BRASSO

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  1. BRASSO

    2018 HYPE

    So are you saying there is Hype for Hpype taking place around Boston in 2018 ? (... haha )
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    2018 HYPE

    There used to be a Corps that had a lot of hype between 2000- 2007. They liked hype so much, they even decided on that name for themselves : H.Y.P.E. ( it stood for Hamilton Youth Performing Ensemble ) H.Y.P.E. was from Ontario, Canada and competed in DCI's Open Class. But alas, there is no more " Hype " H.Y.P. E. in 2007 :
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    How Far Is Too Far?

    I doubt it though. Corps can terminate these people for any number of reasons, and it would stand legal muster, imo. The biggest future threat to DCI and DCI Drum Corps isn't Corps being sued for wrongful termination lawsuits of a former staffer. Its victims of alleged crimes suing DCI and/ or DCI Corps for gross negligence with hires/retentions.
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    2018 Predictions

    Most non west Corps enjoy going out west. They love performing out there. West Coast audiences treat them well. I've personally never heard anyone say that going out there is somehow " a lesser experience ", so I really have no explanation for that, if thats what you've heard or seemingly implied in some quarters.
  5. Yup.. 2 at least.. maybe 3 or 4.
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    2018 Predictions

    Cost wise, going out west this year was a bridge too far for the Cadets. It was a financially prudent decision to scrap that initial plan.
  7. Too many questions ( 5 ), too little time. I'll keep it simple with the same reply to all 5 : " I don't know ". However, they're good questions to wonder about imo
  8. Simple answer ? He was ok.. until he was outed by the Philly Inquirer. If the Philly Inquirer did not reveal this guys sordid past, he'd still be there today. Moody also was using recent Crossmen female age outs as his summer " fling thing " squeeze. Not criminal in nature per se, but good grief, pretty sleazy behavior we've got to to admit. That Crossmen female age out saw his sexual dalliance with her as nothing but a summer's fling for him. He apparently got upset with her when she dropped him for an apparent more substantial relationship with a guy more her age. Moody did not like that. Even staffers at Crossmen, and at least one other DCI Corps Director apparently told Morrison that this Moody guy should not be there on the Crossmen's staff. Morrison, for whatever reasons, did not want to hear any more about it. The marchers and recent age outs may not have been entirely safe there, but Moody was safe so long as Morrison was in charge, and the print media wern't writing front page stories on Moody. . Morrison gambled on this Moody guy... and lost bigtime as a result. Morrison hurt DCI's brand with this hire, as well as probably the Crossmen's brand. Thats their just " punishment ", imo for this. They did it to themselves. All hiring and retention and " resignation " decisions have consequences. These did as well.
  9. They'd welcome you with open arms. hook'emCavies, as you are a terrific Cavaliers fan. Every Corps should have more fans of their favorite Corps that are just just like you.
  10. Who's " we " ? Morrison make an irresponsible decision here. Morrison might be an ok guy too, who really knows. I believe even Morrison has come around to that acknowledgement that his hire of Moody was an irresponsible one. " We " can only hope so anyway. Others in DCI warned him.. even another DCI Corps Director too. Morrison and DCI are now paying the consequences with the fall out of that irresponsible decision. It happened. So " we " ( DCI) hopefully learned not to make such irresponsible decisions to hire and then retain creeps like this ever again. Hopefully " we " ( DCI ) learned this. Recall, you garfield were in favor of " second chances " for creeps like this being hired and retained in DCI. You stated as much on here months ago re " second chances " for those that ( in your words ) " have paid their dues ". But DCI is now bearing the fall out from that risky and irresponsible thinking, as too many believed in such " second chances " for those that have had repetitive episodes of sexual misconduct with young students. The good news here is many now believe DCI Corps won't willfully and knowingly hire creeps with disgusting and perverted episodes like this ever again. There is nothing redemptive, nor enobling to willingly and knowingly put other people's children at high risk without their knowledge. That should go without saying. But then again, it appears that in some quarters( here on DCP anyway) it apparently DOES need to be said and reminded. If thats deemed sanctimonius by a few here, then so be it. The reminder will continue so long as unsuspecting youth and their parents are put at irresponsible and indefensible high risk like this. Count on it.
  11. Oh ya... the house cleaning has just plugged the vaccum cleaner into the wall socket, imo. The house is by no means clean yet, imo. Lots of vaccuming probably still remains throughout DCI/ WGI.
  12. Moving forward in DCI, sometimes others learn a hard valuable lesson for themselves that when you knowingly engage in risky behaviors, in this case knowingly hiring a guy found repeatedly sex texting a female H.S. student in the past, there is probably going to ultimately be some dire consequences for that irresponsible decision to hire. Now, most Corps won't want to have happen to them what just happened to the Crossmen, nor to DCI HQ,. Sometimes its not the legal that gets the right thing to get done. Its watching the bad consequences that came about with others that serves the same purpose, ie to get other Corps to act more responsibly on their future hires/ retentions. The likes of Moody won't be hired any time soon in DCI, imo. Now, if I'm wrong on this, then we'll probably see a Corps or two not adequately learning a hard lesson through observance here, and thus most likely they'll be in the same soup like this for themselves and THEIR Corps in the future too.
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    2018 Predictions

    I wish they both announced this way back on New Years Eve. That way I would've had have TWO excuses for drinking back then.
  14. In reality though, if the kid does not want to tell the parents his/ her grades, experiences, etc, the young adult, " 18+ ", can come up with the dough themselves for that adult like " experiences "of attendance at college. That'll get the " 18+ " young adult to sign that release pretty quickly, imo, Sign the release, or Dad/ Mom don't sign the school tuition checks.. and voila,.. problem solved.
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    How Far Is Too Far?

    Nobody said so, nor implied this either. So I don't even know why you brought such a number up( ie " hundreds " ) 1 is frankly" too many ", imo. Especially when it appears that more than 1 of them in DCI could have readily been prevented from occurring it now appears. Why are you even bringing up the issue of sexual predators being the youth preying upon adult staffers ? Is this what is happening in DCI ? is that why DCI is in the position it finds itself in ? If not, then why even bring this into the discussion ? The Youth arn't primarily the problem here, imo. All the victims were youth, or young staffers with no political power, stature, control, nor say in the matter. All the perpetrators were supervisory adults in positions of authority that maliciously violated that supervisory position of trust. And the ones who then later hired these untrustworthy creeps were likewise adults in supervisory positions over youth that should have known better than to hire them, then retain them.
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    How Far Is Too Far?

    No. I never mentioned statistics. At all.
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    How Far Is Too Far?

    So we don't get sidetracked here a bit... DCI does not have a problem with marchers on marchers doing bad things to one another. DCI Corps have done a good job in getting the bad behavior kids out of its ranks. It generally does not attract these types of youth to begin with. Its ranks are primarily filled with music majors and H.S. MB type kids. These are typically not your juvenile delinquents, nor your mentally unstabled. Those types of troubled youth are either in youth gangs, or are habitual friendless, loners,. Not typically the kid taking music lessons on a piano or a cello, or a trombone or a trumpet, for example. Of course there are some bad apples here and there found within DCI Drum Corps marching ranks. Whenever there are 3,000 or so youth in an activity like DCI Drum Corps, they'll be found such bad apples. But its a rarity. kids in WGI and in DCI are not doing damage to others so that it becomes a big problem. The current focus, as it should be, are the young that are in potential risk of getting into trouble thru their association with adults in supervisory capacities. Thats where the biggest risk to youth and the vulnerable lie. Youthful marchers doing DCI Drum Corps in the summer are in far better safer environments in their summer tours than they are sitting in any school classroom or gymnasium in America in 2018. Youth on Youth damage to one another with DCI participation by Youth is very low risk. The troubled kids today are usually not finding DCI participation attractive to them. They don't want to bust their arse in DCI Drum Corps, lets face it. The very few that are, are usually weeded out for the most part pretty quickly in DCI Drum Corps. So as we discuss here on DCP today DCI / WGI youthful marchers who ( as DCP poster Guardling brought up here above) " go after adult staffers " to try and have sex with them, or are at a high risk of doing sexual assault with other similarly aged youth, lets all recognize that right now the focus is where it should be, ie making sure that DCI weeds out the adults in supervisory staff positions that are FAR more of a risk to youth in Drum Corps, than are youth on youth, or Youth " going after adult staffers" to entice them into sex with that adult staffer. Finally. the people that have embarrassed DCI were not enticed by any youthful person. They all told the adult in a supervisory position to stop. Thats clear on here, right ?. In EVERY case reported by the Philly Inquirer, the sexual predator was the adult person with the power over the younger marcher and/ or much younger staffer. THATS what got DCI Drum Corps in trouble here... not youthful predatory behaviors on the part of the young toward adults. The young were VICTIMS. And they were not victims of predatory behaviors/ sexual assaults on the part of other useful marchers either. So as we discuss youth doing damage to other youth, or to adults. lets not get sidetracked into what it is that has DCI on the front pages of the national media at the moment... as it sure as heck is not the DCI youthful marchers that are causing the big problem for DCI at the moment.
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    Cadets 2018

    Another:
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    Cadets 2018

    Cadets hard at work at practice :
  20. The Couchmen sometimes get an undeserved bad rep for those who choose to sit with them. They're pretty good however I'm told, if you bring along a full cooler. If true, thats not asking too much, imo. Don't sit with the INT folks though at any show. All of 'em get up in the middle of every show, and want to crawl over your your shoes and knees as they exit your aisle and you can't see a darn thing on the field. Very rude, imo
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    2018 HYPE

    " Hype 2018 " eventually gives way to reality. It does every year actually. Corps in preseason are overhyped, then the reality sets in and the hype was found to be mainly unwarranted. Other times, Corps are not hyped at all, or very little, and they surprise us. This too happens most years. With Show Designs and the Visuals/ Guard being so important now on the sheets than perhaps ever before, it really just becomes just a ' wish list " on any preseason hype on any Corps. Corps have not put the Visuals even on the field as of yet... lol. Corps can even be improved in brass/ percussion/ guard over last season's edition, and yet be surpassed by others near them in placements, as another or two will have shown to have improved a bit more, and perhaps with a better show design thats executed better once its on the field. Most years now, the Corps that wins the Ott ( best brass line) or the Sanford ( best percussion line ) does not win DCI. Sometimes these caption winners don't even medal. Other years, the DCI Champion has a subpar percussion line ( not even in the top 5 ) and yet wins a DCI Championship that season for themselves. So I really don't place much stock in preseason hype, or lack therof, for any of these Corps... especially given the fact that none of these Corps have even put the Visuals on any practice football field yet, let alone in any competition show. And does it really matter in the end if the Blue Devils are hyped too much, or too little in the preseason ?... haha!
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    How Far Is Too Far?

    On the surface it would seem so to me as well. The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. Time will tell us if these new policies and procedures being implemented have real teeth in them, or merely window dressing. I think it'll be the former, but we'll see.
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    How Far Is Too Far?

    I agree. Morrison/ Moody was brought into this thread discussion ( by a DCP mod no less ) and is probably not germaine to the more generalized questions for us by the OP. I read the OP's initial comment above in detail, and he does not refer to any persons in DCI at all actually. He asks us for our general observations and assessments moving forward here on what DCI might consider, and what we deem proper, or perhaps going to far... in general terms, not named persons.
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    How Far Is Too Far?

    If they thought he was a good hire, they'd have kept him on, and justfied Moody's hire and retention there for years and years. Instead, this bad hire and bad retention of Moody's came back to bite them in the azz. The Crossmen essentially rolled the dice on this guy... and ultimately lost big time. And the embarrassment of the hire and retention of this Moody wound up a huge national embarrassment to the entire DCI community itself. The departure of Moody became of course a CYA action as well. but it was the HIRE back in 2010 of Moody that set in motion where the Crossmen and DCI finds itself today, make no mistake about it. If KNOWN former sexual predators with histories like his were not HIRED in the first place, then the name of Moody could never be misspelled by me, nor more importantly, ever become the hire and retention embarrassment that he has ultimately become to the Crossmen and to the entire DCI community itself today..
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    How Far Is Too Far?

    Moody I meant. ( but you knew that )