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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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.
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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!
One of the most memorable moments of the 2011 drum corps season came near the end of the Troopers’ performance of their show, “The Road Home”. Forming an infinity symbol, the brass struck a chord which seemed to go on for just that long, much to the delight of the fans in the stands. The moment was, fittingly, referred to as “The Infinity Chord”.
Here’s where you can find all of my observations about tonight’s show:
Drum Corps Planet - http://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/index.php/topic/147760-shake-on-the-lake
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I am also reviewing this show for Drum Corps World, so watch for it to appear in either one of the email blasts between issue or the next issue in the beginning of September.