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  2. This Easter/Passover weekend in NYC there was a flurry of publicity about Free Players. CBS radio repeated throughout the day a blurb about the corps going to DCA Williamsport, PA this coming Labor Day weekend. Details were given about a GoFundMe page the corps has established to help raise the $50K they are seeking for transportation, hotels, food, and necessities to be the first special needs drum corps to be part of DCA Championship weekend. Interviews with their center snare capt. and with another member hyped the enthusiasm so alive in Free Players as well as the members' anticipation in taking on all of DCA. It was priceless publicity which bewitched the usually cynical NY media with the mms innocence, hope, and comraderie. Williamsport, you have been put on notice!!! 😁😃😁 https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/04/19/special-needs-drum-corps-to-make-history-by-competing-at-world-championships/
  3. Rocketman

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    I will go back and listen to all of these!
  4. xandandl

    2019 Drum Corps Tour

    As of now, I don't foresee viewing in person any shows this summer. Funding and mobility are just not there.
  5. xandandl

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    And they M&M’d the whole time.
  6. Jeff Ream

    2019 Drum Corps Tour

    Landsville....Black Knight pre-show. Cant think of the place by Peckville...Loading Dock I think it's called
  7. Jake W.

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    I'm all for self-proclaimed dinos making relevant points (for example, there is quantifiably less dot-to-dot drill now than there was ten years ago) but the claim that Fire of Eternal Glory wouldn't be given the time to develop by today's music arrangers is demonstrably false. Being generous with a few seconds on either end of the performance, one could reasonably call the '93 FOEG segment three minutes long, from initial count off to putting the helmets back on in silence. Examples from 2018 of ballads being given time to develop: SCV's "My Body Is a Cage" clocks in at 2:30 from start to finish, just 30 seconds shy of FOEG, and if you think that's not an example along the lines of FOEG in that it's a simple, hummable melody that is freely & organically allowed to build from a plain idea into a massive full ensemble chorus over a relatively long period of time, then you simply weren't listening this year. Bloo's "Saro" was a bit more modernized, I'll give you that, since it didn't begin and finish with silence, and the singer wove in "God Bless the Child", but I think the example still stands: a ballad that is allowed to ebb & flow and build organically, as the original music intended. Now, at 2:10ish, it's almost a full minute shorter than FOEG, but it's another CLEAR example of a melody being given the space in time that it needed to fully and leisurely develop in the same manner as FOEG. Crown's "If I Fell", while not my favorite ballad of the year, is another undeniable example: a clear melody that is given tons of time to build from a few simple voices to a huge full ensemble statement of the same melody. This one clocks in at almost exactly three minutes, matching FOEG. As a huge Sigur Ros fan, I thought Cadet's treatment of "Ara Batur" was pretty spot on and true to the original piece. Now, the original piece is almost 10 minutes long, so obviously they cut a few repetitions of the melody out in a way that the previous examples didn't need to (all source material previously mentioned is 2-3 minutes long), but the point is still there: a simple, hummable melody that is presented unaltered by the corps and allowed to grow slowly & fluidly. At 2:45, it landed just 15 seconds short of FOEG, and definitely made a similar point. BK's treatment of Radiohead's "Exit Music" this year clocked in at an unaltered 2:30 devoted to just that song. This example strays a little, since it's not as straightforward, but Mandarins had a GLORIOUS 2:45 second build BEFORE they unleashed on the True Colors melody, and a total ballad time of 3:45, almost a full minute longer than FOEG, and I don't think you'd find a single person from last season who didn't think their show was brilliant. Again, this example is a little different, since so much of the build is drumline and has very little to do with the True Colors melody, but if you don't think that's a long, slow, rise & fall build all the way to the giant pay off of an impact, then you aren't listening properly. It's the perfect example of allowing an entire section of a show to take the time it needs to develop. Music City's "Hallelujah" developed beautifully & fully over about 2:30 minutes. And that's just a rough perusal of THIS PAST SEASON ONLY. Really, to say FOEG wouldn't be given the time to develop nowadays is just....not true. I don't know how else to put it. Just in case I need to hammer this point home further, other recent examples of long, slowly-developing ballads: Bloo's Hymn of Axciom clocks in at at 3:15. Crown's interpretation of Giazotto's "Adagio" was 2:20m and the Lost ballad in 2014 as 2:55. How could anyone forget The Academy's "Unchained Melody"???? At a full 3:30, it's an unquestionable example of a recent crowd favorite that easily matches (and surpasses!) the FOEG example. Hell, let's even get BD in there too! While I will admit that allowing full, unaltered melodies to blossom and grow organically isn't their style, they did it as recently as 2016 with Fernando Valezquez's music from "The Impossibles": a full 2:55 ballad of the same gorgeous melody woven over and over as it builds slowly to a glorious climax.
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  9. kevingamin

    2019 Drum Corps Tour

    I will try to find you in Indy and/or Williamsport.
  10. Dpsouthern81

    Southeastern Championships

    Just got an email that said tickets available through Ticketmaster April 29th at noon et.
  11. Jeff Ream

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    this would be hysterical if i didn't realize you were actually serious
  12. queenanne_1536

    2019 Madison Scouts!

    CK and DP should have been toast after 2018, if not 2016 and 2017.
  13. Terri Schehr

    2019 Drum Corps Tour

    June 20 theater in Warrenville, Illinois June 23 Zionsville, Indiana July 5. Lisle, Illinois August 7 - 10 Indy August 29 - September 1 Williamsport Flomarching events when I’m available to watch
  14. MikeN

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    🤨 Mike
  15. tesmusic

    2019 Madison Scouts!

    There have been calls for it for years, mostly quiet, but it’s been suggested, requested, etc since at the last 20 years or so.
  16. jpaul

    2019 Madison Scouts!

    Who's pressuring the corps to go co-ed?
  17. George Dixon

    The Cadets 2019

    Never been much of a fan either
  18. Tim K

    The Cadets 2019

    2011 was interesting, but for some it had more to do with the interesting season that show had. Because of the two uniforms, picking up errors was easier. The term “dirty” gets thrown around a great deal but in 2011 specifics could be given which made it a hotbed of conversation. I only saw them once in 2011 in Lawrence, MA. Though they placed 2nd, you could sense an energy that might catapult Cadets in Indy. I think that can sometimes add excitement. Remember too, lots of folks thought there would be a Blue Devils three-peat, which was not a happy thought of everyone. I liked “Between Angels and Demons” and by the time I saw it it was very strong, but the roller coaster ride going from top to fourth then back to top as the season progressed made it exciting too.
  19. Tommeee

    Carolina Crown 2019

    Woulda rather hear their take on Morricone’s Cinema Paradiso. But, I’m just daydreaming.
  20. Old Corps Guy

    2019 DCA Programs

    Current titles have been added to my public playlist on YouTube. You will find it under the title Drum Coups 2019. I will continue to add DCA and DCI Source Music as they are announced.
  21. Jeff Ream

    2019 Drum Corps Tour

    you may be 35 minutes from home. i'll alert the authorities
  22. Jeff Ream

    Wmsport tix

    i havent seen them. was the parking stuff released yet?
  23. have they been sent yet? just checking cuz my mail was fwd'ed all winter; sometimes PO messes up
  24. Jeff Ream

    The Cadets 2019

    cool stuff in DCW https://www.drumcorpsworld.com/publications/2019/may/#page=16
  25. You don't often see drum corps-specific instruments outside of the marching arts, but jazz musician Reginald Chapman has a System Blue tuba customized in raw brass by the BAC Horn Dr., pretty neat. He's a boss on bass trombone and bass trumpet Anyway I just thought some might find that cool
  26. FTNK

    The Cadets 2019

    Am I the only one who can't stand 2011?
  27. detergant

    curious

    I'm going to be at finals, but i'm not sure you should be giving alcohol to minors...
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