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  1. I don't remember them ever announcing it - just the pivot to Ballet for Martha. Mike
  2. I remember Fiedler actually talking about this in an interview - he said they keep a spare of every uniform they've ever used, and that modern body movement did not look right at all on the "classic" SCV tunics, so they went with the 90's version as the next best thing. Mike
  3. I swear the original announcement wasn't 3hree, but they were going to do Nine, The Musical, which was big at the time. Maybe age is catching up... Mike Edit: Answered my own question. https://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/index.php?/topic/149720-santa-clara-vanguard-2012/&do=findComment&comment=3135439
  4. Guardians hitting top 6 would be awesome - that's the next milestone they're due for. Mike
  5. Except financially. Even when successful they were sacrificing the future to pay for the present. To be fair, they definitely haven't been the only ones. Mike
  6. Yeah, WC vs OC is an organizational designation, not an on-field one really. WC means you get appearance money, priority in scheduling and housing, and access to a lot more support. In return, you are guaranteeing you can handle appearing all over a national tour (30+ shows generally) during the 8-9 week season, that you have not only finances in place to cover that, but reserves at a certain level, that you're providing "world class" health and safety, meals, transportation and other member support, and that your committing to having a stake in the whole. I've been in the room - there just aren't any OC's currently that are built to handle that. WC gets a lot, but in return they give a lot. Crown spends more on health and safety staff alone than some OC's spend on food all summer. OC places a lot more of the burden on each individual org, but also lets them tailor their tour experience way more to their liking. Mike
  7. August is just so much tougher for Texas due to football. They're already in preseason and scrimmages then, and facilities would be much harder to come by. The reason DCI Southwest works as well as it does is because the Texas Bandmaster's Association is already in town for their annual conference, so it drives group ticket sales. Somewhat homer-ish, I do think Texas probably should host a Finals again simply due to the number of MMs and families from here, but I'd say probably DFW would be the best option because of the giant travel hub. Mike
  8. Fair, but I don't know if I would call it a stupid deal. There were not a lot of bidders for DCI's events, audiences weren't travelling (remember 12k in Orlando?) and Indy offered a very good, if not great, deal to DCI in return for the long-term contract. Financially, DCI the org is in a much better and stable place than they ever have been, and their tour deals have really helped that along. All of that said, I'd 100% open it up at the end of this contract - would love to see what some of the other big NFL stadiums might offer. Mike
  9. A thousand times this. I could care less who wins if we can't keep kids safe. Mike
  10. Texas State Fair proves this every year. Mike
  11. I seem to remember one as well, back when Fan Network was releasing in-season recordings. Like one show where it didn't work or some such. -Mike
  12. I have weird memories of that 2005 BD show. It shouldn't work, and for many people that summer, it didn't connect. But ... I really dug it. I think the narrator nailed the voice work, and the whole program has a weirdly compelling energy to it. It's not a terribly deep concept - dance derby in reverse - but sometimes you don't need a ton of subtext to it, you know? It's just... fun. <shrug> Mike
  13. Tapspace Music (which is Murray Gusseck's company) published a standstill version of that Anima Mundi drum break called "Ramrod," if you want to see the sheet music. Jim Casella and Murray Gusseck were absolute drum wizards back in the early 2000's. To this day they're the most *musical* marching percussion books I've ever seen. Nobody has ever matched their total attention to the drum package serving as either a mirror or additional voice to the brass. I can't say enough good things about how cool those Vanguard books were! Mike
  14. The soundtracks to Westworld are absolutely brilliant at how they weave modern music into a Western setting, and man, oh, man could you make a dark show with some over-the-top electronic visual and musical effects woven in. Totally down for that. Mike
  15. I don't even know if you need to fix parity on the front (corps) end. The back/judging end is where you could make lasting reform, and it starts with the silly expectations DCI and it's member groups have about adjudication. <deep breath> Caption bleed is ridiculous and just shrugged at, and nobody can give you practical examples of what GE is, other than "I know it when I see it." The sheets themselves are written so nebulously that it lends itself to any idea of interpretation, and the idea drilled in to everyone's heads that scores obediently improve a little one show to the next, in nice little slotted positions, over the course of a season is patently ludicrous. I can give you a dozen different activities that let judges rank and rate independently, and you rarely get similar results. Hell, remember when *DCI itself* briefly had double panels a few years ago for part of a season? Everyone got so mad that they didn't agree - "how could they see it so differently?" You want parity? Call. It. Like. You. See. It. (And can actually define it.) Off my soapbox. Mike
  16. Couldn't file their taxes, that's where they are. 😞 Mike
  17. The average child and adolescent psychiatrist is 65 years old. Not a typo. We're about to have a much bigger supply side problem on our hands in the next few years. Mike
  18. Mental Health Professional here. They've always been there; they've just gone unnoticed, uncared about and generally dismissed. That's one good thing that's changed in my time in the industry - we've made great improvements about reducing the stigma of mental health issues. Mike
  19. Got to watch the Tour Premiere tonight. Phantom sounds good so far but looks fantastic. Seriously - they absolutely nailed the visual and drill and uniforms. I’m very pleased with the show so far, and I’m certain that, regardless of placement, we’ll look back on this as - great step one of the rebuild. Mike
  20. Just got to see the tour premiere. Holy God Coats are trippy and awesome and that keytar song is already the defining song of this season and we are like one show in. They are head and shoulders over everything else I’ve seen this year so far. That is all. Mike
  21. What did Phantom present in 2021? Cadets? Cavaliers? Bluecoats? Boston? What did Phantom present in 2022? Cadets? Cavaliers? Bluecoats? Boston? We literally have a case study of what judges' sheets do to show design. Mike
  22. Is there a link to Boston's? I haven't seen those yet. So far, BK is winning the pageant. Mike
  23. It was... ok. Feels like it's just the framework of a show at the moment - there's a lot of vanilla look and sound. The closer really felt like it pulled it all together well. I'll have to watch this one again later down the line - it definitely has potential, but it doesn't really have oomph yet. Mike
  24. Back half of the show is awesome. First half of the show is definitely aggressive, but ugh, Stephen Melillo was a bad fit for corps 20 years ago. It's just so... generic. Personal distate of symphonic band stuff aside, the brass sounds way improved over the last time we saw them compete. Drums were an echo chamber but still sounded beefier than the recent past? All in all, it's a very solid production, it sounds like. Let's see what they can do on the move now. Mike
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