Monday night’s loss to Covington Catholic was painful for Dixie families to watch, but our kids showed great poise and grace even in the face of a humbling defeat.
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.
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.