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  1. 2 points
    Each year after the first few shows, once I've had a chance to see everybody, I "take inventory" so to speak and gauge how good a year it seems to be. I do a little comparison of each corps' current show to the previous year's show - better, worse, or about the same (hey, I'm an optometrist, so it's in my nature ). The quality and engagement level of show design of course fluctuates in this activity as in any creative endeavor. If most corps are better or at least as good as the prior year, it's a good year. I've often thought , particularly doing this comparison, "Wouldn't it be awesome if every corps knocked it out of the park with their show design and had their best show ever - all in the same year?" Of course, this would never happen and it would make the next year a pretty big letdown most likely. But it's fun to think about. Or, what if you could bring back any show from the past and see it live? What would your "Ultimate Finals" look like? There have been lots of discussion and polls over the years about the best or favorite shows, but I don't recall seeing one quite like this. Here are the criteria: pick twelve different corps (not different shows/years from the same corps) and the show from each that would be in your personal Ultimate Finals competition, as well as the performance order and venue. This doesn't necessarily have to be what you think are the "best" or highest scoring shows, but the ones that would make for the most enjoyable evening for you personally. And I'm not looking for scores or how you think the competition would shake out - just what would leave you the most entertained by the performances on their own merits. You can choose any Finalist show from any year in the DCI era. Here's my Ultimate Finals: Venue: Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, WI (packed to the gills) Weather: Clear skies, 79 degrees, calm wind, 35% humidity Before the Show - Future Corps outside the stadium 7:00pm - National Anthem - Al Chez 7:06pm - 2000 U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps (Exhibition) 7:30pm - 1992 Crossmen 7:47pm - 1980 Spirit of Atlanta 8:04pm - 1980 Bridgemen 8:21pm - 2004 Cavaliers 8:38pm - 1993 Star of Indiana 8:55pm - 1995 Madison Scouts 9:12pm - Intermission - DrumLine Battle: The Old Guard vs. Hellcats 9:35pm - 2016 Bluecoats 9:52pm - 1987 Garfield Cadets 10:09pm - 2013 Carolina Crown 10:26pm - 2017 Blue Devils 10:43pm - 2008 Phantom Regiment 11:00pm - 2018 Santa Clara Vanguard 11:25pm - 1994 27th Lancers Alumni Corps (Exhibition) 11:47pm - Ambulance to nearest ER, possibly coroner
  2. 2 points
    Not a lot of talk around here this off-season (which is great imo). But now that it’s March and spring training is around the corner, I’m getting a little excited. Made me start thinking what I hope the Cadets do this year. Apart from big picture things like putting out a crowd pleasing show, etc, etc, these are the little things I’m hoping for 1. White/cream pants. Whatever uniform or costume they choose, I want to be able to see their straight leg marching 2. Another powerful ballad. Was certainly one of my favorite parts last year, hope they can do something even better and emotional. 3. Box rotation into a big hit. When was the last time a show had one of these? Used to be a staple, would love to see it again 4. Awesome warm up. Will we see the return of Rocky Point? Maybe something different. Always thought their 2005 ballad would be a cool warm up in the lot 5. No props. Unless they’re absolutely essential in telling the story or portraying the theme, I’d rather do without. (Unlikely to happen in this era, but that’s how I feel)
  3. 2 points
    Venue: Warhawk Stadium Whitewater Wisc Weather: Something comfortable without that Wisconsin humidity Before the show: Hanging with drum corps buds. Larry in his best Flounder voice saying :"Oh boy, is this great!?" National Anthem: Doc Severinsin in his day Exhibition Corps: Anaheim Kingsmen Alumni Corps in I don't care which order or start time: 1979 Troopers 1973 Madison Scouts 2018 Boston Crusaders 2015 Carolina Crown 2017 Blue Devils 1979 27th Lancers 2017 Academy 1983 Garfield Cadets 2014 Bluecoats 2008 Phantom Regiment 1995 Cavaliers 2018 Santa Clara Vanguard
  4. 1 point
    One doesn’t have to use the words good or bad to get the point across. Saying there is less loyalty, love and respect, and more corps hopping and instant gratification gets the idea that things have gone downhill with today’s members across very well. Then again I look at it as none of my #### business what anyone does, especially with what dues run today.
  5. 1 point
    A Cadet show I enjoyed at the time and on audio/video since - that the judges didn't like and the audience sometimes didn't react well too 2006 Cadets following (probably) the greatest Cadets corps ever - the only corps to win all captions AND subcaptions - the 2005 World Champ Cadets "Through the Looking Glass" was a show that should have "stood alone" instead of being designed (I wonder who's (bad) idea that was) as a "sequel" - would have done much better as a straight up Alice in Wonderland production Here's part 2: I loved the ballad and the guard staging, the use of the solo vocalist was VERY disliked/questioned at the time
  6. 1 point
    it'd be #7 every year!
  7. 1 point
    Here's my Ultimate Finals: Venue: New Era Field, Buffalo, NY Weather: Clear skies, 79 degrees, calm wind, 35% humidity Before the Show - Future Corps outside the stadium 7:00pm - National Anthem - Al Chez 7:06pm - 2000 U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps (Exhibition) 7:30pm - 1976 Oakland Crusaders 7:47pm - 1980 Spirit of Atlanta 8:04pm - 1980 Bridgemen 8:21pm - 2004 Cavaliers 8:38pm - 1974 Purple Lancers 8:55pm - 1995 Madison Scouts 9:12pm - Intermission - 9:35pm - 2016 Bluecoats 9:52pm - 1983 Garfield Cadets 10:09pm - 1975 Muchachos 10:26pm - 1993 Star of Indiana 10:43pm - 1976 Blue Devils 11:00pm - 2018 Santa Clara Vanguard 11:25pm - 1994 27th Lancers Alumni Corps (Exhibition) 11:47pm - Royal Coachmen/Imperial Regiment Alumni Party at Anchor Bar, Buffalo, NY
  8. 1 point
    Incase anyone needs some suggestions. Collectuons Shows Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yck89mhj The Champions Collection - Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y8clde25 The Silver Medal Collection - Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yac5flfd Top 12 Popularity Collection - Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ydx7vage 70's Popularity Collection - Top 6 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y83byovd 80's Popularity Collection - Top 6 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y8g37jmg 90's Popularity Collection - Top 6 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ybshxcj4 00's Popularity Collection - Top 6 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y86n6wwg 10's Popularity Collection - Top 6 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yb3hgo8c 70's Popularity Collection - Top 10 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y7spufuk 80's Popularity Collection - Top 10 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yc582ckx 90's Popularity Collection - Top 10 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ybvoeczd 00's Popularity Collection - Top 10 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y89kbqgy 10's Popularity Collection - Top 10 Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ya72za2a Corps Collectuons 27th Lancers Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yakhs2lv Anaheim Kingsmen Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y7uqeeoe Bluecoats Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y7ej2hxx Blue Devils Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yd7jgwlf Blue Knights Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ybzyftc5 Blue Stars Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ycdyxy5r Boston Crusaders Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ycgypyqa Bridgemen Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yd4fa3rj Carolina Crown Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yarefgqf Colts Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y8vkogs2 Crossmen Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ycwgorrh Dutch Boy Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y3pwk3c2 Freelancers Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ycrkejcp Glassmen Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ybeugpfz Guardsmen Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ycxf4ptc Kilties Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yd4hy2wm Madison Scouts Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y9hmws78 Magic of Orlando Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yc2bvsol Phantom Regiment Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yaldqev8 Santa Clara Vanguard Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ycryb47t Sky Ryders Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y8ecqt9v Spirit of Atlanta Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yaly4xf8 Star of Indiana Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y7hv2c4z Suncoast Sound Collection Easy Find http://tinyurl.com/y3m86l5w The Academy Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y84lad54 The Cadets Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yd3e2ky6 The Cavaliers Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ycz75cu7 Troopers Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/ybdf989q Velvet Knights Collection Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y96mbre2 Perspectives Collection - Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/y7pm8x7m Drum Corps Insights - Easy Find https://tinyurl.com/yatxgmkq Encores Cavaliers 2018 - Africa https://tinyurl.com/y8dqs78h Blue Knights 2014 - Can't Take My Eyes Off of You https://tinyurl.com/ybtpxj6h Alumni Shows 27th Lancers Alumni 1994 (Show) https://tinyurl.com/y8aeoeqr 27th Lancers Alumni 1994 (Story and Show) https://tinyurl.com/yaxrp22p Anaheim Kingsmen Alumni 2007 https://tinyurl.com/y9ctmuab Bridgemen Alumni 2016 https://tinyurl.com/y7ez4vop Madison Scouts Alumni 2006 https://tinyurl.com/y9sfn9ta Mighty St Joes Alumni 1995 https://tinyurl.com/ya3nartl Santa Clara Vanguard Alumni 2017 - 50th Anniversary https://tinyurl.com/y7fweuur The Cavaliers Alumni 2008 - 60th Anniversary https://tinyurl.com/y9wdtgh7 Finals Montages 2018 DCI World Championships Finale Montage https://tinyurl.com/y8azk77l US Marine Shows The Commandants Own 2014 https://tinyurl.com/y9txtb76 The Commandants Own 2015 https://tinyurl.com/yca2u63s The Commandants Own 2016 https://tinyurl.com/y6v8zhjo Senior Corps Shows Hawthorne Caballeros 1977 https://tinyurl.com/yd9jqrwt Others DCI - 9/11 Memorial https://tinyurl.com/ya2cv578 Halloween Screamers 1 https://tinyurl.com/ycddp49f Halloween Screamers 2 https://tinyurl.com/y8ybrebj Halloween Screamers 3 https://tinyurl.com/y75qy9ay Halloween Screamers 4 https://tinyurl.com/ybd4vp7x Halloween-Screamers-1~4 https://tinyurl.com/y9yc7rbo Phantom Regiment 92 (1812 Closer) https://tinyurl.com/y7y39uva Kilties 1978 (Auld Lang Syne) https://tinyurl.com/y7na9vpo Jim Ott Tribute https://tinyurl.com/y8sbvlbj Drum Corps Classics by the Professionals Children od Sanchez - Chuck Mangione https://tinyurl.com/ya27m3xf Something - Buddy Rich\Charlie Davis https://tinyurl.com/y7vmaz9q Land of Make Believe - Chuck Mangione https://tinyurl.com/y7l695pz Ya Gotta Try - Buddy Rich Big Band https://tinyurl.com/ya286l84 Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione https://tinyurl.com/y9xcmc22 Tiger of San Pedro - La Barbera Brothers Big Band https://tinyurl.com/yd25jq8z Birdland - Maynard Ferguson https://tinyurl.com/y7n77pwm MacArthur Park - Maynard Ferguson https://tinyurl.com/ydyumu7k Nutville - Buddy Rich https://tinyurl.com/yaa2mswj Channel One Suite - Buddy Rich https://tinyurl.com/y6u7bdxo West Side Story Suite - Buddy Rich\Buddy Rich Orchestra https://tinyurl.com/ycvcfzob Georgia on my Mind - Arturo Sandoval https://tinyurl.com/yaggvyhw Pagliacci - Maynard Ferguson https://tinyurl.com/ydaezabf Rhapsody in Blue Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic https://tinyurl.com/yd5r7y42 Rhapsody in Blue Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic - 2
  9. 1 point
    it's my ultimate finals, ergo, i picked my Ultimate finals. in a truly perfect world, the stadium would sell Jack Daniels!
  10. 1 point
    The musical centerpiece is Shostakovich Symphony No. 0.
  11. 1 point
    My first corps was a parade corps in 1976. The West Allis Wranglers from West Allis, WI. 70s were great years for drum corps.
  12. 1 point
    Sometimes, certain corps speak to certain people more than others. The issue can be... can one put that aside and still be objective?
  13. 1 point
    I got to third page and thought what a waste of time!
  14. 1 point
    One could hope at initiations they made a huge bonfire fueled by last years "costumes".
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