ICYMI: FloMarching Offseason Update & News

With Thanksgiving behind us, we can finally breathe and start taking in this 2018 offseason as fall band quiets down and the WGI/DCI rehearsal schedules pick up. I thought I'd put together a quick update since we've been doing a lot of planning behind the scenes to get some pretty cool content over the next couple months and we're ready to share some of that.

Over the past few months, we've been going through the process of hiring a new content creator to the team and have been completely overwhelmed with impressive candidates. That should be wrapped up soon.

Let's get into the good stuff now.

Boston Crusaders "S.O.S." Archive Available

Years have gone into making it possible for FloMarching to offer a video on demand (VOD) solution for the marching arts. We are excited to have achieved this step, and there will be more to come.

You can now view the Boston Crusaders performing their 2018 production "S.O.S" at DCI World Championship finals.

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ONYX: A Three Part Series

We are re-releasing a docu-series about the Winter Guard International phenomenon that is Onyx. After a few months of a portion being tied up in copyright law, we are now able to release the second and third episodes to complete the series produced by FloFilms. Get an intimate look into the mind of Michael Lentz and learn about the institution that is Onyx.

View Part 1: The Artistic Process.

Check out the full raw interview (with minor cuts) with Creative Director Michael Lentz.

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Upcoming Trips

As I said before, we've been planning a few trips for December and January that are going to be pretty cool. In mid-December, we will be traveling to Arcadia, CA to get a very early look at the Mandarins. The corps will be holding their last audition camp for the 2019 corps throughout the weekend. We will be talking with designers to see what they have in store to follow up last year's historical season and keep their name in finals.

In January, we will be out in Los Angeles to hang out with some indoor percussion groups. How about a visit to Remo, Vic Firth, Ziljian and more? It's all on the way. And then, before you know it, it'll be WGI season.

Premium Watch Guide: Must-See Guide To WGI Weekend #2

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The very first weekend of WGI Percussion/Winds competition is finally coming to FloMarching this Saturday, February 16! Also, in Indianapolis, we will see one of the strongest schedules of the season at a show that's not a Power Regional. 

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Troopers Announce 2019 Show "Beyond Boundaries"

Earlier this week, the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps released their show concept for the upcoming Drum Corps International season, "Beyond Boundaries." 

Preview: ConneXus, INov8 Make PIW Premiere @ WGI Dayton

Just seven weeks before WGI World Championships return to the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, 27 percussion ensembles and a trio of winds ensembles will take the all-too-familiar stage for an early-season, two-day regional, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17.

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Preview: WGI Indianapolis Brings All-Star Lineup To Flo

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This weekend's WGI Indianapolis Regional has a line-up that could go head-to-head against the Power Regional schedules in late March. This is going to be a good one, folks, so stick around for the whole weekend.

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Graham: A-Class Spotlight, 10 Of The Top Guards Since 2014

Having spent 7 years competing in A-Class myself, I understand the amount of work members are putting in, often not even to make it past the preliminary round in Dayton.

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RECAP: West Coast Guards Make Debut @ WGI Riverside

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First and foremost, I want to bring attention to the Palm Desert school district winter guards, all three of them. I don’t know what they’re putting in the water in the Coachella Valley, but these kids are ridiculously good. I’ve been involved in this activity since 1986 (I started spinning when I was 4-years-old, here in the Northeast), and I’ve seen a lot of very good, very young guards (St. Ann’s in the mid-1990s, I’m looking at you). That said, I couldn’t be more impressed with these programs.

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RECAP: Class-By-Class Highlights @ 2019 WGI Dallas Regional

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The 2019 WGI Dallas Regional featured a lot of tough competition in Scholastic A and Open class. With 32 SA entries in prelims, only 15 were able to move on to finals. Of the 8 SO groups in Prelims, only 6 moved on to Finals. 

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Joe Roach Takes Over As Music City Drum Corps Director

Music City Goes Off The Rail In Atlanta

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Today, February 8, Music City Drum and Bugle Corps made the announcement that Joe Roach, a long-time administrative staff member of The Cavaliers, will now take over as the new corps director. 

Schack: Show Design From The Ground Up, A Process

Dan Schack is the Battery Coordinator/Choreographer of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and the Creative Director of George Mason University Indoor Drumline. Outside of his musical endeavors, Dan is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Delaware.

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Weekly Watch Guide: WGI Weekend #2 Feb. 16-17

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Making their 2019 debut on FloMarching in weekend #2 of the Winter Guard International season—percussion and winds! The divisions will join guard in competition over the two-day regional in Dayton, OH. Meanwhile, some of the best color guards that the United States has to offer will be competing in Indianapolis at Warren Central and Greenfield Central High Schools.