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Everything posted by KVG_DC

  1. I mean, "four songs and great drill" used to work, but even that had more cohesive flow it seemed. There were plenty of moments in that 2016 show but they just didn't go together in a reasonable way. On the plus side, it wasn't a good selection of music and some neat drill that was ultimately strung together with a layer of "its a Paris shopping spree!" I love Phantom for a lot of things but recent show design has been..odd. The Joan show worked for me better than this one. But I wouldn't put it in the same ballpark with the rest on that list.
  2. Hah! Nah, it was just sort of a "this show didn't stand out that year" like the others did for those years for me I guess.
  3. The ballads were great, the overall cohesiveness of the show was what didn't really work for me at all.
  4. I'll play. One of these things is not like the other... one of these things is not like the other.... It's the 2016 show right? That show was not good whereas all the others were fantastic.
  5. It was a challenging drill for that corps too given the arrangements they were playing. I saw it midseason in Ft. Wayne when they'd just changed the 'block move' in the opener. People around me who'd been following the tour, as well as a judge in the box who voiced a bit loud, were "Oh! That's a change! It works well!" Having the G7 pop up got a number of giggles for those in the know. The fence and the windmill they made were impressive. Including the 3D stacked up people windmill during the ballad (not really drill, but a really effective visual move).
  6. Newspapers was a thing we did at basketball games for opposing teams player introductions. Pep band antics were rife in Indiana.
  7. Blue Stars last year was fantastic. A second for Animal Farm too.
  8. Yeah the track show bands had their own thing going still with the State Fair all the way into the 80's when I marched. But by that time, field bands were taking over the activity quite a bit. That's pretty cheeky to rip their Scottish song and take it into mickey mouse theme. Bishop Dwenger up in Ft. Wayne would distribute their school song to bands for football games and we quickly realized their opening tag was pretty much the Mickey Mouse tune. We tried talking our director into letting us start with that tag then go into our fight song but he wasn't having it because he knew ther
  9. Yeah no. Flashbacks to mid-80s Anderson High School (IN) band (not Anderson Highland) and their guard in high boots, short shorts, cadet jackets, and full headdresses. Even in 1985 we were, "No, that's just not cool, man." Anderson Highland marching a bagpipes and giving them a feature got panned by a lot of people too. I always thought it was pretty cool but once finals moved to the Hoosier Dome, you couldn't hear the things at all in the sound vacuum that building created. Of course, there were those that said it made an improvement....
  10. I've given a ton of thought to my grandmother's childhood that would have been shaped by the 1918 pandemic. As I washed clothes by hand in the tub and hung them to dry then worked on hand sewing my mask in the earliest days of the lockdown I was wryly thinking, "Grandma would been helping with handwashing laundry and likely learned to sew by sewing masks as part of her childhood." She went on to marry, raise three young boys through the end of the great Depression and WWII, and always had 3 years worth of canned food she rotated from canning things from her garden every year.
  11. Has anyone else heard echoes of past marching instructors hollering about maintaining proper intervals while out and about? When I'm out for a walk, even masked, I find myself mentally using my marching skills about intervals, step size adjustment, and 'tracking moving people' more and more. I get a bit peeved with people clearly don't have marching skills.
  12. Alright, just catching up on this weirdness... Is this an elsewhere mentioned 'pageantry leech' that somehow got attached too high?
  13. First Rule of Acquisition applies.
  14. We need to know how things did (or didn’t) work out with Meagan as part of this saga!
  15. Oh that is gorgeous. I got my "Summer Off" shirt a few weeks ago and wore it when out walking and actually had someone who got the joke and laughed.
  16. Oh that was worth it to see her reaction to the True Colors hit. Also..for another chance to hear the TRUE COLORS HIT.
  17. The way she says Michael Gaines is great. They should recruit her to be show commentator/announcer at some show
  18. It was fun! 1) I forgot just how well designed that show was as a storyteller. And the drill, marching styles, etc. all of it comes together to tell the story. 2) When she started gasping at the deaths along the way...I was totally...oh this is gonna be good at the ending. 3) I was not wrong. She's charming in her fandom of this.
  19. What. The Rocket Mortgage ad song doesn't blare in during the middle of shows? What is the FloExperience coming to these days? I canceled my subscription shortly after the season was scrubbed.
  20. Man...when skynet comes online in a few months...we are so boned.
  21. Sounds like you could be a consultant for better swordplay in guard work...grin. I was part of an ASL interpreting/translating team for a production of Macbeth once that had hired a professional sword choreographer for fight scenes. It was amazing to see them at work. They used a variety of modified options too to enhance visibility and motion action for the production rather that what would be used in actual sporting situations. For the most part, we'd leave our seats below front stage left and take two seats in the front row as the combat scenes had no dialogue and 'spoke for