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About JFitz19

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    Cadets, Carolina Crown
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    Carolina Crown 2012
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  1. I meant only that Boston should not have gone on first, as they won Prelims. Boston should have gone on last or next to last, if Cavies were given the last spot option as defending champion.
  2. Do you mean that Boston was assessed a one point penalty for an overage tenor drummer? Seems my memories of this show may be a bit off 50 years later!
  3. One more thing about 1967. Brasso's comment about the set-aside of Inspection scores for the AL Finals comes as new information to me. Certainly does not change my mind about AL being a bag job for Cavies. Also, IIRC, Cavies did not compete in the Prelims, which were held at White stadium in Dorchester (I was there too). Cavies automatically got the final performance slot as defending champion. After the bitter disappointment of Dorchester's St. Kevin's Emerald Knights losing the 1960 VFW due to a 2 point out-of-bounds penalty, this was almost too much for a Boston drum corps nut to take. (Clarification: Although SKEK's score without the penalty would have trailed winner Blessed Sac's score by 0.10, the horn line was fully aware of the disaster and you can hear the great reduction in quality for the last song on the Fleetwood record, as well as a cheer from a spectator just as the out-of-bounds occurs. SKEK, like Boston seven years later, had won Prelims.).
  4. I attended the 1967 American Legion Championships, held at Fenway Park in Boston. For some reason (?) Prelim results were ignored, and Boston drew 1 and went on first. As has been pointed out above, they narrowly lost to the Cavies, who went on last, if I recall correctly. One or two nights later they two pointed (or so, I don't remember exact scores) Cavies at CYO. I remember thinking that the AL Nationals was a set up for Cavies. It was very disappointing.
  5. Carolina Crown 2017

    Last two out of three Finals Crown has had microphone problems. Bad luck or what? Hope there is a fix and that it involves standing mikes up front for brass solos, like last year, and no singing.
  6. As someone who has been following the activity since 1960, I am unaware of what years Boston won National Championships. I am assuming you mean VFW or American Legion. If it was before 1960, I would definitely not know that. I know they won CYO Nationals more than once, but that was an invitational competition, not a true National Championship. Would love to know this.
  7. Carolina Crown 2017

    It was the flugelhorn solo, and I remember it well. I agree with Cowtown. I have always thought that unfortunate occurrence rattled them. Cowtown described the delay and frantic but failed effort to fix the problem quite accurately.
  8. To me, I think it is about alienation.
  9. Going back in time, Blue Devils 1979 was technically awesome.
  10. Let me say starting out that I love Crown and I enjoy the show. Would love to see them win. I think some of the problem with the guard might have to do with staging. If Jeff S. has a weakness in his writing, I think it probably is staging the guard. When I saw them early in the season, for example, the guard at times seemed to get lost in the staging of the corps proper. In addition, the color of the uniforms was not distinctive enough to really set them off from the corps. That, added to the execution problems that have been noted, seems to me to explain their numbers being lower than the other top corps. As we see, there are a lot of really good guards this year.
  11. Cadets 2017

    I was at the Cranston, RI show last night, and I was blown away by Cadets' show. Oddly enough, this show impacted me like a corps from way back in 1988. That corps was Sun Coast Sound at DCI East in Manning Bowl in Lynn, MA. Experiencing "Symphonic Dances for the Contemporary Child" provided me one of my most memorable drum corps experiences. It had a wham, bam, smack you in the face (in a good way) quality and an emotional impact that was unforgettable. Many exceptional effects were provided by a great color guard. Though it did not place well, I consider it a drum corps classic. This year's Cadets' show had the same kind of effect on me last night. It never stopped providing thrills, and the composition and staging were wonderful. I am excited that I get to see them again in Lynn tonight. I also thought CC was terrific, with an unbelievable brass section (no surprise). As expected, they were much cleaner than Cadets. However, after my first live viewing of both, I have to say that CC has a very, very good show. However it is not great, and that is a bit of a disappointment. Cadets' show, IMHO, is great.
  12. Cadets 2017

    Not my experience at all. Over the past 15 or so years I have contacted the Cadets many times. Some of those emails of mine have been critical of the organization. Nearly every time I have gotten a response within one day. My criticisms have often been responded to by George himself. He has not been defensive either. I have found Cadets and YEA the most communicative of all the drum corps I have emailed in the past 15 years.
  13. Pick one show you are glad you saw live

    I think that shows when I was a teenager and young adult were very exciting for me here in New England, as many corps from out west infrequently came east. When they did, it was really an event. Some of my favorites: St. Kevins 1960 (yes local, but just wonderful), Royal Airs 1965 and 1967, Blessed Sac, 1969, and Casper Troopers, 1969 and 1970.
  14. i was not confusing Suncoast Sound's 1988 show with the 1984 show. I never actually saw the 1984 show. i was referencing (1) the rifles wearing full head coverings and looking like guerrilla fighters and (2) the guard forming the backdrop of the Vietnam War Memorial. Those images really struck me. My memory may be fading a bit as I proceed further and further into geezerhood, but Suncoast 1988, still strong in my brain.
  15. Regarding Sun Coast Sound 1988, saw them once at Manning Bowl, in Lynn, MA. It was late and very dark when they went on, and it was astounding. Color Guard was amazing, and I was blown away by how daring the show was. The evocation of the Vietnam Nam war was so transparent. I've seen most of the shows mentioned above live, and none have impacted me like this one. Unfortunately, they went on early at the DCI Finals, and, for me, the show lost effect. It appears to me to be a fever dream that needs the darkness to be complete.