Congrats to the Bluecoats – DCI 2016 Champions

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Last night, in Indianapolis, Indiana the Canton Bluecoats captured 2016 DCI World-class championship with a score of 97.650. This was the first time that the Bluecoats have won the DCI Championship. Their show pushed the boundaries of visual design with the use of large red slides that were moved throughout the field. Over the past couple years, the Bluecoats have continued to innovate in the DCI competition and this year they were rewarded for their handwork and dedication to the art form. Congratulations to all the corps who participated. The top 5 groups are listed below. For a complete recap of the 2016 DCI Championship, visit DCI Scores.

1) Bluecoats – 97.650
2) Blue Devils – 97.250
3) Carolina Crown – 97.088
4) Santa Clara Vanguard – 95.300
5) The Cavaliers – 94.025

Full disclosure: I am the percussion product manager for Yamaha Corporation of America. I attended the DCI competition as a Yamaha employee.

Metronome Sound Delay 2.0 – Watching vs Listening

Earlier this week, I posted a video called Metronome Sound Delay Explained by Andrew Rogers. In the video, he charted how the metronome is heard on the football field. This is always an issue for marching bands and his video was a great illustration of how to improve the use of the metronome on the field.

The video instantly became viral and was shared and viewed over 15,000 time since it was posted. Today’s video is an update to the original video. Brad Sparks, former Madison Scouts & Colts member, as well as Brass Staff for the Madison Scouts took the general principal and created an updated document that he is making available on Andrew’s site. You can download a copy here.

Thanks again Andrew and Brad for this amazing resource!

Metronome Sound Delay Explained

The use and misuse of the metronome is always a hot topic. I wrote and article called Metronome Strategies for Improving Your Timing. This video talks about sound delay as it relates to marching band and drum corps on the football field.

When is it okay to listen metronome or drumline? Based on where the metronome is located on the field, who can listen to it? How much time do I need to anticipate my entrance? For more information and to download the handouts, click here.

Thanks to Andrew Rogers for putting together this video and supporting documents. Well done!

2015 Carolina Crown

Tonight is DCI finals in Indianapolis, Indiana. Carolina Crown has been in first place for the past two nights. After watching this video, I am sure you can see why they have been at the top this season. Good luck to all of the corps tonight. [Note: YouTube pulled the original video I had posted due to copyright infringement by the person who posted it. Here’s a video of the show, but be sure to check it out on the DCI.org site when it is released.]

DCI 2015: Carolina Crown

It’s DCI Finals week and I am in Indy for my first DCI Finals experience. The level of the performers is very high. One of the top corps this year is Carolina Crown. This video features the front ensemble.

Top Secret Drum Corps

Top Secret Drum Corps is a precision drum corps based in Basel, Switzerland. With 25 drummers and colorguard members, the corps became famous for its demanding six-minute routine performed at the Edinburgh Tattoo in 2003. With its invitation to Edinburgh, Top Secret became one of the first non-military, non-British Commonwealth acts to perform on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle.

Since its success in 2003, Top Secret was invited to return to Edinburgh in 2006 with a new and improved routine. They were invited a third time in 2009 and again in 2012. Under the leadership of Erik Julliard, the band is also responsible for the founding of the Basel Tattoo, a military tattoo show similar to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, now held annually in Basel.

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