Assembling a top 12 to watch Saturday


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5 hours ago, Marc66 said:

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

Tilt was 2014 so conflicts with BD pick. Can we make an exception though? I really like this list... I dig that there are some really fun/light-hearted shows mixed in with some really dark/serious shows.

 

 

Also, who the heck rated this topic 1-star?? 

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  1. Blue Devils 2019 (Ghostlight)
  2. Bluecoats 2014 (Tilt)
  3. Carolina Crown 2016 (Relentless) 
  4. Garfield Cadets 1989 (Les Mis)
  5. Santa Clara Vanguard 2009 (Ballet for Martha: Appalachian Spring)
  6. The Cavaliers 1998 (Traditions for a New Era)
  7. Madison Scouts 1997 (Pirates of Lake Mendota)
  8. Crossmen 1992 (Songs for the Planet Earth)
  9. Blue Stars 2008 (Le Tour)
  10. Blue Knights 1993 (The Next Generation)
  11. Velvet Knights 1990 (Universal Studio/Hollywood Tour)
  12. Sky Ryders 1987 (West Side Story)

Not sure if this works with your rules, but I tried to only include 1 corps that won the title (BD) and then tried to put the other corps close to where they placed although not exactly. This way it would feel like a normal top 12 but with corps from different years. 

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24 minutes ago, jwillis35 said:
  1. Blue Devils 2019 (Ghostlight)
  2. Bluecoats 2014 (Tilt)
  3. Carolina Crown 2016 (Relentless) 
  4. Garfield Cadets 1989 (Les Mis)
  5. Santa Clara Vanguard 2009 (Ballet for Martha: Appalachian Spring)
  6. The Cavaliers 1998 (Traditions for a New Era)
  7. Madison Scouts 1997 (Pirates of Lake Mendota)
  8. Crossmen 1992 (Songs for the Planet Earth)
  9. Blue Stars 2008 (Le Tour)
  10. Blue Knights 1993 (The Next Generation)
  11. Velvet Knights 1990 (Universal Studio/Hollywood Tour)
  12. Sky Ryders 1987 (West Side Story)

Not sure if this works with your rules, but I tried to only include 1 corps that won the title (BD) and then tried to put the other corps close to where they placed although not exactly. This way it would feel like a normal top 12 but with corps from different years. 

Doesn't quite work for the rules but it's a good list all the same.

I just watched Sky Ryders 1987 for the first time and holy moly is that a good show.

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15 minutes ago, ftwdrummer said:

Doesn't quite work for the rules but it's a good list all the same.

I just watched Sky Ryders 1987 for the first time and holy moly is that a good show.

84 Cadets was the best musical version of WSS.

87 Sky Ryders was the best THEATRICAL version.

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18 hours 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).  

 

Cavies 2016.... nice

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1. 1987 Cadets

2. 1993 Star of Indiana

3. 1997 SCV

4. 2005 Madison Scouts

5. 1991 Blue Devils

6. 2000 Blue Knights

7. 1992 Crossmen

8. 2006 Carolina Crown

9. 1996 Bluecoats

10. 2018 Mandarins

11. 2016 Academy

12. 1999 Colts

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This was a bit challenging, but here's what I got:

1 Cadets 2000

2 Star 93

3 BD 06

4 Crown 08

5 Glassmen 99

6 BK 15

7 SCV 92

8 Blue Stars 10

9 Crossmen 02

10 Madison 01

11 Bluecoats 91

12 Spirit 03

13 Colts 14

14 Pac Crest 19

I found it was easier starting with the first show that came to mind for placements and working from there.

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Just started watching my list.  And if you have forgotten about Colts 1999, do yourself a favor and re-watch it.  I still believe it is possibly the best 12th place ever.  What a way to start a Finals show!  

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Update: my final list in order of presentation ended up being:

12. Crossmen 2012
11. Blue Knights 2009
10. Boston Crusaders 1999
9. Blue Stars 2014
8. Santa Clara Vanguard 1992
7. Bluecoats 2008

INT

6. Carolina Crown 2007
5. Phantom Regiment 2011
4. Madison Scouts 1995
3. Cadets 2003 (only because I couldn't find full videos of Cadets 2001 or Cadets 1996)
2. Blue Devils 2004 (especially for my dad, who works for the railroad)
1. Cavaliers 2006

Music-before-scores: Cadets 2003 in an auditorium ripping through the end of Malaguena

Retreat: 2008

Encore: Bluecoats 2016

My parents, a friend of theirs (watching drum corps for the first time, though she's heard me and my sister talk about it plenty before), and my cousin. General review was rankings were in order of performance (that is, Crossmen 2012 in 12th, Cavies 2006 in 1st).

If I were to go back and do it again, I'd probably slot in Blue Knights 2010 instead of 2009, and might opt for Cadets 2009 over Cadets 2003 (though my preference is still 2001 or 1996).

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On 8/7/2020 at 4:09 PM, Musicman1084 said:

Tilt was 2014 so conflicts with BD pick. Can we make an exception though? I really like this list... I dig that there are some really fun/light-hearted shows mixed in with some really dark/serious shows.

 

 

Also, who the heck rated this topic 1-star?? 

 

On 8/7/2020 at 10:19 AM, Marc66 said:

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

 

DANG...You're right - I guess my ADHD really kicked in.  I'd actually keep Bluecoats and move to Blue Devils 2003 - The Phenomenon of Cool.

 

As for the 1-Star?  This is why I love the subjectivity of drum corps, and art in general...they just happen to wrong 😉

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