East vs. Midwest vs. West

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East vs. Midwest vs. West

Post by abalone » Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:13 pm

As an outsider and a relative youngster, it always seems a little unbelievable when people talk about how they couldn't stand those eastern corps or how the western corps were such whiners. Of all the possible ways to sort corps into good and evil, why this one? (Why not Catholic vs military, cities vs suburbs, traditional vs innovative, blue uniforms vs red uniforms, shakos vs Aussies?) This regional rivalry seems to be at least four or five decades old. Where does it come from?
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Post by Malibu » Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:39 pm

I know years ago there were different judging circuits for drum corps. Because of the different circuits, some corps were doing things different than others.
For example in color guard, 27th Lancers were the only guard to do "Peggy Spins" as well as drop spins. All the other guards during that time (pre '82) were doing push spins. After awhile other guards started catching on and changed their style to that of 27th Lancers.
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Post by Kingpin » Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:10 pm

I still remember a shirt Phantom sold in the 80's where they called themselves "Coast Busters" and there was a Phantom member in between a Blue Devil and a Garfield Cadet.

In Ye Olden Times, back when we still had DCM, DCE, and DCW (and to a smaller extent, DCS), part of the fun was seeing which region could put more corps into the Top 5, Top 12 and Top 25.

Basically, it was fun to go into another region and compete and hear the trash talking. In '88 when we went to Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Magic gave us hell. Same as our counterparts from Canada when they came to the Midwest in '87. It was all talk until the scores were announced and they never said another word to us the entire summer.

Today, even though the regional circuits are gone and the even though we now have a "national" circuit, regional alliances is still a drum corps tradition that hasn't died down.
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