2016 Baseball Tour – Lake County Captains vs. Great Lakes Loons (6/24/2016)

Meanwhile, in single A ball (still)…

I’m still doing the baseball tour even though the drum corps season is about to kick off. This time, I’m in Eastlake, Ohio, and I’m checking out the Lake County Captains, the Single A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, as they take on the Great Lakes Loons. Mud Hens, Beach Bums, Loons…You can’t say that minor league teams have an issue with team identity.

If you’d like to join me at the game, let me know in the comments section below. Minor league games are fun to attend and are very affordable compared to major league teams like the Indians. I’ll also be posting some of Mr photos on social media so be sure to friends and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Foursquare, and Flickr.

Lake County Captains vs. Great Lakes Loons – Tickets

2016 Emerald City Music Games – Drum Corps Planet/Drum Corps World Coverage

For the sixth consecutive season, I will be providing LIVE From the Stands coverage of the Emerald City Music Games on Drum Corps Planet. Join me LIVE from Dublin Coffman High School Stadium in Dublin, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 28th, as I provide updates, analysis, and photos as the show happens. My coverage will take place in the Drum Corps Planet discussion forums so watch this post as well as my social media accounts for the link on show day.

I am also writing the show review for Drum Corps World. This will be a more polished run down of the performances from the night and will be published in the July 2016 edition of Drum Corps World. You can subscribe for free to DCW on the publication’s website, http://www.drumcorpsworld.com.

If you will be at the show, please drop a note in the comments section below and let me know!

2016 Baseball Tour – Mahoning Valley Scrappers vs. Batavia Muckdogs (6/27/2016)

Aaand it’s back to single A ball, this time short season. Hey, I didn’t say I was going in order of league.

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ season is about to start as I write this. When I go to the game on the 27th, they’ll have played for just over a week. One of the great things about the lower level minor league teams is how intimate and community based their stadiums are. You can tell that going to a Scrappers game is something which Youngstown area families love to do. Of course, I’m going by myself, but I still enjoy the charm.

If you’d like to join me at the game, let me know in the comments section below. Minor league games are fun to attend and are very affordable compared to major league teams like the Indians. I’ll also be posting some of Mr photos on social media so be sure to friends and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Foursquare, and Flickr.

Batavia Muckdogs vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Tickets

2016 Baseball Tour – Columbus Clippers vs. Rochester Red Wings (6/20/2016)

I’m not a Red Wings stalker, I swear…

I get back to the Cleveland Indians minor league affiliates and head down to Columbus to catch the Clippers in action. Huntington Park is an incredibly beautiful stadium and was quite the experience when I went down there last year for my first ever Clippers game. I had been to Cooper Stadium, the Clippers former home, in the past, but always to march drum corps, never for baseball. It’s also Dime-a-Dog night at the game so I’ll try not to overdo it on the hot dogs, at least not too much.

If you’d like to join me at the game, let me know in the comments section below. Minor league games are fun to attend and are very affordable compared to major league teams like the Indians. I’ll also be posting some of Mr photos on social media so be sure to friends and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Foursquare, and Flickr.

Rochester Red Wings vs. Columbus Clippers – Tickets

2016 DCI Tour Premiere (6/23/16) – Drum Corps World Coverage

It’s the first show of the season and we’re all invited.

The 2016 Drum Corps International season starts off where it will also end, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fortunately, for those of us who need our early season drum corps fix but don’t live way back home in Indiana, DCI and Fathom Events are bringing the show to the big screen.

Continuing the tradition of showcasing drum corps in movie theaters, the 2016 DCI Tour Premiere will be broadcast live to theaters across the country on Thursday, June 23rd. Six of the top drum corps in the world will lead off the 2016 competitive season. The show begins at 8:30 PM Eastern.

I will once again be reviewing the cinecast for Drum Corps World, making observations on the event and broadcast, including the behind the scenes content and vignettes shown between performances. Unlike previous years, I will also review the performances of the night as well.

If you’ll be attending the cinecast at the Regal Montrose Movies 12 cinema in Montrose (Akron), Ohio, be sure to find me and say hello. I will be wearing my Drum Corps Planet staff shirt so I’ll be easy to find.

Here we go!

The 2016 Drum Corps Season Is Here!!!

The corps have moved into spring training and we are just two weeks away from the first competitions of the 2016 season. I have also received my coverage assignments for show reviews this summer. If you’re going to be at any of these shows, come find me!

Shows I am attending as a fan:
June 25th – Innovations in Brass: Massillon, Ohio (DCI)

Shows I am covering for Drum Corps Planet/Drum Corps World:
June 23rd – 2016 DCI Tour Premiere: Montrose, Ohio (DCI)
June 28th – Emerald City Music Games: Dublin, Ohio (DCI)
July 30th – Legends Drum Corps Invitational: Troy, Michigan (DCI)
August 6th – Shoremen Brass Classic: Avon Lake, Ohio (DCI)
August 8th – DCI Tour of Champions: Massillon, Ohio (DCI)
August 13th – DCI World Championships Finals: Indianapolis, Indiana (DCI)
September 3rd – DCA World Championships Prelims: Rochester, New York (DCA)
September 4th – DCA Alumni Classic: Rochester, New York (DCA)
September 4th – DCA World Championships Finals: Rochester, New York (DCA)

Shows I am performing at:
August 13th – DCI SoundSport: Indianapolis, Indiana (DCI)
September 2nd – DCA Mini-Corps Chamionships: Rochester, New York (DCA)

2016 Baseball Tour – Toledo Mud Hens vs. Rochester Red Wings (6/18/16)

This is one instance where the game for me is secondary. This game between the Mud Hens (my first Mud Hens game!) and the Red Wings is also the first Glassmen Alumni Reunion. Many of my fellow Glassmen family members will be at the game as we get together and reminisce about our “experience of a lifetime”, as well as see good friends who we miss since marching together.

I suppose this game has a little extra meaning for me as the two home towns of the baseball teams, Toledo and Rochester, are also the two homes of the drum corps I marched with, the Glassmen and the Empire Statesmen. I hope that my fellow Glassmen alumni who also marched Empire are at this game, too!

If you’d like to join me at the game, let me know in the comments section below. Minor league games are fun to attend and are very affordable compared to major league teams like the Indians. I’ll also be posting some of my photos on social media so be sure to friends and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Foursquare, and Flickr.

Tickets – Rochester Red Wings vs. Toledo Mud Hens

2016 Baseball Tour – Cleveland Indians Vs. Chicago White Sox (6/17/16)

Hey! I made it to the big leagues!

After watching the Indians take 3 of 4 from the Sox when we were in Chicago a couple weeks ago, I’m hoping to get a repeat performance from the Indians at home. Sugardale Dollar Dog Night is the promotion for this game, though I believe I’ll be getting some fireworks, too.

I’m going to try out the District ticket since I don’t plan on sitting much AND I get my first drink as part of the ticket purchase!

If you’d like to join me at the game, let me know in the comments section below. Minor league games are fun to attend and are very affordable compared to major league teams like the Indians. I’ll also be posting some of Mr photos on social media so be sure to friends and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Foursquare, and Flickr.

Tickets – Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians

2016 Baseball Tour – Erie SeaWolves vs. Akron RubberDucks (6/16/16)

My 2016 baseball tour (part one) moves to Akron and gets “promoted” to double A ball as the Erie SeaWolves face the Akron RubberDucks. One thing I forgot to mention in my last post is that one of the things I look for when planning these games is what promotion the team is holding. With the Crushers on the 15th, it’s “Weiner Wednesday”, with all hot dogs just $1. At the RubberDucks game on the 16th, it’s “Thirsty Thursday”, which means draft beers and fountain sodas are just $1. Don’t worry, I won’t stuff my face or get drunk at either game.

If you’d like to join me at the game, let me know in the comments section below. Minor league games are fun to attend and are very affordable compared to major league teams like the Indians. I’ll also be posting some of Mr photos on social media so be sure to friends and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Foursquare, and Flickr.

Tickets – Erie SeaWolves vs. Akron RubberDucks

2016 Baseball Tour – Windy City Thunderbolts vs. Lake Erie Crushers (6/15/16)

Last year, I started a tradition. While Rachel went to the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Festival and built her shredding skills on violin, I’d make a trip to each pro baseball team within driving distance of home. Baseball is my second favorite pastime behind drum corps and the Cleveland Indians have most of their minor league affiliates in the Northeast Ohio area. This also gave me a chance to work on my photography skills for shooting live action.

I had a blast so I’m doing it again this year. This time, however, Rachel is trading TWO trips this summer. This means twice as much baseball for me!

The first round begins on June 15th with the Lake Erie Crushers. The Crushers are actually an independent A team, meaning they aren’t affiliated with any major league team. The team coming to town is the Windy City Thunderbolts, which I’m assuming it’s a Chicago based team based on the name.

If you’d like to join me at the game, let me know in the comments section below. Minor league games are fun to attend and are very affordable compared to major league teams like the Indians. I’ll also be posting some of Mr photos on social media so be sure to friends and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Foursquare, and Flickr.

Tickets – Windy City Thunderbolts vs. Lake Erie Crushers