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  2. Rocketman

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    #2 = Too much truth! It's exceedingly sad to think that they are (allegedly) emphasizing visual and then put out what we see on the field. Combined with highly questionable musical arrangements, and you have a recipe for disaster (2017 - 2018). IMO, Wills best work was 2016, and has been progressively less each year since, coinciding with the continued drop in placement. I fear 2019!
  3. George Dixon

    The Cadets 2019

    like others have mentioned I'm excited to see the talent level and member preparedness one year removed but mostly excited (even a little anxious) to see what they come up with as a show design with the shackles off - I have a feeling (hope?) we will see a much better thought out concept and full design integration. Last year we saw a big improvement in developing the show *in season* with smart changes and additions. Quite the change from years past. If that same wisdom is used for the overall show construction we may see a vastly improved design. Let's hope so!
  4. Terri Schehr

    The Cadets 2019

    I’m really excited to see what they do this year, starting with a completely clean slate.
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  6. 2000Cadet

    The Cadets 2019

    Except a year ago, the Cadets were going through a sh&tstorm...
  7. Jeff Ream

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    i march in Phantom cause i like 4th place....
  8. Hook'emCavies

    The Cavaliers 2019

    Haha! I love that style. Do you have spies following me around?? Hahaha!
  9. HockeyDad

    curious

    Thanks Blue Stars Dad, we’re glad you’re being cautious and not saying what corps your daughter’s in 🙂
  10. xandandl

    2019 Phantom Regiment

    "I march with Phantom 'cause I like straight lines..." (that old 1812 ditty.)
  11. xandandl

    curious

    for you or for her?
  12. I've always thought Smith's "Gala XXV" would work. Or "Variations on a Theme of Robert Schuman" by Robert Jager
  13. xandandl

    The Cavaliers 2019

    which explains the crew cut???
  14. Hook'emCavies

    The Cavaliers 2019

    I just came back from my barber shop and I bumped into a gentleman who marched with The Cavaliers in 2012. He is a very nice guy and teaches at my high school. I learned a lot from him and it made me even more excited for the season!!! Woo!
  15. Jeff Ream

    The Cadets 2019

    Well, kinda. Last year at this time, they were already knee deep into stuff, but then had to go and redesign a ton. Now, they could start from scratch without...uh....certain influences in the fall. If they had had last years final version of the show, with some tweaks from day 1....may have seen different results. The massive overhaul starting in late April last year never allowed them to get caught up, and at that point, there could have been kids they may have had on the field that went elsewhere because of the stigma of the corps prior to April 2018.
  16. Jeff Ream

    Bluecoats and Thank You Scientist

    and honestly.....drum corps will never be mass marketable. it's band as far as the world is concerned. Remember we have kids in corps or bands wearing Under Armour gear, but UA sees no benefit in any kind of marketing agreement. At college football games, unless it's a place with serious tradition, large chunks of the crowd get up at halftime when the bands perform....even see more and more people coming in late instead of watching the traditional pregame stuff at many schools. Heck now, you even get more piped in music during the game than just the band. I said this just last night on the DCP Facebook page. We're band nerds, and in drum corps, we're the uber nerds. We're "hey that one time at band camp". DCI decided years ago, and while i was against it then, I see the wisdom now....the growth is going to come from the band world, and has. The key is once they come, retaining them. yes the activity has shed "legacy fans" disenchanted with the product....they lost me for a few years! But DCi realized the key is getting the kids, and trying to keep them as they get older, and hook their parents too, because as we've seen too many times, alumni #### on the activity they claim to love over and over and over again. You'll never win those folks, because they can't even agree on what era of drum corps they want to see it revert to.
  17. Jeff Ream

    Bluecoats and Thank You Scientist

    again it's the cost of the theaters and the live feed. Those are the big cost drivers. Fathom isn't doing the event to be nice, they are doing it to make money. if it ever started losing money for Fathom, it'd be done
  18. BlueStarsDad

    curious

    My daughter heads to April camp in a week ... won't say what corps but I'm anxious to hear what their show is (they usually announce at April camp). It's also her last year marching, so the depression is setting in ....
  19. I like the train of thought, but not sure how effective it would be. Last year I talked several people into going to the theater premiere. The sound was out of balance (all treble), the live feed quit during Crown, and the videography at the premiere is closer to Flo quality at that point in the season. Needless to say, they weren’t all that impressed. I took them to a Bluecoats practice later in the season and they were speechless. There’s something about getting your face blown off (live) that changes everything. I think the theater premiere is perfect for fans that want a first glimpse, but a tough sell for the uninitiated.
  20. Weaklefthand4ever

    Bluecoats and Thank You Scientist

    Agree 100%. And not to derail the topic of the thread, but if money is the issue, what do you do to increase the exposure to the initiated? It's a blessing that we have so many ways to expose new audiences to the activity. But its also a curse that theres so much more to do now whether it be gaming on the internet etc. How do you reach those who aren't actively seeking out something like drum corps? My exposure came from family and my band directors.
  21. Ghost

    The Cadets 2019

    Same as a year ago, right?
  22. Jurassic Lancer

    Bluecoats and Thank You Scientist

    Yeah, I know. But I figure there are fewer $$$ involved because there are fewer corps — 6 vs. 15, and if I recall correctly, tickets are a lot cheaper. I also figure most newbies would feel better with a smaller line-up. Sure we DCPers want to watch the top 15, but newbies? I think they would be impressed (and more than satisfied) with six of the top twelve.
  23. Jeff Ream

    Bluecoats and Thank You Scientist

    again $$$ is the key
  24. Jeff Ream

    The Cadets 2019

    I hear turnout is good, talent is good, and the design team feels free to create
  25. fifer

    The Cadets 2019

    OK now, can we get back to Cadets 2019? If y'all want to keep going on about whether corps (in general) should be releasing more information or not, can one of you please start a separate topic on it? So, what I recall reading about Cadets 2019 so far is: I think someone mentioned something about some really cool props that were in the process of being professionally built Current brass camp report stated that they know the entire book Camp report also said they were very impressed with how prepared all the kids were What else do we know?
  26. Terri Schehr

    Bluecoats and Thank You Scientist

    It’s work to play guitar that out of tune. 😂
  27. Impact Drum and Bugle Corps out of Orlando FL is putting together a group to perform at DCI Orlando Saturday July 8th. This is Florida’s only DCI World Class Drum and Bugle Corps Competition. We are seeking members ages 16 and up who have drum corps, high school or college marching band experience. We rehearse […] View the full article
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