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  1. Finals Format

    I could see randomizing corps after Thursday's show into groups of three, so the 10/11/12, 7/8/9, 4/5/6, and 1/2/3 groups performed in drawn order from within their respective tier. It likely wouldn't make that much of a difference in the final scores (at TOC shows, even if BD performs first, they usually win in years when they dominate), but it would make for a little intrigue on the big night. As an observation, the unspoken sentiment of the opposition to the concept following the '88 experiment appears to be a belief that the 'wrong corps' won that night and that the draw had something to do with it. Not saying I agree or disagree with that belief, but it's the gorilla in the room.
  2. 150 is based on current bus capacity for modern-day coaches (53 is common in the busses rented today). Re: the original post, adding 50 more members would do little to improve the on-field production, and serve to increase the amount of drag for each corps when it comes to moving the members around, getting them fed, communications, etc, etc. Theoretically it would help put another 700-800 people in the stands for Finals night, but aside from that, I'm not sure I see a value for DCI in the increase.
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  4. Cadets 2018

    That's some fine motivational messaging.
  5. Cadets 2018

    That statement can be easily flipped into "why can't YEA hang on to their talent?" As for hiring being a risk, of course that's true. However, when the ratio of long-term to short-term tenures from senior management falls heavily on the side of "short term" at YEA, that's indicative of a deeper problem in senior management. I'd hope, for their sake, that someone on the BOD is looking at all of this and wondering if maybe now is the time to get some coaching going at the top, while the situation is still salvageable.
  6. Cadets 2018

    No one hires themselves. If GH put this person in charge, then the responsibility for the employee's success or lack thereof goes to the person who hired him. More to the point, If this had been a one-time lack of success in that position, that'd be one thing - but EVERYone who takes a senior staff assignment at YEA seems to "fail" or bail not long after taking the job. Think about that. Without casting aspersions (because for all we know, this guy may have been dynamite, and simply tired of the mismanagement at the top), the YEA BOD has to realize that with their organization's reputation, they aren't going to get the best and brightest applying for gigs there. There are too many other youth performance organizations out there who have both the track records and the reputations for excellence in operations competing for the top talent, and YEA's reputation these days is awful. The only gig that would really allow someone to make meaningful change there is the one that's occupied by the current CEO, and since their BOD has evidenced no interest in either kicking him up and out of day to day operations (or relieving him of duties), nothing is going to change.
  7. Cadets 2018

    Retention rates don't matter as much at the top corps as does recruiting the best "one and done" talent. I mean, great for them if they can hang on to as many of their 18 year olds as possible, that bodes well for a longer-term rebuilding effort, but bumping past three solid corps ahead of them in one year isn't likely, when those other three corps will be closer to the nucleus of the most talented 20 year olds auditioning this fall. More to the point, if whoever signed off on Stripper Jesus in the 2017 show is still in charge of making artistic decisions, the struggle to regain top status will be even harder.
  8. Cadets 2018

    My guess is that they're afraid that if GH was moved out, the whole thing would collapse under its own weight, because no one else would be ready to take charge of the various pieces. Whoever the director of USBands is within the company is the person who should be being groomed as GH's successor, but if they can't keep anyone in the gig, that doesn't bode well for a successful transition. Oh well.
  9. Cadets 2018

    The BOD has probably seen a dozen similarly-stated resignation letters over the last several years, and it doesn't seem to move the needle.
  10. 2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    New Brass Caption manager at Cavaliers.
  11. Question about college?

    In all honesty, I'd take it one step at a time. If he's auditioning for a World Class corps, wait until he's been offered a spot in January, if he is, before worrying about the OSU question.
  12. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    If it's the one that was most discussed this summer, yeah, it'd be huge. Would make for some entertaining reading from some of the alums who regularly post on DCP.
  13. By the decades

    1972-1979 - '76 Blue Devils, birth of a dynasty 1980-1989 - 83 Garfield, new direction in programming and visual 1990-1999 - '93 Star, because it was the most consequential show in that decade 2000-2009 - 2003 Cavaliers, as the most demanding, intricate show of the era 2010-present - 2014 Bluecoats - the first corps to really get how electronics and staging will define the decade.
  14. 2018 Prediction Thread

    OK. Shorten the window to three years, and Canton has gone from a 3rd place to a 5th place corps, and Rosemont from a 9th to a 4th place corps. If the audition pool is looking at recent performance trends, Rosemont looks to be the better bet for the ring chasers, since Green is on the upwards trajectory. Brass performance was the biggest consistent weakness in Cavaliers' scoring this year. Assuming they see the same growth in proficiency they showed in 2016 to 2017 in that caption, there's nothing else that indicates a change in their position in the competitive strata. Bigger picture is that Boston will likely also stay in that top 6 group, and they're strong enough in some captions already (especially Guard), that is increases the overall competitiveness within the top half finalists so that, outside of BD, no one is really a lock for the very top anymore. As for the earlier comment about "all finalists being at the top', yeah, not really. Half of all WC corps make finals, so yes, you could say that Finalists are the "top half" of the activity, but it's the top 4 or 5 who are really driving the boat when it comes to competitive standards.
  15. 2018 Prediction Thread

    There were a number of DCP folks saying the same thing about them being top 5 after last year. I like Bloo and their organization. But realistically, they have one title and three other Top 3 finishes in 30 years of being a regular finalist, vs seven titles and twelve other top three finishes for Rosemont in that same 30 year span (four top 3's vs nineteen top 3's in other words). Assuming an organization with that kind of track record doesn't know how to stay in the top of the activity is a mistake.