TRacer

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TRacer last won the day on December 30 2016

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About TRacer

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  • Birthday February 20

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    West Coast Express, Valley Fever, SCV, KAC, & FAC
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Our Lady of Reynolds Wrap Kadets
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    87 SCV, 93 SOI, '13 Crown
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    Before synths and "all key" horns
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    Male
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    Kailua, Hawaii (Island of Oahu)
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    Drag racing (built, tune, & drive my own car), motorcycling (old skool short chop I built), mountain biking, being an active dad, Widmer Hefeweizen

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  1. Sam, that is why I specifically said those solo years might conceivably be marked with a “dreaded asterisk” (like USC 2005, or Louisville basketball), because I would not want the * ‘85 title * (which I do not make “________ still has my ring!” remarks about on DCP, even in utter jest) awarded to me in that fashion either. You aren’t the only the one who aged out taking 2nd to the Maroon Team. Aloha, Morgan (the guy who shot pool with you along with Matt D. and Ron H. after the BD/SCV Alumni gig in 2007.)
  2. DCI assessing a fine would be a tough call but I could see alumni coming together to address that ob$tacle. I see more “sting” in the form of He Who Shall Not Be Named’s HOF induction being revoked. Championships being vacated would be another blow with no “new winner” declared in solo years (e.g., ‘87, ‘90, ‘93, etc.) and instead being noted with the dreaded asterisk while the “tie year” (‘00) would revert to the co-champion. Before I get flamed please note that while drastic this idea is not without precedent in college athletics, and since DCI bills itself as “Marching Music’s Major Leagues” internationally then drastic may be in order.
  3. I prefer to think of it as they’ve dug a mighty tall hole to climb.
  4. As I was sitting on the bus this morning commuting to my office several thoughts ran through my mind: — We’re probably going to see movement away from slinky Spandex costuming and uniforms. My son who marched SCVC in 2016 & 2017 would probably support this; he liked the “traditional” SCV uni he wore for the ‘17 Rose Parade a lot better. — Less sexual themes in shows (new show themes: “A Return to Modesty”; “#MeThree”) — Footage of ‘87 or ‘89 VK’s incredibly-over-the-top “Girl In White Bikini & White Pumps” gag during closer deleted from the Web. — I’ve been in the insurance industry since ‘88, and if I were the VPs of Claims or Commercial Underwriting of the insurance carrier(s) who wrote the General Liability and Umbrella of the organization at the focus of this thread I’d #### well pull that file now and keep it close at hand, because they’re gonna need it. This is similar to long term claims like Roman Catholic Church, various school districts or PSU where multiple occurrences took place over many years. Start reserving now....
  5. I marched the Red Team back in the mid-80s and my son is in his 3rd year with SCVC this year/5th year in DCI with 3 to go after ‘18. I’ve also instructed at the DCI level. The current chairman of the SCV BOD whom I marched with BITD sent a broadcast email to all of us SCV parents at 5:30 PM CA time today acknowledging the news about YEA and spelling out in no uncertain terms the SCV organization’s zero-tolerance stance regarding harassment. In addition, his message provided a link to SCV’s whistleblower policy for reinforcement. Someone mentioned a “change in show” theme about 50 pages back— if that ever happens it darn well better NOT be “Thoughts & Prayers: A Difficult Time” with Thoughts represented by maroon or black uniforms and Prayers by white. Here’s a really kooky thought I just had after my 4th glass of red wine: all championships under GH’s leadership would be forfeited. 8-O
  6. My son is in his 3rd year with SCVC’s trumpet section this year and has a camp on his birthday next month. For reference, he is 17 and began marching DC at age 12. He resides in So Cal, and I instructed him his first year. He auditioned for “just” SCVC (they wear color coded bracelets) at the huge joint A & Cadet Corps camp in Los Angeles in December 2017 but impressed the staff enough that he was asked to attend the January A-Corps call back camp. My understanding is he was one of five Cadet Corps asked to do so. He traveled to Indy in January and auditioned for BStars. That was during the Weather Hell taking place, and he didn’t get to their camp until after midnight Friday Indy time. He had been traveling since 6AM and hadn’t gone to school that day. He called me from the Indy airport late Sunday night (I live in Hawaii) to report he had missed a brass spot by 1-2 spots. He had never marched Stars’ style before as his HS marching band also marches Cavaguard style since his band director is a Cavies alum from their 3-peat years. All things considered, he thought he did pretty well. To any BS alums reading this, he loved the experience. I spoke to him last week and learned none of the SCVC folks made it. He was blown away at the talent. To the original poster, I marched that SCV ‘84 brass line against Sam/84 BD Sop (I did the ‘07 gig, Sam; we shot pool at the bar together) and got to hold the Ott Trophy in my hands; it was the best moment of my DC career. The second best moment was seeing Bonnie Ott-Thompson’s face in 2011 when i told her in person at a restaurant in Huntington Beach, CA what an honor it was to hold “her brother’s trophy”. She gasped, and her eyes welled up with tears. It was then I really understood. Edit. Vince Noble left Madison after ‘84 and followed his sister to SCV ‘85 where he aged out marching next to me. He’s on the DVD closeup with me during the push in Tenderland. Man I miss his sense of humor. Vince, RIP. .
  7. What Would You Do......

    It was with some misgivings that I went back to SCV for my age out year in ‘85. I should have listened to my instincts and marched elsewhere, or not at all. It wasn’t the Finals night result, it was the run up *during* rehearsal earlier that day that “colored the landscape” (so to speak) and by 4 PM Finals Day I just wanted it all to be over. I pretty much performed that night on auto-pilot, and it’s obvious in my facial expression on the field camera closeup. The 0.8 swing in brass score (we were up 0.4 over BD & GC in Semis but 0.4 below them in Finals) and the subsequent High CG caption award announcement gaffe just capped it.
  8. In this situation, more like quotation marks. :D
  9. When my son got into DCI at age 12, both his mother (BK & VK alum) and I joked about the old adage that “whatever happens on the bus, stays on the bus.” As I read some of the other posts on this topic I kept hearing, “Are we not men? (WE ARE DEVO!)”, which, by the way, Cavies should have used in ‘17.
  10. 2018 Blue Stars

    My son who is beginning his 5th year in DCI recently auditioned at Blue Stars’ Los Angeles camp on December 10th. He said the marching style was an adjustment for him after SCVC ‘16 & ‘17 but that overall he had a great experience and was invited to their January callback camp, so my thanks to their staff that came out!
  11. Old skool with the current 150 or old 128 members? If 150 and the hornlines stay the same size with the same quality of musicians as today but put on Gs.... RE: Jeff Molnar’s “Lowest placement in corps history” remark a few posts back...yes, that show *was* a bad idea; it shouldn’t have made the Top 10 that year IMO. On two occasions during late season I sat in front of their hornline arc during warmup and I just wanted to choke the staff.
  12. We'll have to see! His dad auditioned for BD at their December camp in 1980 and did great. Alas, his ride from Orange County at the time had to back out and his parents (who didn't know a thing about drum corps yet) weren't about to let their just-licensed 16 year old kid drive by himself to Concord. Mr. Downey was incredible.
  13. My son who returned from a very successful 2017 campaign with SCVC (he marched 2016 with them as well) plans on trying to make the leap to SCV-A when auditions hit in a few months. 2018 will already be his 5th season in corps...time has just flown by. He was at HS band camp 3 days after Finals-- unreal! His band director (a Cavies alum from their three-peat) worked with Cavies' visual staff this year so they both had really good summers. Guess what style their band marches...? Note to Xmen alums: he's already narrowed his 2018 WC audition choices to SC *and Bones ("Crossmen are really cool, Dad!") I still have my Xmen souvie T-shirt from '81...it's kinda thin now though, like a spandex uni-- oh, never mind!
  14. I gave up watching Finals due to the feed issues (after a flawlesss week!) myself and others experienced. The biggest buffering gap occurred during SCVs "call and answer" double tounging section with the small ensemble on the tables with the brass in a "V" in front...as the feed kept rebuffering I began to look closely at the image that remained frozen on the screen until Devil's rifle line stepped off. I understand the reasoning behind the costuforms SCV wore, but the spandex tops made almost all the guys look overweight and out of shape with sunken chests and I couldn't help but think "Big Belly Crew". I hope SCV rethinks this in 2018.
  15. Thank you for the VK clip...exactly. Some of the comments I've read remind me why I'm a charter member of the National Organization Of the Offended by the Offended, or NOOOO!