June 4th, 2018 9:07pm
Hello everyone, after a very successful season and seeing all these new and old faces returning to the game, I thought it would be cool to set up a press release for all show programs in season 70. Anyone can post their show concepts for any or all of their groups; there is no word limit. In fact I encourage lengthy posts. We need to start getting more creative on this site to spice things up. Im hoping that this can be a start. With that being said, I'll go first.
Season 69 was a very strange and experimental season for The Panthers. We decided to put the music of Miles Davis on the field once again, while also showing how he influenced advances within the Jazz genre. We had a fairly successful outing, placing 7th and beating some pretty amazing corps, including our rivals Pride of Peachtree. This season, the staff came to the consensus that it would be beneficial for the corps to continue in the experimental lane. That is why ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce the season 70 program for The Panthers Drum and Bugle Corps, The Downward Spiral.
We went the rock route before and were disappointed at the scores we got. We felt that Sounds of Suburbia was a better program than judges gave it credit for, and we decided that we once again want to prove that rock and drum corps can coexist. We decided to go with the music of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails because their sound is a unique one that has not been attempted by a drum corps in FMA history. With the funds that we have gathered over the years, and the massive profit we gained from last season's Masters of FMA, we have bought synthesizers, distortion machines, keyboards, and many more pieces of electronic equipment. Make no mistake, we will not mask our signature Panther sound too much, but we feel that adding to it can only make it better.
The program will be our corps most ambitious yet. The selections will include Mr. Self Destruct, Piggy, Heresy, March of the Pigs, A Warm Place, I Do Not Want This, Eraser, The Downward Spiral, and Hurt.
The corps will start out the show by ominously marching onto the field while playing Mr. Self Destruct, setting the tension early on. This is where we introduce the audience to Lost, a man who is at his breaking point. They will continue through the piece until its conclusion, signifying the end of the opener. After a brief pause, the corps will begin the next piece, Piggy. The visuals we have imagined for this section of the show are very rough and aggressive. Our main aim here is to put the audience in a state of shock and repulse them with the ugliness of our main protagonist's hatred for people.
Once Lost's mental state is explained, the corps will continue to show his aggressive nature with March of the Pigs. This particular piece will showcase our distorted guitars and synthesizers. The odd time signature will surely throw people off as well, and this is the main objective. This will be the most chaotic part of the show, with guard members attacking each other and Lost reveling in it all. During this part of the show, snippets of Heresy will also be played, as it is a song about "killing" God. Lost will figuratively strike down God by destroying a cross, ultimately allowing himself to take control of his life.
The aftermath of the chaos will be clear. The corps will be in disarray, and it wont even look like drill on the field. With his life seemingly in check, Lost continues his journey while the corps plays A Warm Place. While everything seems like it is going fine at first, the song eventually becomes quite dark in tone, and the guard begins to unmask the facade that Lost has managed to put up. The ballad ends with snippets from I Do Not Want This, as Lost realizes his mistakes in killing God and deciding not to care. He has become something artificial and has lost his humanity.
The corps then goes into a quick drum break, where the song Eraser is played in the background. Lost realizes that he has hurt those around him, as he sees them all decend into madness. He thinks of one solution, to kill himself and rid the world of his ugliness while curing himself from his pain. He pulls out a gun and contemplates what he wants to do, and there seems to be a glimmer of hope when he hesitates. Then abruptly in the middle of the song, The Downward Spiral is played with our electronics, and Lost makes his fatal decision.
Our closer is the emotional core of the entire show. Hurt is not triumphant; rather it is tragic and somber. The corps starts out singing with meloncohly, then they play the song as one would during a eulogy, and the guard that was so aggressive the entire show finally realizes what path they are on, and they make the change to prevent their own demise. Lost for a brief moment is able to reflect on his life, and more importantly his mistakes. He realizes that even with all that he went through, taking his own life was the biggest mistake he could've made. He regrets his decision, and the show ends with the iconic and shocking distorted guitar chords, with the line from Reznor over the speakers reading, "I would keep myself, I would find a way."
We wanted to do this show not to glorify suicide, but to show how ugly it really is, and how a horrible world can cause a man to take his own life. In today's society, people make this choice everyday. We shouldn't criticize them; rather we should try to learn from their decisions and make our own lives better, for ourselves and the ones around us. Hopefully, The Downward Spiral can not only make strides in FMA, but also influence its audience to appreciate the sanctity of life, and to treat each other better.