DCI Power List – World Championships Primer

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Carolina Crown regains the lead in our final DCI Power List, thanks to a strong show on Monday. A well timed rehearsal break by the Blue Devils before DCI World Championships tomorrow night didn’t hurt either.

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DCI Power List – Post Allentown

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Blue Devils, Cadets, and Carolina Crown are separated by a hair’s breadth at the top of our DCI Power List after Allentown.

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DCI Power List – Week 6

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Carolina Crown capped off a strong week by being the first corps not named “The Cadets” or “Blue Devils” to win DCI Southeastern in Atlanta since 2006. As the Inferno raged this past week, Crown has surged from third to second and less than one-tenth of a point out of first.

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DCI Power List – Week 5

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Last weekend’s showdown in San Antonio pitted all 22 World Class corps against each other for the first time this season and shed some light on what the last few weeks of the season may look like.

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DCI Power List – Week 4

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The first regional of the season last weekend in Minneapolis, coupled with a large show in Denver, helped shake up our DCI power list in week four.

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DCI 2015: Drums Along the Rockies

Bluecoats drum major Willie Veenstra prepares to start the show at Drums Along the Rockies in Denver, CO on July 11, 2015. Photo Credit: Bluecoats

Ten of the world’s best drum & bugle corps descended on Sports Authority Field in Denver on Saturday for the 51st edition of Drums Along the Rockies. The show is run by Ascend Performing Arts, the parent organization of the Blue Knights, and has become a staple of the Drum Corps International summer tour.

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DCI 2015: Corps Encore Review

The Blue Knights perform for the Corps Encore crowd at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, on July 8, 2015. Photo Credit: Blue Knights

On Wednesday evening, seven drum & bugle corps went head-to-head in Ogden, Utah, for the 2015 edition of Corps Encore. The show is run by Ascend Performing Arts, the parent organization of the Blue Knights, and was held at Stewart Stadium on the campus of Weber State University.

This is my review of the evening, and is simply that – my opinion. You may agree with what I say. You may not. Regardless, know that I hold all of the performers, instructors, and designers in the highest regard. This activity wouldn’t exist without them.

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DCI Power List – Week 3

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Another week on tour has led to a sizable shakeup in our DCI Power List. All 22 World Class corps have made their season debuts and clear lines have been drawn in the sand as a result.

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DCI 2015: Welcome to July

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There’s a saying in the drum corps world: “Welcome to July. What was acceptable in June is longer acceptable.” The idea behind the saying is that performers should always be progressing, holding themselves to higher standards. A drum corps that isn’t getting better is not reaching its full potential. So, welcome to July.

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DCI Power List – Week 2

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We’re 20 percent of the way through the season and as summer heats up, so too does the competition. This week’s power rankings were created by averaging the scores from the three most recent shows from each corps.

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ON TOUR: SCV – California Tour

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This post originally appeared on the Santa Clara Vanguard blog and has been re-posted as part of Marchingbuzz’s “ON TOUR” series.

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and excitement for SCV as we proudly debuted our 2015 program, “The Spark of Invention,” to eager audiences across our home state of California.

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Remembering James Horner

Film score composer James Horner. Photo Credit: nerdreactor.com

Earlier this week, award-winning composer James Horner passed away in a tragic plane crash. Today we pay tribute to the man, his music, and the legacy he leaves behind.

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DCI Power List – Week 1

Photo Credit: Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps

Welcome to week one of the Marchingbuzz DCI Power List. This ranking system compares the season high scores of every World Class and Open Class ensemble that has competed in a DCI competition thus far.

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ON TOUR: SCV 2015 – Week 4

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Our fourth week of spring training came with a nice change in scenery as we left the mountains of Northern California behind and transitioned to Angels Camp, CA, nestled peacefully in the Sierra Foothills between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. We set up camp at Bret Harte High School and got straight down to business, continuing our work on “The Spark of Invention.”

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ON TOUR: SCV – Week Three

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Where has the time gone? We are three weeks into spring training and the Corps is pushing harder than ever to tackle challenging new drill and meticulously detail each musical phrase of the show. Thanks to everyone’s dedication and hard work, our 2015 program, “The Spark of Invention” is taking shape quite nicely.

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ON TOUR: SCV – Week Two

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This post originally appeared on the Santa Clara Vanguard blog and has been re-posted as part of Marchingbuzz’s “ON TOUR” series.

We’ve made it through two bright and sunny action-packed weeks of rehearsal here at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA and the Corps continues to make progress on the 2015 program, “The Spark of Invention.”

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City Sound goes inactive for 2015

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City Sound Drum & Bugle Corps will not field a corps this summer, according to an announcement from director Nathaniel Lewis. The news comes just weeks before the start of the 2015 competitive season.

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ON TOUR: SCV – Welcome to Weed

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This post originally appeared on the Santa Clara Vanguard blog and has been re-posted as part of Marchingbuzz’s “ON TOUR” series.

It’s that time of year again! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the pollen is blowing, and the Santa Clara Vanguard has settled in at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA to kick off spring training, 2015.

After getting its start as a lumber milling town back in the 1900s, today Weed has grown to serve as home to just under 3,000 people. It is also home to the College of the Siskiyous, our housing site for the first leg of pre-tour. The rehearsal facilities here are wonderful and include two well-kept fields, one large gymnasium, and a beautiful sprawling campus. We are grateful for all this space as it allows each section of the corps to work on their priorities separately before coming together as a full group in the evening.

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Bluecoats will make “Kinetic Noise” in 2015

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The Bluecoats will make “Kinetic Noise” in 2015. Hot on the heels of 2014’s crowd-favorite “Tilt,” the Bluecoats will continue to perform lesser-known repertoire from a wide variety of composers and genres.

From the show announcement:

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I’m Michael Gaines, and this is how I roll

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Michael Gaines is one of the marching world’s most celebrated visual designers. A member of the DCI Hall of Fame, and a true magician with Pyware, Gaines has worked with some of the top marching groups in the world. His designs helped solidify mindshare for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps as “The Green Machine”, and he has played an integral role in elevating the work of numerous other award-winning ensembles, like Pride of Cincinnati, Aimachi, and Carmel High School.

How does he do it all? We caught up with Michael to learn a little about how he rolls.

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Corps members move in, gear up for season

Move-Ins. All Days. Spring Training. Whatever the specific name each corps has for it, its that time of year when a corps comes together to rehearse and prepare for the season. With the first DCI show just one month away, corps around the country are getting started on the complicated process of putting it all together.

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I’m Mike McIntosh – Arranger, Composer, and Percussion Caption Supervisor for The Cavaliers – and This is How I Roll

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Mike McIntosh is an arranger, composer, digital sound designer, and instructor. You may know him best from his work on the creative and design teams for a number of prestigious performing groups, including The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Palmetto Percussion, Carmel High School, Gateway Indoor Percussion, and George Mason Independent Open Ensemble.

How does he do it all? We caught up with Mike to learn a little about how he rolls.

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