N.E. Brigand

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    Just a Fan
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Phantom Regiment & Boston Crusaders
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Santa Clara Vanguard 1999
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    1989
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    Cleveland, OH
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    J.R.R. Tolkien, Cinema, Herpetology, Early Music, Theatre

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  1. She offered him a job working for her dad.

    You couldn't make up a better plot twist.

  2. Over in DCA, Sunrisers performed "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" three or four years ago, and just as in the Moulin Rouge arrangement, they interpolated a little of "Material Girl". I saw a high school marching band do the same thing a year later. For those who don't know: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" is originally from the 1949 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which starred Carol Channing. It was loosely adapted to film in 1953 and starred Marilyn Monroe (who shared top billing but was paid just a tiny percentage of what was earned by her co-star, Jane Russell). The video for the Madonna song "Material Girl" (1985) was an homage to the 1953 film sequence.
  3. I am totally ready for next year's Van Halen / Billie Eilish mashup.
  4. Also, given what was being posted here a few months ago: how is this possible? Weren't people reporting that DCA, in their awesome majesty, told DCI they weren't allowed to accept any former DCA corps as members?
  5. Do I recall correctly that Tampa Bay Thunder announced they were doing this about five years ago but ended up shutting down instead?
  6. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "To best fulfill our mission, Youth Education in the Arts! is refining its operating model to allow its programs to best serve their respective participants. Our goal continues to be improving the quality of services offered by all programs, and to deliver on the commitment to excellence. We believe we are putting USBands, The Cadets, and Xcape on a more viable and stronger path forward. As we make this change, we will reduce costs and streamline operations by eliminating several positions including that of the executive director and director of community relations. This change means Vicki Ferrrence Ray and Scott Litzenberg will no longer be working for Youth Education and the Arts! in official capacities. We cannot thank them enough for their contributions to the organization over the past 18 months, as they were key members of the new team. In addition, we would like to thank Larry Harris for his work over the past 15 years, and Carissa Bryant. The teams currently running our programs will remain in place to ensure continuity. We have made tremendous progress over the past year and we are incredibly grateful for the unwavering support of our alumni, members, donors, bands, sponsors and everyone else in the marching band and drum corps community that continues to support us." - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The non-profit performing arts company where I work went through something like this in early 2009, as the Great Recession peaked. We cut the heads of the marketing and finance departments and two other significant positions. A tough choice that had to be made, but not easy to go through.
  7. Requiring financial stability seems smart to me. Not sure about requiring top 25 status. I guess it would depend on the total number of corps. But it does mean giving the judges a say in which corps get to be world class. Should they have that power? I don't know.
  8. Seems to me that what karuna is saying is, in part, that it depends on the level of choreo that's expected, and that, in his estimation, what can be taught isn't good enough to offset the downside of losing more aesthetically-satisfying drill. And I quite like the term "blob-flutters".
  9. Watching Vandegrift's show on Flo last night, I agree they deserved it -- although as noted above, they were only the second-best Texas band this year. And there was plenty of drill in a number of shows in a long day of BOA performances yesterday. And for reference: there were 91 bands competing in the Prelims on Thursday and Friday, 38 bands competing in the Semifinals on Saturday morning (starting at 6:15 a.m.) and afternoon, and 12 bands competing in Finals on Saturday night. I haven't tried counting the Prelims bands by state, but these were the states from which the Semifinals bands hailed: Indiana (8), Ohio (7), Texas (6), Kentucky (4), Michigan (3), Georgia (2), Arkansas (1), California (1), Florida (1), Illinois (1), North Carolina (1), Oklahoma (1), South Carolina (1), and Virginia (1). And these were the states with bands in Finals: Texas (6), Indiana (3), California (1), Ohio (1), and Oklahoma (1).
  10. Yikes. Step away for a few weeks to follow marching band and come back to find whatever this is.
  11. It does, but logistically, that performance by the Lincoln-Way band (from Illinois) was very impressive. It reminds me most of Cadets' 2011 show in that regard. And when I first saw the show, they were very careful even setting up to face just one direction, so the first reveal was a total surprise.