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  1. I don't know, it would be hard to justify giving you a hard time for a homer pick when BD is over half the available choices. As for me, well, if I picked E=MC2 , I would likely be thought of as irrelevant. And it's tempting, I love the show, and Finals night 2013 is certainly a memorable evening of drum corps for Crown fans. But take away the emotional weight behind the championship, I too, have to vote for Felliniesque. Just in awe of that show. I will say this, though, of this list, Babylon evokes a more emotional reaction in me. The ballad and the closer are goose bump city. But Felliniesque's ballad is gut wrenchingly beautiful. And DSU is pure joy Argh, this is too hard. F it Felliniesque
  2. I loved what Anna did, and my heart sunk on Finals night with the audio failures. And I am one of the few who LOVED Crown's closer that year. Really liked how it integrated vocals, brass and percussion, great drill (Sacktig Crown!), and I thought it had a lot of nice and effective visual touches. Gets a lot of replay for me. Having said that, my vote went to Relentless. Great Guard, Great Brass with GREAT music selections top to bottom, and nice, effective, accessible show theme. I need to give Kinetic Noise more attention based on this poll. I really thought Session 44 would have won this category, and I am actually more a fan of Metropolis amongst Bluecoats' offerings here. One cool thing about these polls, gives you the opportunity to revisit highly regarded shows that maybe did not make an initial impression, and therefore, not much rewatch. I have my homework.
  3. This is what I had always thought, especially when watching them back to back for three nights, that contrast was apparent. I really thought a knockout performance would be enough for Crown to medal. I was wrong. I think they delivered their best performance, but it was not quite enough. In answer to OP question, I don't think either got ripped off. 1/2 was a tossup for me, but I leaned BD, and while I was disappointed with 3/4, when the margins are that close, it's hard to call it getting hosed, IMHO.
  4. I have always wondered this, but have not taken the time to really look at the sheets to confirm. I spot checked a few GE spreads a while back and the theory did not hold up, but it was far from a real analysis. I guess it was more in visual I should have looked. I wonder if they even try and drive consistency in managing spreads across the captions at all, because it really does influence outcomes. Says the guy from a corps with a strong brass line.
  5. OMG, I am such a dope. I have been looking at these lists thinking, "why the hell are all these recommendations from the last century?"🤔 MP3 Player should have been first clue.
  6. Interesting. I have not watched that show in a long time, but my recollection was that it was more a secular "peace and joy" type celebration of Christmas, vs. a more religious "birth of the savior" celebration. But I grew up Catholic, so obviously it would make a different impression on me. Wonder what those same folks thought of Cadets 2017 (Mass).
  7. This one was difficult. But question is favorite, so went with Rach Star, as it gets the most replay from me (honk). But I do love, and have such admiration for Force of Nature. I think it might be the best of the bunch, just not my personal favorite in term of entertainment. The 2019 shows are hard to factor in these lists since we don't have the benefit of time. I loved Beneath the Surface musically, and that ballad will get a lot of replay for me.
  8. Okay, this did not pop out at me, so now it's a riddle. I'll go with OOTW and SOS. BTW, my vote went to Juliet. Not gonna honk on OOTW. Elsa closer gets a ton of replay for me.
  9. Great pictures posted to Crown's Facebook page by Emily Treasure from finals night. Performance pics are great, but the post show pics at the end are special. I am a sucker for those emo moments. 😂 Thanks for the great pictures all year, Emily.
  10. STOP - The over use of A&E and full brass mics START - safety standards for props - I don't know to what extent this already exists, but honestly, my fear for the members' safety on some of these stages/props takes me out of the performance. The Cadets cross through drill at the apex of the four stairwells is an example. CHANGE - Open Class Finals to Wednesday. Now that they moved it closer to Indy, I would happily fly out a day early and drive up to watch open class finals.
  11. Just wanted to drop in and say congratulations to the Blue Devils on a great season and championship. Really loved the show. Engrossing from beginning to end, beautifully designed, and of course impeccably executed by members who know how to close. Just a privilege to watch all around. Special shout out to the guard, I really thought they would take the Zingali, and deserved it in my book. And to Brandon and the percussion section; what a storybook way to end a great tenure with BD. Congrats, again ... until next summer!
  12. 2016 was great, but not like Sat, or 2015. And I think 2015 had a little more from the crowd because it was a contender that year. This year's crowd reaction was inspired more by the performance and energy from the members, IMO.
  13. Thanks so much for these kind words. I do have a sense of pride for my small role in laying down the foundation. And while a young CC did set a standard of excellence in brass that continues today, my musical skills were, let's say, not a significant contributing factor. I often say that they won the the Div 2 High Brass award in spite of me. 🙂 Regardless, I am just so proud of what Carolina Crown has become, and I am moved by them every year. They have surely given me way more than what I ever contributed as a performer, both that year, and in the many years since. Can't wait for next year! BTW, thanks for being such an eloquent and ardent supporter of Carolina Crown on DCP!
  14. Just wanted to take a moment to thank Carolina Crown for an incredible season. I went to all three ensemble rehearsals and performances in Indy, and was truly inspired by all six encounters. I have such incredible love for this activity, and never has it been so truly expressed in so many ways as it was this weekend by Crown 2019. In rehearsals, it was such a privilege to witness the members' extraordinary passion, relentless determination, not to mention ridiculous talent. But it also revealed the love, respect, and admiration that all members have for each other, across sections, and across staff and performers. I know that many corps have these qualities, but there was a totality to it all that seemed off the charts this year, and of course, was particularly expressive at the end of the season. This corps knew it had something special this season, and they were soaking in every last morsel. The performances revealed the fruits of that labor, but were absolutely fueled by that emotional energy and awareness evident in rehearsal, and just stunningly expressed each evening in performance. Those performances expressed everything I love about drum corps: performers leaving it all out on the field, enjoying every second of it, feeding off the energy of the crowd, culminating in the unbridled joy of knowing they just knocked it out of the park. It is the looks on their faces, the jumping in the air after nailing the show, and the post performance embraces that move me so much, and reaffirm my love of this activity, regardless of scores, placements, and all the other thing we complain about. It's what will bring be back next year, as it has 20 times before. Thank you Carolina Crown, this alum is so freaking proud, and grateful.
  15. So proud, Carolina Crown. SO FREAKING PROUD!!!!!! Great run. Great season. Great great great corps.