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Tony L.

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  1. So thanks to everyone for pointing out that the Colts last beat Madison yesterday! Miss a day you miss a lot!!! Great job Colts!
  2. Wow. Great scores by X-Men and Colts tonight. When is the last time the Colts beat Madison?
  3. Was not at the show, but my sister was there and her thoughts were that Crossmen were remarkably strong and that Crown's show does not have legs. I saw Crown at the theater and I tend to agree. Amazing talent, but that show just goes nowhere. And Crossmen, I am very interested to see where they land this year. Going to be a fun season!
  4. So Vanguard less than one point from BD on opening night generally means SCV by Finals, right? And I am really expecting Mandarins in Finals, sight unseen!
  5. Seems like no one is there. Always quiet at the West Coast shows.
  6. Random musings on opening night. Generally I love the Premiere because it makes all of the corps performing hit the road in a solid state. All corps seemed very well prepared. BS. Really looked great and sounded great. Lots to come I am sure. But very solid. PR. A little rougher than BS, but a pretty solid vehicle for growth. Interesting show that will grow. But really did not like the arrangement of the going home piece in the middle. BAC. Not the powerhouse fan friendly show of last year, but very well performed and a step up in maturity. But I still hate words as drill. And is it just me or did they look like the Cadets with those sashes and the purple color doing that drill? Oh, and not a fan of those corps costumes. Bluecoats. My favorite of the night. Fun show with tons of room for growth. And Bela and Bird in B flat!!! Yes! Cavaliers. Much to love about this show (finally) as I was not a fan of the recent past. So many nods to their history throughout. Great vehicle for them. Crown. Meh. Brass was its super solid self, but why did they decide the thing to do was to feature the drum line as much as possible? Not wise. And visual will kill them this year. Waaaay too cluttered and messy looking. Is it just me or did they look like vintage Magic of Orlando?
  7. These props remind me more of the Mandarins the year they did "On the Waterfront". Perhaps the Cadets guard will end up running across all of the props when they are lined up just like the Mandarins guard did. It was cool then and it should work now.
  8. I feel like I am over Indy. Nice enough venue, but there, but I have run out of things to do. I can't be the only person who feels that way. That might keep that Finals attendance number static as long as it remains in Indy.
  9. For me it is various portions of Cadets (that was something regaedless of how you feel, it was SOMETHING) and that amazing Mandarins performance. Both groups were my favovites and will be the two most watched moving forward. At least from my side.
  10. I am all for the On the Waterfront show. And, interestingly enough, if they were to want to use props, I would recommend they steal the Mandarins short platforms that they used when they did On the Waterfront back in the '90s. Some cool moments with guard running across them. And they were mobile, so not something that would block off a whole part of the field.
  11. In the Friends section, they were borderline obnoxious asking to see the ticket. It's like I have already shown you the ticket 5 times! Is it too much to remember me in one small section? During finals I avoided the issue by tagging myself with the ticket to avoid interrogation!
  12. Well I appreciate this forum more now: I feel like a youngster! My first live show was 1988 (and it was an amazing lineup that included Madison, SCV, Phantom, Cavaliers and Spirit). But, I know the importance of history, so I bought and watched/listened to the entire Legacy Collection DVD and CD collection. You have to know where you've been to know where you are going. And some things like the great hornlines at Argonne Rebels, or the Tiger of San Pedro year or the Colts old riverboat gambler uniforms are just gems that must be witnessed and remembered! And to tie it back to this thread, by watching the stuff that came before the Cadets took over in the '80s helps explain why they were as unique and different as they were.
  13. So, as this thread comes to a close I will just say that after finally seeing the show live in Indy, I appreciate it so much more. It truly was like (as someone earlier in this thread had said) an epic movie. Like a big Cecil B. DeMille spectacle. You may not have liked it, but it was definitely a unique experience. One that will be remembered for years to come. At the end of the day all I care about is how a show connects with me. And this connected with me and many others. The Cadets will be fine. Next year should be a great full presentation of music from On the Waterfront and then they can close out the trilogy with something like Kadish, Age of Anxiety or Jeremiah. That is when they will be back in the discussion for medals. Time will tell. But for now just enjoy the positive ending to this season and keep it going.
  14. Hooray. 1000 pages. Amazing year of kvetching!
  15. Oh, one final comment about the show. I feel they would pick up about .5 by simply cutting that insipid "Can I get an Amen!" line. At that point the sinning has insued, so a token throw away line that is somehow supposed to invoke a Southern African American church element really just does not work on soooooo many levels. Worst element of the show in my opinion.
  16. I have to agree with the comments about these performers really selling a VERY different show. And that should be lauded. And in my opinion, that commitment to this type of program by the performers will yield results. I really do liken this show to 1991. A bit of an odd ball show, but one that showed a spark of something new and different. I think it will grow next year when they do something like On the Waterfront and will ultimately pay dived ends with The Age of Anxiety and Jeremiah Symphony. They will be fine. But the creators need to be able to create. We shall see!
  17. Completely agree. My friend got tired of waiting through everything and wanted to leave. I said, great, you remember the way back to the hotel! No way I was going to miss them. And they really delivered! Especially nice touch with the young girls joining the guard during the Fiddler portion. Helps us connect the dots from the older generations to the next. Also really cool response to Appalachian Spring by all of the age outs on the end zone. Much respect shown!
  18. Great run by Pacific Crest! And I finally understand the show: it is about California seceding from the USA. Brilliant!
  19. So at long last I am FINALLY going to see this show live tomorrow. Don't you hate it when your work interferes with the DCI schedule! But, since this has been the one show that I have been clamoring for the Cadets to do for soooooo long (just check my prior Mass posts over the years), I am really looking forward to it. Is it perfect? No. Of course it isn't because they did not bring me on as a consultant! But, is it something that has some great moments that are unlike anything else out there? Yes. And that needs to be celebrated regardless of what number is assigned. After enough years following the activity, I have learned the lesson that the final results matter very little. What matters is what a show makes one feel as the viewer. One can appreciate a great performance, but what one remembers most is how a show connects and makes one feel. That is all that matters. So I willl fly to Indy tomorrow and prepare for my favorite corps to perform excerpts from one of my favorite works and I will just let it be. I hope everyone else will just wait until the season is actually over to perform the post mortem. Until then, ENJOY!
  20. One of my biggest misses from the show is the use of "God Said" at the point they do. Starting a show that is about to beat you over the head with crosses (without any other moments of criticism/humor) should not begin with the key line "Godd @&# good!" I had hoped they would have played with speakers and use of the field a la Bluecoats to capture the actual beginning of the original work. Something thwy could have used throughout as well. Oh, there is more. But those are the ones that occur to me based on the discussion earlier in the thread.
  21. Wold love to see Louisiana Stars, Southwind, and Music City join up with some of the other World Class corps in the South to actually put together a tour that will allow more exposure to corps throughout the South. And that is not just because I am in Louisiana now!
  22. Not sure I am loving BDB this year. Some strong moments, but that child laughing in the first half is really annoying. And some surprising brass intonation issues (at least through my feed). Good, but not primo BDB IMHO.
  23. Really nice show feom Music City, especially loved the step up in visual sophistication from years past. They mean business for sure! But, am I othe only one getting a little late '80s VK from the part of the field that looks like a fire pit? Keep waiting for PeeWee to come riding a bike across the field!
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