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2018 SHOW ANNOUNCED - THE STORM OF WAR!
The following music has been decided for Storm, which will make it's debut as a SoundSport Team. THE STORM OF WAR which will included Holst's MARS (The bringer of War), an original piece titled Catastrophic (The Chaos of War), Respighi's Pines of the Appian Way (The return of the armies ... Triumph after Trial.... Unbroken!)
STORM OF WAR – Storm 2018 Presentation
Opening scene of an army facing back field cloaked in darkness (ninja like from the rear), Guard flanking possibly wearing a long black dress in the style of Morticia Adams. Dress has long slit up leg providing mobility. Upper section of body is shrouded in a layered blood red overlay. The back of the army displays 3 panels showing a modern metropolis type city.
The corps, during setup, performs a series of tai chi moves in unison as a block and then breaks to their opening sets. The DM is dressed all in black with a hooded cowl covering his/her face. The Opening move is a building move into a fanfare of the 5/4 strains of Mars, The Bringer of War. As the “Army” moves forward, building in intensity, the guard is divided… flanks include flags of a foreboding nature and the audience first gets sight of the army (horns and drums) whose faces are skeletal in nature…
Brass – White face paint with blackened eyes and storm hat (pictured above)
Guard – White face paint with silver glitter accents
The guard coming up the middle will have mounted on their
5 foot poles red orange and yellow kites, representing the bombers of war…
At the very end of Mars, on the last note, there will be a synth explosion of an atomic bomb with the trailing wind from the explosions. The entire army (horns) drops to the ground while the battery percussion and front ensemble stations of the front of the field for the “skeleton dance of the dead”. The guard will emerge from the panels in the back that have been rotated from the beautiful city to a city destroyed.
The guard has removed their upper shroud and hood revealing a black leotard imprinted with glowing skeleton figure.
The guard, with long flowing flags and possibly rifles with dance over the fallen army in the dance of the dead. As the climax grows, there is an increased apprehension in the skeletal guard, looking increasingly to the back corner of the field where suddenly immerges an imposing figure… The Commander of the Legions of the Dead.
The Commander will bang his Scepter on the floor 3 times and you hear the first phrase of Pine of Rome in the tubas. There is a brief // and he raps the stick three more times, the Bari/Euph respond echoed again with the tuba call… Slowly each section begins to rise and the music layers with more and more voices. Again… the army, under this new commander moves forward growing in intensity. The aircraft appear again… the sounds of an air raid siren, the faint sound of airplane engines. It continues to build…. ALL IS DOOM!... on the last chord of Pines of Rome… the Drum Line, in unison pounds out the 5/4 pattern of Mars, the army releases and looks in frozen horror to the sky at the sound of a single whistle of a bomb dropping. There may be a surprise ending… we are still debating. At any rate, the army scatters off the field like frightened mice.
Storm Drum Corps
A Blast from the Past
A Blast from the Past from the Broadway Show Blast. As we strive to create a drum corps show, the major point is not so much how loudly you play or how many notes you play... the essence are not props or costumes, What make a performance memorable is the creation of a moment,or in the case of champions, at least 3 distinct moments. The following performance does just that.. it creates and holds it's audience in that moment... something that Storm Staff and corps will strive to do. Excellence though the suspending time and space in a moment: I present such a moment created by BLAST,
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