I love Rouse and their show. It sounded SOOOO good.
But am I wrong that it doesn't have near the musical challenge as the two shows before it?
I don't necessarily think so. Not as many notes, for sure, but Rouse's music book places a lot of exposure and individual responsibility on the wind players. There is nowhere to hide bad tone, missed entrances or releases, on intonation. There is very little use of an electronic soundscape when compared to VR & Leander in particular. Lots of full & small ensemble playing, tons of exposure, and much is asked of the winds via dynamics contrast, sustained phrase work, and timing, even if the wind book doesn't have require near the flying tongues or fingers of the two preceding bands. That is where Rouse draws their musical difficulty, and they were clearly rewarded for it in Prelims (as they should have been). Not knocking Vista or Leander's EXCEPTIONALLY difficult music books, which I appreciate as well, but Rouse's is chock full of difficulty as well, just in different forms.
Post by marchingmaniac on Nov 6, 2021 19:24:07 GMT -6
Wow, Pearland is LOUD. Love the sound we're getting from the winds and I thought the color guard did really well too. Nothing too extraordinarily difficult but really strong full sounds. So many fantastic performances tonight.
In direct contrast to Rouse's delicate musicality, Pearland gave us pure, raw, unaltered POWER!! That was actually quite the treat seeing those two polar opposite bands & shows back to back, and watching each one do their thing exceptionally well. I have no idea where Pearland will be headed with their director change this year, or if they will continue to move forward or if this was a remnant of the previous director's policies & procedures, but I wholeheartedly hope that this is a sign of the direction they will continue to take. They were incredible in 2019 and earned their first finals berth, and I don't see how anyone could argue with them playing tonight this year.
A wonderfully huge group, in size, stature, presence, and sound. What an enormously powerful performance, Pearland!!
Post by lostchoirguy on Nov 6, 2021 19:27:12 GMT -6
I'm loving all of these performances tonight.
I wasn't surprised to see Pearland in finals here, but I hadn't seen their show all year so in that aspect it was a pleasant surprise to see how good they were. I do think coming after Rouse, it is easier to notice that Pearland plays exceptionally 'Texas loud' for most of their show. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because their intonation and articulation we're superb, but I can see how more dynamic contrast would improve their show. They've got a pretty underrated guard, too.
As for the Katy Perry stuff, I've grown to the point where I like it at the start of the show to introduce the theme, but wish it wouldn't come back near the end. The band is playing in a different tempo and it just sounds disjointed- almost like a year. I think it takes away from their effectiveness at that moment which is a shame because they are doing some great stuff.
You heard that too? I thought me and my buddies watching were going insane
I believe I recall hearing it at St. Louis as well. Is that against the rules in any way? I would assume it would be, but when I was in high school a drum major could have a dr. beat in their ear, so I’m just willing to accept whatever at this point.
Former Cammie and current Tiger. Probably cheering for a Missouri band. MIZ!
Post by marchingmaniac on Nov 6, 2021 19:40:49 GMT -6
Really loving this Coppell show! The music selections were a perfect accompaniment to the carousel theme and the winds knocked it out of the park on every one of them. Visually they were better than they've ever been. The ballad is so pretty both musically and visually, and I really appreciate the dynamic contrast. I see a very bright future for Coppell under their new leadership!
Coppell sounding just as powerful as Pearland, but then adding in so much delicate playing too! I'm honestly amazed at how quiet this giant ensemble can get at times.
Also, for anyone interested in demand, THERE'S your notes!! Maybe a bit too many flying fingers and mallets; a few passages sounded like they just got them confidently under their fingers like...this week. That's ok, though; that is a music book that is nonstop notes, notes, notes and more notes!
The only other thing I'd really like to say is that I always felt Coppell was ripe for someone to come in and burst them onto the national scene and catapult them to the top of Texas bands. A fairly wealthy district, 10,526 students enrolled in one of 37 concert bands, a lonnnnnng history of top notch pedagogy from beginning band onward, a solid winter guard, concert bands that were lauded at UIL over and over...it's all there!! With Shuttlesworth at the helm, look out for Coppell in the next few seasons. I see no reason they can't be the next FloMo or Hebron.
Also, welcome back to SA Finals, Coppell!!!! Eight seasons out was far, far too long.