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July 29, 1999, Tupelo, MS - DCI

Well, to give you a little background on me, I marched Volunteers from Knoxville, TN, last year and considered marching this year. But decided against it because I'm moving away to college at The University of Central Florida and that's what my instructor over there told me to do.

Well, when we got there it was a very hot night, so that's always going to affect how the performers play.

Tarheel Sun started off the night with a pretty good show. I personally didn't really care for the arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody. But, they did a great job of performing. The color guard was a little shaky, and the brass line didn't quite put out the sound I was expecting from last year, but, for this corps time around, they should be very proud of what they put out.

Pioneer - Is this the same corps I saw last year at finals? Their show this year is so much more entertaining then they were last year. I can't believe the size of the brass line, though. It's almost, like, they have a bigger battery than brass line. I was extremely impressed with what their drumline laid down on the field. If they can clean up their brass and guard, this corps has a big future. I did think they should've scored higher than Tarheel.

Bluecoats - I went and saw this corps in Troy, and they "blue" the socks of me last night. They have cleaned up their show so much, it's unbelievable to see what all they've done. The thing that amazes me the most about this line is the fact that the drumline has 0 vets in it this year. That's almost unheard of in a drum corps, and you can expect in the next couple of years, you'll see a drumline that rivals Glassmen. The brassline was loud, at times a little sloppy, but, definitely loud. I really liked their guards uniforms this year. They have the colors with the flags to really bring out the expressive moments in the show. All and all, well played all together.

Blue Knights - This is a corps I'm not too familiar with as far as style and intensity. They were definitely intense. The brassline and drumline were both very good, [but] the colorguard was a little drab as far as creating excitement to the audience. This is the show I remember the least because it just didn't do a whole lot for me. They were very clean, but that's about it.

Cavaliers were wonderful. They create excitement every time I see them. This is the second time that I've seen them this year, and they're still giving me chill bumps. The 4 concert basses in the pit is a wonderful idea. The colorguard gives the emphasis at all the major high points in the show and once again, the drumline played as one of the top 3 lines should. They did an excellent job, and have top 3... maybe?

Madison Scouts - This is a corps that is all about entertainment, and that's definitely what they showed on the field today. The brassline was powerful, the drums were loud(at times a little fuzzy), and the guard was awesome. The d-line is the weakest link to the corps right now, but, with some work, they can clean up and put in for a title run. But, it'll be hard. Jesus Christ Superstar wasn't long enough, but it was an awesome closer.

Blue Devils - Well, whether you love ;em, hate ;em, despise ;em, or really don't care, these boys (and girls) right here are most likely going to once again be your champs for DCI. Their show was just outstanding. I was sitting there, looking for any possible thing, and it was almost flawless as far as performance. The brassline was unbelievably in tune (once again), the drumline was almost perfect as far as cleanliness, and the guard did their part in focusing attention perfectly. This corps will have no problem taking the title this year as long as it keeps up what it's doing.

After the competition and the finale, I went up front to the center of the stands to watch the Blue Devils perform their encore. It was the loudest thing I think I've ever heard in my life. The soloist was hurting my ears, and when the rest of the corps would come in for the long chords, I was amazed. If you haven't seen them yet, go to a show with BD. I've been a fan for years and love them every year, no matter what.

Thanks to Brad Alsup for directly emailing this review!

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