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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.

2016 DCI Tour Of Champions Massillon Drum Corps World Review Published

My review of the 2016 DCI Tour of Champions Massillon 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 DCI Tour of Champions Massillon 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.

2012 DCI Muncie Fan Network Webcast Review

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.

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2012 Drum Corps At The Movies Review

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!

2012 Innovations In Brass Review

For the 41st time, the Drum Corps International summer season began, this time in Akron, Ohio, at the Bluecoats’ Innovations In Brass competition. Like last year, the first show of the year was also filmed and will be shown to the nation in cinemas all over the country on Monday. Also like last year, the scores for this show were kept secret and, along with the Louisville, KY, show’s scores, will be announced at the end of the cinecast. As a result, the crowd left the stadium not knowing who was on top, although many, including myself, had an opinion as to who placed where and why. Since there were no announced results, I have reviewed the shows in the order of appearance, capping each review off with my predicted placement for each corps. Also, since this was my first read, I tried not to get too specific with each show, hopefully giving my readers a general overview of each concept and level of performance presented by the corps.
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2012 Innovations In Brass TONIGHT!!!

I will be at the 2012 Innovations In Brass drum corps competition, the first competition of the 2012 DCI season, tonight, starting at 7:30 PM. The show is at the University of Akron’s Infocision Stadium and will feature six of last year’s Top 12 corps:

Blue Stars
Phantom Regiment
Carolina Crown
Cavaliers
Cadets
Bluecoats

I will be a fan for this show, so I won’t be doing a DCP Live From the Stands live blog. I will, however, take some photos and post my thoughts on each corps after they perform. There is no retreat tonight, as the scores will not be announced until Monday’s cinecast event, so I won’t live stream the retreat ceremony on my Ustream channel, although I plan to do so at other shows I attend.

If you’ll be at the show, look for me. I’m wearing my blue Glassmen horn line t-shirt and shorts and I’m short, so I should be easy to find. 😀

Let the fun begin!

Help Matt Hartwell KILL CANCER

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.

2011 DCI Western Michigan Review

At least once a year, I like to take a drum corps road trip. At the very least, I make it out to Rochester, New York, for each year’s DCA championships. This year, as my wife was out of town for the weekend, I decided to make the trek to Grand Rapids, Michigan, site of the 2011 DCI Western Michigan premiere tour event. The drive gave me an excuse to blast drum corps out my car window, but, being the boring geek I am, I listened to podcasts for most of the drive. Continue reading 2011 DCI Western Michigan Review

We Should Be Used To This By Now

As some of you know, I have lived in the Cleveland area all my life. What’s more, I am and have been a die hard Cleveland Indians fan ever since I found out what baseball was. Thanks to these two facets of my life, I have long since come to terms with the special brand of disappointment that only Cleveland sports can deliver. This is a town which ploughs through snow and heartache on a very regular basis.

Having said that, I am not watching tonight’s return of LeBron James to Quicken Loans Arena. Personally, i’m done with the hype over booing the latest former Cleveland sports star who “broke our hearts” and find it a little hard to believe that this city still has the energy and anger after all the other drama we’ve dealt with for so long.

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2010 Cavaliers Show Review

Show Theme:
Mad World – Fight It or Embrace It

Show Music (from corpsreps.com):
Mad World by Orazbal, Roland
Harrison’s Dream by Grahm, Peter
Dismantling Utopia by Metheny, Pat
Smile by Chaplin, Charlie

The 2010 Blue Devils’ and Cavaliers’ shows, at first glance, seem to occupy two totally different places in the hearts of the average DCI fan. On the one hand, the discordant, cerebral, and prop filled BD show seemed to have a difficult time making an emotional connection to the majority of fans in the stands. If they did connect, it was sometimes in a negative manner, as some fans questioned the path the Devils took this past season. On the other hand, the Cavaliers were a fan favorite in 2010, and took on the role of dark horse, making a late season surge into championship contention, riding the waves of roaring crowd applause. A closer look, however, shows that both shows had similarities, as well. Both shows featured ballads that were twisted from their original arrangement. Both shows also featured stabbing discordant musical moments. On the visual side of the equation, both shows exhibited two of the best visual designs of the year. Ironically, both shows started the season as shows I didn’t care for, yet came to understand and cheer for by Finals.
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