N.E. Brigand

  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


N.E. Brigand last won the day on May 19 2018

N.E. Brigand had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

5,660 Excellent

1 Follower

About N.E. Brigand

  • Rank
    DCP Fanatic

Profile Information

  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Just a Fan
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Phantom Regiment & Boston Crusaders
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Santa Clara Vanguard 1999
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
  • Gender
  • Location
    Cleveland, OH
  • Interests
    J.R.R. Tolkien, Cinema, Herpetology, Early Music, Theatre

Recent Profile Visitors

2,843 profile views
  1. N.E. Brigand

    2019 Santa Clara Vanguard - Speculation?

    Phantom of the Opera had premiered on Broadway three years earlier. So maybe the hint means that SCV will be presenting music from a show that opened on Broadway in the past few years? There was this one 2015 show that was about as popular as Phantom was in its heyday.
  2. N.E. Brigand

    Old Man DCI was cool...

    Speaking of the 2018 recordings, see here.
  3. N.E. Brigand

    2018 DVD/BluRays DCI Champ Finals??

    Well... given what they had to work with, I'd say you're right. And I don't mean the performers, who were excellent, but the technology they were using. Just take a look at the clip below from the DVD that DCI posted to Youtube last month. It features the ballad. As soon as the first soloist starts, you can clearly hear something is wrong with the sound, and you can hear it again when the second soloist comes in, and the balance in that clip generally just isn't where it was earlier in the season (whether heard live or on Flo) -- issues that many people here said they they were hearing last year repeatedly during championships, only to have some others here deny those their observations. Also, as noted by one of the Youtube commenters on the video, who was apparently a drummer in SCV, there's a mismatch between the audio and video at the end of the clip. So DCI explained in a reply comment:
  4. N.E. Brigand

    Old Man DCI was cool...

    I mean the latter. Tell me that I'm going to listen to six random semifinalist performances from the 1980s or six random semifinalist performances from the 2010s and I'd pick the former every time.
  5. N.E. Brigand

    Old Man DCI was cool...

    On average, drum corps used to be more musical. There are still some very musical shows! But when modern drum corps fails, a large part of the failure is that the show just isn't worth listening to.
  6. N.E. Brigand

    DCI LEAVES (downtown) INDY!

    The company where I work here in Ohio moved downtown several years ago from a more distant part of the city where we had owned a large lot. In order not to force our staff to take an effective pay cut after the move, we arranged to pay for their parking downtown in a nearby garage. But a possibly unintended effect of the tax law passed in late Dec. 2017, and effective Jan. 1, 2018 is non-profits (as our company is) to count the value of parking provided to employees as unrelated business income, taxable at 21%. So we decided just to give everyone a raise and let them make their own parking arrangements from now on. If DCI was providing parking to employees, they would have faced a similar decision. Although I doubt that would be the only reason for a move like this.
  7. N.E. Brigand

    Business Privilege Taxes?

    Here's a direct link to the story: https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-parkettes-lawsuit-20190304-story.html
  8. That was the first year I ever saw a drum corps performance, at Byers Field in Parma, although I had seen Cadets rehearse (not to mention sleeping in our gym) that year and the previous year, and the Bluecoats sent a couple guys to recruit at our school a year or two earlier as well (unsuccessfully: the pitch was not well done). I still remember the sopranos lined up each with his hand on his neighbor's shoulder, in "Sing Sing Sing". A good year for the corps: the first time they scored 90 in Finals.
  9. N.E. Brigand

    New show announcements request

    I've never seen National Treasure, but there is some apt historical criticism in the comedy of Blazing Saddles.
  10. N.E. Brigand

    New show announcements request

    Blue Devils's "Cabaret Voltaire" is perhaps best understood as a show about Dada.
  11. N.E. Brigand

    New show announcements request

    Ironically, Albert Camus's writing style is pretty spare. I'd love to see a corps use this as a show description: "La lutte elle-même vers les sommets suffit à remplir un cœur d'homme; il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux."
  12. N.E. Brigand

    Then vs Now

    Very unlikely. Nor if you said something similar to a man.
  13. N.E. Brigand

    Then vs Now

    For some reason this makes me wonder if anyone's ever marched in DCI with bone spurs.