Sun, 25 September 2005
The Good: Crown had one of the lushest hornline sounds, another King hornline that I worship. It's so clean, too! Just listen to the opening statement of The Reason, which is brass only. This is the 2nd corps to perform music I played in '95 Glassmen (Mighty Fortress), so, again, I have a soft spot for this corps as a result. I like our Mighty Fortress arrangement better, more meat to the horn book in my opinion, but that's not to say that Crown's arrangement is bad at any level. The arrangement and performance of Angel is beautiful and has a kind of gospel feel to it which fits well. The mellophone statement of the First Knight theme is majestic and I half expect King Arthur (or, at least, Sean Connery), to show up in response. A reprise of Mighty Fortress along with a lot of numbers, Roman and Arabic, in the drill finish the show perfectly.
The Bad: I'm still trying to understand why this drumline placed 12th. They sound much cleaner than that. Was the book lacking in demand?
The Ugly: This show is angelic, not ugly.
Overview: Between Crown and SCV, I may never get to CD #1 in this year's set.
2006 Auditions: November 18-20
Category:Reviews -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT