Fran Haring

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About Fran Haring

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  • Birthday 06/21/1958

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Sacred Heart Crusaders (Manville, NJ) 1971-1976; Sunrisers 1977-1982. PA announcer at various drum corps and band shows, including DCA Championships, since 1983.
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    1977. A magical year for the Sunrisers. The corps' first DCA title.
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    Baltimore, Maryland

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  1. "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."
  2. I would think things tend to even out over time, regarding which corps has won or lost a given championship. You could make a case for Cadets losing a title or two that they won (1987 and 1993 come to mind)... and maybe they could have won a title or two that went the other way. So...whatever the circumstances, the fact remains the Cadets have won a boatload of DCI titles.
  3. Wow....very sorry for your loss, Jim.
  4. What Chris said earlier.... a tough choice, three great shows. I gotta give the edge to "West Side Story" in 1987. Saw them perform this at a show in NJ... unbelievably powerful and emotional. For my money, the best drum corps WSS production I've seen. (Cadets 1984 is a very close second.)
  5. I heard BAC was going to bring in someone from the Atlanta Falcons to give the corps advice on how to finish the season strong, but then...
  6. Good point. I know DCA is not DCI... it's a different animal, part-time vs. full-time, among other differences... but having been around DCA for a long time, and also knowing at least a little bit about DCI, I can tell you there are any number of great designers and teachers on the DCA side who easily could do, and have done, DCI work at a high level. Some of those folks work/have worked for championship-winning corps in both circuits (Gino is one who comes to mind).... some are happy staying with the all-age side of drum corps life. NOT saying anyone here is thinking along these lines... but working for DCA, or a DCA corps, does not mean you're a know-nothing knuckle-dragger. OK... I might fit that description, but still... Whether Bobby proves to be a good fit for the Cadets... well... I can't predict the future. If I could, I'd be picking winning lottery numbers instead of spending time around drum corps. LOL
  7. I know DCA's Buccaneers certainly are happy to have him back. LOL. Arguably the best in the business... or at the very least, on the "very best" short list, for sure.
  8. Good point... and we shall see, as the saying goes. LOL. One thing... Bobby's work with the Buccaneers and Caballeros... he's been known for doing a good job at staging. All the elements in the right place at the right time.
  9. LOL Andy!!! Heck, there are times I have trouble remembering my own name!!!
  10. Same here, George... we were both quite fortunate. Over the years, I become convinced that Tom Swan could teach any human being how to play a brass instrument and play it fairly well. His track record of taking local-circuit corps horn lines (Saints, Bridgemen, Black Watch, etc.) and turning them into national contenders speaks for itself.
  11. Still trying to figure out what connection the Caballeros and Bridgemen had to what the Muchachos did or did not do in 1976. LOL. I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the Cabs did not pick up a significant number of members for 1976 from the 1975 Muchachos. And while the Cabs did win the DCA championship in '76 to complete a nearly-undefeated season... it wasn't as if they came out of nowhere with an influx of junior corps (Muchachos) members to do so. They lost DCA Finals in '75 by less than two tenths to the Skyliners, and won the DCA title in 1972, '73 and '74.
  12. The Caballeros lost the Providence, RI, show to the Sunrisers in 1976. Bridgemen did not take a year off. They had a rough season in 1975... among other things, they did not attend DCI championships in Philadelphia... but they were still competing.
  13. Yep... Buccaneers and Hawthorne Caballeros with DCA... also wrote drill for DCA's Sunrisers the past couple of seasons.
  14. Man... how does any corps survive with only 70 horns??? LOL
  15. Heck... then I could join and not have to pay for a uni!!!