Bring back the closing number!

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Bring back the closing number!

Post by Jim Welling » Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:51 pm

I have been pulling my hair out over the years trying to figure out what was missing
in todays Corps? Then tonight after enjoying many of the 2007 shows it hit me...
The Closer!!! The few moments in the show after the Gun shot signifying that the judging
was complete and now its time to play to the crowd.
I miss those powerfully emotional songs (Brian's Song, Send in the Clowns, Oh Danny Boy) that began with marching away from the crowd, tugging at the tear ducts
of every man, women and child attending. The melodies swell the corp turn to face the crowd
and blows harder than ever before. As the volume raises so does the hair on everyone neck!
You couldn't help but feel they played it for you!!! Because they Did!!!
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Post by Marianne » Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:06 pm

Back in my day I think they called it the "Re-entry." It was a final punch with the corps signature song. And yes, it was a play to the crowd thing.
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Post by Brian Tolzmann » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:57 am

It was always so impressive to hear the dynamics echoing off the back wall.
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Post by Mike » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:08 am

Marianne wrote:Back in my day I think they called it the "Re-entry." It was a final punch with the corps signature song. And yes, it was a play to the crowd thing.


Not sure when corps were permitted to actually re-enter the field aft4er crossing the finish line. As of 71 we couldn't The big change that year was to allow corps to come up the sidelines after they crossed the goal line.

We did a pseudo-reentry in our 71 exit ("Profiles in Courage") with a reprise of the jazzy section of our opener, "Yankee Doodle", with the corps doing a 1-count turn from exiting the field to hit the stands, and then another 1-count turn back to actually exit the field, after which we crossed the line and did our closing fanfare of "Amerca, the Beautiful".


From the 71 World Open DVD I bought from drumcorpsvideos.com (the great Haas collection)....our closer....

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Post by zentropa » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:29 am

Geez, you are right,
Drum Corps needs a final 40 seconds unjudged (except GE) to allow the corps to simply perform for the audience and themselves.
That would be soooo cool.

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Post by Brian Tolzmann » Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:11 am

Mike wrote:Not sure when corps were permitted to actually re-enter the field after crossing the finish line.



The re-entry was first allowed in 1973.
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Post by LAMystreaux » Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:16 am

zentropa wrote:Geez, you are right,
Drum Corps needs a final 40 seconds unjudged (except GE) to allow the corps to simply perform for the audience and themselves.
That would be soooo cool.



I hate to bring this up, but isn't this something Hopkins has proposed before?
Just because your hate is masked by "free thinking" or being "open-minded" does not make it right.

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Post by zentropa » Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:54 am

TXMystreaux wrote:
zentropa wrote:Geez, you are right,
Drum Corps needs a final 40 seconds unjudged (except GE) to allow the corps to simply perform for the audience and themselves.
That would be soooo cool.



I hate to bring this up, but isn't this something Hopkins has proposed before?


I dunno but that would be the most exciting change in years IMO.
I've been out of the Drum Corps scene for a few years so I'm pretty clueless about some newer goings on.

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Post by Brian Tolzmann » Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:57 pm

A few decades back a show in Illinois let the corps begin and end any way they wanted. The corps looked forward to using their creativity. Some put their soloists up in the stands. Others used lighting effects.
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Post by SCVBaritone » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:30 pm

Brian Tolzmann wrote:It was always so impressive to hear the dynamics echoing off the back wall.


For Sure Brian, Remember "Some Where" from Westside Story the exit number for the Cavaliers in the 1966 VFW Nationals. Now that was a echo against the back wall at Soldier field in Chicago.

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Post by Castguy2003 » Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:18 pm

Ahh 66VFW Nats was in Joisey ((Roosevelt Stadium - New Jersey)
Still longing for the days of 10 pound rifles and flag presentations

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Post by Ghost » Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:43 pm

Maybe you were thinking of the 65 VFW in Chicago, when it was held indoors.

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Post by SCVBaritone » Wed Aug 01, 2007 12:56 pm

LOL.....Thanks for the editing...indoors?.. Wow!.. and in those days, loud was a art form....streeeeeeeeeeech 8-)
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Post by Groucho » Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:50 pm

1966 the VFW's were held at Roosevlet Stadium. If I am not mistaken the The Dream was held the Sunday before, and that was one hell of a show.

In 1965 due to the rain the prelims and rain were hel indoors at McCormick Place. It's too bad the Nationals were held at Soldiers Field.
I am sure all of the 15 corps who made the finals could have stayed over one night and competed in fair weather.

The corps who were going onto the World Open in Bridgeport still had plenty of time.


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Post by Groucho » Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:32 pm

Let's go back to some of the great exits from the 60's.

St. Mary's Majestic Knights "Now And For Ever"

SKEK "See You In September"

SAC "In The Still Of the Night"

Madison Scouts "You'll Never Walk Alone"

Chicago Cavs "Some Where Over The Rainbow"


I am sure we can add to this list.


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