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  1. For what its worth, without a field judge at finals week this summer, Bluecoats win the Sanford. Take that into consideration. Not saying its a good or a bad thing. Just an observation based on the recap.
  2. Here's your first word on the matter regarding what drum corps staffs (of which you have not been a part) do or don't do in an audition situation: "If drummers skills can only be evaluated in field competition, than every off season camp tryout would have every drummer evaluated by staff on a football field, and in movement while playing on the football field throughout the evaluation process." This is a straw man argument, so its irrelevant. Nobody said the only way to evaluate drumlines (which are different from percussion sections) is on the field in competition. You were the first to b
  3. There you go again trying to argue against a point that hasn't been made. But you already know that. Keep on pushing that straw man. You're not fooling anyone. Meanwhile, I've been around plenty of drum corps auditions since its what I do for a living (teaching and writing for band and drum corps). Your assertion that drum corps staff's primarily evaluate members in a standstill situation is flat out incorrect. The Facebook posts from drum corps every November and December with members on the move are plenty of proof of that if you don't want to take my word for it. Also, as I explained
  4. Really? How many drum corps percussion staffs have you been on? How do you know what the evaluation process is, or how members are being evaluated? I've never auditioned at, nor taught a drum corps that didn't evaluate their drummers on the move. I don't know of a single drum corps that doesn't either. At auditions, you're also dealing with a considerably wider range of talent. Its much easier to weed out the kids who don't have what it takes when you're not looking at groups entirely comprised of world class drum corps performers. None of this is to mention the complex and convoluted w
  5. Not somewhat. Completely different. The difference has nothing to do with how it contributes to the show. That actually doesn't even appear on the sheet. As for your assessment of Crown vs the Cadets, that's your opinion. From what I saw this year, Cadets had issues executing on the move in some places, and Crown did not. This was far and away the best Crown drumline I've seen in quite some time. I wasn't there for championships week, so I don't know whether or not Crown was better through the week, but "laughable"? This is either hyperbole, or bias. One or the other.
  6. Nobody said that lot videos are the sole basis upon which to gauge drumlins, but you, in fact, did say: "my ears and eyes tell me that the Cadets had a far better drumline than " 5th " place from watching their line play on youtube. Also, for perspective, just a couple of years back, when the Bluecoats Show Design was not quite as good as this years, their Drumline ( still found there on youtube ) was WAYYY better than they were getting credit for. I personally do not think that this season's Bluecoats percussion line was as good as that of just 2 years ago. ( people here can youtube the 2 B
  7. A hitter in batting practice is essentially doing the same thing as he does in a game. Nobody is ever going to ask him to swing a bat while he's running around the field. There is a big difference between playing well in the lot, and playing well on the move with listening environments, body responsibilities, the added physical effort etc.
  8. false pretenses of "proper mallet technique" Your words, not mine. I get your comparison to a "pandora's box", but that's not all that you said. There was nothing false about the motivation behind amplification of front ensemble equipment. If that's not what you meant, then you should word things more carefully. There was nothing wrong with my comprehension.
  9. Yeah, I'm going to stop you there. I generally stay out of this argument, but this one crosses a line. There is no false pretense behind the argument that proper mallet technique is more possible with amplification. Its a fact. You and I are not going to see eye to eye on a lot, and I'm not even going to get into the greater scope of electronics, but this is clearly a topic you know nothing about or you wouldn't make a sweeping accusation like that. You're just incorrect. There's nothing more to it.
  10. I'm not teaching at Bluecoats, so I don't know how they are approaching it, but that would seem like a reasonable way to handle it. My point was just that the idea of "everyone in the front ensemble listens back" is not particularly accurate for a lot of ensembles.
  11. Actually a lot of front ensembles start with a section timing first approach. Center deals with front to back. Everyone else follows the center, to the point of ignoring the backfield. Every ensemble obviously has their own method, but I can't remember the last front ensemble person I've worked with that didn't at least start with that method.
  12. As a guy who teaches a lot of drums, and thus deals with this concept a lot, its about calf strength, and the control of the motion between point and flex in the ankle. when you extend for the step, you point. As you pass through that footfall, you allow some flex to absorb the shock. Its not entirely different from most horn line's backwards technique, just in multiple directions.
  13. I haven't seen any numbers over the years to support that. Rankings all over the place, sure, but large spreads to prove a point? Not so much.
  14. Mathematically about the same, since the visual captions get the same weight as the percussion caption in terms of their portion of the overall score. The difference lies in the fact that the music sheets are so specialized. A great color guard will have a lot of effect on the visual analysis and visual ensemble sheets, whereas percussion has very little effect on the music analysis sheet and zero effect on the brass sheet (reference Crown's ability to win Music analysis consistently the last few years, with a 5th place or lower percussion program). A GE judge is also considerably less like
  15. That criteria is covered on both the music analysis and the music GE sheets.