Aug 15, 2005 8:15pm
2005 will be remembered as one of the most eventful seasons
in our history. I just got back from Boston and wanted to write
down my thoughts while they are fresh. Here goes:
This was, simply put, a GRAND success. I had no idea it would be
such a fulfilling experience for the members, the European fans and
our organization. While outsiders may have thought the corps was
doing mostly sightseeing in Paris and Venice, the truth was that
this was a very tough tour for the corps. The weather was brutal,
the schedules were tight and the hours were late. The corps had to
be very flexible and fit into the European ways of doing things.
They had to learn lots of extra music and movement to expand the
performances. The members represented our organization and all of
America with respect and dignity. We have good reason to be proud!
I believe this tour was well worth while. We and the whole drum corps
activity will be reaping the rewards of this for years to come. We
made many new die-hard supporters who will never forget this
experience. And we have blazed the trail for other DCI corps to
perform there. I think we should devise ways we can address this
new-found audience year after year (BD Entertainment???).
THE BD 2005 SHOW:
Personally, I loved the show. I did the first time I saw it. I think
it is the most innovative show concept that has been performed in
recent years. The use of narration allowed a coherent story to be
told. Many times I have watched a drum corps show and wondered,
"why are they doing THAT?" or "what does all this MEAN?". Narration
is a tool to alleviate that and the corps used it in a tasteful and
The show was also very rhythmically innovative. Sections like "The
Fugue" and the percussion breaks are examples of the that.
Stylistically, the corps knows how to swing in an authentic way.
When other corps swing it sounds like classical musicians trying to
swing. When BD swings it is true to jazz. And, of course, the guard,
along with the dance marathon theme, provided a context for all
I believe this show will be remembered for years and that this
technique will be commonplace in less than five years.
Those are MY opinions. I do not claim to be a "typical" drum corps
fan (although I have no idea what "typical" really is). There is
undeniably a sector of fans our there that do not like change. They
are downright fearful of it. They genuinely feel that they are losing
the activity because of recent changes. And, as we have painfully
discovered this season, they are becoming VERY vocal about it.
So we have a conflict. On one side we have a creative staff, corps
members and open-minded fans who love the show. On the other side
we have fans who are resistant to change. These fans have put a
stake in the ground. Essentially, they are trying to write our
rules for us.
Innovation always comes at a cost. The disgruntled fans are painful
to deal with. We will loose some fans. But I believe that if the product
is good we will gain many more.
And whether or not the product is good is our decision to make.
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest!
- Todd Tanji