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  1. They should do well in Independent World in Dayton
    16 points
  2. Donate or don't. If ever there was a thread that needed to be closed, this is it......
    10 points
  3. I can no longer watch this one-person crusade silently. Stu, you articulate your values very well. Why do you only apply them to some people and not others? Mr. Morlot was kind enough to post here, and admit that there were staff bills not yet paid when he retired. We have no idea how many such bills there were, how long they went unpaid, or what the amounts were. Why do you give him a pass, while holding Bob Gupta to a higher standard? And what happened to those staff payments? For all you know, current Bushwacker management may have avoided multiple legal actions by prioritizing
    6 points
  4. The corps placed 13th in 1980 and we didn't see them in World Class Finals for 28 years, until 2008. That is not going to happen this time. The corps is financially solid, has great management, a superb staff (either being retained or coming in), and is used to being competitive at a quite high level. I expect to see a number of corps slipping out of Finals and making it back in over the next several years. There is so much quality out there that fewer corps are "shoe-ins" anymore. And corps that aren't in Finals are pushing those above and below them to continuously get better. It's an ex
    6 points
  5. Stu and everyone, PLEASE can we STOP this?? When I left the corps it was in desperate need of members. Bills were being payed BUT time was running out QUICKLY for the corps. The way I ooperated the corps and how I payed bills was feuld by a certain amount of membership each year. When the membership shrank from bad to worse I was planning on folding the corps, Selling all the equipment and paying ALL the remaining bills and staff bills and retire. A group of alums and staff approached me with a plan to take over the corps, Help pay a few personal bills in my name and try to salvage the corps
    5 points
  6. The person who posted that comment lacks basic math skills.
    5 points
  7. Syracuse Brigadiers. Gave $$$,$$$ to Magic of Orlando.
    4 points
  8. 3 points
  9. Oh yeah... Putting Bluecoats in the top 3. Disaster.
    3 points
  10. just his rep as the "watchdog" of the activity. funny hearing lots of stories about other corps issues, but Stu isn't out there tilting their windmills
    3 points
  11. I thought it should be mentioned that all corps should take notes from Brad Furlano on how to handle a staff change announcement. I don't know who is going to replace the departing staff, but as long as a member of the Furlano family is in charge, I have confidence that the Blue Stars will be fine. Z
    3 points
  12. There is no doubt competitively they could do it. BUT, they should make sure they are financially sound. They have been smart the last few years to do their little tour in Washington/Oregon, take 2 weeks off competitively, and then go to championships. This obvioulsy shows they know how to handle what money they have, and probably won't move up to World unless they are certain that it is a smart move. At least what I think.
    3 points
  13. I may be reading between the lines of KyleB post but..... I think what he is trying to convey is that the Stadium in Rochester was less than ideal. It was a in a horrible neighborhood and the sound was horrible if you were anywhere outside the 40's. Rochester is and was a great city to have a Venue. DCA and the City did a lot to make us feel at home there. After dealing with the nazi death squad brown shirts in Scranton... Rochester allowed DCA to flourish and party like rock stars. In Rochester they did not care if you came in and out of the gate 100 times. In Scranton you had to purchase a
    3 points
  14. Harrisburg ran the mini show up until their next to last show. Larry brought the mini's in to draw more people for the Sat. Night show and that couldn't save it. Should I be like you and say that nobody would pay to see "Alumni Corps"? Fact of the matter is, Drum Corps in general does not draw like it use to and most people can't afford to go see it. With the line-up that Larry use to put out year in and year out and the Show still couldn't survive....doesn't that tell you anything? Do you think the "Alumni Spectacular" would even exist if it were not sandwiched between the Semi's and the Fina
    2 points
  15. The helmets were not a good look - but I would enjoy something closer to their original look
    2 points
  16. I belong to an alumni Wind Ensemble at Rutgers University. Last spring, representatives from the Bushwackers did a recruiting presentation during one of our rehearsal breaks. A lot of members who are band directors were there to hear about them. They also set up a table in the lobby where the RU student Brass Band was having a concert. A lot of Rutgers and local HS students in attendance found out who they were. So I can testify that they are actively recruiting. I just donated a little via Paypal. A friend of mine on FB said they are halfway to their goal. His kids are in their kids g
    2 points
  17. Grumpy, You made some very good points--I just don't understand why the premium seats didn't sell out. I also don't understand not having 15,000 fans in the stands. Scott Smith
    2 points
  18. A close 2nd to the (in)famous "I'll show you later" from that Cavies tenor during the 04 theater broadcast (oh...how our audience HOWLED when he said that!)
    2 points
  19. since sullivan has been at blue stars, the blue stars had one of my top 3 favorite music books every year (except this last one), I hope he lands somewhere else, it will be a shame to not hear his stuff any more. same goes for kevin ford, I would love to see his designs somewhere soon!
    2 points
  20. If there is no high cam, then this isn't a recording of the "show". It's vignettes of individuals within the show. Give us the SHOW
    2 points
  21. Excellent point. Say the show causes fans to leave. That is a definite reaction. Therefore, the show is very effective? Say the staff claims the show was intended to cause fans to leave, and they did. Therefore, the show was very effective?
    2 points
  22. It worked in the 70's. You don't get 2nd place at DCI finals by having crooked lines. At least not back then.
    2 points
  23. Oh and btw...I gave a few $$. I've had personal funds on the line to keep a corps going...I know the pain. I don't want to see Bush go under. At times I have hated them ( aka lost lol) and at times beat them, and other times loved them ( and lost to them too LOL). good luck Bush, and Dave I hope you get every penny
    2 points
  24. Instead of watching from the sidelines, he redefined the sidelines. Everyone knew about Mr. Moto.
    2 points
  25. Not quite "unnoticed" but I loved the "Mr. Moto" idea in SCV's '06 Moto Perpetuo show.
    2 points
  26. What Jay said. Honest to God, this activity really cannot afford to lose another corps. So any of us who can help out financially in this case should at least consider doing so. I also almost can't believe that this thread turned into a "Blue Devils bashing/defending" topic for a while.
    2 points
  27. Not that you're partial or anything. ;)
    2 points
  28. They should do whatever they think is smartest for them. For me, I just hope they keep performing at the level they are.
    2 points
  29. And before Stu makes his next post about how all the reasons he won't donate which take the post into further off topic and how we really could care less about his opinion... Have you donated???? In Stu's world, the world revolves around him, and for some reason we should spend so much time on only 1 persons opinion rather than everyone out there and their generosity to help a struggling historic DCA corps. I encourage anyone to just ignore him. Some facts about the Bushwackers: The first show they ever won was in 1986. It was the DCA World Championship. They won in 1986, 1988, 1989, 199
    2 points
  30. They would have been 2nd. It was a great design. A challenging design, that they achieved very well for the most part. Would have beat Crown, because Crown never achieved their drill. Some one said something about 2005 Cadets in 2006? I think they would have blown everyone out of the water in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,,, well you get my point. I wasn't too fond of that show the first time I saw it in Allentown. But OMG I love that show. It is awesome. And it is the best COMPLETE package The Cadets have ever put together. Actually the best complete packag
    2 points
  31. You can prove that all of those "pages upon pages" are DCA corps members? (Hint: You can't) In fact, a LOT of the posts ripping BD (specifically) were fans of the corps that they were beating (especially Crown and Cadets... this I CAN prove). "Many drum corps alumni" =/= the Bushwackers or other DCA corps. Your arguments are misguided and spurious. I saw a great many DCA jacket at several DCI shows this year. That's REAL support of DCI. The posts of some individuals on a marching band website are not indicative of the beliefs of the fan base as a whole. But you know what? You are entitled
    2 points
  32. Maybe it's just me, but I'd much rather see the Cadets pull out "In the Spring..." and "Ballet Sacra" and do a 20-year tribute to THEIR 1993 show.
    2 points
  33. End of SCV '99, the drill is actually an A and a V, in reference at Art Velarde, (sp?) a member who was unfortunately killed in a car accident before the season started.
    2 points
  34. The Y-pull! Love that move. Wish they would incorporate that more often. Also wanted to mention Cavaliers 2001, Four Corners. They use all 4 corners of the field, and when they rotate a box, the members on the four corners of the box rotate the opposite way and end up on the corner opposite of where they were before. They do this at least 3 times that I'm aware of. Hmm....what else...Oh! Look at my avatar. Star 1991, when they did the cross to cross, right before they finish forming the last cross, it *almost* looks as if that transition was supposed to make a star for a split second while
    2 points
  35. Hey, I interviewed that bug ten years later for a "Where are they now" segment on DCI.org. His name is Percy and after a stint in the Green Berets, he ended up graduating from University of Kansas with a degree in business administration and went to work with Chase as a financial consultant. Last I heard, he retired to running an Italian ice kiosk at county fairs in Texas.
    2 points
  36. Only one real Red and Black... Even Freddie knows that.........Lmao..Love Ya too Bro..
    1 point
  37. if you have a spare dollar. Donate. It's worth it. Losing another corps in the activity. Is not really acceptable. Especially a corps with this history. I know NO ONE involved wants anything bad for the corps. But people do need to be paid back.
    1 point
  38. Since you asked what I would say to others (for those who are going to blast me for making this about me it is not about me, I was asked my opinion) Tell the BOD: a) Immediately, today, right now, fire the person(s) responsible for making the final decisions for the organization; whomever had final call on axing the payments but decided to go to championships needs to be held accountable because they ran the corps into the ground in one-year where as Jay apparently ran it above reproach for 25-years; even if it is the full BOD and the current director, dump the ones who do not know how to ru
    1 point
  39. All, As "The Creditor" and as the "Past Administrator" in the factual and rumored matters under discussion in this thread, I will attempt to provide some clarification. 1. This is indeed a private matter between me and the Bushwackers 2. Any implied involvement of the Windsor Regiment in this matter is total falsehood. It is inflammatory and totally uncalled for. They are not involved in any way shape or form. The Windsor Regiment will not benefit one penny from this situation. 3. There is no personal animosity involved here. This is the final phase of a business transaction. It is
    1 point
  40. I will have to agree with those who say Bluecoats. I downloaded the San Antonio and prelims soundtracks and the difference between the two is amazing. Not only did they have a great musical book, the worked to improve it. The same is true with Crossmen, I also agree with those who give a thumbs up to SCV. I also think Boston Crusaders did a commendable job with their horn line this year with a book that was not easy to perform and Spirit had some moments that reminded me of 1978-1980 when Spirit was the guilty pleasure of so many fans. I think Cadets deserve credit for making basic music rathe
    1 point
  41. Bluecoats or SCV. Some really consistently good hornlines from them that really don't get much attention. (Outside of 2007 and 2009 respectively). Now if we're talking over-rated horn lines, I can think of a few to put in that category....
    1 point
  42. Troopers Pacific Crest Glassmen Bluecoats
    1 point
  43. I would definitely say Bluecoats.
    1 point
  44. Having played at the Dock twice on Thursday, with Minne-Brass and with MBI, the idea of doing a mini corps contest there troubles me. Minne-Brass fit on the stage with a certain amount of room left over, so it's conceivable that VERY limited drill could be accommodated. Okay, we tweak the gig expectations so the mini corps don't do a bunch of movement. More notes, louder music, cool. From the performers perspective, no sweat. The far bigger problem with doing mini corps at the Dock stage would be that the area available around the stage isn't even NEARLY big enough to accommodate the size of
    1 point
  45. Don't think Leon is going anywhere either BUT...if he were, Gaines works closely with the major players on the Crown design team in the winter...
    1 point
  46. It's been a week and a half since finals, and I decided to wait a while to start this thread, to give myself more time to reflect on the entire season. Is it just me, or was this the most unusual season since DCI started 40 years ago? In the spirit of 93 Star, we had one of the more controversial shows of the season with Blue Devils. Kind of an odd show musically and visually. I personally am hoping this is not the direction BD is going to keep going in the future. They have always been one of my favorite corps, but it didn't seem like this type of show really connected with the audience, al
    1 point
  47. 07 BD....near the end when they're forming that block coming at the sideline from an angle...every other line is out of step...on purpose. A very risky move with the pants stripe.
    1 point
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