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  1. Happy Thanksgiving! This week we are headed to Milwaukee for Pioneer. This group has been around a long time and had a lot of A60 and DII success. Looks like their best WC/DI success was 16th. What are your top 1-5 all time Pioneer shows? (Optional) What are your 1-3 least favorites from them? You can go into as much or little detail as you like but please please try to keep things positive. For a quick recap in case you missed it and/or want to add your contributions: Week 1- Cavies- 2006 the Machine is the favorite and 2012 15 min of fame is the least favorite. Week 2- Jersey Surf- 2012 Bridgemania favorite Week 3- Blue Knights-1994 Trittico for bras band favorite. least 2001Blue Toons Week 4- Spirit of Atlanta- 1980 favorite Week 5- Carolina Crown- Favorite: 2015 Inferno; Least Favorite: 2017 ...It is Week 6- The Mandarins- 2017 inside the ink for favorite. Week 7- Boston Crusaders- 2000 RED is the favorite.
  2. The first Thanksgiving was in Plymouth, Massachusetts so let's do Boston this week. What are your top 1-5 all time Boston Crusaders shows? (Optional) What are your 1-3 least favorites from them? You can go into as much or little detail as you like but please please try to keep things positive. For a quick recap in case you missed it and/or want to add your contributions: Week 1- Cavies- 2006 the Machine is the favorite and 2012 15 min of fame is the least favorite. Week 2- Jersey Surf- 2012 Bridgemania favorite Week 3- Blue Knights-1994 Trittico for bras band favorite. least 2001Blue Toons Week 4- Spirit of Atlanta- 1980 favorite Week 5- Carolina Crown- Favorite: 2015 Inferno; Least Favorite: 2017 ...It is Week 6- The Mandarins- 2017 inside the ink for favorite.
  3. Let's hit the west coast this week and discuss a corps coming off their most successful year: the Mandarins. What are your top 1-5 all time Mandarin shows? (Optional) What are your 1-3 least favorites from them? You can go into as much or little detail as you like but please please try to keep things positive. For a quick recap in case you missed it and/or want to add your contributions: Week 1- Cavies- 2006 the Machine is the favorite and 2012 15 min of fame is the least favorite. Week 2- Jersey Surf- 2012 Bridgemania favorite Week 3- Blue Knights-1994 Trittico for bras band favorite. least 2001Blue Toons Week 4- Spirit of Atlanta- 1980 favorite Week 5- Carolina Crown- Favorite: 2015 Inferno; Least Favorite: 2017 ...It is
  4. I thought it would be cool to start a weekly thread about what performances we loved and didn't love about each corps. For week 2 we are headed to Denver to celebrate and discuss the Blue Knights What are your top 1-5 all time Blue Knights shows? (Optional) What are your 1-3 least favorites from them? You can go into as much or little detail as you like but please please try to keep things positive! I am a huge BK fan so my long answer will come later today- I am pumped for this thread. For a quick recap in case you missed it and/or want to add your contributions: Week 1- Cavies- 2006 the Machine is the favorite and 2012 15 min of fame is the least favorite...for now. Week 2- Jersey Surf- right now the favorite is 2012 Bridgemania... it's pretty unanimous.
  5. DCI is a little dry during the off season. I thought it would be cool to start a weekly thread about what performances we loved and didn't love about each corps. I am starting with the Cavaliers because I think they are easy to discuss without things getting out of hand or dying quickly. What are your top 1-5 all time Cavaliers shows? What are your 1-3 least favorites from them? You can go into as much or little detail as possible but please please try to keep things positive!
  6. I thought it would be cool to start a weekly thread about what performances we loved and didn't love about each corps. For week 2 we are headed to New Jersey to celebrate and discuss Jersey Surf. What are your top 1-5 all time Jersey Surf shows? (Optional) What are your 1-3 least favorites from them? You can go into as much or little detail as you like but please please try to keep things positive! I am hoping to see a lot of love for the non top 12 corps!
  7. Hello! I'm a trumpet player and I write and play my own music, mostly for trumpet ensemble. I'd like to share with you my new in-progress web site. I just started it last night. I give away most or all of my music for free; let me know if you are interested. There are recordings of me playing most of it in multi-track using GarageBand. Example: Sincerely, Robert Walliczek
  8. 2016 Programs and Spotify Playlist: (This master post will only be updated based on actual organizational announcements / confirmation. Personally, I do appreciate the rumor mill. But the master post will not reflect any un-official information. Thanks!) The Spotify playlist will be updated as the main post is updated. Link to CURRENTLY EMPTY Spotify playlist ---->> DCI Source Music '16 What is Spotify? A free music streaming software (there is a no-advertisement pay version as well). >Read more detail here.< :: >Download Here< *** Full credit goes to the awesome people at for the Corps logos. ========================================================= The Academy - Drum Corpse Bride Music Selections Corpse Bride (Main Title) - by Danny Elfman Romeo and Juliet - by Sergei Prokofiev Sorcerer's Apprentice - by Paul Dukas Suggestion Diabolique - by Sergei Prokofiev Unchained Melody - by Alex North and Hy Zaret (Righteous Brothers) Program Annoucement #1 Blue Devils - As Dreams Are Made On Music Selections Return of The Lion - by Garry Gregson-Williams Come Sail Away - by Dennis De Young (STYX) Where Are Ü Now - by Sonny Moore, Justin Bieber, Jared Evans, Thomas Pentz (Original not available on US Spotify. Substituted Pentatonix version) Symphonie No 5 "Di Tre Re" - by Arthur Honegger Cape Fear (Prelude) - by Bernard Hermann The Impossible (Main Title) - by Fernando Velázquez (only available on US Spotify in Concert Suite form) Prospero's Magic - by Dave Glyde (Original work. Not available on Spotify) Stormy Weather - by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (chose Billie Holiday recording) Ariel Attack - by Gordon Goodwin (Original work. Not available on Spotify) Mishima - by Philip Glass (Complete Soundtrack not available on US Spotify. Used just the Quartet recordings) Program Annoucement #1 Blue Knights - The Great Event Music Selections Gorgon: I. Stheno - by Christopher Rouse Medley: Flight Into Wasteland (Final Fantasy OST) - by Elliot Goldenthal Medley (continued): Adagio and Transfiguration (Final Fantasy OST) - by Elliot Goldenthal Medley (continued): Arrows of The Gods (Titus OST) - by Elliot Goldenthal Fratres - by Arvo Pärt The Great Event - by Leonard Cohen Moonlight Sonata - by Ludwig van Beethoven Air Waltz - by Oliver Davis Saturn - by Sleeping At Last Program Annoucement #1 Blue Stars - Le Rêve Music Selections Overture - by Benoit Jutras (Not available on US Spotify) Chapel - by Benoint Jutras (Not available on US Spotify) Tristan Und Isolde - by Richard Wagner The Dream Finale - by Richard Saucedo, Ian Grolm and John Mapes (Original. Not available on US Spotify) Program Annoucement #1 Bluecoats - Down Side Up Music Selections jose/beFORe JOHN5 - by Aurél Holló The Heat of the Day - by Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays Raga Raja - by Project Trio Udacrep Akubrad - by Avner Dorman The Great Gig in the Sky - by Pink Floyd Todo Tiende - by Ojos de Brujo Program Annoucement #1 Program Annoucement #2 Boston Crusaders - Quixotic Music Selections The Impossible Dream (The Quest) from Man of La Mancha - by Mitch Leigh Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote) from Man of La Mancha - by Mitch Leigh Dulcinea from Man of La Mancha - by Mitch Leigh Suite española, Op 47 Asturias (Leyenda) - by Isaac Albéniz Quixotic - by Ryan George, Ellis Hampton, Marty O'Donnell (Original. Not available on US Spotify) Program Annoucement #1 Program Annoucement #2 Program Annoucement #3 (title change. More music detail) The Cadets - The Awakening Music selections: Pines of Rome, mvmts I and IV - by Ottorino Respighi Wine-Dark Sea - by John Mackey Turning - by John Mackey program announcement #1 program announcement #2 program announcement #3 program announcement #4 (Changed title from Stoned to The Awakening) Carolina Crown - Relentless Music selections: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - by Ennio Morricone Ecstasy of Gold - by Ennio Morricone Medea's Dance of Vengance - by Samuel Barber Journey of The Lone Wolf - by Simon Dobson (not available on US Spotify) El Tango de Roxanne - by Sting, Craig Pearce, Baz Luhrmann, Mariano Mores Equilibrium - by Paul Lovatt-Cooper (not available on US Spotify) Il Triello (The Trio) - by Ennio Morricone program announcement #1 program announcement #2 program announcement #3 Cascades - O Featuring music by Imogen Heap, John Adams, Frank Ticheli, and Carl Orff Program Annoucement #1 The Cavaliers - Propaganda Music selections: Music for The Funeral of Queen Mary - by Henry Purcell Symphony for Band "West Point - by Morton Gould Elegy for Dunkirk - by Dario Marianelli Lollapalooza - by John Adams Program Annoucement #1 Colts - Nachtmusik Music selections: Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig van Beethoven Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Silent Night - by Franz Xaver Gruber New Moon in the OId Moon's Arms - by Michael Kamen (not available on US Spotify) Program Annoucement #1 Program Annoucement #2 Crossmen - Continuum Music selections: Original Music - by Andrew Markworth Program Annoucement #1 Jersey Surf - Ebb & Flow Music selections by La Mer - by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)* subject to final performance licensing approval La Mer - by Dr. Andrew Yozviak, based on work of Claude Debussy La Mer - by Charles Trenet & Georges Augustine Asteraw (from Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana) - by Nick Littleman Program Annoucement #1 Program Annoucement #2 Madison Scouts - Judas Music selections: The music of Jesus Christ Superstar - by Andrew Lloyd Weberprogram announcement #1 Mandarins - Forbidden Forest Music selections: Into the Forest - by Key Poulan, Mark Hunter, and Sean Womack (Original, not on Spotify) The Calling (Inspired by Devilish Love from Hemingway’s Garden of Eden) - by Key Poulan, Mark Hunter, and Sean Womack (Original, not on Spotify) Our Demons Within - by Key Poulan, Mark Hunter, and Sean Womack (Original, not on Spotify) Triumph of our Inner Self - by Key Poulan, Mark Hunter, and Sean Womack (Original, not on Spotify) program announcement #1 Oregon Crusaders - Hunted Music selections: Hunter - by Bjork No One To Know One - by Andy Akiho Who Wants to Live Forever - by Queen Knights of Cydonia - by Muse Death Hunt - by Bernard Herrmann program announcement #1 Pacific Crest - Union Pacific Music selections: Foundry - by John Meehan, Pete Lucero, Brian Dinkel (Original, not available on US Spotify) Aha! - by Imogen Heap Fix You - by Coldplay Engine - by Pete Lucero, Brian Dinkel (Original, not available on US Spotify) Point Blank - by Paul Dooley Last Train Home - by Pat Metheny program announcement #1 Phantom Regiment - Voice of Promise Music selections: Preludes for Piano, Op. 34, No.14 - by Dmitri Shostakovich The Chairman Dances - by John Adams Ave Verum Corpus - by Colin Mawby The Darkest Moment - by Rob Ferguson and Bret Khun (original, not available on Spotify) Toccata, Op. 11 - by Sergei Prokifiev Hymne Des Fraternises: I'm Dreaming of Home - by Philppe Rombi Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra - by Benjamin Britten program announcement #1 program announcement #2 Pioneer - St Joan of Arc Music selections: Voices Of The Sky - by Samuel Hazo (not available on US Spotify) Lauds - by Ron Nelson Adagio For Strings - by Samuel Barber The Firebird Suite - by Igor Stravinsky program announcement #1 Santa Clara Vanguard - Force of Nature Music selections: Spring 1 (from Recomposed) - by Max Richter Without Warning! - by Stephen Melillo Earth Song - by Frank Tichelli Winter 1 (from Recomposed) - by Max Richter After The Storm - by Stephen Melillo program announcement #1 Spirit of Atlanta - Georgia Music selections: Rusty Air in Carolina - by Mason Bates Brooklyn Babylon: The Neighborhood - by Darcy James Agrue Georgia - by Cee Lo Green Can't Help Falling in Love - by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss (as sung by Elvis Presley) Sweet Georgia Brown - by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard Georgia On My Mind - by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell\ program announcement #1 (periscope) program announcement #2 program announcement #3 The Troopers - Hero Music selections: Original Music- by Robert Smith and Paul Rennick (not available on US Spotify) Walking With Heroes - by Paul Lovatt -Cooper Symphony No. 1, 1991 - by John Corigliano Fix You - by Coldplay program announcement #1 program announcement #2 More will be added as the off-season progresses. Please comment or message me with official program announcements
  9. Over the 15 years of my DCI fandom, there has been a strong move toward explicit theme and direct storytelling. In 2014, Crown did a show about outer space. It's pretty much the consensus view that it wasn't the greatest design, but hear me out. In the beginning of the season, there was the Major Tom introduction, an overly-long but timbrally-intriguing percussion feature, the echo effects etc. One of the (many) great things about Space Oddity by Bowie (RIP) is that it trails off at the end. The listener is left to wonder what happened to the astronaut. Did some small valve on his spaceship fail and cause him to asphyxiate? Did he go into a wormhole? Did mysterious radiation transform him into an interdemensional squid-creature? But in Crown's final narrative with added narration, Major Tom goes into space, some things happen, then he comes home. There's not a lot of space for the audience to contribute to the narrative with their own creativity. One of the reasons that I (and many others) prefer the movie 2001 (an inspiration for the Bowie song) to Arthur C. Clarke's novelization is that it shows, rather than tells. Everything is spelled out in the book, whereas the viewer has to interpret the images, etc. in the film. Drum corps, I argue, is the same way. Would Cadets 2005 been better with giant waterfall props in Liquid? Subtly and discretion can be good things, but I feel like judging is pushing everything to be SO literal and forcing everyone to tell a LITERAL story with a beginning, middle, and end. Drum corps is a ~13 minute audio-visual medium. Hard to tell a simple story in a coherent and compelling way in that time, let alone something deeper, even with narration etc. Even Crown 2013, which some see as the greatest show designer ever, basically comes down to "love is nice." TL;DR: Stop trying so hard to be "deep" and tell some profound story in your show, use music and visuals to create a mood and err on the side of subtly
  10. I marched with Troopers in the 80s and find I still enjoy following drum corps, not only nostalgia but also keeping up with present developments and competition. I make it out to 1-2 shows a year. I look forward to the discussion and reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.
  11. From Facebook: "2014 SNEAK PEAK: We will be playing "The Hymn of Acxiom" by the wonderful new artist Vienna Teng." "Also, according to his twitter, composer Eric Whitacre is currently transcribing this powerful piece for chorus." This is awesome. Vienna's music is amazing, and THoA is especially beautiful. Listen to it here (she's not a new artist, though; she has 5 CDs going back to 2003).
  12. In the past few days, the Hurricanes have announced their 2016 Program & Design Team! See the information below, and click here for a clip from the local news station plugging our Open House, coming up on November 28 and 29! 2016 Connecticut Hurricanes Program Announcement The concept of Freedom is multifaceted. It is a concept that represents the opportunity to embrace a system of beliefs, to choose methods of expression, and the ability to pursue one’s dreams. It is the concept of Freedom that stands as a cornerstone of democracies around the world. The 2016 Hurricanes are celebrating this idea of Freedom and the opportunities it allows those who have it. Using the liberating and inspiring strains of “Amazing Grace” woven through the program, combined with other musical selections, the Hurricanes will explore varying aspects of Freedom. The repertoire will consist of: •. Amazing Grace •. Freedom by Michael W. Smith •. Now We Are Free (Nelle tue mani) by Andrea Bocelli, from Gladiator (Hanz Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard) •. Freedom Triology by Paul Halley & Theresa Thomason The Hurricanes hope you will celebrate with us the possibilities, realities, and blessings that Freedom can afford. Freedom is a liberating experience that we should never take for granted. 2016 Connecticut Hurricanes Design Team Announcement The Hurricanes are excited to announce their 2016 Design Team! Returning from the 2015 Design Team is Visual Designer Rick Morey and Brass Arranger Matt Krempasky. New to the Hurricanes Design Team in 2016 will be JJ Pipitone as the Percussion Arranger Lennie Machado as the Color Guard Designer. Bob Kogut and Bill Solari are also contributing to the creative process in addition to their roles on the instructional staff. The team is working diligently to put together our 2016 program, Freedom, which will explore the ability to express yourself freely, choose freely, and pursue one’s dreams. The show promises to be a step forward for the Hurricanes and one that will resonate with drum corps fans. Our 2016 Open House is coming up on November 28 from 9AM-3PM and November 29 from 9AM-4PM at Amity Regional High School (25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525). You can read more about the designers below! JJ Pipitone – Percussion Arranger JJ Pipitone received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University and his Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He is currently an adjunct percussion professor at Texas A&M University - Commerce. Before this, he served in the public schools for 16 years as an assistant band director in the Lewisville and Grapevine Independent School Districts in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. In addition to all of the percussion responsibilities from 6th-12th grade, his duties have included Concert Band, Music Theory, Music History, Jazz band, and Musical Theater. JJ has extensive drum corps experience, having marched for 9 years in drum corps all over the country including numerous drum corps in the up-state New York area, the Dutch Boy, the Phantom Regiment, and the Concord Blue Devils. He won the DCI Multi tenor competition in 1989, The PAS Multi Tenor competition in 1990 and placed 2nd at the PAS marimba competition in 1992. As an instructor, JJ taught the World Champion Phantom Regiment in 1995 and 1996. In 1997, JJ was the Caption Head and the Battery Arranger. He went on to teach the Glassmen in 1998 and 1999 and the Crossmen in 2000 & 2001. He also served as Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the Rochester Crusaders and the Empire Statesmen. JJ’s extensive judging experience has taken him around the globe since 2003. He is honored to be affiliated with Bands of America, Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International. Lennie Machado – Color Guard Designer Lennie Machado is originally from the Boston area and has been involved in the Color Guard activity for over 20 years. He currently runs L-Mac Designs, a custom design company dedicated to the pageantry arts based out of Everett, MA. In 2014, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Drum Corps and Music Educators Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to the activity. Lennie has served as Caption Head and Designer for the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps, Sacred Heart Winter Guard, St. Brendan’s Winter Guard and countless other groups through New England and the US. Lennie will bring his demonstrated and award winning skills to the Hurricanes Design Team this year to help bring the color guard and drum corps as a whole to the next level. Rick Morey – Visual Designer Rick, who lives in Utica, NY with his wife Barbara, has worked in the pageantry activity for several decades as a designer with various winter guards, marching bands and drum and bugle corps and as an adjudicator. Rick established the New Hartford Winter Guard and served as a designer and instructor for them for almost 30 years. He continues to be very active as a visual designer for championship marching bands in New York, New Jersey and New Mexico, as well as for the Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights. He also had the privilege to design the 2014 Super Bowl Pre-Game featuring the combined Syracuse University and Rutgers University bands. He has had a longtime involvement in both DCI and DCA as a designer, program coordinator and consultant. His DCI affiliations have included Pioneer, Magic of Orlando and the Colts. In DCA, Rick has designed for the Steel City Ambassadors, 5-time DCA Champion Syracuse Brigadiers, Empire Statesmen and Windsor Regiment. Rick is also honored to have been inducted into the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit Hall of Fame, the New York State Field Band Conference Hall of Fame and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, where he serves as Chair of the Visual Screening Committee. As an adjudicator, Rick has judged for DCI, DCA, WGI, US Bands and BOA, as well as numerous marching band contests across the country. A past President of the New York Federation of Contest Judges, Rick has also served as a clinician in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. A retired high school counselor who was named New York State Counselor of the Year in 1996, Rick now works in the pageantry activity on a full time basis. Matt Krempasky – Brass Arranger Matthew F. Krempasky’s writing career began with the Reading Buccaneers in 1983, and has since expanded to drum and bugle corps, college and university bands, and high school ensembles from around the world. He wrote for the Bucs from 1983-1987, the Caballeros from 1988-1991, the Spirit of Atlanta from 1997-1999, and, most notably, for the Crossmen drum and bugle corps from 1986-1994, helping to return the Crossmen to DCI finalist status as well as helping them to their highest place finish in the history of the corps (6th place, 1992). He is has been elected to three different Drum & Bugle Corps Halls of Fame - the Reading Buccaneers (2006), the Pennsylvania Drum and Bugle Corps (2011), and the Crossmen (2012). Mr. Krempasky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA and is currently the band director at Somerville (NJ) High School. He is a frequent performer and recording artist in the tri-state area on both trumpet and trombone. He has also studied computing and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. In 1998, he was selected as the New Jersey Master Music Teacher by the New Jersey Music Educators Association. Since 1990, he has been a proud member of Mensa, the international IQ society.
  13. 2015 OPEN CLASS Atlanta CV "EYEconic" Symphony No. 1 (Alfred Reed), In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel), Nessun Dorma (from Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini) The Heat of the Day (Pat Metheny Group) Link Bushwackers "Industrial ®evolution" Industrial ®evolution (Robert W. Smith), The Factory (Robert W Smith), Wild Ride (Robert W. Smith), Tempered Steel (Charles Young), Nimrod (from Enigma Variations, by Edward Elgar) Link Cadets² "The Red Square" Russian Christmas Music (Alfred Reed), Lullaby (from The Gayne Ballet Suite, by Aram Khachaturian), Dance of the Tumblers (Nikolai Rimsky Korsokov), Russian Sailor’s Dance (Reinhold Glière) Link Carolina Gold "Let It Snow" Palladio (Karl Jenkins), Let It Go (from Frozen, by Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez), L’Inverno (Antonio Vivaldi), The Frozen Cathedral (John Mackey) Link Connecticut Hurricanes "After Hours" Since I Don’t Have You (Brian Seltzer), Nutville (Buddy Rich), Harlem Nocturne (Earle Hagen), Jump Jive and Wail (Louis Prima) Link Fusion Core "All Aboard" Empire State of Mind (Jay-Z), Jungstaposed (Craig Fitzpatrick), Hot Honey Rag (from Chicago, by John Kander), Sing Sing Sing (Louis Prima), And Hope Led Them Home (Patrick Roszell, Justin Williams) Link Hawthorne Caballeros "Unchained" Original compositions by Key Poulan Link Kidsgrove Scouts "The Stone Circle: The Myths and Magic of Stonehenge" Featuring Music from Medea’s Dance of Vengeance (Samuel Barber) Link Long Island Sunrisers "Come Fly With Me" Come Fly With Me (Frank Sinatra), El Camino Real (Alfred Reed), Cavalleria Rusticana (Pietro Mascagni), Jai Ho (from Slumdog Millionaire, by A.R. Rahman), La Marseillaise (Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle) Link Minnesota Brass "Mad Circus" Featuring the music of Emerson Lake and Palmer, Danny Elfman, Rufus Wainwright, Beats Antique, Queen Link Reading Buccaneers "Twist-It" Pagliacci (Ruggero Leoncavallo), Palladio (Karl Jenkins), Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven), Going The Distance (from Rocky, by Bill Conti), William Tell Overture (Gioachino Rossini) Link Skyliners "Whatever Lola Wants" Meglio Stasera (from The Pink Panther, by Henry Mancini), Whatever Lola Wants (from #### Yankees, by Richard Adler, Jerry Ross), Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers), Tonight Quintet (from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein) Link White Sabers "Incantation and Ritual" Incantation and Dance (John Barnes Chance), The Rite of Spring (Igor Stravinsky), Incantation (from Quidam/Cirque Du Soleil, by Benoit Jutras), Uninvited (Alanis Morissette), O Magnum Mysterium (Morten Lauridsen), Danse Bachhanale (from Samson et Dalila, by Camille Saint-Saëns) Link 2015 CLASS A Alliance "Sub-Zero: Overcome the Elements" Ice Dance (Danny Elfman), Avalanche (James Newton Howard), Coronation (from Boris Goduvov by Modest Mussorgsky), Music of Progue (Karl Husa), Frozen Cathedral (John Mackey) Link Chops "OUTATIME" Times Like These (Foo Fighters), Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry), Music from Back To The Future (Alan Silvestri) Link Cincinnati Tradition "Both Sides" Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (Fall Out Boy), Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell), The Pretender (Foo Fighters) Erie Thunderbirds "The Show Must Go On" Music by Queen: Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Another One Bites the Dust, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody Link Excelsior "Destination 'U'" Stay With Me (Sam Smith), Maps (Maroon 5), Payphone (Maroon 5), I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Michael Jackson), Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder) Link Govenaires "Outlaw" Battle Without Honor or Humanity (Tomoyasu Hotei), The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein), The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone), Enemy Guns (DeVotchKa), Kashmir (Led Zeppelin) Link Kilties "A Tour of Time: Old Friends. New Adventures." My Favorite Things (Richard Rogers), First Suite in E Flat (Gustav Holst), English Dances (Malcolm Arnold), Skye Boat Song (Harold Bouldon), Loch Lomand (Norman Luboff) Link
  14. 2015 Programs and Spotify Playlist: (This master post will only be updated based on actual organizational announcements / confirmation. Personally, I do appreciate the rumor mill. But the master post will not reflect any un-official information. Thanks!) The Spotify playlist will be updated as the main post is updated. Link to Spotify playlist ---->> DCI Source Music '15 What is Spotify? A free music streaming software (there is a no-advertisement pay version as well). >Read more detail here.< :: >Download Here< ========================================================= The Academy - A Step In Time Music selections: Step In Time and other selections from the Mary Poppins soundtrackprogram announcement #1 Blue Devils - ink Music selections: Dark Forest - by David Glyde (original. Not available in US Spotify) Sweeney Todd - by Stephen Sondheim Mad Hatter's Tea Party - by Gordon Goodwin (original, Not available in US Spotify) I Like You - by GOT7 (Not available in US Spotify) Children Will Listen - by Stephen Sondheim Last Midnight - by Stephen Sondheim program announcement #1 program announcement #2 Blue Knights - Because Music selections: Because - by The Beatles (No Beatles on Spotify. Substituting with Across the Universe version) Rush (original) - by Bocook, Shah, Jackson Apres Moi - by Regina Spektor I'm Alive - by Adam Watts Fly to Paradise - by Eric Whitacre program announcement #1 program announcement #2 Blue Stars - SIDE SHOW Music selections: Entrance of the Gladiators- by Julius Fucik The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze - by Gaston Lyle, Alfred Lee I Will Never Leavge You (from Side Show broadway original) - by Henry Krieger, Bill Russell Send in the Clowns - by Stephen Sondheim Carnivale (Main Theme?) - by Jeff Beal Original music - by Richard Saucedo, Ian Grom, John Mapes program announcement #1 program announcement #2 Bluecoats - Kinetic Noise Music selections: Shaker Loops - by John Adams (as arranged/performed by Jon Anderson) Electric Counterpoint - by Steve Reich Woods - by Bon Iver Gene Takes a Drink - by Michael Gordon The Animated Description of Mr. Maps - by The Books Dense - by Univers Zero program announcement #1 program announcement #2 program announcement #3 program announcement #4 Boston Crusaders - CONQUEST Music selections: Game of Thrones Main Title - by Ramin Djawadi Conquest - by Alfred Newman Palladio - by Karl Jenkins Take What is Ours (from Assassin's Creed 4) - by Brian Tyler Five Variants From Dives & Lazarus- Ralph Vaughan Williams The Battle (from Gladiator) - Hans Zimmer Original Music - by Ryan George and Ellis Hampton (not available on US Spotify) program announcement #1 The Cadets - The Power of Ten Music selections: Symphonic Movement - Vaclav Nelhybel Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (mvmnt ii and iv) - by Dmitri Shostakovich Mulholland Drive/Love Theme - by Angelo Badalamenti program announcement #1 program announcement #2 program announcement #3 - mentioned Symphonic Movement in 3/4 webinar. program announcement #4 - mentioned removing Lady Macbeth of Mtensk and adding Mulholland Drive in 4/7 webinar. Carolina Crown - Inferno Music selections: Gates of Hell - original by Thom Hannum and Tony Nunez (Not available on US Spotify) Dies Irae - by Giuseppe Verdi Symphony for Organ and Orchestra - by Aaron Copeland Adagio in G Minor - by Remo Giazotto Symphony No. 9 - by Ludiwig van Beethoven program announcement #1 program announcement #2 Cascades - Intergalactic Music selections: tba program announcement #1 The Cavaliers - Game On Music selections: Fetes from Nocturnes - by Claude Debussy Macrotus - by James Newton Howard On The Shoulders of Giants - by Peter Graham Run Boy Run - by Woodkid Symphony No. 8: Finale - by Anton Bruckner program announcement #1 program announcement #2 program announcement #3 (Bruckner and Woodkid) Colts - ...And A Shot Rings Out: A Johnny Staccato Murder Mystery Music selections: Man With The Golden Arm - by Elmer Bernstien Lex (from Metropolis Symphony) - by Michael Daugherty Science Fiction - by Christian McBride Moanin' - by Charles Mingus original musc - by Chuck Naffier and David Nelson (not available on US Spotify) Lay Me Down - by Sam Smith program announcement #1 Crossmen - Above and Beyond Music selections: Fly To Paradise - by Eric Whitacre Jubal Step (from All Rise) - by Wynton Marsalis One Day I'll Fly Away - by Joe Sample, Will Jennings Butterfly - by Rajaton (not available on US Spotify) program announcement #1 Jersey Surf - Sun Surfing Music selections: Here Comes The Sun - by The Beatles (In lieu of The Beatles not being on Spotify, I opted for Yuna's version, used in their first announcement video.) Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - by Elton John Wipeout - by The Surfaris Good Vibrations - by The Beach Boys program announcement #1 program announcement #2 Madison Scouts - 78th & Madison Music selections: NYC from Annie - by Strouse, Charles Gotta Dance from Singin' in the Rain - by Brown, Nacio Herb (not available on US Spotify) Good Morning from Singin' in the Rain - by Brown, Nacio Herb I Got Rhythm from An American in Paris - by Gershwin, George Moses Supposes from Singin' in the Rain - by Eden, Roger The Boy Next Door from Meet Me in St Louis - by Martin, Hugh; Blaine, Ralph Traffic Jammin' from New York Cityscape for Wind Ensemble - by Tyzik, Jeff Get Happy from Summer Stock - by Arlen, Harold; Koehler, Ted Happy Days are Here Again - by Ager, Milton; Yellen, Jack program announcement #1 Mandarins - Resurrection Original Music program announcement #1 Oregon Crusaders - Midnight Garden Music selections: Cinderella Suite (No. 1, I. Introduction: No 1, III. Quarrel: No 1, VII. Cinderella's Waltz) - by Sergei Prokofiev Who Is She (from Cinderella) - by Patrick Doyle Pumpkin Pursuit (from Cinderella) - by Patrick Doyle program announcement #1 program announcement #2 - removed Cantus: Song of the Night - by Thomas Doss and Harmonium: Wild Nights - by John Adams Pacific Crest - The Catalyst Music selections: Scythian Suite - by Sergei Prokofiev Final Fantasy (VIII?) - by Uematsu Enjoy The Silence - by Depeche Mode (based on Eric Whitacre choral arrangement) Angels in the Architecture - by Frank Tichelli program announcement #1 program announcement #2 Phantom Regiment - City of Light Music selections: I Love Paris - by Cole Porter Horoscope - by Constant Lambert Claire De Lune - by Claude Debussy An American in Paris - by George Gershwin Symphony Number 3 (Organ Symphony) - by Camille Saint-Saens program announcement #1 Pioneer - Exodus - Divide the Sea, Unite the People program announcement #1 program announcement #2 Santa Clara Vanguard - The Spark of Invention Music selections: Virus Attack - Amin Bhatia (not available on US Spotify) Original work based on Invention No.13 in A Minor - JS Bach, Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, JD Shaw Pure Imagination - by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - by John Corigliano program announcement #1 Spirit of Atlanta - Out Of The Ashes Music selections: Taras' Theme (from Gone With The Wind) - by Max Steiner Southern Harmony - by Donald Grantham Full Pull, Cage Match (From The Redneck Songbook II) - by Scott Mcallister (not available on US Spotify) Harmonium: Wild Nights - by John Adams Original Music - by William Pitts, Ben Pyles and Greg Tsalikis (not available on US Spotify) program announcement #1 program announcement #2 The Troopers - Wild Horses Music selections: Dreamer original soundtrack - by John Debney Open Spaces (original) - by Robert W Smith (not available on US Spotify) Wild Horses - by Natasha Bedingfield Adrenaline City - by Adam Gorb program announcement #1 program announcement #2 More will be added as the off-season progresses. Please comment or message me with official program announcements.
  15. I wonder how many people in attendance at finals aren't knowledgeable about a corps show seeing the corps production the first time during the season....I mean that they haven't watched any videos or heard any part of the corps all summer long, not even knowing the title of it at all. I would image most of those who attend finals have at least seen a video or music.....what do you think? percentage wise anyway.
  16. The purpose of this post is for us to discuss all the interesting and fun program points of last year's shows, 2014. I want to start a discussion where we can share what we thought was cool, congradulating the creative design and the performers. Comments should be focused on how a show's element (music, drill, guard movement, costumes, props, sound effects, music choice) helps tell the story of that corps' show. Please start your post or comment with what corps / show you'd like to discuss. And please keep it positive. I'll start the conversation with this: CAROLINA CROWN - OUT OF THIS WORLD I loved how the the "countdown" in the opener lined up with the rifle tosses. Perfectly matched with David Bowie's "Space Oddesy" get us ready to blast into outer space. And good use of amplified voices, singing the words, "Ground control to Major Tom" with mission control talk all around. And then, way later in the show, they break out into Peter Schilling's "Major Tom" as a fanfare after the drum break following the all trumpet / mello feature. Brilliant!
  17. I've tried to list every corps who has indicated intention of appearing in Open Class this season. Naturally this is a work in progress, and I welcome your input to help fill gaps and correct errors. Blue Devils B -- Noir [nuvo] Music Selections: --"Young and Beautiful" (Lana del Ray & Rick Nowels) --Brute Force (Miklos Rozsa) --Theme from The Usual Suspects (John Ottman) --"Children's Hour of Dreams" (Charles Mingus) --"Asphalt Cocktail" (John Mackey) --"Film Noir" / "Pursuit" from Cirque du Soleil's Iris (Danny Elfman) Show Announcement Blue Devils C -- Surfin' BDC Music Selections: --"Fun Fun Fun" (Brian Wilson and Mike Love) --"School's Out" (Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith) --"Surfin' USA" (Brian Wilson and Chuck Berry) --"Wipeout" (Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller, and Ron Wilson) Blue Saints -- Summon the Gods Music Selections: --"Flight of the Pegasus" (David Shaffer) --"Fate of the Gods" (Steven Reineke) City Sound -- Big Easy Blues Music Selections: --"Do Watcha Wanna" (as popularized by Rebirth Brass Band) --"St. James Infirmary" (traditional) --"Beale Street Blues" (W.C. Handy) --"Brooklyn" (as popularized by Youngblood Brass Band) Coastal Surge -- A Southern Saga: Scenes from Charles Towne Harbor Music Selections: --"Spangled Heavens" (Donald Grantham) --"Gone" (Scott McAllister) --"Final Battle" from We Were Soldiers (Nick Glennie-Smith) --Symphony No. 1 (Chris Theofanidis) Show Announcement Colt Cadets -- Crazed! Music Selections: --"Goin Out of My Head" (Teddy Randazo & Bobby Weinstein) --"Overture" from Dancer in the Dark (Bjork) --Equus (Eric Whitacre) --"Crazy" (Brian Burton, Thomas Callaway, Gian Franco Reverberi & Gian Piero Reverberi) --"Love Crazed" (Terry White & Brian Zeglis) Show Announcement Columbians -- Stardust Music Selections: --The Planets (Gustav Holst) --"Vincent" (Don McLean) --"Coronation" from Stardust (Ilan Eshkeri) Eruption -- Burdens of Brilliance: Inside the Mind of Mozart Music Selections: --Symphony 25 in G minor (K-183)- Allegro con brio --Concerto for Two Pianos in Eb major (K365) – Rondeau --Serenade No.#10 Bb major (K-361) -3rd movement --Requiem (K-626)- Confutatis --Don Giovanni (K-527) -a cenar teco, da qual tremore insolito Show Announcement Genesis -- The Art of Darkness Music Selections: --"Strength of 1,000 Men" (Thomas Bergersen [Two Steps from Hell]) --"United We Stand, Divided We Fall" (Thomas Bergersen [Two Steps from Hell]) --"Mad World" (Roland Orzabal) --"Lux Aeterna" from Requiem for a Dream (Clnit Mansell) Show Announcement (The program had previously been announced as "Pure Imagination" to feature music from Mary Poppins [R. Sherman & R. Sherman], The Sound of Music [R. Rodgers & O. Hammerstein] and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [L. Bricusse & A. Newley].) Gold -- The Journey Music Selections: --Original Music by Scott Director and Seth Woodard Mvt. I: Every Journey Begins ... With a Single Step Mvt. II: New Places, New People, New Things Mvt. III: One Journey Ends and Another Begins Show Announcement Golden Empire -- A Journey Begins Music Selections: --Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" (Antonin Dvorak) Guardians -- Terra Nova Show Announcement Music of Steven Bryant, Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, Loys Bourgeois, Daniel Montoya, Jr. and Sarah Santa Cruz. Music Selections: --"Ecstatic Waters" (Steven Bryant) --Symphony No. 3, second movement (Aaron Copland) --"Daybreak" from Daphnis and Chloe (Maurice Ravel) --"Old Hundredth" (Loys Bourgeois) --Original music (Daniel Montoya, Jr. and Sarah Santa Cruz) (Show title originally announced as "The Logic of All My Dreams".) Impulse -- Dusk to Dawn Music Selections: --Symphony No. 5 (Ludwig van Beethoven) --Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven) --"Ode to Joy" from Symphony No. 9 (Ludwig van Beethoven) Incognito -- <3 – less than love Music Selections: --Romeo and Juliet (Sergei Prokofiev) --Romeo and Juliet (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky) --Carmen (Georges Bizet) --Original music (Rick Barclay and Tony T. Nguyen) in four movements: Romance, Struggle, Trust, Betrayal including excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and Carmen Show Announcement Legends -- La Cathedrale Music Selections: --The Sunken Cathedral (Claude Debussy) --Stained Glass (David Gillingham) --Lux Arumque (Eric Whitacre) --Gloria, mvt. III (John Rutter) Show Announcement Louisiana Stars -- The Lighter Side Music Selections: --Light Cavalry Overture (Franz von Suppe) --The Barber of Seville (Gioachino Rossini) --The Marriage of Figaro (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) --"Toreador Song" from Carmen (Georges Bizet) --"La Habanera" from Carmen (Georges Bizet) --William Tell Overture (Gioachino Rossini) --"Infernal Galop" from Orpheus in the Underworld (Jacques Offenbach) Music City -- Go West! Music Selections: --"On the Trail" from The Grand Canyon Suite (Ferde Grofe) --Billy the Kid (Aaron Copland) --"Sunset" from The Grand Canyon Suite (Ferde Grofe) --The Red Pony (Aaron Copland) Show Announcement Patria -- Todos es Posible Music Selections: --"Treasure" (Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and Phredley Brown) --"Paradise City" (Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler) --"It's My Life" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Max Martin) --"Gangster's Paradise" (Stevie Wonder, Coolio, Doug Rasheed and Larry Sanders) --"Boogie Wonderland" (Allee Willis and John Lind) Racine Scouts -- 87 Music Selections: --"Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) --"Four Score and Seven" (Vic Schoen and Les Brown) --"Once Upon a Time" from All American (Charles Strouse) --"7/8" (Colin "Kyteman" Benders) --"Crown Imperial" (Wlliam Walton) --"Onward Christian Soldiers" (Sabine Baring-Gould and Arthur Sullivan) Show Announcement Music Announcement Raiders -- Seasons of the Earth Music Selections: --"October" (Eric Whitacre) --"Month of the Cold Moon (January, 1839)" (Roland Barrett) --"Into the Joy of Spring" (James Swearingen) --"Kingfishers Catch Fire" (John Mackey) Show Announcement 7th Regiment -- Nev7sky: Alexander's Legacy Music Selections: --Alexander Nevsky by Sergei Prokofiev Show Announcement Spartans -- Olympus Show Announcement Music Selections: --"Olympic Fanfare" (Jeff Bolduc, Mike Moore, and Matt McGuire) --I. Hades: Symphony for Brass and Percussion (Alfred Reed) --II. Aphrodite: "You Are So Beautiful" (Billy Preston) --III. Artemis and Apolllo: Apollo Unleashed (Frank Tichelli) --IV. Hera and Zeus: Rest (Frank Tichelli) Les Stentors -- Magical Illusion Music Selections: --Now You See Me, Now You Don't (Brian Tyler) Vanguard Cadets -- The Road Not Taken --"Kaval Sviri" (traditional) --Meetings Along the Edge (Philip Glass) --"Test Drive" from How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell) --"Forbidden Friendship" from How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell) --"I'll Stand by You" (Chrissie Hynde) --"Secrets" (One Republic and Ludwig van Beethoven) Show Announcement Watchmen -- Lost Souls Music Selections: --"Under the Bridge" (Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, and Chad Smith) --"They Don't Care About Us" (Michael Jackson) --"Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen) --Music of Korn? --Music of Skillrex? Edited 3/11 to add Spartans show title; 3/16 to add Racine repertoire; 4/19 to update Genesis repertoire; 5/2 to add Raiders repertoire; 5/9 to add Surge show title; 5/10 to add Louisiana; 5/21 to add logos for Eruption, Empire, Guardians, Incognito, Louisiana, and Watchmen; 5/22 to add Gold show title and repertoire; 5/28 to add BDB show title and repertoire, to add Legends show title and repertoire, to add Colts show title and repertoire; 6/10 to remove Newark (who show no signs of participating in DCI this year) and Thunder (the latter had announced a show titled "Our Generation", inspired by Jonathan Reed's poem "Lost Generation", but while there's been no official announcement, all indications are that they're taking a year off), to correct name of NET ("Eastern" not "East"), to add two items to Incognito, to add Saints show title and repertoire,* to add Surge repertoire,* to add alternate Eruption show title,* to update Genesis repertoire;* 6/19 to add Raiders program title; 6/23 to update Eruption program title, to add BDC program title and repertoire; 6/25 to add Patria (and their show title); 8/18 to clarify 7th repertoire, to note sections of Gold's show, to add Stentors title and repertoire, to delete North Eastern Technology, to clarify Music City repertoire, to add to Racine repertoire, to add Spartans repertoire, to add SCVC repertoire, to add composers to BDC repertoire, to add City Sound title and repertoire, to add Columbians title and repertoire, to add Golden Empire title and repertoire, to add a note about Guardians repertoire, to add a note about Watchmen repertoire; 8/19 to add Louisiana Stars title and repertoire,* to add Patria repertoire,* to change Guardians title and add repertoire,* to add Impulse title and repertoire,* to expand Incognito repertoire,* to add Watchmen repertoire. *found on CorpsReps
  18. The Centurions Drum and Bugle Corps is proud to announce their 2015 program: "A Roman Legion's Tale" Musical selections include: Tuba Mirum (from Requiem) - Giuseppe Verdi Mars, The Bringer of War (from the Planets) - Gustav Holst Nessun Dorma (from Turandot) - Giacomo Puccini Dies Irae (from Requiem) - Giuseppe Verdi Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) - Gustav Mahler You are invited to be a part of this exciting program and join us this coming season! The corps' staff and members have been working hard planning and recruiting so we can return to the field in 2015. We are accepting applications in all sections. Find out more and get a first look at the show at our 2015 Open House, which will be held on November 29 in Feeding Hills, MA. For more information, please visit the corps Facebook, 2015 Interest Page, or contact Nick Yaworski at
  19. Just posted on Madison's facebook page: Madison Scouts 2014 -- Playing the Music of Stan Kenton and Don Ellis. Finally, jazz again!
  20. There's an afternoon occurance in Arkansas where on a hot summer's day, sometimes the clouds will decide to explode and dump eleventy billion metric tons of water. A perfect set-up for a drum corps show, no? God would not have any of it, as He took His mighty hand and shoved that mess aside just in time for the 8pm delayed start. I wish He would have thrown in a big divine blow-dryer as well. We could have seen full-on versions of these great shows with no short-cuts or boo-boos. That being said, a great evening was enjoyed by all, including my two teens and their tag-along friend. I will be sharing their perspectives with you as well. The field, as expected, was treacherous and we in Arkansas thank all the participants for risking your health and well-being to give us fantastic entertainment. There were about three to four thousand in attendance at the horrid, unaccomodating War Memorial Stadium in downtown Little Rock. Despite sad, poor conditions, nine corps persevered and all represented themselves well. They were: Cascades "Turn" - Small. That is the first impression you get with this corps. Small. And tiny. And small. I do not know why some administrators and staff of these corps misstrategize how these groups should compete, because I would rather see Cascades win Open Class than for them to finish next to last in World Class. The program was well designed, but elementary in its difficulty, rightfully appropriate for its membership. You didn't see them overly struggling like some small corps tend to be subject to by an overzealous staff. Good foresight and judgement on the part of the show designers. I thought the kids did an admirable job with the arrangements, especially "Turn, Turn, Turn". They finished a distant 9th in all captions. In a open class environment, this corps would easily challenge for a Top 5 spot. Respectable. Stephen - "Not bad" Abbie - "Meh" Alex - "I wanna talk to that boy again" My rank - 9th Actual rank - 9th The Academy "Vanity Fair" - Slick, sharp and very clean for a corps at their tier level. This wonderful, elegant show features some amazing silks, and they are used to great effect by a very capable color guard. Visual is such a strong point for the corps in this very classy program featuring some good musical selections. Marching technique and execution was fantastic. I feel the brass, although good in quality, need a bit more difficulty for this show to challenge those ahead of them, and also - not hold back!!! Wonderful visual performance I think was also hampered with some design over-simplicity. Unlike Cascades, there is Top-12 talent in this corps, especially in guard and percussion. They would hang if they had the vehicle. They lost brass and music rep to Oregon. The show just feels safe and restrained and they need to just let it loose. Percussion were impressive with a nice feature. Striking uniforms with flowing capes added to the formalty of the show. The color guard was splendid, and performed with confidence. With some musical rewrites and another dynamic level of brass performance, this corps could get really interesting.... Stephen - "Wow, beautiful!" Abbie - "I want a lemonade" Alex - "I really think he likes me" My rank - 7th Actual Rank - 8th Oregon Crusaders "nevermore" - I appreciate the innovative idea of attaching a poetic narrative to a show, which the Blue Knights would also do later in the evening. The hornline and program concept is carrying the corps, plain and simple. "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, was the DNA for the show, and the corps ably incorporated their selections into the theme. The guard did an impressive job of selling the visual. The hornline was powerful and loud, with good dynamic contrast but some obvious dirt. I have one main criticism - the overuse of sound bites!!! Now don't get me wrong, James Earl Jones narrating is something to be revered, but having him drop "nevermore" a dozen times, sometimes over brass hits is distracting, unnecessary and incohesive. That is no fault of the kids. The designers need to reduce the electronic clutter in the show. In other ways, the atmosphere set up electronically is quite nice and effective, but some refinement is necessary. The percussion slightly lags behind the other two captions who are holding their own. To improve, the narration needs to be honed better, the hornline a little cleaner and the percussion to bring some snap and aggression to their roles. It will be tough. Academy was better, over all in my opinion. Stephen - "Really interesting" Abbie - "Wow - I like dark and creepy - cool!" Alex - "I like the raven, it's really cool!" My rank - 8th Actual Rank - 7th Crossmen "Alma Gitana" - As much as you can in Arkansas, this was the hometown corps....a lot of Arkansan kids marching with Bones this year. They were getting serious and you felt it in this awesome, powerful show. Even though the only recognizable tune in this was their closer, I felt so comfortable with their selections, they were performed like I knew all the tunes already. They actually beat Boston in General Effect 1 (should have won the whole caption) and should have beaten them in Percussion. This gypsy-themed show was the turning point in the night, where the "ish" got real. There was a good amount of footwork and choreography in this show, and excellent use of accessories by the guard. Hornline was monstrously powerful, with only a small amount of noticeable anomalies. These guys and gals will solidly be in finals, no question. Stephen - "Whoa" Abbie - "Is this like from Aladdin, daddy?" Alex - "Hey that's a cross - neato!" My rank - 5th Actual Rank - 6th Boston Crusaders "Animal Farm" - For a show called "Animal Farm" there were a whole lot of macabric elements present. This was a dark and brooding show, understated and ominous. They topped Crossmen tonight on the judges sheet because they marched their shoes off, even defeating Blue Knights in visual proficiency, and rightfully so. They need to enjoy that while it lasts, because I do not see a lot of potential improvement with this program design. The hornline of Crossmen are slightly brighter and more impressionable than Boston's, but the apparently judges saw more in Boston's show, likely the complexity of its composition and integration. I liked the intensity the performers provided, and keeping the feel of it consistent. Good push at the end for a strong finish. Stephen - "The dark thing really gets me." Abbie - (Missed it - talking to boys) Alex - (Missed it - talking to boys) My rank - 6th Actual Rank - 5th Blue Knights "That One Second" - I absolutely loved the poignancy and emotional punch this show has. This was such a wonderful improvement from the corps' more esoteric previous efforts. To me, the program seems to be about recollecting memories that one second before you die, with its female narrator sending a strong message to appreciate all facets of life. The show also incorporated oceanic elements into the visual. I can get behind this program. CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!! So crisply performed, much cleaner than The Cadets later (who, in fairness, had more difficult drill)!! The kids looked like machines programmed to march. BK had my favorite uniforms of the night, and their percussion was downright sicko. Crown's percussion better keep improving, or they will fall behind these guys. Excellent staging in the drill with very effective use of props and the poetic narrative. You can tell this program was put together by some of the best in the idiom. Stephen - "That's just cool." Abbie - "Can I get a lemonade yet" Alex - "I like the blue - pretty!" My rank - 4th Actual Rank - 4th Bluecoats "Tilt" - The best show of the night - but the Cadets were cleaner. Even with the Bluecoats playing it safe on the calisthenics and tarp usage because of the rain, they sold the bejesus out of this program. They won colorguard performance and percussion, and should have placed second in brass, and also should have won MA and GE. They will on finals week. Their cutting-edge repertoire selections were the most accessible of the night, and Doug Thrower's arrangements prove to be the best in the activity. The percussion put on a clinic and blew everyone else out of the stadium. They have the goods, people!! Well-balanced captions with a championship vehicle. There is just a slight bit of refinement needed in the hornline, and some transitionary issues to address in the program. I'll go ahead and say it, "Hymn of Axciom" is amazeballs. The transition into the next tune kills enthusiasm for the ballad. END IT COLD AND LET US RESPOND!!! Same thing goes for the final 30 seconds of the show after a perfectly executed pitch bend!! Even though the staff added a cold cutoff and a hearty "blue" (i think it's because they realized it was a problem) - staff....the last 30 seconds of the program needs work and improvement, it is anti-climatic!!! If these areas can be fixed, the Bluecoats will catch and pass Cadets on the judges sheets after they peak too soon. Get it done! This show is amazing and these performers are champions!!!! Stephen - "OH MY FREAKING GOD!" Abbie - "They're slanted all the time!" Alex - "That was awesome!" My rank - 1st Actual Rank - 2nd The Cadets "Promise: An American Portait" - To verify, this corps, with a couple of slight exceptions, is way clean and will peak before finals week. Short of pulling out a gigantic American Flag and releasing 13 bald eagles, there is simply nothing more the Cadets can add to this show. In fact, they should reduce the narration slightly. The hornline was impeccable, loud and proficient, but I can see how Crown beat them in this subcaption. I was very surprised and shocked to see the phasing in the hornline!!! Did I just watch two people out of step? The only other corps I saw do that were the Cascades. So how in the hell can Cole give them a win in Visual Proficiency? Ridiculous!!! Percussion - always reliable - held up their end nicely. The color guard was neck and neck with Bluecoats, but should not be. They did a great job of selling this show and not being overshadowed by the 150 large props on the field. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if the staff has them parking a bus on the field during finals week. Classic, wheelhouse Cadets show. Stephen - "History book - the drum corps." Abbie - "I hate school." Alex - "I want to talk to that boy again" My rank - 2nd Actual Rank - 1st Carolina Crown "Out Of This World" - The mics for Crown's singers fritzed out and they had to do the opening unamplified, just like in the olden days. The hornline put on the clinic this time. The all high-brass moment during the percussion feature was just insane - very entertaining! Percussion, while improved from last year, has only one flaw - they are not victory-quality. Some I talked to felt the excessive prominent featuring of the caption hurt the corps. I agree. They need a serious non-percussive brass chorale moment to improve GE a bit. Also, between the hoops, frisbees-to-nowhere and trampolines, there is a bit of design clutter on the field. A better purpose needs to be forged for these interesting props. The program design is interesting, but not smooth and cohesive enough to compete with the top 3. Stephen - "Dad, did they just bounce on trampolines and play?" Abbie - "I want a frisbee - yay!!" Alex - "I liked how they ran around the trampolines!" My rank - 3rd Actual Rank - 3rd Welp, there you have it, Drum Corps Community! I always like to be of service when there are goings-on in my state! A GREAT job by Robert Hesse and workers at the show who handled the elements and delayed schedule very well!!! How they can polish a turd like War Memorial Stadium and turn it into a useable venue is beyond amazing. It made the show - amazing - great memories for me and my attention-deficit-disorder-riddled teenagers, who were of no critical help.
  21. Are you in the NYC/tristate area and want to march Drum Corps? Crimson Kings Drum Corps RECRUITING BRASS, FIFE, DRUMS and COLOR GUARD for Soundsport this summer. Who we are… For those of you who may not have heard of us, we are the Crimson Kings Drum Corps. We are a junior corps established in 1953, our history is of award winning competitions, championships and exhibitions, one of the only remaining New York City Drum corps, we march with the classic G bugle sound. Practices are “weekends only” and are conveniently located in NYC Chinatown. We offer a lighter rehearsal schedule and one of the lowest dues of any competing drum corps. If you want to march but are not sure if you have the time or money, we may be the corps for you! We have a dedicated, friendly staff and membership that have been involved in the activity at all levels. Some of these corps present and past members and staff have marched/taught include the Cadets, Cadets2, Buccaneers, Caballeros, Norwalk Drum Corps, Cadets of New York. We work hard but also have a great time! Our 2014 soundsport show includes well known classic drum corps themes and selections from Joe Hisaishi(castles in the sky, Spirited away). Our members are having a great time learning these pieces, which are popular in both the classical and drum corps world, and we know that the audience and judges will love them too! Come down to our rehearsals, which are Sundays 11:30AM to 3PM. We rehearse at 62 Mott Street, NY. NY. 10013 All we ask is that you come down and watch, there is NO obligation…once you see and hear what is going on, you will WANT to join! We invite you to march with us this year!
  22. The Centurions are pleased to announce their 2014 Program: The Journey Join the Centurions as they leave their home in search of exotic new lands. The journey begins as they set off through the streets of the Great Roman Empire. Their departure is announced by the triumphant strains of the third movement of Respighi's Fountains of Rome, which is heralded in by proud trumpet fanfares from the far reaches of the field. Our regiment continues their march east, only barely avoiding being drawn into a fierce battle between Serbia and the Ottoman Empire. Tchaikovsky's March Slav is heard as the Centurions play witness to both the savage battle and glorious victory of the Serbian people. Though the sun may not shine equally on this battlefield, the melodic alto voice of the corps' mellophone section and its beautiful counter in the baritone section carry forth the story of this heroic struggle. Letting go of past differences, the corps is fed a hot meal by the King of the Great Persian Empire. It is here that they meet Scheherazade, a Queen whose beauty is only surpassed by her wit. The company finds it difficult to continue their journey, not wanting to depart these magical lands until Scheherazade's stories have ended. It is in “The Young Prince & The Young Princess” that the corps finds inspiration, interweaving the gentle harmonies of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade together to form the perfect ballad for their second season on the field. At long last, the Centurions have found a place worthy of their journey. Arriving in the city of Gath, the crew's curiosity if immediately piqued by the Temple of Dagon... or more specifically by the exotic music flowing from it. The “Bacchanale” from Camille Saint-Saëns' opera Samson & Delilah brings the corps' journey to a fast-paced conclusion, complete with percussion features, dizzying guard work, and even a few surprises. Join the Centurions as they roam through the eastern hemisphere in pursuit of greatness! Get more info on our show, meet staff and members, and find out how to be part of "The Journey" in 2014 by joining us at our OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, November 30th from 1-5pm in Feeding Hills, MA! Visit our website or Open House Facebook for additional info and updates.
  23. Lately I saw a high school marching band do quite a credible job with one of my favorite pieces of music, Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante defunte ("Pavane for a Dead Princess"). Thus was I reminded that this song is supposedly part of the repertoire of the Blue Stars' 2008 show "Le Tour: Every Second Counts". While I adore that show and have listened to it a couple dozen times, at least, I've never been able to pick out that particular tune in their mix. (This work should not be confused with Gabriel Faure's lovely Pavane that was used in the Stars' preshow that year.) Did they in fact play Ravel's Pavane, or was it announced but not used? If it's in there, can anyone tell me at which point I should be listening for it? (FYI, those with DCA Fan Network subscriptions can hear a corps play this piece: the Yokohama Inspires senior corps took fifth place at DCA Finals in 2002 with a program that included Ravel's mournful ditty.)