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  1. I was at the show, and will have more thoughts tomorrow, but here are a few: Music City was fantastic. We loved them. A great deal of thought is obvious in all the detailing of their show, and the kids looked like they loved performing every minute of it. Fantastic World Class debut. I think they may scramble the eggs in the 13-20 basket even more. What was the difference between them and several other recent WC newbies? PERSONALITY. Their show oozed it. Jersey Surf had a good idea and then didn't max it out. You can't do a show about Mondrian and then have your entire drill be soft
    20 points
  2. After all the Cadets went thru this off season, theres been no quit in the 2018 version of the Cadets. How can anyone not admire and respect them all for this ? The 2018 summer competition season has been a huge success for the Cadets,. Some things transcend placements. They just do, imo.
    14 points
  3. on a list of thing i don't care about, this would be near the top very petty and stupid
    12 points
  4. I had a dream I was on tour with the Bluecoats. ...wait
    9 points
  5. I have two or three of these per season. That's my young'n finishing off the Cavaliers show in Minneapolis last night. Couldn't be prouder of all the work he's put in to be there. For the record, I wouldn't care if he was wearing a pink tutu and playing a C-natural kazoo ( he probably would, but you get my point). I'm just glad he's out there living a dream. I feel like the top 6 are going to really heat up as we roll towards August...and I'm also sentimentally keeping my eye on Spirit of Atlanta, a family favorite from way way back. Would love to see them back in Finals!
    9 points
  6. Congrats to all the members and staff! You are guys are (again) getting it done! Just like last year, but on an even higher level in ALL facets of design and performance. I am so proud of you guys....AND SO IS MAX!
    9 points
  7. As a person who favors strict regulation of the real thing, I have no more problem with rifles in drum corps than I do with violent video games and movies. I just don't see it as an issue.
    8 points
  8. This show has EVERYTHING: cockroaches in evening gowns, beetlehorns, vomit flags, giant toothpicks, and woozy predators -What are woozy predators? You know that thing where the guy from predator mixes his alcohol and prescription meds and lets little people ride on his belly like a seesaw?
    8 points
  9. 7 points
  10. Nothing. Based on this one score on this one night, it's all over for them. They will be lucky to make finals. I would be surprised if they finish out the season.
    7 points
  11. So speaking of the BACCG...funny story. My rv was parked fairly close to the "practice gym" in Castleton during ST. Generally, ensemble would end at 9pm due to local noise ordinances...the kids would have an additional hour of visual from 9-10 with the snack 10. Then free time ti\ lights out at 1am. One night, after lending a quick hand to the volunteers for snack, I hauled my tired butt off to bed around 11. I was awoken at 12:30 by loud music...actually show music coming out of the fully lit gym. I needed to take the puppy out for a quick relief anyway so I thought I would investigat
    6 points
  12. During the weather delay, yesterday in Orlando.
    6 points
  13. I love that all the guys in the corps are not shaving to go with the stranded on an island look.
    6 points
  14. I've gotta say, some folks here do have short memories. At the end of my week with BAC in Vermont, I posted that the drums and guard could possibly win and 4th or 5th overall seemed doable to me. Yes, there WERE more than a few who said BAC 2017 WAS "fluke", they couldn't "catch lightning in a bottle" twice..oh and my personal favorite, "those costumes are or a 14th place corps". Now I get it...we are not in August yet, but seriously...? If and when the Boston Crusaders ever win, these same folks will probably say that was a fluke as well.
    6 points
  15. I agree, and would point to the Boston organization of the past 3-4 years that paved the way to have adequate resources in terms of money, staff, facilities to make success a real possibility. Other Corps who are struggling should look to Boston as a model of how to move from good to great.
    6 points
  16. Congratulations Boston MM's & Staff and all volunteers. You are all AMAZING!! Dedication and hard work are what is getting you what is deserved and are proving many doubters wrong once again. Lets see just how much more wrong you can make them. .././... ...---...
    6 points
  17. IT'S NOT BAND WIDTH. IT'S CORPS WIDTH. NOOB. Mike (have had no problems with Flo this season at all. Watched on phone, tablet, Apple TV 3rd Gen, phone to Apple TV, and tablet to Apple TV.)
    6 points
  18. You say that like it's a bad thing.
    6 points
  19. Congrats to BAC For their result out of Orlando Last night. I was in a group chat, and the reaction... was memorable at the scores. (and I can't repeat some of it) Keep working guys, I can't wait to see them in about a week.
    6 points
  20. Hopefully you weren't sitting in the bleachers all night. posted from the DrumScorps app
    6 points
  21. 6 points
  22. Boston needs to be included now in the conversation for the Sanford. I’m a brass guy, and I was spellbound by the writing and technical prowess in Boston’s opener.
    6 points
  23. Just the losing my shoes dream. The rest of my dreams are really weird.
    5 points
  24. This surfaced a few years ago after Sandy Hook and I’m surprised it did not surface after Parkland. People are sensitive to the reality of gun violence, and one corps did stop using rifles at one point. Since my favorite years of drum corps fall between 1979-89, I appreciate good rifle maneuvering. This would have been about the time of great rifle lines, 27th, Phantom, Guardsmen, North Star, with Anaheim Kingsmen only a distant memory and Cavies strongest guard yet to come. We don’t have reliable videos of the time but BAC had a rifle line that packed a punch too. Because I am a traditi
    5 points
  25. 1. The rifles and sabres with the flags are traditional, having to do with the military origins of the 'color guard.' So that current participants may understand history, each corps history night could include a historical reenactor, National Park Service worker or some such personage to teach the entire guard about the duties of the Civil War guard, and the frequent high casualties resulting from service in such a unit. 2. These are also historical links to drum corps guards of the past, who also used sabres and rifles. 3. The standardization of weapons units in the guard allows for
    5 points
  26. Let me make this clear to you: Just because you, a lone user, are having issues with Flo because you are going against their recommended web browser (Google Chrome) for some dumb, petty reason DOES NOT mean that Flo’s service is subpar. In fact, saying that the streaming from The Fan Network by DCI was BETTER than Flo is pretty insulting to Flo. The Fan Network experienced many issues (audio related and stutters) that were SYSTEMWIDE and not related to just one or two select few users. The biggest advantage of the TFN was the ability to playback shows after the fact (which is a good
    5 points
  27. That's what happens when you are one of the top. Have you not read Devils or Cadets threads and CC in recent years? Even going back a very long time. It comes with the territory. Thick skin is needed. Personally, I see less of that in BAC thread over the years Maybe because some don't want to get into a back and forth with a few who post. Either way, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks just what BAC does. The rest is subjective opinion a lot based on nothing somethings based on personal taste and a little fact. Just enjoy the place in time you are in being a loyal BAC past staff per
    5 points
  28. Unless you saw them in Florida in February...
    5 points
  29. Yep, the most important task at hand is to clean. The show is fine. It’s a colossal improvement over the garbage foisted upon the members the past two seasons. It’s a good beginning to a new era.
    5 points
  30. Be proud dad! My almost 9 year old daughter started competitive Winter guard after I took her to her first live drum corps show a few years ago. She has her first fall guard practice of the season tonight where they perform at half time for the peewee football games and march in local parades. After that she'll be starting her 3rd year of winter guard at only 9 years old and she loves it. I couldn't be prouder of the hard work she and all of the other kids put into it at such a young age! She says she wants to march with Crown or Boston when she gets older. Keep being a proud dad! Keep su
    5 points
  31. My kiddo is in Open Class, but I'm no less proud - enjoy the season! Mike
    5 points
  32. This thread does not sound like a commentary on the state of drum corps today as much as trying to bring the tensions that divide our nation into drum corps. First, the Bridgemen did not attempt to have “fun” with the Civil War. Yes Bridgemen performed enjoyable shows, but they were tough, fierce competitors. They aimed for shows that had impact as GE was becoming more important. The Civil War medley showed off their horn line more than anything else and employed a great deal of passion to show off the power of their brass. Given that the show ended with everyone coming together under an
    5 points
  33. Colin told the Corps at rehearsal last week a lot corps punt and take a day off. We don’t, we spend every day getting better. The results were on the field at Orlando last night.
    5 points
  34. I’ve been lucky enough to spend multiple days at BAC rehearsals over the last month. The work ethic of this corps is incredible. They don’t waste time and they are on a mission. The results were evident on the field at Orlando last night.
    5 points
  35. I'm glad this topic is already created, as I was going to start one. Was at the Moonlight Classic two weeks ago. Totally unaware of the new "rules/allowances". I noticed the mic-ing first with the Mandarins. We sat on the 35 side 1 (or A, depending on your upbringing). They were very loud, which is good, because I like loud. At one point I noticed the drum line was playing on the opposite 40...but it "sounded" like they were playing on my 40. That's when I noticed the mics picking up their sound and throwing it through a speaker. THEN I realized that's how my hometown kids had sudd
    5 points
  36. The percussion scores were spot on. Crown plays a lot of unison parts in tight formations and that’s why they were cleaner. Little depth of content, little environmental and physical demands. It’s now time to face the music.
    5 points
  37. The Academy!! posted from the DrumScorps app
    4 points
  38. This was a huge topic back in 2001, when George Hopkins, noted apostle of nonviolence, excised rifles from the 2001 show and stated that Drum Corps needed to move away from military traditions and imagery in order to remain viable, citing Rosie O'Donnell as a reference. Also known for being a model of consistent thought, Hopkins programmed a World War II military show the next year, as a patriotic response to 9/11. Feel free to search 'George Hopkins rifles' on rec.arts.marching.drumcorps, but don't wade in too deeply. The summer of 2001 on RAMD was more dangerous and violent than an
    4 points
  39. You and any other parent of a member who are participating in this incredible activity have all the reason in the world to be proud. If there is one thing this summer has made me appreciate even more is how incredible of a person it takes to sacrifice so much and work so hard for three months of their lives. I knew that already, but being around that all summer has only capitalized that. Brag away! And see you in Texas? ;)
    4 points
  40. lol...actually the 1st project winner was a drumcorps/ colorguard person...hmmmmmmmmmm there ya go...lmao
    4 points
  41. I completely agree. It is extremely hard to improve enough that you "keep pace" with what you did last year. To improve your position you have to: 1) work especially hard in design and execution; or 2) be lucky in that some corps above you doesn't improve. BD's record of consistency for the last so many years is proof of that. As is the tendency after a great year to rely on what got you there and fall back. Boston has not done that, they are still pushing, in design and in execution. I commend them (and hope they come in 2nd to the Bluecoats, to confirm my bias).
    4 points
  42. I love my corps, but it is basically the halfway point of the season. Have no assumptions as to where the corps will finish... Just enjoy the magic.
    4 points
  43. There were very interesting pre season placement picks.
    4 points
  44. There were a few that didn't think Boston would/could improve on last year. One called last year a fluke. Some thought such a large jump from the previous year was all that was possible for them, and it would take much longer to get better. Many thought the reports of the corps improving over the winter was just Boston Alum/Fans hype. Boston got better and got more talent in the ranks and the staff bumped the program up a notch. These kids work incredibly hard. I know that a lot or folks will say their corps work hard but over the years I had seen many corps rehearsals and these kids work
    4 points
  45. The staff/director has alluded to planned additions and layering throughout the season that will more fully realize the "unity" concept I do believe that includes the actual "ending" of the show - I personally imagine it ending in a prayer block and they march off together They been doing some small musical and visual changes / additions to the program already Right now (in my opinion) they need to be in heavy cleaning mode. That's really holding them back right now - the feet and guard are just dirty and it's time to get clean. This week will tell us a lot! IMO.
    4 points
  46. Just my personal opinion, but this is why I really don't like printed flags that almost everyone is using now. The printed designs are really hard to make out the details unless you are sitting in the first 10 rows, it all comes out drab from up top. I know that they are more expensive to make, but I miss the days of the sewn fabric flags with the pops of color and great designs.
    4 points
  47. My thoughts after tonight in Orlando...haha Still first in guard and drums isn't that shabby either...
    4 points
  48. Go back to the old formula like prior to 2017. I loved those shows.
    4 points
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