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    Blue Devils, Vanguard, Phantom, Crown
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    1987 Skyriders, 1987 VK, 2004 BD, 2004 SCV
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  1. The concourse at the Alamodome is tough during intermission when everything is wide open. The first year I went to the show there (5-7 years ago), the dome was renovating much of the concession area on the concourse and reduced the width by at least half with plywood walls the length of the building. Can't say I look forward to that again, but the lineup still points me there. Like others, I'm hoping that the lineups for each show are still incomplete as I find it odd that SCV is not doing the first week southern California leg of the tour. Hopefully this is not a negotiated absence due to cost concerns. But similarly, Troopers are not currently on the Ogden show lineup either, a show that is relatively close to their home base. I've tried to check back a few times today to see if there are updates, but it appears that the DCI site is crashed at the moment.
  2. "And even if we win, if we win, HAH! Even if we win! Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to ten days; even if God in Heaven above comes down and points his hand at our side of the field; even if every man woman and child held hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn't matter because all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they've got all the money! It just doesn't matter if we win or we lose. IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER!" - Tripper (Bill Murray) - Meatballs
  3. I came here looking for a discussion that I thought would be in-progress already. I know it's not World Class, but they are a key piece of the world class parent organization. I'm not suprised that the cost of goods/services continue to affect the activity, but I did not expect this sort of announcement from the SCV organization: https://www.scvanguard.org/vanguard-cadetscurrent-season/ "After much consideration and internal discussion amongst executive leadership, program leadership, and the Board of Directors, Vanguard Music and Performing Arts (VMAPA) is placing The Vanguard Cadets on hiatus. While the summer of 2022 was a historic and successful season for The Vanguard Cadets, it was also the most expensive year to run a drum corps in the history of the activity. Like many other organizations, VMAPA experienced dramatically increased operational costs due to skyrocketing gas prices, nationwide vehicle and equipment shortages, decreased accessibility of affordable housing, Covid-related PPE, and more. These factors, in combination with the current economic climate in the United States, have unfortunately created a financial burden too great for VMAPA to shoulder while running not one, but two incredibly high performing drum corps. “This is not a decision we arrived at lightly,” said Jeremy C Van Wert, Executive Director of VMAPA. “We could never have anticipated the astronomical costs associated with the 2022 season. Everything- from basic food staples, to the buses that transport our members, was twice or three-times as expensive this year. We did our jobs to provide a World Class experience to the members of The Vanguard Cadets this summer and we are incredibly proud of all that they accomplished. Now that we have had time to reflect and take a close look at our financial situation, it is clear that we must place The Vanguard Cadets on a hiatus to protect the future of VMAPA. The Vanguard Cadets have achieved incredible things and it has taken diligent work to produce this excellent performer experience. A scaled back and drastically reduced experience would not have been consistent with the work done to build The Vanguard Cadets brand.” As to the future of the program, Mr. Van Wert said, “It is our hope that economic conditions will improve, and that it will be possible for The Vanguard Cadets to return to the field in the near future. However, as we learned this year, we cannot predict what comes next in today’s world. Our plan is to continue to do everything we can to bring in more funding and to revisit the future of The Vanguard Cadets program at the end of the 2023 season..” To stay up to date on the status of The Vanguard Cadets, visit this page."
  4. I can totally see The Bluecoats doing this (even though there is a Goodwin relationship already with The Blue Devils:
  5. No concept, just a song I've been listening to again. I could totally see this wrapped in to a Bluecoats rep.
  6. I wouldn't want to see San Antonio go away. And the announced attendance at the Alamodome this year was 14K+ which is more than what was announced for Quarters and Semis in Indy. With respect to the list of Cities/regions, there are no domes in Northern CA. In fact the only dome for football in CA is in LA. I always find the concept and discussion of distance between potential venues fun to watch. Someone up thread spoke to the 4+ hours between Allentown and Pittsburgh (or Philly). I would drive 4 hours without a thought to go to a show. Maybe even just a rehearsal. Living in Northern Nevada, my closest shows that typically have the best draw for us are either Stanford (5-6 hours across the width of CA) or as we have found in the last 2 years, Ogden, UT (8 hours across the width of NV and half of UT).
  7. I will not defend them most days, but Flo is not likely running the audio mix this week. They deliver the finished feed from the broadcast truck. I think the distortion issues are more corps issues today than anything.
  8. Just seems like an unfortunate sound mix at the field level. It's as if their PA speakers have blown out or a cone is torn. Someone else said it was a bad mic, but it was more than just one passage.
  9. I know, don't talk about the no-hitter before the game is over... But the sound feed from Flo (on the multi camera) is fantastic. Perhaps they did a sound check with the Bloo crew during rehearsals today.
  10. In the stadium. First time seeing Madison. Horn line has nice dynamics. But that's only useful if the pit isn't set to 11 all the time.
  11. Rain held off until just a few minutes after BK finished their encore. Got the crowd a bit on the way to the parking lot. This was our 2nd year at Ogden after more than a decade of consistently going to Stanford (which is 3 hours closer to home). We came last year to see the non-competitive show and loved it. This venue (skipping bay area traffic) and the larger group of World Class in attendance made this an easy choice this year. 540 miles one way, but worth the trip. Next up for us is a return to San Antonio.
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