2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games Review

I almost didn’t get my first live drum corps fix on Thursday night. The weather had been schizophrenic all day, alternating between significant rainfall and sunny skies. The weather report for Pittsburgh was not promising, either, as the radar showed possible storms hitting Baldwin High School’s Highlander Stadium at some point during the night’s performances. Fortunately, while there was a minor sprinkle during intermission, the show went off without a hitch, and the five corps were able to perform their full shows. Two of those corps, the Glassmen and the Boston Crusaders, were making their 2011 competitive debut at this show, so it was a great chance for me to get a first read on both of their shows, especially since I would see Glassmen again on Saturday at the DCI Western Michigan major show. I also had the opportunity to view the Crossmen, Spirit of Atlanta, and Bluecoats at this show. Continue reading “2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games Review”

Medina Community Band Summer Concert On The Square – July 4th Edition

Medina may be holding it’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza on the day before Independence Day, but the fireworks continue with the Medina Community Band’s Summer Concert on the Square, which begins at 8:30 PM on the 4th. This concert is normally on Friday night so don’t go to the square the night of the 1st as we will not be there. Actually, DO go to the square on the 1st and support the great businesses in Medina which make it possible to have these concerts and all the other great activities which take place in the square throughout the year. As always, Medina Community Band concerts are free. Just bring your own lawn chair and/or beach towel to sit on and enjoy the show. If you plan on attending, you can RSVP on the concert’s Facebook event page here.

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Medina Community Band Summer Concert on the Square This Friday

This Friday, I will once again be performing with the
Medina Community Band in their 2011 edition of the Summer Concerts on the Square. It’s free, it’s outdoors, and I’m in it, so why wouldn’t you come and enjoy?

Three Rivers Summer Music Games Thursday

If you are going to attend the Three Rivers Summer Music Games drum corps show this Thursday, be sure to find me and say hello. I’ll be in my Glassmen polo short and would love to meet you.

I am attending the show as a fan, so I won’t be posting my Live From the Stands updates, but I will post my thoughts on each corps’ performance on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow me on both sites of you don’t already.

I’ll also write a review of the show on this blog and post it to the Drum Corps Planet review forums as soon as possible. Note that I may not be able to do so until Saturday.

Medina Community Band Concerts

Tonight will be the second 2011 Summer Concert on the Square for the Medina Community Band. The weather is clear and temperature just right, so come on over to Medina’s Uptown Public Square and enjoy a night a free music. The concert starts at 8:30 and lasts for about an hour. You can also come early and/or stay late to check out the Rally in the Alley and 3rd Stone, a Jimi Hendrix tribute band, followed by Wounded Hand, a Stone Temple Pilots tribute band.

Can’t make it out tonight? Not to worry as the community band has concerts every Friday night in June and July. Next week’s concert also starts at 8:30. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to RSVP on the concert’s Facebook event page.

2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games

Next week, I’ll get my first taste of live, in my face, outdoor drum corps as I’ll be traveling to Pittsburgh to take in the Three Rivers Summer Music Games. The show begins at 7PM and features five World Class DCI corps:

Medina Community Band Gazebo Concert Friday

Just a reminder that, if you’re still looking for some entertainment on Friday evening, grab a lawn chair and/or beach towel and come out to Medina’s Uptown Park Square at 8:30 and enjoy a night of great music from the Medina Community Band. You can find more information about the concert, including the playlist, and RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.


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Upgrade Your iOS Home Screen: Calendar

When the iPhone first came out, the functionality of the Calendar app was limited. You could track your calendar on the iPhone, but, since the iPhone couldn’t sync with an Exchange calendar at the time and, even if it could, Google wouldn’t release Google Exchange Sync for two more years, you could not sync your iPhone calendars over the air. Your only option was to plug your iPhone into your PC and sync with a desktop application like Outlook. Much has changed since then. Now you can not only sync your calendar wirelessly, you can do so with multiple calendars, whether they are with your work’s Exchange calendar, with MobileMe (now iCloud), or with Google. Still, there’s some room for improvement. For example, you can only look at your calendar in Portrait mode, not Landscape (this may change in iOS5). You also only have three calendar views in the default app. Fortunately, there are many iOS apps out there which can turn you calendar into the full fledged powerhouse that you need to keep organized. I’ve reviewed three of the best, although, in my opinion, one stands out above the others.

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Drum Corps at the Movies: 2011 DCI Tour Premiere Next Week

For me, baseball is my second favorite summer sport. My favorite is drum and bugle corps, as those of you who read my blog probably can tell. The 2011 North American drum corps season is about to start this weekend with shows across the country in both the junior and all-age drum corps divisions. Unfortunately for me, none of those shows are anywhere where I live here in Medina, Ohio. It’s DCI to the rescue, though, as, a week from tonight and for the first time ever, they will be showing the performances from last year’s Top 8 corps, recorded live the previous day at the Round rock, Texas, Tour of Champions show.  Continue reading “Drum Corps at the Movies: 2011 DCI Tour Premiere Next Week”