And so we come to the end, my friends. Once again, the Reading Buccaneers win the Open Class title, and deservedly so, while Carolina Gold pulls off an upset in Class A. Now it’s back to scanning Twitter and Facebook for videos and waiting for marching band season to start.
It’s Sunday morning, so we all go to the Church of Drum Corps for the Alumni Spectacular. It’s always great to take in “old school” drum corps performances, and all of the performing units brought their A game. The only down side to this show was that the sun came out. While that normally wouldn’t be a problem, the sun managed to take a cool and cloudy weekend and convert it into a steam bath almost as soon as it showed up. Still, live outdoor drum corps is worth the sacrifice.
And so the final weekend of the 2018 North America drum corps season begins. While I was not in the press box for any of the shows in Williamsport, DCA did give myself and fellow Drum Corps World journalist William Aldrich-Thorpe seats in the center section right in front of the press box to ensure we had a great view to report from. With 19 corps to review as well as cover live, I was pretty busy with just this show alone!
My review of the 2011 Lake Erie Fanfare Open Class competition is now online as part of the 2011 DCW On-Line series on Drum Corps Planet. You can find the review here.
Also, I have a couple photos I took from the show. I would have taken more, but I was having iPhone issues during the show and was not able to take pictures as I would have liked.
I am covering tonight’s Lake Erie Fanfare DCI World Class competition in Erie, Pennsylvania, for Drum Corps World and Drum Corps Planet. If you would like to follow my coverage, here’s where you can do so:
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Here’s where you can find all of my observations about tonight’s show:
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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.
I almost didn’t get my first live drum corps fix on Thursday night. The weather had been schizophrenic all day, alternating between significant rainfall and sunny skies. The weather report for Pittsburgh was not promising, either, as the radar showed possible storms hitting Baldwin High School’s Highlander Stadium at some point during the night’s performances. Fortunately, while there was a minor sprinkle during intermission, the show went off without a hitch, and the five corps were able to perform their full shows. Two of those corps, the Glassmen and the Boston Crusaders, were making their 2011 competitive debut at this show, so it was a great chance for me to get a first read on both of their shows, especially since I would see Glassmen again on Saturday at the DCI Western Michigan major show. I also had the opportunity to view the Crossmen, Spirit of Atlanta, and Bluecoats at this show. Continue reading 2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games Review
If you are going to attend the Three Rivers Summer Music Games drum corps show this Thursday, be sure to find me and say hello. I’ll be in my Glassmen polo short and would love to meet you.
I am attending the show as a fan, so I won’t be posting my Live From the Stands updates, but I will post my thoughts on each corps’ performance on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow me on both sites of you don’t already.
I’ll also write a review of the show on this blog and post it to the Drum Corps Planet review forums as soon as possible. Note that I may not be able to do so until Saturday.
Next week, I’ll get my first taste of live, in my face, outdoor drum corps as I’ll be traveling to Pittsburgh to take in the Three Rivers Summer Music Games. The show begins at 7PM and features five World Class DCI corps:
- Bluecoats – Canton, OH
- Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
- Glassmen – Toledo, OH
- Spirit of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
- Crossmen – San Antonio, TX Continue reading 2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games