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  1. 2019 is in the books and what a great year for Bloo it was! Highest score in corps history, High GE, a tie for Top Music and a well deserved Silver Medal! Let’s see how this amazing design staff tops this!
  2. 2019 Official Programs & Playlist: This master(first) post will only be updated based on OFFICIAL organizational announcements WITH confirmation. An announcement on the corps official website or official social media site and/or newspaper publication announcement will be considered written authorization to post their musical selections here under this master post. Any other comments will be considered unofficial until verified by at least one or more of the aforementioned methods of disclosure above. NO RUMORS. Links to spotify will be available once any corps announces any musical selections and confirmation is secured. *** Full credit needs to go to frontensemble.com for the Corps logos used below.*** ***Any new corps not included currently in this list will be added if found on the official DCI schedule when it becomes available*** ================================================================== Madison Scouts - Majestic Repertoire: Afterburners - Chuck Naffier/Mark Taylor Backlash - Simon Dobson 715-Creeks - Bon Iver Young Person's Guide to the [Jazz] Orchestra - Duncan Lamont Spinning Wheel - Blood Sweat & Tears One Voice - Barry Manilow Announcement: https://bit.ly/2L3VYYc YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Afterburners - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDxI4fs8jKg Backlash - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC7tI_nU0EM 715 Creeks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaYgMdq6NDg Young Person's Guide to the Jazz Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OujqnrTOr4s Spinning Wheel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK62tfoCmuQ One Voice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-cDP8px1fQ =============================================================== The Cadets - Behold Repertoire: Fanfare for the Women by Libby Larsen Just by David Lang Blueprint by Caroline Shaw Dance No. 1 from the Estancia Orchestral Suite by Alberto Ginastera Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon Do Better by Tom Aungst, Omar Carmenates, and Brandon Carrita Symphony No. 4 by David Maslanka Announcement: https://bit.ly/2Hc2dFv YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Fanfare for the Women https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nNQwCAw4Pw Just https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTGtgvMQFm8 Blueprint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2bRnpnsSKA Dance No. 1 from the Estancia Orchestral Suite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOG4Ct75DKk Bridge Over Troubled Water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_a46WJ1viA Symphony No. 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=547zbTOQ8-E ============================================================== Blue Devils - Ghostlight Repertoire: Cycle Song by Imogen Heap Rhythm Song by Paul Smadbeck A True Passion by Lorne Balfe Stroke of Genius by Lorne Balfe Symphony No. 3 by Aram Khachaturian Ghostlight by Dave Glyde Circus by Britney Spears Announcement: https://bit.ly/2JtACls YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Cycle Song by Imogen Heap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysYaYUB2s_Q Rhythm Song by Paul Smadbeck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H2D-z6KPlg A True Passion by Lorne Balfe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwoumzFJsyM Stroke of Genius by Lorne Balfe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOM80mQGCks Symphony No. 3 by Aram Khachaturian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--P9sTGqUHw Circus by Britney Spears https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVhJ_A8XUgc ============================================================== Boston Crusaders - Goliath Repertoire: Enough of Our Machines – Son Lux Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears (Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes) On the Shoulders of Giants – Peter Graham Giant Steps – John Coltrane My Shot – Lin-Manuel Miranda Fanfare for Rocky – Bill Conti Once Upon a Castle – Michael Daugherty Announcement: https://bit.ly/2EjKhaa YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Enough of Our Machines – Son Lux https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wIhCD4B-48 Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears (Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST86JM1RPl0 On the Shoulders of Giants – Peter Graham https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IvKAAEOc8w Giant Steps – John Coltrane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30FTr6G53VU My Shot – Lin-Manuel Miranda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic7NqP_YGlg Fanfare for Rocky – Bill Conti https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKQioyQDowU Once Upon a Castle – Michael Daugherty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS5-PlUov64 ============================================================== Seattle Cascades - Off The Grid Repertoire: Off The Grid - Brandon Smith Asphalt Cocktail - John Mackey I've Got The World On A String - Harold Arlen Never Gonna Give You Up - Stock, Aitken, Waterman (SAW) Nitro - Frank Ticheli High Wire - John Mackey Announcement: https://goo.gl/4uDaW1 YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Off The Grid - Brandon Smith Asphalt Cocktail - John Mackey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_hzyBOVHk4 I've Got The World On A String - Harold Arlen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k8E0dlL8Ks Never Gonna Give You Up - Stock, Aitken, Waterman (SAW) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ Nitro - Frank Ticheli https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPAdZWbhKsk High Wire - John Mackey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpoSTldTLWc ============================================================== Pacific Crest - Everglow Repertoire: Original Music by Bradley Kerr Green, Jonathan Zuniga, and Ezekiel Lanser Ready Player One by Alan Silvestri Meta by Bradley Kerr Green, Jonathan Zuniga, and Ezekiel Lanser View From Olympus by John Psathas Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith Insight – Haywyre by Martin Sebastian Vogt Edward Scissorhands by Danny Elfman Announcement: https://bit.ly/2WWVNiY YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Ready Player One by Alan Silvestri https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFcv4NIuqvU View From Olympus by John Psathas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrfuDCry3yQ&list=PL167EF21D8376B051 Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7th0sBFpg0 Insight – Haywyre by Martin Sebastian Vogt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IjT7zUi6gQ Edward Scissorhands by Danny Elfman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlYvM1-hihw&list=PL7572306C225EA0C9 ============================================================== Phantom Regiment - I am Joan Repertoire: Carmina Burana – Carl Orff Audivi Media Nocte – Oliver Waespi Zohar – Jonathan Leshnoff Fire of Eternal Glory – Shostakovich Lady McBeth of Mtsensk – Shostakovich Vox Populi – 30 Seconds to Mars Unleashed – Two Steps from Hell Announcement: https://bit.ly/30Qbnzp YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Carmina Burana – Carl Orff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXFSK0ogeg4 Audivi Media Nocte – Oliver Waespi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPPXqqB5FNI Zohar – Jonathan Leshnoff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry3a-lvVvYc Fire of Eternal Glory – Shostakovich https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YabDBkMVvC4 Lady McBeth of Mtsensk – Shostakovich https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6yNWtVJqLY Vox Populi – 30 Seconds to Mars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsFVEMFDf9k Unleashed – Two Steps from Hell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQdtDCNQQh0 ============================================================== The Academy - the bridge between Repertoire: Dance 1. First Movement - Oliver Davis Equilibrium - Paul Lovatt Cooper Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon Horizons - Paul Lovatt Cooper Original Music - Steven Vento Announcement: https://bit.ly/2VIqL0L Announcement #2: https://bit.ly/2Wa32I7 YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Dance 1. First Movement - Oliver Davis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f3ptmeoOxM Equilibrium - Paul Lovatt Cooper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD3s-hxZ054 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGDdX-yV3dQ Horizons - Paul Lovatt Cooper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upog5EgM84A ============================================================== Blue Stars - Call of the Wild Repertoire: Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “Winter” by Antonio Vivaldi Symphony No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Dance Panels by Aaron Copland Sora by Yoko Kanno Avalanche by Jim Wunderlich, Rick Barclay, Matthew Hernandez The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise) by Frode Fjellheim, Christophe Beck Announcement: https://bit.ly/30V4dJW YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “Winter” by Antonio Vivaldi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK_A-tPxeQU Symphony No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_krJMxZfZcQ Dance Panels by Aaron Copland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l61-6I2INOs Sora by Yoko Kanno https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIJY3cgbRr4 The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise) by Frode Fjellheim, Christophe Beck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-tarVal7pM ============================================================== Spirit of Atlanta - Neon Underground Repertoire: Krump - Scott McAllister You and Me - Eliza Doolittle Attraction - Emmanuel Sejourne Color Wheel - Arch Echo Announcement: https://bit.ly/2VelY79 Announcement #2: https://bit.ly/2HLDSXm YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Krump - Scott McAllister – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnlE4AKphNM You and Me - Eliza Doolittle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkAKj-L8ono Attraction - Emmanuel Sejourne – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix-QW-BShPY Color Wheel - Arch Echo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F65IQmP7lCk ============================================================== Jersey Surf - Fantasea Repertoire: Oceans by Goff Richards Op.28: The Sea, Fantasy in E Major for Orchestra by Alexander Glazunov Moses & Marco Polo Suite: Main Theme (From Marco Polo) by Ennio Morricone Aurora Awakes by John Mackey The Legend of Atlan (from Aquaman) by Rupert Gregson-Williams He Commands the Sea (from Aquaman) by Rupert Gregson-Williams Announcement: https://bit.ly/312AIG8 YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Oceans by Goff Richards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQonif6lPOs Op.28: The Sea, Fantasy in E Major for Orchestra by Alexander Glazunov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB9XjaBHyOE Moses & Marco Polo Suite: Main Theme (From Marco Polo) by Ennio Morricone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkRMXiFJkdw Aurora Awakes by John Mackey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ulk28Z4bwk The Legend of Atlan (from Aquaman) by Rupert Gregson-Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTp9juLgwK4 He Commands the Sea (from Aquaman) by Rupert Gregson-Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-Ko2FbzIcc ============================================================== Mandarins - Subterra Repertoire: On the Shoulders of Giants by Peter Graham Rain in Your Black Eyes by Ezio Bosso Run Boy Run by Ambroise Willauma and Yoann Lemoine Original Composition by Key Poulan and Ike Jackson Announcement: https://bit.ly/2H0yyie Announcement #2: https://bit.ly/2XezDJe YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: On the Shoulders of Giants by Peter Graham https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSQQNe646R4 Rain in Your Black Eyes by Ezio Bosso https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVpMluGD4Sc Run Boy Run by Ambroise Willauma and Yoann Lemoine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmc21V-zBq0 Original Composition by Key Poulan and Ike Jackson ============================================================== Carolina Crown - Beneath the Surface Repertoire: Dark Clouds "Temen Oblak" - Christopher Tin Frolic (from Rabbit and Rogue) - Danny Elfman Gabriel's Oboe - Ennio Morricone Bucimis Traditional Folk Dance/Tune - The Swingles Feat. Trichy Sankaran Announcement: https://bit.ly/2XAFyZm YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Dark Clouds "Temen Oblak" - Christopher Tin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoRFOtdaHOA Frolic (from Rabbit and Rogue) - Danny Elfman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXVw6lb2BKM Gabriel's Oboe - Ennio Morricone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1SIh0xfN4c Bucimis Traditional Folk Dance/Tune - The Swingles Feat. Trichy Sankaran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-jUXoV3YQ0 ============================================================== Santa Clara Vanguard - Vox Eversio Repertoire: Fraternity by Thierry Deleruyelle Audivi Media Nocte by Oliver Waespi Nothing Else Matters by Metallica Original Music by Paul & Sandi Rennick Announcement: https://bit.ly/2XL2ghc YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Fraternity by Thierry Deleruyelle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQfSdpv6cyU Audivi Media Nocte by Oliver Waespi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3DTLECNdwU Nothing Else Matters by Metallica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAGnKpE4NCI ============================================================== Troopers - Beyond Boundaries Repertoire: Divertimento for Band Op2 by Vincent Persichetti Enterprising Young Men by Michael Giacchino Wondrous Light by John Estacio To the Stars by Randy Edelman Chorale VI/Cantus - Song of Aeolus by Karl Jenkins Main Title (from The Orville) by Bruce Broughton Krill Attack / Shuttle Escape (from the Orville) by Bruce Broughton Announcement: https://goo.gl/yNi7Rb Announcement #2: https://bit.ly/2ZE66cP YouTube Source Music - Individual Links: Divertimento for Band Op2 by Vincent Persichetti https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do8nJ-BFSew Enterprising Young Men by Michael Giacchino https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMu5jP2-c5U Wondrous Light by John Estacio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te8KIA93in4 To the Stars by Randy Edelman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTlY8lXZaE0 Chorale VI/Cantus - Song of Aeolus by Karl Jenkins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZqQRi-zQfI Main Title (from The Orville) by Bruce Broughton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DfCaHE8lcU Krill Attack / Shuttle Escape (from the Orville) by Bruce Broughton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXJu5OiexUA ============================================================== The Cavaliers - The Wrong Side of the Tracks Repertoire: Gorgon by Christopher Rouse Bum's Rush by Donald Grantham Rock Island, 1931 by Thomas Newman Party in Steerage by Mike McIntosh & Clif Walker Cathedral by Thomas Newman Announcement: https://bit.ly/2wUCyeq Announcement #2: https://bit.ly/2J2LwvK ============================================================== Bluecoats - The Bluecoats Repertoire: (The Beatles) A Day in the Life I Want to Hold Your Hand Eleanor Rigby Within You Without You Blackbird Come Together I Want You (She's So Heavy) The End Announcement: https://bit.ly/2x8hqS1 ============================================================== Blue Knights - ...I Remember Everything Repertoire Sudden Throw by Olafur Arnalds Liquid by Jay Bocook, Kevin Shah, Mike Jackson Hurt by Trent Reznor Lonely World by Moses Sumney ============================================================== Music City - Of Mice & Music Announcement: https://goo.gl/KNW6yQ ============================================================== Crossmen - Valkyrie Featuring the music of Led Zeppelin, Trent Reznor, & Andrew Markworth. Announcement: https://goo.gl/8E6siy ============================================================== Genesis - From the Ground Up Announcement: https://bit.ly/2JufqvB ============================================================== Colts - When Hell Freezes Over Announcement: https://bit.ly/2WkP1GB ============================================================== YouTube Source Music - All Corps Combined PLAYLIST ( Madison Scouts 1 thru 6 ) (The Cadets 7 thru 12) (Blue Devils 13 thru 18) ( Boston Crusaders 19 thru 25) (Seattle Cascades 26 thru 31) (Pacific Crest 32 thru 36) (Phantom Regiment 37 thru 43) (The Academy 44 thru 47) (Blue Stars 48 thru 52) (Spirit of Atlanta 53 thru 56) (Jersey Surf 57 thru 62) (Mandarins 63 thru 65) (Carolina Crown 66 thru 69) (Santa Clara Vanguard 70 thru 73) (Troopers 74 thru 79) ============================================================== This YouTube Playlist excludes: Do Better by Tom Aungst, Omar Carmenates, and Brandon Carrita Ghostlight by Dave Glyde Off The Grid - Brandon Smith Original Music by Bradley Kerr Green, Jonathan Zuniga, and Ezekiel Lanser Meta by Bradley Kerr Green, Jonathan Zuniga, and Ezekiel Lanser Original Music - Steven Vento Sora by Yoko Kanno  Avalanche by Jim Wunderlich, Rick Barclay, Matthew Hernandez  Original Composition by Key Poulan and Ike Jackson Original Music by Paul & Sandi Rennick ============================================================== The Spotify playlist will be updated as the main post is updated. Link to Spotify playlist ---->> This Spotify Playlist excludes: Afterburners - Chuck Naffier/Mark Taylor Young Person's Guide to the [Jazz] Orchestra - Duncan Lamont Dance No. 1 from the Estancia Orchestral Suite by Alberto Ginastera Do Better by Tom Aungst, Omar Carmenates, and Brandon Carrita Ghostlight by Dave Glyde Off The Grid - Brandon Smith Original Music - Steven Vento Avalanche by Jim Wunderlich, Rick Barclay, Matthew Hernandez Original Composition by Key Poulan and Ike Jackson Original Music by Paul & Sandi Rennick ============================================================== ========================================================== Please comment below or PM me with any official program announcements. ==========================================================
  3. For week 22 we are going to Canton Ohio to discuss the Bluecoats. I am excited! What are your top 1-5 Bluecoats 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. Week 8- Pioneer- 1996 Celtic Twilight is the favorite. Week 9- Santa Clara Vanguard- 1999 Inventions for a New Millennium favorite. 1995 Not the Nutcracker least favorite. Week 10- Oregon Crusaders 2014 Nevermore is the favorite Week 11- The Crossmen- 1992 Songs for the Planet Earth is the favorite. Week 12- The Cadets- 2011 Between Angels and Demons is the favorite. 2006 The Zone Part II least favorite. Week 13 Corrps that are no longer with us. Every show is a winner! Week 14 Genesis TIE 2016 Hell Hath No Fury and 2017 the other side of now. Music City 2017 the tribe Week 15 Madison Scouts- 1995 A Drum Corps Fan's Dream: A Day in the Life of a Bull Fighter. Least Favorite 2009 Relampago Week 16- The Academy- favorite 2016 Drum Corpse Bride Week 17- Seattle Cascades- favorite 2002 City Riffs Week 18- The Blue Devils Favorite 1986. Least Favorite-2010 through a glass darkly Week 19- The Colts- Favorite 2007 Equinox Week 20- Blue Stars- 2008 Le Tour for the favorite. Week 21 Pacific Crest- 2012 the Spectrum gets the win.
  4. 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?
  5. Hi everyone, As the summer of 2018 approaches, I thought that it would be nice to have a list of all the corps that will competing this summer. World Class Corps 1. The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps 2. The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps 3. The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps 4. The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps 5. The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps 6. The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps 7. The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps 8. Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps 9. The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps 10. The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps 11. The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps 12. Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps 13. Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps 14. The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps 15. The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps 16. Music City Drum and Bugle Corps 17. The Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps 18. Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps 19. The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps 20. Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps 21. The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps 22. Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps 23. Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps 24. The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps Open Class Corps 1. 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps 2. The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps 3. The Blue Devils B Drum and Bugle Corps 4. The Blue Devils C Drum and Bugle Corps 5. The Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps 6. The Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps 7. Gold Drum and Bugle Corps 8. Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps 9. The Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps 10. Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps 11. Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps 12. Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps 13. Legends Drum and Bugle Corps 14. Les Stentors Drum and Bugle Corps 15. The Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps 16. The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps 17. River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps 18. Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps 19. Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps 20. Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps 21. Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps 22. Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps 23. Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps International Class Corps 1. Jubal Corps Under Evaluation to Compete in DCI's Open Class in 2018 1. Armada Drum and Bugle Corps
  6. Hi everyone, welcome to episode 5 of my corps match up series. In this episode, we will be looking the Cavaliers and the Bluecoats. Looking back at the 2017 season, the Bluecoats did some tremendous things. They continued to move away from “traditional drum corps” and are exploring new ways to perform their shows on the field. They finished 5th with a 95.163 at finals. For the Cavaliers, they still kept their traditional corps look in their uniform but it’s slowly becoming more fainter and fainter year by year. Also, the Cavalier did an amazing thing the night of finals. They managed to slide ahead of the Bluecoats and went from 5th to 4th. They finished finals with a 95.200. Having said all that, who do you think will score and finish higher in 2018. Please vote in the poll above and we will find out!
  7. After seeing the Blue Stars and Crossmen compete neck and neck with eachother all season this year, I began to wonder which corps might be in that same situation next season where they are right next to each other in terms of scoring and placement. My tight grouping predictions for next season are the following: Blue Devils v.s. Santa Clara Vanguard Santa Clara Vanguard v.s. Carolina Crown Bluecoats v.s. Cavailers Cadets v.s. Blue Knights Phantom Regiment v.s. Blue Knights Blue Stars v.s. Crossmen Madison Scouts v.s. Mandarins Troopers v.s. Colts Blue Devils B v.s. Vanguard Cadets Gold v.s. Golden Empire Seattle Cascades v.s. Jersey Surf Jersey Surf v.s. Pioneer Music City v.s. Genesis Battalion v.s. Columbians Impulse v.s. Shadow Shadow v.s. River City Rhythm Les Stentors v.s. Impulse Pacific Crest v.s. Oregon Crusaders Colts v.s. Academy Oregon Crusaders v.s. Spirit of Atlanta Again, these are just my predictions. What are your predictions? Do any of your predictions match any of mine? Do you agree or disagree with my predictions? Please comment in this thread and we will find out!
  8. I have participated and have been following drum corps for a very long time. I have adopted the changes over the years with open arms. I love most of those changes and have no wish to turning the clock back. I start with these points because I know some punk will accuse me of being old school or for not understanding modern drum corps. Rest assured I understand it quite well and I am very familiar with the judging sheets and scoring process. Having said that, it is a shame what the judges are doing to BC this year. I have watched closely all season and have seen the bias that is so obvious. It appears to me the judges have a grudge of some sort against them. Is it the guard outfits? I read the corps changed to longer shorts due to complaints about a little butt cheek or two showing. Is it because the judges believe it is destiny for BD and SCV to be fighting it out during their anniversaries? Maybe it is because they don't have enough pretty colors. I noticed BD has pink in their uniforms. That certainly must be worth an extra 3 or 4 points in visual. It apparently outweighs the extreme drill design BC is marching. Unfortunately, the scores are simply the opinion of a select few judges. They are human and have biases. This years "collective thought" appears to be against the Bluecoats. That truly is a shame given the energy and talent this corps has. The message the judges are sending to all: don't do anything risky, keep your drill simple and clean, focus on having a strong palette of color choices and color guard, both have more impact on your overall score then drill, brass, or percussion. Fast is old school. March slowly and precisely. When playing, be sure it is loud and try to stand still while doing so. If you are going to march at a fast tempo, be sure to do it while not playing. And finally, never ever make the young women in the guard where something feminine. Modern women are not supposed to be feminine or sexy.
  9. Time zone = Mountain 4 p.m. Box Office Opens 7:30 p.m. Welcome & National Anthem 7:40 p.m. Seattle Cascades 7:57 p.m. Oregon Crusaders 8:14 p.m. Mandarins 8:31 p.m. Bluecoats 8:48 p.m. Troopers Bloo brings "Jagged Edge" out west on a pilgrimage to one of DCI's founding sites. They brought "Kinetic Noise" to Casper in 2015. You won't find a more perfect venue to encounter Bloo, or any drum corps, than Natrona County HS stadium. There is no running track encircling the performance field. The Western sky is high, bright and clear; the evening air is light and cool. The performances are up-close and in your face, the way drum corps should be. Last year, fans got an eye/earful of Cavaliers on this same field. In 2013, Crown brought their championship show to NCHS. No one, anywhere, got a better seat to encounter the brass of E=mc2 than they did in Casper. Bloo has a good shot to win this one ; the interesting matchup will be between Troop and Mandarins, their first direct contact of the season. The next night, July 15 in Denver, it's three of the Blues -- Coats, Devils and Knights -- on the same field for the first time this year. Should be a great weekend of drum corps. Worth the trip to Casper.
  10. So it's the beginning of July. We've got a pretty good idea what most of the corps are doing and what many of them have achieved so far. The sleek new uniforms have been revealed, crazy props dragged all over the field, and people are lining up the strollers in the front row in baby-throwing anticipation. I'm always lurking and reading, and from what I can tell, these are the 5 corps with the most hype right now. (In no particular order) Mandarins - These guys have been slowly building a contender the past few years. They've got a great show design and performers that are keeping up with the demand Can they push their way into the top 12 this year? Bluecoats - Their show design is top notch. They're using that zig-zaggy prop in crazy creative ways. You won't be able to buy a bowler hat anywhere in the US come August. Blue Devils - A brass book that's got more runs than after a trip to Taco Bell. The visual is a step behind, but they are already executing at a high level. No one ever counts out BD. SCV - A really complete show design with medalist potential. They're easily keeping up with BD's scores out on the west coast. The circles are the bomb and they use them SO well. Boston Crusaders - They've been running with the new staff hype for a while, and so far they've delivered. Great music and high visual demand. How far up can they go? What do you think? Did I miss someone? Is there a corps that we haven't seen yet that'll make even bigger waves? (OC, Cascades, Surf) This is just my opinion, feel free to debate and discuss.
  11. The 2017 drum corps season has started, and so has my show review season! I reviewed two shows for the June edition of Drum Corps World. The first was the DCI Tour Premiere cinecast on Thursday, June 22. The focus of that review was on the technical aspects of the cinecast. A separate review of the performances is also in the June issue. The second review was of the Innovations in Brass: Massillon show on Saturday, June 24. That review was a performance review of all 5 World Class and 2 SoundSport corps which performed that night. http://www.gaminnet.info/?p=3054
  12. I am having trouble posting to this site today for some reason. I keep getting a 500 server error. Go to the following link and read my full review on my Facebook site. https://www.facebook.com/notes/jonathan-willis/drum-bugle-corps-massillon-oh/10154434340700806/
  13. Bloo has stayed away from the narrative (story telling) trend for past few years with their more conceptual shows (Tilt, Kinetic Noise, Downside Up). The only other corps that was really more conceptual than narrative this year were SCV and the Cavies, and I'd still call what they did more "hybrid" type shows because there was definitely a story going on in each of them, but it wasn't explicit all the time. Do you think Bloo's win might result in more conceptual show designs from other corps over the next few years?
  14. Now that 2015 is in the books with another extremely successful season by the Blooooooooooo, ahem, Bluecoats, I thought I would start the 2016 thread for all things Bluecoats related. What show should they present this year? Music? Rumors? I believe the Bluecoats have a great opportunity to continue building a championship contender. It’s going to be very tough, but they have showed us over the last few years that they have the chops to do it. Is this their year? 2010 = 3rd 2011 = 7th 2012 = 6th 2013 = 5th 2014 = 2nd 2015 = 3rd 2016 = ???
  15. 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).
  16. The Bluecoats just recently released this video about their January camp and a (verbal) preview of their 2015 show music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ORD-rl4sSw For me, the Bluecoats are my "corps to watch" this upcoming season. The direction they're going to take after such a memorable season they had with TILT is going to be interesting. Thoughts? Comments? Any other news from Canton? Is it June 17 yet?
  17. Corps (in preforming order): Start Time: 7:30 PM Weather: -The Crossmen Partly Cloudy, high of 97 -The Bluecoats -Carolina Crown -The Blue Devils -Santa Clara Vanguard -Phantom Regiment -The Cadets -The Cavaliers WHO'S ALL GOING??? My Predictions: 1st: Cadets 2nd: BD 3rd: Coats 4th: Crown 5th: SCV 6th: Cavies 7th: Phantom 8th: Crossmen
  18. Great night of drum corps! No rain, only a light wind, packed full house (arrive early, lots of folks with reserved tickets had trouble getting to their seats as everyone "spread" on the bleachers and some spots seemed to dissappear). This is the grass stadium where the MN Vikings have training camp, no track-grass right up to the bleachers-the crowd is so close some drum majors conduct from the stands. My hometown and most fav stadium to play in! Some totally biased thoughts from last night: (i have not seen much of anything live/video/etc for this season, have not even had time to read much) Govenaires: classic show for them, entertaining music choices and they performed the heck out of it. Contra (tuba?...I might be old...) solo with the gold flags is a great design choice. I suspect the closer has not been on the field long, but it is going to rock by August. MN Brass: this show is already looking polished-great guard coustuming and flags, loved the music. Great solo work in the hornline, everything looks and sounds like another DCA-sweep for MN this year :) RACINE SCOUTS: props to the 4 kids in the brass line (yep, 4). Of course there are balance issues with the full drumline and out, but they hung in and did a nice job in the ballad. Nice vocal solo, and the guard work that was ready for the show fit well. Horns were staged near the pit for most of the show. COLT CADETS: my kiddos-great job!!! Full show marching on the field, some guard works needs to be added in places yet. Big sound, then when the shakos come off you remember that many are only 12 years old...yikes! Members are very animated and selling the show, soloists did a great job, so proud of you guys! Pioneer: my vote for "most improved", but I have been out of the loop the past 2 years with the baby...anyway, wow! Big corps in all sections, lots of volume, entertaining show. The costumes and flags fit the theme great, it was easy to follow the story. They are not moving as fast or playing as many notes as the big guys, so I know they are not likely to hit top-15, but they should be very proud of this show. VIP to the cymbal line-lots of effects, good marching and visuals COLTS-Go Red Team! Love the show, set #3 grabbed the crowd great and the wall of sound on the first big hits got them roaring. Trumpet solos rocked, vocal solo was great, and lots of little details on the front sideline with pit and voice actors that added a lot (popcorn...lol...) I can't wait to see how the ending changes in the next few weeks. Narration was a bit hard to hear due to the stands so close to the pit, with speakers aimed right at the wall, but this stadium is unique, so it should not be an issue most other places. Love ya lots guys-keep up the great work! MADISON SCOUTS-love the 1990s uniforms, the whole show has the 90s feel with jazz and screaming sopranos (trumpets....). Big wall of sound was the loudest of the night. Fun, happy show. BLUECOATS-after reading a bit on this show before seeing it, I knew some things I wanted to watch for. I think they maybe the used the silver atom things more then in the first couple of shows, but I don't have any prior viewings to go on. Guard was in and on them quiet a bit, they moved around, etc. The speaker effects are very cool, I loved the muted trumpets being bounced around the field. We were sitting right on the 50, so the best possible listening point. I hope folks further out near the end zones will be able to get the same show we got. But, as cool as that was, I was the most impressed with the crazy body work the corps is doing. Is it required to take years of ballet to be in the 'coats horn line? Slow motion running...crazy cool.... I have never had a good handle on scores, so I won't go into that. Placements were as they performed, and I agree with those 100%....but I hope the COLTS overtake Madison with some crazy cleaning and a few tricks up their sleeves.... I will try to add some photos soon.
  19. After reading through the 2015 predictions thread I've noticed that not many people are counting on the Bluecoats to be top 3 or even win DCI this year. I'm just curious as to why this is? It looks as if the Bluecoats have the same exact staff this year. You would think they would be better than they were last year. After hearing rumors about the show I honestly hope they are true. And also after seeing a video of them in January marching, they look like they have a whole lot stronger visual program this year.. Anyone care to explain?
  20. For the past 2 summers I have marched with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps out of Canton Ohio, and it has changed my life completely. Performing in front of thousands of people and touring the country completely changed who I was as a person. I learned how to push myself beyond my limits and to accept nothing but perfection. Over these summers, the people I had barely known at the beginning of the summers have become my family by the time August rolled around; and that is the family I wish to return to next summer. In order to return to my family next summer, I have to put forth around $2,500-Which is the average price a member of any Drum and Bugle Corps pays. I have already taken care of a majority of those tour fees but I still need some help with the rest of the tour fees and the extra cost associated with marching. (Camp fees, etc.) My Bluecoats family is worth a lot more to me than my tour fees, and I hope that you all can see that and help me by donating. If you want to talk to me about my experience last summer, or need more convincing to donate, don't hesitate to e-mail me! Anything and everything helps! GoFundMe Link: www.gofundme.com/ryan2015 Email: Ryan.j.greco1@gmail.com Six Words, Ryan
  21. Week 1 [June 18 - June 21] (74.075) - The Cadets (73.700) - Blue Devils (73.016) - Carolina Crown (72.800) - Bluecoats (70.525) - Santa Clara Vanguard (70.250) - Phantom Regiment (69.266) - The Cavaliers (66.775) - Madison Scouts (66.400) - Boston Crusaders (65.550) - Blue Knights (64.250) - Blue Stars (63.075) - Crossmen (61.633) - Troopers (60.450) - Spirit of Atlanta (60.400) - Colts (59.975) - Pacific Crest (58.575) - Mandarins (47.350) - Pioneer - The Academy - Cascades - Jersey Surf - Oregon Crusaders *Rankings are determined by averaging the corps' scores from Sunday through Saturday.
  22. Akron Cinecast Review Let’s start off with some disclaimers. I’m a guard person, and I’m much more active in the winter than in the summer. I have no musical training, so I can’t comment much on brass or percussion. I mostly watched the color guard and overall visual effect. With that out of the way, here we go. Cavaliers: I just could not get into this show because of the cheesiness factor. My guess is this show looks and feels much different under the lights, because during the day it felt comical and forced from the guard. The guard characterization was not right for me – I know that’s what they were given, but as an overall concept I think it was wrong. Also, didn’t Crossmen do this a few years back? Positively, the marimba feature is awesome. I enjoyed the drill; lots of visual impact and some clean moments from a guard perspective. The guard relies heavily on the 8 weapon boys – kind of obvious that there are some flag members that are struggling. Cavies have a high upside with their visual, but there needs to be a more mature vibe from the color guard. Scouts: The commentators nailed it at the end of the performance: what was the significance of the actor who walks from one corner to the other corner, does a tumbling routine, and then show’s over? I know this characterization will be added in, but they’ve created so many moments around him that to not explain him or his role was criminal. They even had a show designer talking about the show who made no mention of it. I like the progression from black and white to psychedelic. The guard has a lot to clean and clarify, but I was underwhelmed by vocabulary and impact. Another reviewer said there weren’t a lot of impact moments, and I agree. What’s memorable about this show? Corps proper uniforms weren’t impressive, but the guard looked good. Overall, I would have put them last tonight. Boston: Okay, I liked this show, and I’m trying to separate bias. Michael Lentz show design is all over this production, and it’s obviously something new to DCI, let alone Boston. The corps struggled through their first performance. The visual demand is sky-high, and achievement is way behind. BAC has so much work ahead of them to clean up visually. That said, I love the moments. I am familiar with Lentz’s style in the winter, and it’s clear they went visual first (as opposed to Bluecoats/Scouts music first). The guard personifies the show, and I thought they struggled to meet a high-demand show. Weapons probably had the most drops of all corps. The last minute or two of work still needs to be filled in. But again, I like this show. I didn’t need a storyline, and clearly they know where their moments are. I thought they should have been closer to Cavies, but obviously a lot of dirt to be cleaned and filled in. I am looking forward to seeing where this show is at the end of July. Phantom: Totally opposite from Boston in terms of readability and cleanliness. This is probably my favorite PR production in sometime. Clear storyline that’s not totally hokey. PR’s guard puts a lot of emphasis on clean, readable work; although to me it looked like harder work than last year. They need to work on some of the transition stuff, especially uniform changes because it was just way too forced instead of an impactful change. The music was very enjoyable, and complimented the visual. PR has a history of adding onto their visual over the summer, so I look forward to the additions. As it stands now, they just look safe. Solidly middle of the finalist pack, and only ahead because of clarity. Very similar to last year, and I could see them getting passed by a corps or three. The white guard costumes were correct, but not totally flattering to the girls. Characterization was spot on – they expressed themselves wonderfully and believably. My favorite moment might have been the wing-flapping free arms under a toss. I’m not sure what more beef can be added to this show, so it will really be up to other corps to see if they can catch up to PR’s polished show. Cadets: I saw their run-through they posted as a live feed, so I spent a lot of time watching my friend who was featured in a lot of parts. Great overall show, and felt more traditional than the corps around them. Music was great as I love Copland. Guard was performing at a high level. I am wondering about the costume changes and hoping that adds more to the visual program. I don’t really like the blue costumes – they don’t seem to be the right shade to evoke Americana and lore. My other big criticism was the long phrases of ensemble work. I wanted to see something a little more interesting instead of the whole guard spinning the same work. That style is great for an effect, but after a while loses its luster. I see why the corps is winning; there is not a down section of the show. But I do struggle to come up with a memorable or signature moment besides the ending, which is mostly memorable for being a big musical hit. I could see this show leveling off and falling out of a medal. Crown: This was a hard show for me to consider. At times, the show was championship caliber – pushing boundaries, creating amazing visual impact, and interesting and entertaining music. But, there were also moments of nothing – no impact, no emotion, and using props/equipment just to be using props/equipment. And so I am not sure if I like this show or not. I don’t think the trampolines add much – there wasn’t anything super cool being done with them. I liked the Frisbees, but did not like the hoops the guard danced with. I hated the guard costumes – looked very high school and not like mature performers (exception: the face mask was interesting). If Crown can resolve the dead portions of their show and eliminate some of the cheesiness I would be much more on board. A lot of high achievement from the guard, but the costumes made them look young. I had similar feelings about the corps proper uniforms – I think it makes the corps look short (or maybe it was a bad camera angle). There’s a lot to play around with in this show, so I am looking forward to seeing where the show evolves. Bluecoats: Another show where I spent a lot of time looking for my friend in the guard. As an aside, I have no idea how the DCI judges stay focused for the whole show. There’s a lot of tenacity there. Back to Bloo, this show was great, but still a step behind Crown/Cadets. The problem with moving up in the rankings is you have to knock someone out, and I’m not sure if they can dislodge Crown/Cadets/BD for a medalist spot. The programming was great – I really enjoy the concept of tilt with the props and the altered field. One example – when the guard spins around the perimeter, it’s a great effect as opposed to when Madison did it which looked thin and too spread out. I appreciate a lot of the nuance, but I think they need to dial it up to take a crack at the corps above them. I love where the show is going so I hope they can pull it off.