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9 hours ago, N.E. Brigand said:

One word:

 

 

 

 

 

Bagpipes.

I LOVE this!!!

And make everyone (including the pit) tune to the pipe scale. 

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Stop: Useless and non-value added body movements

Start: Moving while playing and playing more

Change: the idea that this is somehow the same as an off Broadway theatrical production

 

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29 minutes ago, CrownBariDad said:

I LOVE this!!!

And make everyone (including the pit) tune to the pipe scale. 

Wait. There is a pipe scale?

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29 minutes ago, CrownBariDad said:

And make everyone (including the pit) tune to the pipe scale. 

Wasn't that what we did with the G Bugles back in the 70s?

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Stop: masking brass sound with A & E.  Let’s hear the brass lines themselves without electronic enhancement.  Mic ONLY soloists.

start: limiting the amount of props/prop items.  This will minimize prop assembly areas, prop trucks, prop crews being the horn lines.

change: static “staging” of brass, guard and percussion to being more on the move.  Designers have given in to reducing movement to enable “features” to the point where every production had multiple features. Well it feels like it.

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12 minutes ago, MikeRapp said:

Wait. There is a pipe scale?

Yep. This is a pretty good technical description. Even if you use a "concert" chanter (tuned closer to standard concert pitch), there are notes that don't quite match up.  That gives bagpipes its character or drives some folks quite mad.

http://publish.uwo.ca/~emacphe3/pipes/acoustics/pipescale.html

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2 hours ago, Old Corps Guy said:

STOP THE VIOLENCE...…………………………………………..

I'm sorry, did you say violins or violence?  Maybe stop both???????????

:fight:     :giljotiini:     :whistle: 

Thank you, Emily Litella

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Stop using microphones for full ensemble brass. I am fine with solos and perhaps a small duet, trio, quartet, etc. 

Start using less mallets. With amps I just feel there is no need for all those mallets out there. I'd like to hear more rhythm or orchestral percussion coupled with the battery on the field. Not sure when brass and bells (my generic term for all the mallets) became such a desired sound. I can't recall ever playing in brass band or my college brass ensemble and thinking, "this needs more bells."  I don't mind some when it supports the music, but it's way overused. I frankly was glad BD pulled back in some areas this year and featured some violin, guitar, some nice grooves, etc. But to me, all the corps are just using too many mallets and that has partly been the problem with allowing the field brass and drums to shine a bit more. 

Change the judging sheets so that electronic malfunctions and bad balance is reflected in GE Music and Music Analysis. 

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Electronic issues should be penalized. If the brass ensemble has huge phasing issues or muddy releases, they get penalized. Electronics should be no different.

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  • STOP- Unnecessary body movement. Get a good movement person and visually interpret your music correctly. 
  • START- Judging the amount of time units play as a group. The amount of time your percussion  and brass play should matter.
  • CHANGE- There are to many non-judge-able elements in drum corps shows. ( singers, choirs,violins, guitars and all the electronic sounds that are produced ) The judging has to evolve at the same rate as the shows.
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