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 Post subject: Is Arizona Academy going to dci?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:24 am 
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Not sure if this has been discussed - but question:
is Academy going to DCI finals?

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I think... :hum:
That while they are doing more...
This year than last...
They are not yet ready...
To commit to a full tour...
Which would include DCI Championships...

Academy is playing it smart...
And taking things slow and easy
So as not to bankrupt themselves...
Right out of the box...
Sounds like a good plan to me... :bow:

Plus...
By the time they come east...
The corps is going to be...
An honest-to-goodness LIVING LEGEND... :wink:
They already have one undefeated Div.II season...
And look primed to make it two in a row...
With scoring comparable to Magic '02... :shock:


'Til later... 8-)

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From what I understand, they're going to try and do a national tour next season... which will mean they'll win Div2 in their first full season... kinda scary. Great corps, but still kinda scary. Whats next? The Alaskan Polar Express will win Div1 next year...


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CaptnContra wrote:
Whats next? The Alaskan Polar Express will win Div1 next year...



This year we will have the Pride of the Lions D & B Corps, from Regina Saskatchewan coming on tour. That part of the world hasn't previously had any junior corps during the DCI era.

By the way.........Alaska did have a corps which competed at nationals. The Corps of the North, from Fairbanks, competed at the 1963 VFW Nationals in Seattle. They were last place, but they competed. They weren't able to come to the "lower 48" in 1964, because of the disastrous earthquake that hit Alaska in March of that year.


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Brian Tolzmann wrote:
CaptnContra wrote:
Whats next? The Alaskan Polar Express will win Div1 next year...



This year we will have the Pride of the Lions D & B Corps, from Regina Saskatchewan coming on tour. That part of the world hasn't previously had any junior corps during the DCI era.

By the way.........Alaska did have a corps which competed at nationals. The Corps of the North, from Fairbanks, competed at the 1963 VFW Nationals in Seattle. They were last place, but they competed. They weren't able to come to the "lower 48" in 1964, because of the disastrous earthquake that hit Alaska in March of that year.


WOW!

that is unbelievably cool

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Brian Tolzmann wrote:
This year we will have the Pride of the Lions D & B Corps, from Regina Saskatchewan coming on tour. That part of the world hasn't previously had any junior corps during the DCI era.


One thing that's really great...
About this entry to the field of competition...
Is that this corps is from an organization...
That has been around for many years...
(I remember doing some parades with their band in the late '80s... :wav:)
Thus possessing preexisting experience and stability... :bow:
Unlike too many first year corps...
Which, for one reason or another... :clwn: :dunce: :zzz:
Haven't a clue...


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Yeah, Michael, I used to judge the Minneapolis Aquatennial Parade, and the Regina Lions Band was there many times. The Lions Club International has a HUGE history sponsoring drum & bugle corps in Canada over the decades.

My Dad and my uncles were all members of Lions Club, and they do great things around the world.


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No doubt about, The Academy has a plan and it has been a good one.

It would have been tempting to go to finals this year. My goodness their scores have been through the roof.

Instead, they will blow the doors off again this year, and make a full tour next year. Growing slowly but surely keeps the corps from going bankrupt. Just look at the success CoH had and then folded into a pile.

BTW, they are one of the few corps marching with Kanstul brass. I had to mention that since I sell Kanstul brass :roll:

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Hey, great to see another corps trying to get going in Indiana!! Good luck to you.

What is your group's timeline?

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I wish the Academy do go to DCI this year. They are a very excellent Corps. I hope money is not the reason why they are not going to DCI. I'll be seeing them again in Denver this Saturday (first time in Long Beach Ca.) Good luck Academy, and go to DCI. You'll win division 2 by 5 point or more. Remember the West is the Best.


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By the way.........Alaska did have a corps which competed at nationals. The Corps of the North, from Fairbanks, competed at the 1963 VFW Nationals in Seattle. They were last place, but they competed. They weren't able to come to the "lower 48" in 1964, because of the disastrous earthquake that hit Alaska in March of that year


...ahem...I actually *saw* the Corps of the North. White uniforms...and we (all my Lakewood Ambassador kin and I) said, "Wow!"

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tbutler wrote:
I hope money is not the reason why they are not going to DCI.


One more time again...
Money is the reason... :roll:

As a new corps...
They are still building their financial base...
And have no desire to destroy themselves...
By biting off more than they can chew... :bow:

At this point in time...
They feel that a full tour...
Is more than they can chew...
Ergo...
No trip to DCI... :wink:


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 Post subject: Better no DCI than no corps
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Although I'd rather have as many corps as possible at finals, I agree it is a much better decision to not go than to go and then not be able to afford touring at all the next year. I wish them well and hope the make it to finals soon.

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academy is making the smart move. but i dont think that we can really comment on how they'll do next year. they have known that their season would end now, and designed it to peak now. everyone else who is going to finals designed their shows to peak at finals. it really isnt comparable

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I am disappointed that Academy's season is already over, though I understand why it is and fully agree with their decision.

I attended the show at Walnut in early July. The lady who sold me my ticket was a bit confused about the seating arrangments in the stadium, so my ticket was on the 10 yard line instead of the 40. Rather than sitting on the 10, I wandered up to the top of the stadium and watched most of the show standing on the very wide walkway behind all the seats right near the 50. Different groups of people mingled in and out during each performance.

When Impulse finished, I started talking with a man standing next to me about how great they were and how they were noticeably better than the last time I saw them, in 2003. After a couple of minutes, he admitted that he had never been to a drum corps show before, and he was really enjoying it. He had only come because he was related to one of the members of Impulse, but he was most surprised by "how into it everyone is."

When Academy went on next and hit their first big chord, the man looked like he had been punched in the gut ... he wasn't expecting that kind of power. But my favorite moment was right at the end of their show, when they launched into one of those really fast, interweaving drills that are visually spectacular. He took an involuntary step backwards with a dazed and confused look, and when he finally remembered to breathe, all he could utter was "...dxmn..." in a very small and unconfident voice.

Yeah, Academy was pretty good this year.

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