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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Woodsiders69-73 Cabs 74-75
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Boston Crusaders
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Phantom Regiment 1989

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  1. 1. They will always (to me, at least) be "Garfield ". Period. 2. Some missing Saints; St.Rose of Lima, Newark NJ St. Brendan's. Clifton NJ 3.Vagabonds? Pennsauken or poughkeepsie
  2. Short version: too many amps Long version: way too many amps
  3. Great stadium for sound.You're so close your glasses cold get cracked!!!
  4. Been a drum corps fan since mid sixties.( north jersey) First DCI championship was 76. I don't think the audience or their expectations have changed that much, at least not recently . The situation is that a show designed to impress the judges with the artistic vision of the designer, is not designed for crowd response. Still travel to shows,still marvel at the talent level,but its not geared to spontaneous response as it was.
  5. Marched Salute to Isreal parade late sixties. At that time, parade was late Feb.,early March.Absolutely fridgid Sunday. Keep your mouthpiece in your hand so it doesn't freeze to your lips. Roll off, put the mouthpiece in, thumb was so cold , I couldn't move the valve( single horizontal) But Monday morning we were on the front page of the New York Times George Starr Woodsiders Newark NJ 69-73, Caballeros 74,75
  6. I marched junior and senior late 60's to 75. Been to most DCI Finals since then. My qualifications for commenting are only as a fan. First, IMHO, no one needs the level of amplification that is being used. Was in 236 for prelims. Synth bass from Cadets almost drowned out the hornline, speakers for SCV had looking for horns where there were none. Second, if you think you have to mic soloist,please find a video of Genisis, one of my faves this year. Third, I found it very difficult to understand what some corps were presenting as a theme. I will admit to not making real effort to find out what they trying to portray, but I'm not sure I should have to.That being said I do not think it ever affected my appreciation of the talent on the field. Thought placements were right, even though they did not all match my preferences. I thought 2017 was of the best shows yet and hope 2018 is even better. Woodchuck
  7. Ahh Wildwood!! Arrive at the field about 7:30(bus left Newark/Harrison at2:00) Inspection Birds taking from the marshes each the timing gun went off. Packed stands(all four rows). Well,at least for Sac.,Lucy's,and Garfield. A senior contest! Hang for a couple of hours at our sponsors motel. Parade, boards, and some years we even stayed till Sunday. George Starr Woodsiders. 68-74
  8. I miss the season opener Memorial Day in Fairlawn, and I miss AL states in Wildwood the weekend after Labor Day. But I will be in Indy, because I won't miss every corps doing their best show of the year Old, but not a dino!!
  9. Clifton Bayonne Allentown Rome Eire Indy
  10. There were two separate St. Joesephs corps from Newark. St josephs Hilltoppers,national contender mid 1950's and St. Joseph's Ironbound, GSC/parade corps mid 60'/ early 70's.
  11. I would like to make two comments: 1,I have learned more about BD 2015 from this than from watching them four times live. I know little about Into the Woods,and nothing about Kpop.The show won for me because of the talent on the field. 2; With all due respect to the OP,Troopers "Wild Horses" was not just a show about some horses. If you listen to the lyrics, she wants to be"like" the wild horses. Great theme,excellent potrayed and preformed.
  12. I've got an idea. Maybe a western corps(BD SCV BK or Troopers) could do an Eastern tour. That would really be a nice change.
  13. Old enough that my first bugle had one valve and a slide, Saw my first show 62 or 63 , Clifton or Newark. Marched 65-75(GSC,DCA) Best show I ever saw? 8/10/13 Incredible, top to bottom!!
  14. What's this nonsense about "rotors" ? Old school means "slides!! The dead end in Branch Brook Park Winter practice at Elizabeth Armory, with another corps waiting till you were done for their 2 hours. Five or Six shows ayear in Newark
  15. Wow!! Not only pieces I never heard, but composers I never heard of. Not a dig, sad commentaty on my limited musical exposure. A few lighter suggestions. "Hymn" by Vanggelis (choral version) "Show me the Way" Styx "Since I Don't Have You" Brian Setzer "The Epic" Pat Metheny