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TRacer last won the day on December 30 2016

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About TRacer

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    DCP Veteran
  • Birthday February 20

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    West Coast Express, Valley Fever, SCV, KAC, & FAC
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Our Lady of Reynolds Wrap Kadets
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    87 SCV, 93 SOI, '13 Crown
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    Before synths and "all key" horns
  • Gender
  • Location
    Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
  • Interests
    Drag racing (built, tune, & drive my own car), motorcycling (old skool short chop I built), mountain biking, being an active dad, Widmer Hefeweizen

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  1. Fun Fact: That rig is being driven by an alum who marched SCV from ‘84-‘87, the last two years as their DM. A great guy who volunteers a lot of time to the corps; our sons marched together in SCVC’s trumpet section from ‘16-‘18.
  2. I like how every year the SCV thread drops like a rock, and that it’s 40 pages shorter than the Madison thread.
  3. BSD, If I make it out to Finals this year from Hawaii I’ll ping you. My son is marching with your daughter this summer (different section, though; hornline) and it’s interesting how my kid has changed since he left his prior CA corps. Between my kid growing up, 7 major eye surgeries since 2016 and the loss of my father three months ago to ALS (he was a huge SCV fan when I marched) I look at life a bit differently as well.
  4. Just to play devils advocate for a moment, during my son’s 3rd year in DCI he visited me at my house where I keep a few Gs and Bbs lying around. He pulled out his old Yamaha trumpet and played some passages from his (then) current show for me. “Not bad.” He then picked up my 2V American Heritage G sop and played the same passes (no 3rd valve work was needed) which of course “sounded” off, but.... “OMG, Dad! Why don’t we play these anymore? I can actually put some air through this thing! Wooo!”
  5. “Must...fight it....mustn’t....lose....CONTROL..!!”
  6. SCV 84/85/87/88. In ‘84 SCV won its home show for the first time ever over BD and tore up the competition in DATR, WW...come Semis, we’re late to the stadium and we relive the ‘82 prelims nightmare. We gave it away at Semis. Tim S. apologizes to us at 11:30 that night on behalf of the staff for screwing up two ways: (1) being late and (2) not writing a hard enough show because they utterly underestimated the talent we had because so many “long time” vets had gone off to do the Summer Olympics Band. He capped it with the best off-the-cuff inspirational speech and the result is the Finals tape. Observers told us our Finals run through was actually better. ‘85..the long-time vets come back to age out. Different mind-set now. We have a slower start, but after another win at the home show off we went. Tore up everyone. DCI East: utter smackdown. Ran out of gas at Semis despite incredible horn show taking high brass by 0.4 and Visual too. Politics at play the next night when DA made a surprise appearance in the judging box; our judging tapes reflected it. GR is beyond livid, so much so he has white t-shirts made the following year with an “85” crossed out by a large red “circle slash”. ’87 as described previously. GR is beaucoup livid. Surprisingly, he lives.
  7. Jocko #### by DEVO However, someone SHOULD do DEVO’s “Smart Patrol” (“We’re the...Smart Patrol... (nowhere to go) suburban robots that monitor reality...”)
  8. “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”, as performed by William Shatner on his Golden Throats album. “Windmills of My Mind”, as performed by Raymond Burr on an episode of The Muppet Show. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Earth”, as performed by Leonard Nimoy on HIS Golden Throats LP. ”Love Hangover” by Diana Ross, for no other reason than the title. Cool tune, though. Probably anything by Barry White (“Ah know what you want...” <wakawaka guitar riff> “Yeah...”)
  9. I’m glad I was able to assist. I made direct eye contact with one spectator in Row 2 during that push and held his gaze for 5-6 counts...he went to pieces. IIRC that was the only time SCV marched only 4 lead baritones; we went back to a 6/6/6 split the following year with two of us doubling on Frenchie parts in opener.
  10. Good article— my father was diagnosed three days ago as being in the advanced stages of ALS. As his only child it’s going to be a long road.
  11. SCV, before they were completly AB-sorbed to become Cavaliers 2.0 with “hired guns.” But, they’re winning again, and that’s pretty spiffy to most of the alumni base. I’m surprised they still play the same arrangement of Clowns instead of the “New Era” arrangement with the opening mello solo they tried some years back.
  12. I have heard so much about the culture at La Crosse, how “tight” they are and their ability to retain kids. My son was persuaded by his old HS marching band “big brother” / 3rd year Stars brassline member who is two years older (and aging out this year like your daughter) to come to BS. This is my son’s 6th season and he wanted to stretch his wings outside of CA. Sending Aloha to another Stars Dad!