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Each year after the first few shows, once I've had a chance to see everybody, I "take inventory" so to speak and gauge how good a year it seems to be. I do a little comparison of each corps' current show to the previous year's show - better, worse, or about the same (hey, I'm an optometrist, so it's in my nature :27_sunglasses:). The quality and engagement level of show design of course fluctuates in this activity as in any creative endeavor. If most corps are better or at least as good as the prior year, it's a good year. I've often thought , particularly doing this comparison, "Wouldn't it be awesome if every corps knocked it out of the park with their show design and had their best show ever - all in the same year?" Of course, this would never happen and it would make the next year a pretty big letdown most likely. But it's fun to think about. Or, what if you could bring back any show from the past and see it live? What would your "Ultimate Finals" look like? There have been lots of discussion and polls over the years about the best or favorite shows, but I don't recall seeing one quite like this. Here are the criteria: pick twelve different corps (not different shows/years from the same corps) and the show from each that would be in your personal Ultimate Finals competition, as well as the performance order and venue. This doesn't necessarily have to be what you think are the "best" or highest scoring shows, but the ones that would make for the most enjoyable evening for you personally. And I'm not looking for scores or how you think the competition would shake out - just what would leave you the most entertained by the performances on their own merits. You can choose any Finalist show from any year in the DCI era.

Here's my Ultimate Finals:

Venue: Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, WI (packed to the gills)

Weather: Clear skies, 79 degrees, calm wind, 35% humidity

Before the Show - Future Corps outside the stadium

7:00pm   -   National Anthem - Al Chez

7:06pm   -   2000 U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps (Exhibition)

7:30pm   -   1992 Crossmen

7:47pm   -   1980 Spirit of Atlanta

8:04pm   -   1980 Bridgemen

8:21pm   -   2004 Cavaliers

8:38pm   -   1993 Star of Indiana

8:55pm   -   1995 Madison Scouts

9:12pm   -   Intermission - DrumLine Battle: The Old Guard vs. Hellcats

9:35pm   -   2016 Bluecoats

9:52pm   -   1987 Garfield Cadets

10:09pm -   2013 Carolina Crown

10:26pm -   2017 Blue Devils

10:43pm -   2008 Phantom Regiment

11:00pm -   2018 Santa Clara Vanguard

11:25pm -   1994 27th Lancers Alumni Corps (Exhibition)

11:47pm -   Ambulance to nearest ER, possibly coroner

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Here's my Ultimate Finals:

Venue: Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, WI (packed to the gills)

Weather: Clear skies, 79 degrees, calm wind, 35% humidity

Before the Show - Future Corps outside the stadium

7:00pm   -   National Anthem - Al Chez

7:06pm   -   2000 U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps (Exhibition)

7:30pm   -   1992 Crossmen

7:47pm   -   2001 Cavaliers

8:04pm   -   1980 Bridgemen

8:21pm   -   2000 Boston Crusaders

8:38pm   -   2015 Carolina Crown

8:55pm   -   2004 Santa Clara Vanguard

9:12pm   -   Intermission: Jack Daniels

9:35pm   -   2016 Bluecoats

9:52pm   -   1987 Garfield Cadets

10:09pm -   1986 Blue Devils

10:26pm -   1987 Santa Clara Vanguard

10:43pm -   2008 Phantom Regiment

11:00pm -   2018 Santa Clara Vanguard

11:25pm -   1994 27th Lancers Alumni Corps (Exhibition)

11:47pm -   Jack Daniels

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Jeff,

You have 3 Santa Claras listed. You can only pick one! I like the JD pick though.

Shawn

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Here's mine

Venue: Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, WI (packed to the gills)

Weather: Clear skies, 72 degrees, calm wind, 35% humidity

Before the Show - USMC Drum and Bugle Corps

7:00pm   -   National Anthem - Future Corps

7:06pm   -   2012 Spirit of Atlanta (Exhibition)

7:30pm   -   1986 Suncoast Sound

7:47pm   -   1991 Phantom Regiment

8:04pm   -   2003 Carolina Crown

8:21pm   -   1989 Velvet Knights

8:38pm   -   1985 Star of Indiana

8:55pm   -   2000 Boston Crusaders

9:12pm   -   Intermission - Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk

9:35pm   -   1992 Crossmen

9:52pm   -   1996 Bluecoats

10:09pm -   1991 Santa Clara Vanguard

10:26pm -   1995 Cadets of Bergen County

10:43pm -   2014 Blue Devils

11:00pm -   1995 Madison Scouts

11:25pm -   1994 27th Lancers Alumni Corps (Exhibition)

11:47pm -   Full corps retreat-American the Beautiful, followed by each corps playing/singing one final piece prior to exiting

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37 minutes ago, On the 50 said:

Jeff,

You have 3 Santa Claras listed. You can only pick one! I like the JD pick though.

Shawn

it's my ultimate finals, ergo, i picked my Ultimate finals.

 

in a truly perfect world, the stadium would sell Jack Daniels!

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1 minute ago, Jeff Ream said:

it's my ultimate finals, ergo, i picked my Ultimate finals.

 

in a truly perfect world, the stadium would sell Jack Daniels!

I concur!

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16 minutes ago, Jeff Ream said:

it's my ultimate finals, ergo, i picked my Ultimate finals. 

Let the baseball/lacrosse coach know you'll be missing practice today because of detention.

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Venue: Warhawk Stadium Whitewater Wisc 

Weather: Something comfortable without that Wisconsin humidity

Before the show: Hanging with drum corps buds. Larry in his best Flounder voice saying :"Oh boy, is this great!?"

National Anthem: Doc Severinsin in his day

Exhibition Corps: Anaheim Kingsmen Alumni 

Corps in I don't care which order or start time:

1979 Troopers

1973 Madison Scouts

2018  Boston Crusaders

2015 Carolina Crown

2017 Blue Devils

1979 27th Lancers

2017 Academy 

1983 Garfield Cadets

2014 Bluecoats

2008 Phantom Regiment

1995 Cavaliers 

2018 Santa Clara Vanguard

 

 

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1987 Sky Ryders

2002 Boston Crusaders

1991 Star of Indiana

2002 Cavaliers

1980 27th Lancers

1982 Blue Devils

1984 Garfield Cadets

2013 Carolina Crown

1995 Madison Scouts

2016 Bluecoats

1989 Santa Clara Vanguard

2008 Phantom Regiment

Full corps retreat with each of them leaving the field as they play their signature song followed by a exhibition by the 2017 Santa Clara Alumni Corps. 

 

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A finals show where the corps are not slotted prior to the show.

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