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DCI Broken Arrow 2010

Cadets 2010 on the fieldAs usual, it was extremely hot for this show and the drumlines did a good job finding shade where they could. Good idea considering 90% of the corps there had dark colored pants.

This show had nine corps: Music City, Legends, Teal Sound, Pioneer, Madison Scouts, Blue Knights, Boston Crusaders, The Cavaliers, and The Cadets. With this being a high school, it was much easier to find the warm-up spots as opposed to the Edmond show. The hardest group to find was Madison Scouts – they found a little strip of grass between two buildings that was about half the width of a football field. Other than that, I got most of the groups and I hope you enjoy what we’ve posted on YouTube.

Let’s get on with it:

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DCI Edmond Review

UCO Stadium in Edmond
This was my first time to the DCI show in Edmond, OK and was a stellar line up of top corps. Troopers, Glassmen, Blue Stars, Phantom Regiment, Blue Devils, and a few others were in attendance. The show was set at the University of Central Oklahoma and like any other college, it has many buildings and grassy knolls to accommodate the student body. While this is ideal for the college student, it can be a nightmare for the drumline lot connoisseur. There are too many places to hide and if you judge your destination by sound, it can be deceptive with the sound reflecting off of adjacent buildings.
With that in mind, I went to the show with the goal to see at least three warm ups and I hit my goal. The full review is after the jump…

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DCI Van Buren Review

Carolina Crown bass drums being tuned before the show
So I took a different approach to the DCI show in Van Buren after realizing last year that the location is not really conducive to running around with a camera. This year I decided it would be my goal to sit in the stands at this venue and actually enjoy some of the shows. Unfortunately, some of the drumlines were making it extremely difficult to stay focused on the goal. When I got out of my car, I was presented with this…


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Ring of Fire

Blue Devils warming up at the DCI show in Broken Arrow, OKA “Ring of Fire” in meteorology terms is a high pressure system stagnated with thunderstorms circling the pressure in a clockwise motion. This weather pattern is what the corps had to endure while making their way towards DCI Southwest in San Antonio. What started as stormy weather in Hutchinson, Kansas one day turned into blistering hot weather in Oklahoma. This set the stage for a day so hot, they moved the start time of the show back thirty minutes in hopes that it would bring cooler temperatures. No such luck. Nine corps endured the heat wave high of 103 in Broken Arrow to put on a performance and they did not disappoint.

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BOA Las VegasSo the weekend in Las Vegas was great all around: great weather, great “band” stadium, and some competitive groups. The weather was in the low 80s during the day and a nice upper 50s in the evening which made was great for performing. The Owasso band is use to playing in 90+ weather at the beginning of the season so the temps did not affect the group (that and the conditioning the band went through this year). The UNLV stadium had one of the best sounds coming off the field that I have heard in a while and I’ve been in quite a few through my years. Some might call it slightly boomy, but I enjoyed being able to hear the details in the basslines even when they were past the back hash.
As for the groups, let me say this: there are a lot of good drumlines in the Nevada/Utah area – my hat is off to them…I was impressed. That said, I have to mention three groups at the contest that blew me away: Clovis West (CA), American Fork (UT), and Upland HS (CA). The maturity of sound in these three groups was fantastic! Clovis West had a great ensemble sound, American Fork with its 8 snares, 5 tenors and monster bassline, and Upland with a sick snareline that wasn’t afraid to stick its neck out and throw down some beats. If you get a chance to see any of these groups in the next couple of weeks, I urge to go check them out.
Again, I wish I could have checked everyone out that day, but I had a job to do. Even though the drive was long, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Las Vegas (and St. George) and it was a great BOA contest.