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Everything posted by DrumManTx

  1. Carolina Crown......your musical and athletic prowess this year is jaw dropping. That opening note is.....woah. And the rest of the show has grown on me exponentially since June. Thematically it never did it for me, but in terms of pure marching and music excellence? Good lord. If they can tap into a theme and really execute it they’ll win again with the ability they have. Again this year, I’m so glad to see the drumline as an asset rather than something people blame for them not doing better. They’re bad #####.
  2. I am most excited for The Cavaliers going into 2020. They tapped into something really special this year.
  3. Cavaliers......even if it doesn’t place 4th, I still think that is their best corps and show post 2011 by a lot. The brass line......might be the most improved section of the year in the top twelve. Percussion and guard are no slouch either. If they keep programming stuff like the Road to Perdition sections they’re gonna be fighting for a medal VERY soon, some of the most fitting source material for a show this year. If you make a highlight reel for this year, the ballad is undoubtedly at the top. Incredible. Also, they’re one of two corps in the top six that are doing some INCREDIBLE shaping in the brass to me. Please keep doing that.
  4. Boston Crusaders......that is sitting in 6th. Brass and drums have come a long way since June, but that guard......WOW. You cannot take your eyes off of them. They’ll win a championship soon if they keep progressing. I am not sure if this show was as conceptually strong as the last two, but the ability just keeps shooting us. Gino and Collin with that guard staff? You’re bound for a win sooner or later.
  5. Blue Knights know how to tap into real human emotion and experiences like no one else. They are able to create shows that touch on so many levels. Reminiscent thoughts, life before death, etc. There is just something so authentic about what they do. It’s ethereal. Percussion writing.....nothing else like it. I think I finally got this show tonight. Also, Daniel Belcher. What a conductor, and from what I’ve heard, an incredible human being. Can’t believe we have six more shows to go at the quality we have already reached.........
  6. Blue Stars have blown me away every year since 2010 when I first saw them live. Even when they dipped down to 13th, I found a lot to love. Their athletic ability, distinct brass sound, INCREDIBLE colorguard, and musical moments like the baritone entrance in the closer just connect with me. I’m glad that they were able to chain together two single digit placements for the first time since 2008 - 2010. Can’t wait to see what they do next year. The end of Dance Panels is one of the best drill and music combo portions of a show this year.
  7. I need to be back on the road with a corps again next summer. I’m missing it dearly right now.
  8. Mandarins were no fluke in 2018. While their dark shows might not be for everyone, they’ve forged an incredible identity that is instantly recognizable, and I am in love with. The colorguard, visual performance, and commitment to character is some of the best out there. Keep improving musically? They’ll be seeing some pretty high placements very soon. Unrelenting, intense, etc. Please keep doing you.
  9. 2016 and 2019 Crossmen might be my favorite modern shows from them. Put simply, that show is a freakin rock concert on the field. One of the most downright fun shows I’ve seen in awhile. LOVE IT! All sections are great, percussion improved a ton over the season. I hope they keep doing shows like this, I had a blast watching this show live.
  10. Show issues aside......those members didn’t let the show die. They cleaned the hell out of it and went with the changes and performed it with more heart than a lot. I think Imma stay off during performances and then check after each corps finishes.
  11. They’ve been posting videos on Facebook all week of the members who marched in corps wishing them luck. It’s a lot.
  12. I might have to do that as well, just wanna enjoy the shows one last time as they happen, and then jump in and comment. I might save most of that for my season review I'll post tomorrow.