The idea in this ‘which is better-head-to-head’is not just for drum corps – on Friday, for example, there are two offerings as part of a song but in one, the solo is hugely extended in the second half and in the other – the girl goes on a long solo.
So they count. So do steel drums, even though they’re melodic.
Where the line probably needs drawing is with massed marching bands such as at football matches, cheerleaders, rock and pop. Friday belies that … sigh.
Here we go today:
Yesterday’s was between a precision team and one which relies on expression. In today’s, the differences are between sheer professionalism and amateur ‘well-done-edness’. To my mind, both are fine pieces and not only that – pleasant to the soul.
Which do you prefer?