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  1. Goodman Stadium, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA?? Great facility, great parking, centrally located in the Northeastern Corridor, easily accessible via Interstate highways, plenty of reasonable hotels nearby (Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton), proximity to major airports. Nearby casinos have great entertainment venues and offer an opportunity to either win back the money you've spent on travel--or an opportunity to lose your shirt! It is, however, a grass field, albeit one of the best around. For many years, the Philadelphia Eagles used this location as their preseason training site.
  2. Fran, it was good to hear you again. Nice job, as always. Just a couple of comments on the show from one who enjoys listening but doesn't know anything technical!! The alumni programs made me realize that I should start attending (and supporting) these corps. The combined years of "experience" of these groups is mind-boggling, and listening to them perform brought back a lot of fond memories. But best of all, you could tell they were just having FUN. I was amazed at how far the Belvederes have come in such a short time; the Reilly Raiders seemed to have a slightly smaller co
  3. The West Reading Police Cadets were really an idea of the police chief of West Reading as a way to keep the kids out of trouble during the summer. I can't remember if there was such a thing in those days as "Juvenile Detention" (your father's BELT is what you were trying to avoid), but the police gave the "hell raisers" in West Reading a choice--either march with the Cadets or they'd make your life miserable. Life was different in the 50's, and this was the first time some of these kids worked towards a cause; discipline, hard work, esprit de corps, and the belief in something bigger than
  4. Thanks, Fran, for the weather update. If you were responsible for the weather for this show, directors should hire you for their events: it just doesn't get any better than it was on Saturday night. The Mrs. and I got out our old Corvair convertible to make the trek from Wyomissing. Simply a beautiful night. First off, let me qualify myself as an "attender" and not a "poster" so take my comments with a grain of salt. Generally, I watch the show rather than comment on it. 1. ENCORPS- I was pleasantly surprised to see this corps' appearance. With their intention to "bring bac
  5. I'm still struggling with amplification. Last night at the DCI show in Chester (great stadium, by the way), I was sitting at the 25 yd line watching the Blue Coats play at the 50 yd line while hearing the music through a speaker at the 5 yd line. Something seemed wrong with that picture! When horn line played backfield, they marched into the corner where there were 2 mics--so no backfield effect. Much of the show was the same volume. As a former sousaphone player, I LOVED BC's tuba section--i think there were 16--but I was ticked on the big impacts when the entire section was overpower
  6. As always, great job Big W. Let me preface this by saying I'm a Bucs "homer," but I really LIKE C2, and think they have a really nice show this year. Maybe I'm the only one who felt this way, but for me the amplification of the pit caused an issue in the last two minutes. Their pit is HUGE--I think I counted 13 marimbas--about twice the size of other corps, and just when the excitement was building for their close . . . . it seemed like someone turned up the amplification of the pit. When the show was over, I had to ask my wife, "What the heck just happened?" Was the pit there to su
  7. From the season's beginning--the Buc's Spring Preview--I felt Fusion would grab the attention of a lot of DCA folk. Congratulations to the members and staff for a truly enjoyable show. The excitement for the next Spring Preview is already beginning to build.
  8. I heard the Cabs are BIG this year; perhaps they picked up a few from Empire? Historically, the Cabs were slow coming out of the box. If that's the case again this year, Fusion could be an early season surprise. Heard them at the Bucs' Spring Preview Saturday night; if their drill execution matches their musical presentation, it could be an exciting show.
  9. Franklin Field (University of Pennsylvania) in Philly would be interesting. Turf, and the Eagles used to play there before Veterans Stadium was built. Not much more than an hour's trek for Bush, Cabs, Windsor Reg, Cadets 2, and the Bucs. Should attract some bodies to the stands.
  10. I had the honor to present the 2nd place award last night to C2. When I shook hands with the DM’s, you could almost see the sense of satisfaction in their eyes. The improvement from what I witnessed at Scranton was simply amazing, and the consistent improvement from Downingtown has to be what the corps directors could only hope for. Parents, you’ve got to be proud!
  11. Great job, Amy. And kudos to the Downingtown parents--smiling faces all over the place! Possibly the best food concession we see all year. Got to meet some of the "enemy" fans from Minnesota--what a classy group of people. We appreciate the 22 hour journey to show us their program. The trip had to be a killer. Nothing makes sport or the DCA activity stronger than good competition. Here's wishing the MBI family all the luck (well, ALMOST all the luck) in their endeavors this year. See you in Annapolis.
  12. Hey, guys. If you're looking for the "Most Dangerous SHOW" to see this year, you definitely want to add the Downingtown Classic to your list. The announced lineup is quite impressive, but the local scuttlebutt is that one more corps may be added shortly. If so, you'll want to have tickets to this one. Bucs Cadets 2 Atlanta CV Bush White Sabers Shenandoah Sound and possibly ONE MORE that could give an early indication of how exciting Labor Day will be! If it happens, get ready to send your check while tickets are still available. Stay tuned.
  13. Time to get away from the combativeness of the Predictions Thread and stir up another hornets nest by talking about "All Age" and how it will be impacted by future programs. At the beginning of the season there was much discussion about the 25 year "age out" of the C2 organization—and everyone seemed to be up in arms about it. During the course of the season, though, it was interesting to see how the Cadets 2 grew up and presented a terrific show with what we previously called "kids, youngsters, or rookies." I'm not sure what their average age was, but they started to get their act togeth