Fran Haring

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  1. Finals Format

    That would be a cool name for a rock band!!! LOL
  2. 14 percent.... definitely an "I'm not driving anywhere" brew!!!! LOL Sounds delicious. I'll take your recommendation!!! I have one more bottle left of "Heart of Darkness" Stout from Magic Hat. It's a limited release... hard to find, I'm lucky I did. Brenda and I tried it a couple of years ago at an event we were at and loved it... haven't found it since until now. Quite robust... great for the colder evenings. Only 5.7 percent ABV, but a lot of flavor.
  3. Cadets 2018

    Did Cadets go on last in 1986? I didn't see that show, so I have no idea.
  4. Cadets 2018

    I didn't know that rule/tradition was still in place by then. I thought it went away sometime in the 1970s. I know it was gone on the DCA side by 1976.
  5. Congratulations to all... great Class of 2017!!!
  6. And if you're old, I must be speaking from beyond the grave!!!
  7. Do you mean everyone... or EVERYONE??? (RAMD memories of "She Who Shall Not Be Named"... LOL)
  8. Gotta be honest... that would be pretty wild, in a good way. Virtually endless possibilities, I would think!!!
  9. "Fastball, down the middle of the plate... and Stu hits it out of the park!!!!"
  10. A great lady. Truly the First Lady of New York State drum corps.
  11. I hear that. I think of the guys who started the Hawthorne Caballeros after the war... Jim Costello, George Hayek, and the rest. It had to help them to be able to get together and talk about their mutual wartime experiences, and then focus on their shared drum corps backgrounds and where they wanted to go with their brand-new corps. A true brotherhood.
  12. Cadets 2018

    We did a halftime exhibition at a NY Jets game at Shea Stadium, December of 1981... and the plastic mouthpiece I used was the only reason my lips didn't shatter. LOL. That day was the #### coldest I've ever been in my entire life. With the wind whipping into Shea... brutal.
  13. Great article, Frank... and nice to hear more about that young man. That German officer... even in the fog of war, good deeds can be done. My Uncle Leo... my mom's brother... was an Army Ranger in WWII. He was one of the men who scaled the cliffs on D-Day. Fortunately, he survived the war... but, by all accounts from my family members, came home a changed man. Quiet, withdrawn... never the same as he was before leaving for Europe. The price of victory, I suppose.
  14. 2018 Show Announcent/Rumors?

    Or, if Cadets do this show, to the right.
  15. All the credit in the world to the band kids who suit up in the cold weather, like the weather that is forecast for this weekend in the East. When I marched corps, I definitely preferred warm weather. The warmer, the better. Heck... that is still the case with me. LOL
  16. Besides DCI Championships........

    1970 and 1971 VFW Nationals were great shows. Keith, I'm with you on the U.S. Open. Marched there a couple of times and was a spectator for part of another one. Not always a "best of the best" lineup... but the atmosphere in Marion was awesome!!! The town rolled out the red carpet for the corps, and the crowd was always fired up. The World Open in 1971... my first year marching junior corps, my corps missed finals (by a lot... LOL) so we got to see the night show as fans. A great night for drum corps... all the big guns from that year were there. It was the first time I had seen corps like Santa Clara Vanguard, Anaheim Kingsmen, Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Blue Stars, Argonne Rebels, among others... and I was blown away.
  17. I hear ya... if what I'm seeing among the corps in, say, the 10-17 range is "diminished quality"... I would love to be in a corps of such "diminished quality." LOL. The depth and quality of DCI's top division, in terms of talent and performance levels, has never been better, IMO. Today's 15th-place corps would have been a rock-solid finalist not too many years ago.
  18. Wasn't the G7 proposal, at least in part, an attempt to create "super corps" of larger size, perhaps? Or maybe I'm completely off base. Either way... ducking for cover now... LOL
  19. Same here during my time, Mike. Some things never change.
  20. Sign the Petition

    Just a slight correction here.... but the man in question was director of that corps before 1975... had been in that position since before the DCI era began.
  21. Sign the Petition

    Fair points... and I have no problem whatsoever with you starting the petition, it's a topic that certainly is important... but I just hope you're not inadvertently muddying the waters here by petitioning some folks who might be wondering why the heck they are named, or angered by that. Sometimes a laser works better than a buckshot-loaded shotgun, so to speak.
  22. Sign the Petition

    I still don't get why Dan Potter's name and the other gentleman's name are on the petition. Seems like just a random "toss out a couple of names" thing here. My personal opinion... this petition would have much more credibility if it were directed solely at the DCI front office (Dan Acheson and the crew) and the DCI board of directors. I don't think either Dan Potter or the other gentleman are in a position to change any rules. Can't speak for them, of course. Hey... I've worked many DCA events for more than 30 years. I guess you could say that, as a show announcer for that circuit for many years, I've been "visible." Like Dan Potter or Brandt are "visible" on the DCI side. Associated with the circuit, if you will. But I would be quite puzzled (and honestly, more than a bit annoyed if this happened without my permission) if I were named in any petition having anything to do with DCA... since I have absolutely no authority, clout, inside information, pull, or whatever you want to call it, when it comes to the circuit, or its member corps, adopting or changing any rules/policies/procedures, etc. Again, I can't speak for him... but I wonder if Dan (Potter) might be feeling the same way here. If not, my apologies for bringing up his name in this post.
  23. Cadets 2018

    Cadets recruiting pitch for that show: "Take a chance on us"
  24. 2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    How dare you post any staff announcements here.