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About jwillis35

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  • Your Favorite Corps
    Bluecoats, Cadets, SCV, Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment, Carolina Crown
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Garfield Cadets - 1984
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
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    North Canton, OH
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    I'm a professional trombonist, music educator, and Web Designer/Programmer. I love DB&C, great orchestral music, jazz, golf, and travel. I mostly love food. :)

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  1. I was always under the impression that Jim Prime, Jr. wrote the brass book for Star from 1985 - 1993. Anyone know if he left before 1993?
  2. You may be right about the Cadets brass score from 89. Not their typical style of music or demand, but I still love that show and music. It may be that Robert Smith wrote to what the corps could handle that summer, or perhaps techs watered it down a good bit to aid in better visual performance. I really have no answers for that. Great show nonetheless. They definitely had a fantastic guard and percussion section that summer. As for your other questions only Mr. Klesch could answer that, and the same with Zingali. What I had heard (which is likely not true) was that Mr. Klesch was working on his masters or doctoral degree at that time so they needed to bring in someone else to write the book. Klesch did return in 90, 91, and 92. Then Bocook took over in 93. Who knows? Same with Zingali. It could be as simple as Z wanting his friend Marc Sylvester to have a shot at visual design. I'm just thinking out loud here. Creative people often need time away from things or need to make shifts in order to stay sharp. I'm pretty sure Zingali was working with Star of Indiana before 1990. I think he had a hand in their initial 1985 show...maybe as consultant?
  3. My recollections of 1989: Early season I saw a show in June at Austintown-Fitch H.S. Phantom, Cavaliers, Bluecoats, Crossmen, and others were there. All 4 of the corps mentioned had fantastic shows, but Phantom Regiment looked and sounded like they were in late-July form. They left the audience speechless. It's one of the best early-season performances I've ever seen. Cavaliers were incredibly dirty, and many of my friends thought they would have trouble making top 6. To me, I saw something in their show in terms of design that once cleaned was going to put them in the top 5, maybe higher. Bluecoats were kind of a BD-lite (as someone else mentioned). A smokin' entertaining show with some fantastic soloists. They had a killer percussion feature and their ballad was one of their classic moments. Crossmen and their showmanship, killer percussion and rhythmic grooves was setting the pace for where their would go in coming years. I sadly did not see any shows again until semi-finals and finals in Kansas City. I attended a summer college orchestra festival in L.A. that summer but got back in time to join my friends on a trip to Missouri. DCI Finals: I mostly remember Phantom Regiment being the show I wanted to win. SCV did win and were truly outstanding (even minus the 2 overage kids). I'm sure it was a tough call for judges. But Cavaliers 1989 show totally blew me away. It was a clinic in design and beauty, thematic builds and visual GE that looked to be the future to me. It was stunning to see how far they had come from their early shows. Cavaliers 1989, 90, 91, and 92 are some of my favorite Cavaliers years (not to mention their shows from the early 2000s). The Cadets were so different yet so good. Playing a Robert Smith music book and really bringing Les Mis to the field in a unique yet very accurate way. Percussion section and guard were stunning. Two of the best units on the field that summer. I think they won guard, and not sure about percussion. I have a buddy who saw them more than I did who echoed what a few others have mentioned...that they fiddled with the ending too much. Many felt they could easily have been top 3 with a better ending, but that's how it goes sometimes. I often love BD, but 89 was not my favorite. Great horns and nice music charts, but visually they were behind. Nothing really grabbed me. Star of Indiana on the other hand just totally wowed me and it was obvious what we were in for in the early 90s. That corps could play. The Bluecoats got big applause and an ovation for their high intensity show, as did Madison. Madison's opener that year will kick you in the pants. Slaugher on 10th Avenue wasn't too shabby either. They still had some magnificent players after their 88 championship summer. Nice drill in the opener. Overall, it was a killer good finals, but my big take away was Cavaliers design and beauty and Phantom Regiment's overall masterful show that I thought should have slightly edged SCV.
  4. Not surprised. Grove City can play with anyone musically. Incredible concert bands as well. Haven't seen a show of theirs in a while but I suspect they do not put the time into visual and the type of modern visual programs we see now.
  5. I believe Phantom Regiment was 9th in total competition somewhere in the early 2000s but won high percussion a few years in a row (back before their staff went to SCV).
  6. This was one of the first corps to come to mind when considering the OP's question. They would have won drums had they been able to compete in Finals. I recall Garfield taking 7th overall in 1981, but they were 3rd in brass. Bluecoats ended up in 7th overall in 2007, but they won high brass in Quarterfinals. It's tough to find big extremes in DCI competition, but I am sure they are there. The opposite was true in 1984 when Garfield won the title but took 9th in percussion. BTW, who was the band that took 8th in music performance at BOA prelims? Not bad.
  7. Agree. The more shows the better, even if they are 4 to 5 corps. Sometimes it's nice to attend a local show that's not too long and that leaves you time to go out and do something after the show.
  8. I do think it would be cool to see Finals in the Bay Area (Santa Clara). That stadium (49ers) is quite good for drum corps, and there is a ton to do in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara, San Jose, Palo Alto, Cupertino, etc.). I always loved being in Madison, with the Scouts being the hometown corps. Seeing SCV be a hometown corps at Finals would be neat too. But that aside, I do believe the Bay Area would make for a great finals. Yes, it's an expensive trip for midwest, east, and southern folks. But for a one-time deal, I would be there.
  9. Cleveland is no more dangerous than any other big city. The bulk of the crime in CLE has been on the east side, not downtown. Cleveland is a revamped city experiencing a major renaissance in downtown, and it has amazing suburbs. It is close to Akron and Canton. It's downtown sports facilities are among the best in pro sports. Cleveland is the 2nd largest musical theater district in the country after NYC, and it has one of the finest orchestras in the world. The museum of art is world class, and It's the no. 2 city in the country for medicine and medical research after Rochester, MN. The city's new convention center is state-of-the-art and situated close to Browns stadium. Transportation is good, the streets are wider than the east coast big cities which helps with bus travel, and there is plenty for people to do while also attending drum corps. DCI fans would absolutely love the FLATS, including all the restaurants, clubs, and even a Margaritaville (the only one in Ohio) which is situated in the Flats near the lake. Now having said that, I don't know that I would want Finals in Browns stadium. It's a great stadium for football, but for corps, I'm not sure. But the city itself would surprisingly be better than many would think. The stereotype about Cleveland is just that...a bad stereotype based on issues that happened decades and decades ago. It's the same stereotype that Chicago people have to listen to when the news media beats-up the city over all the killings that seem to happen in one area. For most people, downtown Chicago is awesome, as are the suburbs. Frankly, Cleveland would be better than smaller cities like Buffalo, where housing and hotels can be an issue, and the mega-size cities present their own issues. I think Cleveland would be way better than St. Louis as well. Madison is a unique city. Not overly big, but they love drum corps up there and you do have a big university with a great stadium for Finals. I think Minneapolis would be good. Also, even though we no longer see corps from Canada competing in the states, DCI is international and going to Toronto or Montreal again would be cool.
  10. Fred did amazing work for DCI, the Bluecoats, and Troopers. He graduated from the same high school I did and was a member of the Warren Jr. Military Band when he was young (as was I, but I was about 10 years or so behind him). Fred did amazing work for Bluecoats as a BOD member and he helped in fund raising, including running the souvie operation on the road for entire summers. He was one of the guys DCI would call when a corps got into trouble. He was instrumental in making sure Capital Regiment got down the road and back home when their management failed the kids and ran out of money mid season. DCI called Fred to make things right. This was also the case for Troopers during their probation year. Unlike me trying to manage my check book, Fred actually knows what he is doing with finances and his influence on the activity is important. Way to go, Fred!!!!
  11. There are many stories about drum corps not paying their staff on time, or just not being able to pay them period. I know of very credible stories which I cannot share, but let's just say that some excellent instructors and designers have not taken salaries for several years to help some corps. In a few cases I know these instructors have been paid back in full and then some. Let's face it, some drum corps are fortunate to come up with JUST enough money to tour. Some barely make it to the finish line, and on numerous occasions we've seen corps make it to the middle of the season and not know how they are getting to the end. I recall just a few years ago many of us donating to keep a certain corps on the road. It would be nice if every corps could have what Blue Devils and Santa Clara Vanguard have.
  12. I think it would be neat if they did a Blues Brothers show. There is a lot of great music and artists they can feature, not to mention costuming. An Elvis show would also be a blast! On the other hand, I can see them going back to a concept show like Tilt.
  13. Hey, I'm a fan - even though we disagree on some things. I will admit you have me listening and watching the 2012 Devils to re-assess my views on the show.