Reviews from the stadium by Dan & Jason:
5:00 PM - "It is already raining....and thunder can be heard in the distance, but all is going forward!"
5:10 PM - "Anthems finished, Yamato on field."
5:26 PM - "Rondinaro receives award for 20 yrs. Made funny Gowdy joke...Mandarins take the field!"
5:47 PM - "The bad weather has thankfully cleared. Spartans are setting up, volunteer awards and judge announcements now."
6:10 PM - "Hall of famers being announced, East Coast Jazz taking the field."
6:47 PM - "Crown - started tight 'n controlled, got loose 1/2 way through. The best we've
heard from their brass so far, but still probably 12th. (Dan-o gives 85.9"
7:06 PM - "Colts - Emotional show, DM cried. Colts and Crown definitely still competing. (Dan-o sez 86.3"
7:19 PM - "Bluecoats - Very loud, raucous performance...a little out of control, but mmm good. (Dan scores 86.6"
7:35 PM - "Blue Knights - marching struggled early, rifles never dropped. Jason sezs: Makes the CD worth buying. (Dan sez: 89.7"
7:53 PM - "Phantom - great brass, most emotional show yet from them, marred by bad foot phasing. Jason thinks they beat BK. (Dan gives 89.7"
8:10 PM - "Crossmen - some foot-phasing, VERY energetic and well-received. (Dan scores 90.8"
8:12 PM - "While Madison was taking the field, the guy repainting the stripe (?) nearly got run over ;-)"
8:29 PM - "Scouts - no end of show surprises. Ouch, my hair is singed. Sorry, not competitive tonight, played for fans. Guard dirty, brass
uncontrolled, still loved 'em. Jason sez guard looked sharp. (Dan gives 92.4"
8:44 PM - "Glassmen - Dan says all captions strong, don't understand why not scoring higher. Jason answers saying GM show not nearly as hard
or complex as Cav, SCV, or CBC. (Dan's review: 93.9"
9:00 PM - "Cavaliers - Dan's review: dying to be a dark horse, guard awesome, drums deadly, little weak in brass. If they didn't rack it up in GE, my name is cucumber
joe. Jason says Cucumber Joe overrated their music GE, not a contender. (Dan calls it 97.0"
9:17 PM - "Vanguard - Dan says me thinkum they did it. 1-2 brass boo-boos, will take best visual and percussion, staff very excited, they beleive.
Specifically, Jason says they lacked blend between brass choirs, will hurt music GE, other captions excellent but have yet to prove better than BD or CBC.
(Dan rates at 98.1"
9:34 PM - "Devils - Dan thinks weak sops and middle voices and mellos during soft spots. Maybe the best guard, but marching gaffes. Still, their best show this week.
Jason sez perc not quite up to SCV. Intonation/control struggle on soft parts means brass not perfect but still the best, helps all categories. (Dan predicts 97.8"
9:59 PM - "Cadets - Dan's review: They let up for a millisecond, but otherwise virtually perfect. All previous bests bested, save brass. Great night.... crowd stillbuzzing like
crazy. Jason thinks Music GE (almost) rivals BD, perc & visual give them the edge. Perc & visual equals SCV. Music GE gives the edge there. (Dan picks Cadets 98.5 "
10:43 PM - "Recap - Audience happy, they liked scv & cbc. The corps are milling about, big 'America the Beautiful' finale next, CBC DM's are right behind us."
10:53 PM - "Finale - Massed corps song was moving, fireworks afterwards was many times bigger than last year. Dan says re: top 3 'told you so'."