You're right, there may have been 64 counts of "original" choreography or staging in there. But when every event is staged and choreographed identical to the Lakota West show, that's copying. Even with permission, it's copying.
The flags and costumes I saw were identical. Not similar, identical. Again, half the guard's score is based on composition/design. Getting inspired by something is different than taking a video and copying it. The activity is centered around creativity, that's why it is on the judges' sheets.
It is not fair to groups that truly design their own shows to have to compete with those that copy them, with or without permission. Copying is not something that should be rewarded in our activity. NO one else does this in the winter guard activity. NO one.
Actually it wasn't an exact copy of anything. The kids at Lakota West were far more trained and experienced and able to handle much more difficult staging and choreography. Flags and costumes were... more
Unfortunately, I loved this show but it was copied. No one can deny that. The costumes were exact copies, the flags that say "Flag" were exact copies, the flags that say "These Are Very Tacky" were... more
This has been happening for years people. Decades in the mb world. When someone does a cav's show we just say why bother it will never be as cool as when so and so did it. What is the difference now? ... more
Did you see when the FHN theater department did Guys and Dolls? They totally ripped that from broadway. Of course, they didn't do it as well. Those theater department directors are only hurting their ... more
Well said and thank you! If we listened to these yahoos we would never hear a band play again. Because everything is a rip off. You all need to quit your bitching. Those kids worked their butts off... more
The issue is that, unlike concert band, half the guard's score is based on the design of the show. If that is copied, then that group gets an advantage. This is competitive art, not just performance... more