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  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    Regiment Ramblings (What If?)

    To repeat: it's not what you do; it's how you do it. Old, by itself, is not disqualifying. A repeat, by itself, is not disqualifying.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    This is correct. Paul writes the battery; Sandi writes the FE.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    All right, let's just squash this unfounded, fictional invention of the mind like the insect that it is. Fred was not fired. Period. Any suggestion that he was, is a slander. By the way, the signups for the first audition camp are coming in just fine, thank you. You know, the Troopers could hand out $100 bills to fans at every show, and someone would find a reason to criticize them. For several seasons they ran all their camps out of Dallas and several other non-Wyoming locations, and they got roasted for not being Wyoming enough. Now they hold camps in their own state and they get roasted for being, you know, Wyoming, which apparently no one is able to find without a Sherpa. For goodness' sake, Cheyenne is a 2-hour bus ride from Denver International Airport, which sits smack in the center of the North American Continent. I mean, you can't find a major airport that is more geographically centered than Denver. They know about buses in Wyoming. They have running water, too. Kids who go to BD camps have to fly into SFO, then ride BART -- by themselves -- for 1 1/2 hours to get to Concord. Then they have to Uber themselves and their bags to the hotel, and then carpool/taxi their way to the audition site. At least with Troopers, you meet the bus at the curb at DIA, climb on with a bunch of other Trooper hopefuls, and it takes you directly to the rehearsal site. And back. I fail to see how that is somehow more "difficult for members to attend" than any other audition camp.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    Speaking of Blue Devils . . . Brass CH/arranger John Meehan has agreed to write the brass book for Troopers in 2019. I didn't see that coming. After six years of Robert W. Smith -- and some very good Robert W. Smith -- this could be a new turn for Troop.
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    SCV to BD..Shaun Gallant

    Why all the heartburn? It's a natural step up, from a No. 2 position at SCV to No. 1 at BD.
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    Crossmen 2019

    Typo, sorry. Errant arithmetic aside, the question remains: Do we consider 4 tuba players expendable if the point is music/performance education? We seem to be advancing that argument wrt cymbals: We're willing to throw them overboard in the name of better percussion instruction (put sticks, not plates, in their hands!). So, are we gonna add spots in the battery or FE to make them better percussionists? Are we creating new opportunities for the tuba players that more corps seem to be cutting loose? For a long time, 16 tubas had been the norm, with exceptions such as BD stipulated. Now, not so much. The point: I am dubious that the cymbal purge is about improving percussion instruction.
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    Crossmen 2019

    So, do we also apply this same line of argument to the 6 tuba players in each corps who are being left on the sideline as more and more DCI lines cut back from 16 to12, because of the electronics that now supply the lower end that has been lost by cutting 1/3 of the tubas? There's no competitive "value" in providing learning opportunities to those 6 abandoned players because I can get the same or more tenths of points from one finger pressing a key on a computer. How do those 6 former tuba players become better tuba players during the summer?
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    Troopers Announce 2019 Drum Major

    You mean like this? "As we set the foundation for an exciting 2019 season, it is my pleasure to share with you the announcement of our new Troopers Drum Major. This individual is a proven leader who will proudly maintain the highest standards of excellence, purpose, and presence as have been set by those who have previously worn the spurs." -Kristy Jackson, Troopers Corps Director Keep in mind that this is Wyoming we're talking about, officially The Equality State (you thought it was The Cowboy State, but no). It has a long history -- its entire history, as a matter of fact -- of touting the role of women in its life. (That history, by the way, is interesting. When Wyoming granted the franchise to all adults -- the first state to do so -- it was a move more of necessity, owing to the sparse population, than of egaltarianism. But then, Wyoming has a way of reducing much of life to its most practical level.) So the Troopers are acting entirely in character of their home. Also keep in mind the modern way drum corps roll out information: first a little hint, then a glimpse, then the full reveal. I promise you'll be getting the full DM bio in due course.
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    Troopers Announce 2019 Drum Major

    Savannah Light led the "Black Parade" block at the start of the 2018 show. Five feet in stature, and 12 11 Feet Tall. She's ready.
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    Best Reprise Closer?

    This is the correct answer.
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    best corps names

    Phantom Regiment is the bar, but I've always thought Spirit of Atlanta was right up there. Why is it a good name? Some theories: As with Phantom, SoA doesn't have/need an article, The. As with Phantom, Sprit is an ethereal word -- formless, mysterious, able to be shaped by the imagination. You can't do that with a Brigade or a Scout or a Cadet. The name also is a pleasing rhythm. It has a cadence. Santa Clara Vanguard is another with a good rhythm It is fun to announce, and doesn't make the announcer sound foolish ("Kalamazoo Kiltie Kadets, you may take the field . . .") The idea of "spirit" is well-suited to the drum-corps idiom. It conjures a sense of emotional connection The nickname, "Spirit," may be even better than "Phantom." The only corps with nicknames of equal caliber might be Bones and Two-Seven. It eschews alliteration, which I hate, hate, hate. Alliteration was a bigger deal BITD, and thankfully has fallen out of fashion, mostly (looking at you, Crown) It looks great in written form. The first and last words each have a balanced distribution of a single vowel. Elegant. It has a geographic element, which gives it an identity. And it's a major, muscular metropolitan area, so it doesn't have to work hard to introduce itself. The only other active corps with that kind of thing going for it is Boston.
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    Response From Pioneer To Recent Events

    That was . . . unimpressive.
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    Your 2018 Top 6

    Fave 6, no particular order: SCV BAC BK Troop Colts Pac Crest
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    Oh for Pete's sake. BK has removed the entire staff roster from its site, just as several other corps do at this time of year. Don already was forced to come into this forum and defend himself, explaining that he left BK in May for health reasons. So, A) it's not a dismissal and B) it happened 3 months ago, before the competitive season even began. Meanwhile, a 10-second search on Facebook shows that Chad Pence is eagerly looking forward to 2019 with BK. I hate this thread every year.