It would make little to no sense financially for Pioneer to return to open class - if anything it would lower recruitment numbers.
It is clear that corps like Legends, Music City and even River City Rhythm are starting to win the dinner table battle for students who have the money to tour.
The years when Pio was most successful at recruitment were years that they had staff dedicated to engaging/retaining new and veteran members to adapt to the somewhat fluctuating programming styles i.e. Broadway, Irish, Celebrate?, Church music, Joan of Arc, etc.
Hats off to the design team for the product they put together this year - I thought it was an enjoyable show that allowed the students to grab ahold and tell a great story.