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hostrauser last won the day on August 18 2020

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About hostrauser

  • Birthday 08/23/1976

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Todd Ryan cut me from the Blue Devils at my first tryout because I'm the worst marcher the world has ever seen.
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Carolina Crown
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    2008 Phantom Regiment, 2018 Santa Clara Vanguard, 1994 Blue Devils, 1999 Santa Clara Vanguard
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    1993, 1995, 1999
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    Milwaukee, WI
  • Interests
    Influenza, Seafood, Bowling

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  1. DCI's response, per usual, is an absolute joke. I truly and honestly wonder how many more years DCI will exist before it implodes like the dying star that it is.
  2. I don't see that anyone ever actually answered your question. There is a velcro strap or button snap on one (or both) shoulder(s). The light blue is the "inside" layer and the brown was the "outside" layer. They are sewn together at the waist. The guard releases the attachment on the shoulder and the top half of the dress falls down, revealing the blue underneath. The brown on top blue beneath section that had been covering waist-to-shoulder before is now the blue on top brown beneath skirt from the waist down. Here are examples you can watch to see how it works.
  3. Early in the pandemic, COVID spread like wildfire through the Navajo population. Their response is how everyone else's response should have been. 91% of the Navajo Nation is now vaccinated with at least one shot, the highest rate in the world. Yet they continue to take these precautions, because they are smart. All Native American populations taken as a whole make up the most vaccinated demographic in the United States.
  4. The last woodwind proposal I'm aware of was introduced by a member of DCI's Board of Directors, Kathy Black. It passed the initial voting caucus 19-12 before being defeated in the final vote. Woodwinds in drum corps is an inevitability. DCI wants it, and multiple member corps do, also. It's only a matter of time. https://www.dci.org/news/2020-dci-rules-congress-proposals-at-a-glance
  5. I was introduced to drum corps in the early 90s, and I still love the way the music books were arranged in that decade. But man, I go back and listen to the CDs from that decade and all of the horn lines, even the best of the best, sound AWFUL. Those G bugles were just an abomination. Moving to Bb brass was the best move DCI ever made. It was immediately apparent by 2002, when the Cavaliers horn line that year (with its wonderful intonation) sounded 1,000 times better than any previous horn line in DCI history. And brass has just gotten better and better ever since. More on that in a minute. The 2000s are probably the best decade for visual design, to me. Michael Gaines, Myron Rosander, Jay Murphy, and Jeff Sacktig (amongst others) achieved the perfect blend of marching drill design and theatrical staging that made drum corps so unique. Since then, I feel the marching arts have evolved a bit too far into the theatrical staging arena. Unquestionably, what is being performed now is ridiculously difficult, but I miss the days of 120+ kids blazing across the field at 200+ bpm while playing. The 2000s were the apex for that. I also liked the percussion design and performance the best in the 2000s, but I'm not a percussion expert. The 2010s, by far, have been the best decade for brass performance. It's not close. The corps just keep getting better, and better, and better. Corps in the 10th-15th spots are sporting brass lines that would have been Top 5 in prior decades. The emphasis on musicality over raw power has disappointed some older generation drum corps fans, but to me it's a thing of beauty. The technical ability of today's performers is just insane. So yeah, my favorite decade? Every decade I've experienced, pretty much. I don't expect that to change.
  6. We're already long past that point. Candice Lee of the Blue Devils suffered a severe spinal injury in 2014 (after falling from one of the ladder props, wasn't it?) and temporarily had no movement from the neck down. She spent almost a week in the ICU and had several months rehabilitation, but I believe she was able to walk onto the field with the corps at Finals that year.
  7. Sun Prairie has a fantastic newer stadium, just be aware that it's off of Main Street and not actually at Sun Prairie H.S. Cedarburg has a decent smaller stadium, but as others have said you'll be in direct sun the entire time. Cedarburg is actually a nice little touristy town for such a close suburb. Lots of boutiques and cafes on Washington Avenue. As I live closer to Cedarburg, that's probably where I will go. But if I had to travel from a distance to either site I would choose Sun Prairie.
  8. Lotta great memories in that video. 2:16-2:24 remains my all-time favorite DCI drill move, any corps. Looks like the uniform mock-up is at 2:44 of the video.
  9. Not sure why I didn't get notified of this post. No, there will not be an off-season. DCP-I may be dead for good. We'll see how many people sign up for next Summer assuming a (mostly normal) live touring season in DCI.
  10. That truly is a puzzler. No drum corps has ever made an on-field murder a central part of their shows for numerous years in a row.
  11. Bands of America recently released their 2021 schedule. They are planning for Fall of 2021 to be "back to (new) normal."
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