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  1. Cadets 2018

    As someone who has taught Maine high school marching bands since the late 70's, I would offer this: The best antifreeze (by far) is SCOPE mouthwash. It doesn't harm the instrument ( not even woodwind pads), it won't harm the members, and it doesn't taste bad. We have had two Maine finals in the last 7 years with heavy snow at the show, and this works great. BTW, it is usually the saxophone section that freezes first. Of course, if you are at 30 degrees the mallet percussion/woodwind pitch situation gets interesting really fast. Also, frostbite can be a concern with drummers since they obviously aren't wearing gloves. :)
  2. Boston Crusaders 2018

    I wouldn't read too much into this. There is a former BD member/BAC staff member who teaches at a college music program in Boston who is currently on Troopers brass staff. He is a good guy and I'm sure he is probably the person who set this up. Good for Troop!
  3. Cadets 2018

    Really? You don't think that an inept, cash-strapped, outdated, autocratic administration won't have any effect on how a corps places?
  4. Jeff, I have made this assertion before on another thread. Knowing many of the movers and shakers on the BAC board personally (I marched with some and taught with others) I can tell you that a turning point in Boston's trajectory came in the year when BAC DID, in fact, qualify to be in the TOC shows but was not let in. There were some people in Boston who were so angry, so furious at this obvious block that they literally committed to do WHATEVER it would take financially to thrust the organization into the upper tier. That anger was harnessed and became known as "Building A Champion". While some outsiders scoffed, the BOD was doubled in size, community based educational programs were acquired and grown, the formidable resources of the corporate/financial sector within the City of Boston as well as the city itself were brought into play, and the BAC/Inspire Arts budget was quintupled in 3 years. As I have said before, the G7 proposal ignited the fire. And, here's what is NOT common knowledge....more than a few of BAC's current board members who are now extremely successful in their 50's and 60's remember a time many years ago when there were some forces in the activity trying to keep Boston out (then it was the top 12). In those days, these people were just struggling teenagers off the streets of various eastern Mass cities and towns....what could they do? I guess now they feel like they are empowered to do something about it. The summer of 2017 was just the opening salvo.
  5. 2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    I don't think we'll see anything newsworthy from Boston. My understanding is that this year's caption heads/designers are on five year contracts and many of the rest of the staff are on 3 year agreements. Expect a snoozefest from BAC staff-wise.
  6. Boston Crusaders 2018

    Ghost has the distinction of being the most negative "supporter" BAC has ever has. If and when the corps ever wins finals, his reaction is sure to be "yeah, but all they can do now is go down...). SMH....
  7. Boston Crusaders 2018

    I agree with what JWillis said not too long ago on another thread. The TOC has outlived its usefulness, if it ever had any. It is meaningless, and represents a concession prize DCI felt compelled to throw them when the G7 idiocy imploded. There are at least two TOC corps which are now in serious financial and creative trouble, while corps like BAC and BK are ascending. Get rid of it. Move on. Nothing more to see here.
  8. Some thoughts on 2017

    I simply do NOT understand why someone who clearly hates modern drum corps so much even logs on to DCP. Seriously, take your bitter self and go find something else to do with your time, dude! I may be a Boston homer..and I may spar with or discuss issues with someone from Cadets or Crown or Bloo, but at least we all love this activity and we also all support SOMEBODY! Perhaps you'd be happier if you just didn't come on here anymore. I know we would.
  9. Boston Crusaders 2018

    I predict they will come in....between 1st and 12th.
  10. Age Outs

    Interesting thread, and a couple thoughts to add: The least surprising fact here is that BD has been a destination corps for decades. And yes, they most likely don't have to wade through hundreds of high school kids at auditions when they know they can rely on music majors and seasoned drum corps vets from throughout DCI. This is not a criticism...good for them! And, it does explain (in part) how they almost never dip beneath the top 3 despite having so many ageouts every year. I think if they were to have 150 ageouts in 2017, they would still field 150 NEW 20 and 21 year olds in 2018. As for Boston's ageout number of 37, that seems accurate to me. I can add that there are only 3 ageouts in the battery....1 snare, 1 tenor, and 1 bass.....so it would seem they would be in good shape as Colin M and his team enter year #2. One last thought on member retention. Every year, DCI sends out questionaires to all the members on their "membership experience"....kind of like the JD Power survey in the auto business. BD tends to win this on a regular basis, as they did in 2016. And, for perspective, Boston came in second last year (despite the 12th place finish). Interesting....
  11. Boston Crusaders 2018

    Liahona, I recall when MW talked at the 75th about "Building a Champion". When word got out, there was a good deal of snickering here on DCP. Back this past spring just prior to move-in, there was another round of snickering. "The new staff won't make a difference"....."Where will they get the mm talent"...."They MIGHT improve by a few placements, but that's it" etc etc etc Some people might ask "What brought all this on?" The G7 proposal, the exclusion of Boston when they actually made the TOC cut, the arrogance of a handful of directors who said (in writing) their corps "were the show" and others "brought no value to the activity". Now combine that with a 77 year old organization which should have completely disbanded at least 4 times in its history but refused to with a 50 member BOD, many of whom survived those years and most of whom went from being teenaged BAC members to extremely successful business leaders and professionals and there you have it. Some look at the fire at the end of Boston's show as a cool effect. I see it as an allegory for what has started and what is to come for the Boston Crusaders. Colin McNutt is right...BAC IS striving to do everything better than anyone else, both on and off the field. Boston NEVER thought of themselves as being subpar, even when they had 19 horns. Now, the chickens are coming home to roost.
  12. I can also confirm that Aubrey sang every show live....other than her very last note which needed to be pitch altered to simulate her drifting off....she is an incredible vocalist and guard member. I will be a fan of hers forever.
  13. The boycott of what would have been BAC's early season 2017 show by Cadets and Crown was real, and in fact discussed openly at a winter Director's meeting. Be that as it may, if I was in charge (which I'm not) I would have Boston host the Gillette stadium show again in early July, and if necessary, fly in BD, SCV, BLOO, and Cavies. Let Cadets and Crown do their own thing that night.
  14. Speaking as someone who spent a week in the BAC uniform room back in Vermont assisting those folks, I thought I would answer a few of these questions. (With the caveat that the design team could always change their minds...,lol) 1. Boston's shakos are in fact authentic, old school shakos. Supplied by Band Shoppe, the name brand is Shakomaster, and they are intended for use in multiple years. The earth-toned band and "Puritan Buckle" are easily removed and can be replaced with something different in a future year. 2. The other re-usable element are the gray vests, which interestingly resemble the look and feel of leather up close, but they are not. The "drop sashes" are attached to a button inside the vest, and of course can also be changed out ( the ruffle as well). 3. The shirts and bib pants are very show specific and I would assume they will be changed in the future. Also, I want to give a shout out to Band Shoppe. This whole uniform package (inc the guard stuff) was all custom made and the members loved how cool they were in hot weather(at least compared with older unis)....also, on some of the pieces, the tag inside actually has printed on it "BAC 2017", which is really cool since I believe the corps members are allowed to retain some of those pieces. As for headwear in general, as I mentioned on another thread, to me it is not a matter of tradition so much as uniformity. As a visual guy, I like the most possible uniform look on the field. I can't get out of my mind the hatless Blue Knights, whose tuba section began the show down front and back to....a blond guy, a dark hair guy, a curly haired guy, a guy/girl with a bit longer hair....etc. And, just like our friends from Allentown, I just think many of their forms would have looked more precise with some version of a head wear. The Cadets actually could have benefited from Bishop's hats (the shorter ones) if they felt the shakos wouldn't work. I get the WGI/emoting concept....but that doesn't work for the judges at any of the regionals or Indy, other than field judges who presumably are not judging GE in any case.
  15. Corps Income/Revenue Stream

    And there you have it...straight from the Inspire Arts & Music BOD. And I think the website still lists the biggest contributors to the corps...you'll see names like Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, John Hancock etc. As for "buying a championship", apparently BAC is supposed to know it's place and not strive to win?