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  1. 7 points
    I'll say it even though there will be an attack on me BUT...... How about corps executive directors say "Enough of your freaking ego's and write an exciting, fan-friendly show, where we entertain the PAYING customer and NOT worry about making the judges happy!" Vince Bruni did it best as director of the Empire Statesmen, play music that the fans know and can relate too! As a music educator I am in awe of the talent out there today. I know the old school people hate what is happening and there are some like me who appreciate the advances in corps today. That being said, there was only ONE show that made me happy so thank you Bluecoats! How about 2020 ALL corps make the paying customer happy!!! If the fans don't come then what? Okay so now attack....see my name is there for all to see and not hiding behind a fake name!
  2. 6 points
    I find the "play music the audience is familiar with!" trope to be kinda silly. I do agree corps should be more melodic, but why do these melodies have to be familiar ones? What I really love about DCI is that it has introduced me to so much new music and literature that I wouldn't have discovered without it. I have a running list of my favorite pieces over the years on my Spotify
  3. 5 points
  4. 4 points
    The brass arrangements for Bluecoats were so incredible that I didn’t really care all that much that it was Beatles music.
  5. 4 points
    I’m no expert but I do love the shows that keep it simple. I hope Cadets keep it simple. I’d like to add them back to my list of favorites next season.
  6. 4 points
    1. Bluecoats (not because I’m a supporter) 2. Boston Crusaders (closely behind) 3. Cavaliers (closely behind) i only choose a top three every year. Last year’s list was the same except The Cadets were in Cavies place.
  7. 3 points
    2019 is in the books and what a great year for Bloo it was! Highest score in corps history, High GE, a tie for Top Music and a well deserved Silver Medal! Let’s see how this amazing design staff tops this!
  8. 3 points
    Colt Cadets will follow suit next year, but in keeping with the younger age group, to keep it more kid friendly it will be titled "When heck freezes over"
  9. 3 points
    1. BK -- Our son is a mellophone ageout, so, after 4 years in DCI and 3 with BK, this show connected on all kinds of "I Remember Everything" levels. It's only natural this would be our favorite of the year and that, as the corps resolved into the BK dots and "were, at last . . . home," we'd be choking back tears. More objectively, as one of the GE judges said on tape, BK brings something completely unique to the activity, something that connects on a wavelength that no other corps generates. For all the reasons others have so amply expressed throughout the season on this forum, Blue Knights was the standout from a pure enjoyment/emotional-connection level. Few 2019 corps even approached BK's level of communication clarity . . . 2. . . . and BD was one of them. I started the season cool to this show. Early on, it came across to me as bloodless and clinical. By the time I saw it live at LOS, I was happily proved wrong. They might not have executed visual forms to the same degree as Crown or Blue Stars, but the member-to-member visual quality of their set-pieces was superior to anything else on the field. These were musicians who could, to a person, dance. The extended swirl of the horn line around the ghostlight in the opener was a masterpiece, something that I have replayed in my mind many times in the past few days. It was the most stunning visual moment on the field this year. Musically, it was all fabulous, though only the closer really reached me emotionally. The tap/percussion feature was a hoot to watch, and I agree BD's props were the most effective of anyone's. I thought they deserved the win. 3. Crown. The energy from beginning to end was compelling. Soloists were majestic. The snares leaning back in front of the brass during the ballad's big hit was a pure drum-corps thing, and I like drum-corps things in my drum corps. The closer was a complete gas. I will listen to this show a lot. 4. Cavaliers. Road to Perdition alone would put it on this list of personal-anjoyment faves, but the gentlemen performed this entire show with such passion that I can't leave them off. They made their mark on me. 5. Bluecoats. Just the overal design aesthetic makes it a favorite of the season. Musically, it was all about Blackbird for me. 6. Crossmen. I loved how the show blended raw horsepower with tongue-in-cheek cartoonishness. So many years, Xmen are solid yet indistinct. Not in 2019. Can't forget that drum major. 7. Troopers. The show design didn't set DCI on fire, but it did set the stage for Troopers' continued relevance and, as a corollary, their competitive advance. 2019 was a watershed year for Troop, moreso internally to the members, admin and Troop nation than to the fans in the stands, and a number of necessary internal cogs snapped into place this year. It was memorable and enjoyable to me for what it signified. The show itself was pretty strong musically. The young brass line punched above its weight. The percussion, as usual, didn't flash but cranked out clean, solid beats and was undervalued all season long IMO. Their 2019 production should serve as a . . . um . . . launchpad. 8. Scouts. Just the way they went for it. And for the last chapter of a long story. The feeling I had as I watched them leave the LOS field on Friday will stay with me a long time.
  10. 3 points
    Exactly, no right or wrong here, just personal opinions! Except for in Cappy's case, that's just wrong!
  11. 3 points
    They perform right at the average number of shows compared to other corps every year. It's a myth that they perform one of the fewest number of shows per year. They just maximize their rehearsal time really well.
  12. 3 points
    Gee WHIZ, that's awful. We need to CURDtail the bad puns before the mods have a MELT down.
  13. 2 points
    With the shift in emphases in movement and musical styles during recent seasons, new ways of expression are required to assist the communication on the adjudication tapes and competitive critique comments to align these with the new realities. In fact so much of the current vocabulary of assessment and evaluation pre-date DCI’s beginnings in 1972 of the previous century; their continued use may tinge the roster of 136 DCI judges (https://www.frontensemble.com/judges) as dated and even stodgy to the new mms, designers and faculty hip on moving past traditions and military-based manners to these new realities of field performance. These newer terms are derived from other sciences or as DCI terms them, Strategic Partners in the activity. To prepare for 2020 and beyond, to ready one’s self for the future Rules Congress discussions, and to appear erudite, relevant, and astute to the hordes at marching band and winter indoor contests before the next DCI season, now is not too soon to consider and integrate these new judging terms into one’s everyday conversations. DCP posters, Reddit roosters, and dinosaurs of all eras wishing themselves to appear current, contemporary, intellectual and aware would best approach the new language skills as if tackling SAT’s, ACT’s, GRE’s or M-Cats. Here are a few to trial. Certainly there will be more. 1. Ecdysis refers to the constant change of garb by mms during performance shedding one set of clothing (whether deemed uniform or costume) much like a snake sloughing its skin. Similar to the advent of the constant change of flash flags by guards in the 1980’s and after, corps in the Cesario-Carlson era/error molt their vesture as if the audience has A.D.D. and grows weary of viewing the same wears every few steps. The Strippers of Atlanta did this no less than 3X during their 2019 performance while many other corps such as Colts and Jersey Surf appeared to change only twice. Interestingly, SCV, Crown. Bloo, BAC and Cavaliers did not succumb to ecdysis which may account to their higher placements; the Allentown unit reverted to dysecdysis as the season progressed and disregarded the shedding which marked their early contests. Certainly there are some who believe that a Berry or Miller outfit should never molt. 2. Tonic immobility as a visual term refers to the paralysis of movement (oft termed Staging) as opposed to the free-flowing of formations and drill. It replaces the BITD terms of “Park and Play” and “Park and Bark.” When the term is used musically, it would refer to each musical arrangement sounding like all the others the unit performs. 3. Thanatosis is a term relating to “playing dead” (think Will Pitts ending Regiment’s ‘08 Spartacus and his age-out performance.) Thanatosis may also refer to the groveling on the ground and inability to stand on one’s feet which marks many of the “acting” efforts of today’s units. Obsequies often follow particularly when championship scores are announced. This is not always good. 4. Sisyphean task connotes the endless pushing of props across the field particularly when done by musicians to hide that they are not playing their instruments while the props are moved. Like Sisyphus these efforts may be relentless but mark the hubris of the designer, not that of the marching member who would prefer to be a musician. The adjudicator and audience is to be distracted by the transit of the prop, a fete the front ensemble has mastered and excelled before and after every practice and performance. However, the front ensemble cannot be everywhere. 5. Urban vistas refers to the cluttering of the green fields with tarps and props such that the grass and turf no longer is considered venerable green spaces for the environment but, like the cement cities of the metropolis, are doted with columns, buildings, faux-mountains, and other constructed objects hindering the natural view. Like builders fitting as many buildings on postage stamp lots as possible, bigger is not always better. Beware if your designer lives in a city and has never seen a panorama not suitable for cementing or camouflaging. 6. Sonic filigree are those amazing exercises of masterful technique inserted into the score of a nice melody or lyrical piece to show off the talent and skill a horn line, arranger, battery or front ensemble wish you to acknowledge no matter whether the beauty of the piece is interrupted or disrupted. Sonic filigree is not necessary to the piece but sometimes is more memorable. When this is done electronically, it is known as white noise. 7. Stationary front is similar to its cousin in meteorology: that is something that is stuck in place. Most often it will refer to a horn line caught in tonic immobility. *** These are the terms I have eked out of the Task Force so far. What others might you have learned???
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    Toss rifles and heads, not hair.
  16. 2 points
    I mostly agree with this. Could arguably flip any of the top 3 ... all three of those shows were clear winners. PR and Bloo didn't dominate performance captions as much, but had enough GE (Bloo 2016 more so ... I personally thought BD had a better performance on finals night, but that's just me.) In terms of personal enjoyment: 1. Bloo 2016 - Just a breath of fresh air ... fun, relaxed, inviting, Pink Floyd. It's been a while since I've watched it so I'm not sure if it holds up, but I think that show is the best thing to happen to the activity in a long time. It's ok to be fun. 2. Cadets 2011 - It's so weird to see a Cadets show that's so clear and simple in design, but still high velocity and emotional. So many great moments ... no cringeworthy moments (something I always have with GH era Cadets shows). 3. SCV 2018 - I was originally going to put Crown here, but this show is so visually captivating. I've seen this one the least out of five, so I feel like there's more to be discovered. 4. Crown 2013 - Mainly down here because of the ballad narration. Otherwise, it's my favorite opening statement in drum corps. 5. PR 2008 - The mid-00s were a mostly dumb, boring, risk-averse era. I love that this show threw a kitchen sink at it all and changed the activity for the better. I only have it at #5 because I know a ton of people who marched this show ... and I'm jealous as hell that they have rings and I don't.
  17. 2 points
    Blue Knights I have not swooned over a show in too long. Sumptuous. The Cavaliers So on-brand. The Blue Devils/Coats The Champions! Pacific Crest I love an out-of-nowhere hit. Theme from "Chinatown" was cinematic magic. Spartans Thrilling. But that opening ... WOW! Troopers The rebrand/reboot and music to back it up bodes nicely. Jersey Surf Lovely. Design and execution.
  18. 2 points
    I do agree. These things have become almost compulsory.
  19. 2 points
    Who was responsible for "Do Better"
  20. 2 points
    What’s weird is, I would put all of them among my favorite shows of all time. And they are all very different.
  21. 2 points
    If Bloo was cheese this year (Bloo Cheese?) then more cheese for me, please! because Bloo was really Gouda!
  22. 2 points
    It's a little hard to do that when you get an average of 30 seconds of music (brass). On topic, how BK's show had anything to do with 'remembering everything', I have no idea. Vanguard, Vox whatever, didn't understand it at all.
  23. 2 points
    I'd say it's a combination of a lot of things. The Blue Devils are the largest Drum & Bugle Corps organization in the country, probably the world. They operate an A, B, and C corps. They operate a winter drum line, guard, a special-needs guard, their Yamaha School of Music lesson program, the Diabolo Wind Symphony, and several other programs. They have the highest revenue earning and profit in drum corps. Money is important in this business. BD is a smart organization that has been wise about their earnings and investments. The A corps is a destination corps. Essentially kids from all over the country, and the world, have auditioned to be Blue Devils. This sort of popularity was built over decades and was likely due to great instruction, great tour experience, the way they program their shows and feature their performers, and many other reasons I am sure. Although the A corps is very national/international, the rest of the organization is very local or regional. I'd guess (and I have no facts on this) that they have roughly 350+ kids taking part in year-round programs. Again, I am not even counting the A corps. I am basically just factoring the number of members in the B and C corps, the DWS, winter guard, winter drum line, and the Yamaha School of Music, etc. It's at least 350+ kids, and likely closer to 400 involved in local year-round activities. My guess is SCV is the only corps to come close to this sort of year-round involvement of local youth. The Blue Devils have the most full-time positions for admin, designers and teachers. From a competitive standpoint, I believe their staff fully acknowledge that they need to know the judging sheets well. After all, if you are going to compete it would be wise to know exactly how you are going to be judged. Everyone wants to be entertaining, but being competitive means showcasing strengths in each caption. In this regard, BD has consistently been outstanding in all performance captions over the years. Brass, percussion, guard, and visual proficiency are fortes of theirs. Once you factor in design, visual analysis, and GE, the combination of their strength across the board makes them tough to beat. The Blue Devils are a great organization with a passion for helping youth enjoy great opportunities in performance. Like any organization that wins a lot (New England Patriots, Lakers and Celtics back in the day, etc) they tend to get beat-up. Some fans don't like that their A corps gets many members who marched elsewhere and want to finish their drum corps experience marching BD. But this happens with other corps, too. Crown and Bluecoats and SCV, and definitely Garfield/The Cadets from back in the day have all benefited by being destination corps. I think people would appreciate the Blue Devils more if they really took the time to examine all the things they do from a total organization perspective.
  24. 2 points
    I'll take this era over the literalism of some of the 80s shows, or the over-reliance of wind ensemble music in the 90s/early 00s. Whether or not this era is too "Avante Garde" or "esoteric" is debatable. If anything, DCI shows are the "summertime blockbusters" to BOA/WGI's "arthouse indies." Even if groups are trending "esoteric" (the most overused/least understood word on DCP) -- I'd argue that the collective design staffs of all DCI groups are way better at programming/pacing/design/arranging/electronics than they were 10-15 years ago. Many people loved Crown's show this year ... and hardly anyone knows what the hell it was about (myself included). And that's ok.
  25. 1 point
    In no particular order, here are a few of the arrangements from the 2019 season that I really enjoyed watching and listening to: ”Oceans” by Goff Richards, Jersey Surf ”Wondrous Light” by John Estacio, Troopers “Truman Sleeps” by Phillip Glass, Mandarins “High Wire” by John Mackey, Seattle Cascades “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone, Carolina Crown “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles, Bluecoats “Audivi Media Nocte” by Oliver Waespi, Santa Clara Vanguard “Chinatown” by Jerry Goldsmith, Pacific Crest ”Sudden Throw” by Olafur Arnalds, Blue Knights ”Backlash” by Simon Dobson, Madison Scouts ”Ghostlight” by David Glyde, Blue Devils ”Rock Island, 1931” by Thomas Newman, Cavaliers ”On the Shoulders of Giants” by Peter Graham, Boston Crusaders “Sora” by Yoko Kano, Blue Stars
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    Finalist Corps 1. Blue Knights 2. Crossmen 3. Bluecoats 4. Boston Crusaders 5. Cavaliers 6. Carolina Crown 7. Mandarins 8. Blue Stars 9. Santa Clara Vanguard 10. Phantom Regiment 11. Blue Devils 12. Cadets Non-finalist corps 1. Madison Scouts 2. Colts 3. Spirit of Atlanta 4. Music City 5. Seattle Cascades 6. Pacific Crest 7. Troopers 8. Jersey Surf 9. Genesis 10. Academy Although I ranked these shows I can honestly say I there wasn't a single show that I didn't enjoy at least one part of.
  28. 1 point
    1. Carolina Crown 2. The Cavaliers 3. Blue Devils 4. Boston Crusaders 5. SCV 6. The Bluecoats 7. Blue Knights 8. Blue Stars 9. Crossmen 10. Phantom Regiment 11. Mandarins 12. Pacific Crest Honorable Mention - Madison Scouts
  29. 1 point
    Bluecoats Crown - Amazing music as always Boston - Liked the theme and the guard Blue Knights Phantom Regiment - homer pic but they greatly improved throughout the season
  30. 1 point
    If they can be as confident, tenacious and persistent as a Girl Scout selling cookies, watch out!
  31. 1 point
    Beat the Blue Devils was the motto even way back when I marched.
  32. 1 point
  33. 1 point
    Pretty much. They told DCI to stick it and DCI did the same. I have no idea why they'd be allowed to participate in any DCI-sanctioned events at this point. But this is a Cadets thread, so...
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    If UK is your basketball team, then I get it. No offense, but that approach to fandom I have no use for. It’s not personal to you, I just don’t care to engage with people who take this that personally and with this much possessiveness.
  36. 1 point
    Good news - Pioneer had a SoundSport team and Roman Blenski was at finals, welcomed by the powers that be! /sarcasm I don't know how this Cadets case will play out, but it needs to be taken extremely seriously
  37. 1 point
    this! And any day of the week i will prefer an upbeat show that puts a smile on my face over something dark and brooding.
  38. 1 point
    They should have a show about selling Girl Scout cookies.....
  39. 1 point
    And when he does leave Crown can just go ride the Disney monorail all day with Klesch driving and Harloff on the mic in the back!
  40. 1 point
    An interesting point, but would you also add multiple judges for brass and percussion? Those sections also make up large percentages of membership and have multiple demands. At first glance multiple guard judges sounds like a great idea. I agree that the demand and responsibilities of the guard as increased but again the same can be said for brass and percussion. Does performing high speed drill maneuvers or body work while playing a technical passage get taken into account on the brass or percussion sheets? I’m all for more judges but how many is too many, and how many of these skills, be it brass, percussion, or guard overlap on the GE and Visual captions
  41. 1 point
    Whatever Bluecoats comes up with.
  42. 1 point
    Plus Hans Kloppert making those great cakes for them down the home stretch!!!
  43. 1 point
    Maybe "What Is It?" would make a good show--theme title.
  44. 1 point
    Cadets.org has pointed to yea.org for a long time
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    Great job, Boston! Onward and upward!
  47. 1 point
    I feel like there’s a story here I want to know now.
  48. 1 point
    What a season! 🍁💙
  49. 1 point
    Medaling in brass. It’s starting. If there is a corps coming out of this week that excites me in their potential growth next year the most, it’s these guys.
  50. 0 points
    Now that is a deep reference to “Come Together”!
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