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  1. Same here! Looking forward to a new "Journey" for a new era. This was my reaction to the announcement, just look at all those Phans🙂
    7 points
  2. They need to create a show and to reduce the amount of time it takes to create that show. Every single dollar spent right now is more accountable than before. This is about survival facing incredible odds. They now have a brass arranger who wrote the show in question. His track record speaks for itself. He knows exactly what was put into those arrangements and can tweak them for 2021. I would be content even if they were the same. The brass arranger is now with a very accomplished group of caption heads/instructors. 2020 was supposed to be Phantom's rebirth year. L
    5 points
  3. Is $3,400 alot of money? It sure is (under any circumstances). It breaks down to approximately $75.55 per day for: housing, transportation, 4 meals (per day), instrument and uniform use/"rental", instruction, experience and pandemic related costs. When looking at it this way, $3400 seems reasonable.
    5 points
  4. I am now a part of the vaccine corps at my school, and am administering vaccines at vaccination events. There is a big concerted effort to get more individuals to administer it! I'm not a nurse, im just a student in professional school so organizations are finding ways to expand the number of people administering this vaccine after receiving training.
    4 points
  5. Thankful for corps like PR and others willing to do the heavy lifting by appearing in some way this year.
    3 points
  6. A show that had no theme or story line - it hit you over the head with amazing music. I'm looking forward to that again.
    3 points
  7. For some comparison, the Maine jazz camp charges high school kids $1900 for ONE WEEK. Living in dorms, eating campus food, no travel at all, and one final performance at week's end for a hundred or so parents and spectators. So, I think the Blue Stars fees are reasonable.
    3 points
  8. Here is what every corps has to do: Minimize the length of "spring training". All cost, no income.
    2 points
  9. This 100%. It makes perfect sense for Phantom to go this route, especially with money being tight. It's a very smart move, and, Phantom will absolutely be able to pull it off. I can't wait to see this show. Can't. Wait.
    2 points
  10. Plenty of terrific shows with stories, props, and fantastic music. Probably best not to imply they're mutually exclusive to somehow cram them into whatever box you want drum corps to fit into. That said, I've always been more into music than visual, and I do hope this show sounds amazing. I do like edgier Phantom, too. Like 10,000 Airplanes on the Roof was something nobody else in World Class had ever done before, and I loved that arrangement. But they also manage to re-use past music in fresh, inventive ways. So much I love about this corps, and I'm looking forward to this.
    2 points
  11. Tbh, the announcement made me tear up. So much emotion has been spent on what we have not been able to experience. Phantom bringing back a show that so many loved made me think they understood where people's mind's and heart's would be when they perform. I think their new management knows exactly what they are doing. I would like to feel again, to have hope. That music hits it on so many fronts.
    2 points
  12. I think that I can speak for us all when I say that I hope that things can work out before the summer - because we all want to see a season occur, but we also all know the milestones that will have to be reached before that can realistically happen. There is so much planning and financial resources that have to be put into this before anything could even dream of getting off of the ground. It is possible though. If there is a will there is a way.
    2 points
  13. Totally agree with you. I think Jude was the one that handled the guard design or was caption head in 2003. Talented designer but I think having a fresh visual take would be refreshing to see. Loved listening to the show, but visual was just so-so. They came out west that year so I have fond memories going to see their practices and shows in CA, CO and NM.
    2 points
  14. From Spirit of Atlanta's website: We are working hard to keep tuition as low as possible this year. In a normal year, our membership tuition is around $4,500. Once we are able to put some plans in place and perform a cost analysis, we will update this FAQ with that information. The main unknown factor is what our pre-season and spring training programs will look like and our access to safe, cost-effective housing for the summer tour.
    2 points
  15. This plan by the Blue Stars seems reasonable and realistic to me. I wish them the best!
    2 points
  16. There's quite the significant difference. I'd imagine most individuals would have a hard time administering something between (inter) muscles. As you can imagine, it is a lot easier to administer within (intra) a muscle.
    2 points
  17. Always thought you’d march Blue Devils.
    2 points
  18. Predident Biden today announced that all adult Americans will be able to be vaccinated by May 31st. DCI should be able to go ahead with some kind of season, if true. Good news.
    2 points
  19. That's not exactly what he said. He said the US will have "enough vaccines for every adult by the end of May" . There still remain the logistical issues with getting doses into people's arms. In N.J. ,our Governor is saying they hope to hit 70% vaccinations in a 'few months". He has said that,assuming the supply can keep up with demand,something that hasn't come close yet, they are looking at late summer early fall.
    2 points
  20. Things are ramping up quickly now. Especially with the Johnson and Johnson one shot vaccine being rolled out.
    2 points
  21. I never marched or worked with a corps. We're now in March. I'm a logistics oriented person. So I was wondering,at what point do corps normally have things like housing,transportation,food purchase contracts,volunteers,etc. in place for an upcoming season ?
    2 points
  22. As long as the corps I support will be there, my current plan is to attend. To your second question...... Starting in 2010, I've been to finals week 7 times.
    1 point
  23. 1 point
  24. They’ve given members pretty good insight into the plans though there a few details still to be ironed out. Don’t expect them to be in Indianapolis. Do expect them to do something new and entertaining.
    1 point
  25. FWIW, Blue Stars web page says that DCI most likely will not extend age waivers (my term) to 2022 season.
    1 point
  26. My comment about the show got into the video!!!!!!! I'm the Michael M. Who said I. LOVE. THIS. SHOW. Nevermind that I'm so completely stoked for this show. I WILL find a way to see it live, and bring my kids too.
    1 point
  27. Sure do. Used to work there. I posted a link to what I think is the only corps who has posted a specific dollar amount on their website. Since you chimed in quickly, I thought maybe you'd be able to link to show that other corps are stating the same. This is also the first time I'm seeing a specific date range or a "tour". DCI hasn't announced a tour. I'm not trying to argue, but one corps (Blue Stars) made their dues information readily available. $3,400 for 45 days seems exorbitant. Thus, my shock that other corps are charging the same.
    1 point
  28. I'm excited because it will be a better visual design as well. Color guard has evolved a lot since then.
    1 point
  29. Not concerned at all with Cappybara's correction on the term. It's what he studied.
    1 point
  30. I much prefer being on the giving end.
    1 point
  31. I think there will be plenty of MM that will want to participate. I think there will be writing and instructional staffs that will want to participate. I think there will be volunteers and corps moms that will want to participate. The big unknown is whether there will be schools that are ready to host the corps. I have a feeling that they will be much slower to open themselves back up to visiting tour groups. There may still be a fear of exposure (medical, legal or otherwise). If there is a season you can count on me to buy some tickets and souvies.
    1 point
  32. I thought I’d share some interesting information from a friend who in most summers volunteers to help organize service projects for high school students. Usually the projects involve groups that work with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, neighborhood clean up projects, assist at day camps for children in need or with disabilities. He and his wife just had a baby, so he’s not volunteering as much but has provided assistance for a group that is trying to do some projects. He is in the Pittsburg area. He said the problem is not finding schools for housing sites, but finding schools tha
    1 point
  33. the only thing is government pronouncements tend to be bolder than reality
    1 point
  34. once you convince Anti vaxxers to get it
    1 point
  35. Yep & the numbers aren't great. A couple of the worst COVID states in the US. Florida = 1.91m+ cases, 31k+ deaths, positivity rate >6% Texas = 2.66m+ cases, 44k+ deaths, positivity rate >12%
    1 point
  36. It's over & we've won! Texas is fully open & ready for everyone's normal routine. I'm not sure if this is good news or bad news. Get ready for the next COVID spike... 🤔🙄😬🤐 wow... https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/covid-restrictions-coronavirus-mask-mayor-tunrer-gov-abbott/285-8626176b-688c-490c-899a-2af548591846 Someone in Texas please alert the B.1.1.7 Variant that's it over!
    1 point
  37. It's good to have you on board. What's your marching background? (There's no obligation to disclose it. I'm just curious.) Some of us have been in the activity since the '60s. Like me, they are dinosaurs, slower but still strong and plenty crafty. Others think of 2015 as "the old days", and they bring the good fresh vibe to the tribe. You'll fit right in, somewhere along the continuum.
    1 point
  38. Idk about busses, but I know there are some long-haul truckers are partners w/other long-haul trucker where one sleeps in sleeper cab while other one drives.
    1 point
  39. Ok- I did some math: Pacific Crest: 30 hr drive to Indy; 20 hrs to San Antonio, 32 hrs to Atlanta Carolina Crown: 9 hrs to Indy, 18 hrs to San Antonio, 4 hrs to Atlanta Troopers: 18 Hrs to Indy, 18 hrs to San Antonio, 24 hrs to Atlanta Boston Crusaders: 14 hrs to Indy, 31 hrs to San Antonio, 17 hrs to Atlanta All of these times are from Google Maps, & is drive time only, not including any stops. San Antonio & Atlanta were picked as general 'Texas' & 'South' locations; exact distance will depend on what venues are used. Long bus rides indeed.
    1 point
  40. i think housing be wherever corps set up camp, and they'll bus to places. Unless hotels are involved, schools are out
    1 point
  41. Doug is the greatest guy
    1 point
  42. Perhaps it is just grumpy old me, but 4 drum majors sounds like 3 too many. If you need a backfield conductor, have someone from horns or guard conduct that bit. Oops- gotta go yell at kids on my lawn
    1 point
  43. That is a great program. I've loved BA's band for over 20 years. I used to correspond with a guy who was a band parent and was in charge of props. He stayed on for years after his kids graduated, because he loved being part of it. He used to send me videos of the band. Just amazing!
    1 point
  44. Today they are more interested in winning medals and getting paid.
    1 point
  45. Fight On, Janet! Thank you for posting and may God comfort you and your family.
    1 point
  46. Gunther is spot on. Coz is a fine example. Just consider how many Cabs became instructors and went on to influence a couple of generations of drum corps participants. (D'Amico, Angelica, Hayes, Rodriguez,...et al.) The success and renown of the corps from which they emerged, due in large part to Jimmy's guidance, provided them the street credibility to be "influencers" in their own right.
    1 point
  47. Jerry Seawright. Because!
    1 point
  48. In defense of my percussion brethren (not one myself). 1980 - Bridgemen/Spirit of Atlanta
    1 point
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