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About OldBones

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  • Birthday 12/14/1953

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Back in the Day (Bracken Cavaliers - Hawthorne - Crossmen)
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Crossmen - SCV - BD - Madison
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    76 Madison (You had to see it live) I'm still missing parts from where they blew my face off.
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  1. I use to go to 7th's show in New London. Always well run and well attended. That was back when you had at least 4 corps in the New England area, 2 from NJ and 1 from NY. It went belly up several years ago and unfortunately there are now no Open Class pre-tour shows on the East Coast. Sad
  2. Until there are more Open Class corps on the east coast there will unfortunately be no shows other than tour shows (hopefully more than 4 corps at a show). A South Jersey High Schools Band Association was interested in hosting a show this year but it only had 3 corps. Raiders (local), 7th (is what, 4 hrs away(?)) and Spartans (5 or 6 hrs way)? DCI tried to get Legends to come from MI or Les Stentors from Canada, but that will never work for a Tuesday night show with no other show to go to for 2 weeks. Show was cancelled. Next year there may be 1 or 2 more corps in OC which will hopefully boost the chance of a show or 2 happening here. At least the California OC corps have a good number of shows before tour hits.
  3. OldBones

    Just A Thought!

    The last several years I thought about what if DCI and DCA merged. Get rid of both acronyms create a circuit where all corps are all age and have 3 sub circuits. Full tour circuit. Partial tour circuit. Regional Circuit. Even a new Sound Sport type Circuit. Full tour and partial tour end up at a World Championship in a rotating city platform. Regional and Sound Sport would have regional championships. It would create more shows, especially in the East where there is only a few WC and 3 OC corps to go with a good number of all age corps and more shows can be generated in parts of the mid-west.
  4. OldBones

    DCA Show In NJ This Weekend

    I went to Woodbridge First time to a DCA show in a decade. I watched Al Chez do his soundcheck then did the lot. A baseball game on the back field of the HS screwed up a few things. Listening to Hurcs brass warm up. They seemed to be struggling with blending and pitch. With a smallish hornline it is not hard for individuals to stand out. Off to see C2 warm up. They were doing what seems to be a new visual piece to their show. I hope it wasnt the plan to put it in that night. No offense to the vis staff but it was not working well. I watched Hawthones drumline next. Probably the best thing I saw in the lot. I then headed to the stadium and got a seat just as Hurcs were lining up at the gate to go on the field. Lots of unbrellas. I thought it was a bad idea to have anyone perform on the field, but to their credit, Hurcs did. No electronics obviously did not help the small pit. They performed as well as they could for the situation they were in. Hats off to you Hurricanes. Job well done considering the circumstances. Now coming on the field is Reading. Why does it take so long for a corps to set up? The rain had momentarily stopped so they brought on their electronics. A very bad decision. The rain came back and they had to really scramble to cover the pit instruments. 10 minuets later the decision to go inside and do a standstill was made. Bucs did not participate inside. I hope they didn't have a Mandarin moment. Inside, Hawthorne was first up. Sorry, but inside a gym is not a place to put a drumline and a hornline that likes to play loud. They were very entertaining though and have a lot of individual talent. Oh, and I like the new uniforms. Next up was C2. Nice blend of sound between horns and percussion. No pit. Some very long passages of silence where the pit would be featured took away from some of the performance. Overall, I do like their show musically. Last up was Bushwackers. I'm sorry I did not stay. Feeling like a drowned rat in a fridge (it was cold in the gym) and already coming down with signs of a cold, I left. Sorry Bush. Unfortunately, the weather really played havoc. I was really looking forward to seeing Reading, C2 and Hawthorne compete against each other. Now that will not happen until prelims. I wish all the corps the best of luck over the next 2 weekends.
  5. Lots of talk about shows from the top 12 (sometimes top 15) Lets give some love to those at the bottom rungs of quarterfinals. Are/were there any shows people liked that never made it past Quarterfinals. World or Open Class
  6. Weather should be really nice for this show No Rain Hi 70s at the start dropping to Hi 60s by shows end. Real nice lineup 7:00 Welcome & National Anthem 7:07 Shadow - Oregon, WI 7:23 Raiders - Burlington, NJ 7:39 Guardians - Houston, TX 7:55 7th Regiment - New London, CT 8:11 Intermission 8:31 Southwind - Mobile, AL 8:47 Blue Devils "B" - Concord, CA 9:03 Legends - Kalamazoo, MI 9:29 Scores Announced
  7. Looks like a great night for the show. Weather wise Partly Cloudy 78 7:00 Welcome & National Anthem 7:05 Exhibition - Petunia City Stix 7:15 Raiders - Burlington, NJ 7:31 Guardians - Houston, TX 7:47 Southwind - Mobile, AL 8:03 Intermission 8:23 7th Regiment - New London, CT 8:39 Blue Devils "B" - Concord, CA 8:55 Legends - Kalamazoo, MI 9:21 Scores Announced Hinders Field 498 15th Avenue Dixon - Rock Falls, IL 60171
  8. OldBones

    Plymouth, IN - July 31, 2018

    Finally, a show with more than 4 corps. Doesnt look too good weather wise. Showers and storms until 10p.
  9. OldBones

    Sheffield, PA - July 27, 2018

    A nice night for a show. Should be scattered clouds. low 70's at the start. dropping to the upper 60's by shows end. Perfect weather.
  10. OldBones

    Johnsonburg, PA - July 26, 2018

    Since they were listed for all these shows, do they get fined for pulling out so late. I know other corps have. Shame.
  11. OldBones

    Johnsonburg, PA - July 26, 2018

    Thank you. I did not realize they were suppose to be on this leg of the tour. I know Les Stentor announced to DCI they were going inactive long before going public. When did Impulse decide not to go past Denver?
  12. OldBones

    Johnsonburg, PA - July 26, 2018

    I believe Raiders has one more jump in them before Michigan City. Hard to judge a show with only 5 judges. I'd like to see what scores could actually be with full panel judges. Probably will not happen until Michigan City, possibly Avon Lake. On another note - this tour is very unbalanced. The other half of the Open Class Tour has an average of 6-8 corps in a show and the first 4 shows in this half is just Raiders - 7th - Legends - Spartans. 2 corps - an intermission - 2 corps - done. Sponsors barely have a chance to sell anything. Bad job of scheduling by DCI.
  13. First show in a long while for these Open Class Corps. Shame there are only 4 corps in the first couple of shows. Exactly how much are the sponsors paying to host such a small show? Line up for tomorrow night and on Sunday in Groversville NY. In Groversville there is an intermission between 7th and Spartans. 7:00 Welcome & National Anthem 7:10 Raiders - Burlington, NJ 7:31 7th Regiment - New London, CT 7:52 Spartans - Nashua, NH 8:13 Legends - Kalamazoo, MI 8:34 Scores Announced Tomorrow in
  14. OldBones

    Is there a Mullica Hill, NJ?

    DCI cancelled this show because on 3 corps were coming. Not good for anyone traveling a distance (like 7th Regiment, Spartans not scheduled for this show) just for a Tuesday night show with nothing else until Saturday up in Glenn Falls NY. A major reason why no Open Class shows can be held in the Mid Atlantic area of the country unless its part of the major OC tour where all the corps are traveling. Sad
  15. OldBones

    Who's on first?

    I believe Raiders, 7th and Spartans would have an added show but the Mullica Hills, NJ show was cancelled because they were the only competing corps in the show. The new NJ Corps, Encore, was also suppose to appear in exhibition. I guess that's why no mid week mid atlantic open class shows can be scheduled in the east unless there is a show nearby the following day or so. Shame