Ive been a life long fan of Madison and need to pipe in as a fan, not alum, and not alum from any corps. Ive spent thousands on shows, gear and travel to see the scouts spanning back to 1985. This is the first year i chose to not buy tickets for any shows, which typically is about 4 shows and i take a minimum of 4 people to every show and i pickup the tab. My impression of the organization is at an all time low and ill list my reasons.
1. An overall perceived arrogance from CK and DP whenever i have ran into either of them. Unless they know you, they couldn't care less who you are or what the hell you are doing there. Ive been snubbed multiple times by both of them at many events, including seeing them away from the activity. Ive tried introducing myself many times but they could care less. If your not an alum, forget it. I mean for gods sake even that creep Hopkins was nice enough to have a conversation with me. Madison hasnt done squat competeively in many years so there arrogance is even more baffling to me.
2. Show quality. Beaides last year, there shows all pretty much have the same vibe, the designs have been as good as exactly where they have placed. Its clear the BOD is content placing in the lower echelon of the top 14 or so corps. I don't see this changing anytime soon so ill support corps who are innovating and actually trying to write competitive shows. Watching Madison compete VS SCV last year at Drums on Parade was laughable. I honestly dont think Madison could ever be that good. It was like watching and NFL team taking on a High School team.
3.There identity. Ill just keep this one short, because i could go on and on but, if I as a current MM had to put on that uniform/costume/whatever, after dreaming for a lifetime of marching with Madison, im not sure if i could do it. Its asking an aweful lot for and all male corps (+1 female this year) to wear that debacle of a design. I mean, really who approved this? And how in any way can they think this was a good choice?
lastly, im in strong agreement that the upper management needs to go, and for sometime ive felt this way. Its clear its not working. If this corps has any hope to carry on there strong tradition, they better do something about there direction or there will be another VK, Sky Riders, Star, Magic story for people to talk about.