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  1. It's not just you, or anyone else Keith. Drum corps has dramatically changed in the past two decades. Bb horns instead of G, three valves instead of two (or piston/rotor, piston/slide). Smaller bore. Amplified pits, and now amplified hornlines because they just aren't loud enough anymore. No more retreats. No guarding the colours. All the uniforms look the same. No one plays anything that you know, only what they've written that's "new!" and "moody" instead of toe tapping/dancing along/rockin'. Drum majors no longer have rank. Dancing on the field instead of precision colour guard.... Yet, the prices to go to events keeps going up while audience numbers keep going down.
  2. Tuthill may have had talent, and may deserve his hall of fame status... but, he's the man that turned the Argonauts Drum and Bugle corps into the Argonauts Marching band. There's a lot of bad blood between my fellow alumni and him.
  3. Well, that just SUX! I spent 8 years of my life PAYING to travel and perform, performed music written for me to play, worked my ### off two nights each week and for two and half months every summer. And now I have to PAY to hear what "we" accomplished. Including myself playing the music DCI is charging me to listen to. That's like KISS paying to hear their own albums....only they NEVER make any money... only pay to play it in front of audiences.
  4. According to you then, DCI doesn't own it either. Which leaves my question valid.
  5. You know, 'cuz after all, WE wrote the music (or rewrote, as it were), and WE PLAYED the music. Seems kinda lame to have to support DCI letting us listen to it.
  6. Would we fund this DCI set up.... then pay AGAIN to download the music?
  7. This is gonna sound like a whine.... Dude, so was 83. We got shafted by DCI because we refused to march a 109 degree day (parade) in these new uniforms. Instead we went in corps t-shirts and pants. The DCI officials at the parade came up to us after and told us "You will never win another show this year". Until he said that, we were undefeated in 83. We didn't win another show until after finals that year. And that was in Casper.
  8. Trying to remember the image code... anyway... Argos 1983 snare line.
  9. While I definitely agree, it's nowhere near the classic look of 83.
  10. I see only a couple things missing... :P Two tours a year. First tour being north-south directions and second be east-west, or vice-versa. A show every single day of tour. Not five shows total on second tour.
  11. 1987 Argonauts! Back row, second from the right is me.
  12. heh... more of a joke, than a trademark. But, it used to be quite fun to tell people that. :P
  13. Yes, but we won't mention that, will we? WILL WE???!!!
  14. Aside from our constant bad taste in uniforms... the Argonauts are an old greek legend. But, there is a pub in Salem called "The Ram Pub" which I'm sure was the true inspiration. Our name was also a change from the "Fabulous Flamingos", which is just an embarassment anyway.
  15. Argonauts #50 or lower? Remember Ghost? Even better... those drum harnesses EVERYONE uses? Hadley Loveall of the Flamingos/Argonauts invented them! #50 or lower, my sweet patootie!
  16. Well! The season has officially begun in the Northwest and here's my views. Cascades: Umnnn... wow. Where to start? I'm sorry to report that this show was the most sloppy I've ever seen coming out of Seattle. Intonation problems, discordant music, kids literally running into each other on the field constantly. The drum line was about the only positive I saw. But all in all, this show needs a LOT of work. Oregon Crusaders: I've noticed over the past years that the start of your season is always very sloppy. In fact, terrible. But by DCI championships, you guys manage to pull it together and score very well. It's time someone said this... THAT IS A LOUSY ETHIC. Your goal should be to please your audience, not the judges. The show appeared lazy, and wrought with the same problems as the Cascades. But I could tell the Cascades were at least trying. Your score in Eugene was based on the new Volcano scoring system, and I really believe this is why you beat the Cascades on your home turf. Your my hometown corps. And I'm through being disappointed by you without saying anything about it. Troopers: WELCOME BACK! The West(ern) Side Story was a great idea! And musically, it was terrific. I think with just a bit of clean-up, you have a real winner of a show here. And it was really fun to watch. Blue Knights: I was expecting the usual darkness of your musical presentation which leaves me pretty non-plussed with you. HOLY COW! I was surprised. One of the finest musical performances I've seen in a long long time. Thank you! Your hornline is filled with fantastic talent. Having said all that... the two moments of electric keyboard use I found to be very VERY distracting. I understand it's use, but I think it could be done WITHOUT the "winter wind" electric sound and the "john Denver" guitar sounds. But it was a really great show! Santa Clara: What can I say? THIS IS DRUM CORPS. Such beauty, so perfectly put together. People in the audience, including me...were crying. I hope you take it to the top this year. If you can't, then I really wanna see who's gonna beat you.
  17. At one time, the Oregon Crusaders had a total of 5 touring members. Couple years ago they won the championship. Last year they took fourth in open class at DCI. It's worth it.
  18. Suddenly, I can't find him here. I need to have speaks with him. :(