this is more so what i meant when i made that post about 60+ horns. this is a standstill-recording of the blue devils from concord, CA, performing their show in 1996, which they entitled ‘club blue: a gangster chronicle.’ it featured music by charles mingus, danny elfman’s soundtrack for the dick tracy movie and mission impossible, and a song by modern composer michael daugherty.
it’s not as relevant for me now as it used to be, but i marched drum corps (mellophone) for 5 summers, from 2003 to 2007, and toured the country (with the memphis sound, magic of orlando, and bluecoats) competing three months a year during that timespan. huge deal for me. nowadays i still occasionally listen to random ’90s and 2000s recordings, but other than watching finals when it screens in movie theatres in august, that’s about it. there are a LOT of shows that linger in my brain.
anyway, you can’t tell me this instrumentation isn’t a powerful and compelling way to convey musical ideas. all drum corps hornlines before 2000 were in the key of G (instead of using ‘regular’ Bb trumpets and F mellophones), technically making them bugles, which is worth noting because pretty much NO ONE would ever play those horns in any other context of their lives. part one of the video can be found here…i posted the closer here because i know how attention spans are. the last minute-ish of part one is awesome. there’s a good chance some of you don’t give a shit in hell about this, but its my life you’re voluntarily following, right? haha. more along these lines coming…..whenever i feel like it, i suppose.