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    Phantom 1989-2008
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    1989, 2008

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  1. I think they are using this year's props amazingly well. Perhaps the best prop use ever. SCV was pretty amazing at it last year. But I am distracted that they too often run to them and move them as if those members are invisible, moving in a way that looks frantic to me, doesn't match the music/mood, and takes them out of performance mode.
  2. Bluecoats over Devils. Love both, but as many have said, Bluecoats production is so seamless and constantly engaging every phrase of the show. Blue Devils are using too many of the same design devices they have used in past years so I loose interest at times. I am also extremely distracted by how many times Bluve Devils are done with a feature and most if not that entire group then runs off stage to the props or other area of the field. Those should be opportunities to develop those moments artistically and should not be a distraction.
  3. Good topic! Interesting. Had to add Fancy Regiment! BLOO: Aesthetic=10, Intellectual=8, Emotional= 10 BD: Aesthetic=8, Intellectual=8, Emotional= 7 SCV: Aesthetic=6, Intellectual=8, Emotional= 6 CC: Aesthetic=8, Intellectual=8, Emotional= 8 BC: Aesthetic=8, Intellectual=8, Emotional= 8 CAVIES: Aesthetic=9, Intellectual=9, Emotional= 10 BK: Aesthetic=6, Intellectual=9, Emotional= 8 PR: Aesthetic=6, Intellectual=7, Emotional=9
  4. PR, you were great Saturday in SA. The crowd ate it up. Huge jump in performance and design compared to what came before. It is so hard these days to be top six, to move up competitively, please everyone, blah blah blah. Know you are loved and that most are pulling for you.
  5. Thanks for starting this thread. I often feel like the audience, including DCPers and others in the community have great ideas as to how to make some shows better. I think it easy to get close to a project and find it difficult to always be objective or even come up with the right solutions for things that aren't working. I agree with much of your list. I have seen most shows live and at risk of sounding cliche, it is yet again another year where the quality I indeed better than the previous year, with those not making finals being incredibly strong groups that would have made franks in many last years. The only corps having a year not as good as last year, competitively, are few. I would really like to see SCV take some risk and change more stuff than a team normally does at this point of the season. Back to back championships would be healthy for the activity IMO. Also hoping Bluecoats have something big up their sleeve that will push this brilliant show over the top. Despite's what some seem to think, I find most corps to be very different from one another in style, approach, etc. The variety is awesome. I do wish that the entertainment value at the top stays approachable for most fans and not a minority. I like heady, intellectual shows, but rarely want to see them over and over again. I think the activity will continue to gain more new fans if they can "get the show" for the most part in one viewing.
  6. THIS!!! It seems that Scouts have long been inclusive and open-minded, but this fact does not negate that drum corps members of any generation do not have feelings, summer struggles, etc. All positive vibes to the 2019 Madison Scouts. KSA.
  7. Well, sorry to offend and stereotype. It is simply extremely rare I meet an alumni that is positive about anything Madison since 1999. That said, I have met a few who are level headed, informed, and supporters of the current activity.
  8. Have you read DCP since 2001? Sat by Madison alumni at a show? Know Madison alumni that you bump into from time to time? Not trying to be overly snarky, but Madison alumni are notoriously the most destructive and narrow-minded of all drum corp alumni I have ever known, and by a long shot.
  9. Difficult to watch. It is uninteresting and slow. You can tell they are trying to sell it. Just not a lot to sale. I think they would be more enjoyable as a stand still corps. Hate to be blunt. I assume this is what a lot of the alumni want. It pains me.
  10. I did not get to the stadium in time to see the first two groups. Sorry, Colt Cadets and River City Rhythm. Madison Scouts: The uniforms look sharp but don't elevate the theme or vibe of the show. And like when PR came out in all white or all black, a singular color head to toe really exposes dirt, and Scouts unfortunately have a lot of that. There were a couple of times that the Madison machismo seemed to appear, but the show was pretty shaky for the most part and seemed really long. I do not get a theme, not that such is everything, but it might would have helped the corps do a better job of selling the production a just that, a production. Percussion seemed quite strong. Colts: They really came out swinging. The theme is super clear and easy to follow. The best they have been in a while. Some transitions to work out and cleaning to do of course. I particularly liked the pacing and commitment to performance. Good job, Colts! Phantom Regiment: I wasn't able to make it to SoS so I was eager to see the old team. They were really really really good and I am glad to see and hear that the rumors of their disaster of a show is anything but. Some really smart choices and great staging and pacing kept me plugged in the entire time. Clean this up and I cannot see it not making finals. The beginning needs to grab us better as does the end. Crossmen: They reminded me of PR in a way. Aggressive and trying to prove a point. I have not cared for them at all for a long long time. I enjoyed tonight a lot. The narrative is not so detailed that you get caught up in it. It is pretty clear. All sections seem fairly matched in talent and performance capabilities. It seems the ending works well. So is it a matter of changing, cleaning, or a combination of both? Blue Stars: A whole notch up in performance and design from the previous groups. There is so much detail and nuance that one viewing is certainly not enough. They sound AMAZING and look about three weeks from being visually in control of this visual monster of a show. Just wow! Musical and exciting. This day and age they may end up in the same spot as last year, but with a better corps. Eager to see and hear it again and again. As always, I will stick around tomorrow for a Fourth of July that only Cedarburg can provide.
  11. I get that you and others on this thread are trying to help make things better in an empathetic and caring way. While there is some logic to the thought that alumni that are highly successful in related fields could possibly help make design and instruction better through their own professional prowess, such is quite a slippery slope and by and large shown by similar past interventions, by successful alumni at other corps, to be a disaster. There are so many passionate drum corps fans, including those on DCP, that I do not wish to offend, but I regularly get the sense that most think the the design and competitive game is MUCH easier than it actually is. There are NO examples of designers out there that are overtly successful designing drum corps shows unless they are actively in "the business". Here's how "the business" looks in 2019: 1) The design team resume includes past successful drum corps design and instructional competitive success, 2) the design team resume includes BOA and state marching band competitive success, 3) the design team resume includes design and instructional success in WGI (at least two if not all three divisions), 4) the design team resume includes electronic and acoustic manipulation and design success, 5) the design team resume includes extensive experiences in the following: dance, theater, art music, visual art, and possibly architecture, etc., 6) The design team includes members with extensive judging experiences in BOA, WGI, state circuits, etc. Case in point: Madison Scouts hired alum, DCI judges, distant past instructors and thought all would be well.
  12. I must say the Madison vs Colts thing is a bit of a shock. Ready to see this recap. Don't get me wrong, I want everyone one to do well, but fairness is fairness. Penalty? Wrong numbers?
  13. I enjoyed the show, though the crowd seemed odd. Cannot quite put my finger on it. My quick take (will do a full review later): Colt Cadets: Didn't get to see them. Rushed home from work and to the stadium. Sorry. Colts: A much improved design over past few years and lots of energy. Crowd really reacted to the huge sound and confidence. Crossmen: Well, I was expecting them to be good, but not in this way. They have put on some big boy britches and are using a "take no prisoners" approach to their aggressive and highly entertaining show. I cannot imagine them not in finals, but it seems most everyone is stepping up. Blue Stars: And again, a corps right out of the gate ready to impress and take it up a notch from last year. Holy horn line Batman. Cool theme, no pun intended. Eager to see it develop over the season. Their best corps in decades??? Madison: I wasn't sure what to expect. It was awkwardly rough. The no-uniform thing didn't help. It seemed to last for thirty minutes. The crowd was trying to get behind them, but it was tough. Some volume but no where near Colt's or Star's. Lots of overblowing and fundamental brass issues. Percussion seem to be their strength. Crown: In an entirely different realm of design and quality. The visual program is stunning and only surpassed by the amazing brass and percussion. The uniforms look great in person. The voice-overs and theme are not quite communicating. That said, best they have been in a few.
  14. Your post made me so angry! How dare you try to be rational. Oh, don't think I don't get it you Blue Devil fan you. I love the Cavaliers so anything that has any negative slat at all is poop and stupid and dumb and the poster obviously has it out for the Green Machine. I am so mad my face is purple and I'm flailing so much I knocked my coffee over. Oh, and an eye just popped out. I did curse but quietly because the kids are still asleep. Argghhhhh! Okay, got my eye back in. Well any way, so there mister! BTW, you had some typos.  OMG. This made my morning. THANKS!