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    Mandarins 2000
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    Carolina Crown, Bluecoats
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  1. Hi all, This is a bit of a random post. I was just curious what it was like to march for SCV during Phantom in 88? Not to take away from any of the other emotional performances of other corps. But to me, it's one of the most emotionally powerful shows that just leaves your heart spirited and your eyes wet with tears. For those who marched the show, (now alumni who are in their 50's)...what was it like? Were people crying as they were playing? What was the anticipation like at the start of the season and how did it feel to finish? If you have stories to tell, just curious wha
  2. Just drawing this out ... but other corps have great staffs...what is it about the Blue Devils staff that makes them a cut above other staffs? Other corps have excellent management...what about the Blue Devils management makes it a cut above?
  3. And what is up with this "cheese" argument? As though EVERYTHING that is not post modern is cheese? First of all, no body watches the Phantom or Fiddler show by SCV and says "Oh that's so cheesy." They say, "That's bad a#$. Awesome." Yeah, some of the haircuts and helmets were cheesy, but it was the 80s?! We are in the ARTS people. THE ARTS. I thought we valued diversity? For the love of the Arts, can the top 3 or 4 corps mix it up a bit, please? Just one year?
  4. Let me put it this way...say you go to your favorite local orchestra or a national philharmonic orchestra...and that orchestra decided one day to play only postmodern composers EVERY SINGLE YEAR...and they did this for more than a decade...No body would say, "Just figure it out man. We don't need cheese from the old days." You would say, how about Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart...some jazz numbers with Duke Ellington, some African spirituals, some Broadway, etc. etc. Or how about go to your favorite local modern movie theater, but they decide from now for another 10 years to only
  5. Fair enough. So the avante garde shows are about making you feel inteligent? Does all non-avant guard have to be cheese?
  6. The Blue Devils have won 19 championships. WHAT is the reason for The Blue Devils success? What sets them apart as a "great corps" versus just a good corps? What does the drum corps world see as causes for their success? If you had to explain to a non-drum corps person why they are so great, what would you say? And a provocative question: IS at least SOME of this success because of the Blue Devils reputation, history, and mystic as a power-house corps or NOT? The mystic of being "The Blue Devils" from the West Coast who are now 19-times champions? For example if a judge kno
  7. Is anyone getting bored with show themes among the top corps these days? Most everyone is doing the avant garde, post modern, esoteric, hidden meaning thing. I'm constantly thinking "what is it?" Random circles and sticks, run ways, doors opening, strange props, futuristic costumes... I feel like I'm in the modern art museum at the Smithsonian every drum corps season. Does anyone miss a little bit of realism and grit in shows? Maybe every once in a while a major score show ... like the old days...Phantom, Fiddler, etc. Or a show that doesn't leave people wonderi
  8. AVAILABLE: I have one ticket to the show. $75. It's a great seat. I can't go--something came up I had to cancel. Email me at if interested. Purchased on Ticketmaster. It's a Mobile Ticket. Section 234. Row 5. Seat 13. --Chris
  9. Hi Drum Corps Fans, Random post here. "Fun topic for discussion." Do I pursue a lifelong dream OR face reality, grieve, and move-on from the loss of the dream involving Drum Corps? Who: Me. I'm 40. Drum Corps fan since 10 years old. Marched only one year as a rookie age out. Trumpet player. I'm in business now in the "Real World." Part of the daily grind. The Dream: Becoming a brass tech for an Open Class or World Class corps and conducting a large corps in warm-ups. How? Is it too late? I wasn't a music major. I'm a good trumpet player, but not a g
  10. This is a terrible decision by the Madison Scouts. It's another result of political correctness. And wrong on multiple levels (and for the DCI forum morality police, no, I don't mean that having a corps with women is wrong! So just relax). Having a diversity of corps with different traditions is a healthy thing. Valuing diversity gives more people choice. If I want to be in an all-male corps one year, I can. If I don't, and want to be in a co-ed, I can. I have choices. Women in drum corps have 21 choices. Heck, there may be an "all female" drum corps one day -- that would be
  11. Did I say YEA was sweeping things under the rug? My response was to an the old Board post. I don't know what the new Board is like. They may be terrific. Good for her. I'm glad she's supporting the Cadets and standing up! I don't believe in making everyone a victim or guilty because some were a few bad apples. Please understand. But I'm concerned about the danger to say, "yeah yeah...there was sexual abuse...and there still might be...but look, some of the victims are supporting the corps...we got it taken care of. Let's just move on. Come on. Let it go. Nothing to see her
  12. I don't see any problem with highlighting an old Board post. It's a pretty serious story. We comment on things politicians do years ago. I think it's worth exposing so the new Board knows we don't want more stories about how "great a year" this is and more sensitive outreach to the victims. That's all. But I apologize for the signature ad. I have no idea how that got there. Sorry!
  13. Ok fine. The new Board may be wonderful. I haven't seen them apologize for the old Board's initial statement. But I still believe it's worth exposing to keep the new Board accountable to realizing that we don't want statements about how great a season this is going to be this year! So far it sounds like they are doing the right thing, but I'm skeptical of people who want to quickly sweep these things under the rug and "move on."
  14. I got to tell you, I don't know if the initial statement by the YEA Board of Directors in response to the sexual abuse allegations was the OLD board or the NEW board, but it is pathetic (assuming the allegations are true). I wrote about this on another stream, but I think it's worth exposing again. The YEA statement is pathetic. "George has resigned. Though he denies the allegations, he believes stepping aside is in the best interest of the organization. We agree." WHY? If he did NOTHING wrong, then why resign? And why would YEA agree of his resignation. If he's falsely accused he