FLBuzcut

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  1. It's not as if I sit and bawl at drum corps shows but there have been a few times in the past where a "moment" has choked me up, usually as a combination of everything on tbe field; music, visual, character. I know I teared up at Scouts 2011 when the corps stopped and looked up in horror (at the towers coming down) and 2003 Spirit during "October" with the flags of designers gone, like Zingali, Jim Ott. I could see it happening for BK and "Saturn", given their treatment of "To Build a Home" and "Fly to Paradise." Now, goosebumps are a totally different story. When Crown hits that big blas
  2. Absolutely. It's a really fine art museum set in a beautiful park NW of downtown. When I was there a couple of years ago it was donations only, but they've unfortunately implemented a standard paid admission. Still worth it, if you like your art in forms other than performing.
  3. First, I like the show and I always like the Troopers. Nothing wrong with Americana but this show is a nice departure while still keeping things in the Troopers milieu. That being said, does anyone else find the show eerily similar to Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School's (Lexington, KY) show from last fall? Different music, but basically the same visual package. Dunbar's show was "Unbridled," Troopers is "Wild Horses." Anyone else see the similarity? Also, I'm a bit confused over the final visual. I take it the horns are a metaphor for horses, but if the show is about Wild Horses (being fr
  4. I had seem drum corps on video/TV for the annual PBS broadcast of Finals. It was the late '70s and our band director was a big drum corps fan, which was pretty unusual for a small farm town in central Florida, but she exposed our little marching band to the wider world out there. From video, I remember thinking how good and innovative corps were, but I don't think I got anywhere near the full effect until I'd seen my: First live show: Drums Across America - Atlanta - 1978. I don't recall everyone there, but I do remember the Kilities, who had misplaced their uniform truck and marched in sh
  5. Blue Stars in, Spirit out (sorry, Atlanta. I don't want to be a traitor to the south but that lounge act is just not doing it for me.)
  6. Hi old folks! (and I mean that fondly!) I do NOT like to reopen old topics, but as probably one of the few people here with a Squires story, I had to relight the fire. I grew up in a small town in the sticks in Florida where our HS band director turned us on to drum corps. However, aside from watching finals on PBS and going to a few shows, we didn't have a good idea of how or where one would join a corps. So I'm off to Ithaca, NY in my freshman year at Cornell, in the marching band and become friends with a girl from Ithaca who's HS band was also very into the drum corps thing. So we ta
  7. There are a lot of instances where fans use one term and the "insiders" (members, staff, family) use something else: Vanguard to members, Santa Clara or SCV to fans Lancers to members, 2-7 to fans Scouts to members, Madison to fans just to name a few.
  8. After I spoke with the guy from DCI's office, I did some research and the reason they streams are not more robust is because of the Brightcove Services company, who is coordinating DCI's whole video effort. The 500kbs and 480x360 resolution is the standard for their streaming and on-demand video set up. They give their clients very good guidelines and tools to help with the quality of the video before it makes it onto their network, in an effort to maximize what little bandwidth they're using; and based on most of the reports, this must be helping a bit. But even a streaming standard of 64
  9. There are so many, but one I always remember is 1990 Cadets, during the bit from Fancy Free Ballet when first a guy in the guard tosses his rifle straight up in the air, followed immediately by a soprano player, who tosses his horn straight up in the air, just about as high as possible, then catches it. Cooool.
  10. Yes, all the banners are very, very nice. Sure would be great if there was one for Suncoast Sound. (I can't be the first person to mention it, can I?) Thanks!
  11. Howdy, Like a few others of you, I've stomped and moaned for years about the Fan Network, dabating whether or not to join, thinking that I wouldn't use it enough over the summer to get my money's worth...then this year they keep lowering the price! Now, at $39 I figure I may as well. My big question is about the quality of the both the On Demand Video and the Streaming Broadcasts? I contacted DCI's office and got a very detailed explanation from a guy there about speed and resolution of the various video formats. The one that really bothered me was the streaming one, since that's primari