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  1. I hate the cold more. But I am thinking of starting a new career as a snake wrangler. And starting a palmetto bug circus as my side gig.
    4 points
  2. No habla pageantry leech speak.
    4 points
  3. Might be some good money for the snakes plus the profit of transportation to some churches in Kentucky. I watched this entire series a couple of years ago & it was mesmerizing. Or as JimF-LowBari stated, selling Alligators? I told my wife I would like to visit this church. She will not go with me... 😁
    3 points
  4. Well, FloMarching did have a younger color analysis guy on the air, but we see how that worked out.
    3 points
  5. The pageantry leech speak can be overbearing!🤫
    3 points
  6. Yeah, I have all those shows on BluRay and have a pretty enviable AV system (actually two systems). I have heard interviews and podcasts about all these shows, so sorry, I’m going to pass on this one. I would watch it if it was a PBS special. I already pledge.
    3 points
  7. yup. every "new trend" in drum corps has had great examples and bad ones. props are no different. grounding percussion equipment early on had great and bad examples. remember double flags? asymetrical drill? 3 valve bugles had great and bad lines. kevlar heads had great and bad lines. Bb brass? had both. electronics...ditto.
    3 points
  8. I remember reading those were supposedly the connection or way of travel to the new world or some kind of nonsense. Okaaaaayyyy
    3 points
  9. For Pride Month, we’re highlighting the excellent work of our Equality and Inclusion Committee, a group of Cadets members, staff, and Board members representing a wide range of backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages and genders. Once a month during the winter and spring, the committee hosts a one-hour, organization-wide training session to cultivate a safe, inclusive, […] View the full article
    2 points
  10. Guess it depends on the metrics used. The number of active corps in 1972 vs. 2021 is a pretty good one in my book to measure the health of the activity.
    2 points
  11. Thank you. I remember some of the criticism of that show....that it was ballad intensive. Listen to the first ballad starting at the 2:45 mark. To me it is equally gorgeous. Just so nice. I'm sorry I cannot find a better or later season video but you will hear what I am referring to.
    2 points
  12. or better yet, DCI caps the number of paid instructors AND props to provide parity between corps. Like what the NFL and NHL does. Drum Corps is dying. Do what can be done to cut down operating expenses so the activity has a chance for survival, and not for just a few.
    2 points
  13. How about paying staff instead of $15,000 of junk every season
    2 points
  14. Props are one of the many reasons modern drum corps is so expensive, negatively impact performers' experience and safety, and are divorced from actual music education.
    2 points
  15. How about gator handler. Last week they caught one in a lake in Harrisburg. Found the owner who said it “got out somehow”. 😬 Sis and I thought it was funny as when our grandfather died late 60s we found out he had a 3 footer in the fireplace. Back in the days when you could buy a baby gator down south. Took a REALLY nice donation to Hershey zoo to get the #### thing out.
    2 points
  16. I had a client for two years in Fort Myers. I even had the chance to experience Tropical Storm Henry during one such visit. Wonderful people. But the regularly schedule thunderstorms in the late afternoon were quite a havoc for flight scheduling. I have never experienced lightning like that anywhere else. Flying in from Atlanta with lighting all around the plane thinking "OMG - I'm here to die!"
    2 points
  17. Thank you. I admit the show concept was not that clear and I could not decipher what they wanted to convey. There were a few issues. Teal guard uniforms on a green field blend too much so that they almost become invisible. However, the teal on the copper tarps at the front sideline was effective. I still don't understand the copper-colored rolling structures. That being said, that year I fell in love with Picture Studies from Adam Shoenberg specifically because of Will Pitts arrangement. I also love how Phantom linked it to the New World.
    2 points
  18. Wondering where Cavaliers’ “Machine” would place today. Not a single prop on the field.
    2 points
  19. To say nothing of the fact that almost all of the talking heads are old enough to be great grandparents to the current corps membership. No offense, I am that age as well, but when is it time to pass the torch?
    2 points
  20. Ah, yes, the orange luggage trolleys... PR did some nice stuff with that front area, but as noted, the music was underwhelming.
    2 points
  21. I can’t handle the talking heads explaining everything to me, either. I mean, you and I have probably forgotten more about drum corps than some of them will ever know.
    2 points
  22. I always think that's a neat gimmick when corps put a boatload of other instrument/guard people on tenors or snares like BD did or all those guard members on bugle like The Cadets did. Corps should put every member out there on flags and rifles while the pit plays a drum feature. (or hell I dunno maybe that's been done)
    2 points
  23. I really do appreciate your sentiment. For me, I not trying to bash or never intend to 'throw the MMs under the bus'. I feel as a musician, teacher, arranger, etc, that I have the right to critique any & all shows. Of course, it really doesn't matter unless the product becomes so bad that they can't sell tickets. Musicians, directors, singers, actors, dancers, designers etc, are the most critical people in the world. 😁 But if it's a design issue, I will 'throw them under the bus" along with many other fans, alumni, etc. FYI: talked to my former student who was in town last week. He was suppose to age out last year with BCA when the tour was canceled, but he's marching the "Celebration Tour" this summer. Can't wait to see him on his final tour next month! #MarchOn
    2 points
  24. I would suggest that the Cadet organization is an appropriate group to address these issues. Though it may seem like ancient history to some, it was quite common for many drum corps to display a marked tendency towards non-inclusion in the past. In their "Garfield" days, these things had to be worked through, and sometimes it wasn't very pretty. Not that they were alone, by any means. In the case of this particular corps however, I witnessed the often awkward transitions as the gender and color barriers were disassembled. There was push-back, to be sure, and some ties were severed, but they had to be. Like the Boomers we were, my generation assumed we had "fixed all that", proving that we could be both naive and smug at the same time. Even as recently as the late '70s and early '80s it seemed some felt that homophobic posturing (in drum corps and elsewhere) was still somehow "permissible". None of these prejudices can be tolerated in a civilized society, or in a drum corps which is, after all, just a microcosm of same. I applaud the Cadets and all who realize that the lessons of equity and inclusion must be reinforced for every generation. This is not optional and can be uncomfortable, but it is a necessity.
    1 point
  25. "At the top of the world" is a lyric in the tune When You're Home from the musical. Michael Shapiro is a genius and has programmed some broadway stuff with his indoor color guard groups before (e.g., Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 a couple years ago). I always love the Blue Stars, and this year is no exception!
    1 point
  26. The bean counters need to reel in the artist types or soon finals will take less than an hour.
    1 point
  27. Rockford, IL = Parisian visual cues? Lol Stars brought us a lot of visual cues over the years. Some worked some didn’t. I trust their design staff to bring us something fun with this theme.
    1 point
  28. Tea has been spilled!
    1 point
  29. I should have also mentioned there will be a public performance on July 10th. Information on tickets should be coming out in the next week or so.
    1 point
  30. Yet one has to look at why the failures of corps in the 70s were. None of it had to do with advances but many with bad management, lack of vision or reluctance for the future or change, community and church support which changed etc etc. One also has to look at what the young member of the 60s and 70s were verses what young people today have at their fingertips, quite different. We didn't have a lot to spread our wings , today VERY different. The good and bad of that I suppose.
    1 point
  31. very true, I know the local ballet company has added all of it too.
    1 point
  32. HMMMM now where have we heard that before...oh yeah 1972...lol
    1 point
  33. Actually, I went to a concert ( classical) about 2 years ago and they had props, huge video screens lasers dancers, etc etc. They also spoke about how they felt they needed to bring the genre into this century and offer not just a musical but visual experience...interesting
    1 point
  34. I listened to the Mozart as well as the recording you posted. I don't see a similarity. I see on dcxmuseum.org there a reference to the title of the piece with the composer being Colin Mawby. Here is an example of a recording of the Mawby version. It is what Phantom played.
    1 point
  35. Speaking of props, this was just posted on the BAC 2021 thread. I wonder if they got one of the giant guitars in Nashville. TONIGHT ON THE BOSTON CRUSADERS' FACEBOOK PAGE!!! Tune in at 6:30 pm ET for: Props - This spring, our team headed to Nashville to find our biggest and brightest props yet. On Sunday night, Keith Potter will reveal our 2021 props and the story behind them. Repertoire - The repertoire is set and the show is complete! Arranger Ryan George will break down the movements, inspiration, and musical features of our 2021 production. Color Guard - Coming back bigger and better than ever, Heather Graham details plans for the two-time Zingali Award winning guard. Design Team Deep Dive - Keith Potter, Ryan George, Heather Graham, and Colin McNutt will be on live to tell you everything they've been working on this winter! Updates from our 2021 membership - Meet the cast, hear clips from our 2021 show, and more in this two hour live special! This is (almost) your final warning. You don't want to miss out. Clear your schedules, grab your popcorn, and get ready for Sunday night with the Boston Crusaders because we are BACk!
    1 point
  36. Topic: No props here: 😁
    1 point
  37. TONIGHT ON THE BOSTON CRUSADERS' FACEBOOK PAGE!!! Tune in at 6:30 pm ET for: Props - This spring, our team headed to Nashville to find our biggest and brightest props yet. On Sunday night, Keith Potter will reveal our 2021 props and the story behind them. Repertoire - The repertoire is set and the show is complete! Arranger Ryan George will break down the movements, inspiration, and musical features of our 2021 production. Color Guard - Coming back bigger and better than ever, Heather Graham details plans for the two-time Zingali Award winning guard. Design Team Deep Dive - Keith Potter, Ryan George, Heather Graham, and Colin McNutt will be on live to tell you everything they've been working on this winter! Updates from our 2021 membership - Meet the cast, hear clips from our 2021 show, and more in this two hour live special! This is (almost) your final warning. You don't want to miss out. Clear your schedules, grab your popcorn, and get ready for Sunday night with the Boston Crusaders because we are BACk!
    1 point
  38. You can watch stadium rehearsals but aren’t supposed to intermingle with the corps. Of course, that isn’t generally accepted anyway but for parents who want to go, they aren’t supposed to make contact with their kid to ensure Covid isn’t brought into the corps.
    1 point
  39. Topic point: no props except for 'character boxes' for soloist. Speaking of Phantom ballads, I need this in my life: Suggestion: Use a great quality headphones or in ear monitors. ❤️💔❤️
    1 point
  40. Agree; I thought it was about the best movement of that show! A very effective transition. The Baritone & Euphonium feature! Beautiful
    1 point
  41. Sometimes the blending into the field can be design intent. It can be for reasons like accenting the front copper color as you mentioned, it can also be to show the flag design more. It can also be to hide a guard who may not be as proficient in body movement . Good design can accent strength and hide weakness. It can also be just bad choices IF it was not by design choice. Personally I do not know why but it is not unusual to accent strengths and hide weakness. It's always been done. At least by smart designers..lol
    1 point
  42. By today's standard, they would have had something like this on the field: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snB3vmY60Dk
    1 point
  43. I guess I hadn't noticed that you had relocated and (I presume?) are in full snowbird retirement. Congratulations on the new house. We'll likely work another 3-4 years and then oddly enough, retire back to Illinois.
    1 point
  44. Does the food part include 'pizza in a cup' or an extra fruit cup? Cause...
    1 point
  45. Found it; the 2018 "New World" rewrite. 😬 Loved the 15 sets of tenors; horn book, not so much... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdgwjJy3gpk
    1 point
  46. My point is, because you need some clarification to assist you with any real constructive feedback, is that the majority have produced poor quality props or introduced props as an afterthought. Many like Phantom and the Cadets, with the exception of the ‘DOOR’, have never figured out how to use them. Others beat you over the head with the literal aspects of props i.e. bridges. Then repeat musical phrases like London Bridge is Falling Down as if the audience is too ignorant to figure it out. The list of successful prop use is much shorter than the list of colossal failures.
    1 point
  47. Us “less than statuesque” low brass have to stick up for each other. Thanks gadget Oh yeah this is start of year 101 for the corps 🎂🎉
    1 point
  48. The key phrase is "They're not going anywhere no matter how much everyone complains, so it's best to just sit back and enjoy the show or leave the stadium and never look back."
    1 point
  49. 1 point
  50. Does it really make a difference in the middle of a pandemic? We should be grateful that we have SOME semblance of a season.
    1 point
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