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  1. 3 hours ago, MikeN said:

    I mostly liked the 2016 show.  The double ballads were both pretty good, though fairly short - though I guess you can say they added up to one full ballad.  I agree - the show definitely had no flow at all - it was pretty clear the designers said "how about these tunes" and shoehorned everything from there without a clear overall vision.


    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.

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  2. 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).

  3. 3 hours ago, MikeD said:

    Princeton HS in NJ never had a marching band. Their long term director hated it. They did not really have a concert band to speak of either. Orchestra was big, and their jazz band program was excellent. They had excellent choirs as well.

    They did put together a small pep band for games. When the band I was with played them at Princeton HS, the pep band picked up newspapers and opened them up to cover their faces while we performed at half-time. This was back in the 90's.

    The present director got talked into trying to start a marching band a few years back. He too hated marching band. He posted a signup sheet, and nobody signed up.

    Newspapers was a thing we did at basketball games for opposing teams player introductions.  Pep band antics were rife in Indiana.

  4. 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 there'd be blow back.   

    Didn't stop us from doing the M-I-C (see ya real soon!) K-E-Y (why, because we beat you!) M-O-U-S-E on the rare occasion when our team beat theirs. 

  5. 1 hour ago, JimF-LowBari said:

    Totally non PC but someone needs to post a picture of Hamms Indians DC. dcxmuseum has a pic but can’t work copy and paste with my phone....

    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....

  6. On 7/24/2020 at 5:59 PM, Continental said:

    I was out for a walk yesterday and saw a mother with two small children.   All three were wearing masks.  I've probably seen this type of scenario many times before but was so preoccupied with everything going on that it never really sank in.  

    Yesterday it bothered me - a lot.  I could not stop thinking about how those kids lives are affected by this - how this experience will be carried with them for the rest of their lives.

    Depending on age, many of us got to do so many things in our childhoods without ever imagining having to wear a mask just to go to a store.  It's summer, we played outside, we went camping, swimming, sleepovers, played in the park without ever having to think about a virus.   On top of how complex the world is now, the very young now have this experience which is going to be a big part of what forms them as adults. 

    Yeah, this will affect us as well for the rest of our lives.  But we had our childhoods. 

    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.  


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  7. 19 hours ago, N.E. Brigand said:

    I don't think anyone claiming that 6 feet is the safest distance. It's safer than 5 feet and not as safe as 7 feet.

    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.

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  8. On 5/28/2020 at 9:55 PM, Jurassic Lancer said:

    That was awesome! She was blown away! As soon as you said she would react to Spartacus, I knew she would be stunned. I loved watching her reactions at the big drama points! What fun!

    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. 

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  9. 6 hours ago, besson57 said:

    The sound quality isn't bad. And the commercials aren't (yet) intrusive or overly loud.

    There are a couple problems. Although they posted a schedule, the stream doesn't seem to match up with the schedule. Also, it's pretty weird to call it radio, when it's actually streaming video.

    On a completely different topic, Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack Pro is pretty cool software.

    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.

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  10. 22 hours ago, Continental said:

    I think one of the more important topics of conversations is how MIT robotic dogs can somehow be programmed to act as Drum Majors.  

    Imagine the precision of their robotic commands, the ability to create inventive salutes and their sensory perception when people are not following their dots.    


    Man...when skynet comes online in a few months...we are so boned.

  11. 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 themselves.'  But there was one set of scenes where some important dialogue was inserted.  Director called the interpreting team in for blocking rehearsal the week before the two interpreted performances as he was worried about something with that fight scene.  Turns out, there's a moment where a shield was thrown from back stage right to front stage left (where we sat) he was worried about.  

    The guy doing the choreographer was playing the role of the one who tossed the shield and he was a complete PRO. Ran that scene with just the chairs in place, then with us sitting, then with us doing the interpreting. He threw that thing perfectly every time so it would come flying across the stage, take a dip then slide the last two feet or so and 'tap' the back of the chair gently.  It was so reliable the tap became my cue that dialogue was about to begin. 

    It was super fun on show nights watching the audience visually track that thing which seemingly was  coming for my head and having it dip, slide, and tap instead.  I had total confidence in him so I just played it straight and watched the audience freak out.


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