Crown Year Sixteen: 2005
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The 2005 season was definitely a continuation of the great things begun the two years before. Although our competitive placement was exactly the same (7th) as it was the year before, the 2005 corps was much improved. The “Angelus” production was another great success thanks in large part to the caliber and experience of a returning design team and many faculty members.
As the season progressed the vast improvement of the horn line was very evident as everyone we spoke to raved about the line’s “wall of sound”. An indication that the Crown family was growing was the year’s orders for tickets in the Crown block for the 2005 World Championships being the most ever sold. We also continued the very large turnouts for our audition camps, and enhanced our one-day remote auditions in Indiana and Texas by including color guard in Indy. At our full corps camps we ran two brass tracks for the first few months, providing high-level brass instruction for about 125 students instead of the normal 70-80 at that time of year.
The tour began with a spectacular FirstBEAT show with a stacked line-up that helped to not only draw a great crowd in the stadium, but also to set a new attendance record for our free Summer Clinic for band directors held in the afternoon of the show. NightBEAT, although attendance was down, was also a tremendous night as the corps won top honors before thousands of local band students, parents and friends. 2005 saw us begin an endorsement agreement with Fred J. Miller Company that provided replacement corps uniform parts; corps shoes; guard uniforms and sponsorship of our 1st Annual Leadership Clinic held the afternoon of NightBEAT. We also ran a successful 1st Annual Marching Percussion Clinic sponsored by Pearl, Innovative Percussion & Remo, and our new Drum Major Symposium entitled “THE MODERN CONDUCTOR, Leading the band in the 21st Century”, was held in conjunction with Spring Training.
Just before the season started we purchased a mini-bus and outfitted it with 5 bunks to upgrade the experience for our volunteers on tour. We also successfully returned to doing our own merchandising operations in 2005, purchasing a new souvenir trailer just before we left on tour. The skyrocketing price of fuel prices all summer long was a big financial drain on Crown and all the other corps.
Show Title: Angelus