Michael Boo

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About Michael Boo

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  • Birthday 10/05/1955

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    The Cavaliers 1975, 1976, 1977 / Cavaliers Alumni Corps 2008
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    Northwest Indiana
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    Architecture, composing, creative writing, cheese

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  1. Sync rights.......

    This is something I wrote that never got published. The challenges of music licensing (And what really happened with “Empire State of Mind”) By Michael Boo Music licensing seems like an increasingly annoying problem for corps. Just this past season, Madison Scouts’ popular closer, “Empire State of Mind” had to be blacked out on the DCI DVDs because the corps couldn’t secure mechanical licensing rights. (More about what really happened later.) DCI corps aren’t the only entities running into music licensing difficulties. Last month, Burger King had to pull a commercial with singer Mary J. Blige over rights and earlier in the year, former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was sued by the owner of the “Rocky III” theme song, “Eye of the Tiger,” for using the work without permission at campaign rallies. A brief history of how we got to where we are The way music is produced has changed dramatically since digital media has taken over. Madison Scouts’ arranger Robert W. Smith states, “The record companies lost the keys to the kingdom as soon as the first CD was pressed. It wasn’t all that long ago that Napster and other file sharing services were under attack for causing record companies to lose a lot of money.” But now, according to Smith, the music companies are “almost giving away the music,” making their money through concerts and merchandising…even receiving a share of the beverages sold at concerts. Much more so than before, licensing is a cash cow for the holders of music copyrights. In DCI’s earlier years, corps didn’t have to worry about licensing and didn’t pay the statutory rate for mechanical licenses. Corps have gone from barely being a blip on these companies’ radars to becoming very much a part of their income stream. (Popular speculation that the move from G bugles to B-flat horns was responsible for increased licensing issues is an unfounded myth.) While corps must receive permission to arrange a piece of music, mechanical licenses are not required for live or audio broadcasts. However, they kick in once a performance is recorded for sale to the public. (Why is it called a “mechanical” license? The name originated from the use of mechanical machines that used to copy the recordings.) Additional problems arise with synchronization licenses, which are required when pre-recorded audio is fixed to a moving visual image…something that occurs in television shows and commercials…and DCI DVDs. Such a license is not required for live performances, which is why those who attended DCI’s “Big, Loud & Live 7” Quarterfinals broadcast were able to enjoy watching Scouts’ “Empire State of Mind” in its entirety. That is where things become more difficult for those requesting a synch license. A publisher has the right to say “no” for whatever reason. Which leads us to… What really happened with “Empire State of Mind” Until now, drum corps fans blamed a variety of sources as the problem for why Madison Scouts couldn’t obtain the synch rights to “Empire State of Mind,” which resulted in the blackout on the DVDs. Rap artist Jay-Z was often blamed for this, as he is the original recording artist. “In our case,” according to Smith, “State Farm Insurance knew well in advance that on 9/11/11, they were going to put out a nationwide television commercial using ‘Empire State of Mind’ as the central statement, with school kids singing the song at a New York City firehouse. It was in the best interest of the insurance company to obtain exclusivity and they paid a lot of money to get it. If someone else in the popular media had come out using the piece, it would have lessened the impact. “I tried assisting Scouts by using my channels in the publishing industry to get the synch rights, but I kept getting the same answer. When someone turns down a request for a synch license, they just say ‘no’ and that’s it. The reason for our problems became abundantly clear the moment I saw the commercial on September 11, 2011, understanding why utmost confidentiality had to be maintained. Generally, such exclusivity lasts a year and is so expensive because the publisher can’t make money from anyone else during that time.” Madison Scouts Executive Director Chris Komnick recounts, “By the time the publisher gave us the definitive ‘no,’ we were already into May. We made the decision that the music in the live show was more important than the DVD and so we decided not to change the last third of the show. We thought they were telling us ‘no’ because it was such a hot piece of property at the time. It typically isn’t that hard to get such licensing. “We are continuing to pursue the licensing of “Empire State of Mind” with the expectation that the synch rights will eventually be granted. We’re hoping that sometime in the future, we can make available a full recording of our ‘New York Morning’ show in conjunction with DCI.”
  2. Oktobercorps

    All former drum corps members in and from Canada (or who want to participate in something very special) are invited to be part of "Oktobercorps," which will be featured in the 50th Anniversary of the Kitchener-Waterloo Octoberfest, one of the largest such celebrations outside of Germany. This will involve the all-star drum corps marching in the annual Thanksgiving Day parade that runs concurrent with the festival. The parade will happen on Monday, October 8. An all-star staff will be working with the corps. You can read about them on the linked website. There is also a sign-up list on the site, which you can utilized to get more info about the corps even if you're not sure you'll be able to march. https://oktobercorps.com
  3. I'm not crazy about the idea, but please keep in mind both "Ben Hur" with Charlton Heston and "The Maltese Falcon" with Humphrey Bogart were remakes.
  4. Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford. Memorial visitation 3 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Phantom Regiment, 420 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
  5. Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford. Memorial visitation 3 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Phantom Regiment, 420 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
  6. Dr. Dan Richardson passes

    Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford. Memorial visitation 3 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Phantom Regiment, 420 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
  7. Dr. Dan Richardson passes

    Dr. Dan was one of the most beautiful souls to ever grace our activity. He was genuinely kind, supportive, and loving.
  8. Bluecoats = one word. Don't make me come over there. (I can't believe I'm still fighting this battle.)
  9. 2017 Open Class Championships - Aug 8

    What were the scores announced before Guardians?
  10. Folks, I just wanted to clarify something that’s been floating around so there’s no confusion when we get to the day of the DCI World Championships Prelims. Please share with others so everyone’s on the same page and there are no surprises when we get to August 10. Some of you may have been informed that Flo Marching is live streaming a webcast of the entire Prelims show, right on through Fathom Events’ broadcast of the Big, Loud & Live 14 theater broadcast. Please be aware this is NOT the case. As before, the last 15 corps in Prelims WILL NOT be streamed live. However, you will still be able to see all the corps that will be performing in Semifinals and Finals via the FloMarching webcast.
  11. No. I tried donating it to a local theater group for their prop department and even they didn't want it.
  12. I've long claimed that Joel Alleyne of Etobicoke Oakland Crusaders (DCI Worlds Finalist 1975-1977) was the best and most crowd-oriented drum major I've ever seen. I've written such in a column I do for another website.
  13. fanfare for the new

    I've recently bought a CD with a rendition I never knew existed. It's the first track on the CD and it's a really outstanding performance. This CD also has the original recording of "Bully," performed by Chicago Cavaliers in 1965, 1966. 1967, 1969, and 1970, and also by Cavaliers Anniversary Corps in 2008. http://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/1128364/audio-recordings
  14. 1997 as well. Listen to the beginning of Magic of Orlando's show.