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  1. So I got to fooling around with making animated gifs out of the coolest drill moves from this year, and I decided I'd go all out and do all the finalists (plus Troopers). What other moves do you like from this season? Crown Blue Devils (I actually like the rotating box better but it wasn't shown at all in the Semis VOD.) Cadets Vanguard (The circles merging into a giant ellipse was my favorite, but these things have a 10 second limit when you make them at imgflip.com.) Bluecoats Phantom Cavaliers Boston Madison Blue Knights Spirit Blue Stars Troopers
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  2. I clearly have too much time on my hands...
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  4. I'm going to be blunt... Dude, you need to stop viewing this like Political, Anti-gun statement. Even if Hopkins blatantly said" I'm not using rifles because I am anti-gun" (which he hasn't) it does not effect the activity, your life, or anything else. You hate it only because of the implied political leanings and not because of the actual act. If a pro-gun corps director decided to not use rifles or sabers for artistic reason is it any different? If a pro-gun director decided to call them "implements of war" would you be angry? What's frustrating me with you is that you only care about this,
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  5. You know, there are psychologists who can help talk you through this psychosis of yours. Really, they can help. Wishing to relive one's youth is not an uncommon affliction, but most would agree that, at some point, you have to make the decision to move on with your life. With work and constant attention to what's good in the activity you'll be able to destroy these monsters in your head. I promise. And you can look forward to a much more enjoyable future if you'll just trust those around you and be open to the possibility that there's a better life ahead for you. You can do it. It's rea
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  6. You don't sound harsh. You sound naive. Like someone who has never done it. There's a big difference. There you go - you got your opinion in. I got mine. Hope I don't sound harsh.
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  7. My ideal DCI Finals weekend: Going to Allentown
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  8. Hey Chaos; any reply to this? You could make it just as interesting for us to read as some replies were to John Wooton.
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  9. All of you are thinking FAR too small. My ideal DCI weekend would consist of completing the following checklist, in no particular order... - Conducting Phantom's horn warm up - Designing a new, improved uniform for the Oregon Crusaders - The Cadets tenor line teaching me how to play (as in, from scratch.) - Learning how to spin & toss a rifle from the Blue Devil's guard (also starting from scratch. I'd bring my own helmet.) - Listening to the Battlestar Galactica soundtracks with the Bluecoat's music staff and bouncing arrangement ideas off of them - Creating a handful of drill set
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  10. This is the first time I've ever heard this. I'm going to go out on a limb and call this one gossip.
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  11. Excellent first score for Heartliner. I am sure those kids were stoked at the size of the audience. I am sure they got a great reception! They will be a happy and tired bunch heading back to King of Prussia. Pennsauken will come up fast for them.
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  12. Absolutely this! I expected them to add this at finals. Close the book at the very last show, with a "The End" banner on the back cover.
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  13. This Hurricane's show is always a nostalgic time. You start rehearsing or at least meeting right after finals in September, push rehearsals through the long New England or East Coast winter and sort of sniff the air in late March like a groundhog to see if you can get out on a field. Then you're out and not rehearsing nearly enough music so that the visual program can catch up, and the days are endless, mixed with that incredible aroma of freshly cut grass. There are fields you were counting on that are now off limits because a football coach thinks that a 135 lb trumpet is going to do it more
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  14. Don't think I haven't thought of it - my trombone has been kicking my ### all summer. For Annapolis I've been too busy editing my "thank you" speech... it's now down to the same length as the Gettysburg Address... Like this part: "I'd like to thank the Academy, although I have no #*@^@ing idea what that show was about..." I have this fantasy of going into a show with my own little family micro-minicorps... Ray Jr on trumpet; Dan on Trumpet; myself on trombone; my grandson Connor who is playing a really strong trombone at 13; and my son Kevin on tuba; daughter Nancy on synth and percussion.
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  15. Three people voted for the Cabs in 10th. I wanna know what they smoke, it's got to be pretty strong.
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  16. Hope that everyone has a blast in Bridgeport Tonight ! So Wish we were there :-( Maybe Another year !
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  17. Someone mentioned low brass not being used as weapons. I beg to differ
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  18. At the inner city HS I worked at, I was told by a fellow music Educator that a kid went after an Assistant Principal in the band Room with a music stand. He picked the wrong Assistant Principal, the guy got off of a Murder Rap on Self-Defense a few years before this incident. He grabbed a Sousaphone, blocked the kid's swing, and then knocked him out cold with the Sousie. That's the closest I've ever heard of anyone actually using a Low Brass Instrument as a weapon. This principal was a decent guy, too. The look on his face when I brought in an empty fire extingusher that I used to put out a f
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  19. And yet it's obviously a lot more than word choice for you.... It's painfully obvious, and that is in a response to what you wrote.
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  20. Thanks Chris for clarifying. Michael Gaines was not fired from the Cavaliers. And for those of you who don't know who Chris Lugo is.....look it up
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  21. Nah...one class only...if you want to do drill knowing that it doesn't count on your score, go ahead. I hope that this conversation trickles down to the people in charge and reminds the judges that drill doesn't count in the final score.
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  22. All insults, all the time. 100% argument free. Most of who? What population are you claiming to represent here? (that see it as nonsense.) I don't see anything silly about this ad content. Seems perfectly reasonable to me. I must be silly. What happened at the 1972 Olympics, Brasso? I believe you just made up the phrase "never been a problem with anyone for over 80 years" even though you had no idea what you were talking about. How could you possibly have evidence of such an absurd claim. The fact that the one person giving first hand historical experience on this thread had
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  23. Caveat: Dmitri Shostakovich is my favorite composer. I have over 50 CDs of JUST Shostakovich music in my collection (maybe closer to 100). I have at least two different recordings of all of his symphonies and much of his recorded ballet and film score music. I have books about him, have studied him, and he is the primary influence on my composing style. This is not to imply that I'm more right or wrong than anyone else, just to warn you that I have OPINIONS in all caps when it comes to DSCH. That said... Defiant Heart has the best opener in DCI history: Jim Wren's masterwork arrangement of t
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  24. I agree. I personally think Defiant Heart was better programmatically than Spartacus & had better design (especially visually), while Spartacus had better musical performance. Also, to be kinda blunt, I feel like Defiant Heart went for it Finals week and won based on passion & a good design while Spartacus was WAY too pandering and cheesy. It was REALLY hard for me to get over the cloying cheesiness of Spartacus ("hey, we're on the cusp & need more GE: let's kill someone else!"). That corps performed the crap out of their show, but I'm not really a fan of Spartacus as a product
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  26. I'm just asking - is "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" also offensive to you? It contains a Hitler scene - quite funny one, in fact. It's Hollywood, man... it's a movie, and it's the internet making fun of a scene FROM A MOVIE. You don't have to apologize for your statement at all, but I'm also not going to apologize for posting it. Nothing about this thread is offensive, neither in intention nor in actuality. Nothing about the original movie that people took the clip from is offensive, and nothing about that scene within the particular movie is offensive. Bear in mind that my grand
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  27. You saw the title of this thread, and you purposely decided to enter and read it. The offense you suffered is self-inflicted.
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  28. The Blue Devils. They were once very entertaining, and used to get the crowd up and out of their seats cheering wildly for them. I miss them a lot. I hope we get them back some day.
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  29. what's the hold up at bridgeport?/ i'm having heart palpitations.
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  30. There was only one rifle drop.
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  31. It's okay that Hop is down on the weapons of mass destruction. He needs to bring out in his guard what he does best - taxi cab doors !
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  32. I'm absolutely terrible with technology so I can't provide any .gifs, but I absolutely loved - Phantom's book opening. Kinda cheesy? Sorta. But it still looked very cool. I just wish they closed the darn book at the end though - Crown's body movement during the pre-show. Seeing that in person made me wonder "How the heck do people think of these things?" - Bluecoats' parade block beginning. That was probably one of the coolest intros ever - Vanguard moving everyone but the soloist behind the props. When everyone disappears but the soloist..... it just made that ballad even more perfect.
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  33. At the beginning of Crown's show, the guard pull rifles out of the bells of the tubas. Did not catch this until their encore.
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  34. They will go up at least 1.0 if not more. Id say 1.35 jump for them.
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  35. Conjecture. Also, it could be considered slander (well libel) which is illegal. Would LOVE to see some proof on that one. I'll just stay out of this right now, but that was a pretty interesting statement for sure. ...and it's on here for every to see too.
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  36. Unfortunately, Shenandoah Sound confirmed today they cannot make the Pennsauken Invitational. We thank them for trying their best. So, three competing corps: Heartliner, Excelsior and your hosts, the Bushwackers plus three alumni corps: Vagabonds, Bracken Cavaliers and Reilly's Raiders. General admission tickets have been reduced to $10 and reserve section tickets are $20. Children under 6 years of age are free. See you Sunday in Pennsauken!
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  37. If the activity moves to twirling batons (as the Cadets featured a few years back), we'll have come full circle as an activity. There was a time when spinning/twirling rifles and sabres, whether real or imitation, was considered novel, and by some disrespectful, by others dangerous. As a geezer, I remember the uproar for doing anything other than the manual of arms or "posting. The Legion and VFW almost had heart attacks on the spot. And then the Troopers dared to take the auxiliary flags out of the holster and do some manuevers while the Medford Golden Grenadiers actually held the flags ho
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  38. Yes, there was a good discussion of this on DCP after the 2012 event. Basically, DCI Big Loud and Live is in the top 10 national ticket sellers for that day, because Thursday is a very weak night at movie theaters. So it's an excellent deal for the theater to bring in 75 or 100 DCI fans instead of 2 or 3 people watching a blockbuster that night. DCI would never get 600 theaters to show their event on a Friday or Saturday night when lots of people go to the movies.
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  39. EXACTLY! Is this a matter of, "everyone's zagging (rifles) so we're going to zig (alternate 'weapons')? Add a hot-button social issue (anti-gun/violence) into the mix. Either one of these things are par for the course for Hop & The Cadets. Frankly, neither one of those is cause to get all nutty about. If someone wants to try innovative designs, awesome! If someone wants to take a public stand for what they believe in, even cooler! I think the more interesting thing is how crazy sentimental people seem to get about things that are not really that big a deal/important. Are rifles are
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  40. It did not say "weapon of war" it said "implement of war". And frankly that term encompasses all your variation of uses for a rifle. The word "Implement" does not purely weaponize the rifle (though it is) and to say that is "of war" is being true to its origin and innovation. It is "of war". That however does not change the reason for the rifles existence or why it (or atleast it's hollow silhouette) is a part of drum corps in 2013. If you know rifles as well as I think you do then you would not fluff around the idea of how guards ended up spinning rifles and sabers. It is only in the purely
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  41. Yay! Someone else that doesn't like Chop and Bop, mashups, montages...
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  42. I started on an 8’ flag pole 1968, present arms, no spinning. I tried rifle in I&E; the sound was mesmerizing spin after spin. The winter of 71-72 I was captain and explored the sabre as an extension of me. I’m 5’2” and many of our guard were shorter than me. Summer of 72, we cut the poles down, added door knobs at the end and sewed flags from rainbow coloured lining material. We were free to spin! Alberta All Girls carried rifles from 1970-1973. They performed at the 1972 Summer Olympics. A decision was made to only carry flags at the 1974 World Cup Soccer Championships. Stanley Knaub s
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  43. If a true war ever comes, I hope I have someone who can spin a fake rifle (as opposed to a comma shaped device) to keep me safe...
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  44. Who's whining now???
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  45. So happy that Chops is making a comeback in the DCA competitive circuit! 3 fantastic DCA corps in one great state!
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  46. That just made my morning.
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