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About cavies79

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  • Birthday 05/02/1960

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    Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
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    Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, SCV, and Phantom Regiment
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    2006 Cavaliers
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    Laredo, Texas

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  1. Maybe he was intending to mean Steve Brubaker, Tim Salzman, Ken Snoeck, and Jim Campbell. Corps Director at the time was Adolph DeGrawe. Also, I believe Jeff Fiedler was involved as Program Coordinator.
  2. I thought it would be neat to see who your choices would be for the top 3 designers of visual, brass, and percussion in the 1980s. I'll start and see if you agree or not. I listed in no significant order. Brass Designers: 1. Wayne Downey 2. Jim Prime Jr. 3. Jim Wren Visual Designers: 1. George Zingali 2. Steve Brubaker 3. John Brazale Percussion Designers: 1. Tom Float 2. Jim Campbell 3. Ralph Hardiman
  3. cavies79

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    The brass sound that we all connect to Phantom was missing for the past few years. The music has lacked the GE that other corps have. This definitely impacts the visual design, as well as the guard choreography. There is so much classical and contemporary music that the corps could perform and be successful with. I do agree that a consultant with much experience needs to come in and help guide the design team. As somebody posted earlier, Howard Weinstein is available. He has a proven track record. There are a few other corps trying to knock Regiment out of the finals spot (Spirit, Colts, Scouts, etc.), if things don't improve. Good luck Regiment! Make the correct decisions.
  4. cavies79

    TMEA 2019

    When Jeff Fiedler was Director for the Cavaliers, they had a booth every year. Alot of great Texas talent ended up in the Corps.
  5. cavies79

    TMEA 2019

    Crossmen usually have a booth and YEA might too. I wish Cavaliers would have one.
  6. cavies79

    2019 Predictions!

    I believe Cavaliers brassline is going to be in the top 3 this coming season.
  7. cavies79

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    As a music educator/designer, I have to say that I enjoyed sections of Regiment's show this year. Other sections to me, were not as good. I think it was a mistake programming the New World Symphony. To many people remember the 1989 version. This year's show didn't come close to the designs of Brazale, Wren, and Hurley. I think they should consider hiring a program consultant to help them get on track. The corps was young this year, and I believe some of the design team is too. Get a veteran program consultant to help steer the team in the right direction.
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    The future of the Cadets

    I hope that with George no longer associated with the organization, that the kids are treated better. When I heard, two seasons ago, that they weren't even allowed to shower before finals, I felt sorry for the members. Less sleep, no shower, less food does not make you a better corps. Treat the kids better.
  9. I selected 2006 Cavaliers. Two things helped me decide. One, the Michael Gaines visual design and two, I am an alum of the Cavaliers. Even if I wasn't, I would still select 2006 Cavaliers.
  10. Jeffrey Fiedler............Former DM, Staff member, Program Coordinator, Assistant Corps Director and Corps Director- Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. CEO- Santa Clara Vanguard. It was under Jeff's guidance that the Cavaliers put together a championship instruction/design team, which help them win 7 DCI Championships.
  11. cavies79

    Best slow solo ever?

    It was J.D. Shaw. Ray played the sop. solo on "Pagliacci".
  12. cavies79

    Best slow solo ever?

    J.D. Shaw, who is currently the arranger/composer for SCV. Before that, he was arranger for Phantom Regiment. He is also the french horn teacher at the University of South Carolina.
  13. cavies79

    Phantom Regiment 2017

    I respect your vote, but my choice would be the Boston Crusaders. They're a total turn around from 2016. They stand out in mind as the Most Improved.
  14. cavies79

    The Cavaliers 2017

    Yes, Michael Gaines is with SCV as a Consultant, but Richard Hinshaw is doing a fabulous job with this year's ( and even last year's) visual design. Cavaliers are about a year away from competing for the top prize.