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About Coop

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    FMM Cavaliers 83-84, FMM Spirit of Atlanta 1981
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Cavaliers, Blue Devils, Carolina Crown
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    1990 Star of Indiana
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
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  1. All of the top five corps at this moment are rocking their particular shows, each has great moments and I am really enjoying this season. IMO based on the total package unless something major happens to shake this up it looks like it's the Cadets year. It should be very interesting. After seeing the Warrensburg MO show I knew they would have a hard time (judges) placing them. I wasn't surprised by the tie between SCV and Crown. I can't wait to see how it shakes out in San Antonio.
  2. Resort to name calling...that's beneficial. This has become a very large topic. I had no idea I would open up this kind of discussion. And yes to those out there I was familiar with Beltshazzar's Feast before I heard Star play it. Mr. Boo you said to go listen to a corps show two or three times and then it will become familiar. Last time I looked shows are far apart and some of us are lucky enough just to catch one. And before anyone says "see several webcasts" money doesn't grow on trees. And that's not the point. I've gotten the CD's and DVD's from 1978 to the present. I don't fine myself listening over and over to the ones I have in this decade like I do those from the '70's, '80's and '90's. There are only a few that I like from this present decade, like I mentioned before the 2002 Cavies, but I don't find myself particularly wanting to go back to those. I still think the musicianship is awesome and the drill is incredible. I know it's all a matter of opinion and maybe my tastes have changed, but you people who want to resort to name calling shouldn't cast stones at people especially those you know absolutely nothing about, nor how life can get in the way of answering a thread in a timely manner for those who have nothing better to do.
  3. I've been involved with drum corps since 1978. I've seen a lot happen since then. I began my marching career with the Spirit of Atlanta in 1980 and 81 and then the Cavaliers in 1983 and 84. The changes I was a part of were moving the bells and timpani to the front ensemble (the beginning of the front ensemble) and going from loud in your face ALL THE TIME drum corps to a more musical and artistic approach. That was the really big things when I marched, besides the fact that knowable music was played. I thought the best show I've ever seen was the 1990 Star of Indiana "Beltshazzar's Feast". Awesome hornline and amazing run your butt off will playin' that hard crap drill design. The next would have to be "Frameworks" in 2002 by the Cavaliers. I was okay with being allowed to have the show go off the field without penalty, I was okay when they went from two valves to three, afterall they were still bugles. But then I started getting concerned when they went from bugles to band instruments. No longer in my mind was it Drum and Bugle Corps, but Drum and Brass Band, but I lived with it because it didn't change the fact that it was still brass and drums, but someone please tell me why it is necessary to have amplification? And the shows the past couple of years have gotten so artsy for art sake that there's not a recognizable tune in the bunch or not much time is being spent on a theme before it's off to something else. The Cavaliers show this year is based on the music of Billy Joel. Well I've seen and heard the show and if they played Billy Joel stuff it must have been his obscure stuff because I heard nothin' that called my rememberance to Billy Joel. Don't get me wrong I love drum corps. The talent of these musicians is awesome. Their work ethic and dedication are to be commended and that has never changed. But I miss the tunes man, the music. I want my drum corps back. Coop