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Posts posted by MikeRapp

  1. 16 hours ago, keystone3ply said:

    Not knocking the corps, but the Blue Devils show that looked like an estate sale, flea market, or yard sale was pretty funny.  It was hilarious watching all of those props (costumes) rolling onto the field to be staged.  

    Carolina Crown's trampolines were pretty cool, but they looked like a 'pain in the arse' to move around.  Also, their 'see-saw' prop was pretty funny in "Beast".

    Actually by today's standard, when I see an Open Class corps without props, it seems kind of weird.   :peek:   

    Wondering where Cavaliers’ “Machine” would place today. Not a single prop on the field.

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  2. 2 hours ago, Terri Schehr said:

    I can’t handle the talking heads explaining everything to me, either.  I mean, you and I have probably forgotten more about drum corps than some of them will ever know. 

    To say nothing of the fact that almost all of the talking heads are old enough to be great grandparents to the current corps membership. No offense, I am that age as well, but when is it time to pass the torch?

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  3. 2 hours ago, Brian Tuma said:

    I like the subtlety of BK’s recent props. So subtle they disappear! On the other hand you have the “Hey kids, let’s put on a show” props. French fry boxes and clunky looking wedding cakes come to mind. 

    Some of the shows you are referring to were poorly designed and conceived overall. Props can be fun and interesting, when they are world into a good idea.

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  4. On 6/2/2021 at 10:10 AM, Terri Schehr said:

    So is this just old stuff? I don’t think I’d be interested.   I saw it the first time in person. 

    Agree. To pay to see shows that I’ve already seen, what’s the point? Also, behind the scenes with kids who aren’t even marching anymore…uh ok. I guess your plan is to draw only people who marched years earlier.

    Nah, sorry.

    I get it. Regardless of who fronts the cost, there is a tremendous up front cost to producing a live event on a football field. At this point would they even be able to get a promoter for the ticketed event itself? Could they pay to get a half dozen headline corps to that site in a month from now? 

    Unfortunately, it takes a lot of planning to pull of a live event of any kind. Hundreds of people are involved behind the scenes, to say nothing of the talent on the field. DCI would have had to assume the risk the event being cancelled due to Covid had they begun planning this far enough in advance to make it happen. And around that time, Blue Devils, Crown and SCV were announcing they weren’t going to perform this fall.

    Huge risk that DCI clearly wasn’t able to take.

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  5. On 5/21/2021 at 10:19 PM, Dpsouthern81 said:


    This is one of my all time favorite shows. Not only is it a really cool idea, the score is an entire score. The middle selection is one of my top DCI pieces ever, very reminiscent of early Blue Devils when horn lines were ripping through very elite jazz-like arrangements.

    This was the heyday for the Cavaliers, and this show could be considered the precursor for what was to come for all of DCI. One of the best designed DCI shows ever.

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  6. 19 hours ago, cfirwin3 said:


    Not sure I care about this one all that much.  I'm definitely looking forward to some good 'filler' drumcorps this season while things crank up again for the following year.

    This just feels so much like the SCV Phantom of the Opera back to back shtick in the late 80's.  A sort of... "well let's try that again" sort of move.

    Obviously this is not the same thing, but it just has that vibe.  And to be honest, they pretty well maxed out as much Beatles as I think I want to see in drumcorps in '19.

    Was hoping for something more 'cute' in a different direction.  Perhaps they payed big for Beatles rights and they want to make good on the investment?

    I will reserve any hard judgment though.  My Bluecoats have never failed to surprise me.

    I felt this way when they announced last years show, so I should have learned my lesson.

    That said, yes, it probably isn’t the show they would do were it not for these unique circumstances. But, that’s okay. The time and financial parameters of 2021 dictate a different approach.

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  7. 3 hours ago, rpbobcat said:

    New York City may not be the best example of things trying to get back to normal.

    The Governor of NY decides what can open,not the Mayor ,and Cuomo loves sticking it to DiBalzio.

    Its gotten worse with DiBlazio calling for him resign or be impeached.

    The September 1 date is what some theater groups have said.

    WOR has a morning host who knows Broadway inside out.

    He's been saying there are a lot of hurdles that have to be overcome for Broadway to reopen.

    Right now,most shows need pretty much 100% capacity to be profitable.

    Doesn't seem to be any chance of that being allowed,anytime soon.

    One solution is for the theater unions to agree to temporary changes in work rules.

    For example,a "one man" show must have a 5 piece orchestra.

    So far,according to him, the unions won't budge.

    Even if they do allow 100% seating,will people come ?

    Tourism is non existent.

    The that fact  that,between the homeless encampments, and "drugged out zombies"  (his words)  midtown is a devastation during the day,forget at night, won't help.

    My wife and I live about 20 minutes from midtown.

    Used to go to Manhattan all the time.

    We'd park at the Port Authority and walk from there.

    Not now.

    In addition to not being safe,the police are now stationing 80 additional officers in the area,the stench of urine and feces in midtown,including Times Square,will knock you over.










    Insanely stupid. If you are going to point to science for policy then do what science seems to indicate. To limit capacity with clear herd immunity is maddening.

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  8. On 4/26/2021 at 11:38 AM, DFA1970 said:

    I read that Spielberg is basing his movie closely with the Broadway version and not the movie.  Bernstein was not happy with the movie orchestration.

    My hope is that Spielberg creates an amazing experience. There are at least two generations that have largely never seen the original. If it’s awesome and true to the story, it will succeed. The commitment to every single aspect of the film, or the show, will almost certainly fail. You cannot successfully reproduce the original of anything.


    War of the Worlds succeeded to be true to the original while creating a relatively new story line that made for a great movie. 

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  9. We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April

    Covid cases have dropped 77% in six weeks. Experts should level with the public about the good news.

    By Marty Makary
    Feb. 18, 2021 12:35 pm ET
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    Amid the dire Covid warnings, one crucial fact has been largely ignored: Cases are down 77% over the past six weeks. If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it a miracle pill. Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?

    In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

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  10. On 1/11/2021 at 2:23 PM, gregory11 said:

    I remember BD winning DCI with a nice Chick Corea show, I forget the year.   Also, don't forget Xmen playing some successful Pat Metheny shows.

    Bluecoats’ Down Side Up opens with Heat of the Day by Pat Metheny. Session 44 is essentially about a jazz singer. But do the programs allow improv jazz as an idiom? No, because it is impossible to do improv on a strict BPM visual cycle.

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