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Drum Corps on Parade

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Happy Fourth of July. Many of the drum corps are in parades today. To find one in your area, check out DCI.org’s complete list of corps and parades.

http://www.dci.org/?parades

DCI Tour Premier

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The DCI Tour Premier hits movie theaters June 24th (tonight) starting at 6PM local time. Corps featured in tonight’s theater event include the following corps:

Bluecoats – Canton, OH
Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL
The Cadets – Allentown, PA
Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL
Spirit of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

For more information and to order tickets, check out dci.org/cinema

DCI Big, Loud & Live 9 Event is Tonight

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DCI’s Big, Loud & Live 9 is showing tonight in movie theaters across the country. If you are not able to make it to Indy for the Championships, this is your chance to see your favorites corps competing in Quarterfinals LIVE. Quarterfinals start at 6:30pm Eastern/3:30pm Pacific and you can find the closest theater to you at the link below.

http://www.fathomevents.com/originals/event/dcibigloudlive9.aspx?utm_source=DCI&utm_medium=Banners&utm_campaign=BigLoudandLive9

WGI 2012 World Finals Results

California Sweeps Gold in Independent and Scholastic World Class while Dartmouth HS was a close second in Scholastic with only a .0500 between them and Chino Hills HS. Here are the placements from Saturday’s Finals:

Independent Marching World
1st place: 97.088 Riverside Community College
2nd place: 95.500 Music City Mystique
3rd place: 94.825 Pulse Percussion
4th place: 94.125 Rhythm X
5th place: 93.075 Matrix
6th place: 92.038 NorthCoast Academy
7th place: 90.038 Gateway Indoor
8th place: 89.325 United Percussion
9th place: 89.262 Infinity
10th place: 89.225 Pulse Percussion Open

Scholastic Marching World
1st place: 96.875 Chino Hills HS
2nd place: 96.825 Dartmouth HS
3rd place: 96.125 Ayala HS
4th place: 94.163 Center Grove HS
5th place: 93.663 Father Ryan HS
6th place: 91.750 Mission Viejo HS
7th place: 91.500 Forsyth Central HS
8th place: 88.850 Walled Lake Central HS
9th place: 88.462 West Bloomfield HS
10th place: 88.450 Centerville HS

You can find more scores at WGI.org:
http://wgi.org/events/static_scores/2012/scores_Percussion_World_Finals.php

http://wgi.org/events/static_scores/2012/scores_Percussion_Open_Finals.php

DCI Broken Arrow 2011 Review


Broken Arrow, OK – There were so many good corps at the Broken Arrow show this year that I had to come to the realization that it was going to be impossible to get them all. Keep in mind the Broken Arrow High School campus is about the size of a small college and there are tons of places to spread out. True, I could have run around to each drumline and got two or three minutes of random footage (and you can find all of it on YouTube), instead I decided to focus on getting prime spots for a few groups before it got dark and get as much quality footage as possible of each one.

So here’s the video footage I got and my take on each corp:

Colts

The first group I ran into and one of the drumlines I wanted to see, was the Colts. I had heard some good things about the Colts drumline and they didn’t disappoint. Rolls were clean between the snares and tenors, the snare drums had a nice organic sound, and they players had a level of maturity in their approach to the drum that produced a nice full bodied snare sound. The bass line had some nice notes and musical parts in the book that required a skillful approach. They were accurate in their unisons at all playing levels and even had some extremely exposed unisons that they pulled off effortlessly. You could tell this was a strong bass line and that proved true when they recently won I&E.

Glassmen

Beautiful drums, aggressive playing, and fast rolls are what personify the 2011 Glassmen drumline. Their style seems to be polar opposite of the Bluecoats, more along the lines of Cadets and Crown…a strong front grip on the fulcrum at the index finger. It does thin out the sound a little, but when you hear the stuff they are playing and the tempo at which it is played, you will understand the technique approach.

All the low heights come out clean and controlled, but once it gets past a “level 9″ the accuracy level in the snares start to waver a little and I saw a few snares extend beyond the vertical plane. That may very well be their approach but then again not all of them are doing it. I expect to see them move up if they can control the potential over hype.

The Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are starting to sound really good mid-season. The paradiddle-diddle sound quality from the snares is some of the best I’ve seen this Summer. The bass drums sound great (I’m biased), and the open tone really helps to separate the muffled sections. There are so many cool things happening in this Mike McIntosh drum book that it deserves multiple listens.

Bluecoats

I started to record the Bluecoats drumline, but we ran out of daylight. There was no light source within 100 yards so it was fairly dark. I was able to snap a few pictures so check those out in the gallery below. As for playing I thought they would have been farther along since I last saw them in June. I would describe the performance as “uncharacteristic” of what I’ve come to expect of the Bluecoats but then again a couple of things could have contributed to the lackluster lot: a lot of the corps were putting in modifications at this point in the season, it was very hot, or it could have just been a bad warmup – it happens.