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  1. All time shows: Madison Scouts

    Favorite = 1975. Power, performance, swagger. Made me like Madison from then on. The battle between Madison and Muchachos at CYO Nationals was epic. Least favorite: 2017. To me it was confusing. But then that may be a me problem and not a Madison problem.. LOL
  2. Cadets 2018

    Well one thread is not quite as quiet as others, but you are right, it has been pretty quiet so far. I guess we all got conditioned to the cone of silence pretty quickly. Things undoubtedly will start bubbling up once auditions are completed, contracts are offered and accepted and maps begin in earnest. We are only about 17 weeks or so from ST starts.
  3. 2018 Rules proposals

    I got a little of "all decisions are equal" (but some are more equal than others). was someone speaking in tongues?
  4. Boston Crusaders 2018

    The snow is blowing sideways and soon we'll have unbelievable cold. High of 6 this weekend and a low of -10 or lower. Not including wind chill. C'mon summer. At the coast in NH there are mini icebergs pushing up on to the beaches and roads. Same in Mass. I'm sure.
  5. Cadets v.s. Boston Crusaders

    Not sure what drives your seemingly harsh response here. Your challenge for the poster to justify his remarks are curious, seeing how his comments were led off with "IMO"! I also believe Cadets used similar audition methods this year that many corps have been using for many years, so the connection you are attempting, to validate your defense of Cadets, is odd shall I say. IMO. This may be another posturing of yours to imply posters are denigrating Cadets this off season, which again can't be further from the truth. And your comment about Crown being the standard in the east until proven otherwise, to contradict the beast from the east being Boston, falls flat since the poster didn't say Boston IS or WILL BE the beast of the east. He clearly said it was his EXPECTATION after hearing good things about them. To me that sounds like his personal POV. Lastly I hope you aren't referring to Boston as an upstart. I don't even know where the upstart and legacy reference was generated in the posters comments. A Boston bias is clearly showing and becomes fairly hypocritical when viewed against comments toward perceived denigrators of Cadets, as you have stated in the past. Please enjoy all eastern corps success and be supportive when a corps has toiled for years to regain an elite position in DCI and continues to work hard to get better each season.
  6. I haven't donated specifically to use it as a tax deduction, but you are allowed to. I look at it as getting to take a deduction from taxes, that allows me to donate a higher amount. The corps benefits in that regard. Maybe I'm not saying this right but I feel like I can donate more. Most donations though, are done anonymously. Also, the corps I donated to, at a fund raising auction purchase, provided all the tax deductable info to buyers. I don't think of donating as a personal financial strategy, but as something that helps a "charity" that I care about and I get to see the results of that pretty quickly. A tax deduction is smart money management that is on par with the smart money management of the org. that gets the donation.
  7. With all the new tax breaks coming to many groups, individuals, corporations and all, what benefits/breaks are coming the way of drum corps'? I know there are finance experts out there. What helps corps' or MM's?
  8. All time shows: The Crossmen

    Fave = 1979. A very exciting show with a lot of brass talent. Great soloists sop and bari. Least fave = 2016. Visually bugged me.
  9. Cadets 2018

    We took a train from London to Paris a couple of years ago. Hope you enjoy Paris as much as we did.
  10. Cadets 2018

    If you read back, the DCA discussion grew out of a Cadets discussion from an audition at Cadets and a suggestion to accept a C2 offer. Maybe read more and finger wag less. No one hijacked anything.
  11. Cadets 2018

    Can I get an AMEN?
  12. Decorum Between Groups at a show...

    If I only go to one show a year, I only want to chat with the person/s I came with. I want to take in as much of the show as I can without any outside opinions. Now, if I am going to a show where I am sitting with the same neighbors for three days, then let's be friends. Let's have a beer afterwards and discuss our thoughts on what we have seen and how we can make everything in DCI right.
  13. Cadets 2018

    But most of what was written was directed toward the Cadets was it not?
  14. Boston Crusaders 2018

    The owner of the Globe is John Henry, owner of the Red Sox.