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  1. Well Star did it in the early 90's from British to Roman to Patriotic to Abstract Medea. Not as radical as what is going on now, but same basic idea. It is more changing technology that has brought about the current situation. With digital printing, it is much, much easier to create custom fabrics/costumes/flags than it used to be, and a bunch of new players have jumped in to get a piece of the pie. The costume trend is largely driven by vendors looking to make a buck. They don't make much on an individual drum corps, but they can sell the idea to 300 bands as a "must have" to be competitive. I personally think only Bluecoats have truly succeeded at pulling off effective costumes. Most of the rest are terribly busy and diminish the impact of the visual package. The lack of hats contributes as well. But this is all brought to us by the same people who think it is great to have groups perform/spin/drum on glare-prone tarps covered with headache-inducing incredibly intricate printing that competes with what is happening on top of it. That said, as long as there is money to be made, don't look for it to go away any time soon.
  2. They likely don't want involvement in a non-profit. They want to gain control of the non-profit and monetize it, for profit. "Opportunities for students," are opportunities for Varsity to make money. But let's not be naive about the fact that this is the path it's all been on for a while. Less than 20 years ago, a good number of corps still made their own flags, customized their own uniforms, reused instruments and had kids jot down their spots. Now a village of industry has sprung up to supply flags, costumes, "planned obsolescence" uniforms, props, electronics, electronic consulting, pre-made drill books, fitness training, etc. etc. If you're not getting it supplied by someone else, you're not doing it right. The money is not so much in the corps as it is in the legions of copycat bands, and this is Varsity's way in. BOA and WGI are in the crosshairs as well. They picked a good time to make their move, with DCI at its most vulnerable. It's been a few years, but apparently no one in the DCI office remembers the 2006 Regiment show....
  3. The "nachos" were just awful. Cheap, round, tough corn chips drenched in what I referred to as "cheese fluid." It came in a giant white can with black type on it which read simply CHEESE. Undoubtedly 99% oil. They tended to cause quite a bit of fluidity after consumption as well.
  4. This is a key point, that may even make a 2021 season more challenging. As most of us here have all been involved in corps in one capacity or another, we all know that, even on its best day, drum corps is just barely sanitary. Really hard work in really hot conditions with reduced attention to hygiene, close quarters with recirculated bus air, dirty floor sleeping, even lack of hot water in some places. Depending on the frequency/severity of flare ups after the initial outbreak, some parents may not want to risk their kids participating in the future. This is the sort of event that makes people look at everything differently.
  5. There is no way a season happens. None. Best hope is that it can be restarted next year, but a lot of things will have to go right for that to happen as well. We are just at the very earliest beginning stage of what is to come. There are undoubtedly thousands and thousands walking around with the virus, many unknowingly transferring it to those more vulnerable. The consequences are likely to be more than anyone can bear, but we will have to bear it. All that coupled with the unprecedented situation of economies worldwide just coming to a sudden halt - how do you even process it? Once the outbreak is contained, restarting the engine is not going to be a quick process. But people are resilient and hopefully the good that can come out of it will be a unifying moment. Then we can try to find ways to bring back the things we love that have had to go on hiatus for more pressing matters.
  6. Possibly the biggest surprise in Cadets' announcement is that the Artistic Director is unchanged. Undoubtedly there will be a lot of technical/arrangement improvement from the returning "greatest hits" staff, but let's just hope the ideas that the whole program will be based around turn out to be more sound than what was on display in 'Behold!' 😬
  7. Did you even watch BD's show? They have TONS of individualized movement where each member does their own thing. Even the removing of the jackets/shakos was choreographed with them each doing it differently as their own unique characters.
  8. I couldn't disagree with this more. To me, this was their strongest overall package since 2014. It was an extremely lean and purposeful show, with no extra fat in it. Everything had a reason and it all moved - quickly - from scene to scene. What they did visually will move the needle and others will be trying to emulate it. Prop usage was impeccable. It was interesting, had great transitions, humor, and the dance fluidity and upper body expressiveness/shaping/energy transitions demonstrated by the hornline outdid half of the color guards in the top 12. For all its strengths, 2017 was a rather clunky design overall, with pieces shoved together, and even the mighty 2014 production starts to look like the Stone Age compared to '19. A fun, engaging, modern show and a way forward that used elements of the compressed arena style brought by SCV last year, but didn't throw away the big visuals and high velocity that outdoor audiences love.
  9. Ah looks like they got Ford Field in Detroit instead for their customary NFL stadium rehearsal day on the way to Indy.
  10. In addition to what you listed, I think their method of essentially writing the visual show as they go along must contribute as well. That approach has grown exponentially the past few years and it probably takes until a certain point in the season for it to be nailed down enough to free up more time in the blocks to laser focus on performance issues. You can see it with the guard too. They used to be stronger out of the gate, but in recent seasons they have been more ragged until about the last third, when their precision suddenly improves dramatically.
  11. They don't usually do it until their rehearsal time in Buffalo ( I assume they do that again this year?) Yeah they have to turn out the light and right now the horns/drums all rush to the left and the guard moves to the right, and there is that whole runway for something magical to happen..
  12. Despite the misinterpretation by some, you raised valid questions that I have been wondering about as well. Bluecoats' achievement HAS been outscoring their content with some frequency in a few captions, at least since Texas, and that is a bit unusual a few weeks out, so what are the judges saying? I never understand the Analysis captions, in either visual or music (and frankly didn't even when I was teaching). They always seem to be "a little bit of this and maybe some of that," So since MA has been a consistent anchor on BD's scores, what is that targeting? They don't like the music? They think the performance of brass and drums both is not cutting it? The individual brass scores have been up and down, but the drums are consistently good, so how does that factor into Analysis? I'm lost on what they are looking to be improved/edited. It seems like Finals Week will be the Wild West with the kingmakers being the 3rd-5th placing corps. Everything depends on how many fractions of a point in blood they siphon off from the top 2 in various areas, with the one least damaged by the vampires getting the prize.
  13. I know dance classes of some sort are now strongly recommended and they specifically look for musicians with stellar movement abilities. The stuff they are doing this year is a huge step up from the body work they (or anyone) has done in the past. It really is legitimate dance stuff.
  14. Well someone did a really creepy version of The Shining last year (Oregon Crusaders?) and then promptly folded after, so careful what you wish for....😂
  15. There is a huge opportunity right now for someone to reinvent how music is depicted visually. Most are doing a bunch of over-layered mess that occasionally lines up with musical points of emphasis. That goes for color guard as well as drill staging, as it's evolved into a technique spectacle that on rare occasions reflects musical moods and phrasing. The Zingali drills really DID look like the music, and enhanced what you were hearing by the way their flow was so well matched to the phrasing, tempos and changes of feel. Don't go back to that, but come up with a new approach that cuts through the clutter.
  16. Mary Poppins was GREAT, and that's coming from someone who looks for an insulin shot every time I am subjected to anything Poppins. It was a charming and refreshing show with tons of personality, as was Drum Corpse Bride. Since then, they've blandifed everything and are getting lost in the shuffle again.
  17. I think most people had the same reaction when reading that, and the first word that came to mind was not "behold."
  18. Less to do with him personally than the consistency and routine that he represented. All the winter work was done with the routine in place that had existed for decades. Even when he was removed and some parts of the show had to be reworked, the inertia of the way of doing things kept things moving forward. This year, rather than start with the consistent approach and begin tweaking it, the choice was made to throw out bathwater and baby and attempt to reinvent everything at once. The result: an epic mess and both design and performance confusion. If you attempt to turn an ocean liner that sharply, you are bound to capsize. At least the pain is going to be so severe that all concerned may be shocked into planning better in the future.
  19. I don't think black would work because of the black pants on the corps, and they are on them later in the show a lot, but I agree there needs to be more contrast between the walls and the guard. Even a stronger choice of silk colors would help, as the silks are mostly light or with prominent light areas, or contain similar colors to the walls. This tends to be Chandler's achilles's heel. Something similar happened in 2016 where the guard went to all that trouble to spin flags with their hands stuck through the props, but the busy silks on top of the busy prop covers made it all hard to see. One thing Bluecoats have been flawless on the past few years is color design. Their choices are ON POINT. Great contrasts/impacts/mood.
  20. Its a #### good apple and a #### good orange, so I'm fine having delicious fruit salad for the next three weeks.
  21. The only way to fix it is to cover your eyes and pretend it isn't happening...
  22. They just took those out last night because of the high winds. It's a really dangerous blind toss where they throw them over the flats without being able to see them until the doors open. There was a major issue at a previous windy show where the rifles were all blown backwards and went careening off the open doors in all directions. Fortunately no one was injured and it seems they have cooked up a "soft" opening to use when conditions don't allow for the real thing.
  23. Was it ever really her in the first place? She has some rather distinctive pronunciations (especially woooo-rrrrld) and from the beginning of the season I couldn't quite pick that out and thought it might have been a cover version. In the BD360 snip, the actual voice is perhaps just easier to hear clearly than it has been in show videos up to this point.
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