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  1. 37 points
    Kudos to Jeff for judging the PERFORMANCE in front of him and ignoring the rest of the season. Too many judges make up their minds about a show early and NEVER take a fresh look at each performance. Clearly Jeff is a judge who's willing to let the performers change his mind. And that's the guy you want evaluating your show.
  2. 34 points
    Dusk. Dan Acheson stands, head bowed, on the 50 yard line of an empty J. Birney Crum Stadium. A slick show promoter is standing at his side with a pen and a contract. Terrence Mann wanders the field nearby. PROMOTER: So there's no dome. Bleacher seating. No amenities. No club boxes. The press box is ancient. It's hardly wired for internet. The field's a hundred feet from the stands. It's not air conditioned. A hill that half the spectators need golf carts to get up. It's not near a major airport. You have no parking. There's a diner and a hot dog restaurant and not much else nearby. The population's graying and the area band circuits are declining. Sign here and let's go somewhere bigger and more comfortable and near a decent microbrewery. TERRENCE MANN: Dan. Dan looks up. People will come, Dan. They'll come to Pennsylvania for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll park along Linden Street and walk through the park and past the creek not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at that gate as innocent as children, longing for the past. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it, for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk up the hill to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect evening. They'll find they have reserved seats between the 45s, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll eat funnel cake and they'll watch the show and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. Mann gestures, and Dan turns to his left. We see the 1977 Bridgemen, the 1980 27th Lancers, the 1992 Star of Indiana, the 2004 Glassmen and other corps from the past entering from the gate. With them are Royer, Warren, Seawright, Zingali, Ott, Brubaker, Kempf, Owens, Wolner, and a host that perhaps cannot be counted. Bob Bennett is with them. Paul Cain sits at the announcer's table. The one constant through all the years, Dan, has been Allentown. The activity has marched by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rewritten and erased again. It's been domed, turfed, synthed, amped, propped, miced and danced. But Allentown has marked the time. This hill, this field, this show; it's a part of our past, Dan. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh…people will come, Dan. People will most definitely come. GEORGE ZINGALI: That was beautiful, man. ####### beautiful. DAN ACHESON: I won't sign. PROMOTER: Until next year... Wish I were going. Next year in Allentown.
  3. 21 points
    nope same old ending to tour....Indianapolis, again.
  4. 18 points
    Another great show in Allentown. “They” all sat near me tonight. In front of me was the “Drum Corps died when the Chicago Royalaires disbanded” guy. Next to me, a kid who aged out last year who had no idea Drum corps existed before he marched. And of course Jeff Ream’s favorite: the band kids who claim their shows are better than those on the field sat behind me, and Mr. Clover, whoever you may be, your young charges claim you were consulted by every corps who placed 1st. through 10th, and maybe Cascades and Surf too, but your young charges were late. And you should sue BAC, Crown, Cavies, Crossmen, and Mandarins. They stole your ideas. Cascades: they had the tough job of opening the show. I think their show is good, and it should be strong enough to make semi’s. Jersey Surf: I’ve said before, Surf needs a show that keeps the marching members engaged and this show fits the bill. The switch of uniforms was flawless. Pacific Crest: A change of pace for PC. I found the show to be strong, especially the brass. Colts: seemed off tonight. The uniform change was a bit sloppy and at some points they did not seem engaged, at least compared with what I saw in Lawrence a few nights ago. Spirit of Atlanta: the show is similar to last year in that it is good, but not quite strong enough for finals. I did enjoy the three different uniforms. Phantom: they have worked hard this year and it shows. It is not a Phantom show from yesteryear and a great deal needs to be done for Phantom to be a major player, no question, but they have improved what they have and deserve credit for that. Crossmen: this was my first time seeing them this year and I enjoyed them more than I expected. It’s a fast paced show and the guard was amazing. I also thought the drum major had quite a bit of personality. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Crossmen and Phantom give each other a run for their money in Indy. Mandarins: a solid performance. I thought the story telling details came across better this evening which I missed in Lawrence, perhaps because it is a busy show. Cadets: they have been busy over the past few days. I’ll have to admit when I first saw the hats, I thought “Mad Hatter” but in the show they worked well. I do wish the “We Can Do Better” was just a drum solo. It worked for me earlier in the season, but less so now. However, what I did feel was an energy. Cadets will get the most from that show they can. I don’t think it’s impossible for them to hold on to 7th ahead of Blue Knights and Blue Stars. Cavies, Crown, and BAC all had great runs. I did think the scores should have been closer, within a point. Cavies were as I expected: a solid show that is strong overall. I found Crown’s show uneven on Thursday but thought after last night’s show they could catch SCV which I think most of us thought would be Cavies or BAC. BAC tells their story better than anyone, and where the top three were so good, placement could have gone in any way, but being nearly a full point behind Cavies and over a point with Crown is hurting them.
  5. 17 points
    For those who once marched, those who served, and those who witnessed by living in freedom in NYC, DC, and Shanksville, PA: may they not be forgotten.
  6. 17 points
    No matter what happens tonight let’s all remember that shot of the Knights trumpet player sobbing as he played his last note of the season. If there is anything else tonight that is more memorable than that, you aren’t doing it right.
  7. 17 points
  8. 17 points
    Explain how you were able to recognize Vanguard.
  9. 16 points
    I think just the fact that we now routinely see Boston in the conversation for medalling and/or 4th is huge. This was a 12th place drum corps only 23 months ago. So proud of this organization!
  10. 14 points
    Very quickly from Hawaii... my son (Blue Stars trumpet) called me from the parking lot before he had to get ready for upcoming retreat...utterly jazzed and “on high”. Top comment: “The crowd was insane; cheering for us in spots no one had cheered for us all summer!! Standing os OMG!” My thanks to the audience for making my kid’s night. 🙏🏼
  11. 14 points
    I would say Crossmen are getting hosed. They are easily better than Cadets right now.
  12. 14 points
    Ok, who's spending up to $10K and what are your thoughts on adopting a 60+ year old boy?
  13. 14 points
    Very interesting comparison, and a great way to illustrate how design has evolved over the last 30 years. The single biggest difference I see is in the talent level of the performers. I was in the '87 mellophone line at Garfield, and in this era I'd be lucky to march anywhere in the Top 12. We had lead players who could not read music. Today nearly 50% of the players are some form of music major. When you have that level of performer you can do more musically. That said, it seems the brass played a larger percentage of the show in '87 than in '17. Heck, we only put our horns down for one 40 count move, otherwise they were up the entire time. Percussion is another story, they're playing almost the full show with high visual demand. You also make a strong case for the basic design premise that there is an inverse relationship between musical and visual difficulty. You're correct that one can't reasonably expect players to move playing the intricate chromatic-triple-tonunging stuff that's prevalent today. One thing I think you've overlooked is the difficulty of the Zingali-style "reshape" drill. Today's linear drills require extreme precision, but many of them are built off of set points on the field, using hashes and yard lines as alignment tools. A reshape has no such anchor, and requires extremely good form control. Another fundamental change I see in design is the choice of music itself. The Blue Devils in particular graft a lot of bits and pieces together, which allows the designers to build the show exactly as they want. The challenge in '87 was to convey the essence of an orchestral work on a football field, and the design choices stemmed from that. One isn't necessarily better than the other, they just approach the design from different directions. It's nice to see something I was a part of is still remembered, and its flattering to be compared to a show like '17 BD. That show was sparkling clean, and seemed almost effortless from the corps. The great ones make it look easy.
  14. 13 points
    If anyone caught the multi cam version during Gabriel's Oboe, the drumline behind the props hyping at the horns made me smile! That's what this is all about!
  15. 13 points
    Seeing what xandandl posted, I would like to share a story. When my older brother moved on and went to high school, I was just a random 7th grader that fell in love with music. When I went to my brothers first football game and watched his half time show, my mom asked me what I thought of marching. I smiled and said "it looks like fun". I remember watching the DCI finals highlights on ESPN and I thought how amazing this activity was! Then if we skip to my sophomore year in high school I began to explore deeper into marching, but it wasn't until my junior year that I just became a proud Cavies fan. Back when Myspace was a thing I had a friend request from Colt Foutz, the author of my favorite book, Building the Green Machine. I remember random conversations with him and gave him a quick background of what was then my young musical career and why I was a fan of The Cavaliers. Sure enough he said he would get Don Warren to sign my copy of the book and leave a note in there for me. Ya'll better BELIEVE I was extremely excited. I remember driving home from school after full orchestra rehearsal with a big grin on my face. I went into my room and saw the package on my bed and I did not hesitate to open it. The note Don Warren wrote was "Looking forward to seeing you in the green (the and green are underlined) Best wishes enjoy the book" then his signature. Now, I sadly was never able to march for personal reasons, but this book has stayed by my side as soon as I got it and I keep it right on my nightstand in my room. That quote is better than any award I have ever received. While I was never able to march, I hope that I might be able to teach/work with them someday. Sorry for the long post... I hope ya'll have a great evening!
  16. 12 points
    Next year I'm gonna make the staff change thread and it's going to be titled "2020 Staff Merry-Go-Round: Do Not Open If Easily Triggered"
  17. 12 points
    The annual DCI Tour of Champions - Presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival takes place on Monday, August 5. The show moves from long-time home at Paul Brown Stadium in Massillon to the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium. While Massillon was a great home for many year, the show has grown to the point that a larger stadium was required. Ticket sales have been high, but some good seats are still available. The ticket window will open at 3:00. Gates will open about 5:30. Show begins at 7:00. Please note - DCI handles the ticket sales for this show. They are expecting LONG LINES at the ticket window because of the large number of on-line sales in the past few days (too late to mail tickets). I would advise those still needing to buy tickets to get to the ticket office as soon as it opens, go to dinner, come back for the show. During intermission there will be some activities with the PFHOFEF folks (introduction of the queen and her court, etc). During the encore there will be a recognition of the Bluecoats Hall of Fame, Bloo Ribbon, and Unsung Hero recipients. Bloo arranger/composer Doug Thrower will also be recognized. Alumni corps members will join the current corps for the playing of "Autumn Leaves"...and yes, "The Boxer" will be heard. Here is the lineup (and a GREAT one it is): 7:00 PM Welcome & National Anthem 7:10 PM Rhythm IN BLUE - Canton, OH (SoundSport Exhibition) 7:20 PM Crossmen - San Antonio, TX 7:37 PM Phantom Regiment - Rockford, IL 7:54 PM Mandarins - Sacramento, CA 8:11 PM Blue Knights - Denver, CO 8:28 PM Intermission 8:45 PM Carolina Crown - Fort Mill, SC 9:02 PM Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA 9:19 PM The Cavaliers - Rosemont, IL 9:36 PM Santa Clara Vanguard - Santa Clara, CA 9:53 PM Bluecoats - Canton, OH 10:10 PM Encore...Ladies and gentlemen ONCE AGAIN...The Bluecoats 10:35 PM Scores Announced
  18. 12 points
    If Bloo was cheese this year (Bloo Cheese?) then more cheese for me, please! because Bloo was really Gouda!
  19. 12 points
    I wanted to post this after semi finals but life got in the way and my phone was dead. I'm glad I am posting now though since the season has had a few days to settle. Please feel free to post your thoughts on 2019 shows as well. Conveniently- I will be commenting on every WC corps and the top 3 in OC. 25. Seattle Cascades- all I can say is WOW. I knew if the Cascades were the 25 seed that this is a great year for drum corps. Those jazz soloists were phenomenal. The grid, itself was a little scary. I thought we learned our lesson with the Cavaliers last year. Feet getting caught left and right but no falls. Very cool when the grid was lifted though. 24. Jersey Surf- Oh man. I have always wanted to see Jersey Surf live and I finally got the opportunity to. Very musical, visually pleasing, and easy to follow. Liked the uniform change. Maybe not as fun as 12/13 but well done and tastefully performed. 23. Music City- Hello! Truth be told I watched them rehearse the percussion feature in Conneaut Lake on Sunday. Was hoping to stay longer but it started to rain. That's okay though because I was wowed by the brass, the overall GE, and the amount of color in this show. Sure it was probably too cute- but I thought it should have swapped with Genesis in placement. My favorite of the first group on the field. 22. Gold- Well. I'll be. This California group had no trouble making the trip to Indy, fielding 16 CONTRAS, and grabbing the OC bronze. A nice show that reminded me of the game of Life with unique color guard props and all original music. A major step up from last year. This is my pick for the next group to jump to world class. 21. Legends- I like this OC corps. Instead of the ocean I pictured the Siren of the great lakes taking down many ships at Whitefish point and Thunder Bay. Easy show to get into. 20. Genesis- Nice 10th anniversary tribute show with earthen tones. Quite interesting to see the Greensleeves waving out of the props. 19. The Spartans- Experiment X. The program description had me almost uninterested especially since I just saw another 10th anniversary show...but WOW I loved this one. They definitely deserved the OC victory... although Im a sucker for Latin music on the football field. 18. Troopers- There is definitely a gap between 19-25 and the Troop. The whole Star Trek thing wasn't my cup of tea but wow is that hornline tasty. 17. Madison Scouts- If you are interested you can read my full experience on the Madison hype train thread. This was probably the most emotional show of the year for me. Unbelievably fantastic. Really makes me want to go back in time and see the 75-97 scouts live. 16. The Colts- I think this show had the strongest GE of non-finalist corps. Hells Bells and throwing the trident then Hell freezes over and the visual effects mixed with the ice cold sounds of chimes in the pit. Very fun, musical, easy to follow show all around. 15. The Academy- Bridge over troubled water was beautiful. I don't know if I was still drained from the previous two shows but I really miss the fun Academy from 2015-2017. Very nice performance but probably the least interesting show design of the year (but hey- would have been middle of the pack most years). 14. Pacific Crest- Whaaa? The lights were a very cool effect and I want to congratulate them on their highest score and placement of all time. This show had a great message and was performed well. Didn't make me ugly cry like BK 2014 but still a nice show. 13. Spirit of Atlanta- I was hoping this show would go places but where it landed placement-wise is just about right. Very nice, musical show that mixed very modern stuff and swing. Three uniform changes. A bit overkill but that's okay. I think Spirit Blue is plenty neon for the neon underground. Visually the ATL was very cool. 12. Phantom Regiment- Although they ended up in 12th this is the best flicker of Hope and Phantom show since 2012. Absolutely beautiful brass moments. Arguably some of the best brass moments of the night. Some cool visual moments and the chant was powerful. Some very awkward transitions though. Regardless I have a good feeling about Phantom 2020 if they make some minor changes. 11. Crossmen- I. Love. This. Show. One of the most enjoyable of the year for me. The field entrance (props and all), the tambre of the guitar, the power, the percussion feature, some great brass licks, the ride of the Valkyrie motifs from the trombones. The Valkyrie visual. The weird costumes. Just a great show all around. Great job Crossmen. 10. The Mandarins- Very Creepy Show. Fantastic, dark brass. Loved that the tenor voice in brass was all Euphoniums. Very interesting to watch the guard (and battery) tell the story line throughout this show. The Mandarins are great at that. If they fix their percussion issues they could climb- but they have had 2 years in a row of shows that are actually kind of scary. 9. The Cadets- Percussion and battery were absolutely amazing and had some fantastic features. I did not feel empowered as a female by this show. And that's all I have to say about that. 8. Blue Stars- Another corps that brought me one of my favorite shows by them in years. I think that from a visual and narration standpoint this story was told very well. The brass and percussion also sounded great. Not sure how I feel about almost the entire corps going to bed during the solo...but I did like the tents😁 7. Blue Knights- My favorite show, at least musically, of the year. I also find the blurry mirrors to be a wonderful aide in the show theme. The brass and percussion are together. There are such open and exposed sections of the show. There are beautiful moments of pure silence and reflection. From the Hurt solo to the end is so powerful and emotional. 6. Boston Crusaders- Ah. Yes. Now we have entered the top 6. Huge jump. Brass sounded great, Guard was absolutely amazing and crucial to the story telling. Very nice, easy to follow show. They added some extra Gore for semis and people seemed to love the David v. Goliath fight. I didn't miss the shot this time. 5. The Cavaliers- Another wonderful, fun, easy to follow show. Brass and percussion were extremely powerful, and the Cavaliers Guard were great to watch for fighting and portraying the show theme. Easily one of the best Cavaliers hornlines of all time. 4. Carolina Crown- Compared to most- this was a no frills drum corps show. Lots of movement and classic marching and formations by the MMs and they provided great visuals. Brass was beautiful and extremely clean as expected for Crown and Gabriel's Oboe gets my nod for best ballad of the year. Percussion was tight and probably my favorite percussion feature of the year too. 3. Santa Clara Vanguard- you haven't heard loud until you have heard SCV 2019. Lots of aggression but also a good amount of beauty going on musically. Probably the most talented corps of 2019. I have no idea what was going on the whole time though. As a side note getting the sousaphone into the cage looked as difficult as mastering one of those puzzle games at the Cracker Barrel. 2. The Bluecoats- I think this show had the best musical arrangements of the year. Just sheer genius. A crowd favorite for years to come. So many little things going on at the beginning, Eleanor Rigby, just wow. Blackbird was absolutely beautiful, as most Bloo ballads are. Come together was a rock concert. Then they played an encore. Just WOW. 1. The Blue Devils- They came into the field with a swagger that only BD is capable of. It was obvious this was the most confident and comfortable corps of the year. They did some cool stuff with the multiple uses of props. My favorite thing about BD this year, as it is in most years, is the battery. I had my eyes on center snare the whole time as I know he is one of the most talented musicians on the field and it was his age out year. Overall I felt this was one of the most enjoyable years for DCI. Almost all of the shows were very entertaining. The singing trend seems to be dying down, there was a lot of diversity in show design, and many corps are starting to March and move again but unlike 15 years ago the emphasis is on overall GE, music and visual theming - rather than who can push the drill the farthest. This season went by fast and I am looking forward to what next year brings. ✌️
  20. 12 points
    Why not both? They both satisfy completely different things for me. Blue Devils in their incredibly sophisticated themes and presentations paired with impeccable visual performance and Bluecoats in their incredible energy as performers and wildly entertaining shows. If this year has shown me anything, it’s that you do a show based completely on popular music or a really sophisticated theme and it doesn’t matter. It’s just how you do what you do, and can both be successful.
  21. 12 points
    I would just like to say a special thank you to the Ledford High School marching band for being one of the rudest group of bandos to ever attend a drum corps show. Taking phone calls during Carolina Crown’s performance, laughing and talking at full volume. Stay the f—k home next year.
  22. 12 points
    Okay. So it takes an entire year’s discretionary income, but these are among the best seats in the house. Go Crown!!!!!
  23. 12 points
    PS...a little secret. The NEW ENDING is already clean!!! and the kids LOVE IT.
  24. 12 points
    Tarps should be banned from drum corps. I know that sounds harsh but they are a danger to the kids, and are almost always a waste of money.
  25. 12 points
    Well... I got to see Cavs hornline preshow on Patreon, then found out we won the Cavs first raffle drawing of the year, then got to watch my son conducting the Cavies in their Encore... it was a good day for me! Night all!
  26. 12 points
    I went to Gardner Webb again this past Saturday and they have what seems to be half of the show on the field, and those 5-6 minutes go by fast. The show hooks you in from the first note (which also blows your face off). Whenever I am there, the members seem genuinely excited about the show and excited about being there. I, myself, have not been this excited about a Crown show since 2016. I was excited about 2017 too, but this show is on a whole different level. Crown will be back as the crowd favorite again this year. This show is so much fun to watch right now, and I don't even know what is going on at this point. The show is just that entertaining. I hope to make it up to GWebb again this weekend and maybe see the ballad barring no weather setbacks. I cannot wait until June 16th for the preview show and June 20th for the Tour Premiere
  27. 12 points
    Probably Crown. They always seem to be ahead of the curve on trends that I absolutely hate. 😑
  28. 11 points
  29. 11 points
    Well I’ll be ######!
  30. 11 points
    Ended up at cavies rehearsal today on accident (went to the show site in our uber instead of a different corps housing site of whom I shall not name) and fell in love with the cavaliers. I’ve always liked them but being at their practice was eye opening to how hard they work and how nice of people they are. Had me rooting for them tonight and maybe a cavies fan for the rest of the season/life. Interesting how things work out. Was in line after the show for the necessary whataburger and a cavalier let me go ahead of him. Good kids, good staff. Love to see it. I think they gained a new fan tonight.
  31. 11 points
    Congrats to Encorps for being approved for Open Class Competition. They will focus on a regional tour, mainly shows within a day trip from their home town. • Allentown, PA — June 28 • East Rutherford, NJ — July 2 • Augusta, NJ — July 17 • Annapolis, MD — July 30 • Allentown, PA — August 2 https://www.dci.org/news/new-jerseys-encorps-approved-for-regional-open-class-tour
  32. 11 points
  33. 11 points
    What I see as an extremely bad reflection of the participants in this board is the fact that there are three threads running right now about this and not one single person yet has said CONGRATULATIONS NATALIE STEELE!!! Everyone seems to forget that while they are climbing all over one another trying to influence/impress with our opinions over DCI, Morrison, Cadets, red carpets, etc. that there's another human being to be considered. I was going to start a new thread just to give Natalie somewhere to go and enjoy the accolades that should deservedly be coming her way. But too many of you would have to ruin that too by putting the attention back on what you can all fight about. So petty. Congratulations and best wishes Natalie! !!
  34. 10 points
    I recommended that unlimited free beer should be served at all DCI events to help promote attendance and enhance the entertainment experience.
  35. 10 points
    Yup. Blue states like Cali, Illinois and New York are driving businesses and residents out at record rates. They are bad at governing.
  36. 10 points
    Well...no. You’ve got an agenda, and single out 1 organization. You don’t discuss any others, and you leave out all other staff positions to narrow it down to make this accusation. Your argument is what is narrow-minded by not looking at their staff as a whole.
  37. 10 points
    Blue Stars have a right to staff however they choose, so long as they do not discriminate. Hiring the best they can find isn't discrimination, even if that means they end up with all male staff. The fact is, the talent pool blue stars are fishing in, whether it be drum corps staff in general or even the broader pool of talent in high school and college band directors, is overwhelmingly male. Drum corps is a niche within a niche, it is going to generally reflect that. Editing to add: Does that mean the Blue Stars and any other drum corps can't take extra efforts to make sure they are giving full consideration to female talent? Nope. I hope theyre doing that- every organization needs to be able to do that kind of introspection to make sure its own practices arent leading to women not being chosen. But at the end of the day the best candidate for the job should win regardless of gender.
  38. 10 points
    Here are a few thoughts on BD and Bloo this year. I may add more about the rest of the corps and post that in the review section later this week. Great season overall and I believe fans were once again treated to outstanding shows. All the marching members of every corps should be congratulated. This was another competitive and entertaining summer. So many excellent shows. Drum & Bugle Corps is in a good place, and as an older supporter and fan of the activity (54 now) I continue to love the evolution and the spirit of competition. Big congratulations to the Concord Blue Devils on their Gold Medal and World Championship. They continue to lead the drum corps activity into the future and are a truly deserving champion. I was in love with their show from day 1, even when it was really rough and not fully finished. Ghostlight was a monster production and so creative. It is filled with highlight after highlight. Every section seems to shine. Now that's how you feature a violin player within a show of this nature. Loved it! Nobody cleans feet or body quite like BD, and that coupled with a killer percussion performance on Finals night was likely the minuscule difference that helped them inch over the amazing Bluecoats. In the end, it comes down to who has the best show on Finals night, and BD has a long track record of performing when it matters. Bloo did, too. So this was a sweet win for BD. To beat a corps like Bluecoats, with that amazing show of theirs, is a tough task. None of us should be surprised. Most people knew this could go either way. The two corps were trading victories down the stretch. It was a fantastic race to the finish. I get that some Bluecoats fans are sad today. I am definitely sad. I wanted Bloo to win badly. I was rooting for my hometown corps like crazy, but at the end of the day the Blue Devils deserved this title, just like Bloo would have had a few tenths gone their way. When the scoring is this close you simply can't get too upset when the judges call it the way they see it on Finals night. That's what they are supposed to do. Great show, BD! I will be watching this one as much as 2015 and 2017. Way to go, Bluecoats, on another game-changing show and design from one of the best design teams in the business (right there with BD and SCV). Your show, from day 1 in Detroit, set the drum-corps world on fire. The design, staging, color palette, musical arrangements, integration of guard, and on and on...it was truly magnificent. There are a million-and-one ways to destroy a show with music of the Beatles. Doing popular music in DCI -- especially music of iconic groups -- is not easy and takes guts. John Lennon would have given this show a standing ovation. It was classy, complex, artistic, and entertaining. A silver medal is nothing to sneeze at. I am sad the corps did not get the big trophy. But in the end you had the crowd and you were only .087 from a great Blue Devils corps. That's incredibly good. This now makes 6 top-3 finishes for the Bluecoats since 2010. The corps has become a trend setter in this activity, and we can't say enough about what Doug Thrower and company put together musically for this show. All in all, I think the design of "The Bluecoats" is one of the most masterful and seamless designs I have ever seen in this activity. Did I mention I am a "dino?" I've seen a lot of great designs. It was so obvious after the Detroit performance that this show was likely going to challenge for Gold. It did. Just as the Blue Devils have been leading the activity forward, so too are the Bluecoats. They have jumped on the front of the train when it comes to leading in design and performance. They did that back in 2014. Great to see the corps tie for total music and win general effect. That says a lot. I can't wait to see what this design team has in store for this activity next summer. I know it will be amazing.
  39. 10 points
    I don't know how the scores will end up tonight, and honestly, I don't care. I hope every corps gives performances that all the MMs can be proud of, no matter what the competitive circumstances. The 2019 DCI season has been amazing and has flown by faster than I ever could have imagined. In fact, I keep thinking the Tour Premiere was just a week ago. It will once again be tough to adjust back to real life after an incredible season, and moreover an incredible decade, of drum corps (at least until the staff changes start rolling out early next month), so I ask everyone watching tonight to soak every moment in, no matter what.
  40. 10 points
    There is no group of percussionists and no percussion staff I would rather have that what we have right now. They are busting their tails every day with an incredible staff in front of them. Let there be no second guessing by anyone. If you let a number define you, you've lost. Eat 'em up, Boston.
  41. 10 points
    I’m not giving up my shot. posted from the DrumScorps app
  42. 10 points
    the problem with sitting in the seats you describe is that everything is aimed at the box, which varies show to show except for the last 2/3 shows of the year. Every stadium is different. I don't mind that they use it, but the balance issue is annoying, and I have sat by many boxes where the balance sucks, and you see nothing reflected on the recap. ( ok i will confess...over usage of bass drops gets ####### old fast). Until the judging community is willing to let someone have it for performance long balance issues, nothing will change. Now, what I see/hear at home on Flo means nothing, cause their mics are usually at field level right by the amps ( how they haven't figured out a workaround to this amazes me), so if it's bad one, so be it. But there was one year Crown's goo was so bad at Allentown at times i had to fight to hear the corps, and they popped high 9's on the upstairs music sheets. Sorry, but BS! Live by the plug, die by the plug. But the judging community refuses to pull that trigger.
  43. 10 points
    BD, Bloo, and SCV are all so different animals. How you judge that is beyond me.
  44. 10 points
    I have a request for any DCPer attending tonight. Please find HookemCavies and get a picture of him AFTER the Cavaliers' performance. I want to see his face!
  45. 10 points
    He said the equivalent of haters gonna hate. Are we gonna act like you don't do the same in the crown thread like a guard dog?
  46. 10 points
    I'd like to quit but I'm addicted - it really bothers me that the big dawgs mic individual horns and mix the sound of the hornline at the board - so what you are hearing is not live - it's mixed - I noticed it most with Vanguard last night in Menomonie - Bluecoats mic their soloists but I do not believe MM's are marching with wireless mics and being adjusted on the board -- To me - mixing the overall hornline sound on the board is cheating - and it sucks - and I hate it -
  47. 10 points
    ...and yet we still have the highest GDP of all the states. I'm not a native, but it does get tiring to see the State used as a punching bag. Yes, they have warts, but so does every other state, and I've lived in 9 or so of them and been to all of them....
  48. 10 points
    Have not been able to get the Cadets music out of my head since I left them last night! Music is really growing on me now that the visual aspect is being added. The staging of this show is on a different level than recent years...in a good way. Visually, this is some of the coolest stuff I have seen the Cadets do in years. Trying to keep realistic expectations about how they will place this season; however, when I watch this edition of the Cadets (which has been a lot in the past 2 weeks), I actually think they may have some upward mobility when it comes to placement this season. Either way, this season will be a breath of fresh air for the Cadets and their fans.
  49. 10 points
    Now boys...don’t make me pull this car over.
  50. 10 points
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