Updated World Class 2016 Shows and Music Selections

-The Academy: Drum Corpse Bride (Corpse Bride Main Title by Danny Elfman, Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, Suggestion Diabolique by Sergei Prokofiev, Unchained Melody by Alex North and Hy Zaret)

-The Blue Devils: As Dreams Are Made On (Return of The Lion by Garry Gregson-Wlliams, Come Sail Away by Dennis De Young, Where Are U Now by Sonny Moore Justin Bieber Jared Evans and Thomas Pentz, Di Tri Re by Arthur Honegger, Cape Fear by Bernard Hermann, The Impossible by Fernando Velasquez, Prospero’s Magic by Dave Glyde, Stormy Weather by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, Ariel Attack by Gordon Goodwin, and Mishma by Philip Glass)

-The Blue Stars: Le Reve (Overture by Benoit Jutras, Chapel by Benoit Jutras, Tristan Und Isolde by Richard Wagner, The Dream Finale by Richard Saucedo Ian Grolm and John Mapes)

-The Blue Knights: The Great Event (Gorgon: I. Stheno by Christopher Rouse, Medley: Flight Into Wasteland/Adagio and Transfiguration/Arrows of The Gods by Elliot Goldenthal, Frates by Arvo Part, The Great Event by Leonard Cohen, Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, Air Waltz by Oliver Davis, Saturn by Sleeping at Last)

-The Bluecoats: TBA

-The Boston Crusaders: Quixotic (Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh)

-The Cadets: The Awakening (The Pines of Rome Movements I and IV by Ottorino Respighi, Wine-Dark Sea by John Mackey, Turning by John Mackey)

-Carolina Crown: Relentless (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Ennio Morricone, Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone, Medea’s Dance of Vengance by Samuel Barber, Journey of The Lone Wolf by Simon Dobson, El Tango de Roxanne by Sting, Equilibrium by Paul-Lovatt Cooper, Il Triello by Ennio Morricone)

-Cascades: O (Music by Imogen Heap, Frank Ticheli, and Carl Orff)

-The Cavaliers: Propaganda (The Funeral of Queen Mary by Henry Purcell, Symphony for Band by Morton Gould, Elegy for Dunkirk by Dario Marianelli, Lollapalooza by John Adams)

-The Colts: Nachtmusik (Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart, Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber, New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms by Michael Kamen)

-The Crossmen: Continuum (Music of Andrew Markworth)

-Jersey Surf: Ebb and Flow (La Mer by Trent Reznor, Asteraw by Nick Littleman)

-The Madison Scouts: Judas (Music Selections from Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Weber)

-The Mandarins: TBA

-The Oregon Crusaders: Hunted (Hunter by Bjork, No One To Know One by Andy Akiho, Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen, Knights of Cydonia by Muse, Death Hunt by Bernard Hermann)

-Pacific Crest: Union Pacific (Foundry by John Meehan, Aha! by Imogen Heap, Fix You by Coldplay, Engine by Pete Lucero, Point Blank by Paul Dooley, Last Train Home by Pat Metheny)

-Phantom Regiment:Voice of Promise(Preludes for Piano by Dimitri Shostakovich, The Chairman Dances by John Adams, Ave Vernum Corpus by Colin Mawby, The Darkest Moment by Rob Ferguson, I’m Dreaming of Home by Philppe Rombi, Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra by Benjamin Britten)

-Pioneer: St. Joan of Arc (Voices of the Sky by Samuel Hazo, Lauds by Ron Nelson, Adagio For Strings by Samuel Barber, The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky)

-Santa Clara Vanguard: Force of Nature (Spring 1 by Max Richter, Without Warning! by Stephen Melillo, Earth Song by Frank Tichelli, Winter 1 by Max Richter, After the Storm by Stephen Melillo)

-Spirit of Atlanta: Georgia (Rusty Air in Carolina by Mason Bates, Georgia by Cee Lo Green, Can’t Help Falling In Love by Hugo Peretti Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss, Sweet Georgia Brown by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard, Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell)

-Troopers: Hero (Music by Robert Smith and Pau Rennick, Walking With Heroes by Paul Lovatt, Fix You by Coldplay)

2015 Show Ideas: Carolina Crown

Way back when I was but a junior in high school, still but a novice DCI fan to be honest, my band performed a show titled “Gemini”.  It was based on the idea of twins.  We had two drum majors, both real life twins, playing solos.  We had the field split into brass and woodwinds most of the time.  We had music heavily featuring minor 2nd intervals.  And we played the Bill Withers classic “Just the Two of Us” as a ballad.  

The show was an original composition/arrangement written by none other than Crown percussion arranger Andrew Markworth.  

I think that the corps from Ft. Mill, SC should bring this concept to the field DCI style.  The Cadets started the idea with 2011 and 2013, but I believe that Crown can take it to another level.  The music should feature the brass band piece “Equilibrium” by Paul Lovatt-Cooper and the corps should get an original piece composed specially for them by Cooper as well.  The Blue Devils did a great thing by getting Gordon Goodwin to write some original stuff for them last year.  I think Crown can benefit just as much by having one of the top brass band composers in the world write for them. 

The concept is rich with themes to use for the show.  The Gemini sign is known for being multi-talented which they can show through more instrument switching like they did this year.  The concept of twins also lets them bringing things like sibling rivalry and familial love.  The mythological story of Gemini itself is pretty interesting as well.  

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