Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:08 AM
I don't know Gary, we have a few KS/NE students in Forte, I know Revolution has one or two, and I would think (being geographically close) that Colt Cadets would as well.
When you think regional, it's more than just 'local'. Last year MOST of Forte's corps wasn't from the DFW area, with MS, Houston, TX, OK City area and OH being the largest contention.
This year we are 85% local, but still have a large component from MS. Our 'region' is basically a Triangle from Kansas to Dallas/Austin/Houston and over to MS. all but about 4 students come from this area (and 2 of those are from El Paso, which is far away, but still in TX)
Some WC are great about telling their kids about Open Class options, even to the point of calling corps to tell them about certain students, or provide lists of potential candidates. Some WC choose not to share their lists, and may or may not suggest Open Class.
I tend to think that Percussion cut from WC seek out Open Class more so than brass or guard. If brass/guard would do it with the same passion as the majority of percussion cuts (especially percussionists who know they were 1-2 spots from making it), you would probably see a bigger swell of new members in April/May in Open.
Last year, we had several students who auditioned for WC and didn't make it, come march with Forte, and then went back to those WC corps and made it. The WC corps in question are mostly top WC.
There is some incredible quality instruction at the Open Class level from many corps at all levels. The more students check out (especially a regionally close corps) these corps, the more it is realized.
Right now, I feel, half the battle is simply letting kids know these corps exist. The more the Open Class corps are seen, listed, reported about, pictures shown, videos, etc, the more students will research these corps and potentially find the experience they are looking for... or a training ground to help them prepare for the experience they are looking for...