DCI – ATL – Trip

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The past few days have been pretty fun, which I needed. I am two weeks through band camps with three more to go. It is usually inspiring to get away and see some drum corps to gear up for more brass teaching. Friday evening I went to Greensboro to hang with Demondrae before he split town. We played some duets and talked for a while. He wasn’t in town much this summer so it was good to catch up a little.

Saturday morning came early, and Lisa B. and I drove to Atlanta so she could see her very first DCI show ever. I was interested to see how she saw the performances in a fresh, or unknowing way, so I did not prep to much so as to not bias her before she saw it. Our regional Yamaha rep Travis set us up with some tickets in the press box which is a wonderful place to watch shows in the Georgia Dome. We got to the hotel mid afternoon after avoiding a traffic jam near the SC/GA border by google-mapping our way around it. The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is a cool hotel. It is huge, maybe 60 stories, and has an open atrium that goes all the way up to the top. The hallways are more like open balconies to the center atrium and it feels more like a Vegas Casino rather than a downtown hotel. It was really nice.

Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Marriott Marquis Atlanta
ATL View
Marriott Marquis Atlanta
ATL View
Marriott Marquis Atlanta

After eating some dinner, we walked the eight or so blocks over to the dome and met Travis. We saw Glassmen and Troopers before the dinner break, then were able to move into seats on the 50 yard line, front of the press box. Maybe the best seats in the house. Saw all of the top twelve corps from this point. Madison scouts got the first really good crowd reaction. Their closer was really good. Blue knights played British band music and did a really good job. A lot better than I expected in terms of arranging the music. Vanguard had a really challenging show intellectually with a cool ballad and ending. Cavies and blue devils were awesome. Crown was good but needs to play louder. Cadets have my favorite show concept and phantom regiment has my favorite hornline again.

I will add some videos at some point to a post. After the show we went back to the hotel and met Travis for drinks before going to sleep. When we finally got to moving int he morning we went to the Silver Skillet, which is supposedly a famous diner in midtown. Many TV shows and movies are filmed there.

Silver Skillet

then the long drive to Rock Hill SC. It sucks that it was rained out. I was looking forward to seeing the shows again and seeing some former students marching up close. There were many NC bands that made the trip to see the show, only to be sent home without any show. Sad. I did get to see Cameron for two seconds as he walked by going to warm up. I saw Evan sing in a barbershop quartet and Philip from across the crowd. Saturday I got to see Dana…so it was cool.

My next post will be the videos I took… when they are all processed and stuff…