The Mardis Gras Drill Meet at Tulane University 2012 was a great success! I was there judging solos. There were 12 competitors and all did a great job. The cadets from West Point, University of South Carolina NROTC and Norwich all pulled away from the others with great routines. I forgot my digital voice recorder, but used my Android phone’s voice recorder and it worked extremely well! However, there was one issue: dead battery by the last routine. No problem, a young lady from Norwich University was able to step up with her Android phone and let me use her voice recorder for Preston Huntington’s routine. That’s why you only see 11 of the commentaries.
It was great to see not only the solos, but with the big breaks in between the performances, some platoon XD performances as well. Some of the schools displayed variations in timing and step style and showed a concerted effort in programing and orientation (nicely done USAFA!!).
The great thing about Tulane this year was the introduction of the World Drill Association Adjudication System as a parallel to the standard judging system used. Solos were given the opportunity to hear professional adjudication feedback
I also enjoyed speaking with the teams, soloists, parents and instructors as well as some of the great Marine judges from Paris Island.
The day was also a good learning experience. Right Mr. Waddington? :-)
Below are the links to the commentaries (automatic download).
Citidel 2: http://www.mediafire.com/?6qa9m3vm9c72x89
UT Austin 2: http://www.mediafire.com/?lejm7e4kgmgede4
UT Austin 1: http://www.mediafire.com/?uy08jqjhbjqjxgc
West Point: http://www.mediafire.com/?tc4d342v922ijtf
University of Florida: http://www.mediafire.com/?dvimvvujbrj9ry3
University of South Carolina: http://www.mediafire.com/?7yt574wco0ox2zw
Citidel 1: http://www.mediafire.com/?t38b1tqhcbhyce2