swmstom

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About swmstom

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    1994-97 Southwind. 1998 Madison Scouts
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Madison Scouts, Phantom Regiment, Blue Devils
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Madison Scouts 1995
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    1995
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Auburn, Alabama

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  1. swmstom

    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    Hopefully back to flat position snares. Was never a fan of the tilted deal.
  2. swmstom

    2019 Madison Scouts!

    Listen to recordings of Scouts in the 90s...especially 95, 97 and 99 and hear the crowd. The vast majority loved those shows. You can't please everyone, but it feels like Scouts have gone opposite. Some loved recent shows but it feels like most are indifferent. I personally WANT Scouts to get back to the macho, bombastic, over-the-top style. That's what so many fell in love with.
  3. swmstom

    2019 Show Ideas

    I remember Magic of Orlando doing a Mardi Gras ish show in the mid 90s. Opened with Little Liza Jane. Was a great show.
  4. swmstom

    2019 Madison Scouts!

    Bump to get this page back toward the front. Anyone hearing of other staff changes or any news on Scouts at all?
  5. swmstom

    2019 Show Ideas

    My hope is Scouts do a show with just a theme instead of trying to tell a story. They haven't been very good or entertaining stoytellers of late.
  6. swmstom

    Madison Scouts 2018

    I don't see how drum corps message boards should or are any different than say a collegiate sports message board. You're basically dealing with same age range once you get to elite corps. Why do we have to be so sensitive? I would never specifically call out the members but will certainly call out staff. I'm an Auburn fan and and alum. If the head coach and his staff are not putting the players in the best position to succeed..I will call them out. If a player sees it...sorry. But I won't lose sleep over it. With Scouts, it starts at the top. If that fails, then the rest fails. Changes need to happen to get Scouts back to competing with the eltes. If someone gets offended...sorry, not sorry. Toughen up. Otherwise we can just keep treading water, talking about the good food they ate and how nice the busses were...and begin hoping to just remain in Top 17 while they everyone passes by.
  7. swmstom

    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    A thread about potential staff turnover and no mention of Scouts yet. After the catastrophic show this season and a growing disproval by a lot of alums I'd be stunned if there weren't major changes made from top to bottom with Scouts.
  8. swmstom

    Madison Scouts 2018

    So total conspiracy theory here. Did the admin purposefully put a dud out there knowing a horrible placement would happen so they could push the co-ed agenda? Kind of a "see, we told you we can't survive as all male" type deal? I would hope that isn't the case. But with how it was discussed pre season and then this pitiful design, you can't help but wonder.
  9. swmstom

    Madison Scouts 2018

    I was in Atlanta, 27 rows up and near the 50. VERY tame reactions.
  10. swmstom

    Madison Scouts 2018

    Not how it used to be by any stretch. You could have one screamer bring the stadium down. Not so much now. Shoot, go back and watch Coats' Downside Up. That one solo scream got a huge reaction...because he winked at the camera. In ATL the screamers barely got a notice. The ridiculous note by the SCV dude got a polite applause but in years past that would've drawn a roar they could've heard in Savannah.
  11. swmstom

    Madison Scouts 2018

    I have predicted for a while now that Troopers will pass by...possibly in Allentown. And BDB and SCVC will pass them in Indy. Then we hold our collective breath to see if Scouts survive the offseason. Unfortunately the type of finish on the horizon coupled with the financial issues mentioned before is usually to death nail.
  12. swmstom

    Madison Scouts 2018

    Ha...I won't go to quite the extreme of FlamMan. I think Scouts changes are this. Ditch the stupid show-themed costumes. Be modern but with more of something recognizable as Scouts. Put the d**n aussies back on. Ditch whoever is designing these shows. New ideas and new thoughts on ways to be modern and competitive, but recapture that Madison Scout style that has vanished. Design a show that isn't completely based on "getting the storyline". Let the music and visuals (marching) do the work. Scouts should never be doing a show where the crowd has to ponder the deep meaning of why or what. The show needs to be a "it just is"... i.e. Tilt, Downside Up. No deep storyline to follow and get. Get the butts out of the seats....whatever it takes. Screamers no longer seem to do it as in the past. But find something new and inventive. Scouts should be the corps that folks blow the interwebs up talking about "did you see THAT?" Scouts need to once again be the perennial crowd favorite.
  13. swmstom

    Madison Scouts 2018

    I side with Plankton...no way can I be happy when Scouts are placing along the levels of where we placed when I was with Southwind in the 90s. Moreso, the product is not as good as others. If I thought the product was elite and Scouts were just getting scrwed by the judges then I'd direct my anger elsewhere. This product is not on the level of elite.
  14. swmstom

    Madison Scouts 2018

    Just back from Atlanta...so my two cents. The show isn't quite as bad as I was expecting, but it's still not good, especially compared to some of the really cool and exciting programs above them. In general the Scouts show is just boring. Some ok stuff on the back half, but overall just boring. But then again maybe I'm just dumb and don't easily pick up on abstract, nuisanced meanings. I like to have the meaning spelled out for me...like Boston does literally. Or a show that has no story per say. It's just called "Rock your face" and the music and drill does it. Anyway, I just don't see Scouts improving drastically enough with such a bad product to make Top 17. I think Troop passes them and then SCVC and maybe another will as well. Such an unfortunate season.
  15. swmstom

    Madison Scouts 2018

    As a former member of Scours drumline it gripes me that Roger Carter is gone. I came up through DCI when Roger was at BD and that dude was an icon. I was thrilled when he was hired to lead Scouts line. Now I watch videos of Coats' line, RC on the drumset, and how cool and trendy they are.