cixelsyd

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  1. 2018 Rules proposals

    Fixed that for you. With all due sincerity - you two have applied more effort and provided more supporting detail to your generalizations so far. But in the end, they are still generalizations. Pot/kettle... no.
  2. 2018 Rules proposals

    I have heard it since the 1970s, when amplification began in marching band. There is no enforcement. For all 14 years of A&E in DCI, there never have been any consequences for its failures, no matter how devastating their effects on the shows. (Well, there was one consequence - some fans were driven away from the activity. But the loss was not a large enough percentage to derail DCI, and those of us who remain appear willing to endure A&E abuses and pay for the privilege.) However, Hamlet syndrome is not the explanation behind it all. Consider this: Absolutely. Yet, corps are clearly receiving encouragement from the judges to substitute more and more amplified brass for live brass. There is no such thing as an unamplified solo anymore. And in 2017, corps began amplifying the whole field ensemble, to the near unanimous displeasure of fans. Reaction to that was so negative that even George Hopkins agreed that we had gone too far. Yet, the expected rules adjustment did not come to pass. Why not? The activity is now driven by a clique of music education professionals and the equipment manufacturers who market to them (or pay them for product endorsements). When you observe how many designers (and more importantly, judges) are receiving $$$ from manufacturers, you can begin to understand why they campaign in favor of whatever those companies are selling. And face it - when you hear comments like you refer to... ... that is campaigning, as ugly as in the political realm.
  3. 2018 Rules proposals

    You tell cowtown to speak only for himself... and then, in the very next sentence, you speak on behalf of thousands of fans? What makes you so special?
  4. 2018 Rules proposals

    I guess you have not seen one of these automated mixing boards in action. Select the desired preset, and 32 channel faders move in response. Some corps use this feature to tweak the levels a hundred times over the course of one performance. Dialing back the electronics is not hard. Persuading the sound board operator is the hard part. It is not in their nature to dial themselves back.
  5. As opposed to what? A system where insurers have to at least break even, and whatever costs the insured person does not pay are absorbed by the federal government and states (i.e. taxpayers), the practitioners and hospital that served them, those who donate, etc. The burden may only shift to different line items on the same ledgers. One could also make the case that insurance, like any middleman, adds a layer of expense to the entire system... or that it disengages consumers from direct bill paying, comparison shopping, negotiation, and all the other market forces that ordinarily keep prices from ballooning out of control. In any case, not expecting this aspect of the law to affect drum corps in any new way.
  6. The DCI demographic to which you refer is not just "young people". I would say it is more like "young adults with competitive marching band experience, and their parents". That distinction matters because: a. The "young people" are old enough to work. b. The marching band activity we recruit from is overwhelmingly skewed away from impoverished areas, toward more affluent communities. c. Some of these "young people" bring the financial support and interest of their parents along with them. So generally speaking, the "young people" of DCI are not the least economically well-off.
  7. I could argue over the politically biased "studies" being flung around right now. But instead, let us assume everything you say is true. I would still contend that the market DCI serves will have more disposable income. If they have more money with which to make drum corps related purchases, pay dues, or donate... but donating is disincentivized, then the activity should focus on growing its fan base and membership revenues in anticipation of that possible 4.5% decline in donor revenue.
  8. 2018 Rules proposals

    By including what you want among the criteria on the sheets. In this case, clarification would be required that "simultaneous demand" does not mean one section of the corps running while another section plays hard stuff - but rather, the same people doing demanding visual work and playing demanding music simultaneously.
  9. 2018 Rules proposals

    I am only relating how I read what Stu posted. Maybe he will elaborate. Unless you consider 9th "pretty close to the top", caption balance was quite different BITD. Title contenders sometimes had weak captions, and caption winners could come from down in the pack, or even among the prelim cuts (i.e. 1977 Oakland Crusaders). Nowadays, where a larger pool of staff talent consolidate among a smaller pool of corps in a richer economic climate, caption imbalances like that rarely ever occur in the first place. However, that offers no explanation for when one of those normally balanced corps gives an uncharacteristically bad performance one day and scores as if nothing is amiss.
  10. The number of World Class Corps

    If you were to develop and market shows based on advance knowledge of who the "top 7" are going to be, in what ought to be a fair and unslotted contest, you would already have larger problematic forces in play. That said, it comes as no surprise that someone who can only devote X hours to watching a contest will want to see the best X hours of it, if they have the ability to choose. When there are preliminary/final rounds of competition, the finals will attract more simultaneous viewers. But the reason for that is the context established by the field of way-more-than-7 competitors, from which only the current best advanced to finals.
  11. 2018 Rules proposals

    I was in total agreement with you about evaluating and performing being different skill sets. But fresh input from people with that skill set would be priceless.
  12. 2018 Rules proposals

    I think he was saying the opposite - that "numbers management" contributes to the slotting phenomena.
  13. 2018 Rules proposals

    Or the reaction you describe above is a symptom of a hive mindset?
  14. 2018 Rules proposals

    Obviously, among the rest of the corps. You know - the vast majority of corps who are not moving relative to their competition, whose scores do not reflect the relative fluctuations that occur all over the place both in performance quality and design changes.
  15. 2018 Rules proposals

    Not exactly. A biased or inexperienced judge can still affect the overall results just as much when their ordinal is that much higher/lower than those of the other judges.