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About bluesman

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    3 seasons with Memphis Blues
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Guardsmen 1979, Phantom Regiment 1989, Carolina Crown 2012
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Star of Indiana 1993, Bridgemen 1978, Bluecoats 2015
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  1. bluesman

    2019 Show Ideas

    "The Hot MIkado" https://youtube/UfM4XdVaqo8
  2. Yes the front sidelines are crowded. The horn-line is in the pit. Some of the pit is still in the pit. Is there anything else that we can cram into that area that does not require the use of Vaseline? Visual designers claimed they needed more space, so they annexed the pit. And what we got was a whole lot of unused field.
  3. I agree that it would be almost impossible to get a good read of the battery from the stands. But i think if they are just off the field on the sideline, they should be able to get a good read.
  4. bluesman

    The Cadets 2019

    Thanks for letting me know. I will edit out my incorrect comment
  5. bluesman

    The Cadets 2019

    If the Cadets organization decide that a move is needed, then I hope they move to Texas. With a state population moving closer and closer to the 30 million mark most of the Cadets recruitment issues could be eliminated.
  6. bluesman

    The Cadets 2019

    We've seen decreasing participation in high school football in Texas of all places. What parent wants their child's life permanently altered by a hit during a high school football practice? At some point i think we will have to consider the merger of DCI, BOA and WGI. I have a silly fantasy in which the new organization is given the Astro-Dome (god knows nobody wants to buy it) then we have it renovated specifically to the needs of the new umbrella organization.
  7. bluesman

    The Cadets 2019

    i've read a lot of comments about relocating the corps. Perhaps they could join their former YEA sister corps the Crossmen down here in Texas. Admittedly i know nothing about Crossmen's financial situation since moving to San Antonio, but there is a considerable talent pool from which to fill the marching ranks. There's another reason for them to move here...... winter rehearsals can be done outside and in shorts no less. LOL
  8. bluesman

    The Cadets 2019

    I thought most of what you recommended was helpful except the one above. Yes there should be attention to non traditional movement(non-drill), but what made this season's Cadets show so wonderful was that it was a Cadet's' show. At the beginning of the season no one thought that they would catch fire the way they did, but it happened. And it was the drill that did the trick. The wild standing ovations they got from Allentown on was not the result of adding non-traditional movement it was because of that killer drill topped off with the best z-pull since 1984. This season was mostly devoid of interesting or demanding drill from any corps. I'ts been trending in this direction for some time now. No corps is doing as much drill as they did a dozen years ago. Some suggest that varying body movements are as demanding as drill(they arent). So why risk the additional exposure that comes with demanding drill when it is no longer given proper credit. i guess run and gun or as I call it ( "strike a pose, there's nothing to it" then run somewhere close-by and repeat) has been a winning strategy for most of the top corps for the last 10 - 12 year. But it will never be IMO as exciting, interesting, or as memorable as a very well written drill.
  9. Yes, when this topic has come up(almost every year) the majority of those who have marched in the drum line thought that having the judge on the field was necessary to get a good read of demand. But some percussionist including myself made the case that the need for safety outweighed the slight difference in a judges ability to read how well the drum line is executing and how demanding the book is. When the drum line is dirty you don't have to be in front of the them to hear it. And since most of the corps already put the drum line closer to the front during the most demanding part of their show then I see no reason to have the judges running around the field dodging sets, props, rifles, flags, trombones, ect .
  10. Let me make my annual rule change request...... Keep all the judges including the percussion judge off the field. There's so much discussion about how Pioneer disregarded safety issues regarding it's marching members. Judges dodging corps members will eventually cause a serious injury.
  11. bluesman

    Your 2018 Top 6

    Bluecoats Cadets Mandarins SCV Music City Troopers Honorable mention for the "Oh, What a World" portion of Caves show.
  12. bluesman

    Scv - a new era?

    That's my favorite performance of " A Short Ride in Fast Machine". Some people on UTube complain that it's too fast, but it's not called "A Long Ride on a Slow Machine".
  13. I've read the critique by the OP several times. And I've liked it less and less with every reading.
  14. bluesman

    Scv - a new era?

    I loved Santa Clara's show this year, but not nearly as much as I loved Ouroboros. The lack of drill and limited field coverage was something that I had not expected from SCV. Babylon was brilliantly staged, but I hope the fact that it got them a World Championship doesn't cause other corps to follow with programs confined to a small part of the field. Blue Devils victories over the last decade and a half were done with programs that utilized props that framed the parts of the field where they performed. But let's not forget that prior to that the Cadets and Cavaliers won with fast paced drills that covered the field to a much greater degree. Changes in the rules have put body movements and dance on par with drill. If winning or moving up the ranks like SCV has done means a performing on an ever diminishing stage then Drum Corps might end looking more like Blast than an actual field show. I hope not.
  15. I would also suggest that votes on proposals or changes in rules be held every 5 years. This would allow time for more feedback from judges, design teams and fans. Some changes that we've seen in the last 20 years seem as if they were designed to give some corps an advantage over others. Seriously...... what's the hurry?