KeithHall

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  1. Most Successful Corps BY State

    Could we say Valiant Knights were Oklahoma's top corps? Loved that corps in 1976.
  2. DCI trivia question

    Blue Knights?
  3. I have 2 but my first was 1972! That was our corps first time at US Open in Marion, OH. The trip in 2 school buses was "interesting" to say the least. No DVD player, no cell phones....how did we get by? LOL I remember the old elementary school we stayed at with the Greece Cadets. Prior to our prelims performance we rehearsed in the concrete playground area which was way to small to practice any drill. Remember back then....no concert number due to the shorter time limit in prelims. I remember "stepping Off The Line" with a Corky Fabrizio show with songs from "Oliver." The late Dick Pronti was with us to work drill. At the end of prelims we did pretty well. Not near finalist position but we beat some corps that we didn't in NY. The next day was Open class prelims and I remember walking to Cadet Hall for breakfast with 2 older corps members and then walking to the stadium. Memory is still decent as I was so impressed with almost all the corps. One corps didn't impress me and they ended up in last place (32nd Hussar). Highly impressed by Blue Rock, Des Plaines Vanguard, Bleu Raeders, Anaheim Kingsmen and Beverly Cardinals to mention a few. The All Girl corps were also impressive, especially St. John's Girls and CapitolAires. The A Class Final show was also interesting...especially Etobicoke Crusaders, Southern Tier Grenadiers, Charioteers, and Royal Crusaders. Great year too because it was the first DCI Championship!
  4. Missing!

    Every time I post something , right before I submit, I ask myself, "How many people will be negative about this post?" I then say to myself, "Screw it!" Sometimes I dislike what someone will say and then I think (before I reply), "would it be wrong for me to be nasty or negative towards another?" I know that we are all EXPERTS in everything these days, from politics to drum corps. So before you respond to anyone's posts on social media, think how you would want to be treated or talked to. Some days I just want to dump DCP because of the responses I read! Whatever happened to being nice?
  5. Missing!

    I was never a member of the Empire Statesmen! I almost was in 1990 but chose Crusaders instead. That being said, Vince Bruni's idea of being entertaining to the audience is sorely missed IMO. The fact that they (ES) are gone today saddens me every year! Would love to see all the DCA corps say "Screw it!" and play a show that drum corps fans of all ages can just say they LOVE! I am NOT against what the corps do today but feel that DCA could be more entertaining than their counterpart DCI. EVERYTHING that DCI does eventually gets to DCA and makes the shows less entertaining. I LOVE the shows today and the playing is better than ever (the marching? eh) but lets hear something that gets me humming the songs or tapping my foot. WHERE in this post did I say that Empire was the standard bearer for entertainment in drum corps???? I said Vince's idea is missed by me (IMO). I also said I like what the corps are doing today! My opinion is DCA corps could be more entertaining! That's all! MY OPINION! BTW as far as I know we can still have an opinion in this country. I try not to criticize others. On DCP and any social media it just leads to bad feelings. Ya know what I mean?
  6. Missing!

    I was never a member of the Empire Statesmen! I almost was in 1990 but chose Crusaders instead. That being said, Vince Bruni's idea of being entertaining to the audience is sorely missed IMO. The fact that they (ES) are gone today saddens me every year! Would love to see all the DCA corps say "Screw it!" and play a show that drum corps fans of all ages can just say they LOVE! I am NOT against what the corps do today but feel that DCA could be more entertaining than their counterpart DCI. EVERYTHING that DCI does eventually gets to DCA and makes the shows less entertaining. I LOVE the shows today and the playing is better than ever (the marching? eh) but lets hear something that gets me humming the songs or tapping my foot.
  7. Many of you marched in different eras. For me, it was the 1970's. Here are my highlights and I hope you post yours. First competition at Endicott, NY 1971...Watkins Glen Squires won! Phantom Regiment at our show in North Tonawanda in 1974...WOW! US Open in Marion, Oh 1972, 73 and 74. Winning Class A at NT Open 1976....May not have been significant to most but to us is was a huge deal! Sadly, our corps director quit before we left for DCI in Philly and we were just not very motivated. Teaching Renegades (NY) in 1982 Teaching Rochester Patriots 1985 -89 Brass caption for Hoechster Schlossgarde, DCD Champions (Germany) 1986-88. Brass Staff Rochester Crusaders, working with Donnie Allen and Steve Cooley! 2001 -2003 Brass Staff Heatwave
  8. How many corps put together an ice hockey team in the 70's? I remember Madison Scouts but who else? Klties? Cavaliers? Blue Stars? others?
  9. Lets place entertainment to the audience first and foremost! Put together shows that will make the fans "throw babies!" Rock the stadium and make'em go home humming your show!!!!!
  10. The kids that march corps today want to march, just like we did! Times have changed and the activity, over 40 or 50 years, has been changing and changing. What you see today is the culmination of all the changes since the inception of DCI. From Timpani's to 2 valves and mallet keyboards to 3 valve horns to asymetrical drills to guard uniforms different than the brass and percussion to...and it goes on and on. What we did back in the day was great for us just like what the kids do today is great for them. What we older corps people need to do is Remember the past and celebrate the future!
  11. Do You Remember .......

    Linda, it was probably the NT Open in North Tonawanda, NY. 1. Blue Devils ..................................81.90 2. Cavaliers......................................78.40 3. Regimente Militaire.....................74.55 (Best CG) 4. Squires........................................68.35 5. Precisionaires..............................66.95 6. Pioneer........................................64.40 7. Seneca Princemen......................63.80 (Best DM) 8. Charioteers..................................63.15 9. Argonne Rebels..........................61.00 10. Iron Brigade..............................50.4 Mark Twain Cadets (54.05) won "A" Class followed by Floridians and Royal Coachmen
  12. Amen Jeff! I think we'll see what happens this year and then we can say whether or not B-coats where a game changer!
  13. I think, for better or worse, the formation of DCI, showed that this activity should evolve. Obviously there were clear goals to start and over the course of time the activity changed and changed. If corps were still doing the same thing today as we did in the 1970's, I don't think there would be a drum corps activity. There are good things and not so good things about change in anything in life BUT staying the same year after year would just be mundane and turn people off. DCI reached out to band directors, band directors used the corps model for their marching bands. More educators are (probably) more involved in drum corps than ever before. We have Soundsport, WGI guard and percussion, etc. The activity is still trying to go to the next level. Kudos to Royer, Jones, Seawright, Hopkins, Fiedler, Gibbs, the list goes on and on........ It's not the same thing that we did in the 60's or 70's but #### it's fun to watch and listen to and THE KIDS are so darn talented!!!!
  14. 1975, What a Year

    I think Madison won in 75 and Anaheim won in 1972.
  15. Was it Garfield Cadets, Blue Devils, Santa Clara, Star of Indiana, Phantom Regiment, Bridgemen, Carolina Crown, Madison Scouts, Anaheim Kingsmen or another corps? Was it 1972? 1976?Or 1960's? 1982? There's no right or wrong answer. Just give us your reasons why?