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About Rufus67

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Sunrisers 1985,86,88
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    Madison Scouts, Cadets, Atlanta CV, Sunrisers
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Cadets, 1987
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  1. Rufus67

    Madison Scouts 2018

    Well, I expected this kind of reaction this morning from the Negative Nancies and got it. You all have a nice rest of the season as I'm done reading the vomitous bile you see fit to spew here on the DCP boards. I'll simply leave you with a couple of questions: Has your complaining changed anything with the Scouts now or in the past? Does complaining make you feel any better? Do you think your complaining makes any reader feel better or more informed? If you answered "No" to any of those questions I'd suggest you turn the mirror on yourself rather than the current administration, show designers, instructional staff, or marching members. I'm not talking about your "right" to complain, mind you, simply the efficacy of it. Good day to you all and hope you find some peace. “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” ― Maya Angelou
  2. Rufus67

    Madison Scouts 2018

    Always with the negative waves Moriarty...
  3. Rufus67

    Couchmen 2018 Show Announcement

    This announcement has me so excited I almost couldn't take my morning nap!
  4. That's the thing that gets me the most about the activity (a mix of art/athleticism). Take figure skating - everyone knows if a performer falls during a routine they're not winning that day (unless other competitors fall more). During a drum corps performance where you see marchers out of step, using different marching styles, etc., and yet see them score higher in visual than other corps, it doesn't instill a lot of faith in the system (i.e., doesn't pass the eye test).
  5. Couple of steps: Define what "visual" caption means, specifically what's being evaluated and how by the judges (beyond the flowery language that explains each caption - give specifics regarding why one corp's visual is rated higher than another's) Make sure judges are evaluating based on what they see and not what they want to see (peer reviews, training, testing out, etc.) Make transparent their ratings and notes to keep them honest and inform the paying public Give up on the first three ever happening and just enjoy the shows - it'll never be defined and adjudicated to everyone's (anyone's?) satisfaction
  6. Had mine removed during the week while marching DCA and went to rehearsal the following weekend. Remember laying low (informed brass staff what was going on and why) during the day's rehearsal then, like the dumb-a$$ I was, got into the horn arc and thought "I'm feeling ok - let's try this triple forte chord!" Once done brought the horn down and saw blood in the mouthpiece. Yuck! Thankfully that kind of thing didn't linger long and am pretty sure I was able to play during that weekend's performance. Definitely not worth pushing this early in the season.
  7. Rufus67

    The future of the Cadets

    Your point is well taken. I was on the first flight out of San Diego on the 14th traveling to Atlanta. I remember three things: The captain went down the aisle and eyeballed every single passenger on the plane before we pushed back from the gate. When they passed out the plastic silverware for the meal all the knives had been removed. As a group we were ready, willing, and eager to defend the plane if anyone tried anything. The Cadets will be just fine and, dare I say, should be able to grow out of mess that was GH quite nicely.
  8. Rufus67

    YEA board resigns

    Thank goodness. Healing thoughts to all affected.
  9. Ok, you win the internet today. The rest of us can stop trying now...
  10. Not that my voice counts for a lot but, as a parent who's sent tuition dollars to the Scouts and volunteered time with them, I'm very glad to see them make this move.
  11. Rufus67

    Moving to a top 4 corp

    Our son's marched for two different corps over the last couple of years, neither a finalist. This is his age-out year and he never thought for a second of going somewhere else, thinking of the first corps as his home (he was a late-season fill-in for the other corps). Who's to say that's right for everyone though? If your kid has the chops and desire to audition for perennial contenders then that's what they should do.
  12. Is there a vendor site, or someplace on DCI, that took photos of the corps during their performances this weekend? DCA has that, broken down by corps, but I can't locate the same for DCI.
  13. No, it isn't, and is at least based on something objective.