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 Post subject: Houston 2010
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:51 am 
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Just a few short thoughts after seeing all of the shows the past 2 nights here in Houston:

This year is actually overall a bit weaker year for drum lines as a whole compared to previous. That being said, enjoyable as usual;

I watched a lot of lines in the parking lot and was most impressed with the cavaliers. The quality of their instruction is very high. The snare line instructor prepares his line mentally, which is exactly the right thing to do. He doesn't just sit there and count them off and has them play. he is feeding mental preparation and approach to rough show spots, and once their clean--moves on. That's the right approach, instead of exercise 5 or whatever ad nauseum. That type of work should have been in the pre-season, and that's why cavies line is near the top this year.

Anyway their are three good complete drumlines this year - which includes excellent writing in the pit as well. These lines have a lot of demand in their show, and a lot of very exposed moments for both field and and pit. Field drums in these lines play pretty much throughout the show, and are combining somewhat tough marching and maneuvering with a fairly complex book; And their they are close to clean. got to hit all of these areas to be a great line in my book.

The top lines this year are: Phantom regiment, Cavaliers, and Cadets. Blue Stars get the honorable mention, and Boston gets a field drums honorable mention too. Crown is helpless basically, and is getting their 5 th or 6th place drum score based solely on the strength of the rest of their corps, which is freakin awesome in my opinion. So if Phantom right now is at an 18.2, then Crown is at a 16.2 at best. Really. SCV has some cool stuff happening, but are dirty -- demand is pretty high though. Blue Devils have a lot of field drum downtime in the first half of the show, and very few exposed moments to judge as a complete drumline. They have a lot of percussive solo moments - and last night they didn't play them well, even with just one or two drummers playing. The second half of their show really cooks however, and is really good. But a corps and a line that doesn't play a whole show really shouldn't be given a whole score. Its just part of the deal. One of the quads dropped a stick within the first minute or so of the show. No biggee but just shows a very casual approach to whats going on out there for these guys. I saw the judge laugh when they do their we will assault you with our group single stroke roll however. They do have a nice sequence of alternating triplet rolls with sixteenth note triplet patterns right before the single stroke assault maneuver and that was done very well for sure. Most lines do not have the chops to pull that off for sure. But it was done standing still. Probably their best moment really.

cadets have the longest double stroke roll pattern in all of DCI this year and its done solo, and are also marching the highest number of quads at 6. The unofficial rule is that you get one tenth more of a demand point for each tenor over 4, if they are clean as a group. Those 6 are clean in all of the exposed moments for them.

Most scoring by judges is right on for drums overall - Crown and BD are too high, and Blue Stars and Cadets are being scored too low. Crown should be at around 16.7, BD at 17.5, Blue Stars at 17.1 minimum and Cadets at 17.8.

Phantom is the top line, with Cavies and Cadets trailing just a step back. Bluecoats didn't have a good show in Houston for whatever reason.

The most obvious test to do here is to look at snarelines for Phantom and BD, and ask yourself if you were a judge what would you be judging? Phantom is offering it up everywhere as a line. You don't have to look far and you don't have to wait. It's there basically all of the time - just tough clean drumming. BD? You have to sit and wait for something to judge, particularly in the first half of the show. I cannot even imagine why these lines are only two-tenths apart in scoring.


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 Post subject: Re: Houston 2010
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:01 am 
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rysa4 wrote:
Just a few short thoughts after seeing all of the shows the past 2 nights here in Houston:

This year is actually overall a bit weaker year for drum lines as a whole compared to previous. That being said, enjoyable as usual;

I watched a lot of lines in the parking lot and was most impressed with the cavaliers. The quality of their instruction is very high. The snare line instructor prepares his line mentally, which is exactly the right thing to do. He doesn't just sit there and count them off and has them play. he is feeding mental preparation and approach to rough show spots, and once their clean--moves on. That's the right approach, instead of exercise 5 or whatever ad nauseum. That type of work should have been in the pre-season, and that's why cavies line is near the top this year.

Anyway their are three good complete drumlines this year - which includes excellent writing in the pit as well. These lines have a lot of demand in their show, and a lot of very exposed moments for both field and and pit. Field drums in these lines play pretty much throughout the show, and are combining somewhat tough marching and maneuvering with a fairly complex book; And their they are close to clean. got to hit all of these areas to be a great line in my book.

The top lines this year are: Phantom regiment, Cavaliers, and Cadets. Blue Stars get the honorable mention, and Boston gets a field drums honorable mention too. Crown is helpless basically, and is getting their 5 th or 6th place drum score based solely on the strength of the rest of their corps, which is freakin awesome in my opinion. So if Phantom right now is at an 18.2, then Crown is at a 16.2 at best. Really. SCV has some cool stuff happening, but are dirty -- demand is pretty high though. Blue Devils have a lot of field drum downtime in the first half of the show, and very few exposed moments to judge as a complete drumline. They have a lot of percussive solo moments - and last night they didn't play them well, even with just one or two drummers playing. The second half of their show really cooks however, and is really good. But a corps and a line that doesn't play a whole show really shouldn't be given a whole score. Its just part of the deal. One of the quads dropped a stick within the first minute or so of the show. No biggee but just shows a very casual approach to whats going on out there for these guys. I saw the judge laugh when they do their we will assault you with our group single stroke roll however. They do have a nice sequence of alternating triplet rolls with sixteenth note triplet patterns right before the single stroke assault maneuver and that was done very well for sure. Most lines do not have the chops to pull that off for sure. But it was done standing still. Probably their best moment really.

cadets have the longest double stroke roll pattern in all of DCI this year and its done solo, and are also marching the highest number of quads at 6. The unofficial rule is that you get one tenth more of a demand point for each tenor over 4, if they are clean as a group. Those 6 are clean in all of the exposed moments for them.

Most scoring by judges is right on for drums overall - Crown and BD are too high, and Blue Stars and Cadets are being scored too low. Crown should be at around 16.7, BD at 17.5, Blue Stars at 17.1 minimum and Cadets at 17.8.

Phantom is the top line, with Cavies and Cadets trailing just a step back. Bluecoats didn't have a good show in Houston for whatever reason.

The most obvious test to do here is to look at snarelines for Phantom and BD, and ask yourself if you were a judge what would you be judging? Phantom is offering it up everywhere as a line. You don't have to look far and you don't have to wait. It's there basically all of the time - just tough clean drumming. BD? You have to sit and wait for something to judge, particularly in the first half of the show. I cannot even imagine why these lines are only two-tenths apart in scoring.

Having seen all the same lines I put the top three as 1. Phantom 2. Cavies and 3. Bluecoats

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 Post subject: Re: Houston 2010
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:08 pm 
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Certainly turned out that way at finals! :drums:


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