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Post by Stonehouse on Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:57 am

Figured I would start a new thread about this... big thanks to the alumni Ritmo Piloto guys who came on Sunday!!! I had forgotten what it was like to have a real drum squad with real rhythm out there. For me, that is what Merlo Field should sound like... it was amazing how hearing them totally brought me back to the earlier days at Merlo. I can only hope that the Villa guys heard it, were in awe and will try to learn how to do it themselves.

So thanks to all of them for coming and reminding us of what the drum squad can really be like! Smile

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Post by Shadrach on Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:08 am

I totally agree regarding the alumni drum squad. The fact that they came and stayed for both games and played those amazing rhythms throughout the day was awesome. I spoke with some of the members afterward and they had such a great time, and the fan reaction was so positive, they plan to make it an annual event. Now that's something to cheer about!!

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Post by PilotDrummer on Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:28 am

I had a blast. Here are some of my wife's photos of us playing. Hope everyone was able to get their groove on!








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Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:28 am

So-- what was theat "western" beat about?

Sounded like something out of the Grand Canyon Suite....

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:51 am

I was talking to one of the Villa guys after the alumni left. He was surprised at how good they were and couldn't keep up with them.

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Re: Alumni Drum Squad

Post by Trenchcoat Wally on Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:33 pm

Sunday was very special indeed! Not only for the Alumni drummers to play again but for something even more special......

We all came up with a new song for the day! "1 - 2 - 3 - more cowbell"

All of us over the hill drummers had no less than 12 cowbells in our percussion bags!

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Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:48 pm

I always keep the My Wisconsin commemorative cowbell from 2005 with me at games...

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Post by Trenchcoat Wally on Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:50 pm

I had some nice dialog with the two Villa drum leaders and they are very interested in making the group sound better. Both of the leaders are juniors so they are hip to making it better for next season. They need help on a few fronts. Mostly they need drums and the education on how to respect them. (not beating the holy crap out of them and breaking them like most of theirs are)

I can understand the point of just getting 'college zany' and pounding the drum and singing till one looses his voice.... But, Pilot games are top level collegiate events that deserves the best on all fronts. Merlo field, one of the best. Take a look at this Pilot Nation; Bar none, the best college soccer fan sites in the world. Take a look at some of the great college teams in sports with pep bands that are awesome. Even Pilot basketball has a paid pep band. It's time for the school to step in and help the group sound like a group and not a mass of cacophony (def: 3. Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.) A small bit of effort would make a big difference and make it sound like it should.

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:45 pm

Yeah, earlier this year I asked PilotDrummer what those guys would do if they ever broke a head.
"They just turn the drum over," he said. "I've got a bunch of heads they busted at home." Smile

That was me in the old school Pilot pinstripes, by the way.

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Post by decrink on Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:23 pm

Dem drummer guys made my ears bleed.

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Post by purple haze on Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:33 pm

That dude with the green tube in his mouth reminds me of my college days and nights ... Santana's tunes rocked then, too.

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Post by PilotDrummer on Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:32 am

See, here's one of the heads hanging in my garage:


Always a blast to play some samba. Even updated my avatar to a new shot from the weekend.

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Post by Trenchcoat Wally on Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:58 pm

Do I see 'The abdominizer' by Suzanne Summers in your garage?

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Post by PilotDrummer on Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:25 am

Nope, just all my tools, compressor, floor jack, car parts, etc. ...and my car, pre-collision. Sad

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:54 am

You wrecked your car? Sad
Told you not to practice your drumming while driving.

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Post by PilotDrummer on Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:00 pm

PurplePrideTrumpet wrote:You wrecked your car? Sad
Told you not to practice your drumming while driving.
Not wrecked, but rear-ended someone on Willamette last week. Besides, I only ever drum on the steering wheel. That clutch pedal does not like being turned into my bass drum pedal! Rolling Eyes

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