Sorry to stray from my original topic again… but I liked posting a different style blog post last time, so here goes. This week, I will be sharing some of my favorite drum corps shows ever. Hopefully you’ll have time to watch them because they are pretty freaking awesome. Also, I hope this blog post, either directly through your viewing of the shows I post, or indirectly by following the YouTube thread to other drum corps shows, inspires you to find some of your favorite shows. Finally, I think it is important to remember where drum corps has come from in the past, rather than just explore what took place this past year.
The Cadets 2011 World Championship Production, “Between Angels and Demons,” is tied with the Bluecoats 2014 Production, “Tilt,” for my favorite drum corps show of all time. This show takes Dan Brown’s book, “Angels and Demons,” and brings it to life. The general effect of this show is through the roof. The uniforms, the music, the drill, all of it tells the story of the struggle between good and evil beautifully. The drumline (my favorite part) is incredible during this show, the color guard is fantastic, and the hornline is outstanding. Enough of my raving, here’s a multicam view of their encore performance at finals.
Fun Fact: The tall snare drummer in maroon who is the first one shown in the video went to Penn State and marched in the Blue Band. There is also another snare drummer, as well as a bass drummer who were in the Blue Band. Representing Penn State pretty well, I’d say!
The Cadets 1989 Production, “Les Miserables”
This show does a wonderful job of telling the story of Jean Valjean. With incredible energy, amazing musicianship, and nearly perfect visuals, this show has it all. This show was ahead of its time, meaning it contained effects that were on the cutting edge of the activity. The best example is in the closer, not seen in the video, where the corps splits in two, and plays two completely different songs at two completely different tempos, showing the vast divide between the diplomats and the poor during the French Revolution. This show is also incredibly sentimental to me because my mom marched in this show. There are no full videos of the show online, but here is a clip of the opener.
Madison Scout’s 2013 Production, “Corps of Brothers, 75 Years of Survival.”
This show is amazing because it shows just how emotional drum corps can be. This show tells the story of soldiers going off to war and the turmoil they face in battle. Many cool effects are used in this show to mimic warfare. One example is the snare drums playing in a way that resembles machine gun fire. The color guard is the most important part of this show, as they depict the soldiers at war, making the show real and approachable. If you only have time to watch one show (and don’t mind possibly crying) I recommend you watch this show.
Google Madison Scouts 2013 and click on the Daily Motion link for the full show.
These are just three of the hundreds of amazing shows that are out there for your viewing pleasure, and there are hundreds more that haven’t even been thought of yet. If these three aren’t enough to satisfy your drum corps hunger, Carolina Crown’s 2012 and 2013 shows are phenomenal, and so is Phantom Regiment’s 2008 show.
I hope you enjoy my favorite drum corps shows as much as I do!