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  1. 2017 DCA Finals

    DCP and /r/drumcorps are complementary -- the drumcorps subreddit is more aimed at current members than fans. The activity on reddit ebbs and flows with the competitive season, so right now things are relatively quiet and most of the discussions are from people thinking about auditioning for DCI soon.
  2. Honestly, one of the biggest barriers to any local junior corps renaissance is that the realities of education and employment are radically different for kids now. College prep (coursework, resume-building, applying for scholarships, working to save money) consumes most of the free time of high school students, the price of tuition and the tenuousness of the entry-level job market heavily discourages college students from taking time off to indulge in hobbies that aren't directly marketable to prospective employers (which is why the plurality of DCI members now are music majors), and any amateur musicians in school are much more likely to be involved in their own schools' bands because of ease of access and the fact that they fill gen ed course requirements. Anyone left who is still interested in and able to do drum corps is going to be more interested in the big touring competitive corps rather than a small local/regional one with no name recognition. Local drum corps is just a very hard sell in this environment.
  3. What?

    For at least the last couple years, Fusion's done a camp weekend two weeks before Finals so that they can spend the whole two and a half days concentrating on necessary cleaning and revisions without having to worry about travel logistics or a show.
  4. No, not that the corps is also running winter guard/indoor percussion -- with the way competitive guard/percussion work, many members planning to be in a corps will be in their school's or another group's WG/IP line until April and unable to make the corps' rehearsals until then because of scheduling conflicts between the two independent groups. I think DCA at least accounts for this, though. I don't think they just count heads at the rehearsal they show up to.
  5. I think that's our plan, and as far as I know everyone's cool with it. I don't think anyone's really angry at DCA's reasoning behind the limit, just a little disappointed that we had an over-optimistic goal (going from nothing to a competing corps in one off-season) and came somewhat short.
  6. I honestly can't say for sure. It wasn't a matter of just being one or two short, though.
  7. Highland Regiment is still waiting for a final decision, last I heard. DCA went over our books and sat in on a rehearsal and liked what they saw, but their one concern is that we might not reach the minimum membership threshold to qualify for Class A by the time the season begins. The decision is supposed to be made by April 1 so hopefully we find out soon. edit: nope, no luck. Didn't pass the evaluation this year.
  8. Highland Regiment is getting evaluated this weekend.
  9. Is there a website or Facebook group or contact info for CMCC Warriors? I haven't found any first-hand information about their 2017 plans online yet, just mentions on DCP about them.
  10. Highland Regiment

    I was at the open house last week. Roughly 30-35 people attended over the weekend, plus however many high school students were interested but had existing conflicts with regional band auditions and holiday concerts. Some Bridgemen alums are involved (though there's no official cooperation or partnership with the new Bridgemen performing group that formed this year). There are also some staff who are vets of Raiders and Fusion. Overall it looks like they've got all the bases covered as far as staffing goes. They've got a preliminary show design and music selections, and a proposed rehearsal/performance schedule. They're aiming to perform this season at Clifton, Bayonne, Allentown and finals. They are playing on Andalusia brass (except for the tubas, which are Windsor's old Yamahas -- Andalusia doesn't have tubas yet). We didn't get a chance to try them out because they were still stuck in U.S. customs as of open house, but they were released in time for the January rehearsal.
  11. This is the list I saw on Facebook: 10:00 Steel City Ambassadors 10:18 Tri Valley Brass 10:36 Kawartha Kavaliers 10:54 Hamburg Kingsmen 11:12 Reilly Raiders 11:30 Preston Scout House 11:48 Skyliners Alumni 12:06 Les Diplomates 12:24 Crusaders Senior D&B Corps 12:42 Caballeros Alumni
  12. There's a second page with the recaps in each of those PDFs.
  13. Looks like the full recaps were just delayed, not withheld. Here's the Bayonne recap and the Woodbridge recap.