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  1. Any other forum members march with a Long Island Drum and Bugle Corps. If so, what corps and era did you march with the corps. I marched with the Medford Golden Grenadiers in the 60's. We went from a fire department parade corps with drums, horns and glocks to an M&M corps. Grenadier.
  2. Anyone else getting bored with the doom & gloom? Any new topics for discussion? Here's a video to watch The Rolling Stones -- Doom And Gloom (Lyric Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPFGWVKXxm0
  3. Any history on St. Vincent's? They went head to head with the Cavies in the '50s. Did they become someone else? Where were they from?
  4. For several years my delight with Drum Corps has been waning. My first experience with Drum Corps was in 2004 at the invitation of Dr. Thomas Root. It was electrifying for me. The sound had majesty, grace, and purity. I went to the souvenir trailers and purchased every CD I could lay my hands on. The quality of the recordings were much more variable than quality of the Corps on the field. None of the CDs were electrifying to me. Then for many years I endeavored to record all those elements, with various success. Along the way I provided yearly support for the Ogden Corps Enco
  5. How did you get involved in drum corps? What was your corps like? I became interested in drum corps indirectly through my parents. My farther and mother were part of the greatest generation. My father fought in WWII. Drove a tank through France into Germany. Came home. Didn't talk about it much. He and my mother settle back on Long Island, NY and he joined the local volunteer fire department. Our home town fire department had one of the best bands (not drum corps) in the state. As a kid, I went to all the local fire department parades and fairs. In the summer, there must have been a
  6. Remember those hot summer nights after a parade walking hand with your best girl or boy friend who marched with you in the drum corp. After a parade walking through the fire department fairs, going on the ferris wheel and later going out for pizza. The bus rides home, your best girl or boy friend next to you in the seat on the bus. I was always a sucker for a girl in a skirt and boots with bom, boms. I know of at least two couples who got married and lasted a life time. I didn't end up with the girl who marched in the corps with me. "Thank God" I met a wonderful girl and we've been mar
  7. My perspective is different than most on this board. I'm a trained musician, but not a professional. I have been a DCI fan since I marched in high school, but I no longer have a dog in this fight. I am writing because I want the corps that I've loved since 1987 to survive and thrive. I have no inside information. I can only applaud the strength of the community to keep the corps alive and thriving through the last five years of narcissism, neglect and predation from one person (and much of it continued for over thirty years, but the organization was so strong, people swallowed the pa
  8. Hello Group, Have this crazy idea. I know this info is available on the DCI website but, I'm thinking it could re-posted here in the forums. It could be modeled after Liahona's 2019 Official Programs & Playlist if he does not object to borrowing his post format. It could be a place to announce Shows, times, locations, lineup, ticket price and be a place who may want to request a ride share to attend an event. In my mind, it might be a fair amount of work to maintain the post. It could also be a place where attendee's could post their reviews of a show with scores Any thought
  9. Please list some of your most favorite/memorable drill moments from shows in the past. Mine is watching Cadets’ closer in 2008 which I believe to be the most physically demanding and visually appealing moment in DCI history. Cavaliers 2002 also had many memorable moments. Others?
  10. I just discovered something cool: Flo has all of the World Class performances (high cam) from the Rose Bowl show available to watch. But every single one of them has this message below the video: It's a new world, a new activity. Our activity has evolved greatly over the last few years, and we now have the capability to have shows from the current season available on a subscription basis on demand! But this entire function doesn't work because of copyright laws. Now, copyright laws have a place, I'm not debating that at all. But corps need to own their music. It's not a matter of
  11. With the availability of various You Tube videos available soon after performances, and the different perspectives they provide as compared to official broadcasts, it seems like the perception of how a show should be judged is highly influenced by the perspective of the viewer. Reading some of the comments about the tour premiere, you get the sense that the same performance elicited vastly different opinions depending on if the viewer was in a theater or watching the show live. In the broadcast, you are so much at the mercy of the director calling for the cuts that your experience may be signi
  12. Its common for a corp to experience a downfall after winning a championship (except BD of course), but I'm sure am excited to see where the Bluecoats are gonna go this year after falling to 5th last year (2017 )trailing of the Cavies at Finals. As much as I'm hoping they'll jump back to their traditional uniforms, it seems unlikely cause of the dramatic shift Corps are experiencing in visual prospect. I sure am expecting an exciting repertoire this year. What are your hopes, desires, expectations for Bloo this year?
  13. I read in Unpopular Opinions that a few people think Indy is a bit stale compared to the old traveling Finals model. Indy's not going away, that's the home of drum corps Finals now and probably forever. So I'm curious, if you had unlimited resources, what would you do/want to see happen to make an every-year-Indy-Finals as interesting/exciting for out-of-town travelers to help generate some new excitement? I started to reply to a few folks in the Unpopular Opinions thread with this question, but thought this might warrant its own topic.
  14. Every year around this time a bunch of us FMM get together for some good bbq and beverages. WE talk about the times we marched together etc. LOL Usually a fun topic comes up as it did today. What if a corps, say Cadets decided to say, screw it, we are gonna do 1987 App spring as originally done. Devils say, ya know what, we are gonna do 1982 One More Time show. Madison says 1988, bring it to us. How would that score today????? No flash, just old school drum corps. If perfected would these shows score with current corps. It would be interesting if a corps went this direction and j
  15. 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!
  16. Just wanted to know what the Drum Corps community thought of the Guardians 2017 program, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". I had a blast this past summer and would like to see things from a different perspective and maybe be able to answer some questions while I'm at it.
  17. When I was in drum corps back in the "good ole days", the 1960's, there were dozens of corps in a 10 mile radius. There were the Blue Point Blue Jays, Holbrook Skylarks, Medford Golden Grenadiers, Selden Cadets, Smithtown Freelancers and Plebes, West Sayville Golden Eagles, Port Jeff Portsman and Bohemia Czechmates to some. Now there are none. What happened to the interest in drum corp. This is not a rant about the corps of today versus the golden age of drum corps. But, it is a question of why interest died and we lost a great activity for the youth to be involved in. Is it that drum corp
  18. Please answer honestly. If you choose a tie, post for what place it is, and who is involved.
  19. Mine are (sorry for the BD bias): 2017- TBD (but I have a really good feeling) 2016- Blue Devils, show aged like fine wine. I pick up on every new time I watch it. 2015- Blue Devils, Ink is one of the most emotional shows ever. I get all sorts of warm and fuzzy moments all through the show. The silence in the ballad, the intensity in the opener build. It really was a great show. 2014- Do you even need to Felliniask? 2013- Santa Clara Vanguard, I loved seeing Vanguard come back to a "Broadway" style show. It brought out the beauty and the darkness of Les Mis
  20. It is readily becoming apparent this season that the new trend of amplifying entire hornlines (or large ensembles) is not sitting well with the fanbase. I have seen many calls for either the judges to limit rewarding or even penalize amplification of this magnitude, I've seen calls for DCI to change rules to better define what can and can't be done. All this clamoring will not do anything if confined to DCP. Action is what brings change. I ask the community, the fans, parents, and alumni, for help in drafting an open letter to DCI. We obviously have concerns, let us voice them direc
  21. Over the years, DCI has continued to be a strong part of the performing arts community. With time though, many organizations face issues that stand in the way of creating, innovating and discovering new ways to improve and forward their activity. At this point in time, I would argue the biggest problem with DCI is aquiring the rights to arrange. I am worried DCI and relations with Tresona will only worsen. So what can happen to combat that from happening? I'm not sure there is any way to solve the problem completely, because if their was corps would be doing it. But if corps composed the
  22. Ok - lets have some off-season fun (Is it June yet?): What shows will we never see in DCI competition? I'll start: Springtime for Hitler Swear Words in Braille Josef Stalin's Favorite Love Songs
  23. Because the Show Announcement thread is not for rumors and I want to have a fun place to gather the meme-a-riffic rumors flying around...and perhaps see what our creative, demented collective can come up with for fun as we wait for the real shows. [Let's make the old VK show designers proud!] As gleaned from other threads and perhaps slightly embellished. The Cadets - Selections from Leonard Bernstein's The Lion King It's a licensing nightmare and doesn't really exist but that won't stop them from putting the color guard into costumes that resemble the Unicorn Frappuccino from
  24. Alright 2016 only Oscars: Best Picture: Relentless Best Director: David Gibbs Best Actor in a Leading Role: Shayne O Brien Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Ben Gunnarson Best Actress in a Leading Role: Possibly Possesed Pit Girl Best Actress in a Supporting Role: CrownGUARD Best Cinematography: Cavaliers Best Costume Design: Bluecoats....kidding, Blue Devils Best Documentary Feature: Force of Nature Best Documentary Short Subject: Hero Best Film Editing: DCI- Drum Corpse Bride recording