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    West Coast Express, Valley Fever, SCV, KAC, & FAC
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    Our Lady of Reynolds Wrap Kadets
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    87 SCV, 93 SOI, '13 Crown
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    Before synths and "all key" horns
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  1. Maybe my son will get his age out year in with them in some way (he marched 2019 and was contracted for 2020.)
  2. I know you are saying that in jest but PC’s trombone soloist from 2019 had plans to march 2020 and age out in 2021 with them. On a sadder note, that performer’s father is currently hospitalized and on a ventilator due to the virus; we are all pulling for him!
  3. SCV ‘85 dropping into the low walk during the Perc feature and the Tunnel of Doom uniform change. The poor contras had to go in first like this and since we went straight through (there was no “roundy round” action inside the tunnel to buy time) the potential for disaster went through the roof either by tripping & falling, snagging another uniform and dragging it out, or tearing off the wrong part. At the San Antonio Show (I think) we had a major hiccup and the last baritone player came out with both green halves (tunic front & pants) torn off by accident AND no uniform V-star in the mad scramble to recover. That person was also a set point and boy did he stick out. Following the trademark Royer Nuclear ☢️ Meltdown afterward a contingency plan was hatched such that if a uniform malfunction occurred, the affected person was to ditch their horn in the rolling uniform bin, stay inside the tunnel, then “act” as part of the guard when the tunnel was collapsed and moved to the back sideline.
  4. That was an “all star” type band from the islands that I’m pretty sure had an SCV alum from the late 70’s on their staff. There aren’t a ton of DC alums out here; in 2019 I think we had about a dozen-ish kids march DCI spread amongst SCV, Mandarins, Gold and Blue Stars. We even arranged a “welcome home” pickup at HNL airport as they came back on the same flight.
  5. Probably not high on everyone’s radar but out here in Hawaii (where SCV’s 2018-2019 (and ‘20) superscreamer came from and where he attends college at UH) two of our county mayors (our municipal government structure is different) are very wary of the October 15th “Mainland to Hawaii” tourist opening with those having a negative test 72 hours prior to travel exempt from our 14 day quarantine. The kicker is, ** interisland travel ** by residents like myself hasn’t been addressed...I can travel to Honolulu County (Oahu) and not be subject to quarantine; however, coming back to my “home” county (Hawaii/Big Island) I am subject to quarantine UNLESS my trip is under a medical exemption (which I have to apply for, as my eye doctor is on Oahu) AND my trip out & back from Hilo Intl Airport takes place the same day. Anyone from a Neighbor Island (Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kauai, Big Island) TO Oahu is okay, going back home; you’re toast if you stay even one night. The mayors of Kauai & the Big Island think one test isn’t enough and that a 2nd test should be done 72 hours AFTER a Mainland visitor (or returning resident from the Mainland) arrives on a Neighbor Island. During that 72 hours, they’d be quarantined. As you might imagine, our state Governor Ige is against this. If you’re confused, try living here. Meanwhile, the politicking and finger pointing in the media is beyond surreal. No one is in charge, no one knows what’s going on, and no one will admit what they’ve done.
  6. Wow, I don’t recall the Pacific Procession pants reveal. I thought they made us look visually cleaner which was borne out in the visual numbers at DATR. i need to check with JB; I thought he mentioned they had 6 in ‘82 and how they got stuck on the ends of the front in opener. This was during a break during RP rehearsal a million years ago. I had to play chrome DEGs in VF and they sucked from a balance perspective and in my view the silvers weren’t much better as I was battling shoulder issues since ‘82 (I had to take prescription anti inflammatories from 82-85 and hold my horn slightly clocked to keep my shoulder tendons from pinching under my collarbone.) I longed for the Ultratone I had at West Coast Express and the King I auditioned on with BD in Dec 1980 was a far superior instrument (too bad I lost my ride and didn’t have a car for monthly camps; it was a blast to play.) When I did the ‘07 Alumni gig I used my K80 euph.
  7. As Sam knows I marched the Red Team in ‘84 that had our brass staff try something new and march only 4 lead baritones instead of the usual 6 to fatten up the bottom baritones. We went back to 6 in ‘85. Notes from that summer: — The white pants were debuted at DATR. We were already dressed “in the greens” and sequestered on the busses when GR’s voice came over the CB radio: “Change of plan— go with the white pants.” After a few seconds of stunned silence pandemonium ensued as we struggled to change in those confined quarters, but the atmosphere was one of exuberance. Contra Bob Benson (80-81 27th & 82 MBBB alum, 83 SCV) really got our bus’s juices flowing by bellowing (he was good at that) how we weren’t just going to wipe the field with Phantom, *everyone* was going down that night. Remember, all of the horses/super vets were off at Olympic Band that year, so it was “supposed” to be a down year with all the rookies (the average of the corps was just below 17.) Putting those pants 👖 on was utterly transformative, and the staff sensed it in the warmup arc. Despite taking 3rd in GE (PR was 1st in GE, then BD) and 2nd in Perc behind BD, we took Brass & Visual and the contest by 0.2. We only wore white pants at “big” shows like Whitewater and greens the rest of the time. — We marched only 4 mellophones, 2 came from the San Jose Raiders, one had marched ‘82 SCV lead sop but skipped ‘83, and the last was a 5-year lead sop/mello vet age out. All the wailing mellophone runs you hear at the end of opener on the Finals recording was written in secret by those guys who sprung it on us at a camp. — our silver DEG horns sucked. I got the same horn the next year; it became a duct tape special. We had “horn envy” every time we saw BD’s horns up close. — I mentioned we marched 4 lead baris. Unfortunately, this became a hinderance of sorts because the staff tried to stick to the original 70’s arrangement of opener that had leads doubling FH parts everywhere which wouldn’t have been a big deal for a BD lead. However, it became clear by June that only one of us could do it consistently day in/day out, so parts were changed. The next year the brilliant Mike Wessling came from Argonauts giving us two with very strong upper range, so we got the green light to double FH parts again in Festive Overture. — The Prelims Disaster: SCV gives away the title in an astounding lapse in elementary timekeeping. It was raining hard, yes. Back in those days it wasn’t uncommon to have staff carry powerful CB walkie talkies as ours did. We were standing in two lines under cover with Aussies on trying to wait out the rain, and I had the misfortune of being ten feet from a staff member with the radio. GR came on: ”Where ARE you???” Reply: ”We’re at (name of street)....over.” What followed was a banshee shriek from the radio. GR went utterly ballistic on the staff, so much so the one holding the radio turned white. We were supposed to have been at the gate 15 minutes prior, and now we were very very very late. Steve, an ‘82 baritone vet who had participated in the “Run Down the McGill University Ramp” when SCV was late to Prelims in ‘82, broke the silence: “Oh no....oh SH—!! Not AGAIN!!” A lot of us hadn’t marched SCV ‘82 but were in the stands at McGill that year and witnessed that run down the ramp, and we knew what he meant. It meant we were screwed with a capital S. We were still blocks from the gate. No white pants magic to “save” us. Everyone panicked, staff included. We “almost ran” as fast as our equipment allowed (poor contras!) to the gate and were out of breath when we got there. The gates were thrown open and in we went, all pell mell and spooked. I remember being two steps over the back sideline (baris and FHs formed the columns off the 50) when Brandt announced we had one minute. The audience could sense something was really wrong as well and the meek soprano entrance set the stage for that god awful performance. It was the worst show of the year for most of us and we lost Nationals then & there. The staff took full responsibility for the debacle and apologized to us when we got back to our housing site. Tim Salzmann brought us back from the abyss of despair with one of the best off-the-cuff motivational speeches, and we barely slept that night. “I am standing in front of the first drum corps that is going to go from 4th in Prelims to 1st at Finals,” and we believed every word. My understanding is that our last run through before Finals was considered far superior by parents and observers who were there versus our Finals run, and we kept it close. I always treasure my time in ‘84; the following year not so much.
  8. Re”guard”less of age of the original post, I always thought it odd how Dr. Len and Mickey Thomas (frontman/co-singer for Jefferson Starship) were never seen together in the same place....hmm.....🕵️‍♂️
  9. Thank you for correcting me....my eyesight is not what it used to be so when I enlarged the image I could only see his SCVC patches and dates were murky. JW was close to a GR having marched under him in their dominant years.
  10. Yes, I noticed Jeremy’s voice & eye contact took on a decided “edge” during his emphasis on the A and Cadet corps. Besides his professional accomplishments Mr. Van Wert wrote a book chronicling his time in SCV during the GR era and how it utterly transformed his life. This is well known in SCV circles, making the final shot with his jacket on all the more appropriate. Many alums from dinos to recent were alarmed at the prior talktrack not just from an organizational / directional perspective but in general. A number of longtime alums/volunteers walked; for me personally it was his use of the pronoun “I” when referring to SCV that I found particularly troubling (“I speak for....”) You may recall when DCI formed the task force awhile back that was tasked with formulating post C-19 solutions and strategy. SCV was not asked to participate in that endeavor.
  11. I do; it’s in a safety deposit box. I used a Walkman with a stereo mic and high end Metal cassette tape; I’ve listened to it twice.
  12. Yes...a lot of my 85 hornline colleagues aged out in 87 but surprisingly many want 85 back. I marched with one sop player 5 straight years over two corps; he and I are still fast friends and in his words “85 hurt way worse” because that was the last year of the “giga hornline vets” from the late 70’s.
  13. I marched that show...I was the Last Man headed for the tunnel (you can even see the recording device I wore for a split second) and in the field closeup of the two baritone players during the push in Tenderland; I’m the skinny lead bari in glasses on the left and Vince Noble (RIP) who taught Cavies & SOA for many years is the euph on the right. Both of us aged out that night. Angelica was in the judges box on Finals night as a “guest” but not on the slate, and was “quite vocal” during our run per a stunned SCV staffperson in the back who witnessed it. Brandt announced the High CG Award winner wrong, which added insult to injury. GH had already let his kids know “great job but roses go to SCV”; I was on the very left edge of the retreat block when we turned to it play to GC a few feet away and many of them couldn’t look at us. Gail took the loss very hard, so much so he had infamous “red circle slash 85” T-shirts printed up the next summer. Fast forward to Denver Finals 2004...I was walking to the souvie area while wearing my jacket when a guy wearing a Boston jacket stopped me when he saw the Madison Finals patch on my sleeve. He first asked to shake my hand, then he unexpectedly hugged me. He said “those four words” in his Bahston accent, smiled and walked away. That was huge.
  14. Probably the most thoughtful comment I’ve seen yet on this. Tying this back into the drum corps realm, my old corps (I keep forgetting my kid qualifies as an alum there too now ) recently posted a new profile photo on their FB page of the corps shield logo drenched in black with the script “V” forming the middle letter of “LiVes”. The result was incendiary from the membership, both current and former. One longtime corps vet alum who is now a longtime LEO tried to give his very balanced perspective, and he was summarily pounced upon by the “You are not of the Body of L’Andrew; you will be AB-sorb-ed!” camp. Others wanted a more moderate message using “all”. Still others wanted the corps to stay out and focus on survival. The curtain got pulled back on a lot of ugliness, and when combined with issues related to the ED topic which won’t be resolved anytime soon I will be surprised if the airplane can still be reused when it lands.
  15. I’m on the FB page where the discussion took place since I’m an alum and the dialogue was certainly spirited.
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