Circa 1995, the following stack of pages landed in my hands. I don't remember who gave it to me, or where, or why, but I do remember being blown away by the tastiness of a writing style completely foreign to me at the time, and becoming instantly obsessed with learning to play it. This is truly idiomatic writing... it sounds so fast, so meaty and complex, but the notes roll off the fingers and you shouldn't ever need to tense up.
As was the case back then, it was really hard to get videos of older shows. So only later would I finally get my paws on a fuzzy old VHS tape of the 1989 DCI Finals so that I could finally watch for the first time music I had already learned to play.
I have no idea if I'm allowed to share this, or even have it in the first place, and I'll take it down if the answer is no. But a) that would be so sad! and b) I'm hoping it's cool because I believe the internet needs to see things that are awesome.
Plumet Attack (from Les Miserables)
Garfield Cadets, 1989
(click on the image to open a pdf in a new browser window)
and in context...
There is nothing I would love more than to include video of this clip on the field, but once again DCI shoots itself in the foot with their ridiculously tight control over the performances they "own." There simply does not seem to be any embeddable video or audio anywhere on the internet of this classic clip. So you can pay them your cash money at http://dci.thefannetwork.org/index.cfm to see it. Or call me and I'll set up a screening in dumbo. :)