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    marched three years div 1
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    Crown
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    2001 Cavies
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    2007

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  1. SORRY about the original title! Arghh. I know better. Typing too fast and didn't catch it. Changed.
  2. The short version for me: They both are strong in every caption. Both do some amazing things, but while BD has many specific effect events, Blue Coats entire show IS the event unlike any ever produced in the activity- it is flawlessly seamless and delivers a through-time horizontal value that rivals those in any professional setting that our activity borrows from: ballet, musical theater, opera, Cirque, etc. More specifically/and of course longer explanation : Overall engagement: BLOO Color use: BLOO Number of specific effect moments: BD Prop use: BD Setting the stage: BLOO Use of electronics: BLOO Aesthetic: BLOO Intellectual: BD Emotional: BLOO Battery: BD Front Ensemble: BLOO Guard: BD Percussion writing: BLOO Brass: BLOO Brass soloists: BLOO The all important "it" factor: BLOO
  3. I like that these three words appear on the GE sheets as part of the design criteria. Every component of the production, designed and performed, falls under one, two, and at times all three categories. I think the best shows try to get an equal dose of all three placed within the production, with "Emotional" eventually carrying the most value in my opinion. That said, not every corps has the same approach, nor the same personality. One of these three might steer the ship more than another depending on the corps, the theme, etc. In my trying to rationalize what is missing in SVC's show this season, I have come to several conclusions, including the lack of the Emotional. So, how would you rate each of the top 7 in the these three components of design on a scale of 1–10. I included the top six of course, but BK as well because while I know some do not have an emotional response to the program, I do- demonstrating that humans make the scoring decisions and all humans perceive things differently. Adding the score of each of the three of course does not determine a ranking. How you manipulate these three things more determines that. BLOO: Aesthetic=10, Intellectual=9, Emotional= 10 BD: Aesthetic=9, Intellectual=10, Emotional= 8 SCV: Aesthetic=7, Intellectual=9, Emotional= 6 CC: Aesthetic=8, Intellectual=8, Emotional= 7 BC: Aesthetic=8, Intellectual=8, Emotional= 8 CAVIES: Aesthetic=9, Intellectual=8, Emotional= 10 BK: Aesthetic=6, Intellectual=9, Emotional= 10
  4. This has been a head scratcher all season. So, I imagine I'm at the table with the really talented people at SCV designing the show in the winter. The costume designer (let's pretend his name is Ralph) is now up to reveal sketches of the proposed look for the winds and percussion. The covered drawing is placed on a large easel at the front of the room. The covering is lifted. I immediately say, "Ralph, wrong sketch. That's the one you're doing for the off Broadway low budget revival of Godspell." Ralph states, "No. This is what I am proposing. I know its different but I think it speaks well to the vibe we want create on the field this summer." Me or someone else in the room, "Our show is about counterculture. The emotions connected with such. I really appreciate your thinking outside of the box on this one, but I am not sure I am seeing our theme here. And besides, we all know from decades of collective experience, grey and light pink really do not work well outside on a green football field at any distance, much less from the press box." Though the costume would have more impact inside and up close, maybe for indoor guard or winds, or even for "Godspell" or "Hair" or whatever, it still would be bland and unflattering.
  5. This list is what I think should happen. Not based just on "favorites" or historical warm fuzzies. Trying to think through the sheets and judging to a tenth, and where the activity is now, where it seems to be going, and what I would like for the future of the activity to be in order to gain more fans and more informed lauders. If close in my book, I always ask myself two things: 1) Who do I want to see again asap, and 2) who do I need to see again because I am intrigued and need another viewing. 1. Bluecoats: It is just so nearly flawlessly designed. Though championship BD has had some great shows this past decade, there are always loose ends, sometime a lot of them, and the re0use of devices has gone from being isms to being predictable. Bluecoats have two small things that will get cleared up. Make the new ending noticeably better and more exciting and I think this is a game changer. The music ensemble is so good most of the show that I think it is easy to sit back and forget how hard it is to craft and perfect. That high brass lick in the middle that goes on for the length of a Scorsase film is the most amazing "lick" brass feature ever in the activity, and they are spread 30 to 30 in small pods. 2. BD: This production is a great version of the many shows we have seen from them this past decade. Too many loose ends and it lack heart too frequently. They are great and I enjoy them a lot, but think Blue Coats the better package. 3. Cavies: I know this is a bit of stretch for many, but based on my two questions (mentioned above), this is where they belong. Total package. Most all captions even. No weakness. 4. SCV: Excellence as effect is their bailiwick. There are 20 other corps that give us that. Not to the same level nor frequency- but it isn't a unique production aspect that we can't experience with other corps. They can explain their show to me over and over and I can even totally buy the whole counter-culture thing, but where's the emotional value? The heart? The excitement based on well crafted pacing that leads to from scene to scene holding your breath? The drab costumes for the musicians is just one more aspect that lowers the shows appeal. Flowy Grey with pink accents? Really? 5. BOSTON: Such a great show! Would music rather see it over and over than SCV again. Too many "small" aspects that have then 5th for me including the Goliath on stilts thing. 6. CROWN: Best 6th place corps ever. For me, they suffer from the SCV woes a bit, though I would rather see them again than SCV. Excellence is excellent. 7. BK: This is also a game changer. Love every beat of every bar. 8. BLUE STARS: Love every beat of every bar. A unique voice in the activity. Too many "small" aspects have them just under BK for me. 9. MANDARINS: Congrats on your second year in. Great show. Less mature performers than those ranked above. Guard helps place them here. 10. PHANTOM: Besides being most improved in one season, I love this show. 11. CROSSMEN: Comparable to Mandarins, but still growing the talent level, and consistency in performance. 12: CADETS: Though percussion scores may keep them higher, the show is just really rough. I love the first stament and then I am done. Many shows ranked lower show MUCH better planning and creativity. 13. PACIFIC CREST: Maybe I am just a sucker for really well designed shows performed at a high level, but I think the judges are caught off guard by how well this production is designed and some unfortunately do not have the experience with amplification and electronics to take into account that those aspects of their show compare to the skill levels of the top 6. That said, they have much more going for them than just the electronic engineering and incredible musical balance throughout the music ensemble. For me, I think this is clearly 13th, and not close. I do not know how the on-fleld skills hold up to any detail, but from the stands, it looks and sounds top 12. 14. SOA: Great show. Better corps than last year's. Too many loose ends and a few bad transitions. Didn't plan out costume changes to the detail needed. Talent still young overall. 15. ACADEMY: Have improved a lot the past two weeks. May surpass SOA. Some inexperience is still evident in the design and performers. 16. COLTS: Great show. Best they have been in a while. It is just not getting better at the rate of those above them. 17. TROOPERS: A tidy show performed well. Some fundamental training and finessing of exposed moments will improve this product a lot the next few weeks. 18. SCOUTS: Deeper talent that Troopers, but I do not care to see the show again and there is not one phrase that is clean visually or musically (much more a brass issue than percussion). Some design segments are truly elementary level and poor performed. Why does the battery wear white hats? 19. MUSIC CITY: Good show. Unique. Fun. Great music. Solid production. 20. GENESIS: The bones for a great production that got a bit away from them in regards to details and making the prop restating flawless. Good corps. 21. SURF: Logical show that displays great fundamental training. Pacing issues. Expecting more in 2020. 22. CASCADES: Better music making than 2018. Interesting idea.
  6. Maybe I am just a sucker for really well designed shows performed at a high level, but I think the judges are caught off guard by how well this production is designed and some unfortunately do not have the experience with amplification and electronics to take into account that those aspects of their show compare to the skill levels of the top 6. That said, they have much more going for them than just the electronic engineering and incredible musical balance throughout the music ensemble. For me, I think this is clearly 13th, and not close. I do not know how the on-fleld skills hold up to any detail, but from the stands, it looks and sounds top 12.
  7. Hmmm. Loved SCV for decades. Loved last year. This seems like a TEXAS UIL band show, all about excellence and showing off chops but no emotion. I just don't feel any attachment at all. And I have a hard time getting past the grey uniform that looks completely dis-attached from their show vibe and the tarp that looks exactly like a soiled hygiene product. Sorry. After winning with so many behind you this seems terribly misguided. You are great at doing your 2019 thing. I just don't care to see it more than once.
  8. So Good BLOOOOOO!!! Almost flawless in design without a second of anything that isn't crafted, musical, or convincing. If picking a winner for DCI is in part saying to all corps and the activity as a whole- "This won because this is where the activity needs to head, I'll vote 2019 Bluecoats." Now, BD is certainly crafty and never to be dismissed, but there are currently too many loose ends and phrases with no craft in too many areas.
  9. HOLY SMOKES CAVS! I have not really cared for them since Propaganda. This #$*@ is the REAL DEAL. Even without seeing SCV tonight, I would much rather see this show again. I also think it competitive for a higher spot.
  10. So those that placed the "brass lines don't do hard drill anymore while playing" phone call . . . Blue Stars answered, and then some. Loved it!
  11. Blue Knight, I FREAKIN LOVE IT!!! Surprised how dirty the brass drill is. Give dat vis team some field time.
  12. Really pulling for Cadets. The introduction was great. Then is just goes off the rails design and quality. Horn line seemed to really struggle from the top of the ballad to the end. Is the ballad in a weird key/a key it shouldn't be in? I just don't like the arrangement. Played perfectly it seems it would just leave you flat. Hoping all the best for them.