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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. So far, so good. Interesting that they mentioned the word "refreshing" several times. That speaks volumes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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?
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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. :)
  10. 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.
  11. So finally, corpsband, your true colors are out in the open for all to see. About time. For the record, Liahona is correct about the show boycott, prompting a visit from Dan A to Boston in late September. Also for the record, Boston did not simply "come into some cash". The BOD has invested years in cultivating ties to the City of Boston, Commonwealth of Mass, and the city's financial district. It has been a long, arduous process for all the folks involved. Your disdain for BAC is now front and center. I just can't think of why you are so preoccupied with a corps who just "squeaked into 12th".
  12. I ask this with absolute respect to corpsband, Garfield, and anyone else...and it is something I joked about a few pages back: Suppose the fictitious Boston Crown Cadets Corps decided to take its $3500 fee, increase that fee by another $3500, but then give each member a "scholarship" back of $3500 with the condition of those members never marching elsewhere or they would owe the scholarship back? Guys, seriously if you follow this idea to its possible conclusion, would that not have the effect of forcing kids to march with one corps for their entire eligibility? I know the example seems absurd, but the methodology is the exact same.
  13. Great point! While we're at it, let's have Boston rise their fees by $2000, then give every 2017 member a "scholarship" for $2000, have them sign the "scholarship agreement" wherein they can't march anywhere else the rest of their life?? If they switch, they must pay it back. Think of the $$ BAC could make!!!
  14. At the end of the day, I guess I just feel that some kids are not being treated very well by an organization. You can spin it any way you choose...concoct tales of secret lists, etc, but the fact remains (and verified by the original poster--whom I do not know) that Crown members are required to pay back scholarships if they switch to a different corps the following year. I simply have never heard of that before and it just doesn't sound right to me. That's all there is to it. I should think that I am as entitled to voice my opinion on a discussion forum as much as anyone else
  15. So after denying, then dismissing and then demanding proof, now apparently the only thing left is to blame me. That's fine. You can believe whatever you like. I was informed of the situation by someone who was at the camp in Florida last weekend. I have never, ever seen an email containing a list of kids...new recruits or otherwise.