Even without snow, late February in the Midwest makes me feel color-starved. So when a birdseed feeding frenzy erupted outside my window, I grabbed my Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 and played hooky for half an hour.
Once upon a time, it was enough for a killer band to simply play their hearts out for 12 minutes. Today, the bar for showmanship is a lot higher. Every corps competing in DCI 2016 had a well developed theme, most with theatrics, costumes, props and a story line.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free to all comers, but just two trails allow dogs. This afternoon we took our dogs on the Gatlinburg Trail.
One afternoon, two parades, and so many shots that the shutter on my Mark iii nearly caught fire. Stepping out with the holiday revelers on Orphanage Road in Fort Mitchell kicked off our Fourth of July afternoon, then home for a quick lunch followed by the City of Independence parade.
It’s not for everyone, but DCI events never disappoint musically educated audiences. When five or six musicians crank out tunes in perfect timing and harmony, we call that a super-band. And when about a hundred musicians crank out tunes in perfect timing and harmony with elaborate choreography, props, backdrops, flags, rifles, sabers and a constantly evolving theatrical style — we call that a corps-style marching band.