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  1. " the groundwork for modern arranging for the field. (Frank! Can you help me with that!? Am I nuts!?!?!?) " Neither you nor Grenadier are nuts. Someday, I suppose, someone will figure out how to reconcile fact with opinion. For the moment, one is entitled to one;s own opinions, not one's own facts, though lately there seems to be a drift in that direction. I would never presume to speak for anyone else, but will make the distinction between what moves me on a visceral level, and that which I appreciate analytically, or dare I say, intellectually. On the one hand, I am so very impressed by both the design and virtuosity of corps like Crown, Blue Devils and Bluecoats. They are the state of the art, without question. But when I drop the needle on the "Horns Aplenty" Fleetwood disc, The Cambridge Caballeros, Audubon, Patterson and Selden transport me to a world of being that is simply not describable in current terms. Words fail. It's all feeling, and no modern drum corps can go there in the same way. The Brits have a saying for the impossibility of comparing some things: "it's like soap and next Tuesday".
  2. It was '65. The VFW Nationals was to have been held at Soldier Field in Chicago, but rain had made the field a swamp so the show was moved indoors to Mc Cormick Place, a spacious barn-like building with enough floor space to do a full drill. There were 15 finalists and they all rocked the house. The Royal Airs were the only corps without contra basses, but Truman Crawford's arranging skill made that irrelevant. Incidentally, the audio is available from Fleetwood and belongs in any serious collection. The Royal Airs were great in '68, too, but I'm pretty certain it was the '65 corps GR referred to. 1968 belonged to the Kilties. They ran the table. See: http://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/index.php?/topic/143516-gale-royer-the-judge/
  3. I don't think the problem is finding photos. As before, it will be necessary that someone who can devote a little time to this obtain the secret codes for photo posting to DCP. Like Nanci, that individual will do all the posting, and moderate the thread. Any takers?
  4. There are 4 categories of regular membership: Brass, Percussion, Visual and Administrative. There are other ways, however. Stay tuned.
  5. Correct. The devil is in the details of mechanical and synchronization royalties.
  6. This is a discussion that needs to take place. And while we wait for an eventual resolution, hopefully in the near future, I'd point out that there is an enormous amount of music available in the Public Domain for which no licensing would be required. With some exceptions, everything composed before 1923 or so is now out of copyright, and that would include not just "popular" titles, but much of what we generally refer to as "classical" music. Arranging or synchronizing other more recent music "for free" may be a way off, but there's no shortage of familiar material available gratis. I won't be losing sleep over not hearing a lot of what's being produced today for a while longer. Besides, it's in everyone's interest to arrive at a reasonable, workable solution for that material anyway. That will happen. Stay tuned.
  7. I'm with Elphaba. SCV was a monumental game-changer. And, a few scant years later, in 1976, so were the Bridgemen and the Blue Devils. There have been some notable seismic shifts since, like whatever George Zingale touched, and a big one last year, 2016, when the Bluecoats took tech special effects into hyperspace. One thing for sure: the activity isn't through re-inventing itself, and not everyone will be thrilled about it. (OK. That's two things.)
  8. Just to point out: Nothing is stopping anybody from resubmitting Moe (or anyone else) for consideration. What I find curious is the strange notion that the Hall of Fame has no credibility because any particular individual has not been inducted yet. Why would anybody who felt that way then lobby for someone's inclusion? For the record, I would support Mr. Knox, and have in the past. I do not, however, support conspiracy theories when applied to the current administration of the HOF.
  9. Just a point of information: The US Congress sets the duration for copyright.
  10. Which one of you fine gentlemen will take over moderating this thread?
  11. " don't know about anyone else, but I'd pay to see corps like that again,..." Well, Sac does have an active Alumni Corps whose repertoire is replete with their greatest hits, and they're just one of many..
  12. These are some really fine people and I wish them great success as they move Excelsior to the next level.
  13. Thanks, CC. FD
  14. Ellis has been my drum corps pal for over 50 years. He's "given back" in many ways, by teaching, writing, financial support, and donating his legal expertise "pro bono" continually. I am asking my DCP colleagues to simply help get the word out by clicking here: http://kidney4ellis.blogspot.com In this fraternity, sometimes you just "know a guy who knows a guy". With gratitude, Frank Dorritie Ellis' Field Drums Blog: http://blog.fielddrums.com/
  15. Ellis has been my drum corps pal for over 50 years. He's "given back" in many ways, by teaching, writing, financial support, and donating his legal expertise "pro bono" continually. I am asking my DCP colleagues to simply help get the word out by clicking here: http://kidney4ellis.blogspot.com In this fraternity, sometimes you just "know a guy who knows a guy". With gratitude, Frank Dorritie Ellis' Field Drums Blog: http://blog.fielddrums.com/