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About Tommeee

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  1. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    AND Boston is playing it this year, also!
  2. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    It's difficult to move up when the corps above you are also improving, that's for sure. But, regardless of what's happening with other corps, The Cadets are faced with a very unique and unprecedented situation this year. Their motivation to work harder is noteworthy. Their pride for the corps and the history is undeniable. Their support for each other and the alumni that came before them is going to be at an all-time high. I would argue that we have no precedent to measure this by.
  3. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    I don't really mind the mixed color plumes. But the plumes most certainly were at different angles, giving a less professional appearance. They also appeared to "bounce", as if they are mounted to the shako with springs. And hey, here we are, giving critiques on elements of the uniform. Just like people are doing in the Crown thread. I'll take this any day, over criticisms of the show itself, the director, etc... Cadets are truly in a good place right now!
  4. Tommeee

    Carolina Crown 2018

    The costume has some interesting elements. My fear would be to have a clever Jeff Sacktig drill rendered unreadable by the dark color scheme. Remember Cadets 2015?
  5. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    Not sure if you're referring to Sully or not, but he definitely fits that description. He was definitely a character. I'll give him credit where it's due, because some of his ideas for Cadets over the years were truly innovative, new, and exciting. But he grew more and more strange, also. I remember listening to a Marching Roundtable podcast that featured him a couple years ago, and I was convinced he was high as a kite during the interview. I also don't think his methods work real well for today's members. I know he has his share of both promoters and haters.
  6. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    Same thing for me. 2016 didn't look like Cadets during spring training, and the rehearsals I visited later in the summer didn't have a good vibe at all. I usually loved the way Colin and Gino ran ensemble, but something was clearly off. I was at a percussion rehearsal in a local stadium in late summer, and Colin was so frustrated that he verbally said to them, "I'm ready to just end this rehearsal right now and tell you guys to go back to the school." In hindsight, there was obviously a lot more to the situation than was known at the time. There were so many subplots that year. The talent of that corps was proven by seeing how much everything had improved by finals, even with the design issues. Contrast all that with the rehearsal vibe in 2017 and 2018. Overwhelming POSITIVITY amongst staff and members. Tom Aungst has such a great demeanor, it is clear why he has had such success. And Drew Shanefield is one of the most complimentary and reassuring instructors I have seen. It is infectious. Members obviously really want to be a part of it. With the additional admin changes that have taken place, I really believe 2018 is going to be a huge step forward.
  7. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    DEFIANT is a good way to put it. I think many things that the Cadets did over the years had an air of defiance, whether it be asymetrical drill, using drum corps as art, narration, the "amen", etc. Some of that stuff was innovative, and a lot of it was initially hated (but looked at more favorably AFTER the fact). It's OK to be defiant. I think the problem was, the former director did some of it SPECIFICALLY to irk people. He KNEW what people didn't like, and he doubled down on it. He was very good at creating controversy. I don't mind a LITTLE BIT of defiance, especially if it can be used to motivate the members. But we can do without "in your face, I don't care what you think" designs. Subtlety goes a long way. I'm really anxious to see what the team can do now. Personally, I think they have great ideas on what people want to see and hear.
  8. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    I was just about to say the exact same thing! Those Vic Firth videos are getting me seriously excited!
  9. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    I can probably guess several legitimate reasons to be wearing socks like that during rehearsal. Maybe better visual reads? Perhaps they provide more support to reduce injuries? Can anyone confirm?
  10. Tommeee

    Santa Clara Vanguard 2018

    I LOVED their show in 2010! The performance was rough around the edges, but I don't care. I think I was in the minority in liking that show at the time, but I think I like it even more today.
  11. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    Yes, as ridiculous as that may sound to some people, the former guard caption supervisor DID have something to do with the poor percussion staging. Both directly AND indirectly. Also, while on the topic of the former guard caption supervisor, I get the sense that her old-school teaching approach doesn't work as well in today's world. I'm anxious to see how things change this year.
  12. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    Had a lot to do with what? Sorry, it just wasn't exactly clear what you were commenting on, since it wasn't quoted.
  13. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    What I don't understand is the way Cadets percussion has been STAGED over the past several years. This is going back to when Jeff was still writing the drill. Beginning in 2014, and just getting worse from there. When you have the drumline they had, WHY would they be staged in the BACK of the field?? This even happened during features. I'm hoping it's better this year. When you have a line being instructed by McNutt or Aungst, they should be prominently featured. Please. And thank you. :)
  14. Tommeee

    Cadets 2018

    Yeah, it doesn't really say anywhere... "The show title/theme this year is EIGHTEEN." I kinda like the tease, though.
  15. Tommeee

    YEA Board of Directors

    Let's be accurate about this, because it's important. The board did not do "nothing" since January. Did they do ENOUGH? Heck no, they absolutely didn't. And I'm glad they're all gone now.