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About Timplan

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  1. Yes, Kilties were one of the first corps to take advantage of the 1978 grounding rule, and had some excellent musical/visual staging moments. Optimists had the parachute, and one year, marched a complete line of conga drums instead of tenors. That would get killed today. And Canzona is a great piece of wind band literature, far more melodic in its line and flow that what we hear today. But, at least in that era, I do feel that innovations were more elsewhere in the rankings, especially SCV, 27th, Bayonne, and Madison, as one of the original "power/blow your socks off" corps.
  2. Fran, Absolutely! I put them way up there, on the list.
  3. Yes, that's why I put Troopers a bit ahead -- the business model. I did see some '75 video a few months back, for first time ever, because I didn't start following the activity until 1976. It impressed me, how far the corps had come in 3 years, and how the new creative freedom of DCI had unleashed lots of ideas. I had really only been aware of programs like SCV, 27th and Madison. Had forgotten about the Bobby Hoffman connection. But even the mid-level Finalists back in '75, like Blue Stars, Oakland and Royal Crusaders were quite solid and entertaining.
  4. OK, I'll go . . . Blue Stars. Always solid, but not innovators. No disrespect intended. During the old LP era, I always enjoyed listening to their music. But the entire package didn't do as much for me.
  5. Here is one that might stir up some controversy: Among the "Multi-finalists" (defined 5+) of DCI's "Classic" era (defined 1972 - 80), which corps contributed the LEAST toward overall growth and creative innovation in our activity, during that era? That is, maybe "played it safe". Consider advancement in all aspects -- design, teaching, performance, and administration. Brass, Percussion, Visual (drill, guard, body movement etc.), management, equipment inventions and the like. I have always had a firm idea (hint: The group continues today), even going way back to my thoughts during this actual era. SCV 9 Blue Stars 8 27th 8 Madison 8 Bayonne 7 Devils 7 Cavaliers 7 Phantom 7 Kilts 6 Troopers 5