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About raphael18

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    1995-present - fan, member, support staff, booster
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Carolina Crown, Cadets of Bergen County, Southwind
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    PR 1993, SCV 1999, Cadets 1997-2000, Madison 1995-1997, Crown 2008, Bluecoats 2002, Colts 2001, Glassmen 1999
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    2003 (age-out year), there were so many great shows that year
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    St. Louis, MO
  • Interests
    Marching Band Tech - 2001-2008
    Phantom Regiment - 2003 - euph
    Americanos - 2001-2002 - baritone
  1. At least for myself, when I made the transition from a Div 3 corps of 18-23 horns to one with 23 Euphs, it was a pretty big change to say the least. The sheer size of div 1 corps requires a higher level of professionalism and initiative from each individual member. In my own experience, we were a pretty competitive div 3 corps (placing 3rd and 4th), but the demands were different. Where it was okay to get something right after 2-3 tries in div 3, you were expected to get things right on the first time in div 1. The desire to hide in the ensemble, and not play during particularly challengin
  2. I'm not sure what implications your allegations about Mr. Hills personal life have on his ability to arrange for the corps. Personally, I am far more concerned with the fact that he is not a former marching member. Regiment brass is very much about a certain style which has been handed down from one arranger to the next. While I do not doubt that Mr. Hill will be able to capture some of that tradition...there is only so much an outsider will be able to understand. Point blank: he will never truly understand SUTA. I am very concerned as to the future status of the buick tradition - I reall
  3. As a FMM who has no knowledge of why JD is departing (very sad news indeed), I wanted to chime in here quickly. As for arranging, I have no idea who the new person will be, but I will be even money that it will be an alumn, and that Dan Farrel will be right there ensuring that we get that Regiment sound we love. Even with a new arranger, it will still be the PR low brass line. __________ The above quote is accurate, but it is the kind of experience that members of PR EXPECT. You march PR or Cadets because you want to be pushed hard, rehearse long hours, and be a part of a great hornline.
  4. http://www.dci.org/scores/recap/view.cfm?event_id=7ad6facc-cc50-4cf4-bd6b-54f8741f61fa
  5. Two of us have already said it - it's on the recap
  6. Was going to say, there is a wide enough gap there for BD to easily fit in.
  7. I wasn't sure if you were based on the OP, but we'll give it an hour or so and see what they do. I bet we won't hear a lot of complaining if even the one on top comes in under an 85. They can push their number up a bit tomorow night of course.
  8. I would be afriad that going Open Class (while smart from a competitive stand point) would probably hurt their recruitment. Unless things have changed, one of the main draws for Pioneer members is the ability to say, "I march in a div 1 corps." They go to the major shows, and get much of the div 1 experience. For some people, that may be enough...until they get some experience and go to one of the very good nearby div 1 corps. If the corps went Open Class, they would probably have a good shot at being a regular in the top 4, but it would probably make it even harder to fill out their ranks
  9. The actual totals are not that important, key in on the spreads.
  10. Next step? Equipment check in, a corps meeting - perhaps an anniversery celebration or discussion about going back to see other corps? As for competition...I haven't seen these 4 corps. Is it that Pioneer is unusually bad this year, or were those three open class corps just that good this year? Not to beat up on Pioneer, they're nice people, but they have a history of struggling. I'm not 'in the know' so I really don't know what their specific problems are (as a vet you probably have better insight). That said, the same was true for the Troopers not that long ago and look at them now - f
  11. I'll preface this by saying that every marching member I've ever met from BK was a fine example of the caliber of individual present at all levels of corps. That said, I think some of it comes down to their signature design and programming. While I agree that we should have lots of different flavors of corps, that doesn't mean we have to like every flavor. For me, BK is like black licorice. It's not for everyone, and is sort of an acquired taste. Right now GE is the pathway to higher placements. Unfortunately, and this is subjetive so don't throw things at me, BK tends to program very
  12. Absolutely fantastic show, no questioning that. Not to sound disrespectful (I'm a huge SCV fan), but what about this great show was 'influential' for other corps in a way that sets it apart in that regard?
  13. We were doing a show in Pennsylvania (think it was 2001 or 2002), and there were SWAT officers with automatic weapons standing by the corps entrance. That struck me as slightly odd.
  14. The sheets aren't that much different are they? I thought the only difference was that there wasn't really a Box 5 on the Open class sheets. In honor of championships, I'll share an old one with you guys: "What do Box 1 and Box 5 have in Common?" "There is no recovery."