For this thread, I wanted to see your thoughts on what was probably the greatest risks taken by bands, indoor groups, or Drum Corps and defined the era of the marching arts while leaving behind a mark on your perspective of band or in the marching arts. This could range from props all the way to design or simple technical things that changed the game. I always found it interesting hearing others' opinions on topics like these when things change or a group takes a risk. Whether it was something you liked, disliked, or something that became a trend today, what was something that wowed you, left an impact on you, or impacted the marching arts community that made it what it is today.
I'm way too busy, so I don't have any actual substance or nuances at this point other than general summaries.
All these shows are post-00, as that's my general reference frame. I do not know the '90s as much.
Lawrence Central 2001-2004: Put out terrific shows that helped refine the definition of "how" to move individually and drill-wise. Also understood how powerful synergy from choice of musical pieces were. Avon 2008-present: The true definition of all-around excellence in every caption, and how to present as one package to judges. PCEP 1998-2001: Show design and music performance was their forte during the peak years. Ronald Reagan 2002-2005: Some of the most unorthodox show designs at the time that just worked. Unique branding that many of us haven't really quite understood today. LD Bell 2005-2011: The ascension of Wes Cartwright, introducing the greatest (and only) trilogy of shows the pageantry have ever seen- more so, each one being influential on their own. Tarpon Springs 2008-present: The highest peak of true original music (specifically Frank Sullivan, 2008). Furthermore, prop design and set-up and how it can elevate GE before many bands got to that point. Broken Arrow 2010-2017: The boost in show design during these times originated from the visual side of show design (drill and individual movements), and further emphasized full-field spectacles. Marcus 2007, 2010, 2012: Marcus was THE music band by far. Everything they did revolved around how well they played and put out such a distinct style meanwhile. The Hebron before Hebron.
Upcoming (I don't think the legacies are established quite yet to fully understand how much impact they had on the scene): CTJ 2014-present: A second coming of Avon without being Avon- terrific all-rounder, but perhaps pushing the limits in every caption beyond Avon's peaks. Hebron 2015-present: Modern-day definition of THE music in every single music caption- music performance, music GE, music choice, etc. Carmel 2016-present: Some of the most creative show designs of this era- shows that move through their respective themes with grace and careful thoughtfulness. Blue Springs 2018: The birth of a new style- one that focuses more on communicating to the audience through choreography rather than drill.
There's more I didn't mention like Flower Mound and Marian Catholic (in the late '00s-early '10s), but those were the few that were off the top of my head.
I'll come back to this (which probably means, I'll forget about this in a few month's time...).
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Post by LeanderMomma on Apr 3, 2019 10:51:38 GMT -6
It's so interesting how things change over the years. How Marcus was the Texas band known for music back in the day, and now it's more Hebron and Vandegrift. Outside of Texas, it's the same with Carmel. They have always been great, but in the last few years they have become nearly unbeatable musically and with show design. I can't wait to see what Carmel and Avon produce this year, and I am anxious to see both of them live again for the first time in a few years! I intend to become way more educated on what makes Carmel so fantastic because they can come across rather simplistic to the mere "mortal" eye, but if you have a far more genius mind and eye, you can see and hear what it is that makes Carmel really stand out. I can't wait to see more of that for myself!
Post by boahistorybuff on Apr 6, 2019 5:41:38 GMT -6
Some of the Innovators in BOA.
Electronics in the pit: Northrop; 83 and 84. Centerville; 80s Westerville South; 88 Plymouth Canton; 90s
Props: Chesterton; 84 Norwin; 89 and 90 Flushing; 91 Jackson Academy; 93 Tarpon Springs; 97 to present
Tarps: Jackson Academy; 93 Center Grove; late 90s Tarpon Springs; 98 and 00s OFallon Twp 2018
Amplified Vocals: Plymouth Canton; 90s Lake Park; 93 Cedar Ridge; 2013
A Few Select GN Finals Shows that I Think Were Highly Innovative
Danville 81 Rocky Mount 81 Danville 82 Chesterton 83 Chesterton 84 Rocky Mount 86 Union 86 Norwin 89 PCEP 92 PCEP 93 Jackson Academy 93 PCEP 94 Westerville South 94 Center Grove 95 PCEP 95 Westerville South 96 Center Grove 97 Tarpon Springs 97 PCEP 97 PCEP 98 Tarpon Springs 98 PCEP 99 Center Grove 99 Marian Catholic 00 PCEP 00 Union 00 Lawrence Central 01 Marian Catholic 01 PCEP 01 Carmel 02 Westfield 03 Ronald Reagan 03 Center Grove 03 Kennesaw Mountain 04 Avon 04 Tarpon Springs 05 LD Bell 06 Tarpon Springs 06 LD Bell 07 Marian Catholic 08 Broken Arrow 09 Avon 10 Broken Arrow 10 LD Bell 10 Tarpon Springs 10 Marian Catholic 11 Broken Arrow 12 Lawrence Central 13 Tarpon Springs 14 Broken Arrow 14 Marian Catholic 15 Carmel 16 CTJ 16 Carmel 17 Broken Arrow 17 Carmel 18 Blue Springs 18 Broken Arrow 18 Jenks 18 Ofallon Township 2018 I am sure I missed a few or some of different opinions.
Post by LeanderMomma on Apr 6, 2019 8:48:45 GMT -6
I also want to throw Shenendehowa’s color guard into the mix. Their WGI show this season is so unique and certainly innovative. I wish everyone could see it! Maybe there will be a video on DaTube. FloMarching did put out a fascinating slo-mo video on their Facebook page this morning that gives you some idea of how cool it is. Also, the James Bowie guard has a hugely innovative show as well this season. I’m disappointed they pulled out of Worlds but understand they are saving money up for the trip to China.