These are the stand outs on the lists for me as I give them a look
The Pursuit of Happiness (Gold 2019)
This was a fun upbeat show. As much as I like dark and weird, the happy shows get me too. I liked the super clever things they did with drill at the start with the 'dodging traffic' etc.
Hell on Wheels (Music City 2018)
What a way to enter World Class. One of the more creative field entrances we've seen in the activity and the spoken/rap bit was done with so much fun.
Redrum (Oregon Crusaders 2018)
As a fan of the movie, I loved the way they brought this to the field. It was never quite sold as solidly by the MMs as it seemed it could be and ... sadly ... we discovered why after the seasons end.
nevermore (Oregon Crusaders 2014)
This was the start of a nice string of Oregon Crusaders shows. They were a gem of the 'non-finalists' in design for me trying some great stuff visually and musically.
Forbidden Forest (Mandarins 2016)
This was the "shot fired across the bow" signaling they were ready for their close up. A show that really started to make Mandarins someplace kids wanted to march.
The New Road West (Troopers 2018)
The Black Parade opener got me EVERY time. And Seminfinals night, I just wanted it to go on forever. It was like a music box playing a love song to the history of the Troopers and Gabe's last turn on the box.
The Midnight Garden (Oregon Crusaders 2015)
Another OC show I enjoyed a lot. The way they slowly got vines revealed over their props and horns by show's end was a fun add on.
...And a Shot Rings Out (Colts 2015)
Of the "narration era" for the Colts, I preferred this one. I was charmed by the old time radio show motif. Early season it had way too much narration and I think that set the opinions of many in stone about the show. By the end they'd cut back a lot of it and struck a nice balance between the story and the music. I loved that it had three different endings. Poor Trixie...semi's wasn't for you.
Inside the Ink (Mandarins 2017)
A show that could have easily made finals. The only people who were 'whoa, where did Mandarins come from' were people who weren't watching the Forbidden Forest. Sound of Silence done from the Disturbed take worked so well in this show.
Wild Horses (Troopers 2015)
This was another one I wanted to make finals. I still give this a listen. The way they open with pasture sounds, horses nickering in the wind, etc. in the preshow is just great. From the ballad (which many people got nit picking on the singer, despite that she was doing a load of spinning, dancing, and other guard work then finding the breath to sing that) to the closer was a build of energy and the use of the fences to the dramatic 'busting out of the fences' at the end was really well done.
As the Sun Loved the Moon (7th Regiment 2017)
Added because i realized i only had 10 in the original list. Not only was this a nice show. it had things that i kept discovering on the 3 times I got to see it. I think it was prelims in LOS where I finally realized the motions the circles were doing weren't some 'ritual to the moon or sun' but rather they were making stars that twinkled. And prelims, those kids put it ALL out there with the duet at the end collapsing in tears into each others' arms...
Passion in Red (Les Stentors 2019)
After not coming to the states to tour for a year, I was glad to see them back. Then they started their show and I fell in love. They kept making it better and better through the three shows I got to see them.