MikeN

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  1. Not to add fuel to the fire (that can't melt steel beams), but Genesis in their email update felt it necessary to remind us they'll be fielding normal drum corps numbers with normal drum corps instruments... Mike
  2. As someone who's done this before, I'd personally be wary of having to accommodate now three age groups. Two were ulcer-inducing enough. 😐 Some corps (like SCV) choose to separate the under and over-18's - would you have to separate the under and over 21's as well? And then what about staff over 21 and members over 21? Or those two groups having issues - there are all sorts of liability questions (as well as just "right and wrong" questions) that would need much forethought to resolve. Not saying it couldn't be done, for sure, especially with some of the DCI orgs run by highly qualified
  3. Still one of my favorite shows - by far one of my top Crossmen shows (along with '90, '97 and '01). Always glad to see it get love! '92 was such a great year for DCI - there were a ton of corps with incredibly fun programs. I've got the snare music at home, and I can assure you the battery book is Dense with a capital D - would need a lot of retooling (read: watering) to fit today's movement-heavy visual programs. Mike
  4. So sad! I’ll miss him greatly - he was such a great evangelist for all aspects of this activity, and an all around great guy. RIP Michael. Mike
  5. (not for you) For those who don't know, the reason for the tarp was Mile High's almost paranoid insistence on protecting their turf so close to football season. Quarters and Semis were held facing the back side of the field to even out the pit wear and tear, and they had that tarp put down so there would be no divots on the grass. Mike
  6. As a former admin/BoD member now, all I can say is 😮 😑 ☹️ 😡. I know that many many members had a similar experience back then, but that's ... wow. Good on you guys for powering through, but man you shouldn't have had to. Mike
  7. Um... that's not really how this works. See, me saying "I *think* Cavaliers should have won" means, to me, the judges got it wrong. Margin in that case doesn't matter. I've got no issue if you think BD was the best - clearly the judges did too, and it's a hell of a show. As I said before, I think the opener belongs on the Mount Rushmore of DCI openers. However, I still think it was the wrong call to have them in first. I think Cavaliers had a better overall program and executed at a top level as well. I'm not quite sure why this particular argument has become a thing? I'm happy
  8. 2004 was a transformational year in DCI for allowing voice and amplification for the first time. I had no problem with amps - voices took a while longer. Cavaliers decided to pair their mind-blowing visual programs with some catchy music. As a result, they won. 007 is a great show and well worth having on your "must watch" list. Welcome to Cuba is by far the highlight of the show, and very out-of-character for the corps during this time. Blue Devils' show felt very avant-garde in its approach. I don't know if I'd call it jazz - more "jazzy." Still awesomely performed, thoug
  9. <shrug> I liked Cavies more than BD (post-opener) - *and* I think Cavaliers should have won. Those don't have to be mutually exclusive. Mike
  10. I've heard similar, and that there are multiple options in the mix depending on circumstances at the time. Corps are definitely going to have to be nimble in operations this year leading up to the season, as circumstances become clearer. Mike
  11. Gotta be honest - as a drummer I don't even miss them. Mike
  12. 2003, to me, was a good DCI year, if not really a great one. Orlando for Finals was a terrible idea in retrospect, as attendance suffered. Also for us fans, the audio/video quality wasn't great - lighting in the Citrus Bowl is just baaaad. Blue Devils had 1/3 of a great show. The opener belongs in the DCI Hall of Fame as it's own member. It's virtuosic, precise and absolutely channels the spirit of Brubeck while creating something new. It's a shame the rest of the show couldn't match. Concerto de Aranjuez just fell flat, and West Side Story was done to death even at that point. Ho
  13. As someone in the process of starting a SoundSport group, I'm... not sure where we stand now. To be fair, I haven't had the conversation with them yet either. Had a conversation with those that know more about it than me. I'm reassured that a) they're still looking out for DCI/Summer SoundSport and b) the Varsity/SS fall circuit is going to be an interesting alternative to traditional marching competitions, especially for those literally thousands of HS's that don't attend BOA/USSBA/State/etc. Mike
  14. Answering my own question - he's in the DCI Hall of Fame. https://www.dci.org/static/larry_mcCormick
  15. It was started by Larry McCormick, of https://www.mccormicksnet.com/ - but I always got the impression it was much more about the musical mission with him. He was also a longtime sponsor (and staff, IIRC) for DCI. Mike