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  1. I usually scoff at the idea of throwback shows, but it seems like if there ever was a time to do it now is the time. Use the remaining camps & spring training to install a pared down visual program and let the instruments carry things this season. The corps could still get on the road, still make money, and - unlike NCAA sports - not cheat age outs from their final season.
  2. 1. Yes, they have purchased DSI (maker of gloves, shoes, bibbers, flags, field equipment, etc) and Stanbury uniforms. 2. It's only a matter of time, I think, before they become a one-stop shop for band uniforms, auxiliary uniforms, equipment, etc.
  3. Varsity, the cheerleader monopoly, owns Stanbury and DSI band products now.
  4. No Spirit at the Birmingham show, but we get Cadets, Mandarins, and Pacific Crest. Decent show for a Friday night on the "Alabama Band Camp Week Tour."
  5. 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?
  6. 1. Bluecoats 2. Boston 3. Cavies 4. Spirit 5. Pacific Crest 6. BD
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Love the trumpet soli at the beginning of the Cadets show. Hats are fun too.
  12. Really digging what Spirit is doing this year. My favorite show since Speakeasy.
  13. Not a fan of the flat vocal recording for Bloo, but those mellos right after are getting it!
  14. 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.