The first DCI Fan Network webcast of the season took place on Saturday, June 23, as Stanford, CA, once again hosted the DCI West regional. One of the benefits of a Fan Network subscription is the “DVR” capabilities viewers and implement throughout the show, allowing fans to rewind and fast forward through the recording. For those who could not watch the performance live, like myself, this format also presents to option to watch the regional in its entirety. As a result, I was able to watch DCI West as if it was Saturday night. All I needed was a beer and a hot dog. Since I hadn’t “spoiled” myself by checking the scores, I also had no idea what the results were so, for all intents and purposes, I was watching DCI West LIVE! Continue reading 2012 DCI West Webcast 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!
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. Continue reading 2012 Innovations In Brass Review→
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:
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. 😀
In recent years, storytelling has become as synonymous with Phantom Regiment as white uniforms and classical music. Since 2006, Phantom has given us the stories of Faust, Spartacus, and the Red Violin, with most of the musical selections coming from sources outside of the theme. This year’s edition of the corps brings us another story-based show, Juliet. As you may have guessed, Romeo and Juliet is the inspiration, but the focus of the story will be on Juliet’s telling of the tale.