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  1. 32 points
    Hats off tonite to the Cadets. Missing 16 marchers, holes everywhere, thats a daunting task. But they never pulled out of the show. They pushed thru it all. No quit in them tonite, and those that were healthy in their Corps, or at least somewhat healthy, went out there and competed and performed for the audience, no matter what. Some of us notice these things. And we tip the hat to the 110% effort the Cadet Corps gave out there tonite under such trying circumstances. Some " wins " arn't found in the scores. Tonite... with the Cadets... is an example of such.
  2. 32 points
    My name is Beau Rowell and I'm a Board member of Friends of Spirit, Inc., which operates the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps. With respect to housing for Cadets for the Hoschton, GA show, both Spirit and Cadets were caught off guard about the loss of Woodland HS as a housing site for the Cadets, only learning about it last night during the Valdosta, GA show. We are very thankful to the staff at Cairo High School, who made their facilities available at the last minute for Cadets. Further, we understand Cadet's decision to not attend the Hoschton show at Mill Creek HS due to the distances between Cairo HS and Mill Creek HS. Here are the facts surrounding Woodland HS as a housing site for Cadets for the Hoschton show: the Friends of Spirit team dealt with a particular individual at Woodland, who had confirmed to us in writing in May that Woodland could house Cadets on July 10/11 during the Valdosta show last night is when it became known that Woodland HS wasn't available as a housing site for Cadets Friends of Spirit has learned in the last couple hours that the individual we were dealing with on housing suddenly no longer works for Woodland and, prior to his departure from Woodland, apparently didn't follow proper procedures to officially request that the school be used as a housing site for July 10/11, despite telling us otherwise as a result the Woodland school administration was not aware of the Cadets' arrival for July 10/11 we do not know at this time if other events are occurring at Woodland today, but it's likely that football practice or other activities could have been a conflict Woodland did try to make it work but were not able to make arrangements at the last minute Securing housing sites is a big challenge for all DCI drum corps. Please know that the principal at Woodland High School is NOT the person to be blamed this situation. As you now know, the principal did not "back out" and in fact did all they could to try to make it work. From Woodland's perspective, they learned that Cadets would be arriving with only about six hours notice. Hopefully you now understand this situation. We respectfully ask that you not bombard Principal Ellis and blame her for Woodland not being available for Cadets. Sending her derogatory letters will not help this situation, and in fact could be problematic long term for Spirit, which held spring training at Woodland. We've worked diligently at developing positive relationships with school districts in the greater Atlanta area. Let's please not undermine the foundations built by blaming the wrong person for this situation. Thank you.
  3. 29 points
    So I’ll admit thatit wasn’t that long ago when I thought that so many changes in drum corps were not good for the activity..... Move to Bbs, electronics, new instrument allowances, amplification. To me- these took DCI from the pure form to something else.... And now? I don’t think DCI and the individual drum corps and products have been better. This season totally shows us how much parity there is in this activity. It also shows us how much the equipment used, staffs, writers and members mean to each group. I watched from the 50 yard line on Sat in SA in 3rd deck so many magnificent performances and designs and was glued to my seat the entire time. There truly wasn’t a corps that I didn’t care for. When hearing the Troopers I was amazed at the quality of their hornline, and they’re 17th—WOW 17th??? But it’s legit as the Colts, Madison we’re all equally or more impressive. When Spirit came out, wow- how is that not a finalist, and the Academy performed— OMG, how is that not a finalist, then Crossmen and Mandarins and you say- man those are undeniable! So many shows and corps are performing at levels I don’t ever remember seeing and it’s refreshing. You could make the argument that Boston just 5 years ago would medal with their current show, Crown same thing.... BK, BStars, Cadets all Top 6 level performers but can’t and won’t move up because of the quality above. If you would’ve told me 10 years ago that almost every drum corps was going to shed their uniform identity for costumes I’d say- I hate it? Now? No way, it enhances in so many cases. SCV has such a tough look though I do miss the Red and Green and the hats, but then again- they have such a great look, sound, design and the costume picked eximifies and allows for the creation to come to life. I will say this- I’m a purist at heart, but I have to admit, the state of drum corps is fantastic and membership seems to be thriving. I find at this point experience, correct staffing and designers are really the difference when it comes to being a finalist or not, but either way- The drum corps not in contention for finals are not to be missed, you will regret not seeing some incredible corps for sure!!! My 20 cents- Thoughts? Wesley P
  4. 29 points
    @DrumManTx is writing about his experiences as an intern for Bluecoats! Congratulations, Landry! Well done! https://www.drumcorpsworld.com/publications/2018/june_15/#page=21
  5. 28 points
    My wife and I attended Cadets brass camp yesterday. Had some good conversations with some people on the inside of things. Many involved with the corps right now are taking positive steps to help the Cadets move forward past this ugliness. The members seemed very upbeat and focused and glad to be there. All in all it was a really good day and we felt much better about the corps and where they are headed.
  6. 25 points
    I have two or three of these per season. That's my young'n finishing off the Cavaliers show in Minneapolis last night. Couldn't be prouder of all the work he's put in to be there. For the record, I wouldn't care if he was wearing a pink tutu and playing a C-natural kazoo ( he probably would, but you get my point). I'm just glad he's out there living a dream. I feel like the top 6 are going to really heat up as we roll towards August...and I'm also sentimentally keeping my eye on Spirit of Atlanta, a family favorite from way way back. Would love to see them back in Finals!
  7. 25 points
    Im super pumped to be marching my first year in World Class DCI! Probably be signing off this forum for good. Thanks to everyone for helping me learn more about the activity.
  8. 24 points
    Excited (more than anyone can imagine) that I will get to see my son perform live in competition for the first time this evening. Should be quite a big crowd, hoping it will be a very lively one as well. Aside from the fact I'm not qualified to comment on how good (or not) any corps' performances are, I suspect I will only to get to see a few corps perform before Spirit as some face time is on the agenda. The very best of luck to all of the corps this evening - stay hydrated and have great performances one and all!
  9. 23 points
    Since my position is known on here now, might as well share my 2nd article with you all! Pages 50 - 52. (And just read the whole thing while you're at it). https://www.drumcorpsworld.com/publications/2018/july/#page=50 It was really hard to try and summarize that month into two pages, and I definitely did it on the fly when I had (very little) down time. But I think I captured the important things I picked up during that month. Oh my God the people here are amazing, the environment that is created for the members is incredible, and while this is probably the hardest and most committed I have ever worked on something, getting to be on that field on opening night and watch all of that come to fruition made it all worth it and was something I'll never forget. Enjoy! Getting to interview some of the members and various other people in the corps was a blast.
  10. 23 points
    We got to see @DrumManTx the last couple of nights. posted from the DrumScorps app
  11. 23 points
    As I try to fight back tears, since my students are in the room right now as I read all this, all I can say right now is... Thank God for DCP. Reading here and seeing this conversation take place and knowing I have this outlet to share any future musings I might have about this is cathartic. I love you guys and I'm thankful for you.
  12. 22 points
    Performances in the previous century were programmed for crowd reactions. When Michael Cesario was program director with the Cadets in the mid-80's, he'd actually write on the show script and music book: "And the crowd goes Wild!!!" (Saw it myself several times.) This century, shows have become "art" and we don't interrupt the artist until the program is completed. Might miss those subtle electronic voice-overs thrown at us, the suicide that occurs on the back forty, the hanging on the lower front, or the stark silence the "artistic director" wants us to "experience" in isolation and solitary bleakness in his black clad doom-and-gloom dark shows that have become too common. Case of major depression at work if you ask me.
  13. 22 points
    I’m sure many are afraid. When I was nine years old, I was approached by a sex offender. He didn’t touch me but he exposed himself and offered money to me to touch him. I got on my bike and rode home, told my mom, the police and legal system got involved....a painful time. It was almost worse than what happened. I hope no one attacks these women because it’s takes guts to be the one who speaks up.
  14. 21 points
    To Liaahona: SCV may, or may not, top Ninety-Nine Six-Two-Five. But, you, may friend scored a PERFECT ONE HUNDRED tonight for the geat pictures. A BIZILLION POINTS TO YOU TONIGHT! I couldn’t make it to the show, but you helped make me feel close to the action. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. 21 points
    Ok, home from the show. What a show it was!!!! Despite the line up not being as strong this year, I still believe Mile High Stadium is one of the best venues for drum corps there is....crystal clear skies, GORGEOUS stadium, excellent acoustics, a fantastic breeze...just perfection. Battalion started the show strongly. Definitely a corps that is totally present in the exact spot where they should be in their growth trajectory, if that makes any sense. Not too ambitious, not too easy; just right for their corps right now in terms of achievement and tour capabilities. I truly look forward to seeing the future of this corps! I was very happy to see Scades rebounding strongly after last year's odd dip at the end of the season really seemed to place a step backwards in their solid growth upwards. It will be a battle between Surf, Spartans, Legends, Genesis (in my opinion), and now apparently Guardians, Gold, Louisiana Stars, & Southwind (whew that's a crowded tier) to take the last three spots for Semis. They're solidly in the thick of that group, and a well-designed show, which is always Cascades' strength, will keep them towards the top of that pack. Just clean clean clean it, please. Guard quality seems to be a noticeable step up from last year. I really would love to see this group prove last year as just a one-off backwards step as a result of some end-of-season mishaps & sicknesses. The show is there, it just needs to be cleaned. Frankly, I expected them to pop around a 64 or so tonight --- I was a bit surprised at their stagnant number. Nothing in the show really grabs you and sticks out like the previous few years, but I must say it's all quite interesting and engaging. Definite commitment to the "around" theme. A professional group with a mature design. Oregon Crusaders...I want to love this show so bad, but it did disappoint a bit. I adore everything about this corps every year, so I really wanted to like the show more. A ton of potential, but it honestly didn't get as deeply into The Shining with references as I would have liked....seemed a bit half in-half out with the theme, and if you're doing The Shining (or any literary reference), I need balls to the wall literal references peppered throughout...otherwise the show occupies a vague space between hinting at a design based on a book/movie and being a design based on a book/movie. It was a weird nebulous space that I didn't like the show occupying; I definitely found myself wanting much more and not getting it. The Uninvited ballad right now has a ton of potential (see The Woodlands HS 2011) but just flat out isn't written well, it's a bit of a train wreck with a too-soon, imperfect, and messy climax (and no one wants any climax described by those words), which is sad, because the Danse Macabre & Copland Organ Symphony sections are written WONDERFULLY. It's all good, I'm just not as in love as I was with Hunted, nevermore, Encompass, etc. Gloriously dark in parts and clearly not as thought out in others. And one thing I'm used to from Oregon Crusaders --- 600% commitment to whatever theme they do! I look forward to being fleshed out throughout the season. Unfortunately, there's a ton of cleaning to be done as well, and I don't know if there's a ton of time left for both in the season. Pacific Crest was a real pleasure tonight, and I expect they'll stay above OC the rest of the season, happily occupying an island in 18th place (World Class, BDB & SCVC not counted) the rest of the season. I don't think the corps will touch the Finalist potentials of 17th on down, nor do I think OC, Genesis, Music City, etc will be able to catch them. I loved PC last year, and this year is yet another step up quality-wise, both in terms of design and performance level. Just a ton to love in this show. Incredibly well done from a design standpoint, and very well-executed by the corps. Just a great show. I legitimately loved Troop, and I haven't in the last few years. This is by far the best marriage of Troop tradition and audience-friendly meat that the corps has had since Magnificent 11. Terrific, terrific performance that I truly believe is underrated and has every business hanging with Colts, Scouts (especially Scouts), & Spirit. Sure, Welcome to the Black Parade is an excellent opener, and I love it just as much as everyone else, but the rest of the show is no slouch either --- they're playing the snot out of that Danielpour piece. What I think I love the most is the refreshingly seamless visual transitions from a corps that has given us stilted & forced visuals the last two years. This design is sleek, smooth, and absolutely perfect --- the slow ebbing & flowing of the drill from one side of the field to the other over the course of the show, the transitions of the jackets, the guard integration, it's all just perfect. The mms of Troop this year are dripping with pride & grit in their performance of the show, and I was 100% on board the entire performance with an often-not-favorite corps for me. They really had the audience in the palm of their hands; there's just something magical about this show that we haven't seen since Magnificent 11, a really unique blend of tradition and modern, all wrapped up in an easy to appreciate package. Totally on board with this underrated, under discussed show this season. Speaking of glowing reviews, The Academy will not surprise me in the slightest if they land back in Finals this season. This show is quietly building steam at a rapid pace and doesn't seem to be slowing down --- the design is unquestionably top 12, and the always-talented members of this corps are being given what last year never was: a vehicle that can be perfected instead of constantly rewritten. With a strong show to clean and nothing holding them back, watch out --- The Academy could absolutely edge out any number of last year's bottom 5 finalists. Certainly, their design is superior to Blue Stars or Phantom. What Lindsey Vento seems to have brought to The Academy this year is an unrelenting eye for detail. Everything just WORKS, and every transition is flawless and well though out. The show is just clean, crisp, and classy as hell from top to bottom. If this is the direction the corps is headed, it's hard for me to imagine them not securing a Saturday night spot year after year --- they're just that good, and the design is matching. Smart, mature, detailed, and moving. BK was lovely. Bizarre, but lovely. Hey, isn't that what we love them for? I have to say, this is probably the truest-to-the-original arrangement of various sections of Rite of Spring I've ever heard on the field, marching band or drum corps. And NO ONE does color like BK does. I do wish the visual demand was ramped up a few notches, and I'm afraid visual content will again be their weakness when August rolls around. Color guard is a step up from last year, but still not quite to 2014-2015 levels. I want to rag on the visual design a bit more, but honestly, I'm still trying to figure out if it's actually problematic or if it's merely so far outside of the box that it's jarring me, which would be fine. It's easily the most stripped down and "nude" visual book of anyone in the top 15, and that certainly carves out a unique niche for the corps, and one that they've earned. The brass line is insanely great. SCV, what to even say? Perfection. I would have left happy having only seen SCV tonight and no one else.They're the real deal this year, and that's all I have to say. Totally spellbinding for 15 minutes. I do have a difficult time imagining this corps being bested at the season's end.
  16. 21 points
    I was at the show, and will have more thoughts tomorrow, but here are a few: Music City was fantastic. We loved them. A great deal of thought is obvious in all the detailing of their show, and the kids looked like they loved performing every minute of it. Fantastic World Class debut. I think they may scramble the eggs in the 13-20 basket even more. What was the difference between them and several other recent WC newbies? PERSONALITY. Their show oozed it. Jersey Surf had a good idea and then didn't max it out. You can't do a show about Mondrian and then have your entire drill be soft curves... Spirit seemed to have a modern version of the jazz sass they used to have in the 80's, and it was a treat to see. Another well-detailed show. Doors seemed to create a lot of clutter, but I had rather a low vantage point. Cadets: horns and drums quite good. Guard not at the same level. I was with Cadet alums and went to the pre-show tailgate where it was told to us that the 8 girls with the yellow rope on side one represent "the 8" women who came forward. The show still seems to have a lot of chaos and not much unity. I'll be glad when they are able to get a different uniform next year. This one is just, so, so busy. It reminds me of the dazzle painting that was applied to ships in World War I to fracture the mass and make them hard to distinguish as a ship from a distance. All the fracturing on the uniform weakens the readability of the forms, as good spacing and technique fuzzes when you can't clearly define individual legs. They are likely to end up on the Island of 7th Place, but it's a good start for the future. Boston was the surprise of the night. I absolutely hated this show in the theater, but they were fantastic this evening. Thankfully, they threw the neon green 70's rock musical headband back into the ocean, and while there are a lot of aesthetic choices I would not have made, the uniform is enormously better without it. Guard was absolutely fantastic. Horns absolutely fantastic. Drums absolutely fantastic. Marching and movement technique absolutely fantastic. They tied Crown and I expect them to be in Boston's rearview mirror at their next meeting. Also expect them to take out the Cavaliers. Higher than that? Likely not. Bluecoats is pure magic. It is a truly impeccable design. I teared up at one point because the detailing was so pure. The uniforms/suits are so expertly balanced with slight color variations and patterns that each individual has a unique look, but they completely hold together with a consistency that never comes off as busy. Same for the guard. Singer fantastic and the pacing is a joy. The drummers looked really happy with their performance, so perhaps that explains their scores. I'd be quite happy if this took the big prize. Crown: great corps saddled with an over-designed show. The visual is just so overbearing. Everything has so much extreme detail and texture on it that your eyes have nowhere to rest, even for an instant. If just the flags were brighter and simpler there would be some clarity, but no, dark colors, animal prints, teeth, texture, texture, texture. My goodness they play well and with such power. Guard very good, but it is all just buried. Teeter totter? Not needed. One of the more bizarre moments of the (very long) evening was the excellent Voices of Liberty-esque vocal group singing "Let's go fly a kite" from Mary Poppins....accompanied by musicians dressed to resemble cockroaches in evening gowns... They get credit for really going for it this year, but I hope they dial it back a bit in 2019.
  17. 21 points
    I felt nauseated reading this. Fear for the activity, this needs to be exposed and dealt with not just at Cadets but everywhere, but I’m so scared it’s going to overwhelm the whole activity. Sadness for the current MMs who are going to have this unfair and tragic thing looming over them this summer. Admiration for these women stepping forward and empathy/disgust for what they had to go through. Anger at the BOD for doing nothing and at George Hopkins for doing these things. To youths. I am just beyond disgusted and upset about this. Get him and the BOD the hell out of there and DCI please handle this the right way or this could, and should at that point, go way farther than this. :(
  18. 20 points
    well a 3 1/2 hour ride awaits.... what a night.... next stop lawrence mass tomorrow posted from the DrumScorps app
  19. 20 points
    Great thing about a show close to home? Visiting the practice site so my daughter can spend time with her cats posted from the DrumScorps app
  20. 20 points
    Of course I gotta say Bluecoats.......so many moments I just love to death. So much variety too. - Fake out company front and the proceeding mello feature. First time I saw that like my first day at ST they got me good. - The Bird and Bela trumpet feature. - All of part two, but specifically the low brass fugue and the company front that collapses into itself into the block. That part makes me wanna deck someone it’s so exciting. - Dry Cleaner. The contra solo and of course the singer. And that “it’s just luck” tag at the end is just awesome. - First time I heard the ballad in ST I high key cried. Doug Thrower’s ballads year after year just let a piece of music breathe and be what it is. The soundscape and mood of it are just......ethereal and sublime. And the subtle layering of “God Bless the Child” on top of that is just......UGH. So good. The sung part into the last hit will be something I love for the rest of my life. That’s got a special place in my heart. It never gets old and it never will. Getting to stand in front of that almost every day is incredible and I’m so lucky. - And the closer is just a party. Love the trombone stuff and the straight up face melted ending is just awesome. I have not had a chance to keep up with shows as much as I’d like but of what I have seen of everyone else: - SCVs ballad is incredible. - BDs ballad is also incredible. - Carolina Crowns Bruckner opener is fantastic. - I love love love the way Cavaliers weave Bolero throughout their show and just manipulate and morph it into everything - LOVE the Salvation is Created hit in BACs show right before the drum feature. - The Cadets ballad is pretty stunning. - Phantom Regiments mega tenor feature is great. - Crossmen make Tchaikovsky 6 slap. And their hornline is powerful. - Blue Knights take on Rite if Spring is great, and the percussion is as killer as ever. - I love Blue Stars opener. Beautiful stuff. - Mandarins whole show is incredible. It’s a type of show I have been begging for for a long time. I can’t pick a moment. It’s all great. - The Academy doing a ballad closer again is awesome, beautiful stuff. - Spirit of Atlanta’s whole show is a blast, but I particularly like the opener. - I really enjoy Madison Scouts opener visually. Some cool drill. - Colts have a beautiful music program. - I love love love PCs La La Land ballad. Whole show is great. - Troopers sunburst is always great. - Music City’s closer is awesome, very emotionally satisfying. Still need to see Oregon Crusaders, Jersey Surf, Seattle Cascades, Genesis, and Pioneer. But IMO this is an incredible year for drum corps. I like all shows to some extent which doesn’t happen a lot. Can’t wait to see them all!
  21. 20 points
    I really don't care about placements this season. This Cadets corps is an inspiration and these kids are all winners! The Cadets did not just survive a serious tragedy, they have the best corps they have had for several years. The 2018 Cadets have already proudly made a statement and left their mark. God bless the 2018 Cadets!
  22. 20 points
    As a 58 year old traditionalist, I will and do miss the vintage red & black BAC uniforms with white trim...shakos, plumes, and all the rest. Having said that, the activity has now entered an era of thematic costumes for each year's show. While we can blame WGI, pop culture, or whatever else, it is what it is. The activity, which has ALWAYS been in a state of change, continues to evolve. From my perspective, I am just thrilled that this activity has endured this long and the more I think about it, the more I conclude that it is our ability to change with the times which has allowed us to thrive. In my town, there are vacant buildings where the Catholic church, the Boy Scout camp, and even the Grange Hall used to be. We, on the other hand, still get to enjoy this activity and based on the last few years at shows, the activity seems actually quite healthy. Speaking specifically about BAC, I have watched several runthroughs of the show. It would be absolutely impossible for their members to perform this program with tradition uniforms, shakos, plumes etc. And for the record, these modern costumes (yes, I said it) cost a FRACTION of what the old school unis cost, so a yearly change is not a financial burden. Being around Boston last night, I can tell you that drum corps kids are STILL drum corps kids, and after nearly 40 years of being around this activity, I find great comfort in that. Although their generation may well include a lot of self-entitled, lazy, snowflakes, NONE of those kids are in drum corps. These kids are every bit as tough and hardworking as the kids who marched 20, 30 and 50 years ago. Whether they are marching for Boston, Cadets, Crown, Blue Stars or anyone else, they have my complete respect.
  23. 20 points
  24. 19 points
    After all these years of face peeling comments here on DCP, and when the Corps oblige, now you want soft???
  25. 19 points
    I had a dream I was on tour with the Bluecoats. ...wait
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