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  2. StrikerEZ

    Relative Newbie

    Like, imagine how cool it’d be if they took their new style of uniform (like the 2013-2016 versions) and combined that with the old cream uniforms. That’d be so cool!
  3. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6vkn2y
  4. My guess is that for a marching band like Tarpon Springs, a LOT of the show design and operating budget comes from fund-raising by parents/kids, not the public school budget.
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  6. garfield

    Tarpon Springs - Digital Screens

    In my opinion, you're being a little too sensitive. The comments have been mostly complimentary or neutral on the show and no one has attacked the kids. What's DCPI? Haven't seen anything positive or somewhat informative? Then you need to spend more time here than you have in the past; you're obviously not paying enough attention. Budget < IS > part of the discussion and, in the opinion of some, is a key consideration in an activity that runs, not on public school budgets, but on the ticketed value it provides and corporate/charitable support is attracts. Hard to just ignore the elephant-in-the-room cost in the context of actual drum corps budgets.
  7. Hey! Old phart here who really loved the video! I used to correspond with a parent from Broken Arrow (probably 12-13 years ago now), and I loved what they were doing. His kids had graduated, but he stayed on to help build props and be part of the parent crew because he loved it so much. I would guess TS is as first class an outfit. As for budget, I'm sure it was expensive. I am also sure, without any first hand knowledge, that a band the caliber of TS has it all covered from beginning to end in managing their budget.
  8. Tim K

    The Cadets 2019

    My guess is no news, or controversies so the focus can be on 2019 is just the way the folks at Cadets like it.
  9. I am very happy I taught the band I taught for 24 years. Our parents were ALWAYS positive to the other bands, no matter who the band was. That whole over the top sort of thing is, I am glad to say, alien to us.
  10. garfield

    Tarpon Springs - Digital Screens

    Interestingly, in most orgs, the two aren't connected and the pressure for designing around props and gimmicks is coming from the designers because they know, from their meetings with DCI, what it will take to win. There's never enough money, period. It doesn't matter how much the corps makes, it's never enough. That's exactly why performance adjudication should not be influenced by the dollars spent on a show designed around props and A&E..
  11. Fran Haring

    The Cadets 2019

    Quiet is good. At least compared to the three-ring circus of recent years. LOL.
  12. i'm teaching my kids irony right now thanks for this
  13. year1buick

    Tarpon Springs - Digital Screens

    I’ve watched them practice and perform for weeks now and it still blows my mind. I think we probably spend more on designers, thankfully, than all that other stuff. (Mr Toth flies out frequently to work with them, for instance.) It kinda makes me smile, thinking of how my little high school marching band managed to make it to state back in the late 80’s/early 90’s. I was half the trombone section the first year we made it. (The other half is the principle trombone for the President’s Own, though, LOL.) I wish I’d have known you were there, I’d have come by to said “hi!”
  14. garfield

    Tarpon Springs - Digital Screens

    Do they really "dig" what they're seeing? Or are they digging it because adult judges are rewarding those things and telling those performing kids what wins in "Cool!" land. I'm significantly confident that, if drum corps judges told those same kids that analog, prop-less performances of musical and visual excellence can win without props or, even A&E!, band kids who are full of A&E would flock to drum corps and analog "DCI" would be Cool again. Few would argue that the pendulum of the activity has swung wildly in favor of "anything goes" and "We'll judge what we see" (aka, excuses for unfinished shows), and it's reasonable that, similar to society, it might be time for drum corps to perform and compete under a different and, maybe, more stringent set of more-objective metrics. Tell kids that performing excellence within "these defined" guardrails (whatever) is rewarded with outstanding teaching, performance excellence, and Saturday night "roar of the crowd" performances and they will flock to the winners in that idiom. Doing so teaches the same performance and "life" lessons as the activity does now and ONLY excludes the avante-gard designers who wish to make their bones on the backs of performers paying, and playing, for applause only. Seriously, in an activity where $15,000 can easily DOUBLE the money spent on WC/OC staff, even if renting these screens and their transports costs just $5,000 a season is, IMO, awfully hard to justify. Tell the kids that inspections before performances are a way to win and watch how fast you see uniform standards change. The adults of DCI lead the activity. It is their interpretation of "today's kids" that sets their policy of performance standards. They are sheep largely with a belief that they must follow the herd to be relevant, and they don't need to be. Being different in what is valued is taught and directed by the leaders of the activity. Don't be fooled into thinking that the kids won't adapt with excellence if the adults establish what's valued with a high score. IMO, anyway.
  15. MikeRapp

    The Cadets 2019

    Btw I just learned that Cadets’ 2018 drum major is from Franklin, Tn High School, right in my back yard. They have a terrific band, led by a former Phantom Regiment member. https://amp.tennessean.com/amp/1132719002
  16. Highwaydude

    Tarpon Springs - Digital Screens

    Since you'll call me the original Poster... I complimented the band right off the bat in my first post. I never said anything negative towards the band. As a fan of DCI I have not seen any use of digital screens since i've been following and my post was geared towards who and how soon we may see it incorporated into a DCI show. This weekend while watching it on FloMarching I was very impressed. I personally think they are cool and add much to the GE of the show. Now since my original post I can't control how numerous posts to this point have spun the direction I intended but as a follower on DCP.. I am not shocked at all. At times its better I just read and not interact because you'll get torn to pieces very quickly on here. I'll stick to my original post and i'll say it again. I loved Tarpons Show this year! Pushing the envelope further in creativity on the field. Now carry on and continue to rip everyone apart.
  17. HockeyDad

    Tarpon Springs - Digital Screens

    Really. Screeeeeeee!!!!! THE KIDS!!!! That dog whistle again. I'm pretty sure "the kids" didn't design the show. It's the designers being panned here. But the poster knew that.
  18. HockeyDad

    Tarpon Springs - Digital Screens

    Don't make me put you on double secret probation.
  19. For the first time in their 55-year history the Mandarins achieved a Drum Corps International Finalist position, earning 10th place in the nation. Coming off this historic season, the Mandarins are excited to announce that the entire design and caption head team will return for the 2019 season. Ike Jackson returning as the Mandarins Program […] View the full article
  20. Through our new YouTube Channel , we’ve created a playlist for you that includes all of the original tracks that Starriders are using for their upcoming show “Fountain of Youth” next season. Have fun listening. Read the rest of the article here. View the full article
  21. Horns, leather, helmets, drums, students, grass, beer, hot dogs and the band. All of these are aspects that make or break a football game, and one that has been making more and more of an impact on the spectating of the Colorado Mesa University college football games has been the marching band. The young band […] View the full article
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  23. We are thrilled to announce that Jeremy Bennett is returning for a 4th season as Seattle Cascades Tour Director, and his 7th with the Seattle Cascades organization. Driving a World Class Drum and Bugle Corps through spring training and a ten thousand mile national tour is a complex and demanding job. Jeremy’s years of practical […] View the full article
  24. OK we made a lot of bad jokes about a HS band dragging big ### TV's around a football field. But uh I never saw anyone say anything negative towards "the kids". I wasn't real high on BA's Go Kart A Rama last 2 years either but....
  25. fifer

    The Cadets 2019

    So, anything new from Cadets? Seems so strange for it to be so quiet. Most years, we'd be on our third controversy about the next year's show by now!!!
  26. Contestant Hila Saxer mentioned on today's episode of Jeopardy that her family members are huge drum corps fans, and stated that a California corps, the Santa Clara Vanguard won this year's championship.
  27. Mello Dude

    Regiment Ramblings (What If?)

    Thinking more of a 2007 "On Air" vibe. Possibly one of the most underrated shows ever.
  28. Great to hear about some people's experience with these folks, but seems like a very young and inexperienced group. Maybe good if they stick around, but what can they do for 2019?
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