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The corps starts spread out on the field on every yard line, forming a giant block. The horns start backfield and open with the opening chords of Symphonic Movement. Members of the hornline drop out of the form, walk across the field, and speak to the crowd, wearing wireless microphones controlled from the sound board in front of the field. Major fast paced drill action after an accelerando leads into a company front with a huge statement from the horns. The opener features small brass ensembles throughout the piece, especially during a wicked double tonguing moment from the trumpets while half time marching towards the front, which leads into a big statement. Each major section of the music is introduced by a member of the corps as they start to play the next segment. The opening is very fast paced, which we’ve come to expect from the Cadets. A great rifle and saber ripple across the front leads into the final segmant of the opener, which finishes faster and louder than any other part of the piece.
The second piece opens with a quote from Martha Graham. Stabs from Blue Shades are interspersed through the quote. This section of the show deals with an average corps rehearsal day: Basics block, brass ensemble, and full corps rehearsal, complete with staff quotes. The year started with a lot of negative quotes from the “staff”, although still very benign compared to what staff REALLY says when the corps doesn’t perform well. After building up to what seems to be a hit, the corps stops and a member says, “OK, let’s do something with NO voice!”. The crowd roars, either in amusement or approval. A trumpet soloist does a great job leading the corps into the big hit of Blue Shades, while the mellophones get their moment in the sun during the hit itself. A few more positive staff quotes, then the corps “brings it in” for the finish.
The closer focuses on one member of the corps, who, up until Finals, talked about how he didn’t fit in until he found music. This was changed for the last show, removing any “emo” aspects of the narration and just focus on how he loves music in its various forms. The music itself is intense and the corps is running all over the place, including a very crazy drill move with the horns in a block rectangle moving across the field from left to right. Two blocks within the rectangle rotate in opposite directions during the move, while the guard runs through the middle of the block, moving from right to left across the field. The drum feature is just as intense, complete with an insane bass roll and a finish which thunders throughout the stadium. With a final statement of what he believes, the narrator leads the corps into the final moments of the show, the fastest and hardest drill of the performance, finishing in a company front at the front of the field.
Final impressions – First off, let me state right off that I am not a fan of narration. It is rare for me to enjoy a show which features narration. 2007 Cadets is no exception. While I am amazed at what the music and visual programs achieve throughout this show, I am constantly annoyed by the voice overs which only serve to block my appreciation of those musical and visual achievements. For a corps with so much talent to purposely hide it for the sake of concept is a problem. Despite my strong feelings about this show, it placed exactly where it belonged. The talent of the corps, as well as the incredible music and visual program, pushed this show right to the edge and was championship calibur. In the end, Blue Devils simply performed better.