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About cmchandler

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    Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps 90-92, 94, BOD 2014-current
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    Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps
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  1. Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps is seeking two musicians, a guitarist and drum set percussionist, for its 2018 production. The guitarist must read music (not just tablature) and be versed in classical acoustic guitar. Prior drum corps or marching band experience is desirable but not required. The percussionist must be able to read music. Experience performing with marching ensembles is preferred. Both individuals must be able to meet the time and financial commitments required for a touring DCI drum corps. Rehearsal and touring schedules are available upon request. For more information and audition packets, please mail
  2. Cavalier Patch

    Here is a list of Cavaliers collectibles I found in a quick search. I definitely recall the rainbow patch pictured at the end of that section - it was pretty much on everyone's jackets back in the day as the universal sign of drum corps friendship - but I don't ever recall seeing one with a bluebird on it. So maybe not prevalent in the late 80s/early 90s. IIRC, Cavies and Sky Ryders both sold the rainbow patches back then. Some of the Cavies members had really large rainbow patches they'd place on the back of their jackets. Everyone else placed them on the front pocket area (above where most corps had members' names embroidered).
  3. Southwind has an open application process here.
  4. Thunder no longer active

    That's a shame. It's always good to see drum corps growing and sad when it doesn't work out. I'm glad their org is healthy and sticking around, at least. Maybe they'll come back later.
  5. For those in the various performance threads who were interested in buying a "Toxic Mind" tour shirt, we're taking orders! We received so many requests for shirts after the season (and our stock was so decimated) that we decided to print another run. If you would like to order one (or two or ten!), please email Jeremy Johnson at with the quantity and size that you need so he can get you squared away. Thank you all again so much for all of the support this season. We are beyond proud of what the corps accomplished this year and can't wait for next season. ETA: Only taking orders through Labor Day (Monday)! So if you know someone who was interested, please pass along the word.
  6. Pioneer 2018

    They would also get no money for their shows and lowered recruitment. It's very unlikely they'd choose to go that route.
  7. Pioneer 2018

    I should have been more specific. What I'm basically saying is that the judges were likely slotting the Open Class corps with lower scores but then several of them outplayed Pioneer, which made Pio's score lower than it probably would have been without those corps in the mix.
  8. Death to the Seat Poachers

    There is some give and take that can be done on both sides here. I've always felt it ridiculous that a performing SoundSport group is forced to purchase tickets for its members and aren't even given wristbands for events. So basically they're acting as a performing ensemble that people are paying to see and they aren't even given the nosebleed seats in return. While they're not ideal, at least they're free.
  9. They WERE on my favorites list. i was a fantastic show.
  10. The 990's

    Streaming copyright licensing. OMG, that alone is probably ridiculous for Thursday. If DCI isn't covering it, then FloMarching must be.
  11. Jolesch Enterprises handles all official photography at DCI Finals.
  12. Pioneer 2018

    My guess is this had more to do with the prior-performing/scored Open Class corps being stronger than expected less than Pioneer performing any worse in the judges' estimations from Allentown to Indy. There was a strong Open Class field in the mix this season that simply displaced several WC corps.
  13. I swear, today has been one of the most interesting days for this corps on record. ALLLLLLLLL good stuff.
  14. I was out of the activity for a while, so I'm not sure when exactly it shifted, but I know back when I marched in the early 90s, a) we were paid for shows, and b) DCI membership was obtained if you made the top 25. Division II corps could be given a seat at the table if they did well enough, and they were making money either way so there wasn't as much incentive to jet upward and onward. So there was likely a better variety of stronger, smaller corps who were making it happen year after year without the end goal of going WC. That is decidedly no longer the case. I was just a teenager then, so I can't say when all of that changed (if 2008 was the magic year). I can tell you two things: money DOES make a big difference, and it's definitely been a learning experience being on the admin side of things since getting involved again four years ago.
  15. I would propose it's even simpler than this. There is absolutely no financial incentive for an Open Class corps that is not financially "covered" by a World Class corps to stay Open Class. Open Class corps are expected to go on the same tours as the WC corps but are paid nothing for shows (even most of the Open Class ones, although a few are moving toward creating an Open Class pool for participants if/when they can afford it). If you're fielding 150, making the scores, and you're able to make it through the DCI hoops, it's in your best interest financially to move up, which is why you won't see corps like Pioneer who struggle with numbers move back down.