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  1. An enticing prospect!
    6 points
  2. But think of the shade you could drip while dismissing pagentry leeches. That surely is worth taking the job for a week.
    6 points
  3. All you had to do was look at the Glassdoor reviews of YEA to see what a toxic workplace it was …but we don’t want to talk about that. Abuse is abuse. Women were called derogatory names for being overweight as if that had anything to do with their work performance in an office environment. It’s right there on Glassdoor. Or at least, it was.
    5 points
  4. Thank You, 100%...Including the sanctimonious who now being praised at other places who spent decades there and not to leave out some of the so called " whistle Blowers " who were all on board for years until they were insulted when no longer needed or wanted or outlived their usefulness to ...well you know the rest. Selective morality I think
    5 points
  5. Not only have I done away with childish things, I don’t need to supplement my income or ruin my impeccable notoriety.
    4 points
  6. Isn’t it ironic that an activity where an entire competitive season is based on correcting mistakes to obtain the best performance possible, can’t fix these kinds of issues, even knowing what they are and what they should do to fix them.
    4 points
  7. I posted something from Reddit about a member being blackmailed. Is this what we do to members? JHC.
    4 points
  8. Unfortunately, when you have a serial narcissist in charge who also happens to have toxic masculinity issues, it's just a breeding ground for all of the actions that should cause you to get your brakes beaten off you. And yet somehow, they seem to get away with it for more than people want to admit to.
    2 points
  9. and SCV's new director had the issue at Shadow that shut them down as well
    2 points
  10. I don’t believe for one hot minute that they didn’t know. Everyone acting so shocked and clutching their pearls. Just like people acting like they didn’t know what was going on in Allentown. Yeah. Sure. Right.
    2 points
  11. remember they want "all voices to be heard"
    2 points
  12. 1...actually before, cause they stopped being funny 2 i rarely watch movies anyway 3 no i did not. but i havent been to a game in Baltimore since 4 i actually didnt follow baseball much after the strike in 94 til about 2004. but even then, not as die hard i was pre 1994 the thing is drum corps SHOULD be better. after 2018, they should have had this #### nailed the #### down. and since 18, Pioneer and Oregon gone. Spirit sitting a year out ( at least). how many other corps have had incidents come to light/ At some point, DCI, which is the corps, should have gotten their #### together on this. And they haven't.
    2 points
  13. WORLD CLASS The 2022 DCI Tour kicks off Friday, June 24, 2022 in Oceanside, California and concludes Saturday, August 13, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In between, there will be 41 days with World Class corps in competition, a decrease of four days from the last pre-COVID tour in 2019 and three days from the scheduled 2020 tour. Key Match-Ups Blue Devils, Bluecoats, and Santa Clara Vanguard were the top 3 finishers in both 2018 and 2019 with Boston Crusaders, Carolina Crown, and The Cavaliers rounding out the top 6 both years. When these corps begin to meet head-to-head should provide some insights into how the top of the competition field will look this year. Blue Devils and Santa Clara Vanguard get things started on day 2 of the season, meeting head-to-head at Pasadena, CA, and then again in their next seven shows. Bluecoats join in on the top 3 action on July 19 in Broken Arrow, OK. Boston Crusaders and The Cavaliers kick it off in Detroit, MI on June 28. Carolina Crown and The Cavaliers face off in Muncie, IN on July 1. All three won't meet for the first time until Broken Arrow, OH on July 19, for a full Top 6 competition. The 7-12 spots have been filled with Blue Knights, Blue Stars, The Cadets, Crossmen, Mandarins, and Phantom Regiment for the last two competitive seasons. All of these top 12 corps will meet for the first (and only) time prior to Indy in San Antonio, TX on July 23. The corps on the cusp here are likely Spirit of Atlanta (#13 in 2018 and 2019) and Pacific Crest (#20 in 2018, #14 in 2019). The earliest gauge of their chances likely come on July 9 for Spirit of Atlanta in Lexington, SC when they meet both The Cadets (#7 in 2018, #9 in 2019) and Crossmen (#12 in 2018, #11 in 2019). Pacific Crest should get an early indication of things with back-to-back-to-back competitions with Mandarins (#10 in 2018 and 2019) on June 24-26 in Oceanside, Pasadena, and San Bernardino, California. Year-Over-Year Comparison Jersey Surf is engaging in a more traditional two-phase tour in 2022. As a result, the corps will not make its way to San Antonio. Combined with the alteration to what was the DCI Southeastern Championship in Atlanta this year, all 22 World Class corps do not compete on the same night until they arrive in Indianapolis. 2019 2020 2022 Days with World Class corps in competition 45 44 41 # of times when all World Class corps compete on the same day 4 (7/13 - DeKalb, Denver, Memphis; 7/20 - San Antonio, 7/27 - Atlanta; 8/8 - Indianapolis) 4 (7/12 - Denver & St. Louis; 7/18 - San Antonio; 7/25 - Atlanta; 8/6 - Indianapolis) 1 (8/11 - Indianapolis) It probably comes as little surprise to see fewer shows on the calendar and corps planning a less strenuous tour in 2022. The reasons are many and beyond the scope of this schedule analysis. Only one corps increases its number of shows in 2022 over 2020 - The Cadets (+1). Seattle Cascades stay even. Bluecoats decrease the most by 8 shows from 28 to 20. Jersey Surf will perform the fewest times (14) and The Cavaliers will perform the most times (26). Scheduled Competitions (including Day 1 in Indy) 2018 2019 2020 2022 Difference between 2022 and 2020 The Academy 26 25 25 21 -4 Blue Devils 24 25 23 18 -5 Blue Knights 27 23 24 22 -2 Blue Stars 28 29 29 24 -5 Bluecoats 30 29 28 20 -8 Boston Crusaders 30 25 26 20 -6 The Cadets 29 30 20 21 1 Carolina Crown 27 25 26 19 -7 The Cavaliers 29 28 29 26 -3 Colts 29 28 28 23 -5 Crossmen 28 24 27 21 -6 Genesis 24 21 23 21 -2 Jersey Surf 20 20 21 14 -7 Madison Scouts 26 26 27 21 -6 Mandarins 25 25 26 24 -2 Music City 21 24 25 21 -4 Pacific Crest 23 21 22 19 -3 Phantom Regiment 30 28 28 23 -5 Santa Clara Vanguard 25 25 24 20 -4 Seattle Cascades 20 18 21 21 0 Spirit of Atlanta 27 24 26 20 -6 Troopers 27 26 24 20 -4 The scheduling of an opening weekend in California prior to the Tour Premiere in Detroit changes the calculation a bit on when corps are opening up their seasons although a few changes jump out. Carolina Crown will not participate in a season-opening show, instead entering competition on Day 7. Madison Scouts, Music City, and Spirit of Atlanta are all waiting until the second week of competition to take the field on Day 8. Troopers won’t see the judging community until Day 14 of the tour. On the other end of the spectrum, Jersey Surf takes the field a few days earlier than usual on Day 8 and Pacific Crest will begin its season with the other California corps on Day 1. Days after season opening show when first competition occurs 2019 2020 2022 The Academy 1 1 0 Blue Devils 1 1 1 Blue Knights 8 8 8 Blue Stars 0 0 4 Bluecoats 0 0 4 Boston Crusaders 0 0 4 The Cadets 0 8 8 Carolina Crown 0 0 7 The Cavaliers 1 0 4 Colts 3 3 7 Crossmen 3 0 4 Genesis 8 8 9 Jersey Surf 12 12 8 Madison Scouts 3 2 8 Mandarins 1 1 0 Music City 4 4 8 Pacific Crest 8 8 0 Phantom Regiment 0 3 4 Santa Clara Vanguard 1 2 0 Seattle Cascades 15 14 14 Spirit of Atlanta 4 5 8 Troopers 1 3 14 I was curious whether COVID protocols would lead any corps to build in more “down” time between shows. Here are the longest stretches without a show over the past three scheduled full seasons. Most of the changes are insignificant or can be attributed to other causes. The Cadets decrease from 8 “no show” days to 4 is likely due to administrative changes and corps management that occurred for the 2020 season. The increase from 2 to 14 for Jersey Surf reflects the early- and late-season tour approach the corps takes this year. Longest stretch of “no show” days 2019 2020 2022 The Academy 5 4 5 Blue Devils 5 5 5 Blue Knights 2 3 2 Blue Stars 3 3 2 Bluecoats 3 3 5 Boston Crusaders 4 3 3 The Cadets 2 8 4 Carolina Crown 5 4 6 The Cavaliers 4 4 2 Colts 2 2 2 Crossmen 3 2 4 Genesis 4 3 3 Jersey Surf 2 2 14 Madison Scouts 2 2 2 Mandarins 4 4 8 Music City 2 2 2 Pacific Crest 4 8 7 Phantom Regiment 3 3 3 Santa Clara Vanguard 4 4 5 Seattle Cascades 6 2 3 Spirit of Atlanta 4 2 4 Troopers 4 5 2 The master schedule grid I keep is available here.
    1 point
  14. Friends, Most corps directors, leaders, and staff visit DCP forums. You might not be commenting, but we know you are listening. So I have a question for each of you... What in the actual **** are you allowing to happen to our activity? As a parent and a former marching member, I am disgusted by what I see regarding our kids' safety and well-being. Sexual assault, hazing, verbal assault, allowing underage kids to be abused by older students? Have we not learned anything from the stories from the NCAA, Michigan State, and Ohio State athletics? Did we not have this hit home with the investigation and prosecution of George Hopkins? There are far too many of these instances happening inside and outside the activity, and your response as individual organizations has been reactionary and below subpar. Press releases and statements on websites were no longer be enough. Hyperbole is no longer enough. What worked in 2017 is far below the minimum requirements of what should be done. There needs to be a radical change. RADICAL! Please don't settle on the bare minimum; you should be looking to lead (hint, this is the moment where you want to go above and beyond). If you'll allow me, I have a few suggestions to get the ball rolling: It's time to separate the kids (high school age kids 14-17) from the adults (18-21). Create different divisions for those 18 and over. Protect and secure the well-being of high school-aged kids. Staff should have regular training and be required to be certified with background checks by security experts. It doesn't matter what the cost is, just do it. Zero tolerance policies need to be enforced without hesitation. Every single report of harassment and abuse needs to be handled by an independent operating body that will investigate and is empowered to make determinations. No more meaningless probation periods - those have done nothing to deter the problem. Complete suspension for those that have been found to be in violation of the DCI ethics policy. Finally, the DCI board needs to be replaced with professionals from outside the organization and comprised of business leaders, educators, and people with no bias or connection to individual corps. The activity we've all grown to know, and love is dying right in front of our eyes. What happened in the first 50 years will no longer be tolerated moving forward. We live in a different era, a different time, that should focus and stress our kids' absolute safety and well-being. If you're spending more money on show development than you are on safety, diversity, inclusion, and wellness programs, you're doing it wrong. There are no more mulligans. The drum corps community is done with business as usual. You are all on the clock, and inaction will no longer tolerate this. Make the tough decisions - either continue doing things the way you have and kill the activity or make some drastic changes and do it now. And don't feed us BS that you've been working to make a change... you haven't gone anywhere near close enough. Until you make that change, you're not getting anywhere close to my kids. I know a good majority of you are good, honest people that care about your students, organizations, and the activity. But we're not seeing it. Actions speak louder than words. Show us by making the changes that need to be made. Dare to dream. And create an activity that is poised to grow and protect our young people. Signed, A concerned and disgusted FMM and Parent.
    1 point
  15. Spoken like a true CEO lol
    1 point
  16. Don't forget that there are standing allegations on Reddit against 4 DCI Corps. So far as I can determine there has been no response by DCI or the Corps themselves. Note to DCI - the 'problem' didn't go away w/ SoA. Here are Reddit links. Blue Devils https://www.reddit.com/r/drumcorps/comments/s2uflq/bd_sa_story/ SCV New Director https://www.reddit.com/r/drumcorps/comments/s5121f/blackmailed_by_assistant_corps_director/ Battalion https://www.reddit.com/r/drumcorps/comments/s2q1eh/my_experience_w_multiple_battalion_members/ Raiders https://www.reddit.com/r/drumcorps/comments/s2jxo0/my_experience_marching_raiders_in_2019/
    1 point
  17. Fans can write letters, send e-mails, call offices of DCI org in Indy and all individual corps offices and demand to know what is going on with corps discipline, legal actions, staff dismissals, all of it. Make it public. If the bad behaviors stay anonymous, stays quiet, is minimally penalized, then it continues. But if there is a constant threat of exposure that could impact funding, donations, volunteers, offenders and their enablers livelihoods, things will start to change, improve. All levels of DCI (Indy & corps) will take action. Probation is a joke. It should be indefinite suspension from participation in any DCI event for a corps and any staff member (ANY staff member) including going to another DCI sanctioned corps. It seems that punishment currently is toothless. It’s the difference of police in the US saying “stop or I’ll shoot” and in the UK saying “stop or I’ll say stop again”. (I borrowed that line btw.) Fans who are aware of these incidents can do something. A question is, how many fans are aware of all this?
    1 point
  18. Scojo did a podcast in the last year where it came up. He said staff didn't catch him on the field at first, but when they realized it, Gibbs and others were on their way to get him the second the performance was over.
    1 point
  19. i would blast them just as hard. maybe harder
    1 point
  20. They can remove those comments any time they want. So I can only assume it’s acceptable to them.
    1 point
  21. Did anyone say they thought it was funny and supported it “because he was a Blue Devil”? I think it is an interesting story about how badly drum corps people want to march. Also, the Blue Devils themselves didn’t look the other way, they kicked him out. People that disagreed with that decision were critical of BD staff. People who agreed with it were critical of a BD member. So I don’t see how that makes them “untouchable”.
    1 point
  22. Butt, it’s an important subject
    1 point
  23. So it did not work for you... and that proves it is the only way?
    1 point
  24. Agree with that, for sure. I know of some who moved around between the class 'A' level corps, but I agree it was much less back then. In the modern era of competitive MB, the whole model is different than back in the past. Lots of kids never did marching band pre-DCI; they started in small corps and maybe moved up. Those that did MB in that era most likely did not compete. MB and drum corps were more parallel activities then. Today, HS MB is the training ground and took the place of those small corps from pre-DCI (and even in the DCI era to an extent). Kids march 4 years of HS MB and then a year or two of drum corps.
    1 point
  25. Especially with how Jerry Harris had been hyped all season one and the prior episodes of season two. There is definitely a lesson there.
    1 point
  26. oh man can you imagine discovery? my hope is somewhere in Indy and at various corps directors offices/residences around the country, there are a whole lot of sphincters tightening up, and finally starting to get serious about this
    1 point
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