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  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. 8 hours ago, 84BDsop said:

    If you find it, let me know so I can check it out.

    Crown used fencing masks in their "Postcards from Britain" show in 1997.  I could not see them clearly enough to tell if they were real ones or not (sometimes I can spot a feature that tells me the brand), but given the weight of a real mask, and the fact that they can have some play in the fit, I'd guess they were not real ones.

    It was the 2015 show.  

    This is a rehearsal video and I'm not sure if it's the same equipment they used in show or not.  The main guard seem to have fairly standard sabres.  But there's two featured guard doing some swordplay and you can see the blades bend and such.  They also seem to have handguards (or whatever the technical term is).  Best look seems to be at the :45 mark or so of this.




  4. 1 hour ago, 84BDsop said:

    I'd have to look at the vid.

    Troopers DID use a bunch of epees in their 2017 show.   Frankly, as a fencer and a corps vet, I would've gone with stage sabres (epee blade on a sabre guard and grip) because it would've been more suited for how they used them.  Unfortunately, I was not consulted (and I still don't know where they got them....it wasn't The Fencing Post....I suspect either Blue Gauntlet or Absolute).

    A shame I didn't have that sale (since I make my living selling/repairing the gear and teaching the sport)....would've been nice!

    Maybe that was the show?  I seem to recall BAC using something that was super flexible as well.

  5. On 5/6/2020 at 11:34 AM, Continental said:

    '88 Phantom.  Beautiful drill, wonderful music. They won best guard that year.  

    Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.  I think the program was a bit ahead of it's time.  

    Still, a beautiful show.  


    Oh the whole show!  I've been looking for this.

    My high school shared their drill writer that year.  So when they were slated to come through town a bunch of us got tickets to the show.  That opening hit and all the seniors looked at each other and said, "Ok, this is what we're gonna aspire to be this fall."  And we were very much the "era of flying toes" in marching style like this.  All the chills.

  6. On 3/28/2020 at 12:03 PM, keystone3ply said:

    The 2020 show concept & repertoire are stored in the Ark of the Covenant.  it is not to be opened until the time stated in prophesy ordained by you know who. 😇   


    On 3/28/2020 at 12:10 PM, Jurassic Lancer said:

    But when they open the Ark, they will melt your face off!

    I could totally get into an Indiana Jones show.


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  7. 19 minutes ago, crownisking said:

    An interesting question that I haven’t seen anyone ask yet is: will FloSports survive this? Their revenue is about to take a colossal hit, if it hasn’t already, with no sports or marching competitions to stream. If they go under, how will we stream future shows? We already know DCI isn’t in the position to offer that service again. 

    I raised this earlier as I cancelled my subscription


  8. So. As I cancelled my FloMarching account since I really do think we're a week or so from an announcement that he 2020 tour isn't happening, I had the thought...all the other sports they stream are pretty much done for a good while too...and they lost some big things like the MLS contracts they had.  

    What if this completely breaks FloSports' business model?

    Perhaps this should be in the Encouragement Thread?   😉 

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  9. 7 hours ago, skevinp said:

    All performances will be virtual this year.  Each individual performance will be projected onto an avatar that is embedded with all the others on a virtual field that the audience can watch online.

    You still have to hit your dot, but it will be in the living room.  

    With modified Dance Dance Revolution mats, this might work!