Do you think going DI/World Class caused some corps to fold?
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:23 PM (#1)
It is really nice that DCI has gone back to the format where the Open Class corps compete in World Class quarterfinals. That way these corps can see how they compare to the big corps on the same sheets. But it would be nice to see those days when there were 30 plus DII/III Open Class corps.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:29 PM (#3)
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:40 PM (#4)
Almost every show has 2 or 3 World Class and 3 or 4 Open Class corps in it.
I'm sure years back there were more corps AND MORE SHOWS!
I don't think the changes had to do with DCI or any kind of consolidation. To me it had to do with the number of shows that have disappeared. Used to have at least one show a weekend to go to locally, sometimes even ones on Wednesdays and Fridays. Now, I have to travel some to attend shows within about a 100 mile radius of home. I would say a majority of the corps years ago were not built to do the 'touring' today's corps do. They were more city rivalries. But today, there aren't that many cities holding competitions.
Lack of competitions, to me, has killed drum corps. Hard to field a corps when there is no where to go and no way to make enough money to keep going.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:58 PM (#7)
The reason I didn't add them in originally, is because they have all made the switch in the last 5 years. I really hope they all have amazing success. And the system seems a little different than it did 10 years ago. it seemed like more corps made the jump when they had the top 5 competing against World Class. A corps like Pioneer would beat 4 or 5 World Class(DI) corps and then decide they would be able to go to World Class. Of course, I think it was shortly before that when they had the previous years top 25(or maybe it was top 21) were then considered DI corps. So then it wasn't much of a choice, more of a decision by DCI. Please correct me if I have mentioned something and it is incorrect. Sometimes the memory isn't quite what it used to be.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:06 AM (#8)
However, as I thought about this topic a bit, I couldn'thelp but wonder how many members of the DII/III corps that folded had people who went to Top 12 corps, almost as of the DII/III corps was an unofficial feeder corps. Some of these corps would have been "Key of G" corps. Before I gofurther, I am not stirring up the age old G/B-flat debate. Now that we have three valve B-flat instruments as the norm, potential members of Top 12 corps no longer need special training for instruments used only in drum corps. Kidswho have had good training in high school or college can qualify for a drum corpssince they already know the instruments they play. DII/III corps may no longer be as attractive which is too bad. Many of these corps were exccellent. Also, we have to keep in mind many DII/III corps had no intention of remaining in this category forever. From what I can see, Carolina Crown was ambitious from day one, and while Blue Stars competed in this category for a while, it was obvious they hoped to return to their former days of glory.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:14 AM (#9)
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:17 AM (#11)
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