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About wonderbread403

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    Pacific Crest, Performer 2002-2005, Tour Director 2008-2011, Corps Manager 2012-2013
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  1. I marched four years and was staff for another six years. I didn't take notes this time so I give you my thoughts based on memory. The Rose Bowl has had its share of criticism for being not a great drum corps venue when championships were hosted there. Well, based on the size of the crowd, their reaction, and the post-show reactions of the performers on Facebook, the Rose Bowl is a fantastic venue. This show has been hosted at community college stadiums in prior years and last year, it was very apparent this show has outgrown these stadiums (especially if non-California corps show up). Fans w
  2. The spirit of the activity has always been the same: Young people who love performing in a large group and experiencing a tour. The output of the activity--the field show--has changed over time and that's where we debate often because that's why we buy DVDs and tickets. But how performers learn and perfect that show is still the same.The spirit of the tour is essentially the same. That's why a lot of corps volunteers still volunteer even when they no longer have children in the corps. They do it so today's performers have the same rewarding experience.
  3. I've posted a full review of the Glendora show: http://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/index.php/topic/159904-glendora-ca-june-28-2014/
  4. This review is for Corps at the Crest Los Angeles held in Glendora, CA on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Citrus College Stadium is a large venue with one-tier of stands that go up to row W, which was where I sat with my wife and her parents. We got nice VIP seats under the press box, which was a nice perk for our financial gifts to the host corps, Pacific Crest. The show started at 5:30am and it was hot! 90 degree start time with the sun blasting in our faces. I kind of missed being in a covered stadium, like the Alamodome and Lucas Oil, but hey, it’s an outdoor activity dang it. It’s meant to be he
  5. I attended the show, but declined to post during the show because...ya know...I like to take in the show and not furiously text my thoughts onto the interwebs. Kidding aside, I'll post a full review by Sunday evening.
  6. Having worked on a drum corps staff for several years, there's a lot to putting a show together and teaching it. It can get very complicated for many different reasons. Writers, arrangers, designers, caption heads, and instructors have to work in tandem, and ideally, everyone is on the same page and on schedule. However, they're humans. The production schedule can be put on hold due to a personal issue, conflict in design ideas, rewrites, and staffing. It's not that corps staffs lack motivation or don't care to complete a show. There's a lot of advantage to put a full show on the field at the
  7. Every show is essentially incomplete until the corps' last show of the season.
  8. Troopers is projected to be at 13th, with Crossmen at 12, Blue Stars at 11. Boston Crusaders and Bluecoats have yet to compete and they should be top 12, unless they drop significantly this year.
  9. As I wrote in my original post, the closer Troopers get to a 63 at the Rockford show, the more likely they'll be in Top 12 contention. They scored 61.1. Since 2003, only two 12th place corps scored below a 62 at the first show. Troopers, as with any corps, have the potential to make a great run and increase their scores enough to take 12th place (or higher) at semifinals, but history is against them.
  10. Thanks for expanding the data, N.E. Brigand. Taking a quick look, I see the last time a corps who scored under a 60 at their first show, and still made it to finals was 2001 Colts. However, their 59.6 was scored very early on June 15th and there were 56 days to semifinals (rather than the typical 50 days or so). By June 20, they scored a 63.3, which is close to what most 12th place corps, in recent years, score around June 20th. By the way, can I ask you how to compiled your data? I'm still figuring out an efficient to collect and input data into my spreadsheets.
  11. In 2013, the Troopers missed making finals by .15 point. This past Wednesday was DCI’s Opening Night and the Troopers scored a 61.7. Is this enough to break into the final top 12, something they haven’t done since 2009? I did a basic statistical analysis (something I’m learning more about this summer) and found out that since 2003, corps that made 12th place at semifinals had a wide range of “first show scores.” I charted these 12th place corps, their semifinal scores, and their first show scores. The lowest first show score was a 60.9 by 2007 Spirit and the highest was 70.3 by the 2010
  12. This review is for the SoCal Drum Corps Sneak Preview that took place on June 14, 2014 at Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, CA. If you’ve never heard of this show before, it’s an exhibition show for Southern California drum corps and usually the first public performances for these corps before the competitive season. This night's lineup included the Watchmen, Impulse, Gold, and Pacific Crest. Introduction I’ve been a drum corps fan since my high school days in the late ‘90s. Then I performed with Pacific Crest starting in 2002, aged out in 2005, and been a marching instructor/tour dir
  13. Instrumentation rule changes don't make that much of an impact on attracting performers as one thinks. People audition for drum corps for the exciting design, challenge, the higher performance level, and the touring experience. I marched for four years and worked with a World Class corps for another six years (all in the 2000s). I was a marching band nerd and nearly all the people who audition these days are still marching band nerds. My first year, we were still marching with G bugles. My rookie peers and I never worried about switching to G. We just did it. We worried about everything brass
  14. @ Jeff: Yeah, all valid points. As I wrote in my blog, there are multiple factors to why I think shows are less exciting as they used to be. Judging isn't the sole problem, nor do I think it's the biggest factor. It's just part of the problem. I don't think designers are ignoring effect at all. It's just that their idea of effect seems vastly different from what I've seen in past decades. @ Stu: Thanks for bringing that up. I actually haven't thought about that. I like tasty percussion parts too and I don't think eliminating an on-field percussion judge would result in easier books. The tale
  15. Good point, Jeff. They don't propose to change it simply because most don't have the same opinion that I have (and my perspective is more of a "big picture" POV). I've seen a lot of angst and stress from instructors and caption heads over their performance numbers, but it drives them to work harder. While this has a lot of benefits for the corps and the performers (more technically excellent shows), I think there has been an overemphasis on these numbers. It drives designers and instructors to prefer safe (boring) over risk (exciting). In my crazy mind, I think there should only be three jud