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Cainan last won the day on December 3 2017

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About Cainan

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  • Birthday 11/03/1970

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Freelancers 1987-1992 Baritone, Cheshire Cadets (DCUK) 2004-2005 Contra / Staff, Kidsgrove Scouts 2016 Tuba, (2017 Visual Tech)
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Freelancers, Kidsgrove Scouts, VK, Classic Blue Devils, 27, Sky Ryders, Star of Indiana, Bridgemen
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    1975 Muchachos, 1991 Star, 1992 Star, 1993 Star. 1982 Bridgemen, 2006 Cavaliers, 2008 Phantom Regiment, 2014 Blue Devils, 2006 Blue Devils, 2016 Carolina Crown
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    Warrington, United Kingdom
  • Interests
    Drum corps, aviation, the US Civil War (I am a re-enactor)

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  1. I think very high.. In fact, I think there is a good chance that The Cadets do not weather this storm at all for 2018.. and possibly forever. I am an absolute believer in due process. Nobody is guilty of a crime unless they admit their crime, or are found guilty by a jury of their peers. If this ends up there (which I will be highly surprised if it does not), then whatever the outcome is.. so be it. That said, the court of public opinion is not so lenient. If I am a parent with a kid in this corps right now.. with this current corps leadership.. and I am talking from the YEA board all the way down the chain.. there is NO WAY in a million years I let MY kid anywhere NEAR this corps. I think they will pretty quickish lose any and all members under the age of 18. If my kid is over 18, and I am funding their drum corps career... and let's face it, a LOT of mm's use the trusty old First National Bank of Mom and Dad... again, I wouldn't let my kids near this corps. If I am an advertiser, I want NOTHING to do with YEA, The Cadets or USSBA. If I am a sponsor with a worldwide brand recognition, say.. I dunno... YAMAHA... again, I want nothing to do with this corps. Once this corps loses sponsors.. it's game over.
  2. Cainan

    Favorite year as MM

    Freelancers 1987... We folded in 1986. We weren't supposed to be any good. Our average age was something stupid like 17. 90% of the corps was rookies.. not Freelancers rookies... but rather rookies. We had total faith and trust in our staff and leadership because, well, we simply did not know any better. We started first tour with over 20 holes in the brass line. And then, we got pretty good. Ended up finishing 19th and set up the run of finals appearances in 89, 91 and 92. Awesome year.
  3. Honestly? I'd move Finals to Bloomington. Perhaps make it a sort of regional affair. Bloomington is only an hour south of Indianapolis. The one and only Finals to be hosted there had something that ALL of the finals at Indy have NEVER had... Atmosphere. That stadium essentially makes for a WALL of humanity. I remember playing there at Preview of Champions in 92 and I remember thinking then.. "God I hope DCI sees some sense and hosts finals here..." Perhaps keep Open class in Michigan City and use the Downtown Indy area for stuff like I&E, Drumline Battle, Soundsport etc, but as for Finals? Move that to Bloomington. Lucas Oil is a dreadful venue. The acoustics are truly terrible. I know I will not even consider going to DCI Finals while it's there. Short of all that? Open the roof.
  4. Cainan

    2018 Rules proposals

    My initial reactions upon reading.... 2018 rules proposals at-a-glance Proposal: Increase maximum membership to 154 Proposed by: Brad Furlano, Blue Stars Summary: Currently set at 150, this four-member increase is proposed as a way to give corps more flexibility to set the number of performers in each section as they see fit. On the record: “Designers and caption heads [would] no longer have to lobby for the desired numbers for each section. Corps would be able to have 80 brass and 40 guard without having to sacrifice a standard sized percussion section or conductors.” Meh... what's 4 more members and it kinda makes sense on the surface of it.. we were held to 128 for YEARS so it's not as if we haven't had odd numbers before.... Proposal: Extend World Championship Finals to 15 corps Proposed by: Michael Cesario, outgoing DCI Artistic Director Summary: Since Drum Corps International’s founding in 1972, the top-12 scoring corps have advanced to the World Championship Finals. This proposal looks to extend that lineup to the top-15 advancing corps from the DCI World Championship Semifinals. This proposal is designated as a procedural change. As such, it may not be “voted on” by the instructors caucus, but it will still be discussed amongst that group and their feedback will be shared with the directors who will ultimately consider and vote on the proposal. On the record: “To allow recognition of the level of achievement in all corps, especially those currently in the 11-15 positions. To give added status to corps for use in local fundraising and general recruitment.” Everyone is a winner... let's not hurt anyones feelings and give EVERYONE a medal! ABSOLUTE CODSWOLLOP!!!! Hardly anybody in the world wanted Mandarins to make Finals last year more than me and I was GUTTED when they missed out... but that is the nature of the game. Last year will make Mandarins THAT much more hungry this year. Keep it to 12. Proposal: No scoring before July 1 Proposed by: Will Pitts, Phantom Regiment Summary: For all contests before July 1, no scores will be given. Corps will be "adjudicated" with recorded commentary and critiques, but no scores will be assigned or announced. On the record: “There are numerous moments in the summer where designers and teachers are encouraged to make adjustments to the show to create better clarity/definition. If these comments can be made during a no-scoring period, corps are able to make adjustments before their performances have competitive implications.” Garbage... yes scores can be skewwhiff early in the season, but I still think it's important that corps get a number AS WELL as feedback.. It's all good for a judge to suggest changes, but a number gives designers an idea of just how wholesale those changes should be. Proposal: No scores – ordinals only Proposed by: George Hopkins, The Cadets Summary: Instead of scores, this proposal calls for corps to simply be ranked by ordinals (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). The order of finish will be determined based on ordinals, with General Effect judges as the exception. The effect judges will still assign scores, however, those scores will only be used for tie-breaking situations. On the record: “This eliminates the ability, more or less, for someone to spread big or someone to make no decisions. All decisions are equal. Now, if someone wants to put someone in fifth in brass … OK … that is a substantial decision and that decision will weigh into the total.” I'll have some of whatever George has had.. this is ridiculous and is a suggestion made by a guy that has teed off just about everyone in the activity who is directing a corps that is most definitely travelling in a Southbound trajectory... Proposal: Annual Rules Congress Proposed by: Kevin Shah, Blue Knights Summary: Changed to a biennial process in recent years, this proposal calls for instructors and judges to come together on a yearly basis to discuss rules changes as part of Drum Corps International’s annual winter business meetings. The proposal specifies that even-numbered years would be open to rules change proposals from the corps, while in odd-numbered years the Rules and System Task Force will be able to submit rules changes to allow for adjustments, amendments and clarifications. On the record: “We should allow our system to evolve at the rate of the activity. If there is a proposal that is passed but needs adjustment, currently we need to wait two years before addressing it.” Agreed... Proposal: Brass amplification limitations Proposed by: Michael Martin, The Cavaliers Summary: Currently with no limits, corps are free to mic brass musicians as they wish, either individually or as a whole. This proposal calls for a limit on the number of brass musicians who can be amplified at any one time to be set at six. On the record: “This rule change would still allow for amplification of soloists and small groups (enough to represent every instrument and two more), but would prohibit groups from being able to amplify entire brass lines, which dilutes one of the great identifiers for each brass section.” Agree 100%. I am not against amplification and done right with innovation this is something I genuinely believe is good for the activity (see Bluecoats Kinetic Noise and Vanguard last year). THAT SAID... we are in danger of overegging the pudding and destroying that pure brass sound that makes us unique. Proposal: Add a “Brass 2” judge at large shows Proposed by: Michael Martin, The Cavaliers Summary: The brass caption is currently judged by a single on-field judge at DCI Tour events. This proposal calls for an additional brass judge to evaluate corps from an “upstairs” press box position at large regional events and the DCI World Championships. On the record: “A single brass judge cannot accurately assess all of the strengths and weaknesses of a brass section in a single performance, particularly overall sonority, balance within the brass section, and ensemble.” Wholeheartedly disagree... I'd go the OPPOSITE direction and take the judges OFF the field altogether... they are a visual distraction and with the speed of modern drum corps, are a danger to not only themselves but the performers as well. The game has shifted so far to GE anyways, that pretty much everything can be judged from the stands anyways... as a midway alternative, I would perhaps have designated places on the front sideline where field level judges could be, but NOT oon the field. The last thing I think we need is another green shirt on the field. Proposal: Percussion adjudication and music analysis Proposed by: Kevin Shah, Blue Knights Summary: This proposal packs two pieces into one. The first: Remove the Field Percussion and Ensemble Percussion judges and replace them with a percussion judge who will evaluate performances on the field. The second: Utilize a Music Analysis 2 judge at large regional events and the DCI World Championships who has a percussion focus. On the record: “After much discussion in the percussion community, there is a growing consensus that these evolutions will lead us to a more desirable system for all. We should, through policy or education, instruct the Percussion Judge to stay safely out of the way of the performers yet position themselves in an advantageous way to experience the percussion performance.” See above... my thoughts on judges are pretty unflexible. Proposal: Update the music analysis adjudication sheet Proposed by: Kevin Shah, Blue Knights Summary: This proposal calls for the Rules and Systems Task Force to update the criteria used by adjudicators to evaluate Music Analysis based on discussion and feedback from the music caucus at the upcoming DCI Rules Congress. On the record: “As trends continue to evolve, we should review the music ensemble sheet for potential updates. Include updated verbiage to account for specific feedback as it relates to electronics/amplification/percussion/brass.” Agreed.. if we are gonna use electronics.. be them amps, keyboards, electric instruments.. whatever... and as they are such an integral part of modern drum corps, they should be judged accordingly... to include balnce and hornline "enhancement" (half the corps may as well have not bothered marching tubas last year) as well.
  5. For the record.. I am in fact an American citizen. Born and raised in California, now living in the UK. And yes, there will be some border restrictions, but this is no longer the 1970's or 1980's. The Troubles are over and have been for some time. Many of the people involved from that time are either dead or elderly. By all accounts, it is believed that there will be relatively free passage of travel after Brexit. As it stands, when the British corps go outside of Britain into the EU, passports and border checks are already carried out with one notable exception... Northern Ireland into the Irish Republic... so really, not much change. Britain has always maintained it's own currency and laws. Britain does not use the metric system.. they drive on the other side of the road... they have ALWAYS maintained border checks even for those travelling in from other EU countries. I maintain that Brexit will have little to no affect whatsoever on the drum corps activity over here. Furthermore... British and European corps do a hell of a lot more than "imitate" American drum corps. I take great offense at that flippant remark. Perhaps you failed to notice that Kidsgrove and The Company came to America and not only participated, but beat many American corps along the way.
  6. Brexit had little to nothing to do with the shutdown of DCE. Remember, the British circuit is alive and well and has it's own sanctioning body, DCUK... which is pretty much unaffected either way by the shutdown of DCE. Sure DCE supplied judges to DCUK, but they (DCUK) already said they would sort things out directly with the DCE judges should nothing be in place to replace DCE. With EDCA, that all becomes a moot point. The Irish corps typically came over to the uK anyways, and by all accounts, there WILL be a European championship.. THIS year... again in Kerkrade... just under the banner of a slightly different sanctioning body. Meet the new boss... same as the old boss.
  7. I realise that this isn't DCI specific, but there was a big thread about this not too long ago. For the uninformed, Drum Corps Europe, the sanctioning body for all drum corps activities in Holland, Germany and the rest of the European Continent (The UK has DCUK and is separate, although British corps do compete in Europe as well), unexpectedly and suddenly ceased operations immediately after the 2017 DCE Championships. This left Europe without a sanctioning body and show organiser, as well as without a Championships. It has been announced today that a new organisation has risen from the ashes of DCE in the form of the European Drum Corps Association. Details in the link above. Furthermore, if rumours are to be believed, word on the streets is that Kerkrade has again been secured for the hosting of the EDCA championships and there WILL be a championships THIS year in the end of September.
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    2018 Show Announcent/Rumors?

    Not DCI, but Kidsgrove Scouts are doing "24601 - A Les Miserables Story" in 2018. Design staff includes, John Meehan, Scott Johnson and Sean Gordon. Unfortunately we won't be coming to the STates this year, but this is gonna be an amazing show. We are fully expecting to march another full sized corps with a brass line expecting to top out over 50 members which is huge for Europe.
  9. Clearly you haven't seen The Company, Kidsgrove, Jubal, Juliana, Unity etc.. because, yeah.. none of those members work their backsides off to put on entertaining shows or anything like that.. instead they all get high and ride bikes. I'm gonna stop giving any time or consideration to you and your ridiculously flippant remarks before I have to warn myself for a violation of the community guidelines.
  10. Well heck Stu.. pardon me.. clearly YOU know how to fix EVERYTHING... Perhaps you should pack your bags for Holland and come sort this mess out yourself.
  11. Stu.. let me explain this to you in terms you may understand.... IT IS NOT ABOUT THE MONEY. DCE IS/WAS FINANCIALLY SOLVENT. This was purely about the fact that 3 of the 6 board quit / retired / resigned / and were not replaced. The remaining 3 carried on and burnt out. Nobody stepped up to take their places so they shut it down. End of....
  12. I know it seems impossible to believe but.. yes there were supposedly some folks who had a "feeling" but with no concrete reason why. THis really was, in essence, a complete bolt from the blue.
  13. DCUK was always separate from DCE. The only affect on UK corps as of now is one less show.. Kerkrade.. which by all accounts, the various corps are working together to ensure a European championship this year.. it just may not be in Kerkrade is all.
  14. You got it in one.. DCE was totally internal, with NO corps representation within the organization, hence why it only lasted 15 years.