Eric M. Buckman

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  1. Flat out, there is a reason, why Devs were called White Noise in 88, and also, there is simply no comparison between todays Corps and G Valve Bugles...with fewer members. Anything from G era had a much more robust sound and subsequently, the corps produces much LOUDER melt your face product!
  2. Interesting read. I do feel that in someways we have alienated the people who probably mean the most to the activity, the Traditionalist. we are seeking newer fan base, and "losing" when we should be cultivating the former and current fan base. We have so polarized Drum Corps fan base, sure there is something there for everyone. But really, really, what Alum didn't have some type of are you kidding me moment...ala Cavies, dance, dance, dance craze, I even spoke to Cavalier Alumsn who could only put there head in their hands and shake them...but those same fans, hailed into such high regard Madison! GO MADISON! Unfortunately, you can't necessarily give the entire set of keys to one sole person as the direction of an entity. There was nothing truly wrong with drum corps, yet we intentionally broke it. G Bugle manufacturers or not! 2012 Crown, is the first and quite possibly the only Corps since the last year of G Bugles that made my face nearly melt! Thank you Matt Harloff! As far as developing a story in 11 1/2 Michael, did you not pay any attention to what most consider the Golden Era of DCI 83-93 transition. Some of the most memorable story lines ever told in DCI were done in 11 1/2 minutes. We have seen way too many shows that are A.D.D oriented. This year is one of the few that the Top 12 corps developed truly complete shows, and even then, some of them failed miserably in MAJOR Transitions from one segment to the next and two were in the Top 6. I don't know, it is ironic we talk of to today, but even looking at that photo, just makes me wonder about the whole article...Fluff I tell you, Fluff!
  3. Don't be delusional about "record" numbers, there are record numbers at certain show sites, because there are fewer shows to attend and an increase in major regional sites with major corps in attendence. I don't really care at the end of the day who won, cause 10 years from now, you will remember the best shows, wherever they placed. DCI may still be around...but, this is going to end up with only 6-8 corps regionally and that's it. I actually enjoyed BD's show, but feel that Crown wasn't rewarded for their show production and demand, which really was, simply a tougher show top to bottom, and they paid for it. Rough that Beddis left, but that is probably the ultimate sticking point for Crown this year. Percussion, couldn't push them over the top, but was their achilles heel. Devs aren't the death of Drum Corps, personally, the biggest problem was getting away from their target audience to increase the marketability...just like Pepsi "Clear" or the Ferrari Dino. Interesting concepts, but ultimately bad idea!
  4. This is a simple answer...this falls under the the topic of "NO AMPLIFICATION REQUIRED". Listen to the 70's 80's and 90's and you will find a rich robust sound that is provided by merely 6-10 members, playing Large Bore Contrabass bugles. We have increased the number and moved to a smaller bore instrument(Tuba's) and there is simply no comparison. Sure people are lost in the "blow your face off mentality that still exists, and the quality of musicianship is the pinnacle of marching music and even other genre's, but taking nothing away from current era, the quality of instrumentation is simply unrivaled.
  5. I'm just glad to see SCV being SCV. Just hasn't been that way for some time. No matter what they place...I love seeing them as they should be.
  6. My guess is you are going to want to go back and see what Drum Corps was about through the 30's 40's and into the 80's. I kinda doubt that this will be the "future" of the entire activity. It will actually probably only lead to the Final 6-8 corps in existence regionally throughout the US and their affiliated "feeder" entitites.
  7. Can't wait to hear the review...I sense there is some trepidation in "DEVS Win" LOL, I am confused. Phantom just seems to me to be a bit better right now. and SCV has a great vehicle but is where they should be. Achievement...bah humbug...LOL
  8. Can't believe that 87 Garfield wasn't mentioned within the first page...LOL! HANDS DOWN, Dissappear, and Rebuild...AWESOMe!...For hearing the Overtones SCV Phantom the Diagonal CF in 88 Superb! And just a thought when is the last time Devs ever did a CF...hahahaha. LOVE IT!
  9. First thought was...every single prop they have built and used in the last 5 years will be on the field in this show!
  10. This show goes often unmentioned...but, I will always say, if you know the full story, 1989 Cadets of Bergen County and Les Mis. Behind Star most of the year and too many endings to the show to count, all the way up till finals. It is still very sad, to know we could not convince judges that there really isn't a tear in the show, it was two completely INDEPENDENT CORPS on the field at the same time(maybe we should have just superimposed one on the other), but dawg gone it, that's how it was done on Broadway and that's what we did on the field. An absolutely inspiriing, emotionally charged show, no matter what place it finished.
  11. Don't forget one of the greatest Christmas shows ever....Phantom Regiment 87
  12. Albeit, Corps have done well over the years with Encore pieces, I am finding that some of the Corps quality really is becoming, to be honest, abysmal regarding these peices alone. As much as I like to hear a great piece from the past in an encore, especially by a top Corps...if it isn't executed properly then it just comes off lame. I just heard SCV percussion do a rendition of Lezghinka this season and it is SMOKIN' HOT. Yet, I also listened to another top corps perform their own "Corps" Song...and I was flabberghasted at the poor execution. I used to dream of playing "Almighty Father" and "Maria" as a Cadet and we treated it with respect, we never played RPH for an encore, but I can't imagine butchering it. I guess I would reather hear Space Music done 10 times well than 10 crappy selections that Corps don't get to spend time on or that current members don't understand or care about the historical ramifications of the pieces they are playing.
  13. LOL. I remember George and Sully asking the Corps collectively one nite, "how do you guys feel", regarding the fact that we didn't have an ending, or we still had the crazy peace sign soft ending. I mean how are you supposed to answer that? Funny thing is, the FINALS nite ending, was a Zingali/Sullie/Hopkins GARFIELD ending, and I would not change a thing. Fast pace in your face, drill, color guard and music..all while completing 2 step pass thru's. Outside of not hitting every single corner of the field in drill, that show was AMAZING and still quite underrated. I am more interested how they will tackle the Split Corps reality, that, IMO somewhat killed us in '89. Seriously, we were still explaining to people what was being interpreted on the field from the on stage version at Finals. Listen closely to the Tape/DVD and you hear someone yell "NICE FEET" in reference to the fact that we had two completely different corps and tempos on the field. If I ever meet that guy, he and I are going to have words. A & D is shaping up to be an amazing show, I just hope that the Cadets take a page from SCV 99 the Canyon, less is more and let the body of work speak for itself. NO Gimmicks.
  14. Played Contrabass for 88 'Coats and 89 Cadets but would have loved to perform on Snare. But, I have always dreamed of being in the '87 SCV Contra Line. Wicked.
  15. I really think that the last 10-13 years have been exactly what the original post deems as reaching the main stream...I am sorry, but I am tired of this...if you don't get it...then here it is...THAT SHIP HAS SAILED and FAILED. The reason we continue to argue about ### for tat is that it actually did work and when it was tinkered with exactly what was your "MARKET"...we didn't need to do anything except what we were good at...this is like Pepsi Clear...or the Ferrari Dino...great Corporations make mistakes...but those same companies recognize their failures and return to what they are good can't keep beating this dead horse as a champion for a "cause"...that "cause" has FAILED...MISERABLY! The Top 12 is really the Top 6 and people really no longer care in the same passion as they did before...but yet those same people are still fighting for what really is Drum Corps...not this watered down PseudoBand stuff that we call Drum Corps of today...I get what your example is with Lady Gaga...but that is such a HORRIBLE example...we made DC easier for people to join by going to Trumpets...rather than bugles...but those same kids who play woodwinds still learn brass instruments and show up anyway...those piano players are the lead female bass drummers for such Corps like DEVS...I'm sorry but our current idea that we are going to continue to go in the WRONG Direction is sad...RIGHT the ship and move on...DCI can be or not...but, the leadership just keeps plugging along a directive that continues to fail. Yea we will do instant Encores...woohoo..whoop-de-doo...we will play POP Music...REALLY, REALLY...why don't we just sell out completely, we will let the FANS Judge...oh dear god...that really works...let's see when in CANTON guess who is going to win that show or at Diablo Valley. I give up!
  16. Garfield, Holy Name, CBC has used it as a technical warmup since the late 80' can now be heard on the Corps Preseason Releases.
  17. Or I'll sum it up this way...I'd rather watch old Youtube clips from the past or sit in the LOT rather than actually attend todays shows...
  18. Evidently it speaks volumes about this particular ERA of DCI!...