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  1. Mandarins had a brass camp this past weekend. My son didn't give away any details of what they have so far, but this is what I took away from the conversation........... To anyone thinking the Mandarins were a cute little story and one hit wonder that will fall back to earth in 2024.............prepare to be highly upset Saturday Night, August 10th.
    9 points
  2. FEB camp is next weekend and my son can't wait to be there. The Mello sounds that have been coming out of his room the last month have my imagination going crazy. That book is no joke. I can only imagine what the entire brass line will sound like this summer.
    9 points
  3. I hope no one minds if I post this video from DCI. January is a boring time and it’s nice to recall some summer fun from past times. I think I had an out-of-body experience watching this show. It is my favorite show ever and arguably I guess, the greatest brass performance in drum corps history to my ears anyway. It made me cry. Enjoy a snippet.
    9 points
  4. No, that would be Silicon Valley. Silicone Valley is further south...
    9 points
  5. Glad too see Surf sticking with the fun and audience friendly shows.
    8 points
  6. Oh, what a treat. I thought I was going to have to go a full day without any SCV bashing.
    8 points
  7. The very first DCA Championship contest was held in 1965 in Milford, CT. "Full Retreats" were a given then at almost every show, featuring the appropriate bugle call at the beginning, played by one of the soprano players from a competing corps, all color guards, drum majors and their entire corps. Normally, the host corps would play all the others on, each unit marching through the gate, across the field, ending downstage arranged left to right near the front sideline. Caption and placement awards would be announced and each unit would parade across the front playing their signature song as all others came to attention and their respective guards dipped silks in salute. Sometimes this was more entertaining than some of the performances. The DCA officials wished to up the ante for Finals and hatched a plan for all corps to set up at the back sideline, moving forward together playing the last 16 bars of "Stars and Stripes". Reading, Hurcs, Skyliners, Yankee Rebels, Interstatesmen and Pittsburgh Rockets were an impressive mass of color. There was a roll-off. They all stepped off. We in the audience held our collective breath... The first few notes were massive and (mostly) together. What followed can only be described as a bad LSD trip. Only the Bucs and Rebels seemed to have had a nodding acquaintance with the actual arrangement. Everyone else appeared to be searching for things like tempo and key. As the monster lurched closer, even the participants came to realize what an abomination was being created. Some, like the Skyliners, doubled down, adding random bugle calls, screams and rim shots...then, mercifully it ended, not exactly in unison. We were stunned. The guy next to me, looking off into space, said, "Man. That s#*t was psychedelic!" ...It was a monumental understatement.
    8 points
  8. Even though it's not likely, I truly hope and pray they somehow make it through this. Losing any corps sucks, especially one as storied as the Cadets. Despite the negative image that Hopkins and Co. brought onto the organization, there is still an incredible legacy left behind. On a side note: I loved that line in the article that talked about how "nobody marched faster." That made me giggle for a sec, because one time when I was watching the 2005 show on YouTube, they were marching so fast in the opener that I had actually thought the video was being sped up for a second. I had to double check to make sure the playback speed was set to "normal." Absolutely mind-blowing technique.
    8 points
  9. In fact, all of the articles are good. https://mastersmarchingarts.com/
    7 points
  10. I’ll be blunt: Memphis Cadets or Cadets of Memphis or Cadets of Shelby County is the dumbest thing I’ve heard this year … so far.
    7 points
  11. seen on the interwebs Mackey will write the closer after seeing (hearing?) the rest of the show. Now THAT'S interesting as it provides the opportunity to both tie together concepts and recapitulate motifs from throughout the program. So it's not just a Mackey piece commissioned by Crown -- it's a Mackey piece written specifically for this show and these other pieces.
    7 points
  12. Wow this is incredible!!!
    7 points
  13. This is all I care about right now:
    7 points
  14. I wish someone loved me as much as MM2006 hates Jason Robb
    7 points
  15. I’m rooting for a magical moment like this from the Cavaliers in 2024.
    7 points
  16. @Sutasaurus makes history. The first DCPer featured on a corps t-shirt. On another note, got a real nice hand-written card from PR CEO in the mail yesterday thanking me for my support in 2023. Class organization and I'll be supporting again in the years ahead.
    7 points
  17. Perhaps you forgot when Carolina Crowns staff up and left for Boston... pretty much ALL of Crowns guard followed them. Todays performers DO in fact chose organisations based on instructional staff. You think brass players dont go to BD or Crown to learn under all star brass staffs? I am certain that Paul and Sandi Rennick have absolutely NO influence on percussionists decision to march at Vanguard. Seriously, times have changed pal.
    7 points
  18. Mea culpa - I was not as appreciative of BD's 2022 and 2023 shows as I probably should have been, for a myriad of reasons. Finally got to listen to the CDs/downloads and not Flo audio, and I have to say - for exactly 3 minutes of each show, they go full on Classic BD Jazz Sound and absolutely blow everyone else away. (The guitar and Cowboy Bebop sections after the ballad in 2022, the JoJo opener in 2023.) Fantastic, awesome, incredible... I don't have enough superlatives for those segments. And they manage to work in extra layers of sound (whether it be brass, drums, pit or electronic) that it feels like a lot of corps don't even recognize can be missing - BD just puts it all in the car and stomps on the gas pedal. (And their set drummer, whoever he or she is, deserves extra championship rings each time - absolutely amazing.) Holy cow. Mike
    6 points
  19. He did. After the Cadets announcement, he decided to put all of his eggs into one basket for auditions. He really wanted to work under Matt Harloff and be a part of the Crown brass line. He worked extremely hard leading up to the first camp and was given a lead mello contract soon after. He's really enjoyed the camps so far and we're all exited for him and the coming season. Here we go again, Chief!
    6 points
  20. Honestly, it should be their encore piece from now until the end of time. -Mike
    6 points
  21. I made the cover of the coloring book, LOL. (I’m the euph in the back) I’ve got an actual color copy of the original somewhere… Edit: If you look closely, you can see that it was the early season version of the 92 uniform with the blue & silver fabric draped across our chest. Later on they switched it to a baldric style.
    6 points
  22. Anything to get out of that hat I had to wear…
    6 points
  23. Speaking of Phantom’s color guard… way, way back when DCP Dino’s roamed unsuspecting football fields. https://fb.watch/q4E7agXq5Y/?
    6 points
  24. ####, and this had such potential as the guard uniform for this year.
    6 points
  25. Didn't a former member of this discussion forum often use the term "Pageant Leeches" or something like that? Seems it might apply here?
    6 points
  26. ... and every mountain and hill made low. But a more appropriate wish for drum corps would be the next lyrics ... to make "the crooked straight".
    6 points
  27. The situation with SCV was a lot different. If I read correctly, their issues had to do with the state compliance, including their BINGO operation. The Cadets are dealing with both financial and legal issues. If the stories about The Cadets liquidating assets are true, they are in a dire financial situation. Living in North Jersey, I know a number of Cadets alumni. They all say the same thing about the Cadets selling off pretty much everything. From the Board Chair's October 16,2023 "Message" I anticipated some type of "follow up". But, to date, nothing. I would think if The Cadets planned on coming back, they'd be doing some type fund raising, including for the Maroon and Gold Club. I've been a member of the Maroon and Gold Club going back to the early 80's but haven't heard a word from the organization. The on going litigation just makes things worse. The "Cadets Are Being Sued . . . " thread provides a pretty good analysis of the legal problems the organization faces. I would love to see The Cadets back on the field. Just doesn't seem like, even if it can happen ,it won't be anytime soon.
    6 points
  28. This has turned out to be a productive day. We have established that Mandarins are doing a Godzilla show featuring the music of Gojira & Blue Oyster Cult. Well done everyone.
    6 points
  29. You are a valued voice on DCP. Several of us here have your back. If we can help just let us know.
    6 points
  30. From the member's perspective, it would be just another piece we have to learn in our limited free time while trying to get everything in order for the trip home, as well as trying to max out our show and getting ready to leave our family after 3 months with them. And for the record, we aren't being taught that America "stinks". We just don't believe that America can do no wrong.
    6 points
  31. Should we start an over/under on whether this will be the dumbest idea of 2024?
    5 points
  32. And if we put our collective thinking caps on, we can probably all come up with some usual suspects.
    5 points
  33. Mr. Anova is correct with his analysis. Anyone still in denial is literally whistling past the graveyard. The Cadets have no money, no equipment, no property, no organizational infrastructure, and a logjam of complainants lined up for their financial pounds of flesh for misdeeds from 40 years ago. If this Memphis thing comes to pass, if they actually purchase uniforms, put "Since 1934" on their trucks, adopt the FHNSB iconography, they are literally begging to end up in court for something they have zero involvement with. I can't imagine anybody with half a brain pursuing this.
    5 points
  34. I would love for them to get to where they were in 2019 and move up even further. I loved their show.
    5 points
  35. pretty sure the mission is to expose the rot so SCV can get back to a good place as an organization
    5 points
  36. That was the best Cavalier brass line ever imo. Next best 2002. I’ve heard a lot of their brass lines since 1968. It doesn’t mean anything. Just what my ears were telling me.
    5 points
  37. My Lord that performance made me cry. Unbelievable. Both Sides Now used many times in drum corps (BD ‘23). if you didn’t watch the Grammys at least watch her.
    5 points
  38. Some brass players decided to embellish their parts. Loudly.
    5 points
  39. I don’t really have any regrets except i probably should have marched 1979. I do know that there were a few brass players who I marched with that followed Tim Salzman out to SCV in 1981. So it has been happening for a very long time.
    5 points
  40. Apparently, the Lions didn’t either
    5 points
  41. Well, you did it to me again, first BD beats Bloo then 49ers beat my Lions. All this, and I still count you as a friend.
    5 points
  42. especially not in Lake Erie
    5 points
  43. In a very basic sense, bluecoats tend to stick with a similar type of show for two years, and then completely turn direction. There were definitely similarities between 22 and 23 in the overall flow , staging…etc. Is 24 going to bring a big Change in direction for a show choice? My guess is yes 😁
    5 points
  44. Unless some miracle happens, this is the end of the Cadets. So a great article summarizing some historical accomplishments.
    5 points
  45. If you're taking flak, it usually means you're over the target. One can fly away and avoid the flak, or one can open the bomb bay doors.
    5 points
  46. Love to hear Anna Meredith is so supportive of the Bluecoats using her music. Her stuff is unique, interesting, weird, cool, and so many other adjectives that I can't think of right now. Currently sitting in my office on my lunch break listening to both the original version and Bloo's rendition of Nautilus. They're both just so good. Doug Thrower and Tom Rarick are geniuses. If only they could have gotten it a little cleaner...
    4 points
  47. Our son is returning to his corp specifically because he enjoys the staff which makes the marching experience way better. He would follow them to a new corp because he would know they would instill the same values as they are instilling in his current corp. The leaders you respect are ones you will follow as there are reasons they gained your respect. For the part where you say " I didn't let any of mine do it (sports/schools) when I held decision making power". If you are saying your children then I understand as that is within your right as a parent. If you are talking students that aren't your children then to say you wouldn't allow your students to do it when you held decision making power would be a problem. If his High School directors even tried to interfere without any justified reason then they would have a very long talk with me and my wife about what level of influence and power they do and do not have over our child's choices and decisions, especially outside the commitments to the school. We value their insight, but they DO NOT have the power to demand/dictate his choices. It costs over $6K for most corps nowadays so kids have a right to make decisions they think will give them the most enjoyable experience.
    4 points
  48. Great article and thanks for posting. I've been a DC fan since I was in HS. The Cadets were always one of my favorites so to have my son march his rookie season last year with The Cadets was special. He had an incredible time, learned a lot about himself/the activity and made life-long friends. He had zero complaints about the Cadets organization and his experience. He grieved for days after they announced there would be no 2024. He's now moved on to another corp and as a parent, I can only hope that his experience this coming summer is as great as his Cadets 2023 experience was. No matter what the future holds for the Cadets, one thing will never change for our family, FHNSAB.
    4 points
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