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 Post subject: Cadets are reasonably clean in 2010
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:17 pm 
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here is a recent youtube link showing the cadets drumline doing their feature;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph0aL74t ... re=related

here is Crown in comparison;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzQ2uTqBnxM


Notice how pleasant it is to listen to the Cadets snareline. Some very nice tempo changes, and very clear changes in dynamics, along with the absolute longest double stroke roll I have seen a snare line do in a long time. Not perfect, but on the way.

Crown on the other hand has a book with very little dynamic changes(except the above the head double stops-nothing quiet though); the snare drummers are approaching their short double stroke rolls with differing techniques, so it sounds muddy. Some are playing into the drum, and some are trying to pull the sound out of the drum, others are playing just at the surface. there are missed attacks in many places, and the segment from 2:30 to 3:00 minutes in is particularly problematic. There is a triplet roll in the book they just can't do and they try a single stroke roll that just came apart. This while marking time in place.

I've been watching the Bluecoats drumline quite a bit as well. And perhaps I'll post theirs and Phantom together soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Cadets are reasonably clean in 2010
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:05 am 
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I felt like I just read something in a different language :wink:


But really, thanks for the review! I enjoy reading about an area of drum corps that I know so little about.


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 Post subject: Re: Cadets are reasonably clean in 2010
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:18 am 
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Thanks. I think if you look at the left hands of each line you might see that left hands on the cadets line look the same in how they play; if you look at Crown's line they look different. That would be the large swathe comment to make.

Sadly, I am not sure the judges ever look for this stuff anymore. I am basing this comment off of listening to some of the drum judges tapes available on you tube, such as the one from Blue Devils in 2009 ( this line was just fine by the way but the judges comments were superficial and esoteric.) The differences DO greatly affect what you hear however for sure, so perhaps there is some indirect judging of snare technique, which used to be pretty darn important in the old days.


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