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    It’s discouraging to say this, but over the last decade of following DCI very closely, it seems very clear to me that the path to medaling is two things: show design/concept that heavily weights guard and body gesturing, and being a destination for age out talent. Probably not in that order. It’s just undeniable. There are a limited number of experienced, accomplished marching members. You cannot compete for a medal anymore if your corps isn’t dominated by those marchers. When Blue Devils wins medals every year and has massive age outs every year, you can’t argue with the model. Yes they have stellar coaching, stellar design, and great planning, but all of those things depend on and are accentuated by the best talent available every single year. I know someone used to keep track of average age of experience and correlated that to final placement, and it was truly amazing how lock step they were. I continue to hope for the underdog corps to make a charge. It’s just not going to happen the way DCI scores shows. Crossmen, Academy, Phantom, Scouts, et al, they are all losing many of their most accomplished marchers every offseason to the perennial medaling corps. Until DCI offers some incentive to do otherwise, that will continue to be the norm. Cadets has an unparalleled history, but you just cannot compete for medals when your best marchers are graduating to other corps, and the high schoolers at Crossmen, Academy, Mandarins and Blue Knights are auditioning at BD, BC, Crown and now Cavaliers and Boston. I don’t care who your teachers are or how many medals are in your trophy case. There appear to be more top level corps now, but if you fall below a certain level in this activity, it can take a very long time to get back into medal contention. Kids have increasingly short memories. And with show design changing so dramatically, it doesn’t help when you are no longer a popular corps and your banner shows weren’t Down Side Up and What Dreams Are Made On from a creative standpoint. As shows get more complex and more expensive to produce, that gap is likely to widen.
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    Very true. What the Cadets are going through now does pale. It really has more to do with transition. Hop may not be retired yet, but as we often see at the end of careers it can be tough as one gets older when you are trying to hang onto greatness, yet innovate, yet also real in the talent needed to perform at that high level. The last 2 years were clearly a step down for the Cadets (by comparison to what we have typically seen from them). So they have definitely been trending down. People can say they will bounce back, but it's not easy to do. It took the Cavaliers a while. Look at past perennial top 5/6 corps like Madison, Phantom, and even SCV had a long skid from the top 3. Boston clearly seems poised to challenge those in the top 5. This may be their time.
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    Ahh. This topic went exactly where I would have anticipated.
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    My girlfriend made/gave me a great Christmas gift to help with my obsession of following the DCI tour. Now I'll be able to add daily map graphics to my daily score analysis posts!
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    Hopefully the Music City logo will be available soon to add to this thread.
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    2018 Programs & Playlist: This master(first) post will only be updated based on OFFICIAL organizational announcements WITH confirmation. An announcement on the corps official website or official social media site and/or newspaper publication announcement will be considered written authorization to post their musical selections here under this master post. Any other comments will be considered unofficial until verified by at least one or more of the aforementioned methods of disclosure above. NO RUMORS. Links to spotify will be available once any corps announces any musical selections and confirmation is secured. *** Full credit needs to go to frontensemble.com for the Corps logos used below.*** ***Any new corps not included currently in this list will be added if found on the official DCI schedule when it becomes available*** ***Mods can you please pin this thread to the top when you feel that is appropriate. Thank you. *** The Spotify playlist will be updated as the main post is updated. Link to Spotify playlist ---->> Spotify DCI 2018 Spotify playlist tracks can be heard below. Please also see POST #2 below for YouTube playlist tracks. Crossmen (Tracks 1 thru 3) Oregon Crusaders (Tracks 4 thru 8) Madison Scouts (Tracks 9 thru 17) Jersey Surf (Tracks 18 thru 23) Carolina Crown (Tracks 24 thru 28) The Academy (Tracks 29 through 36) The Cadets (Tracks 37 thru 40) Blue Knights (Tracks 41 thru 46 ) Phantom Regiment (Tracks 47 thu 55) Blue Stars (Tracks 56 thru 63) Couchmen (Tracks 64 thu 69) Boston Crusaders (Tracks 70 thru 75) Seattle Cascades (Tracks 76 thru 78) Santa Clara Vanguard (Tracks 79 thru 81) Troopers (Tracks 82 thru 84) Pacific Crest (Tracks 85 thru 91 ) Bluecoats (Tracks 92 thru 96 ) Genesis (Tracks 97 thru 103) The Cavaliers (Tracks 104 thru 109) What is Spotify? A free music streaming software (there is a no-advertisement pay version as well). >Read more detail here.< :: >Download Here< ================================================================== Please comment or message me with any official program announcements. ================================================================== Couchmen - This Flat Earth Repertoire: This Bitter Earth by Clive Otis This Cruel Moon by John Mackey Earth Song by Michael Jackson New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorák Announcement: https://goo.gl/fvvjA2 The Academy - Academic Repertoire: The Imitation Game - Alexander Desplat Annie Lisle - H.S. Thompson Academic Festival Overture - Johannes Brahms Overture to the School for Scandal - Samuel Barber The Four Sections - Steve Reich Keating's Triumph - Maurice Jarre Announcement: https://goo.gl/y89yaj Announcement #2: https://goo.gl/4gHcU8 Bluecoats - Session 44 Repertoire: Bird & Bela in B Flat - Don Sebesky American Concerto - Patrick Williams Dry Cleaner From Des Moines - Mingus, Joni Mitchell Saro - Traditional English Folk Ballad Home (from Congo Square) - Wynton Marsalis God Bless the Child - Billie Holiday Announcement: https://goo.gl/MxjTUD Blue Devils - Dreams and Nighthawks John Adams, Simon Dobson, Paul Lovatt-Cooper, James Newton Howard, Dave Glyde, Carole King, David Raskin, and Earle Hagen Announcement: https://goo.gl/RLPGbM Blue Knights - The Fall and Rise Repertoire: Sun King - Beatles The Rite of Spring – Igor Stravinsky Exit Music for a Film – Radiohead Welcome to the Machine – Pink Floyd Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper/Robert Hyman Announcement: https://goo.gl/h6yqpS Blue Stars - The Once and Future Carpenter Repertoire: We've Only Just Begun - Paul H Williams, Roger S Nichols Skyscrapers - John Alden Carpenter Precious Metals - Thomas Newman (They Long To Be) Close to You - Burt F Bacharach, Hal David Images Oubliees - Claude Debussy Rainy Days And Mondays - Paul H Williams, Roger S Nichols I Won't Last A Day Without You - Paul H Williams, Roger S Nichols Announcement: https://goo.gl/hDU1tJ Boston Crusaders - S.O.S. Repertoire: Salvation is Created – Pavel Tchesnokov A Breathless Alleluia – Philip Wilby Marimba Spiritual – Minoru Miki Sensemaya – Silvestre Revueltas Extinguished – Ryan George, Colin McNutt, Iain Moyer, Michael Zellers End Credits (from Cast Away) – Alan Silvestri Amazing Grace – John Newton Announcement: https://goo.gl/uNQhiY The Cadets - The Unity Project Repertoire: Opening Scene - Drew Shanefield, Tom Aungst, and Omar Carmenates Sensemaya - Silvestre Revueltas Misterioso - Drew Shanefield Demonic Thesis -John Psathas Ara Batur - Sigur Ros Ballet Sacra -David Holsinger Announcement: https://goo.gl/tsiEAQ Announcement #2: https://goo.gl/SsSykf Carolina Crown - Beast Repertoire: Symphony No.8, Mvt 4 - Anton Bruckner Build A Pyre - Ryan Lott - Son Lux Destination Moon - Paul Raphael Myth Forest - Stig Nordhagen If I Fell - Lennon-McCartney Blow It Up, Start Again - Jonathan Newman Epiphanies - Ron Nelson Announcement: https://goo.gl/VBjC5h Announcement #2: https://goo.gl/kro5tv The Cavaliers - On Madness and Creativity Repertoire: Black Angels - George Crumb The Triumph of Time - Peter Graham Boléro - Maurice Ravel Rose of Arimethea - Hans Zimmer Orawa - Wojciech Kilar Vanishing Act - Lou Reed Alicia Discovers Nash’s Dark World - James Horner Unraveled - Michael Martin, Michael McIntosh, Alan Miller Oh What a World - Rufus Wainwright Announcement: https://goo.gl/yy25v2 Announcement #2: https://goo.gl/GMii7S Colts - True Believer Repertoire: Candide - Leonard Bernstein Farandole (from L'Arlesienne) - Georges Bizet Feather Theme (from Forrest Gump) - Alan Silvestri Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - Traditional Announcement: https://goo.gl/GrYrdM Crossmen - The In-Between Repertoire: Funeral For A Friend - Elton John Upside Down - Andrew Markworth Symphony No. 6 (first movement) - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Sweetness Follows - R.E.M. Announcement: https://goo.gl/FND4Kb Genesis - Retrovertigo The Day Begins - The Moody Blues The Rhythm of the Heat - Peter Gabriel Retrovertigo - Mr. Bungle None of Them Knew They Were Robots - Mr. Bungle Inside Straight - John Zorn Enter Sandman - Metallica The Prayer Cycle, Movement III: Hope - Jonathan Elias Que Sera Sera - Pink Martini Announcement: https://goo.gl/BPh1sA Announcement 2: https://goo.gl/Qbmjnt Announcement #3: https://goo.gl/PEVv1P Jersey Surf - Mondo Mondrian Repertoire: Music for Pieces of Wood - Steve Reich Cornfield Chase from Interstellar - Hans Zimmer Variations on Manuel de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo) - Andrew Yozviak Etude Op. 10, no. 12 in C minor, Revolutionary - Frederic Chopin Behind Blue Eyes - Peter Townshend Symphony No. 4 - David Maslanka Announcement: https://goo.gl/yrgC7c Announcement 2: https://goo.gl/LgH3hU Madison Scouts - Heart & Soul Repertoire: You Are Variations - Steve Reich Seranada Schizophrana - Danny Elfman Rhyme of Taigu - Zhou Long Shape of My Heart - Sting Aurora Awakes - John Mackey Ainadamar - Osvaldo Golijov 34 Klezma - Snarky Puppy End of the Game - Sting Announcement: https://goo.gl/HUjQDf Mandarins - Life Rite After Repertoire: String Quartet #8 in C minor Opus 110 (Allegro Molto) - Dmitri Shostakovich Spiriti - Thomas Doss True Colors - Billy Steinberg,Tom Kelly Announcement: https://goo.gl/ydQF6a Music City - Hell on Wheels: The Final Journey of Casey Jones Repertoire: Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Hallelujah Original music and arrangements by Robert W. Smith Announcement: https://goo.gl/24bKLH Oregon Crusaders - REDRUM Repertoire: Dies Irae – Berlioz Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste – Bartok Uninvited – Alanis Morissette Danse Macabre – Saint-Saens Midnight and the Stars and You – Bowfly Symphony for Organ and Orchestra – Copland Announcement: https://goo.gl/JzYirL Pacific Crest - Here's To The Ones Who Dream Repertoire: Planetarium (from La La Land) - Justin Hurwitz Overture (from the artist) - Ludovic Bource Waltz for Peppy (from the artist) - Ludovic Bource The 20th Century Fox Mambo (from Smash) - Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman Audition (The Fools Who Dream) (from La La Land) - Justin Hurwitz Pretty Peppy (from the artist) - Ludovic Bource Epilogue (from La La Land) - Justin Hurwitz Announcement: https://goo.gl/kJSWAC Announcement #2: https://goo.gl/VTrUuQ Phantom Regiment - This New World Repertoire: “Finale” from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – Aaron Zigman/Alexandre Desplat Piano Concerto No. 3 – Sergei Prokofiev A Child’s Garden of Dreams – David Maslanka Picture Studies – Adam Schoenberg New World Symphony – Antonin Dvorak Announcement: https://goo.gl/DihThi Listen on Spotify: https://goo.gl/AYJ6ht Pioneer - Celtic Dragons Repertoire: The Awakening - Rob Stein, Dave Campbell,Julia Coleman Taking Flight (from How To Train Your Dragon) - John Powell Dragon Fire - Rob Stein, Dave Campbell,Julia Coleman Beneath the Earth and Sky - Rob Stein, Dave Campbell,Julia Coleman Announcement: https://goo.gl/HLbYiE Santa Clara Vanguard - Babylon Repertoire: My Body is A Cage - Peter Gabriel Journey to the Center of the Earth - Peter Graham Metropolis 1927 - Peter Graham Apology - Zacarias M. di la Riva Club Sound - Gent and Jawns Announcement: https://goo.gl/zdwSdF Seattle Cascades - What Goes Around Repertoire: Wound Up; Spin Moves; Infinite Echoes; Unraveled - Original Music by Key Poulan, Micah Brusse, Alex Brinkley, & Kaela Shoe Ave Maria - Franz Schubert What Goes Around...Comes Around - Justin Timberlake, Tim Mosley & Nathaniel Hills Around the World - Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) Announcement: https://goo.gl/8qmkbT Spirit of Atlanta - Knock Repertoire: Lit – Polyphia Freak Flag – Here Come the Mummies Hurt – Nine Inch Nails, Johnny Cash, Eric Whitacre Rattletrap – Bill Evans Break on Through – The Doors Announcement: https://goo.gl/JLJq6t Troopers - The New Road West Repertoire: Black Parade - Chemical Romance Toward The Splendid City - Richard Danielpour Canyon Echoes - Robert W. Smith Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell Original Music - Robert W. Smith Announcement: https://goo.gl/QentaK The Spotify playlist will be updated as the main post is updated. Link to Spotify playlist here ---->> Spotify DCI 2018 Spotify playlist tracks can be heard below. Please also see POST #2 below for YouTube playlist tracks. Crossmen (Tracks 1 thru 3) Oregon Crusaders (Tracks 4 thru 8) Madison Scouts (Tracks 9 thru 17) Jersey Surf (Tracks 18 thru 23) Carolina Crown (Tracks 24 thru 28) The Academy (Tracks 29 through 36) The Cadets (Tracks 37 thru 40) Blue Knights (Tracks 41 thru 46 ) Phantom Regiment (Tracks 47 thu 55) Blue Stars (Tracks 56 thru 63) Couchmen (Tracks 64 thu 69) Boston Crusaders (Tracks 70 thru 75) Seattle Cascades (Tracks 76 thru 78) Santa Clara Vanguard (Tracks 79 thru 81) Troopers (Tracks 82 thru 84) Pacific Crest (Tracks 85 thru 91 ) Bluecoats (Tracks 92 thru 96) Genesis (Tracks 97 thru 103) The Cavaliers (Tracks 104 thru 109)
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    Andy Grindle has put together a world class brass staff with the intention of teaching a world class horn line. We have 45 brass players registered for our first camp in two weeks, with more expected to come. This is a sizable increase from first camp last year and speaks volumes about what Andy and staff have been able to do in a couple short months. Our visual & guard staff are also larger than previous years with plenty of new talent: https://pioneer-corps.org/staff/visual.html https://pioneer-corps.org/staff/color-guard.html
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    Hopefully not a late rights revocation that makes them have to pull and reedit the physical media ala Phantom 08.
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    Very, very nice. Thank you. You made me think of my Dad. Before he passed about fifteen years ago he set up a stationary bike next to a similar wall map. At the end of this daily trek in his retirement, he'd move the pin the equivalent number of miles times ten or twenty and then go research the town where he had landed. The next day he did the same. Now if a DCPer did the same beginning now and between the first contest, would you make tour and how far along??? (Great way to get in shape before ST or whenever one if volunteering.) I'm still working on getting around the track the first time and up and down those stadium stairs for the bathrooms between corps. New Year's resolution, ho, ho.
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    Well stated MR. Others, in their own way, have been preaching this for years.
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    @Liahona Now that we know the Troopers' show and music and Pio's show, I think it's about time you started the 2018 Programs & Playlist thread.
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    And thus is born DCI's newest phase, BrasslineBattle.
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    It would be foolish to expect anything other than your continued spewing of biased Cadet fake hype nonsense. Horse still dead, but beat it if you must.
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    The Cadets almost folded in 1980. What the Cadets are going thru at the moment pales to that. They not only rebounded from that near folding of their Corps, we know they not only rebounded, they flourished, and like never before too. Time will tell where the Cadets go from here. But its not like they are on the ropes and are about to fall off the face of the earth here... lol!
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    Bluecoats, to me, lost their position more than Cavaliers gained it. Their ballad never worked as the anchor of the show. I’ve not liked much of the new Cavaliers show design style. It was my least favorite show of the finalists. But in the end they continued to execute the concept at an increasingly higher level as the season progressed and they peaked at the right time. There just wasn’t another level to Jagged Line, and I think their previous three shows raised expectations that they would do something fantastic down the stretch. It just didn’t happen. It was still my favorite show, but when it comes to scoring entertainment value isn’t always the decisive factor.
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    The Cavaliers are celebrating their 70th anniversary this season. I really do believe they will keep their upward trend up
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    "As Time Goes By": 1960: St Vincents Cadets/Norman Prince 1961: St Ctherines Queensmen/Carver Gay Blades 1962: Caimbridge Caballeros/Interstatesmen 1963: Our Lady of Loretto Knights/USAF Bolling AFB Drum Corps 1964: Selden Cadets/Springfield Marksmen 1965: Chicago Royal Airs/Conn Royal Lancers/Rochester Crusaders 1966: Bridgeport PAL Cadets/St Raphaels Buccaneers/NY Kingsmen 1967: St Josephs of Batavia/Magnificent Yankees 1968: Chicago Vanguard 1969: St Josephs Patron Cadets (St Ritas Brassmen) 1970: Argonne Rebels 1971: Blue Rock/27th Lancers Raise a glass to their memories. Absent friends. Elphaba
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    I always go with momentum and Cavies are trending up and Bluecoats are trending down so I’ll go with Cavies. I feel Bluecoats are getting more experienced marchers but sometimes that can backfire as it intimidates audition applicants and not enough talent shows up to maintain position and overcome design I don’t trust either yet as a year to year lock for the medals as both have turned in design duds recently the top 3 next year feels pretty open with the exception of Blue Devils
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