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  1. Word on the street is the first Crown brass block of the summer just leveled part of the Gardner Webb stadium.
    8 points
  2. For the record, the 2024 edition of the Boston Crusaders arrive in Vermont this coming Friday 5/24 with rehearsals beginning this Saturday, 5/25. Their first show is exactly 30 days later, on 6/26 in Rockford, MI. It's about to get real!
    7 points
  3. Ok. I'm probably gonna trigger some people but I just had to make this to play along at home this season...
    6 points
  4. If you have 28 days of ST to learn 10 min of show, it is around 22 seconds of show that they need to learn each day. Members of Marching Music’s Major League should be able to handle 22 seconds of new material in a 10 hour rehearsal day.
    6 points
  5. Hopefully Scott already has his successor identified and attached to his hip, so when he does decide to retire, the new person can step in and keep the BD train rolling. Same with ScoJo, Glyde, Meehan, TJ Doucette, and the rest of the awesome BD staff.
    5 points
  6. This one should get an honorary degree. .
    4 points
  7. Corps is officially moved in to GWebb. Announcement time soon?
    4 points
  8. Slotting is now favoring the Blue Devils because of their show announcement video? That's a new one.
    3 points
  9. I loved Djibouti Camp Le-mon-Yay ! They had a great pizza place right outside of the French camp. They had a Tuna Black Olive and Onion pizza that was amazing. It was a literal hole in the wall and no indoor tables but even in 120 degree heat that pizza was great. Then they had the French pastry shops where we had to stop every day on our way to do out thing. We beat the French Foreign legion in the TinCat fitness challenge which surprised them and earned us some good respect. I set up a band program in the local arts school and the people I recruited to help formed a Jazz band "the Horns of Africa" I got to plan and execute multi national training exercise, train with Legion De'tanger and go out with the Fench marines. I got to go to Seychelles during William and Kate's honeymoon. Got to hang out with IOG. I got to go to great beaches in Somalia that I had all to myself. I took the last ride on the old narrow gauge railroad before the Chinese built their new train to Ethiopia. They also had lots of Ethiopian Coffee houses that were good. Also got to sing with Mercy Me. I did 3 tours in Iraq, none were as fun as Djibouti. In 18 months in Djibouti no one ever shot at me, never had to write up a soldier for a Purple Heart. Never had to wear body armor in Africa. Though I did come home with mysterious tropical diseases Djibouti was a great time.
    3 points
  10. I won’t worry about the meat of a new show after Chandler retires. Glide, Meehan, et al will always produce top level sound. I will worry about the small details that always set BD apart from everyone. The movement “flourishes”. The minute details in the uniforms that tie each member so fully to the themes. I don’t know how much of that is Scott and how much is others.
    3 points
  11. And furthermore, if the Corps stands still to play closer just to meet timing requirements, then the GE/Visual score should take a hit. I don’t expect all the nuance & execution of an August performance. But BITD we had the bones in place each June. Yes execution was sketchy and we added stuff as the season progressed. But, if we did it, then today’s members can do it.
    3 points
  12. well as move ins begin 6/7 weeks before the first show, how long til corps start begging for money then come out without the shows done?
    3 points
  13. 22 seconds a day seems reasonable if you’re doing company fronts, circle drills and playing Battle Hymn of the Republic. I usually only see corps live in CA around the third week of June. It doesn’t upset me when a corps doesn’t have their full show ready as I see how much harder shows are in 2024. Also, are you considering the possibility changes are made while learning a show? Maybe what was originally intended didn’t quite translate and provide the desired effect and entire changes are made early, thus pushing back endings or a certain part? That happened to us almost every year.
    2 points
  14. Events have occurred. You may want to go back to bottom of page 5 & start reading from there.
    2 points
  15. Great to point that out. I wonder when he says I have this idea for a show. Glide , Meehan and Johnson plan out the music selection? They are best of the best.
    2 points
  16. DCI needs to enforce minimum time requirements from the start of the season. I suggest 1 point penalty for every 15 seconds (or fraction thereof) under 10 min World Class or 8.5 min Open Class. Fans are paying to see a complete show, not just opener and ballad. Absolutely zero excuses after 4-7 weeks of ST to show up unprepared.
    2 points
  17. I may be in the minority, but I would take Arkansas over New York every time.
    2 points
  18. Jim didn’t like Saudi Arabia much. They couldn’t leave the temporary base and they had walls built around it like a fortress. He was in the reserves then and got called up to help set up a communications center.
    2 points
  19. Only in Vermont would a cat receive an honorary doctorate! 🐱🎓🙂
    2 points
  20. Way to go, Dre!!! Love this!! You raised a great one, Chief!!!
    2 points
  21. His contributions are significant, but as has been pointed out many many times, year after year, BD programming is a long time long established collaborative effort. There is a lot of creative talent within that org and each component helps each others success. Very possibly not possible in areas you’ve mentioned just because of a very different competitive structure. More individually ego driven.
    2 points
  22. A repertoire full of melodies? In Drum Corps? How positively refreshing! That Shanefield guy will crush this, and the Crossmen will be a crowd favorite.
    2 points
  23. Sorry y’all, the 4-peat is about to hit.
    2 points
  24. I couldn’t find a topic strictly dedicated to their ‘24 show. I’m thinking last year’s placement was an outlier. Their talent was top six imo. Hopefully their always talented guard is given a book that is achievable or surpassable on Saturday, August 10th. Happy 60th Anniversary, Blue Stars!
    1 point
  25. See my above post about not done and what it really means
    1 point
  26. https://www.dci.org/news/drum-corps-international-and-walmart-health-collaboration-provides-telehealth-services-to-corps
    1 point
  27. Hopefully no one is forgetting Jay Murphy.
    1 point
  28. No corps has a first show in the third week of June any more. The issue is having a complete show ready by the first show in the first week of July now.
    1 point
  29. Well to be fair to the haters, we did ask them to stop regurgitating the same excuses year after year, so I guess we can't be too mad at them for rolling out the media team excuse lol.
    1 point
  30. Cal State Los Angeles also had a Drum Corps show that was very well attended back then. If I am not mistaken, those shows were during the same weekend.
    1 point
  31. So you are saying that the Blue Devils ONLY win because of their media team...............and strictly based off their show announcement, you knew for a fact that the Blue Stars were going to finish outside the top ten before the 2023 season even started?
    1 point
  32. We didn't had to deal with props, non-asymmetrical drills, body movement, etc. Their shows are much more difficult to learn. I believe that's why.
    1 point
  33. What Bloo has announced is up-to-date.
    1 point
  34. I agree, especially considering they are starting a month later than we did and they have weeks of every days. We had Memorial Day camp before our first show to get it donw.. It's frustrating being in CA and only getting the earliest season shows and some being incomplete. In 2018, SCV didn't even play the closer in standstill (until the encore). They ended right after the dance.
    1 point
  35. I don't think any of us have met Max the Cat at Castleton. (As an aside its still weird to hear it called Vermont State, since when I marched it was Castleton University)
    1 point
  36. thats usually how it works.
    1 point
  37. Now updated with Bluecoats, Blue Devils, Crossmen, Mandarins, and the clarified Madison Scouts show title! Thanks for your patience while I was away with family as my grandma's health was failing. Please keep posting any announcements here when they are made, I'm not always keeping tabs on each individual corps' social or DCP threads. ❤️
    1 point
  38. It will be these two again. And we all win watching them go at it.
    1 point
  39. https://www.dci.org/news/cavaliers-drop-hints-of-2024-show-theme
    1 point
  40. Unless you are stationed in Djibouti Africa. Screw that place lol. You couldn't pay me enough to go back there. I'd rather be in downtown Baghdad lol.
    1 point
  41. That was moi. And I mean it. They have a way of taking music you’re only vaguely familiar with or not familiar with it at all, and making it feel like you’ve heard it all your life. That’s what they did in 2014. That probably only makes sense to me.
    1 point
  42. Agree. If we want broad representation of various populations within the activity, we gotta make it so all interested individuals can afford to participate. I would suggest that, whether intentional or not, the activity has evolved from ‘get borderline juvenile delinquents off the street’ to a training ground for future band directors (who can afford it), plus kids from relatively affluent who enjoy marching.
    1 point
  43. Not sure how true it is or what all goes into the process, but I heard it had to do with getting the rights to play the music. I have no clue how any of this works, just going off what others have said on this forum in the past.
    1 point
  44. Bluecoats have announced repertoire on their Facebook page.
    1 point
  45. Can't speak for the rest of the country, but the SoCal shows (which are also shown on Flomarching) are packed. No issues with attendance out here.
    1 point
  46. https://www.facebook.com/CrossmenDBC/videos/1557986595131281/ The Crossmen are thrilled to announce their 2024 production: Lush Life. "Lush Life" Billy Strayhorn "My Favorite Things" Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein II "So What" Miles Davis "Round Midnight" Thelonius Monk "Night in Tunisia" Dizzy Gillespie "Blues in the Night" Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer "La Creation Du Monde" Darius Milhaud Original Music by Drew Shanefield / Ray Ulibarri / Juan Arreguin
    1 point
  47. I would enjoy seeing your prediction for Troopers ( 7th ) come true . I had to check the last time they finished in the Top 8 and it was in 1974 ( 5th ). They were the very first Drum Corps to annually go on a national tour that took them from out west ( Wyo) through the midwest all the way to the east coast and did so every season starting from the early 1960’s . They were one of the very best Drum Corps in the country in the decade prior to the formation of DCI in ‘72 . The last few seasons the Troopers have had very entertaining and creative shows demonstrating it’s possible to bridge the modern with the traditional when in the hands of capable design staff . It would be great to see them continue to make that placement climb they have been on recently .
    1 point
  48. You guys had bandages. Luxury! We had duct tape.
    1 point
  49. I've went to the San Bernardino show every year since 2018 when they moved the show RCC. Did something happen in particular? True, San Bernardino the city IS NOT SAFE AT ALL! But if we are being honest, neither is Riverside where RCC is. Exit RCC on the northwest side of the campus going up Magnolia Ave towards University Ave, you better pray you hit green lights. If you stop, your car might be on blocks by the time you hit the gas again lol.
    1 point
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