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  1. This what we did: We contacted the corps (Bluecoats in our case) and said we wanted to donate to a member who was economically underserved. They identified the member in need. It worked well for us.
    5 points
  2. IMHO it's judges allowing "taste" to color their interpretations of the sheets. It seems many want to imagine that DCI is evolving into some high art form (deep meanings, intellectual underpinnings, etc...) when it is and always will be movement, spinning, and music on a football field. But you hear many designers talk about their designs as if they were approaching "broadway productions". Sorry to deflate the egos of so many but it's just band. I though Crown's production this year was a big slap to that mindset. It was more about excellence and entertainment and far less about the pretentious "depth of design" that some would have us believe is "high art". It was REFRESHING to see a program who's intent was (1) showcase the excellence of the members (2) engage and entertain the audience. Moreover an honest read of the sheets would reveal that you can reward such a design as it's meeting all the criteria on paper. Finally the performers are given product that is just FUN to perform. Who decided drum corps should no longer be fun for both members and the audience?
    4 points
  3. No one. Two of the three medalists were crowd favorites receiving standing ovations throughout their respective shows. The third crowd favorite came in 4th place. Nothing has changed: demand and execution still matters for the gold. A fun show or an intellectual show can equally accomplish that. And to echo MikeRapp’s question, who does decide if a show is fun or not? BD was hardly a crowd favorite this year, but the members seemed to be having quite a bit of fun in the victory run video BD posted on YouTube. And they’ve been getting quite the enthusiastic reaction after Moon River and Tank throughout the season I’m totally with you on deflating the egos of the designers, however. Just read the descriptions of the shows on every corps’ website. Quite pretentious and more often than not does not actually get communicated to the audience. Props to Crown for actually communicating theirs.
    3 points
  4. Who decided the other shows aren’t also fun? I have no issues with whatever Crown does, and you may love it as the pinnacle of the activity. But to imply that Crown focuses on fun while the other corps are focusing on not fun…that’s kinda snooty Ive always thought of Crown as the marching band every high school marching band wishes it could be. Which is a great idea imo for a whole lot of reasons. But to imply that Bluecoats isn’t at least as much fun…or Phantom or SCV…hard pass. P.S. Arguably the best show Crown ever put on a field was Inferno…which is as highbrow as you can get.
    3 points
  5. Corps do have to be nonprofits, which means they are tax-exempt, and (in general terms) the tradeoff is that legally any profits made have to go back into the organization, and not paid out to shareholders etc. (Drum corps generally don't have much in the way of profits anyways, so it's normally not an issue.) Anyways, to answer your question, nonprofits still can be run like for-profit corporations, and all of the big ones tend to be. In drum corps, many/most of them now have a Board of Directors (required) who hires a CEO/Executive Director to run the overarching organization, to each performing group under them (DCI, WGI, youth symphony, what have you) having their own director that reports to the CEO/ED. So in Phantom's case, the Corps Director only has to worry about running Phantom Regiment and not all of the other things that the actual nonprofit corporation does. Mike
    3 points
  6. Very true. In our case, we purposely wanted to sponsor an individual, not a fund.
    3 points
  7. i have reached out to corps also. i have also just given money directly to the student.
    3 points
  8. If DCP had a Poster of the Month it would give us another thing to argue over.
    3 points
  9. For me, there was too much "dead air" in the show during the lengthy percussion sections (whole beginning of show and then the lengthy amount of time leading up the brass-waving-streamers). I know it wasn't actually 'dead air', but it knocked me out of the excitement. The pit/percussion music during those sections didn't seem to really "build up" or excite me.. there were a few times it was increasing in energy/volume/excitement, then it just died down again.. too many hills and valleys. I'm a brass guy though, so I find most interludes of percussion boring, and Crown's were just excessively long for me. I will say though I found it MUCH more boring on Flo than in person, but in person I definitely was wandering during those length sections.
    3 points
  10. While we might all like to see corps take more risks, we don’t have to pay their bills.
    3 points
  11. That is freaking awesome! Job well done brother. If DCP had a Poster of the Month, you would get my vote.
    3 points
  12. I’ll echo @Cappybara & @MikeRapp saying who says the other shows aren’t fun, but I’ll also underline what I mentioned a million pages back and what all of the other dissenters are getting at in this thread: why can’t it be fun and a slap in the face to bloated intellectual designs, but still be well-designed and purposeful and detailed out from top to bottom? A design where every prop and piece of source music and moment of choreography serve to clarify the intent of the show, not muddle it. That’s how Crown regains their footing as a consistent medalist corps. That is the only missing piece in my opinion. Keep a fun show; great! Just make it make sense from top to bottom. Downside Up did that. Rach Star did that. Tilt did that. RHRN did not. Have fun moving forward - just make sense out of it.
    2 points
  13. Having one person running both the business and artistic side of the operation is what led to ‘Springtime for Hitler’.
    2 points
  14. Now that’s a formula!
    2 points
  15. One must also consider "The Emperor's New Clothes" on how it relates and the explanation of said design.
    2 points
  16. Wow. You say alot but not much meaning into it. Nice try.
    2 points
  17. I lift about 250+ every morning when I get up. Carry it all day; does that count? I’ll send them an email w/Q. 😂✅
    2 points
  18. I didn’t know that. Cincinnati is the Queen City, too. In fact, there was a drum corps called the Queen City Cadets from Cincinnati that all of the Acheson brothers marched in. My husband, too, before he went to Kilties.
    2 points
  19. Absolutely lol. It's a possibility. Right now, the Fro is going to Boston or Concord, whichever one would have him. He is planning to audition for both.
    2 points
  20. DCP: no stupid questions; only stupid answers. 😂 Think they advertise them on their sites when available.
    2 points
  21. I had two extra unused seats on the aisle in sec 140-row 8. Was happy to invite corps staff members to sit there and watch their corps. Along with some corps members, over the three days. They were grateful and polite. The oldsters on this forum have forgotten that we used to do the same thing when we were marching decades ago.
    2 points
  22. Please rank some your favorite AUDIO ONLY shows for listening in your car, etc. from 2022. (I used to listen to shows on Fleetwood that I only dreamed of seeing live) Here are mine: 1. Bluecoats 2. Phantom Regiment 3. Santa Clara Vanguard 4. Carolina Crown 5. Troopers 6. Cadets 7. Boston Crusaders
    1 point
  23. There is a plethora of material in this piece ”Trinity” from Snarky Puppy written by guitarist Mark Lettieri.
    1 point
  24. From what I've seen of headcam videos and being in a marching band, watching and listening to a show when you're on the field vs from the stands are two completely different experiences. I think the score alterations could go either way. Either someone does something cool and gets some extra points, or someone screws up in a way not obvious to fans, but obvious to judges
    1 point
  25. Why is the Academy seeking a corps director? First, this opening is in no way related to the crises we encountered in 2022. The Academy purchased a $450,000 brand new food truck, which was supposed to be the best in all of DCI. Upon leaving for tour, the refrigeration compartment could not keep food at the guaranteed temperature, and we lost over $7000 in food right away. The freezer compartment barely reached 35 degrees, far from the guaranteed zero degrees. These challenges forced our wonderful food crew to scramble all season long for fresh food and drink supplies, and they did an amazing job except for one or two exceptions when some students near the end of the line settled for food different from those in front of them. We took care of them. And then came 15-20 cases of COVID ... including our E.D. We have one of the best executive directors in DCI. Mark Richardson was chosen "Director of the Year" in 2016. But drum corps is big business carrying an annual budget over $1 million. It really takes two strong leaders to take care of all tasks from the business side to recruitment to staff building to show creation to facilitating a positive growth experience for the students. Mark is not leaving, Thank God! We need a corps director to supplement Mark. If you know competent leaders who would fit our culture, please encourage them to apply. It will be very, very rewarding!
    1 point
  26. Sorry about the lousy 1st post here ... my first ever with DCP! Please allow me to try again ... Job Description Corps Director, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps is the flagship performing ensemble of the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, Inc. As an expansion to the administration team in 2023, the organization is seeking highly qualified individual to serve as Corps Director for this prestigious program. As director of the program, this individual will serve as the primary leader for all aspects of the corps operations, and tasked with creating a world-class environment for all of its participants, including members, staff, and volunteers. The Academy is committed to further developing a diverse work environment and an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other statuses, protected by law or not. We encourage qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply. A hiring committee has been established for this position. Applicants should submit contact information, expression of interest, and resume with references to Executive Director Mark Richardson at mark@arizonaacademy.org. POSITION DETAILS: The Corps Director reports to the Executive Director of AAPA. The primary role of the Corps Director is to oversee the daily operations of the program, ensuring that all aspects of the program are functioning effectively, including auditions, training camps, summer rehearsals, and tour. The Corps Director will work with the designers, educational staff, and operations/administrative team to set goals and objectives for the program, monitoring progress and providing leadership and guidance for the teams. Both paid and volunteer staff of The Academy Drum and Bugle corps will report to the Corps Director. Work involves a non-traditional work schedule, with potential to be full or part time. Flexible work hours are required with remote working options that include the ability to attend evening and weekend meetings and events. The Corps Director will need to be with the program almost entirely through the duration of the summer training and tour (late May to mid August). It is preferred that The Corps Director reside in the greater Phoenix area. Will be required to travel from time to time throughout the year. The candidate must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check. Compensation commensurate with experience. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Administrative The Academy Corps Director will: Represent The Academy and maintain positive relationships with constituent groups such as corporate partners, donors, Drum Corps International and its participating organizations, local agencies and other pertinent organizations and partners; Establish annual goals for recruitment, performance, educational, and operational objectives for the program and regularly evaluate progress; Collaborate and lead the Operations & Tour Administration team to secure rehearsal facilities and transportation needs for the winter & summer training and tour; Coordinate member recruiting efforts with instructional staff and others; Determine season calendar for auditions, rehearsal camps, performances, and summer Collaborate with the Executive Director and Finance Committee to develop and maintain the program’s annual budget; Maintain clear and frequent communication with members and parents; Collaborate with Business Manager and Member Manager to maintain members’ financial and personal records; Develop and maintain staff, volunteer, and member policy and procedure handbooks; Provide reports to the Board of Directors and attend Board/Committee meetings as necessary; Maintain and evolve website, media, and recruitment platforms; Collaborate with the Executive Director to explore new or expanded initiatives with potential for additional revenue, increased community engagement, or enhanced programmatic value; Maintain & grow relationships in the marching arts/pageantry community, within the state of Arizona and beyond; Maintain accurate inventories of performance equipment and establish systems for care and maintenance of such items for re-sale post season. Staffing – Paid and Volunteer As the primary leader of the program staff, the Corps Director will: Lead and schedule corps staff meetings; Maintain clear and frequent communication with volunteer and paid staff; Direct/collaborate with Operations and Admin team to coordinate all tour administrative Represent The Academy and maintain positive relationships with constituent groups such as corporate partners, donors, Drum Corps International and its participating organizations, local agencies and other pertinent organizations and partners; Establish annual goals for recruitment, performance, educational, and operational objectives for the program and regularly evaluate progress; Collaborate and lead the Operations & Tour Administration team to secure rehearsal facilities and transportation needs for the winter & summer training and tour; Coordinate member recruiting efforts with instructional staff and others; Determine season calendar for auditions, rehearsal camps, performances, and summer Collaborate with the Executive Director and Finance Committee to develop and maintain the program’s annual budget; Maintain clear and frequent communication with members and parents; Collaborate with Business Manager and Member Manager to maintain members’ financial and personal records; Develop and maintain staff, volunteer, and member policy and procedure handbooks; Provide reports to the Board of Directors and attend Board/Committee meetings as necessary; Maintain and evolve website, media, and recruitment platforms; Collaborate with the Executive Director to explore new or expanded initiatives with potential for additional revenue, increased community engagement, or enhanced programmatic value; Maintain & grow relationships in the marching arts/pageantry community, within the state of Arizona and beyond; Maintain accurate inventories of performance equipment and establish systems for care and maintenance of such items for re-sale post season; Work with the Executive Director to establish educational objectives and standards for participant experience; Recruit candidates for staff positions, paid and volunteer; Seek diversity within the hiring of staff throughout the program; Appoint lead design and instructional staff positions; Supervise all program staff, providing leadership, and resolving conflicts as necessary; Collaborate with program designers to facilitate creative design meetings and work with lead designers to set a production schedule; staff and volunteers. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A passion for the drum and bugle corps activity and for The Academy; Bachelor's Degree; Strong self-starter, with the desire to take initiative and drive the program; Must have a strong command of communication, time management, interpersonal and organizational skills; Experience within drum corps program administration is preferred; Experience of leadership within a professional work environment of at least 3 years; Prior experience as a drum corps participant, both as a performer and as a staff member is preferred; Having strong connections within the pageantry arts community is preferred; Highly organized with great communication skills; Computer literacy including email, social media platforms, Excel, Quick books, Shopify et al. with the ability to learn new applications as needed; Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and to handle other office equipment Ability to lift 40 lbs.
    1 point
  27. That last giant toss at the end…I don’t know how many rotations that thing had but it has to be some kind of record.
    1 point
  28. They went on sale Thursday prelims day at noon.
    1 point
  29. Just like every supermarket, big box store or even a successful small mom and pop business. I took a master class in a specific small business, and it taught exactly how to do that, even with a pathway in carpeting and showed in demonstration how people didn't stray from the pathway much. The pathway purposely set to bring the customer past everything you wanted them to see. Was quite interesting to see it in action, and how it worked without people realizing it.
    1 point
  30. I think all corps should focus on themselves and nobody else. They can only control what they do.
    1 point
  31. Also can start in the same place. As it says, email give@bluecoats.com to get information on specific needs. Then when you have a name and verified info, "If you are trying to sponsor a specific participant, please visit this link" Then you would specify the name and dollar amount in that Sponsorship section.
    1 point
  32. I applaud the divide and conquer approach. Many theaters, dance companies, music organizations, etc. divide and conquer this way by having an administrative leader and an artistic leader. I know it can be a hit financially, but not spreading one person so thin can hopefully allow both areas to maximize the efforts required for organizational success.
    1 point
  33. Interesting. I just learned from Wikipedia there are at least 40 cities in the US that have the nickname “Queen City” or “Queen City of the xxxxxx.” Charlotte and Cincinnati appear to be the two primary examples.
    1 point
  34. because i am not leaving the family at home. while 2 nights at Allentown with roughly 10-11 corps per night is good for the 10 year old, the entire trip to Indy is not. if i buy a ticket i want to watch the whole show, and she isn't sitting thru all of prelims, and i am not ditching my wife and daughter so i can sit and watch drum corps all day.
    1 point
  35. Not a stupid question. We checked five corps websites. They had a section for buying tickets ( usually under SHOP)where you get a code. You go to Ticketmaster, find the event, then it will ask you for the code. Some corps had a link with their code. This showed what tickets they had for sale.
    1 point
  36. Have you ever wondered how many random people went to the PAS Rhythm Discovery Center only to find out that they have no actual natural rhythm?
    1 point
  37. There are so many DCI constants that play to BD’s dominance. There just aren’t any other organizations that can afford the sort of institutional assets that BD brings to the table. Chief among them is a very well-paid, year-around staff that works well together and has an unparalleled track record. This more than anything provides a bedrock of stability that really no other organization can match. Look at the merry go round thread. Most other corps are rotating out designers and fielding interviews, while BD starts building next year’s roster and show design. They already know they will have the most capable educators and marching members. It’s all about sticking to their plan.
    1 point
  38. I could of course be wrong. Odds are not on my prediction.
    1 point
  39. You nailed it brother! TBH, I never made a prediction in the 2022 thread. However, in the BD thread BEFORE the season started, I did say BAC was a legit contender in 2022, and the comment is there to prove it. A few people laughed at me, some PM'd me and told me I was out of my mind. I was basing that on the spring training run I had secretly acquired, in mid-June, and I was right. To their credit, a couple of those people hit me up and fell on the sword, and admitted they was wrong. Props to them. Other than that I didn't make predictions, well I did try to explain to some that BD is/are and will continue to be the favorites each year until proven otherwise on a "CONSISTENT" basis. And I was proved right.........again. Doesn't mean BD will win it each year, but they have earned the right to be the favorites whether people like it or not. Look nothing last forever. BDs run will come to an end at some point. The people who consistently place them 4th in these yearly predictions, all they have to do is keep saying the same thing each year, and at some point they will be right, then they can beat their chest, get all of their "likes" on this forum, all the while hoping we don't remember all the times they was wrong, to go with the briefcase full of receipts we have on them.
    1 point
  40. Chief, I think you and I jointly win the set of steak knives for accurate predictions in 2022. As can be found on the 2022 predictions thread, check out my post on 5/29. I had: 1. BD 2. BAC 3. BLOO 4. CROWN 5. SCV 6. CADETS. Notwithstanding the tie for 2nd, I think I was pretty darned close!
    1 point
  41. I remember when drummer emoting was a 'get the h*ll out of my way - we're comin' through there' face.
    1 point
  42. I know it’s about shows being rained out and the heat. But there’s something special about going to watch a drum corps show in a crappy high school stadium. At least to me
    1 point
  43. At the 3:00 mark there is a high group flag toss and at the catch there is a break in the music. I've never heard a group flag toss and sold-clean catch sound from flags. Rifles, of course, but flags!? So incredible and so clean. Amazing.
    1 point
  44. oh i do remember marching in the "Glass Bowl"
    1 point
  45. I can perfectly understand how Phantom Regiment was the fan favorite show this season . No gimmicks .l. No large and obtrusive props . No narration . Just terrific music and drill presented in an interesting and appealing manner to many of us fans .( I can also understand why Phantom Regiment placed out of the top 6 too , but that’s beside the point ) . Kudos to Phantom Regiment this season for providing such an appealing and entertaining show loved by so many of us 👍
    1 point
  46. Given that, I'm surprised Inferno finished in second because Kinetic Noise was the better show. Yes I will die on this hill.
    1 point
  47. I think it's time for Rick Subel to go, and a new face to bring a fresh look to Crown. I want Michael Klesch and Jeff Sacktig to stay, but Jeff also needs to edit his drill a little better than he did for 2022. The forms should not have been collapsing the way they did. That drove me crazy every performance from a visual designer standpoint.
    1 point
  48. He's not the corps director. "Phantom Regiment" is a non-profit with several different facets, including the drum corps. The CEO oversees ALL of it, the corps director just the drum corps. This is pretty common amongst the top 12 groups (and some others).
    1 point
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