ATU Marching Blast From the Past

I’ve recently been doing a little cleaning up of boxes from my college years at Arkansas Tech University and ran across some marching layout/designs from 1991-1992.  For all you band geeks out there, this may be a little bit of cool.

Unknown Show, 1991-1992

Here’s a show from before our director made the switch to computer-based show design.

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“Ouachita” Show, 1992

If I remember correctly, this was the first show that Mr. Cooper designed using the computer, and I think it was the first show of our season.  I believe the design (not to mention the readability) was greatly improved by computer-based design.

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“Gavorkna” Show, 1992

This was our main show of the season, and was a bit more difficult.  For one thing, it began with entire band expanding from between the 40 yard lines to the 10 yard lines in about 16 counts.  I remember practically leaping backwards carrying my tonal bass and, oh yah, playing Gavorkna Fanfare.  If you haven’t heard it, see the video below (and note that the guys in the video are stationary).

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Blue Devils take 2009 DCI Championship

Well, we made it back from Indianapolis, and had a great time.  While the Blue Devils have never been my favorite corps, I was impressed with their show this year titled “1930”.  They performed an encore after the event and we came down to get a closer view (pictured).

Check out the entire series.

Blue Devils encore performance at DCI 2009

Blue Devils encore performance at DCI 2009