Mello Dude

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About Mello Dude

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    80-84 Royal Grenadiers, 86-89 Regiment, 03&06 Royal Airs
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Phantom Regiment & Royal Airs
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    83 Madison
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    1984

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  1. Phantom Regiment 2018

    That's their problem, one shouldn't need to research a well done show. It should be able to stand on it's own and if you are inspired to do further research (because you love it) the show is a success.
  2. Sign the Petition

    Even so. All it takes is ONE incident to make the 10 o'clock news and for sure they will be wishing they had put a policy in place.
  3. Sign the Petition

    3% in an online petition is significant considering. But, numbers aren't everything. Either you are trying to do the right thing (IMHO) being proactive (kind of) or you are going to ignore it and hope that it never becomes an issue or let me re-phrase an issue that makes the nightly news.
  4. Sign the Petition

    My sig covers this.
  5. Ya a big no to more people. The gulf already widened between the haves and the have nots..lets not make it worse.
  6. Sign the Petition

    I am still amazed at the outrage over this petition. It's not even the least bit egregious. This is something LONG past overdue IMHO that if you are going to tout creds as "educational" and "youth" you better CYA and have policies in place. DCI puts all kinds of requirements on competing units, this isn't a stretch or a bad idea even. The amount of butthurt (outrage) seen here over a "petition" (that's not that bad IMHO) seems a tad over the top and perhaps there is more to this than we all know. Thou dost protest too much methinks....or something like that.
  7. Sign the Petition

    So, after reading all this someone puts up a petition for DCI to have a policy for vetting considering kids are involved and this has somehow turned into a pissing match? Where is the harm or being somewhat proactive (well not really but all the same)? Is this a case of methinks you protest too much? Is there more going on behind the scenes than we know? The push back on this petition seems weird and misplaced. Is DCI so sacred it can't have policies? Strange days we live in.
  8. Full-field tarp?

    I hope not. Everyone doing the same thing = zero creativity. I sure hope that credit isn't given for having a tarp either, but I should probably put down the pipe in that wishful thinking.
  9. Phantom Regiment 2018

    You could say that, but why? You are assuming those coming in worse than those that left or are leaving. Quite an assumption. Visual wasn't great but it also was not bad. Yet their guard did extremely well this year. They had plenty of talent this year but that show was just ok. Frankly Regiment needs to quit doing what other people are doing and get back to just marching, and playing well with a visual package that fits the music rather than music fitting the visual. Without a doubt they need to stop over using the amps and synth and start playing like a Regiment Hornline SHOULD be playing like. Perhaps be the first corps to stop using bug stomp swivel hips and do, I don't know something different like march into another drill subset rather than eating up visual time with nonsense? Play more than 5-6 minutes ensemble? Quit leaning on the percussion so heavily and start carrying your weight in the hornline? There is so much potential hopefully they can do something this next year.
  10. But, he's not far off the mark despite what you consider rude. Drum Corps used to be a youth activity for kids that had nothing. To be frank it's just another one of those "things" that has been yuppified. There are kids (with a LOT of talent) that will never be able to have the drum corps experience because of the cost and time needed. I'm not completely sold that it's worth the money anymore because what you are learning is not "real world" music if that is what you are intending to do. Don't get me wrong drum corps teaches a LOT of things a LOT good some not so good.
  11. Phantom Regiment 2018

    Meh, never though it was an issue. Phantom's guards are always strong regardless. But horn line power was lacking to say the least. With the race to the biggest loudest sound systems anymore...who knows.
  12. Acoustic Division?

    I don't know about starving for "unplugged" corps but this was the slippery slope that was poo poo'ed when they allowed amplification. There was supposed to be smaller pits...yeah whatever. It's a taste thing. I think because this IS a judged activity that this much weight given to something not human, money based is beyond asinine. But that's my opinion.
  13. Acoustic Division?

    Perhaps, another circuit that simply does away with electronics. Thing is, with enough purse money you could lure existing DCI corps to compete on another circuit save there being rules forbidding it. This is how DCI came into being...seem a shame to not use the same idea.
  14. Electronic Amplification

    I don't see it going anywhere and getting worse. The money has been spent, the scores given credit for that money spent. The genie is out of the bottle per se. I would be shocked if DCI dialed it back. LOL, the only real hope is that there is an EMP or another circuit started. I miss the days of soft and loud (real loud) vs loud and louder with a ton of background noise. Those days are gone. I HOPE that the real music education is still being taught in schools because drum corps is not what music is. Oh, it's great and well done (the little that is played) but in the real world...meh.
  15. 1986 BD Modernized

    The guy definitely spent some time on these.