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  1. craiga

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    Actually, I had a very similar dream one night when I was up at Castleton. I dreamed that Chris Holland was knocking loudly on the door of the rv. I opened the door and he was ragging me out for being late to ensemble, and where was my horn. I was terrified and kept trying to tell him that I was 58 years old and couldn't march the spot. He told me not to make excuses! Yikes!
  2. craiga

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    I have heard from several corps members in the last 24 hours. The consensus is that they feel like they have had a very productive 4 days since leaving Boston and that they are ready to "make a statement" tomorrow night. The vets are chomping at the bit (as are the rookies) but I don't think the rookies have any idea how good they actually are. As far as any uniform reveal, I am not in the loop on this but it seems to me at this point that the corps might be simply leaving it to the show tomorrow night in Detroit. I think they will do very well tomorrow, both in terms of performance AND placement. Having said that, as one who has been around the corps since 1980, I will cheer them on no matter the result. For those of us who were around in 1983 when BAC only had 50 total members, there are no limits to our support of these kids and this staff/management. :)
  3. craiga

    2018 Predictions

    Actually, Mr. Dixon has been quite reasonable lately. Mr. Stained, on the other hand....
  4. craiga

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    There is no doubt that entry into the top 3 is a major undertaking. I wonder if some of the naysayers were the same folks who proclaimed only one year ago that the new staff would never be able to work together and the best BAC could hope for might be 8th or 9th. One fellow even referred to the Building A Champion motto as wishful thinking. I wonder what they will say in two months. Or in 14 months. In any event, it is only a matter of time. The 2018 version of Boston is going to be a formidable powerhouse regardless. Eat'em Up!
  5. craiga

    2018 Uniforms!

    As a 58 year old traditionalist, I will and do miss the vintage red & black BAC uniforms with white trim...shakos, plumes, and all the rest. Having said that, the activity has now entered an era of thematic costumes for each year's show. While we can blame WGI, pop culture, or whatever else, it is what it is. The activity, which has ALWAYS been in a state of change, continues to evolve. From my perspective, I am just thrilled that this activity has endured this long and the more I think about it, the more I conclude that it is our ability to change with the times which has allowed us to thrive. In my town, there are vacant buildings where the Catholic church, the Boy Scout camp, and even the Grange Hall used to be. We, on the other hand, still get to enjoy this activity and based on the last few years at shows, the activity seems actually quite healthy. Speaking specifically about BAC, I have watched several runthroughs of the show. It would be absolutely impossible for their members to perform this program with tradition uniforms, shakos, plumes etc. And for the record, these modern costumes (yes, I said it) cost a FRACTION of what the old school unis cost, so a yearly change is not a financial burden. Being around Boston last night, I can tell you that drum corps kids are STILL drum corps kids, and after nearly 40 years of being around this activity, I find great comfort in that. Although their generation may well include a lot of self-entitled, lazy, snowflakes, NONE of those kids are in drum corps. These kids are every bit as tough and hardworking as the kids who marched 20, 30 and 50 years ago. Whether they are marching for Boston, Cadets, Crown, Blue Stars or anyone else, they have my complete respect.
  6. craiga

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    Boston finished their visual show over one week ago. From a design and coordination perspective, "SOS" is a whole level above Wicked Games. It is a General Effect buffet. Can't wait for Thursday in the theatre!
  7. craiga

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    Just saw a fb pic of the tubas warming up andf they were in the black shirts and joggers.
  8. craiga

    2018 Predictions

    So, here is my prediction for next week in Detroit: 1. Boston 2. Cavaliers 3. Crown 4. Bluecoats 5. Phantom Regiment 6. Blue Stars Does anyone know if this will be a full panel? I know that DCI voted last winter to return to all full panels, but I think that may not take effect until 2019...??
  9. craiga

    2018 Predictions

    I for one hope the Cadets succeed. I think they occupy an important niche in DCI. They need to have a successful season this year so they can build on that going forward. Everyone's definition of success probably varies. Back in the day when BAC had no money, an all-volunteer staff and 52 members, SURVIVAL was success. I don't think the Cadets are anywhere close to where Boston was in 1983 or 1998, and I think they will be fine. Best wishes to them.
  10. craiga

    2018 Predictions

    I agree...but if they move up only HALF as much as they did last year, that would put them in THIRD with a medal.......
  11. craiga

    2018 Predictions

    Having spent the week with Boston last week, and comparing them to the 2017 BAC, I now see them actually winning in Detroit and ending up perhaps around 3rd at finals. All sections are much more mature this year...including the guard, which placed 3rd all three nights at Indy. I know it's easy to dismiss me as a homer, but this corps doesn't feel like a 6th place corps to me.
  12. craiga

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    I returned home today, but I was present for "Giant Night" last night. Yes, the new members learned "Giant" but the highlight for me was the testimonials of each of the ageouts. (No staff or mgmt spoke). Each member spoke about what the corps song and the corps itself means to them. Several who came to Boston from other corps talked about how different it is at BAC. By the time they finished, there wasn't a dry eye in the place. These kids are focused like a laser. This should be an interesting season.
  13. craiga

    2018 Predictions

    The only corps I have seen is Boston so the only corps I can compare it to is Boston 2017. This year's BAC is probably 5-6 points better than last year at this I guess you can draw your own conclusions.
  14. craiga

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    Final update from my Castleton visit: After a grilled burgers/turkey burgers/turkey& ham subs for snack last night and French toast sticks, sausages and home fries for breakfast today, The corps is back to work. 64 degrees and partly sunny right now, and they are currently rehearsing on all three fields at once. All caption heads are here and while I am not able to divulge anything about the props, they are all here as well. BAC 2018 is as much more advanced than 2017 as last year's corps was over 2016. They still have two weeks until Detroit. Eat 'em up, Boston!
  15. craiga

    Boston Crusaders 2018

    Sounds to me like there is more sour grapes than "terrible" food at issue here.