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  1. What about the Cadets' guard? The work was SO athletic, and April said on the tour vid that '93 aged out many. What? That was amazing stuff. "Cool" required them in HARD drill all the while manipulating flags. Wow.
  2. Look at the recap. Their drum scores were abysmal. That was really Rennick/Sanford? Yikes. GE: 8.6 (9th); Field: 8.7 (9th) Ensemble: 8.5 (10th) Had they TIED w/ Star in those three captions, their score would have been 96.8 (Star: 97.0). With '94's line, they probably would have won the '91 title. (WouldaCoulda...) Man, add 1981 and 2008 to that (both dismal drum scores), and we're looking at 21 or 22 championships.
  3. During the great Ronald Reagan Female Depression of 1985 (35 years ago), the Garfield Cadets' center snare was (gasp!) (shock!) f-f-female! Way to forge a path by unshackling yourself from the kitchen, Young Miss! (Diane, I think?) 😝 By the way, if you really want to hear how HOT that '85 drumline was, check out this amateur audio from Finals (drum feature starts around 3:00):
  4. Hilarious. I think it was Quarters in '89 where he stood against the front of the overhang and body-conducted them.
  5. As was I. Neither of us had our heads in front of those drumlines. Today’s system chops everything in half and usually prevents one number from gashing a corps (BD ‘08 excepted).
  6. Performance: Brass [15] Drums [15] Visual [15] GE: Brass [20] Drums [15] Visual [15] There were 5 points allocated for Analysis within the GE numbers, but everything was consolidated to save money. How could this be a fair look at each corps? If today’s system were used, Phantom gets a huge advantage in Music Analysis and Guard. I know: if, if, if.
  7. I think ZIngali wrote the 1985 Star drill. It really looks like him. Of course, he wrote '86 before returning to Garfield in '87. Sylvester wrote Suncoast '86, I think. Really? Klesch went back to Cadets from 1990-1992? I'd no idea. Who wrote Star's 1993 horn book?
  8. I didn't read much of the replies, so excuse any redundancy: The failure of the 6-panel judging system reared its disgusting, ugly head for the second (and last) year. There just wasn't a proper way to reward achievement by delineating half the captions. Under the '87 or '90 systems, I'd bet the farm that SCV would have won '88 and Phantom '89. Judging was so iffy in 1989. There is no way in Heaven or Hell that Phantom was only 0.1 better than SCV in Brass Performance. No way. I'm a brass player, so I won't add to the comments on the 0.5 Percussion spread between them in Finals -- close in Quarters and TIED in Semis. Cadets' brass certainly kept them out of 4th. That watered-down score was painful to hear at times. Does anybody have the juicy truth as to why Michael Klesch left after '88? And I know that George Zingali was near the end of his illness, but he did write two stunning drills for Star ('90-'91). I wonder why '88 was his last chart for Garfield...
  9. Corps merely picked music according to their individual identities. Now, the music is secondary to the theme announcements, the posters and the costuming. And corps identities have gone by the wayside.
  10. Yes, they were absolutely pi$$ed..
  11. The (even more) crazy part: those 5 threepeat misses scored an average ** .46 ** behind the winner -- and two of those were 3rd place finishes. I've asked this question for 12 years about the 2008 results: how much of that vociferous applause was for Phantom winning and for BD losing? That .025 was the only thing keeping BD from a 4-peat (in '78, it was .35 preventing a 5-peat). Wow.
  12. I WOULD love to know specifics. I was there and have watched/heard the show many times -- I don't recall any tear. All I remember was that on Thurs/Fri, they absolutely OWNED GE...Saturday, for some reason, they finished 2nd in both captions. Now, Cadets 1996? YIPES. (And if you ask the 1985 members, Candide started with a HUGE tick, but other than a drum fluff on one beat, nobody else noticed.)
  13. Wait .WHAT tear? How have I missed this for 20 years?
  14. Cadets (Hopkins) admitted openly that the idea of the show (it HAD changed names pre-season) was unclear and fuzzy. He made it sound like they had no idea what they were doing -- and that certainly reflected in the members all season. They didn't look or sound like a 10-time champion. The drama (TV execs loved this crap) with their Guard Sgt having personal issues and leaving the corps for a while was really bad. Is GH Hopkins still dating that disaster of a guard caption head? (Yes, I'd say it to her face.)
  15. I am 100% convinced (not 99%) that COTC was the beginning of the end for G. Hopkins. The Cadet organization was utterly embarrassing. How much more interesting would Bloo vs Blue been?
  16. When/why did Tom Float leave? Was it around that 1991 debacle? If BD had Star's exact 3 drum scores that year in Finals (remember: 10 each for Field, Ensemble, GE), they'd have scored 96.8. Star won w/ 97. Between that, '81 and '08, BD left 3 Golds out there. Add: I just looked up Scott Johnson. BD Instructor: 1978-1989. Then something happened when he rejoined in 1994, when they finally won High Drums after the 1987-93 dry spell. Just curious.
  17. " McIntosh is in his 17th year with The Cavaliers, having served as percussion technician, caption manager, and as a member of the design team since 2010." Meanwhile, in 2026... 🤣
  18. Then there is the other way 'round: in 1981, SCV won DCI over BD by 0.3 (w/ a 0.2 penalty). BD's comparisons: BRASS: +.65 G.E. : +.5 VISUAL: -.05 DRUMS: -1.6 <--- yikes
  19. Guard was eye-popping, too. I remember going to the Cincinnati area for a show and watching the guard rehearse the BWBB ending (those silks!). It was mesmerizing. Over and over again. Calling out individuals who were mere millimeters off. I always switch to the guard cam on the DVD. 🤗
  20. And one last thing: Do you honestly believe that TJ Doucette and April Gilligan would have stayed at (respectively) BD and Cadets so long merely because they're women? In the 90s, there were no better people cleaning DCI guards. Period. They won ALL the guard trophies from 1989-1999 inclusive. Add the evil males of Scott Chandler and Jim Moore, btw, who were invaluable. Ok, I'm (probably) finished. And why hasn't April been inducted into the DCI HOF? Boo!
  21. And using California as an example doesn't do you any good. Or haven't you seen the videos of the filth -- and I mean FILTH -- littering the streets and sidewalks? Yeah, CA sure knows how to legislate for the greater good. #hit_a_nerve
  22. Fine. Push DCI into quotas. Once women are 51% represented as caption heads, you'd better make sure blacks are 13% represented. What about Jews? 2% down the board. Muslims! Atheists! Trans men/women! Look, how many straight white color guard designers are out there? It's so tiring.
  23. And to reply with a positive vibe: 1985: I start here, as it was my first year seeing live shows. This is my paradigm for a drum corps show. 1986: Most powerful and visually dirty show ever (until Phantom '08). Terrific music. 1987: Wow. Just wow. Even though Hopkins elevated himself to Program Coordinator, he met w/ M. Cesario (already at Phantom) who gave him the opening and closing. 1988: Underrated. The musicianship was stunning. Performing after Madison was a curse for anyone. 1989: Awesome July; disappointing August because it was so watered down. Highly entertaining, though, with an amazing guard. 1990: First time since they won that they recycled material. I didn't like that, but the show was great fun. (The reverse Z-pull makes for an interesting, yet simple, backstory!) 1991: First third is amazing. Then it lost energy. Guard, though. WOW! 1992: Saw their first show, and they were god-awful. Three more days in August, and they would have won. There's not a bad moment in this show. 1993: In. Your. FACE! Wow. 1994: This was the WSS show Hopkins wanted to do in 1984. Just watch the awesome Guard. 1995: One of my favorite shows, front to back. 1996: Their best guard (mmmmaybe 1991, but still). 1997: Amazing drill, (too) hard music. Wonderful stuff. 1998: One of their cleanest efforts. Wonderful score. 1999: Mixed review. It's a 50/50 love/not like. 2000: Their most crowd-friendly. Fun, fun, fun! See, there's much to love. Just not lately.
  24. I feel you, Dawg. I really do. In the 80s and 90s, the Cadets' field entrances would give me chills. I just knew the audience was going to be wowed. Enter Century 21, and this $hit happened: 2001: Juxtaperformance: (noun) (vulgar slang); "We have no idea what to do, so let's just grab unrelated tunes with no transitions and give it a 'clever' title." 2002: A pale reenactment of the 1995 greatness. "We matter more, because New Jersey is close to the World Trade Center." 2003: "Our Favorite Things?" Santa Clara's/Madison's favorite things. Then "Rocky Point Holiday" which stopped dead halfway through. 2004: Jethro Tull. I (literally) fell asleep at the Indy regional. That was a theme chosen more for a corps trying desperately to make Finals. 2005: Zone/Door: Without the performance level, that would have been hopeless. 2006: Zone Part 2. See above. Yipes. Remember the atonal (accidental) singer? 2007/08: So much narration that my head almost exploded. 2010: The stupidest concept sadly involving a corps member: "Little Geoffrey." Totally forgettable show with a great drill. 2012: A very high DCI muckety-muck said to me, and I quote: "Only George Hopkins can completely phukk up a Christmas show." 2013: Musically stellar; visually an absolute mess with those giant whateverthehells. 2014: A talented corps interrupted with lifeless music and narration. Sadly, their last good color guard. 2015: That uniform. 2016: "Clash of the Corps" was a national embarrassment for the 82 y.o. corps. I will go to my death convinced that this was the last straw for Hopkins. 2017: Leonard Bernstein's "Mess." 2018: Made me remember how great -- and missed -- 1993 was. 2019: Sadly, I thought, "Thank God they aren't at the Akron T.O.C." I wonder how much alumni support they've lost. I really hope the best for them.