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When did a uniform become a costume

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I was just thinking the Crossmen are getting a new "uniform" this year after wearing the current version for the last 10 years. As I think back I believe the Cadets, Vanguard and Boston seem to maintain a semblance of a uniform. With all the sighting, It feels more and more we are going to costumes for the Brass and Drum sections?

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One person's "uniform" is another person's "costume." In the drum corps sense, combining the theatricality of a more "costumed" look onto an existing militaristic "uniform" has been going on for decades. Credit (or blame, depending on how you look at it) Bobby Hoffman, I guess. What the Bridgemen did with those iconic uniforms in the mid to late 70's changed the way many designers went about outfitting their corps forever. Regardless, it's all pretty much a hybrid these days anyway. Even the Cadets uniforms are no longer made of wool like their original cadet-style West Point uniforms were made at the time.

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When opening this topic based on the title, I thought it would be about color guard. Alas I was wrong.

Uniform: everything is the same. All alike. From Mirriam-Webster's: : presenting an unvaried appearance of surface, pattern, or color <uniform red brick houses>

Costume: : the clothes that are worn by someone (such as an actor) who is trying to look like a different person or thing

Corps proper are still wearing uniforms. Whether or not they are military-style or not is a different matter, but you can't say they aren't wearing uniforms. As for the color guards, they are the ones who it's changed from uniform to costume.

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IMO, calling something a "costume" because you don't like how it looks is about as closed minded as it gets.

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I was just thinking the Crossmen are getting a new "uniform" this year after wearing the current version for the last 10 years. As I think back I believe the Cadets, Vanguard and Boston seem to maintain a semblance of a uniform. With all the sighting, It feels more and more we are going to costumes for the Brass and Drum sections?

Simple: the Crossmen wear a uniform. The guy who stands in the backfield bleachers in a skull mask spreading his cape open before they begin performing is wearing a costume. :tounge2:

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I think an argument can be made that Phantom's new...outfits are just costumes that every member happens to wear. So, like, a uniform costume. Costumed uniformity. Something.

(This is just a really bad joke, I promise.

Like Phantom's new uniforms! Whoa!

I'm sorry.)

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