate, which looks fairly likely since the kids had such a great corps spirit this year in spite of the negativity you see on these pages, they will improve (as will Crusaders as well). And lest you think this staff doesn't have any heavyweights, I would invite anyone to listen to the audio recording of this year's performance and say that wasn't some major league kick-### brass arranging by Drew Shanefield.
  12. Cadets 2018

    I am of two minds on this. On one hand, the brass sound is unlike anything else and I would hate to dilute it (although some would argue that the electronics has already). On the other hand, there are some great musicians out there. I would definitely NOT want to see brass replaced by woodwinds. If they insist on going down that road, let the corps size expand to 150 plus a maximum number of "other" (winds and voices), like 16-24.
  13. Cadets 2018

    I agree. Cadets 2014 is the best example of narration distracting from what otherwise could have been one of the all-time great shows. However, in the context of the mass, I thought it was complimentary. The only problem is the more talking, the less music, and that can't be a good thing for the score.
  14. 2017 Favorite "Moments"

    In no particular order: 1. Blue Devils starting their show "old school" and with a 16 snare drum line. 2. Blue Coats tubas running down that ramp without tumbling. 3. Crusaders witch burning and vocalist 4. Academy "Kill the Rabbit" 5. Jersey Surf plume switch 6. Cavaliers spinning drums 7. Phantom guard 8. Crown vocalist 9. Madison Scouts make-up artist 10. Seeing fans actually cry during the Cadets closer and Amen chord.
  15. 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.