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OrlandoMike
04-24-2006, 05:33 PM
Another hobby of mine, just wondered if anyone else on this board was into it.

Saxton
04-24-2006, 06:53 PM
Mike - yet another reason for you to come to Buffalo! ;)

http://drumsalongthewaterfront.org/

M4travels
04-24-2006, 06:57 PM
Always in awe when watching the Phantom Regiment.

Michael

OrlandoMike
04-24-2006, 07:00 PM
I attended finals in Buffalo, and am on call for emercency "cook duty" this summer for about three corps, so you never know. Buffalo was great for finals!

As far as Phanton goes, great corps, I loved them last year!

Their opener the year they won gave me a woody!!

Always a favorite, know a few people who marched Phantom.

RENThead09
04-25-2006, 01:05 AM
Minnesota boy here who grew up loving Madison (thank you Cesario for putting them in tight pants! HAHAHA) Many suprises to come from the boys in Green this summer!!!

Phantom has the most gorgeous sound year in and out. 2003 is the epitomy of what a corp should sound like.

Have a HUGE spot in my heart for SCV after attending my first finals in 1987 in Madison. Have tickets for this year. Will be great to take a weekend to head out of Arizona and go back to Cheeseland.

Hope to see a corp or 3 marching at Disneyland next year when finals comes to the Rose Bowl!

Don't forget about the DCI Classics thing this Thursday at a movie theater near you!

Peace!

-Pat

ps...watch out for the return of the BLUE STARS this year!!!!

OrlandoMike
04-25-2006, 05:29 AM
Your not kidding about the surprises from the boys from Mad Town!

From what I hear the new guard uniforms will shock and awe!

I always love when girls "swoon" over those boys! LOL

iankh
04-25-2006, 05:38 AM
Come to Chicago and join the Rightously Outrageous Twirling Corps

http://www.rotcchicago.org/background.htm

OrlandoMike
04-25-2006, 08:01 AM
I have looked into forming an ROTC here in Orlando, and some day if I ever get any spare time, I might.

mickeyfan1
04-25-2006, 08:27 AM
Another DCI fan here. I was lucky enough to see the finals in Denver a couple of years ago. I would have loved to have seen them in Boston last year, but ot didn't happen.

SunFloridaDisney
04-25-2006, 08:42 AM
DH was in drum corps through high school, and even in early college, when we met. Phamtom was my favorite back then (I'm talking the 70's). :sunny:

plutolovr
04-25-2006, 08:59 AM
Had to chime in here when I saw the Drum Corps title. If you go to watch the DCI classics this Thursday, I'm in the Bridgemen that year. We were awesome!!! :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

OrlandoMike
04-26-2006, 06:27 AM
I have to work so I will miss the DCI at the movies this year, what years did you march Bridgemen? I marched "Gahfield" early 80's. On the field you guys amazed me, off the field you scared me! LOL

Saxton
04-26-2006, 07:16 AM
I attended finals in Buffalo, and am on call for emercency "cook duty" this summer for about three corps, so you never know. Buffalo was great for finals!


If you're going to be here this year make sure you let me know - we can have a mini-meet! Every year I see the commercials on TV and I think I should go to it but I never make it ... maybe this year.

OrlandoMike
04-26-2006, 07:49 AM
Well if I am on cook duty, I will have little time to play. You usually get to go into the show for a while, but there is one more meal to prepare before the corps leave on the road for the night, so even that has it's limitations....

Ahhh sleeping on gym floors, taking cold showers, cooking over 600 meals a day in a kitchen on wheels, now thats what I call a vacation! LOL

vascubaguy
04-26-2006, 09:31 AM
Love the drum corp, and always wanted to join when I was back in high school.. but I never did. :guilty:

Some of my favs include Phantom, Carolina Crown, Cavaliers, Cadets ... (ha, the list goes on and on).

Just thinking about it makes me wanna go pickup a euphonium!

gr8ful4Him
04-26-2006, 08:27 PM
I marched "Gahfield" early 80's.
'83 "Gahfield" was the first experience I had with seeing drum corps...I was a freshman and they practiced at my H.S. for the day...totally blew me away! I was amazed that moving even a step at attention was worth 50? pushups!?!
I never did march Jr. Corps, but did a few years (89-97) being a weekend warrior in Sr. Corps. My DH played lead sop with the Bluecoats (86-89) along with many more years in Sr. Corps (we met in corps). He knows so much more 'history' of the activity than I do!

RENThead09
04-26-2006, 08:52 PM
"My DH played lead sop with the Bluecoats (86-89) along with many more years in Sr. Corps"

Big standing O for your husband during that time. That was some real Jazz on the field. Loved Autumn Leaves.

And as a guard/hornline crossover person, a 21 person snareline was only outdone by the Bluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucoats putting the entire colorguard on sop for the closing!!

Senior Corps brought me so many close friends in life. I wish more people were out there supporting the ageless summer warriors!

Peace!

OrlandoMike
04-26-2006, 08:56 PM
Yes, Garfield 83 was truly a piece of art. One of the few undefeated corps in DCI history! (Well they did loose pre-lims to SCV, but back in those days finals was considered one show) Don't know if you noticed the female Melophone soloist they had that year, she had a prosthesis for one arm, that girl not only had the lips of an angel, but she never missed a pushup, and as I recall, she did them boys style! She was my bus partner one year, what a great person! Her dad was also a Cadet!

WOW pushups! I almost forgot how many hundred of those I did!

gr8ful4Him
04-27-2006, 12:08 PM
Big standing O for your husband during that time. That was some real Jazz on the field. Loved Autumn Leaves.
:teeth: My dh was the soloist in Autumn Leaves (and various other songs). He had this "signature" thingy he did after every solo...bent over and did an arm pump (kinda to say "YES"!)

Senior Corps brought me so many close friends in life. I wish more people were out there supporting the ageless summer warriors!

I totally agree. We worked our butts off (literally at times ;) ) and had a blast doing it. We all worked extremely hard at home during the week and then brought it together on the weekends. Our drumline was undefeated for 2 years (95,96) and as a corps, we brought home medals the 96 season. Made alot of good friends...those friends that you may not see for a long time, but if you're in need, they'll be the ones to show up to help :yes:

Don't know if you noticed the female Melophone soloist they had that year, she had a prosthesis for one arm, that girl not only had the lips of an angel, but she never missed a pushup, and as I recall, she did them boys style!
So many years ago and so much drain bamage since then :smokin: (although the brain is starting to come back around :teacher: ) ...I can't say that I actually remember her...but kudos to her for enduring all that hard work!
um...pushups...if they're not "boys style", are they really pushups? ;) lol ...I joke about that, but I was a female tenor drummer and always felt the need to show the guys that I could do whatever they could do, so I too, did "boys style" pushups!

PrincessMo
04-27-2006, 03:51 PM
Just posting that I love DCI, DCA, WGI, etc. I play drums and was in the drumline in high school (I was the hot snare chic! & loved it). Wish I could have done drum corp but couldn't really afford it. A few ppl i was in drumline with in high school did though and several ppl I know teach or teach DCI or DCA.

Have A Magical Day!

OrlandoMike
04-27-2006, 09:24 PM
For those of you who are saying "I never got to march drum corps, I always wanted to" I have a word of advice for you.

VOLUNTEER!

If there is a show in your area, find out where your favorite corps is staying and get there as early as 7am. Someone will be in the kitchen making breakfast, just offer your services! Spend the day helping out, its a blast! They always need help with sewing, cooking, shopping, and even laundry. Bake cookies and take them to the corps for lunch! Donate powdered gatoraide, anything, just get invloved in these kids lives! These kids are awsome!

Better yet, contact a corps, and spend a week on the road, this will truly change your life! It quite literally has shaved years off of my life! Most corps will pick you up at airports and take you to the airport for your trip home. Just check corps web pages, they usually have a section just for volunteers.

The best thing about being on the road is, you get to go to a drum corps show every night!

gr8ful4Him
04-28-2006, 04:22 PM
For those of you who are saying "I never got to march drum corps, I always wanted to" I have a word of advice for you.

VOLUNTEER!

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Just check corps web pages, they usually have a section just for volunteers.

The best thing about being on the road is, you get to go to a drum corps show every night!

Thanks for the idea! I haven't seen many shows in the past couple of years because of $$. I drive a bus and have thought that would be cool, but I can't dedicate an entire season to doing that. Volunteering in other areas might work though!
My dh has always spoken fondly of the different volunteers, and it's a great way to show the kids you care! Let's face it, without the volunteers, it just wouldn't be possible for drum corps to continue!

mickey mommy
05-02-2006, 11:19 PM
For those of you who are saying "I never got to march drum corps, I always wanted to" I have a word of advice for you.

VOLUNTEER!

If there is a show in your area, find out where your favorite corps is staying and get there as early as 7am. Someone will be in the kitchen making breakfast, just offer your services! Spend the day helping out, its a blast! They always need help with sewing, cooking, shopping, and even laundry. Bake cookies and take them to the corps for lunch! Donate powdered gatoraide, anything, just get invloved in these kids lives! These kids are awsome!

Better yet, contact a corps, and spend a week on the road, this will truly change your life! It quite literally has shaved years off of my life! Most corps will pick you up at airports and take you to the airport for your trip home. Just check corps web pages, they usually have a section just for volunteers.

The best thing about being on the road is, you get to go to a drum corps show every night!

Another suggestion would be to join a DCA Corp. Wow, the best summer of my life was marching a sabre/guard spot for the Westshoreman Senior Corp! I'm still teaching colorguard and now my daughters are getting into it! They have no choice it's in their blood! DH and I met marching for Blackwatch Indoor Guard. Yes, one of the .001% straight guys you'll ever see in WGI/DCI, etc. I dated a drum guy and I think he turned out to be GAY! Who'd have guessed. Anyway, I love this SPORT and will definitely be in Allentown for DCI East (Aug 4th and 5th). See you there! :wave2:

OrlandoMike
05-03-2006, 06:32 AM
I'm trying to get Allentown into my schedule, simply so I can see the Bridgemen alumni corps!

OK OK I want a funnel cake also! I admit it!

Viki
05-03-2006, 06:57 AM
I'm trying to get Allentown into my schedule, simply so I can see the Bridgemen alumni corps!

OK OK I want a funnel cake also! I admit it!

Mike, if you go to Allentown please let us know, we're only 30 minutes away; we'll take you out to dinner!

OrlandoMike
05-03-2006, 07:50 AM
Deal. But we may have to leave the Allentown area, when drum corps decends on that town it's hard to eat anywhere!

Viki
05-03-2006, 09:49 AM
Deal. But we may have to leave the Allentown area, when drum corps decends on that town it's hard to eat anywhere!

Oh, that's fine. We can even take a trip to New Hope (lovely L&G- friendly town) or hop down to Philadelphia, where there are many cool places to dine!

goalie5hole
05-03-2006, 01:00 PM
I marched 78-80 in Guardsmen then quit to pursue my first love, Hockey. Would have liked to do Cavaliers Winterguard but they were too far away. Is a straight man allowed to post on this forum? I saw drum corp and couldn't resist.

PrincessMo
05-03-2006, 01:29 PM
I am right outside of philly too...probably be at allentown this year!

RENThead09
05-03-2006, 03:35 PM
"goalie5hole: I marched 78-80 in Guardsmen then quit to pursue my first love, Hockey. Would have liked to do Cavaliers Winterguard but they were too far away. "

Colorguard and Hockey! Tough choice between 2 of the greatest things in the world. At least they removed the age limit for WGI Independent World class, so you still have a chance to get back in there. Or march a Sr. Corps guard in the summer.

Peace!

goalie5hole
05-03-2006, 04:53 PM
I actually played sop in Guardsmen but got pretty good with a rifle because my sisters had them lying around since they were in the colorguard. Must have been the hand-eye coordination from the hockey.

Viki
05-03-2006, 06:21 PM
I am right outside of philly too...probably be at allentown this year!

Join Mike and us for dinner! When is "Allentown" anway (that is, where are the dates?).

OrlandoMike
05-03-2006, 10:27 PM
1. Straight men are always allowed, if you marched drum corps you are known as a "CSP" (Cool Straight Person)

2. You guys who marched Guardsmen. :worship: You guys were awsome! Every time I hear the words Shaumburg or Hoffman Estates I get excited. How heavy were those hats?

3. Viki, I know a few great diners in Allentown that we can get into, have you ever seen a drum corps show, if not you should come, they are great! This year Allentown is on August 4th and 5th.

DCI and Disney, a marriage made in heaven........

Well I might as well tell my favorite Disney/DCI story.

After I met my DH he got a job in Disney security, his first post was the back stage gate at EPCOT, this was the first year that DCI was in Orlando. Now he has listened to me go on and on about drum corps, watched endless videos, but still didn't get the activity. That Wednesday night was the parade of Champions at EPCOT, the top 12 corps would arrive backstage to get their parking spots for the parade. Later that night, after the parade, he told me what he did. Seems the Glassmen came hobbling in on run down busses, you know the kind, smoke comming out of the back of Bus #1, kids pushing bus #2, etc, the kind of stuff that happens the last week of tour. At the same time the Blue Devils pulled up in the suite of coaches, you know the ones with air conditioning and TV's! Well there were only two unload stations left, so he gave the one with cement to the Glassmen, feeling bad for them, and told the Devils to park over there...in the mud. Blue Devils were, needless to say, pissed! It was at that point I knew the DH understood drum corps!

SnowWhite
05-04-2006, 08:17 AM
I spent from 1982-1990 in Drum Corps. The corps I marched were A60 corps.

1. St. Andrew's Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
2. Kawanis Kavaliers Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (they were A60 then)
3. St. John's Brantford, Ontario, Canada
4. Canadian Knights Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (brass instructor)

Always was in awe of Phantom, and Spirit of Atlanta. Velvet Knights always put on a funny show as well. I haven't kept up with what has been happening in DCI in awhile and it is hard to believe how many corps have disappeared. Thanks for reminding me about some of my good old times. Anyone remember how the heat in Kansas City (Arrowhead) sent over 200 corps members to hospital in 88? Luckily I wasn't one of them. Take care,

Rob (Snowwhite's DH)

OrlandoMike
05-04-2006, 10:08 PM
Good God Rob!

Good thing your a male or you would have marched Les Chatelaines and the Ventures also! How's that for pulling all-girl Canadian corps out of my brain?

Remember the year the Ventures had the multi colored pohchos! Ever time I saw them one girl would be one poncho ahead, all the girls are in red, except Cindy who is in Blue. Would she remember the next poncho change? No so once again everyone now is in Blue, and Cindy is in Yellow!

It was the funniest thing!

plutolovr
05-07-2006, 07:09 PM
I have to work so I will miss the DCI at the movies this year, what years did you march Bridgemen? I marched "Gahfield" early 80's. On the field you guys amazed me, off the field you scared me! LOL

I marched in Bridgemen in 1980. :banana:
Funny you mentioned the Cadets. I come from a Garfield Cadet legacy family. My dad grew up in Garfield. He marched in the old Holy Name Cadets, which became Garfield, my sister and I both marched in the Garfield Plebes, which were the little kids version of the Cadets and we both marched in the Cadets. She was colorguard captain for a year, I marched from 1977 to 1979. I marched in Bridgemen for a year, then retired at 18 y.o. I almost went to Santa Clara for the 1981 season but changed my mind.

purplepixie
05-19-2006, 05:17 PM
I had to laugh at the posts about Madison Scouts. My husband marched '94 and '95. Big bass drum. After hanging out after hours with them it was quite funny watching the girls trying to get the guards attention. My husband had more guys flirting with him then I did during those nights.

RENThead09
05-19-2006, 11:07 PM
1995 MADISON SCOUTS! :bounce:
WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :Pinkbounc

Malaga the way it was meant to be played. Loved that whole show. 1987 was my first finals ever (at Camp Randall of course).

The school I work with (Irondale HS in MN) has been very well represented in the Madison Battery over the last decade or so. Last year was the first time in forever we didn't have anyone marching a spot.

Thanks for bringing up happy madison thoughts. I think it is time to put the Taste of Madison DVD on!

Peace!