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  1. Boston Crusaders 2018

    Taking into consideration the Morse code, the palm trees on the island, and what seems to be a female voice, put me on Team Amelia. Liahona, has Hyde Park contracted you yet to buzz the field at ALLENTOWN?
  2. Boston Crusaders 2018

    I don't know, Liahona. The Morse Code being transmitted via radio would have been early 20th century, I think....
  3. Boston Crusaders 2018

    Yeah, the more I think about it, the more Amelia might make sense. Wonder if there are any old Windmill motors which can be fashioned into propeller blades....
  4. Boston Crusaders 2018

    I actually thought of Ameila Earhart also....but I couldn't recall (without researching it online) if she ever got off an SOS or not. But, it probably wouldn't matter since after all, we are the corps who burned the witches in Salem!
  5. Boston Crusaders 2018

    Very interesting....I have no insider knowledge on this. The Morse Code would seem to rule out something like Pirates or Mutiny on the Bounty, and the tropical(ish) island would be too far south for the Titanic. The shape of the land masses on the map could be a clue, but I'm having a tough time identifying them from the clip. Thoughts?
  6. I think there's pretty much nothing to see here. "Synergy" is simply as described above...putting the pieces together where the final product comes together in a big way. The use of the word is nothing more or less than the evolution of the vernacular. I attend marching band critiques every fall where the judges (most of whom are DCI judges) use words like "vertical linears" instead of "files"....and we have "Visual Performance" judges, not "M&M" judges. :) Nothing sinister coming out of Boston. Yet.
  7. Cadets 2018

    I'm not going to re-litigate this, but anyone who thinks that the staff people who went to BAC were motivated only by money are simply whistling past the graveyard. It is disingenuous to suggest that all is well in Allentown. And for the record, the design team at Boston who masterminded the 2017 production will confirm the fact that the BAC Exec Director didn't change a note, alter a drill move, or add a single prop to the show. He hired a team and let them do what they know how to do. Interesting concept.....
  8. News from Allentown

    I also continue to be disappointed with the parking situation. This past summer was the second year in a row where that entire street which runs between the duck pond and the stadium is closed off. For RV folks, parking on the side streets around the stadium is problematic. Back in the day, we used to park on the grass, which was ended years ago. Now with the street also closed, the only parking is literally down by the municipal pool, pretty far removed from the stadium. J Birney Crum really needs a parking lot.
  9. Huge shout out to Melissa "Mely" Salguerro for being awarded the Grammy Educator of the Year! She looked great last night in her black evening gown sitting next to James Corden.....just as great as she did when she wore the uniform of the Boston Crusaders where she played mellophone. Eat'em Up, Mely!!!
  10. Funny little story: When I was traveling with Boston in 2009 ("The Core of Temptation"), I recall the show being received very well and finishing in 7th. BUT, the corps got some blistering notes and emails while touring through the Bible Belt. One woman left a note one night at the souvie stand at a show in Louisiana, accusing BAC of "Mocking the downfall of mankind" and that she would never let her teenaged children go to a drum corps show again. Something about taking a bite out of the apple...etc etc etc.
  11. Cadets v.s. Boston Crusaders

    For the record, prior to the 2017 season, the last time Boston beat Cadets was on July 8, 1980 in Harrisburg, PA. I was in BAC's hornline that year, and I'm 57 years old now! :)
  12. Cadets 2018

    As someone who has taught Maine high school marching bands since the late 70's, I would offer this: The best antifreeze (by far) is SCOPE mouthwash. It doesn't harm the instrument ( not even woodwind pads), it won't harm the members, and it doesn't taste bad. We have had two Maine finals in the last 7 years with heavy snow at the show, and this works great. BTW, it is usually the saxophone section that freezes first. Of course, if you are at 30 degrees the mallet percussion/woodwind pitch situation gets interesting really fast. Also, frostbite can be a concern with drummers since they obviously aren't wearing gloves. :)
  13. Boston Crusaders 2018

    I wouldn't read too much into this. There is a former BD member/BAC staff member who teaches at a college music program in Boston who is currently on Troopers brass staff. He is a good guy and I'm sure he is probably the person who set this up. Good for Troop!
  14. Cadets 2018

    Really? You don't think that an inept, cash-strapped, outdated, autocratic administration won't have any effect on how a corps places?
  15. Jeff, I have made this assertion before on another thread. Knowing many of the movers and shakers on the BAC board personally (I marched with some and taught with others) I can tell you that a turning point in Boston's trajectory came in the year when BAC DID, in fact, qualify to be in the TOC shows but was not let in. There were some people in Boston who were so angry, so furious at this obvious block that they literally committed to do WHATEVER it would take financially to thrust the organization into the upper tier. That anger was harnessed and became known as "Building A Champion". While some outsiders scoffed, the BOD was doubled in size, community based educational programs were acquired and grown, the formidable resources of the corporate/financial sector within the City of Boston as well as the city itself were brought into play, and the BAC/Inspire Arts budget was quintupled in 3 years. As I have said before, the G7 proposal ignited the fire. And, here's what is NOT common knowledge....more than a few of BAC's current board members who are now extremely successful in their 50's and 60's remember a time many years ago when there were some forces in the activity trying to keep Boston out (then it was the top 12). In those days, these people were just struggling teenagers off the streets of various eastern Mass cities and towns....what could they do? I guess now they feel like they are empowered to do something about it. The summer of 2017 was just the opening salvo.