And so we come to the end, my friends. Once again, the Reading Buccaneers win the Open Class title, and deservedly so, while Carolina Gold pulls off an upset in Class A. Now it’s back to scanning Twitter and Facebook for videos and waiting for marching band season to start.
It’s Sunday morning, so we all go to the Church of Drum Corps for the Alumni Spectacular. It’s always great to take in “old school” drum corps performances, and all of the performing units brought their A game. The only down side to this show was that the sun came out. While that normally wouldn’t be a problem, the sun managed to take a cool and cloudy weekend and convert it into a steam bath almost as soon as it showed up. Still, live outdoor drum corps is worth the sacrifice.
And so the final weekend of the 2018 North America drum corps season begins. While I was not in the press box for any of the shows in Williamsport, DCA did give myself and fellow Drum Corps World journalist William Aldrich-Thorpe seats in the center section right in front of the press box to ensure we had a great view to report from. With 19 corps to review as well as cover live, I was pretty busy with just this show alone!
This was a strange one for me. For the first time since DCP started doing LIVE! From the Stands coverage of DCI Championships, I was actually covering the show FROM the stands. DCI and/or Lucas Oil Stadium determined that the press box was off limits due to “security reasons”. Regardless, I managed to cover the show, albeit from a very unique angle.
With the 2018 DCI season about to end, we returned to movie theaters for the first of three nights of Championships. I’ll admit I also had the FloMarching feed of Prelims running on my phone while at work so I could at least hear the Open Class corps and those World Class corps seeded 16th and lower. Unlike the first cinecast event in June, I returned to the Montrose Movies cinema in the Akron area. Like last year, I left swearing never to return again. Seriously, people, Montrose Movies has become a dump.
The final regular season show of the 2018 DCI World Class season, and it’s my home show! This was also the only show this season where I was actually in the press box for the show, which made for a nice change since I wasn’t elbowing people on either side of me while typing or taking photos. The Massillon show is also a great show as it features many of the top 8 corps in World Class right before Indianapolis.
It’s a bonus when I can attend a local show on my birthday! As I celebrated my 44th session on this world, I took in one of the last Open Class shows of the 2018 regular season as DCI Championships loomed ahead. I always want to give as much love to the Open Class corps as possible as they don’t get as much attention as the World Class corps do.
FloMarching and social media videos are good and all, but there’s nothing like live and in your face drum corps, hence why I made another weeknight trip far from home to catch a show. Centerville, like Mason, is over 3 hours from home for me, but it was well worth the drive to catch my first live show since late June.
This was the third show in the first week of the 2018 drum corps season which I enjoyed. It was also an abnormal show for me as Mason is over 3 hours from home and the show was on a Monday night, but it was my last chance at live drum corps until the last two weeks of the season. My trip also made sure that this show got reviewed in Drum Corps World, so the drive and lack of sleep was definitely worth it.
The Innovations in Brass show in Akron, Ohio, was my first live drum corps experience of the 2018 season, both as a spectator and as a performer with Rhythm In BLUE. This led to some interesting logistical issues when it came time for my live coverage, but I was able to make it work, as you will see below.