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Catch the rhythm of the "Boogie Band" and follow this one-of-a-kind marching band to Rhinefeld. High-energy musicians combine the unexpected with music, dance and savoir faire and turn it into one of the hottest shows at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

 

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RE: Boogie Band (2001 or Earlier to ?)

I probably would've have liked this if I was around then.

Wonder if they were in any way as cool as the Canadian Brass:
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RE: Boogie Band (2001 or Earlier to ?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyy3O3s620k
This is from 2007, so it's not the 2001 version. It's also in England, so notice in the back how people were blocking the archway to get further in england. That must have been horrible to get in.
 
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RE: Boogie Band (2001 or Earlier to ?)

The Boogie Band was a long time staple in the 1990's and 2000's. They were awesome musicians, fun to watch, and incredibly entertaining. They played mostly in Rheinfeld, but their last year was spent in England. It's such a simple concept (a group of college band members), but it was their comedic timing and audience interaction, along with their stellar playing skills, that made them unique. I have no idea why the park discontinued The Boogie Band, but it's one of the biggest mistakes they've ever made if only because it's one of "the-biggest-bang-for-the-buck" type of entertainment offerings they could have.

Interestingly, the last year of the Canadian Palladium's existence, they had two small shows there. One was a folk trio and the other was the Drumming Lumberjacks. The Drumming Lumberjacks was essentially a drumming version of The Boogie Band with the same jokes, style, and vibe. After a few years of The Boogie Band being absent, I remember watching the Drumming Lumberjacks and enjoying the reminiscence of the good-ole-days of watching The Boogie Band and feeling glad that someone behind the shows at the park hadn't forgotten them either and brought back the concept in some form.
 
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Every Sea World themepark I've been to had a version of this in the 90s/2000s. It was a great way for college musicians to have a semi-full time job.
 
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I was a performer in the Busch Gardens Boogie Band during the summers of 1993-96, 1998, 1999, 2002, and 2004 (in fact, I'm the performer from the original poster's pic).

The Busch Gardens Boogie Band started sometime in the mid-to-late 1980's, and continued each May-August until the summer of 2007. The show was staged in the Rhinefeld area of the park, in the area next to the entrance of Land of the Dragons until 2005, when it was moved to Banbury Cross. During its 20-odd year run, there was not a summer that the Boogie Band did not receive top marks in the MIT park survey for best show running for the summer months. The show also received the 2002 IAPPA Big-E award for Best Street/Atmosphere Show. IAPPA represents approximately 500 parks in over 80 countries.

The show was FAR from horrendous.

For a show with only seven performers, no set or props past a showtime sign, and a budget of less than $50K for an entire summer, the Boogies was by far one of the most successful and entertaining shows BGW produced. It's a real shame it's no longer around.
 

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I remember them performing from 2005-2007 when I visited twice a year. It was one of the most energetic shows that BGW had in their line-up at the time. BGW really needs more "bang for your buck" shows like this than stupidly overbudget shows that are more eye candy than actual performance. *cough* Entwined *cough*
 
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b.mac said:
BGW really needs more "bang for your buck" shows like this than stupidly overbudget shows that are more eye candy than actual performance. *cough* Entwined *cough*

I remember a story from around 1994-95 when BGW brought in a "show doctor" to assess the entertainment value of the shows at the time. When asked how to fix issues with Totally Television the gentleman was quoted as saying "You can throw a million dollars at the show, or hire another Boogie Band...that'll save you about $950K." :D

We really enjoyed entertaining...and that was all the bells and whistles we needed. Man, I miss those times. Sigh.
 
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I remember you porkchopsisgood. Mainly because you played some tough tuba parts while moving a lot.


Here is a pic from amusementpics of the Grave Diggers with MIU's Joe :( .
They were mostly from Oktoberfest and not the Boogie Band member's (who are back at school by then).
 

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This was the Boogies in 1996:

I was the 'eighth' member of the group that year...I was supposed to be performing a duet with another tubist in New France, but at the last minute he bailed. They bought another sousaphone and we became an 8-piece group that summer.

They also decided to switch up the arrangements and the choreography that year. They brought in Desmond Boone from BG Tampa, so most of the routines will be familiar to folks used to the Florida park. Compared to the arrangements we were used to from Doug Minerd and Gary Lensenmeyer (not to mention the arrangements we did for ourselves), the show was lacking music-wise that year. It was still a great ensemble, and we had a blast regardless.
 
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I thought that was you. Thanks for the year. Lacking or not, you still did a great musical performance. Tight and solid to be from different bands.

BTW, welcome. We love to have performance on here so that we may shower them with accolades.
 
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BGW Family said:
I thought that was you. Thanks for the year. Lacking or not, you still did a great musical performance. Tight and solid to be from different bands.

BTW, welcome. We love to have performance on here so that we may shower them with accolades.

:D Appreciated, but not necessary...just enjoying the chance to reminisce about the 'good ol' days'...lol.

Thanks for such an active forum....it's much appreciated.
 
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I would SOOOOO be into this kind of entertainment at the park. I wish I had been around here for it. I love live band music; particularly in the style of what I have seen in videos of the Boogie Band. I was a marching snare drummer myself and miss those days. :cool:
 
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