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  1. 58 minutes ago, Chief Guns said:

    Yea you might be correct. My son's band went to Texas, only band from Cali that competed in Texas few weeks ago. They held their own and did great finishing 19th out of 84 bands i believe. But still not on the level of the top Texas bands. 

    Vista Murrieta was great, that was a refreshing and different approach as much as I love watching Texas bands all day.   Colorguard and drums especially were a real treat, but the band held their own for sure.  Personally had them in finals.  

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  2. I loved Avon and others that I saw at Grand Nationals, but I’m glad Vandegrift won in the end.  There is a purity to how they approach what they do and if you haven’t heard that band live.....holy crap.  Perfectly in tune, aligned, and performed perfection.  And what I think they do better than just about anyone is the shaping and phrasing that you just don’t get on video, the subtle dynamic stuff they do is mind blowing. Certainly what got them the highest Music GE score ever at GN.  

    And yes, they can MARCH. Amazing form control and clarity of technique.  Dance team is a much different flavor but they picked a perfect show to showcase them.  

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  3. Saw them six times live over the season, they’re incredible.   What I love about Vandegrift’s percussion is their touch and musicality is second to none IMO in the H.S. world in a marching band setting.  They know when to lead and be the dominant force and when to support and play with incredible subtlety.  Their stuff in the ballad isn’t the hardest in the show, but the way they perform it......whew.  

  4. Great pick up for Madison Scouts, I loved Blue Stars brass when he was on with them.  

    Excited to hear what Jason Robb/Daniel Montoya Jr. come up with, they do some great stuff in the HS world and Montoya's stuff at Guardians was a blast, I could see him being a great fit for a more modern music program while still maintaining the energetic and entertaining approach that is true to the corps.  

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  5. Also Mandarins 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 get a big nod.  Before Inside the Ink the Paper Sons show was far and away my favorite of theirs and a big breakout show.  2015 really peaked well in August despite its placement.  As mentioned above, 2016 was the start of what we have seen today and 2017 was the development of an identity that I LOVE.  I know the dark and quirky isn't for everyone, but I am in love with that style.  2017 especially was just so.......cool.  

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  6. I am going to have to give that list a real hard look but I have to give a shoutout to The Academy.  2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017 all just made me feel very happy.  They've taken a bit more serious approach the last two years, but the mostly whimsical, fun, and lighthearted shows that I mentioned above were a highlight of each of those seasons.  2011 and 2012 were not as lighthearted perhaps but they were very quirky and fantastical in their own right.  2011 might be my favorite of any of these shows, that show was just the essence of what I love about drum corps. That is a show I listen to constantly, and I love the bonkers color palette they had.

    And oh my lord I miss those uniforms.  

    Pacific Crest this past year gets a big nod from me as well, just great music wrapped up in a sleek and ultra modern package.  

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  7. 31 minutes ago, N.E. Brigand said:

    I'd be curious to hear from people about why they prefer "Life Rite After" to "Subterra" -- especially given that the judges gave the latter a score that broke a 31-year-old record.

    I just connected with “Life Rite After” a little more thematically.   I thought the concept of what happens after “Rite of Spring” was so clever and they pulled it off really well with only using tiny snippets of the Stravinsky.  Musically there was also a little more that grabbed me as well, in particular the ballad and closer.  And it was also just super fun to see them make finals for the first time and then some, that doesn’t change my enjoyment of the show itself much like The Academy in 2016, but it was just more reason for me to root for them   

    I also really enjoyed “SubTerra”, it was a step up in pretty much every performance caption outside of percussion and was a noticeable step up in difficulty across the board.  Their visual performance in particular really stood out to me, especially up close in San Antonio.  Total buy in to their product and sold incredibly well.  I got the intruder to the secret society plot line and they executed it pretty well, just wasn’t quite as imaginative as the previous years offering.  No less well done though.  I hope they keep doing what they’re doing.  

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  8. Oh man.  This is hard.  Three shows on this list I LOVE.  2010 Blue Stars I talk about all the time, first really good shows I saw in competition and have been hooked on them ever since.  2014 Blue Knights was an emotional juggernaut that did narration and an emotional theme about as well as you could have.  Also really enjoyed Madison Scouts in 2015, that show was just really well done and performed on all levels.  

    HM to Blue Stars this past year and in 2018, glad they’ve had two strong seasons in a row.  

    Had to go with 2010 Blue Stars though, that show just shook me to the core.  

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  9. 7 minutes ago, N.E. Brigand said:

    Curious if anyone has handy a list of the shows that beat BD at any point during the season during that time, even if they lost to BD in the end. Is it even twice as many as these five?

    2011 - Carolina Crown (twice), The Cavaliers (nine times), and The Cadets (fourteen times). 

    2013 - The Cadets (once), and Carolina Crown (fifteen times).  

    2015 - Bluecoats (once because of penalty), The Cadets (five times), and Carolina Crown (three times).   

    2016 - Carolina Crown (twice) and Bluecoats (nine times).  

    2018 - Bluecoats (once) and Santa Clara Vanguard (fourteen times).  

    2019 - Santa Clara Vanguard (four times) and Bluecoats (seven times).  

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  10. On 8/12/2019 at 2:00 PM, Ghost said:

    A shout out to Austin, the 4th tenor, for earning the Rookie of The Year Award.  He did a fantastic job flying in to a tough situation and working his butt off to eventually march.  He plans on auditioning for Boston for the first time this Fall.  I'd say he already auditioned.

    This made me smile.   I can’t imagine learning a show that hard on the fly.  Pretty amazing.  

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  11. It just felt like it totally took away from their accomplishment.   Why ask about what effect having two other corps would have had when they had their best show and season in over a decade?  Ask about that.  Ask how much fun a show like that is to perform.    Ask what it felt like to win ten years after the corps didn’t even field and how much that meant.  

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  12. 3 minutes ago, wvu80 said:

    That's why I said they started the year "around 12."  I didn't want to nitpick 12th because we know all the early season shows are frameworks and as such are incomplete at that time. 

    Let's take your 13th place assessment and start there.  I think they climbed to 11th, then settled in 12th easily making finals.  If we use placement as a criteria they never rose nor fell far from their eventual 12th place finish. Had they jumped a couple of corps into 10th I would consider that a marked improvement.  Otherwise, they basically finished where they started.

    I don't think any of the corps rose or fell more than a placement from where they started the season.  All improved their shows by finals.

    Statistically yes, I was just most impressed by their improvement I guess in their actual performance levels.  

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  13. Just now, wvu80 said:

    I don't understand this, and I have heard others say the same thing.

    I love Phantom, but they started the season ranked around 12th and finished that way.  Their product was improved from June, but so was all the other corps.


    Great synopsis on each corps BTW.  You put a lot of thought and effort into your writings.  Thanks! 

    They started off the season at around 13th when they were getting beat by Spirit of Atlanta, and some other corps out west were scoring in a similar range.   When I saw that show in June I thought there was no way they’d ever get clean enough or make the show work enough to make it in.  Even though the show design still wasn’t what it should have been by finals, they cleaned the crap out of it more than I ever thought they would and made enough good changes to keep them VERY solidly in.  

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  14. Just like that, it's over.  Wow.  What a season.  What a night.  What a quarterfinals.  What a semifinals.  What a finals.  What a fight for the top.  Awestruck at the talent from top to bottom this year.  Here's my thoughts on finals week.  Thanks for another amazing season, I'm probably gonna sign off for the most part for awhile.  Life is about to get crazy, but I had fun following the season again with you all.  


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