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Show: The Spirit of Broadway

  • Give My Regards to Broadway (from Yankee Doodle Dandy)
  • New York, New York (from On the Town)
  • On Broadway
  • They're Playing Our Song (from They're Playing Our Song)
  • Entre Act (from Sweeney Todd)
  • Not While I'm Around (from Sweeney Todd)
  • Pie Jesu (from Requiem)
  • As If We Never Said Goodbye (from Sunset Boulevard)
  • Luck Be A Lady (from Guys and Dolls)
  • No One Mourns the Wicked (from Wicked)
  • Defying Gravity (from Wicked)

The Good: The low brass has such a strong presence in this hornline, especially in the contrabass section. I feel this gives the hornline sound a very rich and full resonance. The Broadway theme works very well, including many songs which drum corps fans are already familiar with. The Pie Jesu section seems like a similar design to 2003's October, paying tribute to past Andrew Lloyd Webber shows as opposed to past drum corps icons. I'm surprised so few corps have performed music from Sunset Boulevard. Outside of the Bushwackers in senior corps and Defenders and Quad City Knights in junior corps, it's rarely been touched. I just heard thunder during the Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again solo quote, very neat yet unintended effect. Luck Be A Lady makes me think of Dutch Boy, although they only played it one year. It's just their style. Very strong drumline, believe it was reflected in the scores. They're just tearing up their solo (in a good way). The music from Wicked is catchy. I don't know the musical that well (my wife read the book) so I may have to pick up this soundtrack.

The Bad: Like Esperanza, Spirit's hornline, while sounding wonderful, doesn't pack enough of a punch for my taste. I feel like they fill up the stadium in front of the stands, not including the stands.

The Ugly: Just the Wicked Witch.

Overview: A strong return to Finals for Spirit and a great way to start the night for the fans.

Website: http://www.spiritdrumcorps.org/

2006 Auditions: TBA

Category:Reviews -- posted at: 9:08am EDT