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  1. That is perceptively, academically, and intuitively true.
  2. "Hey, will we need a third tractor-trailer to haul 13 portable, rolling wind tunnels?" --2018 Bloo design staff
  3. Well, here's Mr. Webster's notion of "Make Music": "to play or sing music". And synergy, supposedly, is: "the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects". I would contend that most 5th-grade intro to band programs "make music" as a group. But I would suggest that "synergy" doesn't happen until some level of experience and expertise at playing sensitively as part of a larger group is attained. Interesting that they don't attempt to attain synergy, apparently, when in rehearsal blocks by section, but I certainly understand that it would be a desired goal as a larger group when "all performers assemble". I think the best example for me would be that Crown's (or Phantom's) "centering" of pitch in every, single player would produce an aural resonance that would clearly indicate synergy, but harmonic and tonic tones could qualify as well, IMO. I think it would be generally accepted that music created with synergy (in this definition) would be more pleasing to performers and likely to fans so, in that regard, "creating synergy" would be an admirable goal. But I'm a drummer; we can tell synergy from a block away.
  4. Yea, me, too. SMH and roll my eyes. And I'm sure other do the same with me. No biggie - it's just band.
  5. See, now there's something else helpful about the 990's. They usually are filed by the end of October for the period two years prior. October finances and balance sheets. Some would say that's as bad - or worse - than the Cadets thread. Ha!
  6. What you want for 2018

    World peace, an end to hunger, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average at 55,000.
  7. Cadets 2018

    BD's total revenue (NOT gross receipts) were just over $3.34mm, roughly half of YEA!. It would be wrong to confuse gaming revenue with org revenue before you subtract gaming payouts.
  8. Cadets 2018

    In 2015, YEA! reported just over $6.1million (MM) in revenue. Of that: USBands produced $2.25mm, Cadets produced $1.15mm, and Cadets2 produced $277,000 (m) Expenses spent to run those programs were: USBands: $1.75mm Cadets: $1.455mm Cadets2: $389m Expenses reportable to other programs: $897m Total program expenses: $4.495mm For context, Total revenue in past year were: 2011 - $5.057mm, 2012 - $4.84mm, 2013 - $5.4mm, 2014 - $5.9mm, 2015 - $6.14mm I'll let others grapple with these numbers... (Is anyone else having flashbacks? )
  9. Cadets 2018

    BS $1.2million reported on their latest 990 on Guidestar most definitely qualifies them for membership in the rarefied group of "big money corps".
  10. Cadets 2018

    Oh, well played, Sir!
  11. Cadets 2018

    I bought a hat from them with Stoned emblazoned across the front. I'm embarrassed to wear it out of the house.
  12. Cadets 2018

    I don't have a dog in the fight except for my selfish desires but, I wonder, if you'd feel the same way about the design if it had not been George Hopkins driving it? I'm not trying to be argumentative; I'm trying to understand why this angst is so prominent about George's design. What's to happen if they replace George in that role and the design still sucks? Can George come back into that role again? I'm hardly the Hopkins-apologist.
  13. Cadets 2018

    It was count-2, for gosh sake! Jeesh, judges.
  14. Cadets 2018

    I love the Cadets, and I agree with Jim. That said, I'll wait for a little more development before I grant my thumb-direction. (/sarcasm - as if they care) Oh, and LOVE the shako - thanks for that!
  15. Cadets 2018

    Well, that didn't take long... Thank you, Mods. "Let's stay with just the facts, ma'am." So far, there don't appear to be any except Cadets are going to field a full corps with a full show design taught by a full staff. That's all.