In the case of this latest move by the Hurricanes, I am reminded of the 1965 season when the Bucs switched to shakos. As I recall, it was even a front-page story in the old Drum Corps News. The new headgear made for a good-looking image overall, but eventually they returned to the aussies as part of subsequent uniform changes, returning to their earlier image. I can't help but wonder if the same thing may happen eventually with the Hurcs. I can't say I dislike it, but it does make them look like some other corps now, not the Hurcs I remember competing against. But then, like so many corps, their uniform has changed several times in the intervening the years anyway.
The Hurricanes "Gestapo/State Trooper/Motor Cycle" headgear are actually an "Iconic" part of senior drum corps.
Going WAY BACK to the late 1950's/early 1960's I can vividly recall the corps marching in the Barnum, swagering down Main Street in those olde black uniforms and later their first "Satins" topped with the trademark "Gestapo" hats. . Wow. Great memory.
Best of luck with the new headgear.