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  1. Just a reminder: the 2021 DCI's Performers Showcase deadline for registration AND video entry is in two weeks! August 1st at 11:59 PM PST. This is open to ANYONE, ANYWHERE, on ANY INSTRUMENT! No corps affiliation needed. You got talent? We want to see it! Go to dci.org/showcase for rules and registration. (Spread the word!)
  2. Maybe the over 22 vocal? :# We did have one entry in 2018 who did a sort of 'slam' poetry reading.
  3. Hey! Wanted to put up a reminder that DCI's Performers Showcase (I&E) early bird special ends tomorrow July 1st. The cool thing you can pay now, save some money and turn in your video later, before August 1st. A couple of other changes: it's now open to everyone, everywhere, with virtually any talent. There are categories in String, Piano, Electronics, and even World Music. (Bagpipes anyone?) This opens the field to people of any age or country to participate. And no affiliation required. I'm keen on seeing corps staff create their own virtual ensembles. Or past I&E winners reclaim their crown in the over 22 category. You can see all the information here: dci.org/showcase And sign up here: https://dci.formstack.com/forms/2021_performers_showcase
  4. That humor. That connoisseur of all things pageantry. The smile and friendship. The wisdom and snark. I first met Mike as he performed his hysterical rendition of Karnac (renamed Boo-nac) at a Drum Corps World party. 26 years later, through decades of working side-by-side for DCI, we chatted and mourned the loss of the season over the phone this past summer. And now I mourn your passing. You were one-of-a-kind, Mike. And we all loved you for it. You will be missed: your expansive knowledge, quirky humor, and, of course the dedicated passion.
  5. Thanks, guys! Great job. Almost felt like I was there. *internal visuals* Christina
  6. "Triumph of Time" by Peter Graham Don't know if this has been brought up but wow. For Crossmen or Bue Devils for the jazzy feel. This is the full version of the piece (18:14 minutes) Performed here from a brass band championship in Belgium. (with trombones!) Love that the video is by Evil Penguin Productions. https://www.youtube.com/embed/xk4TCmwFbZ0 And here is Black Dyke Band with the world premier of the piece. Just a taste Looks like more percussion. And it's only the last part (3:39 minutes). https://www.youtube.com/embed/qJgaRYlTLAQ
  7. Adding up the other scores from last night and tonight (hey, basically same judges) - Bluecoats Crown Blue Devils Cadets Vanguard<<<<< again? OK - it's going to be a fast (long?) season!
  8. Thank you! (And not just ANY Vanguard section... lovin' the plates!
  9. How did Golden Empire do? And SCVC? (I've seen BDC, B, A and thought they were fab.)
  10. Yep - with judges there from last night, it should be fair - comparable - scores. Here is a rep reminder Blue Devils C - B.D.P.D • Dragnet Theme - by Walter Schumann • Hawaii Five-O Theme - by Morton Stevens • Skyfall - by Adele and Paul Epworth • Smooth Criminal - by Michael Jackson • The A-Team Theme - by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter Golden Empire - Music Matters Paradisi Gloria (from Stabat Mater) Retribution NO one To kNOW one Original Vanguard Cadets - The One • Pines of the Appian Way - by Ottorino Respighi • Due Tramonti - by Ludovico Einaudi • Iza Ngosmo (Come Tomorrow) - by Christopher Tin Blue Devils B - To The Moon • Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine - by Eric Whitacre • Space Race - by John Meehan • Hostility: Intruder Alert/The Attack - by Amin Bhatia • Symphony #10, Mvt. #2 - by Dmitri Shostakovich • Countdown and Launch - by Maverick Peterson and Dave Glyde • Adagio from Spartacus - by Aram Khachaturian • Apollo 13: Main Title - by James Horner Pacific Crest - Union • Foundry - by John Meehan, Pete Lucero, Brian Dinkel (Original) • Aha! - by Imogen Heap • Fix You - by Coldplay • Engine - by Pete Lucero, Brian Dinkel (Original) • Point Blank - by Paul Dooley • Last Train Home - by Pat Metheny<<<<<<< love this song! Mandarins - Forbidden Forest • Into the Forest - by Key Poulan, Mark Hunter, and Sean Womack (Original) • The Calling (Inspired by Devilish Love from Hemingway’s Garden of Eden) - by Key Poulan, Mark Hunter, and Sean Womack (Original) • Our Demons Within - by Key Poulan, Mark Hunter, and Sean Womack (Original) • Triumph of our Inner Self - by Key Poulan, Mark Hunter, and Sean Womack (Original) The Academy - Drum Corpse Bride • Corpse Bride (Main Title) - by Danny Elfman • Romeo and Juliet - by Sergei Prokofiev • Sorcerer's Apprentice - by Paul Dukas • Suggestion Diabolique - by Sergei Prokofiev • Unchained Melody - by Alex North and Hy Zaret (Righteous Brothers) Santa Clara Vanguard - Force of Nature • Spring 1 (from Recomposed) - by Max Richter • Without Warning! - by Stephen Melillo • Earth Song - by Frank Tichelli • Winter 1 (from Recomposed) - by Max Richter • After The Storm - by Stephen Melillo Blue Knights - The Great Event • Gorgon: I. Stheno - by Christopher Rouse • Medley: Flight Into Wasteland (Final Fantasy OST) - by Elliot Goldenthal • Medley: Adagio and Transfiguration (Final Fantasy OST) - by Elliot Goldenthal • Medley (continued): Arrows of The Gods (Titus OST) - by Elliot Goldenthal • Fratres - by Arvo Pärt • The Great Event - by Leonard Cohen • Moonlight Sonata - by Ludwig van Beethoven • Air Waltz - by Oliver Davis • Saturn - by Sleeping At Last Madison Scouts - Judas • The music of Jesus Christ Superstar - by Andrew Lloyd Weber Blue Devils - As Dreams Are Made On • Return of The Lion - by Garry Gregson-Williams • Come Sail Away - by Dennis De Young (STYX) • Where Are Ü Now - by S. Moore, J. Bieber, J. Evans, T. Pentz (Pentatonix version) • Symphonie No 5 "Di Tre Re" - by Arthur Honegger • Cape Fear (Prelude) - by Bernard Hermann • The Impossible (Main Title) - by Fernando Velázquez • Prospero's Magic - by Dave Glyde (Original work) • Stormy Weather - by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler • Ariel Attack - by Gordon Goodwin (Original work.) • Mishima - by Philip Glass Keep us posted!
  11. Yeah - we tried four times to get Myron into the HoF. He was so humble and just so grateful for the outpouring of support each time. That's what makes it so poignant that it came too late for him to appreciate this moment. Good call on these. I would add Bobby Hoffman for the 70s and Steve Brubaker to the 80s. Hmmm...current ones? I'm a fan of Peter Weber (SCV), Sylvester/Sacktig (Cadets), Ron Hardin (Crown), and Sly Sybilski (Blue Knights) work.
  12. A wonderful class will be inducted this year into the DCI Hall of Fame! Myron Rosander - Visual Designer, Santa Clara Vanguard Denise Bonfiglio - Color Guard Instructor, Staff Coordinator Frank Dorritie - Brass Instructor and Arranger, Audio Producer Dan Farrell - Program Coordinator, Phantom Regiment I am rather partial to Myron's inclusion: saddened that it will happen posthumously, but grateful that his name will be remembered in the activity. As Ron Hardin said: "Myron, as a man, was one of the most humble, altruistic people I knew." Many people who wrote letters in support of his nomination - which sadly could not be included due to space limitations - spoke of his sheer dedication to not only his craft but the members of the corps he worked with including: Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Mandarins, Seattle Cascades, Blue Stars, and Vanguard Cadets. So happy for the other inductees. And how cool is it that Frank - who wrote a wonderful article on DCP about Myron - will be included in that company. And Denise - "You go, girl!" With much love to all!
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