Show Review

2016 Drum Corps International World Class Finals Drum Corps World Review Published

My review of the 2016 Drum Corps International World Class Finals drum corps competition is now published in the August 19th edition of Drum Corps World.

You can read the review here.

You can also check out this and all previous digital editions of Drum Corps World here.

My LIVE From the Stands! coverage of the Drum Corps International World Class Finals competition can be found here.

Finally, I’ve created a Google Photos gallery of pictures I took during the competition. You can view it and add your own photos to the gallery here.

Show Review

2012 DCI West Webcast Review

The first DCI Fan Network webcast of the season took place on Saturday, June 23, as Stanford, CA, once again hosted the DCI West regional. One of the benefits of a Fan Network subscription is the “DVR” capabilities viewers and implement throughout the show, allowing fans to rewind and fast forward through the recording. For those who could not watch the performance live, like myself, this format also presents to option to watch the regional in its entirety. As a result, I was able to watch DCI West as if it was Saturday night. All I needed was a beer and a hot dog. Since I hadn’t “spoiled” myself by checking the scores, I also had no idea what the results were so, for all intents and purposes, I was watching DCI West LIVE!

Marching Arts

2011 Drum Corps Preview: Cadets and Blue Devils

Today was another sign that the 2011 drum corps season is almost upon us here in North America. First, the Blue Devils released their 2011 pre-season recordings for both the A and B corps on CD, via digital download, and through their Mediabox subscription streaming service.¬†Earlier¬†this evening, the Cadets broadcast a run-through of their 2011 production, Between Angels and Demons, which took place as part of their “thank you” to Johnstown, PA, for hosting them during their spring training.

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2010 Blue Devils Review

Show theme:
Through A Glass, Darkly

Show Music (from
City of Glass Suite by Graettinger, Bob
Conflict by Rugolo, Pete
Mirage by Rugolo, Pete
Trajectories by Marks, Franklyn
Incident In Jazz by Graettinger, Bob
Laura by Raksin, David
La Suerte de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite) by Richards, Johnny

There were two announcements in the pre-season which made a lot of drum corps fans very excited for the 2010 Blue Devils season. The first announcement was that the corps was switching from Dynasty instruments to King (for the horns) and Pearl (for the drums). Having heard corps like Phantom Regiment demonstrate how a multi-key horn line could project their sound like the G horn lines of old, a lot of drum corps nuts were jumping up and down, ready for the season to start without even knowing what the show music was going to be. That answer came closer to the start of the season when BD released their show, Through a Glass, Darkly, comprised of the music of Stan Kenton. Just seeing La Suerte de Los Tontos on the set list made even the most staunch traditionalist hope that the Blue Devils were preparing a show looking back at the history of the corps and the music that led them to four of their previous 13 titles.

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Blue Devils Hater No More

I’ve been pretty hard on the Blue Devils for the past couple years. Whether it’s been musical selections I can’t stand, tuba lines I can’t hear, or uniform designs I can’t figure out, I’m more likely to speak out about what I hate about BD instead of what I like.

This year’s show is no exception, especially after they teased me with the joint offerings of a horn line on King horns AND a show of Stan Kenton music. If there’s one thing Devs do right, it’s Kenton. Imagine my disappointment when La Suerta de Los Tontos is barely even hinted at in the show, then imagine my horror when City of Glass, a composition people walked out on when it was debuted in 1947, turned out to be the centerpiece of the musical book.