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  1. 8 points
    Why are marching Cadets and Cadet Alumni so loyal to each other? How would you answer this? While I was out in Indianapolis awhile back a number of people asked me why our Cadet Alumni are so supportive of our corps. I found it hard to explain in a short conversation just what having worn the iconic maroon and gold Cadet uniform, or sharing a history and heritage, or having shared values and a work ethic that we learned as marching Cadets, or singing The Holy Name hymn knowing that it has been sung by many thousands over a period of 83 years means to us. I thought back on some words that George Hopkins said at our 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee. To paraphrase, "We are not here to celebrate ten American Legion National Championship or ten DCI World Championships. We are here to celebrate and to honor every Cadet who has worn the maroon and gold over our long and rich history." In essence what I think he was saying, and what I firmly believe, is that we are all part of the Cadet tapestry. Our history is not simply about competitive achievement...though we value that as much as any other corps. Winning can be defined in many ways though, and through good years and bad we have always "won," through success, through adversity, and through challenges that have molded our character. If you have a conversation with a Cadet alumnus and you ask "why are you so loyal," more times than not he or she will tell you that everything they are, and everything they accomplished in life, was built upon the experience of having been aCadet. We are all forever linked, to the Cadets who preceded us, the Cadets we marched with, the Cadets who followed us, and the Cadets yet to come. FHNSAB...For Holy Name shall always be...pretty much sums up why we are so loyal and so supportive. We want to ensure that we all do whatever we can to ensure that those words...the final words of the Holy Name Hymn...and the promise to our corps' future that is embodied in those words...never ring empty.
  2. 5 points
    So as of last week, after 28 years I am no longer a DCI Fan. I am officially a DCI Parent. <applause> That said, as we've gotten closer and closer, with callbacks and video assignments and camps and talking about drum corps EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for 18 months, I've found that my perspective on this season - and DCI - had changed quite a bit. Really, without me even noticing until now. First, I could give a flying ... leap... about the other 40+ corps in DCI this year. So what if the Cadets are coming out in hot pink? BD playing Taylor Swift in their drum feature? Madison's relocation to Tulsa? No big deal. I'm sure it's all great, but I'll be honest - all I care about is my kiddo and how they're doing, how they place and how they feel about their corps. I probably will be one of those parents in the stands for only one corps, to tell the truth, even if they are likely to be near the front of every show. Sorry, fans who don't like transient crowds - sure I'd like to see the Cavaliers live when they go undefeated and stomp everyone this year, but I'd like even more to see the kiddo and hear how they felt their run was. Second, and probably much more significant, I'm suddenly very amazingly more tolerant of DCI's recent creative explosion. As they say, it's all fun and games until it happens to you. (Or is it until someone loses an ear?) My kiddo is going to be doing some fairly novel stuff in an avant-garde way, and I couldn't be happier. Because this year of DCI was made for them - this is theirs and nobody else's. You had your La Fiesta and Candide and Medea and Bjork and even your Justin Bieber, but now it's my kid's turn. To be brutally honest, as of now my kid's version of DCI is more important to them (and me) than your DCI. So best of luck, other corps, even if I'm only watching with half an eye and listening with half my brain. My focus is on one group of kids - one kid - and what I already know is going to be the best summer of DCI ever. Mike Ok... let's make this an actual discussion instead of some kind of a narcissistic blog post - parents, what did you find changed for you when you made the same switch from fan to parent?
  3. 4 points
    46 years as a BD alumni an my 5th year as parent of same corps. I have learned more about music as a parent then I ever did in playing. My son has been a HS instructor since the day he left HS. I hope he instructs a drum corps next year.
  4. 3 points
    No one is saying a military style uniform is unacceptable. We're saying it doesn't fit with the vast majority of show concepts being fielded nowadays. And having the corps proper help convey or tie into the show's theme seems to be gaining ever more prominence in DCI right now. A military styled uniform with some rather unique color combinations can be pretty restrictive if one is looking to use it to portray a particular concept. And I get it. It's that uniqueness, that presence, that unmistakable look that left no doubt as to who was entering the field that has lead us to have this debate in the first place. It's a beloved, cherished, and honored look. I'm not looking forward to not seeing it on the field as I remember back when I first fell in love with the Cadets. And I can't begin to imagine the trepidation and skepticism that alumni who've actually had the good fortune of wearing that uniform are experiencing right now. But things change, nothing is forever, and a thousand other cliches. The Cadets' legacy expands far beyond it's West Point attire. Should this activity continue on for another 30-40 years, I'm sure we'll look back at this change being just another milestone in that storied history.
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    Congrats. :) Where I didn't march I hope some day I can experience it the same way you are. A primary reason I'm not very critical on here is because I know the last thing I want is a parent or a MM reading some nasty crap someone is throwing their corps way, that just doesn't sit well with me.
  7. 2 points
    Glad she landed on both feet with Guardians Mike! It has been a journey for me.....marched in 1985, then was a fan for almost thirty years until I had teenagers old enough to try. First two band kids went to experience camps but didn't stick. It wasn't until kid #3 that I had one bite! Now #3 is in his third season, #4 is in her second season (as well as driving us nuts with independent winterguard) and I have lost my wife to the food truck for the past two summers! i can relate - I rarely watch other corps. I periscope our corps whenever I can but rarely scope anyone else. Having hung around the tour for a few years now, I have learned that the shows aren't my favorite part. They are really only about 10% of the story. The best parts as a parent are watching the morning workouts while I drink coffee, serving meals, long hot days in the food truck, injuries and trips to the urgent care clinic, bus rides, weird sleeping arrangements, free days, lot meals after shows, etc etc. if you can swing it I highly recommend you pack up and travel with them for a week or so. You'll be glad you did. Good luck, see you again soon!
  8. 1 point
    Take from it what you will.
  9. 1 point
    Whether or not they've been done is not the question. The question is whether they are creative or highly effective. It didn't even say creative AND highly effective. Creative and failed works, too, as would not too creative but highly effective.
  10. 1 point
    No, this is not right. While the facts you present are true, it is not true to state that the present-day corps shares anything at all than a history with those earlier versions. And you may not have considered that a current day corps (not necessarily OC) might want to intentionally sever ties with past leaders and/or programs specifically to start fresh. Those first iterations were not successful, which pretty much shoots holes in your premise anyway.
  11. 1 point
    Not really. The corps that began competing in 2000 under the name "Southern Oregon Crusaders" was a new corps with no connection to the 1970s Oregon Crusaders.
  12. 1 point
    a non sequitur, I admit but it just occurred to me. Some hail the return of the corps' traditional colors for the Maroon Platoon. But in the design team vid last week, the designer Joey H. cites "burgundy, gold, and cream." It led me back to the late 90's when Sully tinkered with the Traditional uniform and changed the hue of the jacket from maroon to a deeper shade (not quite a burgundy but close to it.) And then the buckles were replaced by mirrors (a la what BAC used for a few seasons) until the objections of the MMs had GH bring the buckles back so that the age-out customs could be maintained. Later he gave everyone buckles as so many MMs were one and done and buckles became more ample. The corps returned to the brighter maroon for this century. Now the new designer cites the tinkered hue. Whether the new costumes are maroon, merlot, claret, or concord grape in a way may not matter much. Well, maybe not Concord. But what will be the concord each season of Cadets will share with those of the the past and those of any future? Will it take any physical, tangible form or only be sentimental or philosophical? What do you envision?.
  13. 1 point
    Well if the uniforms of the corps proper have nothing to do with the overall effect of the show as some on here argue, then nothing is really being disallowed from DCI or the judging community. I get where you're trying to go with that statement, but look.... this is just simple cause and effect. With drum corps becoming more intertwined with WGI and other facets of the performing arts (and vice versa), elements are starting to cross over. It's not necessarily good. It's not necessarily bad. It just is.
  14. 1 point
    The point is...is this what we really want from the DCI organization, for the judging rules to basically *disallow* that type of uniform? Is it good for the performers? The staff? The audience?
  15. 1 point
    No problem. I have mad samurai sword skills. :-D
  16. 1 point
    This is my first year as a DCI Parent too! Congrats! My son is marching Baritone with Cavaliers 2017 after marching Atlanta CV 2015-2016 in the DCA ranks. I couldn't be more excited for him. I do know that I will also have an almost blinder-like focus on the Cavs when they are on the field, but I'm also a huge fan of the activity in general. Luckily enough, DCI brings two shows ( Cavs in both) within 5 miles of my house in July. Heck...he might even get to sneak away and sleep here one night instead of a gym floor. Already bought Semis and Finals tickets in Indy in August. And other than that...I'll just have to see how my "viewing habits" change now that I have one on the DCI show field. Interesting observation: And not meant as any kind of slight to Spirit of Atlanta back in the 1979-1981 years....but my brother marched Spirit those years. When he saw the material my son was preparing for Bluecoats and Cavs audition, he just chuckled. He said his visual tryout was to "clap triplets while marching time in 4/4" and that "we're in a new universe now". And he's right. I would advise anyone wanting their kid to have a chance in a top 5 corps to start taking ballet...yesterday. :-)
  17. 1 point
    I'm actually looking forward to seeing this new Cadets update. I just really hope it's Classy and gets us as excited as I hope the show does. Buuuuuuuut "classy" means different things to different people.
  18. 1 point
    Pretty cool to see another composer supporting a drum corps. Dobson, by the way, has been performed on the field before: Crown played his "Journey of the Lone Wolf" this past season.
  19. 1 point
    Newman is the most nominated living composer to have never won an Oscar.
  20. 1 point
    What I've heard of the show fits that to a T, VERY aggressive and almost bordering on angry. And crazy hard (but very polished) as well. I definitely do not think this is going to even remotely be a cliche lovers/Romeo and Juliet type show which was a slight personal concern when I saw the title. The clip they posted that they then took down was lots of very technical/aggressive type stuff, and they sounded SUPER tight playing it too. In the world of staff additions I think Dr. Miller has flown under the radar as one of the strongest pickups a corps has made in terms of it improving a section in recent years, they're starting to develop an absolutely killer brass line.
  21. 1 point
    Having respect for your elders means you must live like them, have the same ideas , follow the same path? I guess I have just been lucky that the elders I was around taught me their values and then encouraged me to take my own path. Values set by many of the same people we both have been privileged to know.
  22. 1 point
    Is that the biggest venue? My son said it has by far the most cavernous sound.
  23. 1 point
    Highland Regiment is getting evaluated this weekend.
  24. 1 point
    What I do know I can not say. I will not disrespect the org or embarrass my son. Trust me when I say this hornline is off the hook!
  25. 1 point
    I've long claimed that Joel Alleyne of Etobicoke Oakland Crusaders (DCI Worlds Finalist 1975-1977) was the best and most crowd-oriented drum major I've ever seen. I've written such in a column I do for another website.
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