Another Christmas has gone by. Although my wife and I had to leave Indianapolis Christmas night to get home ahead of the oncoming blizzard, we both enjoyed the time we did have with our family. My sister-in-law Molly made great food to enjoy as we watched our niece Tess discover the wonder of opening presents Christmas morning, then playing with said presents throughout the day. Now, as SNERMERGERD 2012 drops a metric ton of white stuff on my home and most of the Midwest, I have plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the great gifts my family gave me this year.
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The latest newslsetter from Drum Corps World is out and available for your reading pleasure. This newsletter is practically a full edition of the magazine in its own right, numbering almost 60 pages containing coverage of the DCI Champonships week events and the competitions leading up to it, as well as the DCA event which also recently took place.
Two of those DCI events, the Dublin, Ohio, Emerald City Music Games and the DCI Prelims cinecast, were reviewed by me and are in this newsletter. There was a third event, the Massillon, Ohio, Pro Football Hall of Fame competition, which I was not able to write in time for this release. I will post it either here or on Drum Corps Planet in the near future.
You can read the newsletter here.
As a bonus, enjoy the pictures I took from the Dublin show.
1. 98.70 – Blue Devils
2. 97.65 – Carolina Crown
3. 96.55 – Phantom Regiment
4. 95.05 – Cadets
5. 94.45 – Santa Clara Vanguard
6. 92.55 – Bluecoats
7. 89.10 – Boston Crusaders
8. 88.85 – Cavaliers
9. 88.00 – Madison Scouts
10. 86.70 – Blue Knights
11. 84.40 – Spirit of Atlanta
12. 84.00 – Crossmen
Jim Jones Leadership Award – Shawn Phalen – Madison Scouts
George Zingali Best Colorguard – Blue Devils
John Brazale Best Visual – (tie) Blue Devils/Carolina Crown
Jim Ott Best Brass – Carolina Crown
Fred Sanford Best Percussion – Blue Devils
Don Angelica Best General Effect – Blue Devils
I am sitting in the press box of Lucas Oil Stadium as I write this as, in about 2 1/2 hours, the top 12 junior drum and bugle corps in the world meet one last time to compete for the title of Drum Corps International World Champion in 2012. I will be giving you Live From the Stands coverage on Drum Corps Planet so be sure to watch the discussion thread here for all the updates.
DCI Fan Network subscribers got a treat as the DCI Muncie show was added to the live broadcast schedule as a special bonus. Both fans in the stands and Fan Network viewers were fortunate that the show even happened as the weather tried to double whammy the show into submission, first by delaying the show start an hour due to extreme heat, then by sending a severe storm system right through the heart of Indiana, causing damage throughout the Muncie area and even sending a Cavalier staff member to the hospital due to injuries sustained when a gust of wind hit the staff scaffolding as they were dismounting it. The show did go on, though, complete with the sun shining in full force as it set behind the stands of the stadium at the start of the show. The Muncie show was the last event of the 2012 Music For All Summer Symposium, so the crowd was definitely ready to cheer for every corps performing tonight.
My review of this past Monday’s “Drum Corps at the Movies” DCI cinecast event was published today as part of Drum Corps World’s June email blast between full magazine issues. You can find my review on page 20 of the PDF file located at http://www.high-velocity-media.com/Magazines/jun_2012/jun_22_2012.pdf. Enjoy and please let me know what you think!
Keep your eyes peeled. I have an interview lined up in the next few days for the first podcast of the year. I’ll post more once the interview happens.
Matt Hartwell is a former marching member (FMM) of the Cavaliers drum and bugle corps. Matt is also someone who, like many of us, have been touched by cancer, losing both his grandfather and uncle to the disease. Matt is taking action and is taking part in the Shamrock Full Marathon in Virginia City, Virginia, on March 18th, 2012, and is looking for sponsors and donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT). Matt’s goal is $1500 in fundraising. The team’s is $6000. To help Matt and his team reach their goals, go to this website and donate. There are set amounts as well as the choice to name your own donation amount. Please help Matt and TNT KILL CANCER.