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  1. 7 points
    Welcome back 777. At least, with Boston, you’re consistent.
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  3. 3 points
    Weather=cooperative=me happy What can I say ? There is no scratching your head wondering what this year’s show is about from the first few notes. I was quite shocked for a bit. This is a bit of a zig or zag for Bloo; iconic music but definitely with Bloo swag. I was actually expecting to hear some music I liked and somewhat confused as to a theme. Is it a contender ? I don’t know. There is a lot of usual demand you would expect. Is it accessible and very fan friendly????-Oh God yes !!! The usual -yes they sound fantastic. They are marching far more drill this year. The props are not huge, but integrated well. The music book has a ton of meat(only 12 contras this year). A big pit for Bloo (16 ?). The usual 9 snare, 4 tenor, 5 bass. I am not sure if they have a few individuals hurt-maybe saw 4 or 5 holes tonite. I am excited to see the finished product. Curious as to how they will uniform this show-excited to see. I know not much to go on here, but this slow will not disappoint this year !!!!!?
  4. 3 points
  5. 3 points
    I don't think Madison fits with this group. They just had a bad year last year. A REALLY bad year- but they will rally That being said. My vote goes to Music City. They have had one of my favorite shows at Semis the past 2 years and with their popularity and making some moves with staffing I think the sky is the limit. Given I don't know anything about color guard but I think they should have placed higher.
  6. 3 points
    So I spent some time at Cadets yesterday. I was there almost a week ago and WOW have they gotten better in a short amount of time. Like wow. The brass is so much stronger this year - and with a much more difficult book. I think people are going to be surprised. Can’t wait to see the rest of the show on the move. PS - the closer? Straight up drum corps.
  7. 2 points
    Saying I screwed up isn't always an act of courage. I'm ok with more honesty saying we didn't choose a woman composer for "this" reason rather than caving in for political reasons. Having no backbone is a weakness!
  8. 2 points
    Only time BD finishes 3rd is in the annual predictions thread. DO IT UP DEVILS!!!
  9. 2 points
    I can't find the link at the moment, but after all of the Twitter rage about not using womens composers, Will Pitts released a statement about it...very open, honest, and admitting, yeah, maybe we screwed up. I'm no fan of what he's written for Phantom the last few years, but that level of openness and honesty was a breath of fresh air
  10. 2 points
    For those of you who are reluctant to express how you feel about their having a successful season, STOP IT! Let's not be afraid to take a chance on this corps. Other corps' fans are not reluctant to express how they feel about THEIR corps. IF you feel a certain way, say it with CONFIDENCE. If you're wrong, so be it. You're not losing anything. I am hoping they come out this season ready to kick some serious you know what. Looking forward to seeing them this season.
  11. 2 points
    Santa Clara Vanguard Bluecoats Blue Devils Boston Crusaders Carolina Crown Cadets Cavaliers Mandarins Blue Stars Phantom Blue Knights Spirit of Atlanta Colts Crossmen Madison Scouts Academy Troopers Legends Spartans Music City Gold Pacific Crest Guardians 7th Regiment Seattle Cascades River City Rhythm Genesis Jersey Surf Louisiana Stars Southwind Golden Empire Colt Cadets Shadow Raiders Heat Wave
  12. 2 points
    Totally agree with both of these points. Sounds like great things are happening with Troopers this spring also, btw. And I'd love to see PC break through one of these years, though. I don't get to see them every year, but always really enjoy them when I do.
  13. 2 points
    Jesus, Mary, & Joseph...that Kachaturian opener is the definition of raw power. That will for sure be a moment that sticks out long past the season's end. This is a really, really terrific brass book from BD this year, and that's just from those preseason snippets of it.
  14. 2 points
    Simply amazing.
  15. 2 points
    I would have to say E=mc2, Downsideup & Old Powerhouse Cadets would be Crown 2019 it’s something different all in itself really!!
  16. 2 points
  17. 1 point
    Let’s go Bloooo! 2018 was such a great year! Let’s have another one of those in 2019.
  18. 1 point
    so searching on itunes for a drum corps podcast I get Dan Potter's Field Pass - which I like and something called Drum Corps AF which I don't like -- any other drum corps podcasts out there?
  19. 1 point
    There is quite a bit of good buzz about Music City. They had over 450 kids try out for their horn line, which I hear is much improved. I see them battling for a top 12 spot this coming year.
  20. 1 point
    I would agree that the book this year is much better. It's hard to describe, but this isn't the same Crown we've seen the past couple of years. As for an update, the corps is much further along this year than the past two seasons (thanks to the very small amount of rain we've had here in the Carolinas). The corps finished putting movement 2 on the field this weekend and should be close to getting the full show on the field by the preview show. I don't know when they're planning to announce the show but would guess it will be soon!
  21. 1 point
    it means wah it's not 1975 anymore
  22. 1 point
    Santa Clara Vanguard Bluecoats Blue Devils Boston Crusaders Carolina Crown Cavaliers Cadets Mandarins Blue Stars Blue Knights Crosssmen Spirit Phantom Colts Madison Scouts Academy
  23. 1 point
    Mandarins 2019 repertoire: https://www.mandarins.org/2019/05/31/mandarins-2019-production-subterra/ (Note: The composer of “On the Shoulders of Giants” should be Peter Graham, not Thomas Dossour)
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    Validating the virtue signalers by responding to them at all is a sign of weakness. They could theoretically play music all by women composers, and then some helpy helperton would find some reason to object to the women chosen. Maybe they’re the wrong race, religion, etc. Maybe their stance on whatever issue of the day was wrong. It just never ends. Which is why the proper response should have been pfffft
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    1-Crown . nice to see somebody else. 2-BD -always good 3-SCV believe it upgraded their staff 4-Bluecoats - fun and entertaining . 5-Cavies horn line is star recently 6-Boston -Not a fan or design . don't see them moving up any further maybe down . 7- Blue Knight -Good design with less talent 8-Blue Stars -took all that Madison Midwest talent and safe design 9-Cadets - design problems again . 10-Crossmen -Starting to really play . 11- Phantom -need staff stability 12-Mandarins -finding it tough to match ----- 13- Academy - very good corps last year. -14-Spirit -need upgrades across the board 15 Music city 16-Madison -hard to move up 17-Colts 18-Troopers -best 18th place corps to date
  28. 1 point
    nicely. thats all i will say
  29. 1 point
    I agree with those who say Madison does not belong here since they found themselves in 16th after an off year. I do think we will see a more stable Madison this year. What that means for placement remains to be seen. I’d also add Troopers to this category since they have placed above 15th multiple times. This is a year of transition for Troopers with a new director on board. We’ve seen cases where dust needs to settle, and cases where new faces bring new momentum. We also need to keep in mind for a corps to rise, another corps needs to fall. Have not heard much from Academy which means little. People are enthused about Colts program. Spirit is edging closer and there are no signs I know of that the momentum is fading. I’ve personally felt Crossmen need a bit of a shot in the arm though this does not mean falling from finals or the Top 15. Phantom has received a great deal of negative comments on DCP but that does not mean falling from finals. It has been said by some making finals the second year is harder than the first, but I expect to see Mandarins in finals. Without knowing who will fall out of the Top 15 it’s hard to predict who will rise, but I do think Music City will be a corps to watch this summer.
  30. 1 point
    There needs to be a Cavies option.... 🙂
  31. 1 point
    cf. answer to post further on. This thread may have to be re-routed soon to "Historical Junior Corps" with these posts from Dinos and Dino-noobies.
  32. 1 point
    Thank you. Being a non-percussionist who was frequently yelled at by school teachers for tapping my fingers on the desk during class BITD (I know, today it's What's a Desk?), I took the last DCI year of Schaumburg-Hoffmann Estates Quaker Oats crew so Terri won't yell at me like the teachers.
  33. 1 point
    Just imagine where the corps might be if all that top tier talent they develop would stick around.
  34. 1 point
    Can we get please get back to actual Predictions? Ok, I will put my money where my mouth is. 1) BD – BD and SCV neck and neck all season, a toss up! 2 2) SCV – two-peat? 3 3) Boston - squeaks into Bronze at the last minute, when clean 4 4) Bluecoats – great show, not clean enough 5 5) Crown – hopefully they have a clear concept 6 6) Cadets – untethered by legacy show design and other issues, let’s see what happens! 7 7) Cavaliers - could be higher 8 8) Blue Stars – show looks intriguing 9 9) Mandarins - momentum B 10) Blue Knights – hopefully they will come back to us from the ethereal and blow us away 11) Spirit – welcome back to finals 12) Colts – welcome back to finals 1 13) Crossmen – very good, could be higher 1 14) Phantom - rebuilding 15) Madison - rebuilding 1 16) Academy – could be higher! 1 17) Troopers 1 18) Music City 19) Pacific Crest 2 20) Spartans 2 21) Genesis 2 22) Gold 2 23) Legends 2 24) 7th Regiment 2 25) Cascades 2 26) Southwind
  35. 1 point
    Yes, but I keep hearing about people not appearing until April. I know these people are sharp, but they still have to learn program. I think by expanding to include indoor programs, it would make it easier to work around schedule conflicts and prepare in some subtle ways. Another loaded thought.... It appears to me that to many percussion and Guard people, that Indoor is more important than DCA. That apparent change in priorities says an awful lot about certain things.
  36. 1 point
    i'd move it up a week or two, but I wouldn't add it to DCI week. they'd literally be the ######## step children in a week already packed
  37. 1 point
    I ain’t Fibin’!
  38. 1 point
    Phew that brass is hot! I don't remember the last time they sounded this good so early. This is shaping up to be a good one.
  39. 1 point
    From what I'm being told via those who've been in attendance at the Scouts spring training is that the percussion section is presently head and shoulders the strongest and most mature section of the corps. Overall though, the corps is VERY young this year, especially the horn line. I've also been told that it appears that they're still looking to fill a number of guard positions, but that the rest of the corps is apparently full. The overriding report is that the Men of Madison are absolutely loving the show and that those in attendance are unanimously very impressed and thrilled by the music along with overall sound and visuals! An early BIG setback has been that the weather is not cooperating which means they're somewhat behind on the visual package. Overall, it sounds like everyone is in great spirits and they're genuinely jazzed. Everyone who's given me first hand reporting is telling me that the 2019 Madison Scouts are going to hit us square between the eyes with unmistakable Madison!...Let us hope this is true.
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  41. 1 point
    I don't understand the problem....
  42. 1 point
    Love WKSU. Listen to them all the time since I am in the North Canton area. I am really looking forward to seeing what the HOF show is like in Akron vs Massillon. Sound may not be quite as good as Massillon (but still pretty good), but the stadium will definitely provide a bigger venue with more room to maneuver along with more bathroom space, etc.
  43. 1 point
    Have not been able to get the Cadets music out of my head since I left them last night! Music is really growing on me now that the visual aspect is being added. The staging of this show is on a different level than recent years...in a good way. Visually, this is some of the coolest stuff I have seen the Cadets do in years. Trying to keep realistic expectations about how they will place this season; however, when I watch this edition of the Cadets (which has been a lot in the past 2 weeks), I actually think they may have some upward mobility when it comes to placement this season. Either way, this season will be a breath of fresh air for the Cadets and their fans.
  44. 1 point
    Whatever, they have their work cut out for them in my opinion. Their last attempt at “female empowerment” had the gals going on a shopping spree.
  45. 1 point
    They march really really fast
  46. 1 point
    I hope they don’t 😊 How about something similar to one of their previous Asian productions like a sequel to their River show?
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  48. 1 point
    My 5 too early predictions: 1. I wouldn’t bet against svc repeating! 2. The Cadets and Boston will be pushing up to the medal fight (or closer to it) with smart designs and huge momentum. 3. Madison gets back to basics and returns to finals. 4. Cavies won’t use tripping tarps again, preventing falls and injuries 5. We will see less X-large props being used
  49. 1 point
    Hi All, I marched HS band (Trumpet/Tuba)and I saw DCI west in Riverside CA some 20 (coughs) years ago and I have been a fan ever since. I am a Cavaliers and Bluecoats fan. I also bow to the altar known as Carolina Crowns hornline.I just want to chat about it because I love it. I am also a vocalist/choir nerd and now with the changing climate of DCI maybe I can add a different perspective. Anyway.... Any summer is a great summer for Corps. Blooooo Sploooie.
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