ShortAndFast

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  1. Yes, no doubt it was a good compromise. It's held for, what, 6 years? And greatly reduced tensions from where things stood in winter 2011. TOC has mellowed out, too - there's no longer any talk of them crowning a TOC champion, for example, and they've included many more non-G7 corps in the shows. Nobody needs to be in any hurry to mess with it IMO. I think the "silent partner" in the deal has been the relatively good economics of DCI in recent years. Lots of attendance records means that many insiders are more focused on growing the pie rather than taking a bigger slice. But good times never last forever ... some of the same concerns from the top groups are bound to resurface the next time there is a downturn.
  2. Cadets 2018

    This is true - they do need consistently strong show designs. But they also need to attract the kids that can perform those shows at a Top 3 level. And they also need the money to pay for the whole thing during a couple more years that are likely to be competitively pretty rough. I don't think there's any quick fix. It took Cavies 4 years after the crash to come back and they still haven't won another medal. It took Phantom 4 years from crash to medal, but things haven't gone so well for them since then. It took SCV 7 years from the Rennick/Shaw staff changes to medal (and they also added the single biggest design name in the activity into the mix this past year). The optimistic scenario for a Cadets turnaround is 4 years. For the pessimistic scenario ... well, check out the Madison threads sometime.
  3. No, but they also remember where Cadets' brass finished this year. They have as much chance of winning the Ott in 2018 as BK, i.e. basically none.
  4. Phantom Regiment 2018

    In this case, Lauridsen specifically doesn't want marching bands to do O Magnum. He's done arrangements of the work for brass ensemble, string orchestra and concert band according to his website.
  5. Cadets 2018

    Costume is one aspect of visual scoring (and it obviously has no impact on music scores). The fact that a good costume isn't a golden ticket to a finals spot doesn't mean that it's irrelevant to the scores. Academy had great costumes this year, which probably helped their effect and visual scores. Fact: visual judges have commented on uniforms for forever. Every single guard on the field has used show-specific costumes for decades. Most of the top 12 used show-specific costumes this year, and likely all will do so next year. There's no way that every visual designer in the activity would put this kind of effort and money into costumes if they believed it has no impact on the score. I think you do have point that costumes aren't a competitive advantage once everyone does them - but it's still a competitive disadvantage if everyone else does it but you do not. So like many changes in the activity, there was an advantage to the first mover - Bloo '16. Now everyone else finds themselves doing similar things to keep up, with the long-term competitive balance unchanged.
  6. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Morten Lauridsen is a prof at USC , and I am sure would be amused at the idea that his "estate" is making decisions rather than his own preference of how his works are used.
  7. This has to be the first time in the history of the internets that DCP has been described as a "love letter to WGI". Thank you for bringing a smile to my face this Friday afternoon!
  8. Cadets 2018

    If BD wants it, nothing in the current rules prevents them from pre-recording 16 professional sax players. I am actually sort of surprised that nobody has done this yet.
  9. How About Some Common Ground?

    A timing penalty is a different thing from a lower score in GE. If you start late - beyond the "oh ####" period now allowed for groups to fix their electronics - you certainly should get the timing penalty that the rules specify.
  10. Hitting Hard 2018

    This is the hard truth of DCI. Many corps will get better in 2018. Only a few will place higher.
  11. Corps Income/Revenue Stream

    According to his bio, Boston was his first corps. Maybe he just wanted to get back to his roots? Maybe you should learn something about the staffers, instructors and judges whose integrity and motivations you are so willing to impugn?
  12. Hitting Hard 2018

    Maybe you should turn this around ... which corps are totally going to slack off in 2018, phone in their design, and figure "hey, at worst we drop a few places"?
  13. I'm sure when you reviewed the finals recap, you noted that Mr. Harper had Cadets 8th in brass, 10th in brass content. Do you suppose that's what George Hopkins told him to do?
  14. I find it astounding that "any trained musician with a background in marching" can distinguish acoustic from electronic brass sounds, but yet the brass judges "can't tell what's real and what's electronic". Here is a biography of Jeff Harper (taken from here), who judged brass at finals this year: Would you say that Mr. Harper is a "trained musician with a background in marching"?
  15. So, just to be clear: you, Bobby L Collins, are able to watch a GoPro video and accurately determine what DCI hornlines really sound like, including distinguishing between material played by actual brass instruments and that produced by electronics. Yet DCI's brass judging faculty, who stand on the field directly in front of the performers, cannot distinguish between the two and consequently cannot tell what hornlines actually sound like. Perhaps the solution is some kind of training session, where you can impart your knowledge to the brass adjudicators? John Phillips is DCI's Chief Judge, and Lee Carlson is the Artistic Director. You can reach both through the DCI offices. I am sure both men would welcome your suggestions on how to best conduct this training, so that we can fairly determine the Ott winner in 2018. Please let us know what they have to say.