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  1. I like pizza, I also like steak. Food is more interesting when there is a variety of quality stuff to eat.
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  2. Just saw this come across my newsfeed today: DCI is expecting to see the return of Southwind along with 4 other new corps that have applied for membership in 2015. Original article here. DCI is referring to this time as "a growing resurgence of startup drum corps," citing the six corps that joined open class last year as well. The new applicants include: Freedom Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Web | Facebook | Twitter Heat Wave Inverness, Florida Web | Facebook | Twitter Jewel City Byesville, West Virginia Web | Facebook | Twitter River City Rhythm Anoka, Minnesota Web | Facebook | Twitter So
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  3. Last year I was excited about the music but of course all the narration and a patriotic theme was worrisome. It was probably a 4th place show that they performed the s$&t out of. Honestly, I went to a few shows and thought their marching was phenomenal. Throw in extreme competence in all captions, and there's your medalist.
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  4. That may be the case, but I tend to get more excited when Cadets go to fast/frenetic type shows with kind of a "dark" theme. I'm a happy person, but I hate happy shows. That explains a lot now lol...
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  5. Here's some corps that were around...well briefly in DCI: Spectacle City Mariners Blue Knights (Michigan) 32nd Hussar Queen City Cadets Mounties (St. Paul, MN) Drifters Gateway Combine Iron Cross Anyone remember some of these corps? How about a corps that didn't go to DCI...Oshkosh Warriors?
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  6. GH said it will be a show similar to 2000's "look what we can do". It will use the 10 thing for sure drill wise but will be about great music, great fast drill and high level performance. I think because it's not bring weighed down by a theme, we'll see a great visual presentation to go with the meaty musical arrangements. Sometimes "themes" can be limiting of expression because a great drill move may be viewed by a judge as " well that was amazing but what does it have to do with your theme abc"?
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  7. Rick Carpenter, who brought the Americanos back in 1980, claimed that there was a letter in the corps' archives from Post 199 asking permission to copy the Appleton S.A.L. uniforms. I assume the dingle ball look never flew in Hawthorne NJ. But one of these hats still survives. It is green.
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  8. Now I'm going to show my ignorance by disagreeing with an assumption most of you are making. I'm an outsider, so I'm probably wrong, but I need someone to explain why I'm wrong. Here goes: The idea that shows are "visually driven" today and feature "WGI pacing" is a myth. It just appears that way. What is in fact happening is that the music education people in DCI - notably music caption heads and music judges - have decided (many years ago really) that the faster pace is better educationally, and so arrangers are instructed to arrange brass and percussion with constant change-ups in bo
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  9. 1986 Blue Devils 1987 SCV 1987 Garfield Cadets 2004 Blue Devils 1991 Crossmen 1975 SCV 2009 Crown 1993 Phantom Regiment 2005 Phantom Regiment 1989 Suncoast Sound
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  10. I shall now necro this thread, once again, with my updated choices (having seen many, many more vids than last time I posted here). 1: Star of Indiana 1991 - Roman Images 2: Star of Indiana 1990 - Belshazzar's Feast 3: Blue Devils 1984 4: Garfield Cadets 1985 - Undiscovered Bernstein (?) 5: Garfield Cadets 1984 - West Side Story 6: Cadets of Bergen County 1990 - A Bernstein Celebration 7: Santa Clara Vanguard 1987 - the "Russian Show" 8: Madison Scouts 1988 9: Santa Clara Vanguard 1991 - Miss Saigon 10: Phantom Regiment 1991 - Phantom Voices
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  11. This mostly sums it up for me. Spot on! Keep in mind, we still get some gems in drum corps from a standpoint of music. Also, to be fair, part of the problem is the sheer difficulty in syncing music, drill, visual ideas, staging, and thematic progression into ONE cohesive show. This isn't easy stuff. If you listen to the Cadets 2010 show music in a stand-still performance you would love it. And even on the field I loved it. Great music. But when combined with drill, staging, visual concepts, thematic ideas, well...ultimately it was a good show but didn't quite hit the level they had w
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  12. Wow, Someone who arranges in DCI pretty much confirms what I've been saying about WGI's influence on DCI here for a long while, but that so many have dismissed as being silly. So there you have it from someone more respected than me.... I totally agree with what Chucks saying here and I have always respected Chuck's opinion. I wish there was a way for a happy medium, where music can drive high scores along side the chop-n-bop shows. I mean, the idea is for these corps to be unique, right? Also, it seems there IS a rubric for scores. Sounding like my grad school experience.... Interest
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  13. Yes, but this does not sound like a modern show (i.e. a chop-n-bop highlight reel of a show). This is sounding more like an old-school show musically. The typical modern DCI show does not let musical ideas develop. This may be a show in today's modern age, but it is not sounding like a typical DCI show as of late.I thank Cadets for this and can't wait to see the finished product!
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  14. If it weren't for the pulse I'd never keep up. This piece shifts from 4/4 to 3/4 to 5/4 and back several times. And the splits aren't the really impressive parts - it's the writing! Brichtimp is curious how the percussion matches the horn book and, I can tell you for sure, that drum book matches the horn book perfectly. If they can clean it... But, oh my, what a book.... EDIT: oh, and I should say what the book ISN'T. Not a lot of rim-shots or gratuitous slams for effect as well as what it is: GREAT dynamic styling (watch for the sticks to move to the edge of the drum head, writing as d
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  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3a4v1TWUNo&feature=em-share_video_user The one who gets the most out of the musicians, audience and leads both on and off the field. Still going with Daniel Veerhusen - 1980 Madison Scouts. In the video above, no one is going to argue that we're seeing classic wind ensemble class conducting. Few, however, would argue that he's not getting the most out of the musicians. Enjoy, Chuck
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  16. That's the downside of going all super-secret stealth mode between the middle of August and middle of June - your fans can get frustrated or bored really quickly and stop being your fans.
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  17. There are currently four, crowd-driven screenings of our drum corps movie scheduled across the Lone Star State, but they'll only happen if their ticket quotas are met before the deadlines. Please share the info below with your Texas friends! Houston, TX (Feb 5th screening) https://gathr.us/screening/10023 Dallas, TX (Feb 12th screening) https://gathr.us/screening/10100 Beaumont, TX (Feb 19th screening) https://gathr.us/screening/10249 Austin, TX (March 19th screening) https://gathr.us/screening/10132 To find details about screenings in other states, please visit: http://www.scoutshonormovie.
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  18. I would like to see them do something totally new that hasn't been done before, yet showcases that Madison aggressive, in your face style. I also hope they put a lot more emphasis on visual excitement and stunning guard work!
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  19. My vote is for latin jazz. No one else is doing it & the crowd will eat it up.
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  20. Okay. Still not sure why they chose the hybrid technique. It hasn't really been done since the 80s, so maybe they wanted the throw-back. Wouldn't mind seeing them go for a full straight-leg with the white pants. Or at least trim down the pants to a more form-fitting look with the bent knee.
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  21. Madison's guard alumni have been amongst some of the most generous in the activity assisting their successors with sponsorships and on tour aid. I know from first hand experience of some of my students finally able to march DCI (and guard) because of this generousity. Would that those who benefitted would continue to be as generous in payment of what they received.
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  22. Flam needs to give it a rest. With that said, you found it appropriate to attack BAC on their thread. I don't think you have much room to talk. And agreed with SFZ.
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  23. None of them. I want the last note to be as loud as possible.
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  24. How so? The crowd loved the Bluecoats...they loved Blue Devils too...as well as the other top corps. And those groups were VERY competitive.
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  25. Did you happen to catch the Bluecoats?
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  26. And some folks feel like it's the Cadets against the world, some people feel like it's BD against the world, etc. What's your point?
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  27. Ballsy is not how the end of their show should be described. Not saying it wasn't good, but it definitely wasn't ballsy.
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  28. I was citing that as one of the more effective uses of body movement, not that they are the only ones to have done it. Cavies circa the early-mid '00s would fall into that category too. But the broader point you make echoes the one I was making as well. In the past, the body movement was a part of the show and programmed to help sell the show or tell the story. Like you said, nowadays, it's usually just thrown in without regard to how it fits or how it flows. It's almost become like a compulsory in figure skating or something."Ok people...8 counts of standing still here in the ballad, so let's
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  29. I wouldn't mind the body movement as much if it actually matched the music. Most of the time it seems like the designers are like "Oh look, an 8 count hold in the brass, we can put something here for GE points". The choreography is just tacked on for something to do, rather than something that fits the music. I get a visual cue, but no musical synergy to go along with it, and my brain is confused. And it's not like body movement is some newfangled innovative thing either. I mean, heck, Bridgemen did the shuffle in the late 70s and Madison had a decent amount of body movement in their 83 &
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  30. Unlike DCI champions from: 79 where BD was 5th in drums and 80 where they were 6th, and Garfield was 5th in 83 and 7th in drumming in 84.
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  31. I've kept my eye on the DCP scouts forum for years just to find out what's going on behind the scenes. As you can see, I don't comment very often (couldn't even remember my login info), but this is been the most whiney, complaining thread I can remember. Many need to lighten up and be supportive of the young men who are working so hard. IMO 1) This is not a bad show. It just hasn't gelled yet and I'm sure the staff is working on it. I like their concept of Stan Kenton with both the guard and corps uniforms - - slick and classy. If you don't know what I'm talking about just google Stan
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  32. I marched with the Scouts. I love the corps. I love the Jazz music & the traditional approach, but the beginning & end of this years Scouts show is weak, the visual design & color guard are weak, & there just arent any "wow" moments in the show. The new ending is awful & none of the songs are played long enough to do the original scores justice & they never seem to develop. This should have been a great show. Instead it is a disjointed collection of musical snippets from an over-zealous arranger/designer. What R.W. Smith has done with these arrrangements is a travesty.
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  33. The Cavaliers are looking for A Class truck drivers and B Class bus drivers for the 2014 summer tour. These are paid positions. Clean driving records required. Interested drivers can contact me at dflynn@cavaliers.org or 224-365-9715. Thanks, Dave Flynn
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  34. Well, Stu...like I said early on, you certainly do have a weird way of interpreting things. Others have responded directly to this post of yours, so I'll pass. But I do want to give you this anecdote that, in my mind, is an example of a LOT of young people...especially drum corps people. When my son was in elementary and middle school, he had a lot of interests. He was in the school band, of course, but he was also on the math challenge team, the track team, he had a science fair project going and he was in the Spanish club. Then he wanted to get into the Adventuring club and that was whe
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  35. I love the way this thread has gone off the rails (er, evolved) Wasn't this all about having time for corps with a high school schedule? I'm going to go back to the high school frame of reference for a minute and the all important college application: Admission depts. look at the depth and breadth of a student's extra curriculars, they want to see involved kids. Frankly, you'd think you need to cure cancer in your junior year to garner an admission from some schools. College is competitive, life is competitive. I know plenty of kids who manage corps, band, sports, acadec, scouts, and
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  36. Wow it's selfish to want to see kids be more well rounded? It's selfish to work hard at more than one thing? I guess I'm a selfish guy then. Guilty as charged
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  37. No.... U are mixing this up. Plenty of people on Staff do this and again the word is- trust. While gone the staff in place take care of the students and prepare them. Staff members go home for various reasons during the summer including school activities but most districts are very understanding. Again being on a staff of a great drum corps will only serve to give ideas to further what you're doing in the classroom.... You know what doing multiple activities teaches Stu? It teaches students to manage their time. Most of us had to Work and go to College at the same time. You learn how to commun
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  38. Stu respectfully I'm gonna disagree to a few of your points here. College and HS are not even comparable because of money. Missing HS band camp or missing a scholarship sanctioned College Band Camp are like apples n oranges. Both are fruit sure but in the end they look, feel and are different. I'm going to add this.... Letting my band members march corps and miss camp boils down to one word- Trust! I trust that they will come back with the mental focus necessary to do their jobs and know the differences between rehearsing in a band and a drum corps. If u needed to know why I'm a BK Homer it'
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  39. Well, I've gotta jump in here. I am not a "kid" (btw, very dismissive and condescending comment, Stu..), and I do not know Burgerbob or Motor City, however: As an Assistant Marching Band Director (for over 30 years), I AGREE with these two posters. No, no one is suggesting that DCI kids should come home and dismiss or belittle their fellow band members or staff. The point needs to be made, however, that from the time when DCI corps begin their year (usually Nov/Dec) until move-in, most corps than I am aware of go OUT OF THEIR WAY to accomodate high school and college students. You can't c
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  40. Believe me, the characterization you apply to our youth does NOT describe my son. I am sincerely glad his University doesn't have your hateful attitude and that they are willing to work with my son. Both my son and the University benefit from their cooperation.
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  41. I think you have a weird way of interpreting simple statements. just sayin'...
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  42. It's rare but it happens. I remember one year when the Cavies were missing a tenor player before finals. The kid had to go to his college band camp so he wouldn't lose his scholarship. He returned finals week and competed to end the season. Also, you are SO wrong. A choice doesn't have to be made. Both can be done with a little effort, and for the most part a kid coming off corps is a benifit to the band.
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  43. Band directors that get ###### that kids miss their summer rehearsals/band camp because they are marching drum corps need to park their egos and get over themselves.
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  44. I'm a band director that has numerous kids missing for corps each summer in corps. There will always be that "my program is better than drum corps" attitude in some, but the vast majority of directors in Texas that have very successful bands have staff with corps experience and also kids that continue to march. Case in point with my kids, they came back from BK and in 1 day they were caught up in 25 sets of drill they'd missed. They are studs when they come back but it's incumbent upon us to speak to them about using their abilities to help the HS team not to get frustrated that it's not on th
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  45. Our area's high schoolers marched DCI and showed up late to band camps. I don't really think most directors mind this as the DCI kids show up in great shape with well practiced chops and the ability to pick up drill quickly. Gonna be hard pressed to find a kid that would skip their chance at marching a corps to attend a couple weeks of band camp where much of the time is spent teaching fundamentals to the freshman.
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  46. If they have $99 lying around. What's an average fan? I'm not an average fan--I spend a lot of $ on this stuff--and yet I don't buy DCI's dvd's. Most "average" fans probably don't buy anything from DCI except tickets. The funny thing is, I end up buying several of the individual corps DVD's and spend more than that. The DCI product isn't as appealing to me as some of the stuff the corps themselves put together. and the only way to sell anything is to market it. If a tree falls in a forest...and no one's there to hear it...will anyone buy the CD recording? It's about the marketi
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