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  1. Look gang, this is all great news. And I want drum corps back as much as the next person. But the real world doesn't work like that. Even if they can get the vaccine's out in Q2 2021, there will be administrative and logistical hurdles that will be nearly impossible to overcome in time to put together a meaningful season. Add to that the fact that DCI is probably running on fumes right now with limited staff, I would feel much more comfortable about us jumping back in in 2022 after having the chance to plan while allowing the logistics of the vaccine distribution to work themselves out. I know
    11 points
  2. I hope they agree #$#@ happens and it's time to grow up. I know it's a crappy situation but at the end of the day it's just marching band and this is a pandemic.
    8 points
  3. I applaud both BD and SCV for making the intelligent decision
    6 points
  4. Agreed, I hate what's happening to current age outs, but I think we have to go back to original rules and cap at 21. I would also like to see the elimination of all props for a minimum of 2-3 years while corps get themselves back on their feet financially, and the limitation of electronics for the same period. All cost cutting measures to try and keep costs down.
    6 points
  5. i feel bad for the age outs for last year and possibly this year....but somewhere the line has to be drawn. do we really want to get to be like World class guards in WGI with 30 year olds out there? Because with DCI, once they uncap the bottle, it just keeps getting opened again and again and again
    6 points
  6. It’s just a matter of time before your multiple accounts start arguing with each other.
    6 points
  7. Probably everyone here wants a season. Nearly every one of them has said so specifically. Take myself as an example. I want a season, desperately. And another, and another after that. For those reasons, I want a couple of other things. a. I want vaccines to wipe out this pandemic so fast that by Memorial Day, we will have forgotten all about it. But I cannot always get what I want. We are mobilizing every resource, but nowhere in the range of possible outcomes will the pandemic be resolved in time for a 2021 season. In this case, no one can make my wish come true. Not ev
    6 points
  8. it's tough. i am married to an elementary teacher. She misses her kids, and she knows this isn't going to help them...but she's also terrified she could catch it from a kid whose family is spreading it, then bringing it home to us...as she can't visit her dad in his skilled care facility while he fights Covid and deals with his Parkinsons issues at the same time. the bottom line is there is no win-win in all of this, and sadly as a country we are so divided and there's no common ground on doing the right thing for the overall world. it's too "me me me"....My God can you imagine WWI
    5 points
  9. Delay the 55 membership rule at best to 2024 so corps could improve recruiting and still compete. I'm really surprised no one is taking about this request. A delay is needed for the smaller corps survival.
    5 points
  10. I’m a graduate student and I’m 57 years old. Really looking forward to an extra year or two of DCI eligibility. Have a call into the Blue Devils regarding whether muskets are allowed in the rifle line.
    5 points
  11. Do you understand what a discussion is? Do you understand that not everyone is going to share your opinion? Do you realize that if you present misinformation, people will be inclined to correct you? Can you handle that? Drum Corps IS an elite activity. The costs of the summer tour make it so that mostly only kids coming from well-off families can afford to tour for an entire summer instead of working a job. In a discussion, if you present an argument and someone disagrees, they will refute it and explain why. If you feel like someone presenting the facts to you is considere
    5 points
  12. I'm going to stop. Up until this point I have given you the benefit of the doubt that you may not have been exposed to the reality of social media or this forum. I suspect you are someone who was banned previously who has come back to cause trouble.
    5 points
  13. you're reading way too much into what several people are saying. you refuse to look into the myriad of valid logisitical and liability concerns raised here.
    5 points
  14. wanting a season and seeing be it feasible are totally different things. sadly many here can't differentiate between the two
    5 points
  15. Please don’t confuse having an opinion that a season is not possible with not WANTING to have a season. I’m sure we all would want to have a season.
    5 points
  16. Michael would post on here all the time. Always positive. So often hilarious. He had such a wit. I did not know what he was going through up until yesterday. I have just read his Facebook postings and he seemed at peace with what he was going through. That made reading them so much harder. I remember his dedication to his brother, sometimes mentioned on here. Let's be kind to one another. We don't know what everyone else is going through.
    5 points
  17. now dont use common sense and logic on DCP
    5 points
  18. I think the tabulators are doing just fine considering the unprecedented amount of mail-in ballots. We just need to be patient.
    5 points
  19. What do you know, two of the most financially sound and successful corps have common sense.
    4 points
  20. We could probably end this entire thread and future subsequent threads with this. This is all that needs to be said. Check your priorities.
    4 points
  21. and not even close to what we have been dealing with since the spring. and that flu season didn't kill over a quarter of a million people and counting. i get it...you want to march. you also refuse to discuss any of the massive logistical hurdles facing the activity. a vaccine will not be widely distributed in time for a season. it sucks, but to quote a government official, "it is what it is".
    4 points
  22. The original Bottle Dance from SCV. Had no idea what the reaction would be.
    4 points
  23. Bluecoats 2016...unis, ramps, etc.
    4 points
  24. DCA is far closer to DCI age than ever before
    4 points
  25. Not really an argument a reality. Either this stays an youth activity for young people or it becomes DCA. You got to have rules. The maturity between a 16 year old and a 23 is just too much IMHO. Seriously, someone could join the Marines, do their 4 years (go overseas and fight a war) and then march in this situation. Speaking of staff and members, their have been enough issues with that as it is; we don't need to make things worse. Either this is a youth activity or it isn't. Either we install the value of life lessons and reality or we keep people from reality and growing up. DCI has
    4 points
  26. When I was in grad school there was absolutely no way I would have had time to march. My (probably controversial) opinion is to keep the age rules as they currently are. If no 2021 season (which I suspect your are correct in it not happening), I recommend going back to the age rules in place at end of 2019 season. Yes, there will be some that miss out on their 'age out season'. Life isn't fair. Covid isn't fair. At some point you need to grow up. If you are that determined to march at age 22 or 23, go to DCA.
    4 points
  27. 4 points
  28. Had the wonderful opportunity to talk with michael at Open class in Michigan city 2018, my 30th and final year on tour. He did an interview with me as I fixed his Concert Euphonium. When we were done he asked how much I said nothing , talking with you with your wealth of knowledge was more than enough. He did by the way go across the street to DQ and brought back Cones for both of us. What a wonderful person RIP Mr.Boo RIP
    4 points
  29. Updated. https://www.dci.org/news/prolific-marching-arts-author-michael-boo-dies-at-65
    4 points
  30. That humor. That connoisseur of all things pageantry. The smile and friendship. The wisdom and snark. I first met Mike as he performed his hysterical rendition of Karnac (renamed Boo-nac) at a Drum Corps World party. 26 years later, through decades of working side-by-side for DCI, we chatted and mourned the loss of the season over the phone this past summer. And now I mourn your passing. You were one-of-a-kind, Mike. And we all loved you for it. You will be missed: your expansive knowledge, quirky humor, and, of course the dedicated passion.
    4 points
  31. This is the first time I have been on DCP in 2020. After seeing his passing on social media, the only reason I came here was to pay respect to a legend in the activity. Rest easy, Mike.
    4 points
  32. Step into the Wayback Machine and dial in August 9, 1964, Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, the Dream Contest, the annual fundraiser for the Diocese of Newark, the most prestigious show on the East coast. St. Kevin's Emerald Knights of Dorchester, MA have just hit the concert formation. The drum major steps to the side to make way for the guard captain who will now conduct "South Rampart Street Parade". We all looked on in disbelief. A "guard person" conducting? A "girl" guard person? At a time when the FM 22-5 field manual protocols were strictly observed and judging standards we
    4 points
  33. Must have posted this around dinner time.
    4 points
  34. Doubt it. Timing and willingness to allow outside groups into facilities are huge obstacles
    4 points
  35. No, the test group was 30,000 test subjects. Of the ones who got the placebo, 94 got covid. Of the ones who got the vaccine only 5 got covid.
    4 points
  36. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY... On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right; but he also knew that one day he would return to her. (cue theme music) LOL Sorry.... I had to.
    4 points
  37. The Blue Devils post today basically acknowledged the obvious. 2022 will hopefully see the return of a DCI touring season. It's a tough pill to swallow, but better to be realistic with the kids, the fans and the instructors/judges. Most researchers are predicting a 3rd wave of Covid-19 in February. We can only hope the vaccines being rolled out this winter will be effective, and bring an end to the pandemic sometime in 2021. In the meantime, we will continue giving till it hurts, to keep our corps going.
    3 points
  38. Got that sent to me last night by a lady friend. Cats expression and dog stealing silverware are the best imo
    3 points
  39. To me, whether a collegiate or professional team, they both are teams "galavanting all over the country".
    3 points
  40. I'm with you on raising the age limit due to COVID but Drum Corps should be for everyone, not just those seeking an advanced degree. My 2022 Rule Proposal: Burn all props 😀
    3 points
  41. Do you actually think those in charge have not tried things over the years to push forward the activity. Do you not think those in charge have exhausted ways ? Independent guards and drum lines even have the worst time just getting a facility for any kind of rehearsal .
    3 points
  42. Theres some who do but Wow! There has been many over the years who I may have wanted to say that to ( Thankfully, most are gone from here because it was more of an argument for them than concern about the activity ) BUT you have been a gracious contributor...and thank you
    3 points
  43. Any paying fan of drum corps has skin in the game.
    3 points
  44. I WAS THE HORN INSTRUCTOR FOR CAVALIERS IN THE 70'S WHEN MIKE JOINED. At the time, the corps consisted of mostly the remains of the early 70's and late 60's hard-### diehard members of the "green machine" IMEE- IRON MEN OF an EARLIER ERA. Mike boo was such a difference to us that we embraced him as an intelligent, humorist, drum corps geek that the members were not familiar with on his level of integration into the corps. His individualism was accepted unanimously in both the horn and drum lines even though he seemed such a square peg in a round hole. Any confrontation would often result in
    3 points
  45. Michael Boo was a tireless promoter of the activity, always enthusiastic in his writing for DCI's program notes, liner notes for audio recordings, and the DCI website, including, of course, the famous recap analyses. He was a valued participant in these forums and his self-deprecating humor was always a joy. Memory eternal.
    3 points
  46. 3 points
  47. Then why are schools are going virtual again if it’s not spreading?
    3 points
  48. The vaccines are coming, but their implementation will be slow, starting with front line medical workers and then being phased in for other segments of the population. School boards will remain extremely wary about the safety of their staffs and the legal implications of opening their facilities for the use of large groups of strangers from across the country. While a few might bite the bullet i think the vast majority will still be in the "sorry, ask us again next year" category. I think we simply won't have the infrastructure available to run a tour even if the instructional staf
    3 points
  49. Just to give pure numbers. This is first time for PA and mail ins. Over 2 million mailed or dropped off. And per the rules counting could not start until Election Day. edit cuz just found out my county still counting 50K mail ins. Know there is good bit of farmland in the lower part but get with the 21st century 😖
    3 points
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