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.
The annual Revere Marching Band Invitational, typically held the last Saturday in September, is a much anticipated tradition at Revere. Revere hosts a fun-filled evening with wonderful musical entertainment from marching bands from several local school districts, as well as the Revere Marching Minutemen. This is my alma mater and the group with which I had my first marching experience, so I am very excited to come home and see the Minutemen in action!
I back off big time during marching band season, considering how busy both drum corps and indoor season get for me. I still attend a few events, however, and this year is no exception. I currently have three events on my calendar:
There are also the Bands of America events which will stream live throughout the season. You can find the schedule on the FloMarching website.
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!
Here’s my gallery of photos I took during tonight’s Captains game against the White Caps. Enjoy!