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  1. They don't have their closer (alternate ending) on the field because they made the decision to reveal it at a particular point in the season. They have been practicing it for weeks now, along with other tidbits not yet revealed. I don't consider moving in a week early an advantage. My son would have moved in earlier than that if he could. He loves what he's doing and as a parent I'm happy for him. Oh, and the way I see it, my son got a week more (in some cases 2 weeks) than other corps whose fees are the same. I expect Crown to close some gaps very soon.
    3 points
  2. I just watched - simultaneously, side-by-side - Cavies' first show at the Midwest Premier and their most recent show at Broken Arrow, and it's crystal clear how much work this group has been putting in. From an all-new opening hit and expanded ending to significant portions of the show re-staged [especially the battery], the design team, instructional staff, and members have been all hands on deck to repair and improve. I'm not a fan of this program. And I'm a bit shocked that, with the names involved, entire portions made it into members' hands let alone through winter camps, spring training, and early competitions. But DCI is better with a strong Cavaliers, and these young men have every right to be proud of the work they're putting in to refine their 2024 production. Keep it up...the summer is far from over! Here's to a summer of significant growth, learning, fun, and the best competitive outcomes possible. And I hope the design and instructional team [well, maybe minus one..] can enjoy the same growth and learning, and put together a 2025 program that is well-constructed and worthy their members out of the gate!
    2 points
  3. I rewatched BA and I have to say what a treat it is to watch Crown’s guard this summer. They were so amazing 2013-2016, and then a lot of stuff happened. They were already coming back strong in 2022 but they have leveled up this year. Definitely a highlight if the show and a kep part of the visual package - smart to stage and feature them so well.
    2 points
  4. Here goes the beginning of my Texas Triangle visit. Lineup & Times All times CT and subject to change 7:00 PM Gates Open 8:20 PM Welcome & National Anthem 8:30 PM Zephyrus Drum & Bugle Corps - Tulsa, OK 8:42 PM Santa Clara Vanguard - Santa Clara, CA 8:59 PM Music City - Nashville, TN 9:16 PM Pacific Crest - City of Industry, CA 9:33 PM Crossmen - San Antonio, TX 9:50 PM Phantom Regiment - Rockford, IL 10:07 PM Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA 10:24 PM Bluecoats - Canton, OH 10:41 PM Carolina Crown - Fort Mill, SC 11:06 PM Scores Announced
    1 point
  5. Wow. Is CrownLAND gettin’ some chatter or what?! Love, hate or indifference, CrownTHREAD always delivers when it comes to commentary.
    1 point
  6. You rang? lol. I'm still here, and loving every second of this season. I was at Broken Arrow last night, and Bloo's show is just absolutely mesmerizing to experience live. I'll be at Denton tomorrow night too so I'm excited to do it all again.
    1 point
  7. This is a great look into the progress this corps has made. Sometimes we get all wrapped up in the current summer's competitive status and we forget to just sit back and enjoy the progress made and the great performances by the members. Mandarins have always been good. I can remember seeing them decades ago. But they were nothing like they are these days. The last 5 or 6 competitive seasons for them have been incredible. Their show last year was top notch. They have done it again. They honestly have one of the better designed shows on the field. I can see why at one show their GE 1 score was close to BD. Their show definitely oozes GE, music and visual. SCV is back and Mandarins are hanging with them and sometimes beating them. That's huge. And next season I fully expect Mandarins to be in the hunt for top 6 and maybe top 5. Once you get into the top echelon of DCI it is more difficult to nudge upward. You now have to contend with the likes of the famous Blue Devils or Bluecoats, Boston or Carolina. That's a tall order, yet the Mandarins are hanging around reminding people that they belong in the top echelon of DCI. I don't think people truly realize how difficult a task this is.
    1 point
  8. I don’t think you deserve to be flamed. You see what you see and that’s alright (especially believing in BD!). Last night I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Crown win after their performance. It went against the analytics that saw Bluecoats winning, but I honestly believed they had a shot at winning. That’s my honest opinion and I was wrong. Tell me one person that had their Brass in 4th before or right after their performance. We should flame everyone for thinking Crown had won brass! You’re entitled to see it how you see it and I applaud you.
    1 point
  9. I agree with many of your points, but I would like to add one thing. Crown has an unquestionably high talent level on the field. If I were a Crown member or parent, I would wonder why a drum corps who moved in to spring training a full week earlier than BD, Bloo or Boston still doesn't have it's closer on the field on July 16th. I realize that I don't have a dog in this hunt, but it would make me wonder.
    1 point
  10. Congrats to Bloo on the win last night. The judges scored and they won fair and square. Hats off to them! ……I’m doubling down on BD winning this year. I’ll admit that my bias certainly had a role in where I evaluated them. Maybe it does now. I’ve certainly overlooked some flaws. That being said, I still believe BD has the most talented members in the activity. Their staff is 2nd to none. And call me crazy, but I think this show (with refinement) should be the best product they’ve had in years. I love Bluecoats, but I just don’t believe that they truly have the show to take them the distance. Their members are crazy talented and their staff is incredible. There are so many championship moments in their show, but I’m just caught up on too many moments that I don’t think work. I deserve to be flamed for thinking BD was ahead by 1.5, I really do. Even so, I believe these show has wheels that not everybody is seeing yet. Maybe getting in a stadium will change things, maybe it will take time for it to become more magical. Regardless, I’m looking forward to what they create and the journey that we’re on. Do it up, Devils! Win or lose, this is going to be a fun ride.
    1 point
  11. For me, I just want to be entertained. Would I love for them to win? Of course! But it’s not the end all be all. If the music is really good (which is usually is) then I will keep listening to it year after year. Crown got 4th in 2019 and it’s one of my favorite Crown shows. The music was fantastic, the closer was electric and it’s just a fun show. This show has the potential, unfortunately it hasn’t happened yet, but I fully believe it will happen by finals, if not before. Allentown last year is when that show finally clicked in all facets. The show this year isn’t supposed to be a direct Prometheus show but it’s still a story show, and it’s just not quite telling the story well enough YET. The outline is there, you can follow it, but the storyline gets muddy in the 2nd movement (for me at least). I know what the second movement is supposed to be, but it’s just not coming across clear enough. Crown has my full support and I look forward to seeing what else they add. If they get 4th, they get 4th. It happens. 4th isn’t like missing finals. What I don’t get is when other drum corps fans want Crown to do something different, then they do something different (2022) and then those fans want them to go back to the “old” Crown. And the people saying they should stop doing epic shows, and this only the 2nd one since 2016. Crown will be Crown. They will do what they want, as will other corps. Crown doesn’t need to conform to the staging style shows that are popular. I’d much rather watch Crown finish 3 or 4 and run around and play insane music than park and blow and move a ton of props around. Keep in mind, this is a new program coordinator and the synergy will only get better with the existing design staff. The drill needs to be more dynamic, whether that means Sacktig leaves or changes things up next year, but Sacktig is a Hall of Famer for a reason. All of that to say, keep pushing! Full support from this Crown fan no matter what. Go Crown! 🔥🔥
    1 point
  12. Just adding to the conversation! I have nothing but love for BD.
    1 point
  13. Content vs Achievement scores are great for finals night, but for every other contest they're almost nonsensical in how they're rewarded.
    1 point
  14. Very similar arrangements (even the same?) It was just such a different sound generated by Madison. It was like two groups sight reading the same sheet music and one is obviously more talented than the other.
    1 point
  15. Ok. I finally, FINALLY got to digest my thoughts from DATR - I knew I loved what I saw, but there is a lot there to appreciate & take in. This is a big boy show. I've been a staunch Mandarins supporter since Inside the Ink, and have been nuts about their rise to the top. I loooooooovvvvvvvvvvvved Sinnerman so so so much, as did the entirety of the drum corps community, of course. I still maintain it wasn't just spinning props or smoke & mirrors - constant re-listens throughout the winter has convinced me that it was just a top-to-bottom, totally listenable, incredible music book. I revisit it frequently. I was skeptical of Vieux Carre from the initial announcement, and especially after watching early season videos, that it would live up to Sinnerman. But you know what? This year totally matches that specialness, just in a massively different way. I really appreciate both sides of the coin. I truly loved every second of their performance at DATR. Whereas Sinnerman was so clear and plotted and intense, this year is a total vibe, and nothing more. I don't remember too many "moments", nor did I feel a particular planned, "things happen here" structure to the show, and yet I came away from it with a huge sense of big picture - this show is a MASTERFUL production of whimsy & nuance. It's light as a feather and feels like it's over in minutes - the exact same effect Sinnerman had! I just could not have been more impressed. The guard is incredible, the brass exposure throughout the show is relentlessly demanding, the lithe touches throughout portray the theme just enough to, again, create a clear and almost overwhelming vibe - you are transported to a specific time & place by this production. It's an entire world and you get wrapped up in it as it goes by in an instant. It's intriguing & inviting. The mid-brass ostinato in Agape...perfectly delicate writing. All of it is just so perfect from top to bottom - almost BD-esque this year in their subtle, light-handed approach to design that carries massive depth to it if you care to look for it. It's simultaneously light & quick while truly complex & dense. I planned to write up in a review for DATR (these were my thoughts pre-scores) that Mandarins had clearly left SCV behind in the dust. Obviously, that didn't come to fruition, which really stunned me. I am 100% nuts about Phantom this season as well, and to my moderately-trained eyes & ears, PR & Mandarins are not in the same ballpark as SCV in terms of design. I do not anticipate Mandarins battling for their spot in the top 6 by the time Indy rolls around, but I was wrong at DATR, and could be wrong here. There is just so, so, so, SO MUCH more to love and enjoy and sink your teeth into in their production vs. SCV. It's a grand, sweeping, entire mood of a show. I can't praise the design and the group enough. Last year was so clearly not a fluke! Dear god, please keep this design team & Becca Anderson around, Mandarins! I've been around the activity since 2008 and have never seen a corps rise so quickly & sustainably. Vieux Carre solidifies Mandarins' place in the top half of Finals. I was 100% wrong that it doesn't match Sinnerman's power - the design team is simply talented enough that they took that same power to the other side of the coin this year. This show (& corps) has got to be seen live!!!!
    1 point
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