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    Blue Devils 2018

    Or Digger's Diner at Willow Pass and Farm Bureau... We used to hit the Wendy's in Pacheco during lunch/dinner break. Drive to it quickly by leaving Mars and going past Buchanan Airport and the trailer park .
  2. How many of you were directly affected by this alleged situation? How many of you were victims of this alleged situation? How many of you have a "dog in this fight"? If your answer is, "not me", then just stop. None of us know the details of the situation. All of the allegations could very well be true, and then, at that point, the law compels folks to act accordingly (but let us be clear...that does not make "the law" correct). At that point, maybe folks will feel like justice has been served. Until then, stop with the piling on. And, just so we are clear, this post is from a BD honk who has a large level of dislike for the Cadets in general. At the same time, humanity is humanity. There are two sides to EVERY story, and somewhere in the middle lies the truth.
  3. For sale: "Goo" for everyone!
  4. Same year (if it was '94) that BD's guard was outfitted in Victoria's Secret silk bras.
  5. Hell, yes. What a beautiful book. I could listen to that trumpet break on a loop everyday, all day, for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. Same for the ballad. As much as II loved last year's ballad, they freaking NAILED it this year.
  6. I agree. That would have been awesome, and the Mandarins are a hard working corps that had a great year. I am looking forward to what they do next year.
  7. It was awesome to see SCV gunning for the tile. I have former students on that staff, so it was good to see them achieve what they did. And, how cool is it that the Bay took top two? Awesome.
  8. Let's all post here to avoid the haterade... No need for "Do it up, Devils!!!". They DID!
  9. Just texted a colleague that I taught with at BD in celebration. What a corps, what a history, what a night.
  10. I think this all comes down to the old "art reflects culture" discussion. Generally speaking, so much of what exists as entertainment in our world today is short on depth. Consequently, the world of DCI has followed suit. It has to to stay relevant as an artistic medium. But I agree with all the folks that are concerned about where the activity is right now.
  11. I think the genesis of all this is easily traceable: Michael Gaines and the Cavaliers. When they were consistently winning, it was because their visual design was unparalleled. But, it was short bursts of creative eye candy while they played donut holes in the brass section, and while their percussion was top notch, it all happened (as the OP states) in segments. But, it won. Multiple times. Consequently, to be competitive with them, designers and arrangers began to emulate them. When in Rome... I think this phenomenon can also be traced back to WGI, specifically Fantasia. When they won with their "City Of Glass" show, it marked the end of any semblance of musicality and length of phrase being rewarded. The transitions became pedestrian, and the emphasis was put on creating Michael Bay moments of flash, bang, and whiz that were fun to watch, but lacked in substance. In other words, it was reflective of what was (and still is) happening in pop culture. That style of design found its way into all other arenas of the marching arts. As long as this type of design gets rewarded, it isn't going anywhere.
  12. I SMELL SMOKE!!! THEY'RE ALWAYS READY!!! 18!!!
  13. Watch it from beginning to end in context. Jay Murphy does not write/design "moves", but creates a show that is in constant motion from beginning to end from at least one of the elements. It is a process of seeing the "forest for the trees". Mr. Murphy may not offer a lot of trees, but the freaking forest is amazing.
  14. Simplicity?!? Seriously?!? Watch the show again. There is nothing "simple" about it. If you really think that, you have either never taught or marched.