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Uploading MDL Scores to Musescore.com

There are 2 ways you can upload a score to Musescore.com.

Option 1 - Simply select File > Save Online - make sure to tick the box that says "upload score audio"

Option 2 - Before saving the score locally go to View > Synthesizer  and select "Save to Score". This should save the synth settings in the score so that the server understands how to process.

Please also share your scores to this group! We love to see them (and comment :-) ).

If you have uploaded a score previously, and there is an issue with playback, simply follow the steps above and re-upload the score.

I am also putting together a number of tutorials for MDL. Here is the starting point:

https://musescore.org/en/node/273636

If you have already installed, skip to the other tutorials at the bottom of the link that walk you though many of the other features of MDL.

MDL How To Twitch/Webinar

To help people get started with all the very different new features of MDL and to also talk a bit about things like percussion notation, arranging for percussion and pretty much anything else related, I'd like to start to do regular Twitch streams or Webinars that everyone can tune in to and participate.

Which do you think is better - Twitch? Webinar?

I am thinking to maybe do 2-3 days per week. One time that works best for US/Americas and another that is better for Europe/International.

What are best times for US/Americas (using EST)?

What are best times for Europe/International (using GMT)?

MDL 1.0 Feedback

Wow. I have to say how impressed I am with MDL 1.0  When Daniel first came online talking about this project, I was skeptical. I didn't think we'd get a viable alternative to VDL for free. Yet, here we are. It's great work and a huge asset to the community.

Keep in mind, I primarily write for battery and all comments come with that lens.

First, it's very speedy to write battery parts. Tuplets get a little squirrely at times, but I'll chalk that up to learning curve on my end. Its fast enough that I find myself unreasonably annoyed with the things that aren't quite as fast.

One thing that slows me significantly is how much overlap I get with accents, articulations, dynamics and pictograms in the defaults.  I spend a lot of time moving things to where they're readable. I don't think I've changed the default settings. For example, pictograms are showing up right in the middle of the staff. Even then, I find myself deciding it's "good enough" and moving on to something else. I don't love how some of my published scores look, but it's just the way it is.

On the 'feature request' side, one thing I miss about Sib is the percussions stickings text and how it aligns to notes without additional futzing by me. With the 'staff text' in MS MDL I press a lot of space bar and caps / lower case make things not quite aligned. 

Second, audio playback is a B+ for the battery - and I'm being hyper critical. The sextuplets in particular are vastly superior to what I was getting in Sib + VDL. The flams sound great too.  However, there are times when playback creates weird phaser / wooshing sounds that just don't happen in real life. 

Finally - and I'll beat this point forever - I'm really missing the ability to dictate stickings - particularly on the snare drum - and have the audio follow. Patterns like shirley murphey's, egg beaters or even just paradiddles just don't sound quite right. They're less important on tenors and even less important on bass, but would still be nice.

All in all, it's amazing. I'm a fan and quickly becoming an evangelist for MDL. The entire team deserves praise.

MDL Feedback

Hey everyone. I thought I'd drop the first post to get feedback on MDL and see how we can continue to improve.

We are currently working on MDL 1.1, which we hope to release in the next couple of days. 

In this release we are working on some minor fixes in articulations, improving templates and also adjusting the sound of individual instruments (here is an example of sound updates in progress - https://soundcloud.com/musescorelabs/mdl-11-beta-tuning-test-fluid-flavor).

I'd love to get your feedback and suggestions on any aspect of MDL you think we can improve.

2112

Hey, I was wondering if anybody has found a very good "FULL SHOW" based on the song 2112, if not I was maybe thinking of trying to make one. I know that there is one by some college band that is pretty good but it is only like a 3 min show and I was looking for like a full, and well done, HS or DCI show. If I end up making a show based off of this, please also let me know if you'd be interested in helping me :) THX fellow DCI lovers!

Song suggestions for a drum corps show

Hey! So I'm starting work on a project called "Wake Up" and I'm looking for ideas of some possible songs to put in it. They can either be from this website or big professional works.

The show theme is more on the depressing/somber side with a twist at the very end. (Not spoiling anything yet) But help would be appreciated with the musical selections and also a percussion writer would be awesome!

Thanks!

List of All Transcribed DCI Shows

If you want me to add your transcription to this list, comment below and I'll add ASAP!
If you already see a show you've transcribed on the list, don't feel any reason not to comment yours anyways, I'll add it!


▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ THE ACADEMY ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼
▻ 2016 - Drum Corpse Bride (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/drumcorpsebride


▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ THE BLUE DEVILS ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼
▻ 2017 - Metamorph (DillonReese)
https://musescore.com/user/4279506/scores/4267421
▻ 2017 - Metamorph (NecroDavid2)
https://www.musescore.com/user/12971656/scores/4578731
▻ 2016 - As Dreams Are Made On (DillonReese)
https://musescore.com/user/4279506/scores/2797491
▻ 2015 - Ink (NecroDavid2)
https://www.musescore.com/user/12971656/scores/4578686
▻ 2015 - Ink (DillonReese)
https://musescore.com/user/4279506/scores/5107780
▻ 2014 - Felliniesque (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/felliniesque


▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ THE BLUE KNIGHTS ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼
▻ 2017 - i (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/i
▻ 2015 - Because (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/because


▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ THE BLUECOATS ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼
 ▻ 2018 - Session 44 (DillonReese)
https://musescore.com/user/4279506/scores/5114955
▻ 2017 - Jagged Line (DillonReese)
https://musescore.com/user/4279506/scores/4138271
▻ 2016 - Downside Up (DillonReese)
https://musescore.com/user/4279506/scores/2322771
▻ 2015 - Kinetic Noise (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/kineticnoise
▻ 2014 - Tilt (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/tilt
▻ 2013 - ... To Look For America (Beltalian)
https://musescore.com/user/947116/scores/898971
▻ 2012 - Unmasqued (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/unmasqued
▻ 2011 - Brave New World (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/creep


▼▼▼▼▼▼ BOSTON CRUSADERS ▼▼▼▼▼▼ 
▻ 2018 - S.O.S. (TheMTCrew) 
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/sos


▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CAROLINA CROWN ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼
▻ 2018 - Beast (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/beast
▻ 2017 - It Is (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/itis
▻ 2016 - Relentless (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/itis
▻ 2015 - Inferno (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/oldinferno
▻ 2015 - Inferno (turand0t)
https://musescore.com/user/137260/scores/968501
▻ 2013 - E=MC2 (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/emc2
▻ 2012 - For The Common Good (DillonReese)
https://musescore.com/user/4279506/scores/3441941
▻ 2011 - Rach Star (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/rachstar


▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ THE CADETS ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼
▻ 2016 - Awakening (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/awakening


▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CROSSMEN ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼
▻ 2017 - Enigma (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/enigma
▻ 2016 - Continuum (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/continuum
ㅤㅤ

▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ MADISON SCOUTS ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼
▻ 2011 - New York Morning (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/empire


▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ PHANTOM REGIMENT▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ 
▻ 2015 - The City of Light (turand0t) 
https://musescore.com/user/137260/scores/1125201


▼▼▼▼▼▼ SANTA CLARA VANGUARD ▼▼▼▼▼▼
▻ 2018 - Babylon (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/babylon
▻ 2017 - Ouroboros (TheMTCrew)
https://musescore.com/themtcrew/ouroboros
 ▻ 2016 - Force of Nature (Score01) 
https://musescore.com/user/24116/scores/2576811 
 ▻ 2014 - Scheherazade: Words 2 Live By (turand0t) 
https://musescore.com/user/137260/scores/860531

Synchronize YouTube Videos with Scores

Not sure how many of you know about the MuseScore feature where you can synchronize a YouTube video with a score, but thought it could be pretty cool to sync up some videos.

Here is an example of a synchronized score: https://musescore.com/robin_m_butler/drum-corp

This could take the concept of Vic Firth's "Learn the Music" to the next level. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq9eCicq8HmD80vSyIbp8w

MuseScore Drum Corps Event

Hey! I just read that MuseScore is hosting an event in which people can submit arrangements for drum corps for a chance to win prizes. I just have some questions.
How long should the arrangement be?
Are all instruments supported by DCI supported for the event? (french horn, euphonium, etc)
Does the piece have to be an arrangement? Or can it be original?
Thank you!

Matching Wind Arrangers with Percussion Arrangers

It seems one of the most common themes in this thread are wind arrangers looking to collab with percussion arrangers. Let's get you hooked up!

Anyone looking to collaborate with other users to write battery or front ensemble parts, I suggest that you join the official Marching Percussion group and post a request in this discussion there - https://musescore.com/groups/4833679/discuss/4845310

Current List of DCI Arrangers & Composers

Thought it could be interesting to put together a current list for reference of all DCI arrangers & composers by corps and role for 2018 season. I will update this first post as we go along (and will try to invite each of them to this group :-) ).

// World Class //

THE ACADEMY
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE DEVILS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE KNIGHTS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE STARS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUECOATS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BOSTON CRUSADERS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

THE CADETS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

CAROLINA CROWN
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

THE CAVALIERS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

COLTS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

CROSSMEN
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

GENESIS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

JERSEY SURF
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

MADISON SCOUTS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

MANDARINS
Brass Arranger: Key Poulan - https://musescore.com/keypoulan
Percussion Arranger: Darren VanDerpoel
Front Ensemble Arranger: Bryan Nungaray

MUSIC CITY
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

OREGON CRUSADERS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

PACIFIC CREST
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

PHANTOM REGIMENT
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

PIONEER
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

// Open Class //

7TH REGIMENT
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

THE BATALLION
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE DEVILS B
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE DEVILS C
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

COLT CADETS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

COLUMBIANS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

GOLD
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

GOLDEN EMPIRE
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

GUARDIANS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

HEAT WAVE
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

IMPULSE
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

INCOGNITO
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

LEGENDS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

LES STENTORS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

LOUSIANA STARS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

RAIDERS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

RIVER CITY RYTHM
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

SHADOW
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

SOUTHWIND
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

SPARTANS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

VANGUARD CADETS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

WATCHMEN
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

Christmas Contest - Win Prizes!!

Hey Everyone,

I thought it might be a fun idea to create a contest to arrange a Christmas song. It can be for drum corps, or marching band, or whatever... but the rules are simple:

1 - You must be a member of this group
2 - You must post your arrangement here
3 - You must submit before December 20, 2017

It is also important to mention that it is not necessarily the best arrangement that can win, but the most interesting or unique (not necessarily technically the best) can be chosen.

The judge for the contest will be Key Poulan!

There will also be 2 categories - 18 and Under and Over 18.

First prize winner in each category will receive the DCI 2017 Blu-Ray Deluxe Bundle (https://store.dci.org/collections/audio-video/products/dcirnv8103-2017-blu-ray-deluxe-bundle)

Second prize winners will receive 2 tickets to any DCI show (except finals).

Third prize winners will receive a DCI sweatshirt (or from the drum corps of your choice).

I have also posted a template that can be used as a starting point. You can feel free to use this basic arrangement as a starting point for your own arrangement of the same song:

https://musescore.com/daniel/scores/4834952