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  1. NECRO THREAD! I agree with No 1 and No 2 of the thread. Shorten Class A shows to 10 minutes; 8 minutes minimum, and move DCA Championships up a week at least. Schools are now starting football games a week before labor day, with band camps taking place during DCI Finals. For some directors that's ok, but in other spaces it's a challenge because you may get locked out of certain schools.
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    the new list of Class A

    No sir. They did all DCI shows and came into Finals seeded last.
  3. I'd argue it's location first, and then other groups with overlapping schedules and limited time. Racine, WI is a very affordable city with a median household income of like $50K. You have 4 groups in the area that are technically recruiting from some of the same base that all are active during the same time: Lighthouse Brigade of Racine - MACBDA (HS Students) - Season ends mid-July Lighthouse Brigade Junior of Racine - Exhibition (Jr High Students) - Season ends mid-July Racine Scouts - DCI (21 Age Limit) - Season ends early August Racine Kilties - DCA (No Age Limit) - Season ends labor day The issue I see is that it's pretty easy for kids to participate and grow in Lighthouse Brigade, and they've won a few titles along with having staff from Phantom Regiment, Pioneer, Cavaliers and other corps. From an external perspective; it'd be great to see if there is a chance for synergy where kids "age out" of each program and maybe move on to the next... as in after you been with Lighthouse Brigade and graduate; then go to Scouts; then to Kilties. The other thing is Shadow which is about 2 hours away (plus the rest of the MACBDA units), and has been really strong since they moved from MACBDA to DCI Open Class. I don't know about the Scouts or Kilties when it comes to marketing and product, but for an area that has limited resources; multiple options; and large variance in cost, it's a difficult situation. There used to be lots of cooperation back in the 1990s with overlapping performances etc from all the groups but don't know the dynamics or levels of cooperation today or if the decline in Racine economy, and loss of population further excaberates the situation.
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    Membership Recruiting Issues

    Tradition has a member in his 60s and plenty of 40 years olds. I don't disagree with the athleticism aspect, but I think it could also be in messaging and shifting to promote drum corps as a great way to get in shape especially at that age. Is there a happy medium between the two?
  5. Come out and join us for our Spring Open House Apr 28th & 29th! As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we're growing our corps as we prepare for the 2018 season! Recruiting: All Brass, & Guard. One position on Marimba, Vibes, Drum Set, Bass 1, and Tenors. Learn more:
  6. Lots of good news coming out of Columbus!
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    Saint Patricks parades

    Sorry, Dublin, OH. It's the largest parade in the area and is a lot of fun!
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    Saint Patricks parades

    Columbus Saints will be marching in the Dublin St Patrick's Day Parade March 10th.
  9. This summer, the Columbus Saints visited the home of the corps St. Andrew's Hornets at the Major Adams Community Center in the West Side of Chicago. The Major Adams Center hosted the corps for 3 nights on tour, plus a nice cookout while the Saints performed a clinic and community event for locals being one of the first corps to visit this area in nearly 40 years! Here is Part 1 of our trip showcasing an indoor rehearsal:
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    annual class A question

    Well you have some new corps going through evaluation too. Rocketeers Columbus Saints Highland Regiment plus Cadence is coming across the pond to mix things up :)
  11. Vessel is looking really good. Hub City makes sense as an expansion of the Guardians. Horizon is inactive this year and who knows if they'll come back to DCI or just focus on their Winterguard, or WGI Winds. Is Arbella switching to the Jr Division? I thought they are all-age now. Appalachian Sound is working to come back after a year of inactivity. Atlanta could be the new Southern Drum Corps Hub with 4 corps in one area like Philly/NJ. Tall City... I'll just refer to this thread:
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    Thunder no longer active

    Very sad. I enjoyed their 2015 show, and shows in the past.