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  1. ironlips

    Most Missed HOF

    " we're too young LOL " Agreed. I was thinking of that as I wrote that post. It does go back to the '70s and mid-'80s after all, but then again, so does Fran Haring. I believe he played something called a French Horn, and marched when Moses was the drill writer. Lots of wandering around in the desert back then, before electronics.
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    Most Missed HOF

    I'm a bit surprised no one has mentioned the Hawthorne Muchachos in this context, or for that matter, the San Jose Raiders. Both musical style and visual image were "niche", but I miss that unity of approach and strong identity. So clearly delineated were they that even if you happened upon them rehearsing in street clothes, there was no mistaking them for anyone else. Today's priorities are different and distinctions are blurred. That's alright. As the line goes in Casablanca, "We'll always have Paris".
  3. Many of us on this forum have credited the enormous positive effects of "neighborhood" drum corps, and bemoaned the disappearance of such groups over the past several decades. Recently, there have been signs that they are not extinct, and indeed may have a resurgence. The Columbus Saints and other Soundsport teams come to mind. So here is another group of socially committed and noble folks who recognize the great potential benefits that a community will derive from a "local" drum corps: " Starting in the new year, youth ages 11 to 20 are welcomed to join the Diamond Warriors Drum and Bugle Corps at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the Verdean Veterans Hall, 561 Purchase St. in New Bedford. No prior musical experience or knowledge is required, and lessons in music will be taught by coordinators and alumni from drums corps past. Those interested in signing up their child are welcomed to attend any of the meetings in the new year, or can contact Leslie Barrett at 508-338-0521. There is a $5, one-time registration fee. " I wish them great success and encourage anyone of like mind to join me in contacting the Barretts to offer whatever support we can. News Flash: The Diamond Warriors will not win Nationals next year. They have more important things to do, like saving kid's lives.
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    Old bugle mouthpeice

    Getzen supplied a mouthpiece with these horns, but many players upgraded to a higher quality trombone mouthpiece like a Bach 6.5 AL. There are lots of suitable options.
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    Echoes in the Valley

    I highly recommend Jud's book. It's well researched and written, and captures a Camelot moment in the history of Drum Corps, when anything and everything seemed possible. The Squires were one of those rare stars that sparkle.
  6. "...someone referred to the 1990s as "back in the day. " True story: Several years ago, a young woman approached me at a concert and said, " You don't know me, but you taught my father." Oy Vey! A few feet away, grinning like the proverbial Cheshire Cat, stood George De Old (yes, his real name), Garfield mellophone, class of 1970. And he looked, well, old. I felt like Methuselah's uncle. I hasten to point out that he aged out that year and was but a few months younger than me. Still...Holy FM 22-5, Batman!
  7. You guys are kidding, right? People have been dancing in Drum Corps shows for over 50 years. Some iconic dance moments from the 1960"s: 1. Nick Rizzi's bump and grind feature in the Yankee Rebels' "Stripper" ('62-'64) 2. The Skyliners doing a Chubby Checker "Twist" at the '62 Dream 3. The Bridgeport Troopers with their signature "Bunny Hop"
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    Plastic Horns?

    A left-handed Flugabari in C, with a sweet tone. Concert French Hornists might take to those rotors rather easily. Me, I'd need to have some synapses rewired, I fear. (I wonder how a plastic one would sound.) No doubt, somewhere in Japan, someone is working on an entirely 3-D printed horn choir.
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    Plastic Horns?

    That young woman could get a good sound out of a #5 soup can. Plastic horns are ok when your 5 year-old thinks she wants to play trumpet and you're not sure she will actually stick with it, but they are probably a non-starter in drum corps. Then again, if you are starting a corps for 5 year-olds, they may be worth considering.
  10. These folks could be a resource. Try contacting them: http://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/2018/10/florida-brass-alumni-and-concert-corps-2018-2019-season/
  11. I just saw this. (Nov. 17th) Though there is no organized "mentorship program" that I am aware of, there certainly are a good number of experienced drum corps people living in Florida. If you PM me, I'll try to help connect you to some of them.
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    Wes Hobby Passes

    Wes was the Dean of Drum Corps Announcers. Standing on the starting line as he gave your corps' introduction was an uplifting experience. At that moment, he made you believe you were the most important people on the planet. You were what was happening. The confidence boost was palpable. It takes a special individual to achieve that. Wes Hobby was a Drum Corps giant.
  13. I recall that Santa Clara did ok under Royer, and his music specialty was strings. Chuck Naffier enjoys the greatest respect among his peers. The Scouts have scored a real coup with this acquisition. P.S. I won the Dream, but only once.
  14. X, If you have that photo, please post it. To be honest, it was impossible to encapsulate Jeff's or any of the others' careers in the 1:45 time frame. Their accomplishments are simply too varied and extraordinary. These were just the highlight reels, shown as they came up to accept their honors at the banquet. Gail Langan did an excellent "Ken Burns"-like job on the segments, I think.
  15. Here are the Induction Videos for the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018. Gino Cipriani - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Gino Cipriani - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee WDCHOF 2018 Inductee Gino Cipriani Chick Corea - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Chick Corea - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee WDCHOF 2018 Inductee Chick Corea Erik Julliard - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Erik Julliard - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee WDCHOF 2018 Inductee Erik Juliard Danny McBride - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Indcutee Danny McBride - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Indcutee WDCHOF 2018 Inductee Danny McBride Diane Nicholeris - 2018 World Drum Corps Hall of Fame Inductee *Audio muted due to copyright issues Diane Nicholeris - 2018 World Drum Corps Hall of Fame Inductee ** Audio muted due to copyright issues ** WDCHOF 2018 Inductee Diane Nicholeris Jeff Prosperie - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Jeff Prosperie - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee WDCHOF 2018 Inductee Jeff Prosperie Jeff Sacktig - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Jeff Sacktig - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee WDCHOF 2018 Inductee Jeff Sacktig Lou Tierno - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Lou Tierno - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee WDCHOF Inductee Lou Tierno Jim Wedge - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Jim Wedge - World Drum Corps Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee WDCHOF 2018 Inductee Jim Wedge