This was a strange one for me. For the first time since DCP started doing LIVE! From the Stands coverage of DCI Championships, I was actually covering the show FROM the stands. DCI and/or Lucas Oil Stadium determined that the press box was off limits due to “security reasons”. Regardless, I managed to cover the show, albeit from a very unique angle.
With the 2018 DCI season about to end, we returned to movie theaters for the first of three nights of Championships. I’ll admit I also had the FloMarching feed of Prelims running on my phone while at work so I could at least hear the Open Class corps and those World Class corps seeded 16th and lower. Unlike the first cinecast event in June, I returned to the Montrose Movies cinema in the Akron area. Like last year, I left swearing never to return again. Seriously, people, Montrose Movies has become a dump.
The final regular season show of the 2018 DCI World Class season, and it’s my home show! This was also the only show this season where I was actually in the press box for the show, which made for a nice change since I wasn’t elbowing people on either side of me while typing or taking photos. The Massillon show is also a great show as it features many of the top 8 corps in World Class right before Indianapolis.
It’s a bonus when I can attend a local show on my birthday! As I celebrated my 44th session on this world, I took in one of the last Open Class shows of the 2018 regular season as DCI Championships loomed ahead. I always want to give as much love to the Open Class corps as possible as they don’t get as much attention as the World Class corps do.
FloMarching and social media videos are good and all, but there’s nothing like live and in your face drum corps, hence why I made another weeknight trip far from home to catch a show. Centerville, like Mason, is over 3 hours from home for me, but it was well worth the drive to catch my first live show since late June.
This was the third show in the first week of the 2018 drum corps season which I enjoyed. It was also an abnormal show for me as Mason is over 3 hours from home and the show was on a Monday night, but it was my last chance at live drum corps until the last two weeks of the season. My trip also made sure that this show got reviewed in Drum Corps World, so the drive and lack of sleep was definitely worth it.
The Innovations in Brass show in Akron, Ohio, was my first live drum corps experience of the 2018 season, both as a spectator and as a performer with Rhythm In BLUE. This led to some interesting logistical issues when it came time for my live coverage, but I was able to make it work, as you will see below.
Now that, at least for me, the 2018 drum corps season is over, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the shows I saw and reviewed, starting with the very first show of the season, the DCI Tour Premiere cinecast.
Obviously, since I was in a movie theater, I didn’t do any live coverage or photos, but I did write a review of the cinecast for Drum Corps World which appeared in their July 2018 edition. Enjoy!
The 2018 Gadget Drum Corps Tour goes into full swing as we begin the final weeks of the season. I return to Southwest Ohio for the 2018 Drum Corps International Soaring Sounds! It all takes place at the Centerville Elks Football Stadium on the campus of Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio, this Monday, July 30th! The fun begins at 7:00pm with Cincinnati Tradition performing at 7:10pm. I will be in the stands to provide my LIVE coverage of the show, featuring:
Cincinnati Tradition – Cincinnati, OH
Jubal – Dordrecht, Netherlands
Seattle Cascades – Seattle, WA
Music City – Nashville, TN
The Academy – Tempe, AZ
Spirit of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
Blue Knights – Denver, CO
The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL
Bluecoats – Canton, OH
I hope to see you at the show or online!
I also provided LIVE! From the Stands commentary about the show in the Drum Corps Planet forums. You can check out my comments and discussions with fellow fans for a more as-it-happened perspective of the performances
Finally, you can view photos I took of the performing corps on my SmugMug account.