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  1. So, I made it to Castleton this afternoon. I recently retired from my job, and it is an amazing feeling of freedom that I can relax and enjoy the corps without having to even think about when I need to go home. That said, everything here is exactly as you would expect. The corps IS full, with no holes and morale is sky high. There seems to be 72 brass, 9/5/5 battery, a large front ensemble, and a massive, extremely experienced guard. Cool day today...barely 60 with a wind, but mostly sunny. This is year 6 for this senior staff, so it was awesome arriving here today and being greeted by the usual cast of characters. This, seriously, is comfort food, and as I get older, I'm not taking any of this for granted.
    10 points
  2. YES! I've been grinning my face off with this announcement. Love this Phantom! This is going to be so good musically. Let's hope for a great design to match. 2022 is shaping up to be one hell of a come back. Even though It's a bitter sweet, with so many other corps canceled season. I hope the enjoyment of 2021 celebration tour spirit, gets carried over into this year's competitive season. (Fingers crossed).
    9 points
  3. There is no such thing as perfect but the highest with the numbers allotted. You can also be the best even with a drop. There are many elements that go into an entire production and a guard could literally have no visible errors yet have a very inferior product. With that all said, these top guards ( ALL OF THEM ) aren't playing with alot of numbers so the high quality of a lower guard can certainly push those above them to appear to earn a so called " perfect score " Not perfect just highest.
    8 points
  4. Few years back i went to a show here in SoCal. Towards the end of the night, this guy sitting behind me taps my shoulder, and tells me based off my reaction for each show, he couldn't tell who i root for. I told him i was Team BD, and he said my reaction for each corps was exactly the same and couldn't tell either way. I took that as a compliment. Yes i am a BD Honk, yes i want my Devils to win, but i am also a DCI Honk. I stand up, cheer and support all corps. Do i like EVERY show, of course not. But i still give that corps/show a standing ovation because those kids are busting their butts to keep chuckleheads like me entertained during the summer. I feel it's ok for us to have our favorite corps, but still show respect to the others. The bashing and hating that takes place at times is just ridiculous and not needed.
    8 points
  5. I’d much rather be in the stands watching the finished product of the smaller corps than watching the “big boys” practice. Plus, it’s a lot of people preening around in their corps jacket trying to look important.
    7 points
  6. 1) George Zingali 2) Michael Gaines 3) Steve Brubaker
    7 points
  7. This is not the final look of the uniforms--just Cesarios sketches. The result is going to be great looking on the field. And yea, military style uniforms are a thing of the past. Time to look forward.
    7 points
  8. Wow - the 2022 rep arranged by JD Shaw - it's going to be epic! Bergersen, Melillo, & that Soderqvist piece! Then wrap it up with a bow with Mahler. Before Time - Bergerson Godspeed - Melillo The Chosen - Melillo Eli's Theme - Soderqvist Symphony No 5 - Mahler But this ballad; perfect for PR... 😢
    7 points
  9. I can remember shows where the Cavaliers or Belleville were warming up a ways from the field while our little corps and all of 19 horns were performing. After our number concluded, the crowd roared. We were thrilled. It wasn't until after the show that we found out the noise was for the warm up corps drowning us out.
    6 points
  10. Positively brilliant. Have you noticed how many people now experience live performances (like concerts, guard shows and sports events) at which they are physically present by literally watching them on their cell phone screens? I think there should be an official diagnosis for this behavior. As for someone holding a cell phone conversation near me at a drum corps show during a performance...let's just say I may go full New York on the individual. (I'm certain that's diagnosable, too.)
    6 points
  11. This season is probably the closest the show design has been to 2012 than at any time since that show (music wise). I don’t get the vibe that it’s dark at all.
    6 points
  12. I’ve been around this activity for 30 years and seen a lot of things. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a brass book like the one I heard at Camp a few weeks back. Crown has spent the past decade and change playing a lot of notes… but this season’s book blows any of those shows out of the water. It’s absolutely insane what they are trying to accomplish.
    6 points
  13. If there's no Nirvana source music...I riot. If they give it the same treatment as they did Metallica...I riot again.
    6 points
  14. You’re being realistic. And I appreciate that. We don’t all live with our head in the clouds. There are real world events bearing down on us. This diesel shortage also affects farm diesel. Farmers are already reeling from the price of fertilizer. A farm diesel shortage paired with truckers just not moving their rigs because it’s too expensive (yes, that’s already happening), and drum corps may be the least of our worries.
    6 points
  15. Pacific Crest announced their music selections for their 2022 show "Welcome to the Void" a few days ago on Facebook and Twitter. Here are the listed selections: "Finale" from Swiss Army Man (Andy Hull & Robert McDowell) The Void (Bradley Kerr Green, Ezekiel Lanser & Jonathan Zuniga) Enjoy the Silence (Depeche Mode) Intruder (Peter Gabriel from "New Blood") Where is My Mind (Safari Riot featuring Grayson Sanders)
    6 points
  16. Phantom put the reveal of the music in a separate video on YT.
    6 points
  17. Saggy Capitol building. I couldn’t figure out how that building figured in with a show about Presidents. Or the Oprah tarp. And changing the narration. It was more coherent before the changes… oh don’t get me started… and that stage. I’m done.
    6 points
  18. Another great corps squandered by Hop’s BS.
    6 points
  19. It seems like a more updated version of Phantom. I think it’s a move in the right direction.
    6 points
  20. There have been only two shows that I have witnessed that I felt contained way too much narration. Both of these shows happen to be productions done by the Cadets. There are also shows that have had narration that I loved. The 2014 Blue Knights show "That One Second" is a wonderful example of how narration can enhance a show and truly make it special. These are just my thoughts or opinions. There is no reason to get snarky just because your opinions differ from mine.
    6 points
  21. That’s a complex sentence with a complex concept. I read it … took a sip of my Old Fashioned, read it again, and got it , and agreed. See? I keep saying bourbon helps.
    6 points
  22. Definitely engagement. Probably less so on scoring. I gave up trying to figure out scoring once I observed that corps that mess up on electronics never appear to be penalized for it.
    6 points
  23. honestly i have gotten past the point where i need to research a show before i see it. if i have to read a novel to get it, you over designed
    6 points
  24. Awesome! This brand new equipment trailer was custom built for BAC, as was the brand new kitchen trailer which was completed in 2020. The BOD is relentless in obtaining in corporate sponsorships and grants, and it shows. Gone are the days when BAC had to rely on hand-me-downs from other organizations. Congrats to all!
    6 points
  25. they need to do better to get unity. if not people will be stoned to the power of 10 at mass...this i believe
    6 points
  26. I’ve had similar experiences at Finals week. I will go to local establishments with my friends, all with different corps on their shirts. People ask, how can so many corps be represented in such a small group and be so jovial. We say, we’re just drum corps fans. And at the establishment where we are indulging libations, when we learn the new Champions, regardless who wins, I am first to toast the victors … bumpers all around!
    6 points
  27. Tickets are ordered.... c'mon Cavies! Time to announce your show!
    5 points
  28. But far more than the 1860's............
    5 points
  29. It’s staggering, and yet the tuition is only affordable to the upper mid-class, and tuition is insufficient to cover the costs. If you are in an economically underserved class, how can you reasonably join a corps? How is this a sustainable model?
    5 points
  30. PR reached their fundraising goal, so as promised, here is the Design Team discussing the 2022 show.
    5 points
  31. It’s very different though. Yes highly aggressive and a technical tour de force. But I think it’s still not gonna be what you may expect from a Crown show. The musicians (both brass and percussion) sure can play.
    5 points
  32. Me too. Loved the way they presented it, and loved even more what they chose. This has me excited, coupled with their momentum from last year and what from all accounts was a big step up in audition numbers and talent. In JD Shaw I trust!
    5 points
  33. I live in Virginia on the West coast of the Atlantic. California is on the East coast of the Pacific. My California relatives do not agree with this analysis 🙂
    5 points
  34. It’s not just the cost. It’s the predicted shortages. I sat in gas lines in 1973. It’s no fun. We’ll get past the high fuel costs but if they put in price controls, there will be shortages. It happened then and it will happen now. Corps didn’t tour extensively then, either.
    5 points
  35. I think nobody (myself included) wants to relive the attempted coup that was the G7. I will however, say something which I had posted a few years ago. The explosive growth of BAC, the 50+ menber BOD, the massive financial organization of Inspire, the Boston Financial district's overwhelming support, and so many alumni going all in were, in my judgment, a direct result of this proposal. There was a feeling among many people in Boston that this was the final straw. A considerable group of men and women who marched in the 80s and 90s who had become very financially successful made a commitment to do what ever it took to fund raise to do everything from buying properties, hiring the best staff, and establishing best practices organizationally. This proved to be the genesis of the "Building A Champion" mantra. When will it actually be realized....nobody knows. But nobody can reasonably say they aren't trying.
    5 points
  36. I think this is a great look given the direction that costuming is taking.
    5 points
  37. Awesome! My dachshund could have mixed a better product than that crap from a few years ago.
    5 points
  38. FWIW, Flo Marching has been making a concerted effort this off-season to bring top notch Audio and Video pros from our marching arts world into their broadcast crews. We'll see if it pays off. Kind of wild that this approach escaped them for so long, but hopefully we see and hear the improvements.
    5 points
  39. In case you missed it - here's the first update on the progress of SOA:
    5 points
  40. i predict people will freak out positively and negatively
    5 points
  41. Like I always say, a good internet connection and a good router…. We had cable only (Comcast, the work of the devil) in Illinois and no matter what we did, it was terrible. Moved here, have one gig fiber, and not even glitch (except for THEIR glitches),
    5 points
  42. Show Title: A Möbius Trip Show Music: Symphony No. 2, Mvt. 4 - Mahler Equus - Whitacre Addis Ababa - Lago Alfonso Muskedunder - Terje Re-Entry - Sheppard Source: Crossmen Facebook page
    5 points
  43. There's so much in Adrenaline City that I hope makes it into Cadets' show.
    5 points
  44. I haven't been THIS excited about Cadets in YEARS.
    5 points
  45. Design Team and Caption Mgr Discussion of show:
    5 points
  46. Probably used apple maps...
    5 points
  47. what part of Don't #### The Kids don't these ######## not get?
    5 points
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