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  1. Thank you for sharing your opinion. You have to understand that we're in a difficult position as a corps when it comes to hype vs. no hype. We have taken a low key approach in some years on DCP and other outlets. But then we hear from fans, alumni and supporters (often loud & clear) that we should be doing more to hype things up for the upcoming season. At the same time, there's plenty of posts like yours that would tend to suggest that we should be doing the exact opposite. It's that awkward spot between a rock and a hard spot... and we've done a great job as an organization of wedging ourselves in there over the years. When all is said and done, we do our best to communicate what's happening with the corps in a positive manner. At times is there hype or spin? You bet... That's part of marketing/PR for almost any organization or business. At times do we inadvertently "step in it"? Yes, we do. But so do a lot of other businesses & organizations. Feel free to Google "social media fails" for prime examples. In the end - there isn't an exact science to how we (or any other corps) should approach things. Everyone has a different opinion, and I can say with 100% certainty that we will never appease everyone.
  2. Having a larger staff doesn't automatically mean better, but it does allow us to more effectively rotate staff on and off tour like many of the corps already do. An effective rotation guarantees that the corps will have more instructional staff on tour and available to work with the members at all times. That in itself will provide a better educational experience for our members.
  3. Andy Grindle has put together a world class brass staff with the intention of teaching a world class horn line. We have 45 brass players registered for our first camp in two weeks, with more expected to come. This is a sizable increase from first camp last year and speaks volumes about what Andy and staff have been able to do in a couple short months. Our visual & guard staff are also larger than previous years with plenty of new talent: https://pioneer-corps.org/staff/visual.html https://pioneer-corps.org/staff/color-guard.html
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    Sign the Petition

    This link explains the 21 databases that comprise NCIC. The Interstate Identification Index, which contains automated criminal history record information, is accessible through the same network as NCIC. https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/ncic One important thing to note: The entry, modification, and removal of records are the responsibility of the agency that entered them. In other words, NCIC is only as good as the data provided by law enforcement agencies nationwide. Some law enforcement agencies do not have NCIC certification, or have lost it due to misuse or abuse. Other states do not send all of their criminal data for various reasons.
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    2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    Pioneer's 2018 Brass Arranger: Rob Stein https://pioneer-corps.org/news/794-meet-pioneer-s-2018-brass-arranger-rob-stein.html
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    2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    Andy Grindle replaces Randall Bennett as Pioneer Brass Caption Head. Randall stepped down after 6 years with the corps to focus on his career, and we wish him nothing but the best!
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    2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    Since the news is out... meet the entire 2018 Pioneer brass staff! https://pioneer-corps.org/staff/brass.html
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    What I learned from a day with Pioneer

    Thank you for sharing your observation and experiences! Words cannot describe how appreciative we are for the kind words!
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    2017 World Championships Prelims - Aug 10

    Hopefully everyone enjoyed Pioneer's 2017 production! Just a quick reminder that we're still trying to raise funds to help the corps recover from an incident last month that totaled the RV used by our staff and administration. As of today, we're only 10% to our goal of $30,000. Any amount that you can contribute would be greatly appreciated. Get more information on how you can help at the link: https://www.chuffed.org/project/pioneer-staff-camper-vehicle -OR- Click Here to Donate Via PayPal
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    Pioneers need our help

    DCI gave the campaign a little push today via social media, which has helped push us closer to the $3,000 mark. The combined total (Chuffed + donations made via PIO website) stands at $2,868. We also have a few people that have committed to sending in checks to the corps office. Those are not included in the total at this point until the corps has a chance to receive & process them. If you would like to help, here are the links: https://www.chuffed.org/project/pioneer-staff-camper-vehicle -OR- Click Here to Donate Via PayPal
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    Pioneers need our help

    Not much activity in the past couple days. The total at the moment stands at $2,655.
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    Pioneers need our help

    The total raised has now reached $2,445.
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    Pioneers need our help

    The total as of this evening is up to $2,145. Thank you to everyone that has contributed so far!
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    Pioneers need our help

    We have added a combined total to our home page that shows the overall donations received (manually updated several times throughout the day). As of this evening, the total stands at $1,970. The corps could really use additional support...
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    A Second Call

    Thank you Stu for the second call! There are two ways that you can contribute: https://www.chuffed.org/project/pioneer-staff-camper-vehicle -OR- https://pioneer-corps.org/contribute/make-a-donation.html I will continue to provide updates on the progress as often as I can.
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    Pioneers need our help

    This is a fair question. While the vehicle was properly insured, insurance will only provide us with a fair market value for the RV. That amount likely will not cover the cost of a replacement RV. In addition, the cost of the 5 cranes & manpower required to recover the RV may not be fully covered by insurance (the costs may exceed what the insurance company deems to be a "reasonable cost").
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    Pioneers need our help

    Thank you to everyone that has contributed so far. In addition to the $995 raised through Chuffed, we have also received $400 in contributions via our website. As previously mentioned in this thread, you can also contribute direct to the corps using this link: https://pioneer-corps.org/contribute/make-a-donation.html
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    Marvelous Minnesota, July 8

    They really do have fun with the show. It's a great group of kids, and they're enjoying every minute of it!
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    Marvelous Minnesota, July 8

    Evansville on June 28 was the first show with the new guard uniforms.
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    Pioneer 2016

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps (Milwaukee, WI) has these immediate openings in our transportation department: Coach Bus Driver The corps is in need of one additional coach bus driver. This driver will be responsible for transporting our members & staff between cities on the DCI tour. Interested individuals must have class B CDL (Commercial Driver's License), along with endorsements for airbrakes and passengers. Van Driver The corps is in need of at least one additional driver with a standard license and good driving record. This driver will be responsible for driving the corps van (with trailer attached) between cities on the DCI tour. Interested? Contact Roman Blenski as soon as possible for additional information: 414-333-2235
  21. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps (Milwaukee, WI) has these immediate openings in our transportation department: Coach Bus Driver The corps is in need of one additional coach bus driver. This driver will be responsible for transporting our members & staff between cities on the DCI tour. Interested individuals must have class B CDL (Commercial Driver's License), along with endorsements for airbrakes and passengers. Van Driver The corps is in need of at least one additional driver with a standard license and good driving record. This driver will be responsible for driving the corps van (with trailer attached) between cities on the DCI tour. Interested? Contact Roman Blenski as soon as possible for additional information: 414-333-2235
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    Is there a Corps Member Open Spot thread?

    Pioneer still has spots available in most sections. We have a camp next weekend, March 11 to 13 in the Milwaukee area. Get more info: www.pioneer-corps.org/2016
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    Countdown to 2015 Audition Weekend

    Just to clarify Pioneer's camp/audition schedule... Our first audition/rehearsal camp is January 9th-11th, 2015 in the Milwaukee area. The corps will not be having any full weekend camps prior to that date. Auditions will continue into our February Camp and possibly March depending on the needs of each section. There is a possibility that we will be holding satellite audition events in other regions. Details for those events are still being worked out. Stay tuned to our website & social media for future announcements regarding these events.
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    WWI and WWII shows

    Pioneer's 1993 show was based on World War I: "1917" Over There Tramp, Tramp, Tramp My Bonny Boy Far and Away
  25. Pioneer came out there in 2001. It was a great time!