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Nice post on BD Forum from their member: JWC507

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<<<So I spent some time this weekend in south Jersey checking

out the Cadets and Crossmen who are preparing for their

Memorial Day concert tonight. I got to hear both corps

playing their full shows and I saw a little bit of Cadets

doing some opener drill.

Initial reaction after seeing and hearing all of this...

- if the Cadets win finals this year with this show,

I will be SHOCKED.

I knew that Jay Bocook wasn't arranging for them this

year, but I didn't think the difference would be this

drastic. Don Hill is a good guy and a talented arranger,

but this totally does NOT "sound like" the Cadets. That

mellophone fire is just not there and the whole thing

sounds like...well, a lot of it sounds like a senior corps

show. They are playing ok for this time of year, and I'm

sure they'll be able to get it clean, but I just don't

like the show and I don't think it's anywhere near the

type of championship calliber it will take to be at the

top this year. (Crossmen's musical book is more complex

and difficult BY FAR.)

Cadets drumline will be VERY good this year. They are

just doing what they do and continuing the program. Also,

the guard looks to be better this year, and no surprise

there, as April Gilligan is back at the helm. For all

those who complained about the quasi-rifles last year,

they are gone...traditional guard equipment this year.

The opener drill I saw looked to have that classic

Marc Sylvester velocity to it...I wish I could have

gotten closer to check things out, but they were hauling

butt.

Oh, and for all of you who didn't like the whole stomp

box/drum set thing from '94 and '95....they're baaaack!

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy...I don't know what to say.

I guess audiences will like it because it's fun and

recognizable, but ....well, see my senior corps comment

above.

The big surprise for me this weekend was the Crossmen.

After hearing them play through this show, I already

know it will probably be my favorite show for the summer.

I knew they would most likely be a strong corps again this

summer, but this show is a major step up in demand and

sophistication for them. (This ain't Birdland!)

Expecting a big bang off at top of the show, instead they

begin with a pit feature...VERY tasty with some cool

percussive moments setting up the Metheny opener.

Considering the difficulty of the brass book, I was

very impressed with how well the brass was playing for

this time of year. I'm sure it will take much time for

it to be clean on the field, but when it is, it will

be some hot stuff. There is just so much energy in the

arrangements (both Chuck Naffier's brass parts and

Lee Beddis' drum parts), that it really builds and

releases tension quite well, and the end of the opener

reminds me of the end of the 1991 Crossmen opener.

Great stuff!

Strawberry Soup...well, I didn't have very high

expectations, especially after being so comfortable

with the classic Madison version of the early 80's

and the great brass performance of BD in '93. But

they have managed to make this tune completely their

own. Percussively, this is the best Soup EVER. The

ending is just SICK! And there are enough unique

things going on with the brass that it really

captures that great groove that works so well with

the Crossmen. I totally dug it. They haven't let their

screamers loose yet in this song, but I've been told

that that's on the way.

I did catch a few glimpses of their color guard and

they look STRONG, and their hornline was doing a bit

of the opener drill earlier in the day...again, from

a first glance, it looks to be FAR more complex and

demanding than what they have done in the past. I was

way impressed with Crossmen's marching last summer,

and they look like they will be stronger this year.>>>>

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This just makes me more excited about seeing the Crossmen this year!!! :D

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Hey folks,

Just finished another day here at Spring Training with the Crossmen.

Just wanted to say that we're having one h### of a lot of fun, and cannot wait to perform this show for an audience in a stadium!

I truly hope you all will enjoy viewing the show as much as we're enjoying putting it together.

Well, back to staff meetings and the like. . .

:sly:

Chuck Naffier

Crossmen Brass Arranger

Crossmen Program Coordinator

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Can't wait to hear you guys. And "Strawberry Soup" rocks! I even burned my old copy of Tears of Joy onto CD. Pops and all. Sure wish Sony would reissue that stuff!

BTW, I'm so glad you're playing new YAMAHA horns. And tell Lee [beddis] I LOVE those red snares with the black powder-coated hardware!

My prediction? "In sixth place, with a score of 91.75, nine-one-point-seven-five, THE CROSSMEN!"

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Hope Crossmen is doing great this year!

greetz

Harrold

Crossmen 1999/2001

The Netherlands

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Nice post on BD Forum from their member: JWC507

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<<<

I knew that Jay Bocook wasn't arranging for them this

year, but I didn't think the difference would be this

drastic. Don Hill is a good guy and a talented arranger,

but this totally does NOT "sound like" the Cadets. That

mellophone fire is just not there and the whole thing

sounds like...well, a lot of it sounds like a senior corps

show. They are playing ok for this time of year, and I'm

sure they'll be able to get it clean, but I just don't

like the show and I don't think it's anywhere near the

type of championship calliber it will take to be at the

top this year. (Crossmen's musical book is more complex

and difficult BY FAR.)

Cadets drumline will be VERY good this year. They are

just doing what they do and continuing the program. Also,

the guard looks to be better this year, and no surprise

there, as April Gilligan is back at the helm. For all

those who complained about the quasi-rifles last year,

they are gone...traditional guard equipment this year.

The opener drill I saw looked to have that classic

Marc Sylvester velocity to it...I wish I could have

gotten closer to check things out, but they were hauling

butt.

>>>>

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I wonder what a "senior corps" show is to this guy though...to me it means "entertaining, loud, fun, exciting, and something to leave me humming back to my car wanting more."

I am glad to hear Gilligan is back with Cadets. I feared she was stuck with the professor and was never going to get off the island.

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