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  1. 45 points
    For reaching 100,000 posts here on DCP! What the **** is wrong with you. 😂
  2. 33 points
    I've been asked by some what I think of the latest news out of Madison Scouts. I'm still processing this, but here are a few thoughts. (You're welcome to share this if you think it expresses your own thoughts and wish, and please add your own positive thoughts.) I have always loved the Madison Scouts organization and I always will love it. Over the years, I got to know many wonderful people who instructed Scouts or were on their management team. I cherish those memories. I also got to know several who currently are involved with management. I cherish their friendship as well. I will continue to cherish those I know who lovingly give their time to the organization. Such decisions are not made lightly. I trust the decision was made in the best interest of the corps, that it was based on what is right for the corps and right for future members regardless of competitive concerns.There are bound to be mixed feelings and some feelings expressed (or hidden) that are not mixed at all. I hope this decision helps assure the survival and thriving of Scouts decades into the future. As a Former Marching Member (FMM) of The Cavaliers, I've been asked what I think this means to the organization that introduced me to this wonderful activity, a passion to which I've gone on to dedicate a huge portion of my life. I believe this isn't about The Cavaliers; this is about the Scouts and it should remain so. I don't want to take away anything away from my support of the Scouts by diluting it with conjecture regarding what the decision means to any other organization that isn't the Scouts. I've long stated that drum corps is whatever drum corps becomes. I've also long felt that tradition is whatever a corps does for more than two years. (Those just coming on board the activity, new fans whom we need for the longtime survival of drum corps, will always know Scouts as a coed corps.) Just like all the innovations that have become part of drum corps, innovations loved by some and scorned by others, time lessens the shock. Those coming into drum corps fandom now may find it hard to imagine a time when such things weren't part of the activity, and were even forbidden. I've seen corps experience highs and lows. Those that have learned from their lows have gone on to experience highs that have been a pleasure to behold. I look forward to the day when I watch the Scouts and think about not how far they've come competitively, but how wonderful it is to just plain enjoy what they're doing on the field. I anticipate relishing the thought that many youth who will be future members of the Scouts will enjoy the experience of a lifetime, one that will stay with them decades into the future and will shape their lives for the better. Until that time, I plan to continue to enjoy the product Scouts put out of the field now, a show their members worked thousands of collaborative hours to perfect and deliver to a grateful audience. And I trust those audiences are more grateful the corps still exists than they are focused on dwelling on competitive standing. Drum corps needs the Madison Scouts, whatever form the organization takes on.
  3. 29 points
    The DCP Habitat is wild, weird, and wonderful. A brief field guide to the kinds of wildlife that can be found here is below. However, I am not so bold as to say that I have explored the whole of this environment; thus, the results of your research are also welcomed. SuperFans are easily distinguishable as they often have the corps logo as their avatar or corps name in their screen name. They are also known for repeated cheering on show threads as if they themselves were actually at the show. Often, SuperFans live in their own threads, but some venture into the wider world. Of these, many mix well with other SuperFans, but some types are easily upset by numbers or the Blue Devils. These can be dangerous when cornered. The Parent is very excited that son or daughter is in a drum corps and amazed and thrilled that they have found a place online for people just like them! They are known for asking well-meaning but somewhat screechy questions about scores, periscopes and pictures. Unfortunately, the Parent often cannot cope with the harsh environment of DCP and the lifespan is usually brief. Some, however, adapt, survive, and even thrive. The Unified Field Theory of Drum Corps, born in the fevered brain of the Messenger and scrawled upon the whiteboard of a glowing screen, is meant both to redeem past failures and restore drum corps to its former greatness. That is, if the arch-reactionary elements are soundly put in their place. The Messenger's incessant and repetitive chatter often drives away others, but woe betide the unsuspecting soul to whom the song becomes a siren song. The Dinosaur can be found in both herbivorous and carnivorous varieties. Herbivores are placid creatures, contenting themselves with saying 'back in the day' and patiently chewing on old recaps. Carnivores violently attack anything, with exception of brass instruments in the key of G. Both herbivores and carnivores are destined for extinction. The Mathematician seeks meaning in numbers, constantly putting them into series and sequences. DCP Mathematicians are divided between those who will compare numbers from different spatial/temporal universes, and those who hold that only numbers from the same spatial/temporal universe can truly be validly compared. The rival camps continually accuse each other of failing to understand the rules of numbers, with some mavericks going so far as to state that the rules themselves are based upon false premises.
  4. 26 points
    I'm glad he did it. The rule is stupid.
  5. 23 points
    I think the Bloo designers create shows that they’d like to watch. First, third, fifth place, it doesn’t matter. They’re always wildly entertaining.
  6. 22 points
    There has been a lot of befuddlement -- dare I say consternation -- over the state of Drum Corps International this year. I had a feeling that certain things are being overlooked that would, perhaps, shed some light on the intended meaning of the corps’ shows. So, I reached into my extensive contact list and was finally able to get in contact with new DCI artistic director Lee Carlson. After initially running me off his lawn, Mr. Carlson and I were able to sit down and have an imaginary conversation regarding the true meaning of several corps’ 2019 shows. In the name of cutting through the noise, I’ve decided to share the true show synopses below. Santa Clara Vanguard The defending champions show is entitled “Vox Eversio,” which translated from Latin means “Elevator Music.” The story features pajama-clad small town boy Jake dreaming of his first youthful trip to the Beverly Center Macy’s with his parents. Jake’s fondest memories were riding the elevators up and down, being surprised by the sights and sounds behind each opening door. Things take a darker turn when the elevator breaks down and our young protagonist is trapped for some time with a roaming sousphonist, which were quite common in mid-1900s Los Angeles. Bluecoats The Bluecoats self-titled 2019 show warns us of the dangers of drugs, featuring the esoteric music of little-known British indie rock band “The Beatles.” /ˈbiːtl̩z/ Dressed in their Sunday best, The Bluecoats receive offers of various illicit substances from several mysterious strangers dressed in black and white. What first seems like a fun, trippy party quickly descends into the harsher realities of a drug addict; including chasing a small black bird through the park for hours and eventually passing out in the gutter to the trumpet-sounding screams of passersby. Hope is not lost, however, as The Bluecoats come together at the end in support of one another at rehab. Carolina Crown The 2019 offering from one-time DCI champion Carolina Crown is a literal journey “Beneath the Surface” of the human body. Wearing uniforms that capture the now transparent nature of the human form, we see the ever-present motion of the microscopic world inside us all. Thrill as bacteria spin and fight for dominance of our frail humanity. Your eyes will be wide with wonder as you join Crown on this journey through Cellular Biology 101. Blue Devils In a year of darkly themed shows, the Concord Blue Devils may just take the proverbial cake with their take on Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride entitled “Ghostlight.” Be warned, for behind every door and in each cellar is another grim, grinning ghost wanting to socialize. When their tour busses breakdown outside a haunted Motel 6, these Blue Devils have no choice but to endure a night of terror beyond their wildest imaginations. “We’ll leave the light on for you,” takes on sinister new meaning in this 2019 production. Boston Crusaders The Boston Crusaders, fresh off a recent 3 hour tour to a tropical island, choose to take a departure from their more literal shows of the past two seasons to explore a deeper, more literary theme, basing their show off one of the bestselling books of all time. I am talking, of course, about Malcom Gladwell’s 2015 book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” This show can’t be summed up any better than Amazon reviewer “Storm” puts it: “Too much of any good thing will lead to a bad thing (and vice versa). I would much rather be a big fish in a small pond than be a small fish in a large pond.” Also, someone dies at the end, which is always good for a few extra GE points. The Cavaliers? Despite every assertion that this is not a train show, recent entry to the World Class ranks The Music City Drum & Bugle Corps is taking the field this year as “The Cavaliers,” paying homage to one of the best corps of the 1990s and early 2000s. This direct sequel to their 2018 smash retelling the story of Casey Jones’ last ride to hell picks up right where last year’s show left off. The corps now finds itself on the “Wrong Side of the Tracks,” a thinly veiled reference to being in Hell. Corps members are welcomed with what at first seems a joyous song and dance routine. It is only when each member realizes that they will have to spend an eternity hearing complaints about “losing identity” and “costumes vs. uniforms” and “back in my day” that these members of Music City Drum & Bugle Corps are truly able to appreciate what Hell is. Choo Choo, indeed. Disclaimer: In case it isn't obvious, the above is a work of satire. I have not ever spoken with (or stalked) Lee Carlson. I am sure he is a very fine man. I support the corps and the members. I am father to two former marching members. I have loved the activity for a very long time. I will continue this if there is enough interest. That is all.
  7. 20 points
    I exchanged msgs with several corps members during the early part of their ride to PA a couple nights ago. Each one said morale is through the roof, they feel like they had a great spring training in Castleton, and they LOVE the new uniforms. They are excited for Detroit and can't wait to "throw down" as one of the drummers put it. Tomorrow night, Win, Place, or Show, is another step in the progression of the organization. I visited Vermont twice, and I was moved by the quiet confidence of Chris, Gino and Colin in particular. I'm sure the rest of the design team feels the same. I am proud of all the members and staff and am counting down the hours til tomorrow night's show. One other thing...there has been some not so subtle gnashing of teeth by some folks in reaction to what they consider to be HYPE coming out of Boston. For anyone who has been to Castleton in the past month, we know there is substance behind the enthusiasm. For anyone who hasn't seen the entire show yet, this is the Boston Crusaders we having been dreaming about for decades. Eat'em up, Boston!
  8. 19 points
    Everyone: Tone down some of the body movement. It's gratuitous and can (and often does) distract from some really great musical moments. Sometimes less is more. If it must be done, then it's time to evolve to something other than the inward knee bends and leaning your torso one way or the other. Make it matter. Movement for the sake of movement is silly.
  9. 19 points
    nope same old ending to tour....Indianapolis, again.
  10. 19 points
    If there was ever going to be a show that FLO needed to be at this would have been it. HOW Flo and DCI didn't single this out as the most important show of the season so far and wouldnt think that viewership for this particular would be through the roof is beyond me. I would venture to say that Periscope links are going to be the prized possession of the night.. The Ordinals from these judges will look like a minesweeper board..
  11. 18 points
    Honestly... I think this is it. And for the love of all things maroon and gold... don't write any shows about social/ethical issues for about the next 5 years.
  12. 18 points
    Brief thoughts: Phantom: Not sure this will make finals. Doesn't seem a very mature design. If Spirit and Academy really bring it, they could be in trouble. Blue Stars: I loved the carpenter show. It was totally charming and a joy to watch. This one is not that. It's hard to get a sense of a winter landscape on a green turf field and the outfits were pretty tragic. The much maligned Bob the Builder suits were quite visually effective, but this riot or patterns, fur and dull colors was not very coherent. Cadets: Yikes. Seem to play pretty well, but the design was all over the place. We were totally baffled by the queen's reappearance in a fish net. Needs major work on clarity. Boston: Obviously very strong. Possibly over designed. Expected to like it more than I did, but it doesn't really breathe. Very dense and driving throughout, and even the ballad is not really a moment of rest. Cutting out the vocal recordings would help a lot. Goliath on stilts laid an egg in our theater, with considerable chuckling when he mock falls onto the pegboard. High quality in all sections, but last year's package seemed to communicate better. Crown: I loved this. Very clear and coherent thought and design. The look of the uniforms works extremely well and everything made sense. Reminded me of 2013 and is designed to be a contender. This may be the first ever use of nude shoes on a guard that actually works, because they smartly did a fade of the same color up the legs. The show was fun, moving, engaging and nicely paced. Bluecoats: As with last year, next-level design. You almost can't compare them to the rest. Costuming is fantastic. Show is wonderfully paced and incredibly fun. Focal points direct you to the right place at the right time. Props are beautifully simple and effective. The found a way to get some of the best moments from the Beatles woven together without it feeling like a stitched Frankenstein. Tons of potential here.
  13. 18 points
    Saw the show yesterday, I was trying to post a review but the comments tool wasn't working? If this gets posted I'll start typing one up. Edit: Hey it works finally, OK I'll edit this periodically. Edit 2: The corps director said many times that they really didn't want any video getting out until Thursday. I kinda worry I'm gonna #### people off writing this written review, so if anyone from Cadets wants me to stop, feel free to message. I don't like going over anyone's heads and you guys deserve to control stuff until Thursday. ___ Non Opinionated Review ___ I'm a lapsed drum corps fan who doesn't really enjoy the current product, but I'm also a band director and I observed them during the performance & week for my own development. Just giving you context for what you're reading. I'll give a non-opinionated review first. * The show did not start at 6PM which was a bit frustrating. Lots of people showed up expecting a show at 6PM, but they just did full ensemble rehearsal until 8:30. I kinda wish they would advertise this ahead of time, especially in the age of social media. In their defense, the entire Midwest has been rained on for the last week so I doubt they got much visual rehearsal and their members come first. The director validated this. (but again, we're living in the age of social media and people have lives). That said, it looked like pretty much everyone either waited and watched rehearsal or came back by 8:30. * There are 4 giant white staircase props wheeled around the field during the show. I do mean GIANT. There was a scary moment during rehearsal where a colorguard member seemed to have pulled a muscle or something moving the staircase. She was shouting "OW" and lying down on the ground for a minute or two. Not sure if she came back in. I kinda worry about injury/safety regarding these giant wheeled props. That's a ton of weight and anyone caught by it or under it is getting a ton of force on a tiny little human body part. DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS: I went into this show expecting a very women-centric theme, but via the director they're going for a more open ended interpretation. It's rather a show about power. Paraphrasing - One group/person holds all the power and is eventually stripped of it by various uprisings. After the chaos of conflict dies down, both sides build a bridge to try and form a better future. PRESHOW: A Queen character in a very extravagant, poofy, Victorian queen-style dress makes her to the backfield. This was a nice surprise as we didn't get it during rehearsal. As she passes hornline members, they bow to her (the staff reminds them on the speaker to do this). The hornline is set up in a giant set of 2 diagonals emphasizing all 4 giant staircases in the center of the field (3 staircases together leading down to the audience & one behind them in the middle for the queen to walk up from backfield). I'd assume it's supposed to symbolize a castle or something. Fanfare for Women: Several trumpet soloists open the show and lead a royal-feeling fanfare with open intervals into eventually introducing the Queen from backfield. One of the things I appreciate about this opener is how many tempo changes there were. Tons of em. There's a great slow almost-fugue section starting with the tuba section that also becomes a very lengthy accelerando, so props to everyone involved for not wimping out on something hard to achieve on a field. We finish out the opener very fast but slowing down to a more majestic pace. Very classical/royalty feeling coming from the music. The queen wields a staff representing the staff of "power" and the corps finishes with dual company fronts into a very LOUD ending. Just/Blueprint: The drill dissolves as we hear some electronic choral vocal samples singing "Just her crown. Just her royal crest. Just her looks". Music is much more tense and slow. And after each line, the queen is torn apart by members of the corps. Like literally; they're taking away her headpiece, her crown, and ripping her dress off of her until all that's left is the wiring underneath. A giant dissonant crescendo leads into a great mellophone rip until the staff of power is finally taken from the Queen from atop the now-breaking-apart white staircases symbolizing the falling kingdom. The queen rolls down the back staircase where she remains out of sight for the next movement. Estancia (1st mvt): This is not your granddaddy's Estancia. They are marching in 3, meaning the tempo is like 215+bpm for a solid 3-4 minutes. Crazy difficult just to play accurately at that tempo. Tribal-chant vocal samples boom emphasizing the first beat of every 3. The drumline is atop the staircase with the staff of power celebrating with a primal attitude, and the hornline joins them after running around and moving the (now all 4 separated) staircases about. There's a full corps almost-haka dance before the hornline rips into a huge crescendo and visually dissolves to let the drumline take center field. (Sidenote: There's a TON of drumline features in this show.) After drumline feature the staff of power is passed along to the 4 staircases set up all over the field. Snares/Trumpets feature on a staircase leads to Bari/Bass feature leads to Mello/Quads feature leads to Contra feature. We continue passing along features until the hornline gets to show off by itself. Eventually nobody seems to hold the staff for very long, and the dissonant music & conflict causes everyone to Bridgemen-style collapse at the end of the movement. (I loved this part). The queen character returns and sticks out as the only person standing, but also in a gold traditional-looking outdoorsy short dress. Bridge Over Troubled Water: A baritone & trumpet duet leads us down a melody that we aren't quite recognizing yet. Once we get into the chorus everyone recognizes, the 4 staircases are brought into the centerfield and made into an adorable literal bridge with the queen walking right in the middle of it. I thought this was a nice moment. There's a nice brass shout section which leads into a slightly humorous quiet gospel organ solo... which then leads into a very intense gospel brass shout section. There were 4 soloists supposedly mic'd up (2 screaming sops and 2 baritones) but I don't think the mics were working correctly. Do Better: A ton of electronic samples throughout this movement. It's original music by Aungst, so obviously percussion feature. The hornline is busy doing hip-hop-style dance choreography while the vocal samples rhythmically tut "DO. DO. DO BETTER. WE. CAN. ALL. DO BETTER". The drumline shows off a TON during this movement and represents two groups during a 'battle' of sorts. It's less of a battle and more of a fun show off section. The quads with the female CG weapons vs. the Snare/Basses with the male CG weapons. Interesting to note the CG members have the female & male symbols on their weapon's stocks. Like the female guard members have a female symbol while the male guard members have the male symbol. The feature ends with the 4 staircases setup backfield in a giant "X" (so two criss-crossing bridges) with hornline members running & criss-crossing on top of them. The drumline leads us into the ending with a meshed Snare/Quad line feature (think 2004 SCV) that pops the crowd pretty nicely. Symphony 4 (Maslanka) - I honestly don't remember much about the closer. Part of the issue is that the colorguard & queen don't have their choreography yet, so they were just doing drill. Nothing wrong with that, safety first. It felt very much like a recap of the first movement; lots of major triumphant tones. What I do remember is that they quoted their old dissolving vortex ending (1998, 2001) before breaking apart into a giant curivlinear set. The final set is the curvilinear set with the male & female symbols linked in the middle of the field (NOT IN THAT WAY GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE GUTTER).
  14. 17 points
  15. 16 points
    I think just the fact that we now routinely see Boston in the conversation for medalling and/or 4th is huge. This was a 12th place drum corps only 23 months ago. So proud of this organization!
  16. 16 points
    Oh boy. Gird your loins and prepare your best popcorn-munching memes, everyone. This is not a drill.
  17. 16 points
    What is this peculiar thing that is happening. They are playing and moving at the same time, in a clearly intentional form. It’s breathtaking. What should we call this bold new phenomenon...
  18. 16 points
    After having heart surgery just two months ago I wasn’t sure about how many live shows I would see this summer — but I’ll be there tonight in Hamilton in Row 24 Seat 13. Thirty years ago I was putting oil on bugle valves and now I have a new heart valve. 😂 Anyway, I’m glad to be active and back to work. I hope to see all of you in person tonight.
  19. 16 points
  20. 16 points
    The guy on Jim’s right who was about four clicks started off with nachos. Horrible odor. Then he went to a bag of kit kats. Then, he pulled out another bag of candy. Solid eating for 2 1/2 hours. Plus, he was drinking from a cup that was the theater equivalent of a big gulp. Wouldn’t fit in the cup holder. Probably filled with Diet Coke because he’s cutting back. 🙄
  21. 16 points
    I have been following and rooting for the Boston Crusaders since Ed Denon introduced them to our band in 1964. I remember those heady corps of the late 60's and have the worn-out Fleetwood records to prove it. (67 Shriners still a favorite) I joined the Senior Corps just so I could wear the colors, play Conquest and La Mancha and sing GIANT. I lived through the "we don't gava years" although deep down we really did. I have visited many BAC camps over the last 20 years and get excited every year for the new show. I am an unapologetically biased BAC fan. What I saw at Castleton this year was not HYPE. It was the best drum corps ever to march as Boston Crusaders. It was a show that will make an indelible mark on the 2019 DCI season. I have butterflies waiting for the Detroit performance.
  22. 15 points
    I would never be on the wrong side of this, given my history. I was pretty upset when I first read the one side of the story. Then, I calmed down and spoke to people on the other side and realized that I’d read only one side that had left out a tremendous amount of information. Patience. This time, let’s put the pitchforks and torches back in the closet and let this play out.
  23. 15 points
    “Whataboutism” at it finest.
  24. 15 points
    Bloooooooo! Love the addition of INT to the show! Good for an 81.80! And how about that top guard ... and everything else!
  25. 15 points
    Given the state of the thread, I got a kick out of seeing this in a shop window yesterday. posted from the DrumScorps app
  26. 15 points
    They’re integrated perfectly into what might be the most entertaining production ever in the history of DCI. The guard is covering all the elements, equipment, dance, movement and color. The focus of the production is the entire pageantry and coherency of both visual and music. No other corps brings that level of entertainment so accessible to a broad audience.
  27. 15 points
  28. 15 points
    The uniformity in which I went through the last few pages and cleaned up...was pretty spectacular. To those involved, enjoy the vacation.
  29. 14 points
    Ok, who's spending up to $10K and what are your thoughts on adopting a 60+ year old boy?
  30. 14 points
    The following is from the Louisiana Stars on their Facebook page, earlier today:
  31. 14 points
    Very interesting comparison, and a great way to illustrate how design has evolved over the last 30 years. The single biggest difference I see is in the talent level of the performers. I was in the '87 mellophone line at Garfield, and in this era I'd be lucky to march anywhere in the Top 12. We had lead players who could not read music. Today nearly 50% of the players are some form of music major. When you have that level of performer you can do more musically. That said, it seems the brass played a larger percentage of the show in '87 than in '17. Heck, we only put our horns down for one 40 count move, otherwise they were up the entire time. Percussion is another story, they're playing almost the full show with high visual demand. You also make a strong case for the basic design premise that there is an inverse relationship between musical and visual difficulty. You're correct that one can't reasonably expect players to move playing the intricate chromatic-triple-tonunging stuff that's prevalent today. One thing I think you've overlooked is the difficulty of the Zingali-style "reshape" drill. Today's linear drills require extreme precision, but many of them are built off of set points on the field, using hashes and yard lines as alignment tools. A reshape has no such anchor, and requires extremely good form control. Another fundamental change I see in design is the choice of music itself. The Blue Devils in particular graft a lot of bits and pieces together, which allows the designers to build the show exactly as they want. The challenge in '87 was to convey the essence of an orchestral work on a football field, and the design choices stemmed from that. One isn't necessarily better than the other, they just approach the design from different directions. It's nice to see something I was a part of is still remembered, and its flattering to be compared to a show like '17 BD. That show was sparkling clean, and seemed almost effortless from the corps. The great ones make it look easy.
  32. 14 points
    If only they played some recognizable music right? 😉
  33. 14 points
    Calm your jets. Presume positive intent. Be the last, not the first, to throw fire bombs.
  34. 14 points
    I hope Spirit had the show of a lifetime tonight to remember the loved one they lost. Prayers for those affected by this. I'm rooting for you tonight Spirit.
  35. 14 points
    I marched in the era when the most sophisticated teaching method was: "Again." I watch ensemble rehearsals today, and have two simultaneous thoughts: 1. I would have loved to experience a block like this 2. I don't know if I could hack it. The rate at which information is constantly flowing out to these young people is astounding. I am convinced that, basic competence at the instrument/equipment and ability to put one foot in front of the other assumed, the most important skill needed in 2019 world-class drum corps is the ability to process and retain information. To be, and like being, a sponge. The modern ensemble instructional environment is a study in remarkable efficiency. Here you have 180 people scattered across a quarter-mile of real estate, and stuff gets done. Stuff gets better. And in the span of 60 minutes, the members will get water and chill two, maybe three, times. When they step back into the set, it's business time. Aside form the competitive benefits such an environment may provide, these young people are learning huge lessons about how to concentrate and maximize efficiency. When the block is over, the members are tired, and maybe a lot that is because of the sun and the exertion, but I imagine it's equally because their brains are tired.
  36. 14 points
    Most impressive moment of this show to me is the opening brass hit. Sustain at a standstill, seamless transition into a jazz run, and diminuendo....serious box 5 level demanding and execution already. What a great opening effect moment and I've not really heard anyone point this out.
  37. 14 points
    Daughter performing in her first DCI comp. Good stuff. Proud parent here!
  38. 14 points
    From what I have seen of clips of Corps so far, I think the fans are the winners tonight. Up and down world class corps are really working hard to get their shows ready.
  39. 14 points
    I had the pleasure of seeing Crown rehearse tonight in Lexington, KY including a full run through. TheY sound great- lots of impact. Good blend of new and old school drum corps, lots of drill, minimal use of props, tasteful use of electronics, minimal reliance on voiceover to tell a story. I am not sure I followed the concept very well (math?) but I rarely pay much attention to the deeper meaning of show concepts. I liked the music and the kids are working their tails off. Drums have some cool licks. My middle school band kids remarked numerous times of getting chills. I'll always be a proud Bluecoat alum but sure enjoyed my evening watching Crown. Best of luck to them this season.
  40. 13 points
    Proud of the entire organization especially the Corps management, Admin, staff and members. Great progress to date with further refinement to the product in the coming weeks. Hype is becoming reality.
  41. 13 points
    Today Bloo has a MUCH DESERVED free day at the Mall of America...and thanks to CMX Theaters a private showing of the movie YESTERDAY. Pretty cool!!!
  42. 13 points
    The most beautifully designed and choreographed production in drum corps history, We love you Bluecoats. Peace!
  43. 13 points
    As an alumnus, I am furious that my corps made the decision to go coed, and I demand that they immediately reverse that decision. If course, that was 50 years ago, and the corps was the Garfield Cadets. 😂
  44. 13 points
    Well - it's a way to shake up the organization and foster change It expands their potential membership by 100% and potential donors & volunteers A risky and bold move. Like others I"m sad to see the death of the fraternal tradition - but times change and Madison must adapt I certainly hope it works out well for everyone - it's either the smartest move ever or could kill what's left. Hoping for the best!
  45. 13 points
    I don’t predict scores but I do predict that people will argue over scores that they have no control over. And I’m always 100% correct.
  46. 13 points
    What Blooo is doing this year goes beyond scoring/placement/etc. Last night in Hamilton my 13 year old daughter wept on and off from the fIrst chord to last final bow, the music and show moved her that much... As a member of the 1992 Bluecoats (and the often slagged '92 Beatles show) the 2019 production is mind blowing. The show is amazing- it is light hearted and deep at the same time, one beautiful melody after another. One other thing that makes the show pop is the juxtaposition with all the dark/angst oriented shows. Last night in Hamilton Colts, then Spirit, the Cadets came out one after another with the same look/same dark angst/etc. Then here come Bluecoats with a totally bright, fun, uplifting show. Like a rainbow after storms haha... Don't get me wrong I highly enjoyed everyone last night, but Bluecoats seems extra fresh after the dark angst of everyone else. Thank you 2019 Bluecoats for bringing my DCI days back to life with the Beatles.
  47. 13 points
    It's been a few years since I've done this, hasn't it? Anyway, not too many shows yet, so the numbers are still very rough. The formulas will get more comfortable with more data. Here are the current estimated championships week scores for the World Class corps... 98.141 Santa Clara Vanguard 97.333 Blue Devils 97.327 Carolina Crown 96.795 Bluecoats 95.273 Cavaliers 95.266 Boston Crusaders 91.273 Mandarins 91.030 Cadets 89.852 Blue Stars 88.650 Blue Knights 87.407 Academy 86.397 Crossmen 85.731 Phantom Regiment 85.381 Spirit of Atlanta 84.121 Colts 84.067 Madison Scouts 82.290 Troopers 79.200 Pacific Crest 78.019 Music City 74.938 Genesis 72.256 Cascades 70.613 Jersey Surf
  48. 13 points
    Absolutely this, 100%. Some of the individual section books for 2017-2019 have been fine, but the coordination of elements and the show design as an overall whole has been utterly miserable. Also, look at how poorly their "Analysis" scores have been the past several years. In 2018 their Visual Analysis score was last in Finals and a full 0.6 below the 11th place score. Brass and Percussion scores are adequate, frequently placing in that caption above where the overall corps places. They're playing notes, but not making music (as my old college band director used to say). I'm pretty neutral on Will Pitts as an arranger. (I certainly don't feel the vitriol towards his brass books that some others do; sure, he's no Jim Wren or J.D. Shaw, but then, who is?) But as far as being the PROGRAM COORDINATOR, Pitts is not getting the job done. I think he is trying to wear too many hats. Look at Vanguard, and how fantastic their shows have been recently. Shaw/Rennick/Rennick creating the music, Gaines/Toth creating the visual (and yes, that is an absolute embarrassment of riches, a level of design talent that few corps can even hope to aspire to), and the absolutely underrated and desperately important Scott Koter making sure everything works together. Phantom needs, first and foremost, a capable Program Coordinator. If they don't have that in place, all the changes in the world to design and instructional staff won't make a bit of difference.
  49. 13 points
  50. 13 points
    Bluecoats: It's one thing to put out a great show. It's another thing to redefine great. As fans, can we ever look at the activity the same way again after seeing Bluecoats 2019? North Canton is stepping outside of our expectations and leading the activity toward their vision. There is no question that this corps will be competing for a medal. If they can keep their technical achievement above the competition, it will be gold. Last year's Achilles' heel, the now revitalized percussion section, swept that category. Staging, costuming, showmanship... all on another level. One of my favorite moments: the brass line in a wide circle, playing a decrescendo chord, and holding it over many counts. Never staying too long on a given piece, they touch 19 different songs. How many pieces of music have we heard butchered by drum corps?? Bluecoats 2019 is an example of a drum corps truly enhancing the original music. Yes, they could show Paul McCartney a new way to repackage the White Album. Seriously... as a businessperson, wouldn't it be sick for the rights holders to make a deal with Bluecoats for their show to be a trailer for the White Album's re-release? Enough dreaming... they're off the field. Prime example: the best don't merely do this activity well... they have a vision of making the whole activity better.
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