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Is anyone becoming bored w/the Avant Garde shows?

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51 minutes ago, xandandl said:

exactly which is why giving "infallible" edicts as posts is fruitless and self-serving.

Now you've lost me 

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I strongly suspect that Bluecoats’ merch sales give the org all the validation they need and want.

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Since nobody's done this yet, and I've tried being nice, waiting in vain for some other pedant, it's AVANT garde, thank you.

Now, to answer the question; As a four decade drum corps fan, I love when corps try to do something new, and unleash some deep meaning. As long as they have a loud hornline with a challenging book, smooth beats with lots of notes, and a guard that can spin, toss, and dance well, I'm good. Maybe I get what they're trying to say (I feel you, BK), maybe I don't (Not going to name names).

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I'm not so much bored with Avant Garde shows as I am frustrated with designers thinking their notions (whether that's an abstract theme, a more concrete one, a fairly straightforward story, or my personal pet peeve, something that looks vaguely like a story of some kind) communicate far more clearly on the field than they actually do. Too often it feels like I'm watching a straight up contest of drum corps concept designers and how the judges happen to feel about their concepts rather than a competition of marching musicians and their performance qualities.

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10 hours ago, E3D said:

why change now?  The activity is going to die away soon anyway. 

 

It's been doing that slowly for 25+ years.

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1 minute ago, FlamMan said:

It's been doing that slowly for 25+ years.

And like global warming, it has accelerated!

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I know it is not about the fans, but if we did not show up there would be a lot less $$$$.  What I would think would be cool one year would be for fans to come up with themes, take a poll - cull that number, and then the top 25 (or the number of WC corps) would pick a theme drawn out of hat.    Corps gets to pick the music to represent said theme.

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1 hour ago, Forevergreen said:

I know it is not about the fans, but if we did not show up there would be a lot less $$$$.  What I would think would be cool one year would be for fans to come up with themes, take a poll - cull that number, and then the top 25 (or the number of WC corps) would pick a theme drawn out of hat.    Corps gets to pick the music to represent said theme.

While your idea is too radical to ever actually happen, I do agree that fans must be drawn into the direction of the activity. I have said many time here that fans should be given a 1-3 point sheet caption and vote on an app during shows. Fan reaction and opinion should count for something. I would 100% LOVE to see your idea used though!

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