Friday, March 4, 2022

Which drum corps played 'Amazing Grace' best plus the 2022 Rose Parade bands for Marching Music Day

Happy Marching Music Day! March Forth! As I did last year, I open today's post with Drum Corps International asking a musical question, Who Did It Best? | Amazing Grace.

"Amazing Grace" performed by five different corps over more than 40 years. Who did it best?

0:00 - Introduction
0:07 - 1975 Royal Crusaders
1:15 - 1987 Spirit of Atlanta
2:58 - 2008 Blue Knights
4:14 - 2011 Cadets
5:55 - 2018 Boston Crusaders
Out of the above, my choice was 2018 Boston Crusaders, who I featured in 2018 Boston Crusaders 'SOS' for a drum corps 'Mayday!' However, most of the commenters voted for none of the above, instead considering Phantom Regiment's standstill performance of the song from 1993 to be the best. Listen to Phantom Regiment - Amazing Grace, uploaded by my friend goldsmith1210.

Recorded in 1993

Now who did it best?

I conclude with Music213's Marching Bands of the 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

Recap of the 21 marching bands and Herald Trumpets that performed at the 133rd Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
I'm glad to see the Rose Parade return after its pandemic pause in 2021. Here's to the Russian invasion of Ukraine not spiraling out of control to prevent next year's parade from happening.

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