1975 - What 'Could' Have Happened, But Didn't.


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I know this is a stretch but, given how good we know the Muchachos were and the 'possibility' that the Kingsmen could be even close to their 1974 level, it is likely the Regiment would have finished in 12th. It's all conjecture now but, that 75 Regiment show was AWESOME (IMO). Sure, they could have used a little more help percussion wise but, that brass line was great!  

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In the late '70s I was in a community marching band and we were shown this video of Phantom '75.  Back then technology was on the forefront of cartridge video tape (the machine was the size of a '70s

The tick era had interesting outcomes at times.

I think the Bayonne opportunity and his NJ roots may have been a draw to go  back East. 

I'm probably in the minority, but I always thought of the Muchachos as overrated in 75. The same BATW hornline as 74,  but they had some weak links. I don't think they were even all that close to Madison and SCV in the days going into DCI Philly and even the Cavaliers were on their tail, which may have prompted the narc-out...I dunno, just speculating. 

Anyway, yes, PR was very enjoyable in 75. We got a very early season look at them in the new unis, capes, etc and they were impressive. Hungarian Dance was a short and sweet number and Tannhauser (sp?) was a delight. I think that may have been Marty Hurley's first year there with the percussion. It took him a few years, but he developed some strong drumlines eventually. 

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When Kingsmen went inactive in 1975, how did it impact other corps? Did some members go to Blue Devils? I know a couple guys ended up with the Blue Stars. 

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4 hours ago, mcjordansc said:

When Kingsmen went inactive in 1975, how did it impact other corps? Did some members go to Blue Devils? I know a couple guys ended up with the Blue Stars. 

The Kingsmen folding didn't really affect Drum Corps other than everyone got to move up a spot.  There was a diaspora from Anaheim to Concord, Santa Clara, Freelancers, Bayonne, 2-7, all over.  Yours truly to South Central L.A. (U.S.C).

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14 hours ago, OldSnareDrummer said:

I'm probably in the minority, but I always thought of the Muchachos as overrated in 75. The same BATW hornline as 74,  but they had some weak links. I don't think they were even all that close to Madison and SCV in the days going into DCI Philly and even the Cavaliers were on their tail, which may have prompted the narc-out...I dunno, just speculating. 

Anyway, yes, PR was very enjoyable in 75. We got a very early season look at them in the new unis, capes, etc and they were impressive. Hungarian Dance was a short and sweet number and Tannhauser (sp?) was a delight. I think that may have been Marty Hurley's first year there with the percussion. It took him a few years, but he developed some strong drumlines eventually. 

1976 was the first year Marty Hurley took charge of the Phantom Regiment percussion program.

As for 1975 Muchachos, they beat SCV in their last meeting prior to DCI, and Cavaliers never came within three points.  My guess is they were headed for a dogfight with Blue Devils over 3rd place, with Muchachos ahead in prelims based on the performance they threw down.  But you can look back at August scores and see how wide a variety of possible outcomes we had BITD.

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25 minutes ago, cixelsyd said:

  But you can look back at August scores and see how wide a variety of possible outcomes we had BITD.

The tick era had interesting outcomes at times.

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3 hours ago, cixelsyd said:

1976 was the first year Marty Hurley took charge of the Phantom Regiment percussion program.

As for 1975 Muchachos, they beat SCV in their last meeting prior to DCI, and Cavaliers never came within three points.  My guess is they were headed for a dogfight with Blue Devils over 3rd place, with Muchachos ahead in prelims based on the performance they threw down.  But you can look back at August scores and see how wide a variety of possible outcomes we had BITD.

I think the fight for 3rd, 4th and 5th would have been intense between the Muchachos, BD and 2-7.

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2 hours ago, Ghost said:

The tick era had interesting outcomes at times.

Don't forget, the saying "May you live in interesting times" is a Chinese curse, not a desired outcome.  

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