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  1. 5 points
    A gentleman on my row left some merchandise he purchased when he hurried out after Finals night. As soon as we realized we tried to run after him and locate him, to no avail. I would love to be able to find the owner. I already contacted the corps who the items were purchased from and am awaiting a response, but this young man seemed as though he was definitely in the know on drum corps stuff so I thought he might come here too. So if you left something behind please contact me and tell me the items you purchased, from which corps and your seat location to verify it's yours. I know I would be so disappointed if this happened to me since we all know souvie's are NOT cheap!
  2. 4 points
    Top 10? Come on, son, this is DCI. Here are my Top 12 favorite shows... 12. 1991 Star of Indiana - Roman Images 11. 1990 Star of Indiana - Belshazzar's Feast 10. 2000 Cadets - We Are the Future 9. 2013 Carolina Crown - e=mc2 8. 1989 Phantom Regiment - From the New World 7. 1993 Phantom Regiment - The Modern Imagination 6. 1993 Star of Indiana - Music of Barber and Bartok 5. 1993 Cadets - In the Spring, at the Time When Kings Go Off to War 4. 1995 Madison Scouts - A Drum Corps Fan's Dream (A Day in the Life of a Bullfighter) 3. 1999 Santa Clara Vanguard - Inventions for a New Millennium 2. 1994 Blue Devils - My Spanish Heart 1. 2008 Phantom Regiment - Spartacus
  3. 4 points
    They had a great finals runs. The members did a great job. The show was nice, lyrical, well-paced, smooth and kind of boring. Not a great show nor a bad show. I’d really like a punch in the face next year with better music; heavy, bombastic classical. Spoke with a member after finals and they had a fantastic year, enjoyed it, were very positive and sold on the corps which really is all that matters
  4. 4 points
    Will be at the show tomorrow and am excited to see Alliance's complete show and how far CV's come in cleaning/refining. Also a good opportunity to see Gold again as well as Cincinnati and Sun Devils for the first time. It will be interesting to see how CV scores relative to others who are putting up big numbers in the NE. I know scores aren't the be-all, end-all, but it's still a way to see how they're perceived in the standings. Should be an excellent evening!
  5. 3 points
    Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to the longest sentence in the history of sentences:
  6. 2 points
    Yep. I'm hoping for big helping of no-story, take no prisoners bad###ness.
  7. 2 points
    A lot of people don't like early season shows...but I may be perhaps in the minority...I like early season stuff as it was originally intended before it is changed for whatever reason...
  8. 2 points
    The quality in DCA continues to rise. I expect prelims to be a real dogfight, and then depending on how that shakes out, finals will have serious intrigue as well
  9. 2 points
    Take this in the positive spirit in which it’s intended please, but … No one noticed you were missing. Quite the opposite, what we noticed were giant crowds – fans squeezing in from end zone to end zone – from Nashville to Atlanta to Charlotte to Philly to Indy (and probably plenty more cities I didn’t see with my own eyes). And they weren’t down on the Bluecoats bending the pitch with something other than embouchure. No, they were too busy loving it, praising it. No, there were more than enough people buying tickets and more than enough applause to matter. DCP can split hairs, spill milk and cry all it wants, but the OP is right: We loved drum corps this summer and cared not a lick that some of our favorite shows were powered by something more than talent and imagination. It wasn’t just Bluecoats either. Blue Knights were transcendent, using voice in tandem with music to deliver a moving program. Electricity enhanced the visuals too; the clock’s flashing lights might mark another new era. It is a new era for drum corps - an era in which we eagerly bought tickets to shows where electronics were obvious. We can quibble whether fans were actually jumping up in acceptance. We can’t quibble about the acceptance. HH
  10. 2 points
    Sorry, but the Blue Devils won the Stanford show in 2013. Crown was 2nd.
  11. 2 points
    The minor league baseball team complained to the city that PR's march to Lucas was blocking fan access to the stadium. They have made this trek with a police escort for 6 years. The compromise made was to leave 6 minutes later than scheduled the night of the finals. They were in constant communication with DCI staff and were not to rush or break routine. Most members did not know they were a little late until it was mentioned at their breakfast banquet the next day.
  12. 2 points
    I just can't get enough of this show and it will go down for me at one of my all time favorites. The whole show, start to end is amazing and that closer, well does it get any better? That nasty hit right at the end of the pitch blend before the final chord is freaking awesome. Congratulations indeed on a show you didn't have to try making sense of, it just plain worked!
  13. 2 points
    Doesn't matter what judging panel you get it's the access by certain corps get to them to threaten err.. indoctrinate them on what is good and bad. Judges IMHO should be impartial and not have any association with ANY corps. Wanna fix part of the problem go back to a build up tear down system. Field judges can easily do a tear down whereas judges up top can do build up.
  14. 2 points
    Pretty much most of them. I marched with Andy too. How in the HELL did Bluecoats beat Cadets?!?!?!?! I'm just kidding. I've watched this show over and over and they are incredible. I can't wait for the APD or the Blu-ray to come out. I will be blasting that show for the rest of the year. I watched the finals performance on the Fan Network and that crowd reaction at the end of the show was so loud I had to take off my earphones. CONGRATS BLUECOATS!
  15. 2 points
    Said by a friend (who knows nothing about music: "But saxophones are brass. right"?
  16. 2 points
    flammaster drunk posting on dcp...
  17. 1 point
    It's more of the way you're expressing your views rather than your views themselves. If you brought forth your views in a less harsh light (read: in a friendlier way), I'm sure the response to your posts would be similar to George's
  18. 1 point
    Well this is difficult. 1. Blue Devils 2010 2. Phantom Regiment 1989 3. Phantom Regiment 2010 4. Blue Devils 2012 5. Phantom Regiment 2003 6. Blue Knights 2014 7. Blue Devils 2014 8. Carolina Crown 2007 9. Carolina Crown 2010 10. Phantom Regiment 1993 If BD puts out another masterpiece like BD 2010, 2012, or 2014 next year, I might just cry tears of joy
  19. 1 point
    And of course, that gets right to the question: is DCI treating World Class corps differently from Open Class corps as requires show length requirements? I'm surprised this subject wasn't raised during the previous three years when Open Class corps at Prelims were being scored on World Class sheets, but as often as was the case this year, had short shows. Someone should do the math to work out where O.C. corps with short shows for 2011-2014 really would have placed if this rule was enforced.
  20. 1 point
    Just for fun, My 12 favorite shows that did not make the Top 6... 12. 1992 Phantom - War and Peace 11. 2014 Boston Crusaders - Animal Farm 10. 1992 Velvet Knights - Magical Mystery Tour, Part III 9. 1995 Magic of Orlando - Danse Animale 8. 2011 Bluecoats - Brave New World 7. 2002 Bluecoats - Urban Dances 6. 2008 Santa Clara Vanguard - 3hree: Mind, Body, Soul 5. 1993 Santa Clara Vanguard - A Walton Trilogy 4. 1999 Colts - Voices 3. 2005 Santa Clara Vanguard - Russia: Revolution-Evolution 2. 2009 Phantom Regiment - The Red Violin 1. 1995 Carolina Crown - Stormworks
  21. 1 point
    Close: according to CorpsReps, it was Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra by Paul Hart (b. 1945), about whom the internet has surprisingly little to say. He seems to be best known for Cartoon, which BK performed in 2001. I'm quite fond of his "Remembrance", at least as played by Scouts in 1990 and 1998. It's most interesting to learn from AllMusic that he has arranged for the King's Singers.
  22. 1 point
    It did last year: #5 -- 93.750 -- Cadets2 #3 -- 96.650 -- Minnesota Brass And in 2010: #5 -- 93.963 -- Hawthorne Caballeros #3 -- 96.700 -- Empire Statesmen And in 2009: #5 -- 94.238 -- Hawthorne Caballeros #3 -- 96.200 -- Empire Statesmen And in 1990: #5 -- 94.000 -- Rochester Crusaders #3 -- 96.200 -- Hawthorne Caballeros But in no other year do both of those conditions seem to have been satisfied, so it would indeed be unusual.
  23. 1 point
    You can't have a thesis like "DCI and the triumph of the Simulacrum" and then say that huge parts of DCI are also not a part of it. You cannot take the most important parts of DCI like music selection and program choices and ignore them and then say that DCI as a whole embraces the simulacrum. That like saying "yeah they are playing big band jazz music but don't you see how perfectly staged the trumpets are!? Simulacrum apologists!!" You can't simply say that because DCI uses electronics and cares about "staging" that it suddenly is a part of the Simulacrum. Is staging and electronics such Hallmarks of the simulacrum that everything that utilizes these things is suddenly inferior to things not in simulacrum? Look if you want to say championship shows don't have as much demanding drill as they used to you can say that. If you want to say that "where" things take place on the field is more important that "how" they happen that's fine too. And you can say that electronics do not have a place in modern drum corps... whatever! But why wrap this all around some convoluted philosophical idea?! Can we just call a spade a spade please?!
  24. 1 point
    I thought Crown should have beaten SCV and been much closer to Cadets and Bloo and all should have been closer to BD. Sorry, but that gap from the top was just silly and I don't buy it. Yes BD should have won but that margin is herd mentality judging at its best.
  25. 1 point
    Cadets failed in musical selection, not electronics (or any other) execution. If anything, Cadets were one of the best examples yet of live narration. Blue Knights were a great example of recorded narration done well. DCP shows plenty of endorsements of both. Colts are an example of narration done poorly. No big deal. There were horn lines, drum lines and guards that executed poorly too. Objectively, we have butts in seats to measure acceptance of a decade of electronics. Goal line to goal line is acceptance by any objective measure. Enjoy your hot dog. Must be lonely in there. HH
  26. 1 point
    I thought about this. I'm sure CV Staff has thought about it because they need to set mental goals and push towards them to get where they want to be. With Scranton, the South show, Expo, and Big Sounds driving numbers higher as the corps push one another and score creep has its effects, This is a very, very reasonable assessment, Dan. As for some of the ways things may turn out across the rest of the spectrum, I do think there may be a gap from 5-6 and a large gap from 6-7, however. We'll have to see how some corps that are 'ranked' in the 7-10 area react to the challenge now.
  27. 1 point
    Some exciting stuff is on the way! I've migrated all of my data from the text files being used before to a database. This means more complex and useful queries are now possible. For instance, I could search for "What is the highest score by a corps from California in the first week of June since 1986?" OR "What is the largest jump in score from one show to the next by any Open Class corps?" OR "Which DCI champion won the fewest number of shows in their championship season?" (After second glance, this is starting to sound like some of those crazy baseball stats you see on ESPN: "Such and such is the only third basemen to ever hit a grandslam on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor day in a single season without recording another hit in any of those games.") These are just a few examples of the types of things that are now possible. The answer to pretty much any question involving events, corps, and scores is now possible. I'm currently working on ways to harness the database in a useful manner within the app. One way will be the leaderboards and score trend charts that have been requested. Also, things are looking good for an iPhone version of the app as well. No timeline yet, but should be ready before the 2015 season rolls around.
  28. 1 point
    http://www.bostoncrusaders.com/news/408-bod-job-listing Board Administrator Inspire Arts & Music (IAM), based out of Boston, Massachusetts, a 2.5 million dollar non-profit that serves over 19,000 students per year, is seeking a part-time paid individual to manage the administration of the Board of Directors (BOD). The IAM Board of Directors consists of over 32 individuals from across the United States. This newly created position can be located anywhere in the United States. The time commitment is expected to be approximately 10 hours per week. There is no set weekly schedule for the position as the tasks to be performed are flexible and only need to meet the expectations of the position. This allows flexibility for the individual being hired. A small fraction of the tasks must be performed Mon-Fri, with a majority of tasks independent of day of week/time of day. This position reports to the Chair and Vice Chair of the BOD for Inspire Arts & Music. Compensation is $5,000 per year, payable monthly (end of the month) at $425 per month. This is a 1099 position. There are no benefits. Once a year (October), the individual must attend the annual BOD meeting in Boston (all expenses paid). All other engagement will be through email, telephone, and video conference / webex. Responsibilities include: - Management and maintenance of BOD one page biographies - Management and maintenance of BOD mailing and e-mails lists - Management and maintenance of Drop-box/file sharing/archiving - Ensuring committee minutes, agendas and action items are captured and stored in appropriate folders - Ensure that annual/compliance documents are completed - Ensuring that on-boarding tasks for new Board members are completed - By-law distribution (DCI and Inspire) - Conflict of interest - Risk management / member interaction policy - Ensure monthly update communication (e.g., email to BOD with updates, reminders, etc.) - As needed, phone calls & emails to BOD members to help drive, interact and engage on organizations priorities/objectives - Committee facilitation – help organizing meetings, providing dial in / webex details, collecting minutes, sending meeting reminders, etc. - Preparation of monthly BOD meeting - Distribution of materials prior to the meeting (~72hrs) - Obtaining and management of ppt's, agendas - Meeting management (800 lines, attendance, etc...) - Ensure approval of monthly BOD minutes - Preparation of Annual BOD meeting (e.g., logistics, communication, working with committees on presentations) - Ensure "Downtown DCI" best practices and DCI BOD consortium information is distributed to the Inspire BOD - Management/Administration of the IAM Board of Directors Facebook page - Distribution of educational articles and books to the BOD Qualifications - Passion for the music, arts, and education of youth - Strong written skills - Functional ability with Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Powerpoint) - Ability to successfully interact and engage with senior leaders - Previous experience in administration a plus Interested candidates should send their e-mail to: Thompson Vou, tvou@iaminspired.org. Applications must be received by August 29th
  29. 1 point
    He marched 98, 99, and 2000 in Cadets.
  30. 1 point
    For personal reasons, and because I think it's good for the activity to see new/excellent groups at the top, I hope CV's in that mix whatever the final scores end up being.
  31. 1 point
    Our West Coast friends have valid arguments as to why DCI should be held out West on occasion and this has come up in other threads. If I am not mistaken, I think 2016 is the last year of the contract with Lucas Oil Stadium, so discussions have to be underway about whether to renew or change venues. If DCI does not enter into another multi-year contract, perhaps traveling east for one year, Midwest for a second, west for a third would be a viable solution. Also the person who mentioned the travel endowment fund has an excellent idea which would give a variety to the corps the West Coast sees each year.
  32. 1 point
    For the first time in in 36 years, I did not see one show. Historically, I have been very accurate with placements, starting from each corps first performance of each and every season starting from my age out year. I was able to hear Phantoms first show audio, which IMO left a lot to desire. While I'm not surprised by their placement as much as others might be, I think some good things will come of the experience learned from this past season. I have since been able to watch a few of their late seasons performances and I am encouraged by what I saw. Let's not forget, this was a building year for the staff. Stability has great benefits. The BlueDevils are the only example of a stable staff. It's pretty easy to see why they are more consistent they everyone. They alone, kept their eye on the long term ball. Having said that, Phantom (IMO) laid the foundation for up coming years with their performance this year. Keep the faith, I'm not usually wrong about these things. You can take that to the bank.
  33. 1 point
    But oddly enough....not a single judge.
  34. 1 point
    Corps design shows that the current DCI judging community rewards, and deletes things that the DCI judging community tends not to reward. Thus, there is nothing new under the sun in this, and there are no mysteries here. We can expect lots of " pitch bend " out the Corps wazoo machines next season, and you can make book on that easy prediction.
  35. 1 point
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  36. 1 point
    I hope Blue Stars hang on to their staff they got ahold of last year, some consistency will do wonders for them, see Blue Devils for what staff consistency can do. Brass line was a lot stronger this year, drumline was just as good, color guard was absolutely killer, and the show design was another big improvement. 2 years of solid improvement after 2012, hope it continues. If they do, would be awesome to see them back in the top 8 again. I don't think they're going anywhere unless a huge staff change occurs.
  37. 1 point
    I'm not so sure I like this blue toned cranky little guy. That said, I like his uniform and shako here much better than the goofy looking ones that Crown has now.
  38. 1 point
    Wow old grump I pretty much agree with you. Some very good points here. You said: I just think it is a slap in the face to Academy, Spirit and Oregon Crusaders for BDB to pop in 15th without the same amount of looks and comparisons within the World Class competitive framework. I've been trying to make the above point in a gentler way. Nicely done. You also said: You had your Finals. Congratulations. That's it. If you want to be World Class, then get your butt on a WC tour and compete against WC corps night after night where the WC judges can get multiple looks against you and your peer competition. I've also been trying to make this second above point in a gentler way. Nicely done. Bolding is mine.
  39. 1 point
    I'm guessing they would say "that's not a Yamaha carrier, it's a Randall May carrier"
  40. 1 point
    Remember when Dylan went electric at Newport? Yeah, it was the death of music.
  41. 1 point
    I'm so dumb I didn't know what "simulacrum" meant. When I looked it up I found it means "similarity". So why not just use "similarity" or "simulation"? Or are you attempting to be the wordsmith of the day on the O'Reilly Factor?
  42. 1 point
    I thought Endorer was Samantha's mother on Bewitched.
  43. 1 point
    Which describes about everything used in drum corps, forever.
  44. 1 point
    I don't think you'll see any policy changes regarding GoPros. DCI's recording policy is STRICTLY to protect the copyright holders. Most of these videos you can barely make out what music is being played. You hear faint sounds in the background and lots from the individual performer playing his/her part. Not exactly taking money from the wallets of the copyright holders... On the flip side, GoPros give the consumers (e.g lots of band kids) a unique perspective of the individual responsibilities of a corps member and a one of a kind way to experience a show from the field itself. This is just a great FREE marketing tool for DCI.....which is precisely why this video has been tweeted and shared on Facebook by DCI already. I think GoPros are exciting. I'm sure the members responsible for all the "boob cam" videos the past few years by taping cameras to their chests wish they had this technology back then
  45. 1 point
    For sale or rent: One brain. 10 years old. No visible marks, but may cause user to yell uncontrollably if brought into close proximity of shadows. Will consider trade for trip to Kansas.
  46. 1 point
    LIke i said in the madison thread For the most part i enjoyed his shows but it lacked the madison Flair. I welcome the change in hopes of a return to the Big bad men of madison Not indiana.
  47. 1 point
    Please keep the Phantomettes.
  48. 1 point
    I actually think it might be fun to see all of the other 11 corps crowd the front and sides of the field and watch the encore run. Think about it. Many of these corps have never seen the others perform due to schedules.
  49. 1 point
    I would love to see warm up clips during the broadcasts = in between the actual shows so some lot or tunnel stuff - HYPE!!!
  50. 1 point
    You're a man of your word. I saw your post in the Finals thread about this. Anyway, 1. Bluecoats 2. Blue Devils 3. Barack Obama 4. The People's Republic of China 5. Madison Scouts 7. Lady Gaga 12. Conan O'Brien 6. Blue Devils 8. Blue Devils again 9. Cavaliers 10. Spirit of Atlanta 11. Nobody
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