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  1. I suppose it would look a lot like places 9 through 20 on any given year. Boston has added some staff talent from previous G7, and they’ve certainly drawn favor recently, so they’d become the Class B Blue Devils over time. I wonder how many audience members would even notice the clear drop in Excellence, when all the top tier is missing. Imagine those 8 champs disappearing, including all the staff and membership talent. If all you had—and all you knew—was open class type Quality, I suppose most wouldn’t notice. Another question: what will it take to get Madison, Phantom, and Cadets back into contention? (One answer: an off year by current darlings). Boston and Cavies are probably closer...
  2. I want “anything goes” DCI. All age. Any number of members. No field dimension restrictions (still need a way to measure elapsed time on and off field, but that can vary per venue). Tie in to the stadium PA system if you want. Go into the stands; encourage audience participation. But at the very least, allow all instruments and all electronics. (I couldn’t care less if the entire hornline is mic’ed as long as it’s effective. I couldn’t care less if the entire hornline is recorded, and no one actually playing!) I just want amazing excellence and entertainment. Very few corps are meeting that standard.
  3. Yes, because Yamaha marimbas are tuned to A442 (Other tunings available by special order). I googled Yamaha marimba A442
  4. Let's be precise, when we can: Quarter tone would be 25 cents. If we use A440, and compare it to 432, this is the formula for calculating cents difference: Log2(440/432)*1200 ~ 31.77 cents 😉 important note: Because we took the ratio of the higher note (440) to the lower (432), we'd call the higher one "31.77 cents sharp" in comparison. The cool thing about Logarithms is the Log of the ratio of the reciprocal is the same answer, but negative, thus Log2(432/440)*1200 ~ -31.77 cents signifying that the lower note is "31.77 cents flat" in comparison to the higher.
  5. Safe for another year! As I said last year, at least Boston and SCV were relevant again. When SCV officially announced Michael Gaines, I thought "that's worth at least a point, no matter what dots he writes," and let's be real: This wasn't his A+ stuff. As the season unfolded, it became clear that SCV was going to win, maybe even by July. They were finally "good enough," and the inertia become very strong, that not a single caption judge was willing to make a call, except Color Guard. Were other corps close to SCV in all other captions (OK, maybe not percussion, lol)? Yes they were...but like CI says "the call is going to go with the corps with the inertia," and SCV had it, starting with last year, the Alumni Corps, Gaines taking over, and a show that now matched the aggressive nature of the brass pedagogy...super smart! The stars aligned, and my home team took full advantage. I'm thrilled to see CI benefit them. I'm thrilled to see them learn "the game." Should Bloo have been in 2nd? I haven't seen a single person say "no," but I havent interviewed Earth's population. Did positions 1-4 change for the last 4 weeks? I haven't looked, but the entire summer seemed a clear case of slot-matching, lol, comical! I saw shows where Crown should've beat Bloo. I saw shows where Bloo shudda beat BD (almost all of them). Not a single call was made. Thankfully, everyone was pretty entertaining and bearably excellent, cuz otherwise, the tour was a waste, competitively. Boston moved up again. Can they break the glass ceiling? Note that they will have to win before coming in 2nd/3rd for CI to be debunked. PS: I'm not saying SCV wasn't deserving...they were! But the spreads and caption outcomes were pure CI.
  6. I was trying to let this go, but you've succeeded in baiting me, lol. When was the last time BD had a contra line like Bloo? When was the last time BD had all low brass like Bloo? When was the last time a contra book was even written for BD like Doug Thrower has for Bloo? Granted, if a corps is going to play jazz, and going to do it VERY WELL, they'll be compared to BD (long ago) cuz BD set the standard of excellence in that genre. So, if that's all you're saying, I'm down. But to say they "sound like" BD just makes you look crazy, or tone deaf. Bloo brass (#signaturesound) sounds nothing like BD of any time! Neither the arrangements nor the sound!
  7. Not only do I like it, I wish there’d be a required piece for every drum corps for a few minutes to see how different it would be amongst them.
  8. You rang? Lol. Hey didn’t cavies already try this in 2015? I’m stoked to see what Crown does with it!
  9. No. MA is the worst-judged caption, IMO, and now we just made it worse. Not only will we have 1 poorly-trained, clueless ensemble person, but now we'll have two. I'd like it better if they said "We'll use two people, but they will confer with each other, and come up with one number." But as it is now, when you take two entities, A and B, both with 50% chance of being qualified, you end up with a solution that is 25% qualified. Don't get me wrong: It is BY FAR one of the most difficult things to judge, with many responsibilities, and the electronics just makes it harder. I wish they had proposed an entirely new school of educating MA judges instead!
  10. Sorry, BRASSO, I knew someone would ask for that, but I really don't have the time to find the exact show. It was somewhere where the top 4 at the time were 1,2,3,4 in lockstep, so BD, SCV, Crown, and Bloo must have all been there.
  11. Not only did you not "read a lot of this," you didn't even read all of the original post, cuz I covered all of this. Stability is key. Success breeds success, duh. CI only tried to explain two things: 1) When it's close, the nod will always go to the corps that has already done it. (I also said this was human nature, and I don't blame the judges one bit) 2) The data says "One won't win unless one fist comes in 2nd or 3rd in a prior year, and chances are better when it's recent" BD as more inertia than ANYONE, PERIOD, AND THEY'VE EARNED IT. THEY ARE ALWAYS DARN GOOD. Let's say an entirely new corps from a different country came over here, and was "as good as" BD. Do you think that corps would ever get a tenth when it's that close? HELL NO. It's human nature to stick with the known, especially when the known has made calls, talked to you in critique for 20 years, etc IT'S HUMAN NATURE (I'm trying to be clear that I don't think it's unfair, per se) That new corps will have to be 2 points better in order to win by a tenth. "Better luck next year, buddy!" Make no mistake: GAINES IS FULL OF INERTIA. Not only is he THAT GOOD, but everyone gives him an extra tenth just because of the history! And I have no problem with's human nature...the entire point of the CI theory is to acknowledge it, understand it, embrace it, work with it! Build your own CI! Now, a brand new judge, has to listen to all the dos and don'ts. You're kidding yourself if you think they're given a clean slate. No way. They are "taught" how to manage numbers (code for "slotting properly"). Boston: All of those acquisitions have mad respect in the judging community (CI), and they're very good at what they do. Boston's placement is not a surprise. Cadets are losing CI faster than we can observe. They should probably be even lower (last year and this year). I covered this phenom in the original post too.
  12. Safe for another year! But at least SCV, Cavies and Boston are relevant again! We'll need Boston to win without first coming in 2nd or 3rd in a prior year to debunk CI. The inner games were so strong and obvious this year, it's almost comical. Did you see some of the shows this summer where every single sub-caption lined up exactly with the placement? I claim it's STATISTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. I mean, every single corps miraculously achieved at exactly the same rate as the rep! And they weren't even better or worse than any other competitor in those subs! amazing! /sarc We need Boston to win soon, and to do it without first coming in 2nd or 3rd. I'd love it if they won next year. Probably 4th is the best they can hope for...and then maybe 1st in 2019? Trust me, I want CI debunked.
  13. Nailed it, on all counts. I hope they don't change a thing except find a legion of people to manage props so that members don't have their souls sucked from them.
  14. When they march, they need to march better together, in uniform fashion. When they play, they need to play better together. Everything else is fair game for individual expression, but there's no grey area for stuff that clearly needs to be uniform. Everything they're doing has been focused on individual expression and rightfully so. It's a long season. They are tightening everything down every second What I don't get is this: the inertia favors SCV and BD so much that crown and Bloo won't change anyone's mind, no matter what they do. At one point, Bloo was 0.5 ahead of SCV in brass, and rightlfully so, even now. But the judges know that SCV doesn't have a prayer to win unless they are at least 3rd. So it goes.