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DrillMaster Audio Performance Critique: Zachary Kennington

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I began offering live Audio Performance Critiques back in 2007 or 2008 realizing that my judging training for marching bands, drum and bugle corps and winter guard could be used to better the military exhibition drill arena. For now, I’m the only one offering this type of feedback, but I hope to train others to make this as ubiquitous for military drill as it is in the other pageantry arts. Here is the link to my audio critique which is downloadable.

NYDC12 Commentaries

I coulda waited a day and posted everything together… But! Here are the commentaries. Doing Composition Analysis and Overall Effect at the same time is difficult, your mind is thinking one way and then you have to switch.

In placement order:

1. 89.2 Sam Gozo
2. 66.4 Robbie Zyko
3. 53.6 Zachary Smith
4. 46.8 Langston Nguyen
5. 43.8 Jairo Lucero
6. 42.4 James Bisher
7. 41.8 Brandon Campbell
8. 25.8 Marvin Lora

1. 45.2 Wang/Lucero
2. 27.4 Lora/Martinez

Score Sheet Reverses
As promised to you all, sorry these weren’t printed on the sheets! Just a miscommunication. Here you go:

World Drill Association XD World Class Movement/Equipment Reverse
World Drill Association XD World Class Overall Effect Reverse
World Drill Association XD World Class Composition Analysis Reverse

Tulane 2012 Solo Commentaries

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).

Tulane: http://www.mediafire.com/?lua9e9vf8ecq120

Citidel 2: http://www.mediafire.com/?6qa9m3vm9c72x89

USMMA: http://www.mediafire.com/?qr3bd5dcxq5cbaq

TAMU: http://www.mediafire.com/?e5eucaapndscc7k

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