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  1. Do other corps still have their traditional uniforms in storage? How difficult would that be logistically to pull them out for essentially an hour for the whole season?
  2. 1. Bluecoats 2. Boston 3. Cavies 4. Spirit 5. Pacific Crest 6. BD
  3. I think the days of doing one specific genre are over. You can have moments in the show, but there must be a variety of styles now.
  4. I was bored with them in the late 90s. My favorites are ones with a strong, literal, but not bash-you-over-the-head-PC theme. Lately, the early-mid 2000s Crown (plus Inferno and Relentless), Phantom 2008, Academy in tails years, Spirit during the Sin City/Speakeasy years. There have been some others lately that weren't thematic like that, but weren't esoteric, and they were great...Downside Up, SCV last yet.
  5. Sounds a lot like.....Pioneer. Drum corps is not a static activity. Every so many years a specific corps and show design shifts the paradigm. I believe what we are seeing now is a direct result of Bluecoats' Tilt and Downside Up shows. You can either keep doing what you are doing or you can keep up with the Joneses in an effort to stay relevant. In modern DCI show design is 1A and talent is 1B. You can't have one without the other.
  6. If this show didn't have the Bridge tag and Do Better section it would be so much better. This is the most Hop thing they could have done.
  7. Love the trumpet soli at the beginning of the Cadets show. Hats are fun too.
  8. Really digging what Spirit is doing this year. My favorite show since Speakeasy.
  9. Not a fan of the flat vocal recording for Bloo, but those mellos right after are getting it!
  10. Reminds me a lot of Spirit from a few years ago. They had something really great going - theatrical, accessible music, high level of performance - then they blow it up and go in a completely different direction.
  11. I think the same is true in any activity. There is only so much elite talent and elite instruction to go around. There's a lot of good talent/instruction and a small amount of bad. Every now and then you'll have an outlier win, but parity, unless artificially manufactured, just isn't a reality.
  12. The last part of Troubled Water was....startling. The do better section is pretty extra.
  13. Other then the ballad Academy's show was forgettable. I miss the quirky Academy of the past few years.
  14. I really dislike the pattern that DCI has fallen into with finals in Indy. In my part of the south the corps always swing through here during our band camps, which makes it hard to take kids to a show on a weeknight during the middle of camp. Also, because they always come through a day or two before the Atlanta regional the big boys usually skip us for rehearsal days.