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  1. Death to the Seat Poachers

    After this year I think I have to go. Believe it or not my last nationals was when Boston first made finals in 99. Quite obviously far too long. Maybe find you for a brew or two.
  2. 2017 Boston Crusaders

    The Sox can request a name change by the city. The city can only change the name. The new name suggestion is Big Papi Way. I'm ok with the Morse code drop on the scoreboard. Maybe change that to: ••|•|•••
  3. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    Sarcasm always comes off comically.
  4. Death to the Seat Poachers

    I did not attend nationals in Indy. Not once yet, but am hoping to go next year. After reading these posts I am getting totally irritated. Not so much to make me not want to go but enough to make me prepared to be less than kind should anyone be sitting in my seat when I get there or at anytime. There are few things I hate in this world more than this type of action which is nothing short of theft, plain and simple. Call it what it is people, it is THEFT. It is not poaching, it is not a seat saver like at the Oscars. I won't stand for this and I don't stand for line cutters. Ask my wife. I embarrass her when someone cuts in front of me in a line and call the person out. In this situation DCI could and should help. They are obligated to as part of their customer service. It should not end once a ticket is purchased. It is not like a local show where a sponsor manages the event. This is a DCI managed event in conjunction with LOS. The security staff although working with LOS should be also following their customer (DCI) R&R's for the event. The LOS security staff coupled with DCI representatives (pink shirted people?) joining them at gates, entry ways and seating areas. They can certainly ands with not a huge amount of difficulty manage the "guests" much better and they should think of the paying customers as guests. As a customer, I would have a zero tolerance level for seat stealers and talkers. It may seem counter to the talkers, but I have no qualms telling any of them to shut up and say it loudly (the counter part) and be specific as to whom I meant. I also have no problem calling a seat stealer just that, in a loud voice so all around me would know who I was directing by public accusation at. I would have an usher at my hip (making them do their job) and, using my outside voice, be telling (not asking) the usher to remove the seat stealer. What allows or enables these people to get away with this stuff is no one speaking up, right then and there. No one making it public; loud enough for all to hear them called out as a seat stealer. They are rewarded with their bad behavior by anonymity. By the majority of people being nice. Being nice and accepting your fate (standing in the tunnel and not sitting in you $40 seat) allows this to continue. You would be no ruder than these offenders. Some may say it would be lowering yourself to theIr level. So what!!! They are stealing my seat and ruining my experience (and probably others in the case of talkers). The world at times seems like it is you against the "rules & courtesy don't apply to me" people. Don't accept their lack or courtesy as just the way or the world. We learned discipline in drum corps, it is time to apply it to stealers and talkers. Many of the audience have travelled far and paid lots of money during the year to support their favorite corps. They have a right to sit in their seat and enjoy the show. Zero tolerance sheeple. No more sheeple people. Send a note to your favorite corps and ask their management and DCI meeting attendees, to raise this issue at the winter meetings and maybe DCI will take steps to make this better. Don't just raise your voice at the show, do it all during the offseason. DCI wants you to buy tickets now; make DCI start taking steps to improve this concern, starting now. DCI needs to know this is a serious concern and avoid some unfortunate and stupid occurring. OK then, hopping off my soapbox now.
  5. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    If it is true, then it would seem to confirm the boycott of Bostons show (denied) and certainly expose a degree of pettiness as well. These are adults we are talking about, right?
  6. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    I would love that. IMO, that's what it's all about. Marching AND playing and if you are good, playing the hard stuff WHILE playing. Maybe a minimal amount of time for ensemble playing and movement with a difficulty reward .
  7. Boston Crusaders 2018

    Absolutely agree with everything said here. The overall design and performances almost overshadowed how much improved the brass and percussion became. This corps has a very solid foundation for the upcoming year. thank you all.
  8. 2017 Boston Crusaders

    Careful now, lot of people complaining about legs showing this year. LOL. Congratulations to you all for helping to give these kids an amazing year. You are an incredible staff and all Boston alumni are proud and thankful. You are a good looking group. Very different looking than when you were all in Vermont. Ha ha ha.
  9. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    To what end? BD's objective is to win and win their way. Much as everyone else's yearly plan does. The difference is they have a success rate at excelling that does not incentivize significant departures from their process which in fact offers a variety of show designs year to year. Michael Boo wrote a great explanation of the approach Jay Murphy takes and it goes deeper than the most obvious movement of form. They play with velocity, form integration between different elements and within elements when staging every aspect of individual and voice presentation. What makes all that work and what allows them to be successful at such a high level is the quality of the MM's they get. So much so they were able to have ensemble brass playing this year while moving to less than 4 minutes. They are masters of the sheets and understand what works each year with few misses. in the spirit of your "game" I wasn't being snarky, I was trying to be funny; sarcastic. You were trying to be snarky, just to be snarky. so to be clear; my meaning is that BD has no reason to change what works for them.
  10. And after enough time we fall out of our seat!
  11. How could I forget St. Ignatius? They hosted an overnight stay for us when we did their show years ago.
  12. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    I know people have opinions so thanks for the snarkiness. However, people generally support their opinions. So how are they struggling with 18 championships?
  13. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    I don't know and you likely don't either. I'd be curious though. I have heard, rumors of course, there have been requests for loans.
  14. Audubon Bon Bons, Jeannettes, Joanettes, Debonairs were a few all girl corps competing around the same time.
  15. Staff Merry-go-round 2018 Edition

    To be fair, Hopkins hasn't ruined the Cadets. One might believe he's contributed to a decline or inhibited their continuous success. But he has hardly ruined them . Being 7th is hardly ruined and far from unfixable.