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  1. Hey! You stole that from me! I've been "suggesting" Phantom do this for 15+ years...you can see how they listen to me!
  2. MikeD

    Pioneer Member Rant

    But if you do well, they can be purrrrr-fect.
  3. No, I am out because I gave my reasons, and that is all. I won't change them, and they won't change me. It is my opinion for the reasons I gave. Period.
  4. Disagree 1000%, but I am out. This was a thread asking for people to give their rule change. I gave mine. Period. I don't care who agrees or disagrees. It is my opinion and my rule change per the OP's thread request, that's all.
  5. MikeD

    Pioneer Member Rant

    So to be clear, this is your only DCP account, correct?
  6. OK, DCI World and Open class prohibits WW, which should be changed.
  7. No...and as I said, I prefer a new division for any instruments and any size...if no corps wants to participate there, fine. If all do, fine....if some do, also fine. That is my answer to the OP's original request. It is MY rule change if I were able to make one.
  8. Marching WW makes total sense. They are present in scholastic bands because they make sense to be there. Since the music is arranged specifically for field use, it can just as easily include WW parts, as it does for 99.999% or the marching band activity. Only the DCI and DCA segments don't permit it, which IMO should be changed.
  9. Because WW are excluded from DCI, which IMO should be changed.
  10. I disagree with most of your post. Suffice it to say this is my opinion based on the title of the thread. I don't what you or anyone else happens think. The poster asked us what new rule would we like to see. Drum corps is marching band...always was and will be. Do WW have a right? I don't think I ever said that they do. I said I think DCI should legalize WW in some fashion, most especially in a new Anything Goes division. If no corps want to do that, than fine. It is just my opinion, after being around drum corps since 1963. I have indeed heard many bands where the WW were audible, by the way, including the one I worked with for a quarter century here in NJ, and arranged for between 2003 and 2017. Were we BOA level? Not even close, but we did a decent job at our level, and we always made sure the WW were written for properly and staged to be heard.
  11. MikeD

    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    Be interesting to do the math and see what happens. Certainly today, with move-in and spring training, the time is more focused and dedicated to just doing drum corps. We had scholastic and other things happening back in the pre-DCI day that also required focus and time.
  12. MikeD

    2019 Madison Scouts!

    Scott has a looong resume of arranging for marching bands and concert bands. I hardly think the key of the brass makes a difference, given his position as director of bands at Western Michigan U.
  13. MikeD

    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    Look at VFW Nats from 64-70, 1st place through 4th place. Of the 28 available slots, 27 of them were filled by the same 6 corps. Heck, the Cavies and Troopers themselves filled 13 of them in that timeframe.
  14. No reason WW players should have to try and learn another instrument, that in a lot of cases locks them out of making a top corps. To say it doesn't take a lot to learn to play an instrument, at the level needed to make a top corps, is just bogus IMO. Drum corps is not unique and distinct from marching band, and it never has been. That is drum corps people making artificial attempts to raise themselves above the scholastic world, IMO. You are right that the talent level is just so high these days...that is why it is even tougher for WW players to make it into a top corps. And basically, there is no reason they should have to do so in this day and age. Just MHO...obviously DCI and the member corps do not agree with me, which is fine. Soundsport is indeed a great activity for those who choose it, and who live in the area where an organization exists. No disagreement there.
  15. Drum corps is part of marching/music. It is just not separate and distinct. It never really has been; IMO it is all part of the same large activity.