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  1. I agree with 99% of this. Relating it to the ongoing changes to Boston, I can attest to the fact that the goal setting is paramount. During the time when I was involved with BAC (80's), the goal really was just to "be Boston", which I have concluded looking back in time was a euphemism for simply keeping the corps alive. (And as we know, that strategy worked). Later, during the 90's the unstated goal definitely was evolution (both creatively and organizationally) to get into the top 12...and stay there. Even with the close call last year, the corps managed to achieve that as well (now 17 years running). Five years ago, when the BAC Board embraced the "Building a Champion" motto, there were certainly some skeptics in DCI and they are still with us. However, the BOD at the time said they were going to build the organization first by community outreach and embracing the financial sector and the political forces in the City Of Boston. Then when the money starting flowing in (which it has) they would hire the very best designers and teachers in the activity. The Blue Devils model has shown us that organizational strength must happen first to facilitate the competitive success, especially if you want to avoid being a "one hit wonder". At this point, it is unknown how successful the corps will be in 2017, and certainly nobody that I know thinks the "Champion" moniker is around the next corner. But, circling back around to the above post, the BOD and Corps Director DO have their sights set on Boston becoming an EVENTUAL and CONSISTENT contender. This poster is correct about goal setting in terms of placement. Time will tell, but at this point, it would seem even to the most indifferent onlooker that Boston is putting the building blocks in place.
  2. When the corps had the fire in 1973, they still went out and took the field that season. I wasn't around them in those days, but I was 10 years later when BAC was effectively shut down by court order and the IRS. Early in 1983, under new direction, they again rose from the ashes as the "Boston Drum & Bugle Corps". All the chatter in Drum Corps News and Drum Corps World at the time had the corps folding that winter. The corps showed up at Allentown (an early July show that year) with a 51 member "World" class corps, travelling over night from Beantown on one bus, sleeping on the grass across the street, and performed to multiple standing ovations, (including when they simply took the field). Just one of the many trials Boston endured over the years, and yeah, corps like Cadets know this. (Like the year that many members of BD's drum line wore Boston shirts at one show under their uniforms....that might have been in 1979 when Boston had 25 horns...or maybe it was in 83 when BAC had 19 horns and was attacked by a street gang in Miami during finals week.) For those of us who have been around the corps a long time, these memories don't fade. As for some folks talking about hype or not hype...it is becoming clear that we can't win in this regard. If someone writes something supportive and optimistic about BAC 2017, that is labelled hype. If someone is deliberately cautious-as I have tried to be-we are accused of "running away from hype". At the end of the day, the hype discussion is at best disingenuous. In a little of two months, we will have our answers.
  3. The Egg Man cometh.
  4. I certainly hope that nobody is accusing yours truly of hype. For my part, I have predicted only that I thought they would eventually place somewhere between 1st and 12th, which is in keeping with their last 17 years of finals placements. I think some "hype" at this point is more imagined than real.
  5. Soooo......it is exactly 6 weeks until Spring Training starts for BAC in Vermont (and a bit earlier for the drum line). I am going out on a limb and predicting they will finish somewhere between 1st and 12th. Thoughts?
  6. I'm not sure that Cadets alums have ever looked upon Hop as one of their own. This is not the case with Chris Holland. He joined the corps are a young kid, marched MANY years, finally as DM. His life journey (so far) has taken him from the streets of Dorchester, MA right through law school. We now find him as the CEO of the organization. The alumni know him and trust him. He has our absolute support, because we know that when he says he is "Building a Champion", he is deadly serious.
  7. As someone who has been a fan/member/staff member/volunteer/supporter since 1978, I will support them if they come out in pink spandex, wear waterwings, and take a dump on the 50. Somehow, I don't think they will. But, buckle in folks. This should be fascinating.
  8. So far, so good. Interesting that they mentioned the word "refreshing" several times. That speaks volumes.
  9. I have just a few thoughts to share on this topic of fundraising. To my knowledge, all of this is in the public domain now so I don't believe I am betraying any confidences. I think one of Boston's first steps was to increase dramatically the size and scope of their BOD. I think it is at or close to 50 members now, and it is a great mix of Boston area drum corps people and movers and shakers from the corporate and financial world in the city of Boston. The corps established Inspire Arts & Music, with the mandate of increasing the organization's outreach in the city. Staring first with establishing a series of high school music festivals, then on to acquiring other, existing festivals, establishing a FREE brass program and a FREE percussion program for local city kids run out of the new corps hall in Hyde Park, aligning itself with the Blessed Sacrament WGI organization, and more recently, 7th Regiment and acquiring the recording studio and Fleetwood Records business. They also opened their own musical instrument store, which is not just a mail order operation, but is actually a physical walk in retail space in the same building, which also houses a working community theatre. Now, you might ask where does the money come from if most of these activities are free to the local kids? That's where the corporate involvement comes from. You can't just ask a successful company for money...you have to SHOW what you do with it. So, if you, say, are able to present a powerpoint to a ABC Investments, XYZ Mutual Insurance Group, John Smith Financial Group, the City of Boston, etc and SHOW how you are impacting kids on a local, regional and national level, that yields results. So much results in fact, that several other drum corps ask you to show them what you have done (and some folks here would be astonished to know which corps). When I was last involved directly with the corps, I remember working the bingo in Cambridge. That was fine for simple cash flow at the time, but the folks on BAC's BOD deserve tons of credit for their work in diversifying both Boston's financial reach and operational depth. I have seen on other threads comments about BAC "coming into money". Nothing can be further from the truth. It has been a painstaking, multiyear process by the BOD who literally have the motto "We will never die". There is nothing wrong with car washes and bake sales, but at the end of the day, it is all about community outreach and engagement. It is the long game that matters.
  10. I also applaud the return to Lawrence. Although the Quincy Stadium is better now than it ever was, trying to get into that area on a weeknight through commuter traffic was always problematic. The Lawrence stadium is literally right off the exit...(PLUS, for New Englanders like me who make this show the jumping off point for the Allentown weekend, this is INCREDIBLY convenient)! Eat 'em up, Boston!
  11. My experience in the past has been that the corps waiting around after the show were the result of critique in many cases, which usually took far longer that scores being read. Don't they still have critique?
  12. I, too, am curious about this. When the corps posted the announcement of the renewal of the Band Shoppe agreement, there was mention of "a new look". Like you, LabMaster, I am more of a traditionalist. Having said that, even the US military's branches uniforms change over time (have you watched a WW II movie lately?). I also have come to the realization that unless I am prepared to write a really big check to outfit the entire drum corps, I don't really get to choose. LOL! I do have faith in the director and BOD. I suspect there is change coming, but for some reason, I don't get the feeling that the leaders at BAC want to FOLLOW Bluecoats or anyone else. We will have to wait and see. I can see the High Command in Hyde Park continuing to reimagine the corps on the field, much as they have done off the field. Eat'em Up, Boston!
  13. The 2016 Bluecoats are an interesting study to me. Here is my perspective: I brought a group of my band kids to the show in July in Lynn, MA. It turned out that the Bluecoats had the Manning Stadium (the show venue) for the day. We arrived around 1pm, so were able to watch an entire ensemble rehearsal. Other than some visual dirt in the feet, I found their show exciting, captivating, and very enjoyable to watch (and listen to). The snare drummers on the top of the riser early on was one of the many elements which I thought were genius. We had a great time. And then, the show happened. To be fair, I think they performed their show as well if not better than the ensemble rehearsal/runthrough which we had seen earlier in the day. For me, it was those costumes. I just couldn't get past them. Now, lest anyone accuse me of being "some old dinosaur", I probably do qualify for that title in terms of my age. But, I am an active writer/designer/teacher and have been for 30 years, including indoor guard and for the past 5 years, indoor percussion. I would have had zero issues with Bluecoats costumes had it been WGI. I personally just found the shapeless bodysuits and lack of any kind of headgear unappealing...just my opinion. Did the physicality of their production necessitate the costume choices? Quite possibly, and if so, I do get it. Having said that, like many other corps, the uniform "look" of the Bluecoats (including the helmets) have been quintessential in their overall badassery over the past several years in particular. As I stated in the uniform thread, the headgear (regardless of type---I even like Crown's hats) along with a chiseled uniform "line" provide a visual pop that the amorphous bodysuits simply cannot. I absoluely give Bluecoats credit for changing and enhancing the paradigm with regard to the use of electronics and methodology of show programming...both of which I am all for. I really hope, however, that their costuming choice for 2016 was a one off and, much like Star's silkless flag poles all those years ago, doesn't catch on. But, that which is rewarded is perpetuated in DCI so we can logically assume there will be some followers to this.
  14. My personal hope is that we continue to see headgear-in all its diversity-in 2017. I understand the preference for going hatless in the indoor activity. The audiences are up close and personal (as are the judges) and the performers need to be able to emote to them as part of their performance. Large stadiums are different altogether, however. Whether they be open air like Allentown or enclosed like Lucas Oil, the audiences (and most of the judges) are too far away in either case for that kind of visual intimacy. In addition, as a visual person I like the "uniformity" that most headwear achieves. I cannot imagine SCV, for example, being nearly as badazz without their Aussies. Same for Cadets...same for...actually everyone. Heck, I even like Crown's whatever they are. I do hope the Bluecoats' approach was a one off design choice, but BRASSO is probably correct in that it could be the start of a trend. As we know, that which is rewarded by DCI is perpetuated. And before anybody asks, no, I have no idea what BAC is doing this year in this regard. :)
  15. Really corpsband, is that the best you can do? Take your shots at BAC all you want. Tell you what...call me when your corps has survived 77 years.