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  1. 2018 Rules proposals

    Phantom Regiment had their hornline dialed back all of last season. Seriously though, it's probably harder to dial back the volume of electronics than it is to tell the performers to do a run at 80% volume. Electronics can be finicky, as has been proven time and again. If you go messing with something, there's a chance it might just stop working altogether.
  2. 2018 Rules proposals

    What about them? Did G lines never play smaller stadiums? I thought drum corps fans loved sitting close to powerful G lines. The instructors could always tell the players to dial it back a bit for certain shows; the hornlines are certainly capable of that, as they do that sort of thing in rehearsals/warm-ups all the time.
  3. 2018 Rules proposals

    It would probably cost less to buy an entire set of G bugles every year Seriously though, that's extremely expensive. Maybe corps should go back to tweaking sound acoustically. Need more bottom end? Add more tubas. Sometimes the simplest solutions are best.
  4. All time shows: Madison Scouts

    1995 - the opener had enough energy to be the closer of any other Madison show. Then they played Malaga. 1988 - what's to say that hasn't been said? This is why Scouts own Malagueña. 2003 - good solid show, and really the last powerhouse hornline from them, as it was the last G bugle year. 1989 - I love Make His Praise Glorious as an opener 2015 - this show just worked, and felt very Madison without really being something they had done before. I had such high hopes for them after this year.
  5. 2018 Rules proposals

    End of DCI? Hardly. For all its foibles, DCI is a vibrant organization. It'll take a lot to kill it outright. However, depending on how the amplification of brass is handled, it may be the death of DCI that I and many others enjoy.
  6. 2018 Rules proposals

    I sincerely doubt it. It's becoming a race to the bottom.
  7. 2018 Rules proposals

    With the failure of the brass amplification rule, I just can't be excited about the coming season. Of last year's top 12, I only listen to Blue Knights, Blue Stars, and Crossmen. Everything else just doesn't sound good on recorded media. Now I can't see this situation getting any better, and I'm seriously considering not investing in any media at all next season. What's the point when electronics are so tedious to listen to? The talk at the end of the video is just that: talk. If the designers really wanted to listen, they would have agreed on the limitation.
  8. If you want to dig up a more non-partisan source than the TPC (which is very specifically non-partisan), I'll gladly link it in my post. I don't think DCI or the corps will be able to make up for the drop in donations via revenue from shows, media products, or other merchandise. From what I've heard in the past, the media portion breaks even, at best. Too, discretionary income has not kept pace with inflation since the 1980s, and the fastest growing DCI demographic, young people, are also the least economically well-off. I certainly anticipate my discretionary revenue to decrease next year, with the tax hike I'm seeing for my bracket certainly part of that impact. One of the first things I'll be cutting is DCI, and I'm already afraid I won't be able to afford to stream shows. I know I'm not the only one in this situation. No, the future of revenue for DCI is not a rosy one.
  9. This study indicates there may be a reduction of donations across the U.S. of up to $13 billion, or 4.5%. This does not bode well for DCI or the corps involved. Many different sources indicate that benefits are overwhelmingly skewed towards higher income households, and many lower and middle income earners will actually see their tax burdens increase. Most of the corporate cuts are expected to go to shareholders instead of to investment or wage increases. The national debt will balloon over $1 trillion over the next ten years. All of this disincentivizes donations. DCI and most corps probably won't be affected immediately, but expect their financial situations to worsen over time with this trajectory, especially smaller corps or those with marginal finances.
  10. Except with the increase of the standard deduction, there is little incentive to itemize deductions, which could have a cooling effect on tax-deductible donations as a whole.
  11. 2017 Seattle Cascades

    The Cascades posted their full show to YouTube. Not sure how long it will stay up, but as it's their official page...
  12. Correct, except for the last bit. An apostrophe denotes either possession or a contraction, never plurality. The plural of corps should be, and is, corps.
  13. All time shows: The Crossmen

    2001's "Late Night Jazz" is not only my favorite Crossmen show, but one of my all-time favorite DCI shows to listen to.
  14. Genesis 2018

    Kanstul... glad to see a corps pick up the brand again. Looking forward to how Genesis sounds this year. I was disappointed when SoA got rid of their Kanstuls.
  15. Blue Knights 2018

    No one has said anything about BK's percussion staff announcement. I don't know who was on staff last year, so I'm not sure what has changed. Hopefully they had a lot of retention; getting 4th in on-field percussion in finals was a pretty huge achievement.