Assembling a top 12 to watch Saturday


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I'm assembling a set of 12 shows to watch Saturday because of no finals, to show my cousin who is in high school band. Because I'm a nerd who enjoys challenges, I decided to make it harder by imposing the following rules:

  • Only one show per year; can't have both Blue Stars 2010 and Phantom 2010
  • Only one show per corps; can't have both Blue Stars 2010 and Blue Stars 2014
  • Only one show per semifinals placement; can't have both Blue Stars 2010 and Madison 2013

With those rules in place, what is your top 12? (I'll post mine below later.)

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This was really, really hard. I’ve only really followed DCI closely since 2014, I have a somewhat decent knowledge of 2008-13 from videos, and not much knowledge of 2007 and earlier. I can't believe I'm omitting The Cadets, because there are certainly several shows that I do like, but when I inserted any of them (i.e. 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2015, for example) into this puzzle ... well it broke by its displacement of another corps (so my apologies to fans or alumni of The Cadets ... absolutely no relection on the corps).    

In order by placement from 1 through 12 in semis:

2014 Blue Devils – Felliniesque – 1
2012 Carolina Crown – For the Common Good – 2
2015 Bluecoats – Kinetic Noise – 3
2013 Santa Clara Vanguard – Les Miserables – 4
2016 The Cavaliers – Propaganda – 5
2010 Phantom Regiment – Into the Light – 6
2019 Blue Knights – I Remember Everything – 7
2003 Madison Scouts – GOLD, GREEN AND RED: The Music of Benoit Jutras – 8
2007 Boston Crusaders – A Picasso Suite – 9
2018 Mandarins – Life Rite After - 10
2011 Blue Stars – ReBourne – 11
2009 Troopers – Western Side Story – 12 

I’m lukewarm on my picks for 8-11, TBH.

If there is not a requirement that the corps finished in the Top 12 in semis (and thus made finals), then I replace the 2018 Mandarins with 2018 Spirit of Atlanta – Knock! – 13 (for personal and biased reasons).  

 

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22 minutes ago, SOA Dad said:

This was really, really hard. I’ve only really followed DCI closely since 2014, I have a somewhat decent knowledge of 2008-13 from videos, and not much knowledge of 2007 and earlier. I can't believe I'm omitting The Cadets, because there are certainly several shows that I do like, but when I inserted any of them (i.e. 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2015, for example) into this puzzle ... well it broke by its displacement of another corps (so my apologies to fans or alumni of The Cadets ... absolutely no relection on the corps).    

In order by placement from 1 through 12 in semis:

2014 Blue Devils – Felliniesque – 1
2012 Carolina Crown – For the Common Good – 2
2015 Bluecoats – Kinetic Noise – 3
2013 Santa Clara Vanguard – Les Miserables – 4
2016 The Cavaliers – Propaganda – 5
2010 Phantom Regiment – Into the Light – 6
2019 Blue Knights – I Remember Everything – 7
2003 Madison Scouts – GOLD, GREEN AND RED: The Music of Benoit Jutras – 8
2007 Boston Crusaders – A Picasso Suite – 9
2018 Mandarins – Life Rite After - 10
2011 Blue Stars – ReBourne – 11
2009 Troopers – Western Side Story – 12 

I’m lukewarm on my picks for 8-11, TBH.

If there is not a requirement that the corps finished in the Top 12 in semis (and thus made finals), then I replace the 2018 Mandarins with 2018 Spirit of Atlanta – Knock! – 13 (for personal and biased reasons).  

 

I really like your 2003 pick.  That corps really played...and they got better each of the next two years.

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1st  84 Cadets

2nd  Tie 87 SCV/89 Regiment/14 Bloo

3rd  90 Star

4th  95 Madison

5th  97 Madison

6th  85 Suncoast Sound

7th  94 Blue Knights

8th  96 Magic of Orlando

9th  Tie 83 Cavaliers/86 Troopers

10th  17 Blue Stars

11th  16 Academy

12th  88 Sky Ryders

13th  92 Glassmen

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08 Phantom

18 SCV

87 Cadets

86 BD

92 Crossmen

99 Madison

00 Boston

15 Crown

93 Star

01 Cavies

80 Bridgemen

16 Bluecoats

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This was fun, but quite difficult because there are some shows I really hated to leave out!

1. Santa Clara Vanguard 2018

2.  Phantom Regiment 2006

3. The Cadets 2013

4. Blue Devils 2005 (not a typo...)

5. Carolina Crown 2014

6. Blue Knights 2015

7. Bluecoats 2007

8. Madison Scouts 2003

9. Boston Crusaders 2004

10. Blue Stars 2017

11. Magic of Orlando 2002

12. Crossmen 2012

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I had to do some major cutting just to make it a Top-12.  I chose these corps because they generated incredible crowd emotion, response, and entertainment.  I also felt that a mix of all five decades was necessary in order to get the evolution of the activity (yes, I know I didn't get the piston/rotor years).

SCV 2018 – Babylon

Boston Crusaders 2017 – Wicked Games

Bluecoats 2016 – Tilt

Carolina Crown 2015 – Inferno

Blue Devils 2014 – Felliniesque

Phantom Regiment 2008 – Spartacus

Madison Scouts 1995 – A Drum Corps Fan’s Dream

Velvet Knights 1992 – Magical Mystery Tour, Part 3

Suncoast Sound 1985 – Florida Suite

Garfield Cadets 1984 – West Side Story

27th Lancers 1980

Bridgemen 1978

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This is hard.

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1. Carolina Crown 2013

2. 27th Lancers 1980

3. The Cadets 2013

4. Santa Clara Vanguard 2014

5. Boston Crusaders 2000

6. Bluecoats 2012

7. Madison 1999

8. Phantom Regiment 1988

9. Blue Stars 2016

10. North Star 1978

11. Cavaliers 1979

12. Sky Ryders 1988

Sorry I could not include some of the corps that have made DCI what it is: Blue Devils, Kingsmen, Troopers, Kilties, Guardsmen, Crossmen to name a few, but there were other shows for each placement I liked better.

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