Sat, 24 September 2005
The Good: I'm familiar with this Emerson, Lake, and Palmer piece thanks to '85 Blue Devils and '92 Northern Aurora. A very nice, warm sound from the hornline, very effective when facing backfield. This is one of those pieces of music where I'm betting I'd enjoy the drum corps version more than the original. Very nice job with the small horn ensemble during the 2nd movement of the show. Percussion is cleaner than anybody I've listened to so far. I also like the tuning of the snares, "wetter" sounding and not as high pitched as your average kevlar snareline.
The Bad: I did say the hornline sound was nice. That's actually part of the problem. There's no power behind the sound, as if the hornline never goes above a forte. When I was a teacher, I'd tell my young students to use their "inside" or "6-inch" voices when in the classroom. I fear that Esperanza is doing the same with their sound even though they're out on the playground.
The Ugly: None that I can find.
Overview: I definitely notice a rise in quality between Esperanza and Magic, a much tighter musical ensemble and I enjoy the music very much. A very solid performance from Esperanze in 2005.
2006 Auditions: TBA
Category:Reviews -- posted at: 1:45pm EST