1993 will always have a special place for me as this was my first exposure to drum corps. Back then I was 16, jr. in High School. Back then, John DeNovi (current DCI Marketing Exec) was our marching instructor, and he brought in VHS tape of the PBS broadcast during band camp and played the Cadets 93 show. My jaw dropped. How can they march so fast? Being a tenor player, you can imagine how jarring witnessing tenor playing at it's highest level, 2 mallets per hand feature as an example. He then said that PBS was replaying the broadcast that following Sunday morning. So of course I got up early, got a blank VHS, press record and watched.
I posted a YT playlist of another user who uploaded the broadcast version of DCI Finals in 1993.
My first impression was the Intro, it was B-Roll of the Cadets sweating with a Curt Cowdy voice over talking about the "the fire that burns inside", basically, DCI's version of the "frozen tundra" line in NFL flims. Then followed by the intro to the Scouts, treating the broadcast like a sporting event, as a young impressionable sports fan, it got me.
Performing in Heavy Rain
The energy from the crowd
Screaming Soprano Solos in Strawberry Soup
Keep in mind, the biggest drumline I ever seen in competitions up to that point would be 5 snares, 3 tenors and 5 basses,
and here you have Scouts with 10 Snares, 5 Tenors, 6 Basses, 9 Cymbals, so yeah, that caught my attention.
The Drum Feature, especially the snare-tom feature
That cat in the goatee can play
You can march in 13/8?! lol
Quite a few drops from the guard, but understandable with the rain
Love the different Soloist and Brass Ensembles
Oh my, a lot of falls
Very cool drum feature
Forever (even though I'm a SCV supporter) I root for Phantom Regiment because of this show
Love the show
The pit is in the middle of the field!?!
Unique percussion arrangement
The whole Corps did what?!?! (crabwalk)
The ballad, one of my favorites of all time The Fire of Eternal Glory
Helmets on the field as a formation during the ballad
What a way to close out the show
The crowd ate up the show
Star of Indiana
Please note that I regard this show as one of the best of all time and once I listen to the source music in college, I quickly realized the brilliance of the show, and also realized the brilliance of the arrangements from Prime and Hannum. This show is a work of art, period!
(My confession - I had a bad impression of this show as a 16 year old caveboy. The thoughts below were my initial impressions)
As young, immature musician, this show was over my head
Why no costume for the guard? Just black leotards?
Why is the corps doing body movement?
"Finish it, take it home!!"
Wow the corps is hyped at the end of the show
I thought they were the Star of Indiana 😂
The Cadets (of Bergen County)
Ah, this is more like it
Man they are moving fast
Jesus Christ Quads!
Even I knew the snare line bleeped the bed at the end of the snare feature.
Well, below is the broadcast. Enjoy!