On the 50

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    Phantom Regiment 1984, 1986
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  1. In any "normal" year, I'd be heading up to Indianapolis right now for a week of total drum corps immersion. Doing the SCV percussion recording session on Wednesday, checking out the lot on Thursday before going into the stadium, seeing Semis in its entirety (assuming we finish lunch in time), SoundSport and Finals on Saturday. And in between, enjoying walking around downtown Indy, meeting up with friends and eating at the most peculiar hours. So, my eye is always on the weather forecast for the week. Looks like the weather would have been PERFECT for the whole week in Indy - even to the point where opening the roof would have been possible (even though it still wouldn't happen). Figures . . . Shawn
  2. In any "normal" year, I'd be heading up to Indianapolis right now for a week of total drum corps immersion. Doing the SCV percussion recording session on Wednesday, checking out the lot on Thursday before going into the stadium, seeing Semis in its entirety (assuming we finish lunch in time), SoundSport and Finals on Saturday. And in between, enjoying walking around downtown Indy, meeting up with friends and eating at the most peculiar hours. So, my eye is always on the weather forecast for the week. Looks like the weather would have been PERFECT for the whole week in Indy - even to the point where opening the roof would have been possible (even though it still wouldn't happen). Figures . . . Shawn
  3. In any "normal" year, I'd be heading up to Indianapolis right now for a week of total drum corps immersion. Doing the SCV percussion recording session on Wednesday, checking out the lot on Thursday before going into the stadium, seeing Semis in its entirety (assuming we finish lunch in time), SoundSport and Finals on Saturday. And in between, enjoying walking around downtown Indy, meeting up with friends and eating at the most peculiar hours. So, my eye is always on the weather forecast for the week. Looks like the weather would have been PERFECT for the whole week in Indy - even to the point where opening the roof would have been possible (even though it still wouldn't happen). Figures . . . Shawn
  4. In any "normal" year, I'd be heading up to Indianapolis right now for a week of total drum corps immersion. Doing the SCV percussion recording session on Wednesday, checking out the lot on Thursday before going into the stadium, seeing Semis in its entirety (assuming we finish lunch in time), SoundSport and Finals on Saturday. And in between, enjoying walking around downtown Indy, meeting up with friends and eating at the most peculiar hours. So, my eye is always on the weather forecast for the week. Looks like the weather would have been PERFECT for the whole week in Indy - even to the point where opening the roof would have been possible (even though it still wouldn't happen). Figures . . . Shawn
  5. In any "normal" year, I'd be heading up to Indianapolis right now for a week of total drum corps immersion. Doing the SCV percussion recording session on Wednesday, checking out the lot on Thursday before going into the stadium, seeing Semis in its entirety (assuming we finish lunch in time), SoundSport and Finals on Saturday. And in between, enjoying walking around downtown Indy, meeting up with friends and eating at the most peculiar hours. So, my eye is always on the weather forecast for the week. Looks like the weather would have been PERFECT for the whole week in Indy - even to the point where opening the roof would have been possible (even though it still wouldn't happen). Figures . . . Shawn
  6. In any "normal" year, I'd be heading up to Indianapolis right now for a week of total drum corps immersion. Doing the SCV percussion recording session on Wednesday, checking out the lot on Thursday before going into the stadium, seeing Semis in its entirety (assuming we finish lunch in time), SoundSport and Finals on Saturday. And in between, enjoying walking around downtown Indy, meeting up with friends and eating at the most peculiar hours. So, my eye is always on the weather forecast for the week. Looks like the weather would have been PERFECT for the whole week in Indy - even to the point where opening the roof would have been possible (even though it still wouldn't happen). Figures . . . Shawn
  7. I'd have to look up capacity at the time of show, but Olympic Stadium in Montreal was pretty big (otherwise they wouldn't have had >41,000 on concert side in 1981). There has been at least 1 show in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville (current capacity >102,600). Capacity in the past was over 107,000. The Rose Bowl was over 100,000 in the past, but is now smaller due to replacing bleachers with chairback seats in some sections and other renovations. The new MetLife stadium at the Meadowlands is one of the biggest in the NFL, along with Jerry's World in Arlington, TX. The biggest stadiums though are in the college ranks, with Michigan Stadium (aka The Big House) topping the list. The stadiums for Penn State, Ohio State, Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama, and Univ. of Texas are all in the Top 10 I believe. In terms of seating capacity for drum corps (concert side), Camp Randall is still one of the biggest. Shawn
  8. Crown did a Beatles tune last year ("If I Fell"), and that was included in both the CD and Blu-ray sets. I am optimistic that the entire Bluecoats show will be on the discs. I think we could see edits in BD's show once again. It's interesting that there are no issues with streaming the shows live multiple times during the season and NOTHING is muted from any corps. I would think that would be as big an issue as the license for the discs.
  9. I have a few extra tickets for DCI Prelims (only) for sale in Sec. 140 (center section). There are 3 pairs of seats just off the 50 yard line in Rows 18 and 19. This is absolutely the place to be for the best sound in Lucas Oil Stadium. Asking face value ($59 each). PM if interested. Shawn
  10. I have an extra ticket (friend won't be able to make it) for the Katy show on July 19. Front row of upper deck on the 50 (specifically, Sec. D, Row 1, Seat 14). It literally doesn't get better than this - great sound and visual. Asking face value - $58. PM if interested. Shawn
  11. Jeff, You have 3 Santa Claras listed. You can only pick one! I like the JD pick though. Shawn
  12. Each year after the first few shows, once I've had a chance to see everybody, I "take inventory" so to speak and gauge how good a year it seems to be. I do a little comparison of each corps' current show to the previous year's show - better, worse, or about the same (hey, I'm an optometrist, so it's in my nature ). The quality and engagement level of show design of course fluctuates in this activity as in any creative endeavor. If most corps are better or at least as good as the prior year, it's a good year. I've often thought , particularly doing this comparison, "Wouldn't it be awesome if every corps knocked it out of the park with their show design and had their best show ever - all in the same year?" Of course, this would never happen and it would make the next year a pretty big letdown most likely. But it's fun to think about. Or, what if you could bring back any show from the past and see it live? What would your "Ultimate Finals" look like? There have been lots of discussion and polls over the years about the best or favorite shows, but I don't recall seeing one quite like this. Here are the criteria: pick twelve different corps (not different shows/years from the same corps) and the show from each that would be in your personal Ultimate Finals competition, as well as the performance order and venue. This doesn't necessarily have to be what you think are the "best" or highest scoring shows, but the ones that would make for the most enjoyable evening for you personally. And I'm not looking for scores or how you think the competition would shake out - just what would leave you the most entertained by the performances on their own merits. You can choose any Finalist show from any year in the DCI era. Here's my Ultimate Finals: Venue: Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, WI (packed to the gills) Weather: Clear skies, 79 degrees, calm wind, 35% humidity Before the Show - Future Corps outside the stadium 7:00pm - National Anthem - Al Chez 7:06pm - 2000 U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps (Exhibition) 7:30pm - 1992 Crossmen 7:47pm - 1980 Spirit of Atlanta 8:04pm - 1980 Bridgemen 8:21pm - 2004 Cavaliers 8:38pm - 1993 Star of Indiana 8:55pm - 1995 Madison Scouts 9:12pm - Intermission - DrumLine Battle: The Old Guard vs. Hellcats 9:35pm - 2016 Bluecoats 9:52pm - 1987 Garfield Cadets 10:09pm - 2013 Carolina Crown 10:26pm - 2017 Blue Devils 10:43pm - 2008 Phantom Regiment 11:00pm - 2018 Santa Clara Vanguard 11:25pm - 1994 27th Lancers Alumni Corps (Exhibition) 11:47pm - Ambulance to nearest ER, possibly coroner
  13. I will ALWAYS take physical media over streaming options. Streaming can be taken away easily - what are your options for watching 1984 Suncoast Sound right now? But nobody is ever coming to my home to confiscate my DVD/Blu-ray library. Video and audio quality are better (less compressed) on physical media in general also. The sound quality of the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio alone is worth the cost of the Blu-ray, and you can't get that any other way right now. Streaming can be more costly over time, whereas a disc is a one-time purchase for unlimited viewing forever. I'll pay pretty much whatever they want to charge for the blu-ray - keep 'em coming! Shawn
  14. Well, as many folks remember, Oakland Crusaders won drums in Prelims in 1977 but the corps did not make Finals. BD won drums in Finals that year. Probably the right call on '82 Bridgemen. It would have to be in the tick system. Lowest placement in the "modern" (non-tick) era for a caption winner I think is 2010 Phantom Regiment (won the Sanford but finished 6th).
  15. There are no APDs (Audio Performance Downloads) any longer (haven't been since Tresona got into the mix). Live streams of select shows are all that there are currently until edited audio and heavily edited video products appear around the holidays.