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  1. Don’t ya know? The point these days is to SEEK to be triggered. THEN report it is a travesty.
  2. Only if one or both of the Caption Managers below are gone too, since they do most of the work.
  3. Important note for purveyors of this thread: Chip was not Caption Head at SCV. He was Caption SUPERVISOR. This is public knowledge for anyone who wishes to check out scvanguard,org.
  4. Safe for another year! No new champion, so there's nothing really to discuss. BD won. Business as usual, even though a suitable competitor was right there. Tough spot for a judge. Competitive Inertia simplifies things, as I stated in the original post, 12 years ago. All good.
  5. Bloo won music in 2016. (And GE)
  6. I don’t care. If those people are honest, they’d set their “judging profile” to “Corps Homer,” and that’s fine. By placing their fav corps first, say Jersey Surf, at least that has a chance to knock a perennial out of first (with tie breaking rules, etc) I’d have no problem with Surf winning their home show, even if all previous top 12 corps were competing there. Of course bias will factor in, just like it does now. I can totally see myself putting SCV or Bloo (homer factors for both) above other corps IN THE SAME BALLPARK, just cuz I can. Again, that’s no different than it works now.
  7. Here's how it would work: 1) Download the app to your smart phone or tablet 2) Location services must be enabled 3) Create an account at App Host Anyone with a device running the app within X miles of the venue can login (Location services would automatically check to see what show you're at), and rank the corps as they see fit. "X" is the minimum accuracy of location services. I would not let anyone vote unless they are at the show. Streaming is not good enough, sorry. If people care enough to sit outside the venue and vote (cuz they're within X miles), more power to them. Maybe DCI will create a block party option, with screens setup outside for just such an experience. The App would allow you to rank every corps at a show, in [whatever] captions, and overall placement. It should also allow people to opt out ("I'm not qualified," or "I never pay attention to [caption]") so those can be ignored in the final tally. There would be a cutoff time for submission (say, 5 minutes after last show), but everyone would have to officially submit. Note that you could start ranking as soon as the show starts, even before all of the corps perform (ha, judges do it this way, too! I keed I keed!). And then you might move things around as the show progresses. No scores. Just ranking. I imagine the app being nothing more than point-hold-drag on a list of show corps names, as you move the teams around, placing them in the rank order you prefer. Quick drop-down menu to switch captions/attributes for ranking. When show is over, hit submit, and within 5 minutes of the cutoff time, the entire results should be known. Other thoughts: --The results could be tallied and displayed in real time during the show. It would be interesting to see how that information might affect how people vote. You'd hear comments like: "Bluecoats are still in first, but they haven't even performed yet!"and "Oh wow! SCV jumped over BD after that!" The excitement would be palpable. --AD-driven app (somehow, the technology has to get paid for). Corps at the show could pay a few bucks to get their corps ads into the app, with links to their merch sites. The corps could even generate show-oriented merch with this kind of app/demand. The possibilities are endless. --Hopefully, after a few years, DCI would get rid of the judges entirely, and just go with the App. --I don't care about the "unscientific" nature of this. It can't be any worse than the garbage logic the judges are using (See Competitive Inertia). If someone wants to take it further, one could put a barcode on the tickets, and only let users who scan the barcode vote. But seriously, if some fans are so thoroughly invested in the outcome, that they want to show up to the venue area (within X miles), and vote without seeing the show, that's fine. I actually trust those hard-core fans more than I trust the judges, lol. Then again, I really don't want people from all over the world voting...that is rife with statistical and technical pitfalls. The goal is to reward the show goer with a fun opportunity to make their feelings known. --The App could let people choose a "judging profile," where they'd specify their experience or confidence in judging, lol. I'd love to see how many people think they actually know what they're doing, and then compare the "I'm immensely qualified to be a DCI judge" profiles against the real judging outcomes. --I know I dog on the judging a lot, but I think the Fan Ranking App outcome would be very close to the judging outcome, most of the time. Note that I'm choosing my words carefully, with most, like 50.1% lol. I really don't care what these paid judges think. I'm more interested in what the audience thinks.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. Yes, because Yamaha marimbas are tuned to A442 (Other tunings available by special order). I googled Yamaha marimba A442
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.