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Flashback Friday: Blue Devils Hater No More

2010 Blue Devils, photo by Michael D Morse
2010 Blue Devils, photo by Michael D Morse

The 2010 Drum Corps International World Championship audio recordings came up in my playlist this morning. This was the season where the Blue Devils won playing what may be the Stan Kenton Orchestra’s most polarizing music, City of Glass, as part of their championship show, Through A Glass Darkly.

Admittedly, I wasn’t a fan of BD at the time. I was on the bandwagon of hating the corps because they were pretty much the New York Yankees of drum corps. The 2010 Blue Devils changed my perspective and my opinion, however, and compelled me to write about it on my old website. Here is what I wrote a decade ago for your enjoyment.

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Flashback Friday: 2010 Cavaliers Show Review

Show Theme:
Mad World – Fight It or Embrace It

Show Music (from corpsreps.com):
Mad World by Orazbal, Roland
Harrison’s Dream by Grahm, Peter
Dismantling Utopia by Metheny, Pat
Smile by Chaplin, Charlie

The 2010 Blue Devils’ and Cavaliers’ shows, at first glance, seem to occupy two totally different places in the hearts of the average DCI fan. On the one hand, the discordant, cerebral, and prop filled BD show seemed to have a difficult time making an emotional connection to the majority of fans in the stands. If they did connect, it was sometimes in a negative manner, as some fans questioned the path the Devils took this past season. On the other hand, the Cavaliers were a fan favorite in 2010, and took on the role of dark horse, making a late season surge into championship contention, riding the waves of roaring crowd applause. A closer look, however, shows that both shows had similarities, as well. Both shows featured ballads that were twisted from their original arrangement. Both shows also featured stabbing discordant musical moments. On the visual side of the equation, both shows exhibited two of the best visual designs of the year. Ironically, both shows started the season as shows I didn’t care for, yet came to understand and cheer for by Finals.

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Flashback Friday – MacGavock High School Indoor Drumline

MacGavock High School Indoor Drumline at the 2020 WGI Dayton Percussion Regional Prelims
MacGavock High School Indoor Drumline at the 2020 WGI Dayton Percussion Regional Prelims