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Some background info. PC and Bloo alum. Taught a group that won it recently but not on staff anymore or anytime soon. Here it goes!

Got into the stadium late since security made it difficult to get into the tunnel so sorry incognito and watchmen I miss you guys.

Golden empire

Really fun show. Dug the jazzy crime theme and really appreciated the screamers. Mello soloist made a nice recovery and the crowd showed their appreciation for the recovered delivery. What a "sophomore year" for these guys! Hope to see them strive some more.

Impulse

Was definitely rough around the edges but for 19 horns they definitely put out more sound than GE. Really cool visual development towards the end of what they had. Still an incomplete product.

Gold

Gonna be really honest on this one. The kids are marching, spinning and playing their butts off but this show is a real turn off for me. It feels like a bad riverside community college show. I honestly expected something along the lines of what they've done the past years. This pop star theme is also I think what Dino fans thought electronics would go. The kids are great but the staff let them down design wise.

Mandarins

Holy cow this show is aggressive! Love the uniforms now that their in and how some of the guard members play and spin. Crowd really dug it and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Clean it up and they'll be tussling with the likes of spirit and colts! Lots to clean in this show so there's plenty of room to grow! Best mandarins since 2013.

Academy

Such a fun show. Crowd are it up! Simple to follow and definitely a family show! The kids will love this one! The hornline sounds really refined compared to the last couple of seasons. Trumpets are strong too. Visually though this could use some work. Again it's early so it's all cleanable! (I'm a vis judge for a local circuit so I'm sort of good at it but not DCI good). But as for tonight I saw PC having the visual strengths with academy havin the musical ones. Gonna be great by finals week!

Side note: academy had the best clarity as far as the double tonguing goes. You heard a consistent space between the notes and every note spoke and rang very well!

BK

That hornline cannot be hyped enough! I heard them on the very choppy live broadcast and was impressed. Hearing it live was another level! Cant wait to see the closer to this! Also, those drums are on a killer level. Should be a top 6 finish from that line again this season.

PC

Softest corps from a volume standpoint but definitely the secon cleanest from a visual standpoint. The drill and guard killed it tonight but I'm sure the "catalyst" not being covered in silks hurt this and GE as it left much to be desired. There's a virtuosic trumpet feature that is pretty cool and intense. Hope they can pull a top 14 finish and maybe a top 12 if the design cards align this year.

Btw, the unis looked stellar in this stadium.

Phantom

Not gonna lie, this might be my hot dog corps just because it leaves much to be desired. Drums are better but I guess I expected more from this program. I guess I miss jd shaw arranging for them more than I thought I would. The talent is there but the arrangements leaves me flat. Guard is fantastic though. But that's been a trend dice Juliet.

Side note, hope that euph player that took a spill early on is ok. Looked like an ankle roll. Speedy recovery kid!

Devils

Such a great show from an entertainment standpoint. Loved what they bring to the table and as time has gone by im really appreciating the athleticism of the members. There is a high amount of individual demand out there. Each member is giving it their all and I applaud them for it. Only quarrel visually is that there's too much scatter and it takes away from the possibility of better effect. Just feels like an abused effect. Also, the k pop section feels like forced electronic integration. Personally (not everyone's opinion) I think replacing it with Duck Sauces "Big Bad Wolf." It would've made better sense I would've laughed. Loved this show either way.

Side note: don't watch that songs music video. It's made for a drug enduced experience.

Scv

Ok, definite top 3 dark horse of the year. The only thing keeping that spread between them and Devs is that their show is less produced than Devs. The horns have a chunk of holds that will be embellished with the proper visuals and body work to make this show pop. Jd shaw has done wonders with this group and it's paying dividends. Tubas sound spectacular in their feature and didn't sound phased by the simultaneous visual demand. Reminds me of Bloos tubas...oh wait ;).

All in all in mostly agreed with the placements. I personally would've had bk over phantom and maybe a closer gap between academy, PC and mandarins. Things will change later though. Great night save for rose bowl security and a couple of other non performance related things.

Good night and I've got lot watching to do tomorrow at RCC.

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Nice review. Thanks for the eyes from the "Left Coast".

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Nice review. Enjoyed my read.

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I missed Golden Empire thru Academy due to prior commitments with SCV and BD.

BK-watched them do basics. 8s&8s. Looked like a MB. OUT OF STEPNESS! In July?

Academy looked good on a practice field.

PC-sigh I love this corps and I know about 100 people who marched over the years; the weekend only model just doesn't a competitive corps make.

Rockford - traditional uniforms; even a Sgt. Chevron as opening set. Sweet horn line as usual. Clair de Lune and Gershwin a treat. Daring drill being in all white.

Santa Clara- as they took the field, a passive (bored) fan said "they look tired" those words got swallowed in a gasp following the showcase opener featuring tribute drill (to Myron)

Concord - horn line & cg top notch as usual.. Battery a. Hair off in time. Appreciated a soloist going for a double A.

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I missed Golden Empire thru Academy due to prior commitments with SCV and BD.

BK-watched them do basics. 8s&8s. Looked like a MB. OUT OF STEPNESS! In July?

Academy looked good on a practice field.

PC-sigh I love this corps and I know about 100 people who marched over the years; the weekend only model just doesn't a competitive corps make.

Rockford - traditional uniforms; even a Sgt. Chevron as opening set. Sweet horn line as usual. Clair de Lune and Gershwin a treat. Daring drill being in all white.

Santa Clara- as they took the field, a passive (bored) fan said "they look tired" those words got swallowed in a gasp following the showcase opener featuring tribute drill (to Myron)

Concord - horn line & cg top notch as usual.. Battery a. Hair off in time. Appreciated a soloist going for a double A.

You do realise this is a 2015 thread, right?

Maybe start at 2016 Rose Bowl thread?

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You do realise this is a 2015 thread, right?

Maybe start at 2016 Rose Bowl thread?

i think that means I made a small edit recently and the time stamp changed to the post. I initially wrote and posted to a 2015 thread (which is where it appears) We use WordPress to power the BBS's CMS...Ill look into it and submit a bug report if this happens again. Are you sure that my 2015 review is posted in a 2016 thread?

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