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    Performance Focus, Renegades charter member, Vanguard mom, and writer for, Drum Corps News, Drum Corps World, Vanguardian, History of Drum Corps Vol. 2,
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    Love 'em all!
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    1980 Spirit, 1994 27th, 2001 SCV
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    1980...the golden year!
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    San Jose, CA
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    Drum Corps, Winter Guard, Writing, Theatre, Photography, Science Fiction...

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  1. Thanks, guys! Great job. Almost felt like I was there. *internal visuals* Christina
  2. "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. 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).
  3. 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!
  4. Thank you! (And not just ANY Vanguard section... lovin' the plates!
  5. How did Golden Empire do? And SCVC? (I've seen BDC, B, A and thought they were fab.)
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. Those in attendance: Be sure to check out BK's 'wispy' s-rifles toward the end. Great visual effect.
  10. Thanks for the review! Just to add - mind blown when BDB started playing "I am the Doctor" from Doctor Who. So fits the concept (Prismatic) and Murray Gold's music work for corps charts. Also, congrats to Nick, the guest snare drummer, who fulfilled his dream of being part of the BD line that day. Finally - lush is an understatement for "Children Will Listen." I can see this being the ballad of the season. With their K-Pop number being an audience participation number as the guard pulls fresh pop/hip hop dance moves. to figure out K-Pop
  11. A couple of comments: First, congratulations Madison! Wonderfully entertaining moment with spine tingling sounds. Next, welcome back cymbals! You are definitely back where you belong. I counted 8 - were there more? Finally, did I spot a bass drum stick flying in the air at the end of the concert piece? Quite the unexpected but joyful surprise. What a great way to spend Thanksgiving. Cheers! Mav
  12. Just some highlights off the top of my head: All the corps shows looked completed - although all shows looked like more could be added. Santa Clara Big Band sponsored by SCV played some cool jazz in their premier performance. Most were alums including the set drummer who marched Cadets. The wind was brutal for most of the guard - but only a few drops. Blue Devils B - wow. Very impressed with this high energy show. Their show now has street lamps which move around the field. I wonder if they will add illumination like BDA has in their spotlight props. Vanguard Cadets have one of the most beautiful guard uniforms, both of them. (They pull off the first one to reveal a gold tops). The story line is engaging as we following a couple on their journey. The green metallic silks at the end are brilliant both literally and design-wise. Very impressed with Mandarins' brass both sound and visuals. Real pristine horn 'snaps'. Ballads: Crossmen have an amazing ballad along with Blue Knights. Crossmen's soloist really nailed it last night. Crossmen's show is so engaging - the mix of Caravan and Carmen is cleverly written. Their 'rock out' section had the audience buzzing. Blue Knights show grows on me every time I see it. The story is intriguing, different, without being maudlin. We know now where Vanguard's yell is located in the show (near the end). Wondering if there was a way to keep the deep shadow cast by their backfield conductor onto the large 50-yard line prop. Also, their opening impact - that WALL of sound - could peel paint. What a moment…trombones et. al.! Time & Content: Loved the early start and early ending, but disappointed that we didn't get an encore or at least "Clowns". Lots of SCV alumni in the audience who would have enjoyed that. Full house - I heard they actually had to stop selling tickets as there wasn't enough room. Great intimate venue, though higher seating could have provided better viewing for drills. (I was in the last row and couldn't see the formations.) Overall a wonderful night. With only six corps, it was not too long and just right for the older and younger sets.