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  1. It's really short. I'm glad there's going to be one. I have a kid that saw his first DCI show when he was 9 years old. He was hooked. And after 7 years of competitive Corps, he will be on the podium to salute the Cavaliers onto the field 28 days from now. Had there been no season this year, he would have had to age out and move on. I realize my perspective is biased. I don't care. I can't wait to see the 10 shows they will have, either live or on FloMarching. And I can't help but think that having these shows as unjudged exhibitions might produce an even more entertaining res
    25 points
  2. I guess I am just surprised that anyone is going to criticize any show this season. I have to admit that during the darkest days of the pandemic, I found myself at times wondering if I would ever see live drum corps ever again. Each corps has had to engage is some serious soul searching in the past 18 months to contemplate the way forward for their organizations. The fact that this corps is out there with what looks like a full corps to me and is performing an enjoyable show is commendable. Keep it up guys, and to heck with the keyboard commandos on dcp.
    14 points
  3. My son had the highest honor of conducting the corps playing “Rainbow” on Saturday in honor of a terminally ill Cavalier Alum who was right below the podium soaking it in via his wheelchair. I can guarantee that THESE moments and memories will live with him forever, and scores and contests simply won’t.
    12 points
  4. In 28 of DCI's 48 years, the championship has been won by one of two corps from California. In 1 of DCI's 48 years, the championship has been hosted in the same state as one of the two corps referenced above. They have already invested more of their fair share of financial and logistical resources to the activity.
    12 points
  5. I’m vaccinated and I’m uncomfortable with this kind of segregation. I’m not afraid to sit by an unvaccinated person. I’m vaccinated.
    11 points
  6. When Ike Jackson himself is captured on a video making wildly inappropriate comments to HS students, then IMO the jury is not still out. The one video alone should have resulted in him being released from Ayala at least. As for the Mandarins, if their admin sees that video, plus the weight of the other reported commentary, then hopefully they do the right thing.
    11 points
  7. Bluecoats 2021 isn't a "new take" on a previous show (2019). It is a NEW show that just happens to be by the composers they used in 2019. Lennon, McCartney, Harrison wrote enough great music that several corps could do shows based on their library...without a need to repeat anything.
    10 points
  8. Hi, I was in the Suncoast '88 color guard, and I literally was the "contemporary child," soloist dancer (you know, the "little girl" in a sailor suit dress and hat?). I don't know if anyone will see this so many years after this thread was posted, but yes, it was Karl Lowe, along with George Sellers (as well as I think on that staff Kevin and Deena and sorry I don't remember their last names!), who was the designer and choreographer of the guard for Symphonic Dances for the Contemporary Child. Karl was a genius. It was so extraordinary for me that I was asked to do the part even though I
    10 points
  9. Does it really make a difference in the middle of a pandemic? We should be grateful that we have SOME semblance of a season.
    10 points
  10. Not to mention the influence of design and trends. I find it appalling that anyone would think that either organization owes anything to DCI to participate in the dog and pony show just to prop up DCI. In fact it’s the other way around.
    10 points
  11. I'd be really surprised if there is anyone who longs for the return of drum corps more than yours truly. I've been involved since 1960. When there is a safe strategy for this, I'll be at the head of the line. But I would ask my colleagues to consider facts, not pipe dream fantasies. Read what JimF says, above: "Lol just did a NYT link to where I would be in line to get a vaccine." Does anyone actually think 18-20 year old musical athletes are going to be at the front of THAT line? Logic says "no" to that. Think about the ramifications of large groups of un-vaccinated young
    10 points
  12. I applaud both BD and SCV for making the intelligent decision
    10 points
  13. The Joint: Nightmares in Four Walls without a Door
    10 points
  14. Just because you say so doesn’t make it so! A lot of organizations, independent show sponsors, and numerous regional circuits were eroded instead of supported by DCI. It wasn’t until just recently that DCI even felt there was a need for member safety guidelines or sexual abuse/harassment reporting. To believe no one besides DCI is capable to lead the activity in the future is extremely narrow minded IMO. DCI has been grossly irresponsible and very self serving. Knowing many of the pageantry leaches and narcissistic Individuals involved in driving the budgets of these organizati
    10 points
  15. I heard they left one of the props out overnight and when they woke up they found someone had locked their bike to it.
    9 points
  16. this is a VERY different year - many corps are celebrating their past etc. Crown did, Genesis is, Cadets are, Regiment etc - entirely appropriate and frankly SMART. I'll just chalk your thoughts up to perhaps you are unaware of the outright mess this organization (and the Cadets) were left in after 2019 ... only to then head into a shutdown. We are all very lucky they are on the field and in such good shape. THIS they can build upon.
    9 points
  17. I respectfully disagree with this. In the case of the Blue Devils I think people forget (or maybe do not know) that they run a very large organization. It's not just the A corps. If you take the A corps out of it (where many of the members come from all over) what you have is a mostly local/regional organization that services a lot of kids. They have the B and C corps, Diabalo Wind Symphony, Yamaha School of Music, winter drum lines and guard, a special needs guard, and they run a lot of educational programs and clinics. I bet they have 350+ kids in the region who partake in various services o
    9 points
  18. No critiques from me this year. Everyone gets a score of 100 just for getting back out "on the field". Thank you for helping us get back to normal kids!
    9 points
  19. Is there a "not to be spent on props" clause?
    9 points
  20. BD does not have to justify what they do as an organization. Or SCV or ANY organization. PEACE!!!
    9 points
  21. I don’t believe it’s a good economic situation for any corps to participate in this Indy dog and pony show. Stay home and plan for 2022, because corps will need a lot more money then ever before to tour.
    9 points
  22. The activity also won’t survive with predatory adults preying on kids, or groups serving sheet cake for dinner because it’s cheap. The bubble was bound to burst, and this pandemic is one of the final nails in the coffin.
    9 points
  23. He probably thinks the show is about him.
    9 points
  24. 2020 champion: Blue Devils* 2021 champion: Blue Devils** * = There was no show, but BD would have won if they had been there. ** - The show was not scored, and BD was not there, but if it was and they were, they would have won.
    9 points
  25. "...non working teachers can eat and stay on zoom." Permit me to help decode something here. I must assume this comment is meant in all sincerity, but I would point out that teachers are not on vacation, eating bon-bons and watching The Simpsons. Virtually all of them are continuing to do their jobs, remotely, with almost no administrative support. The vast majority of these people had to improvise like mad over the past several months to meet state-mandated specifications in the education code while inventing new ways to deliver curriculum as effectively as possible. Their work
    9 points
  26. Please keep Jerry Noonan, former soprano soloist of Northstar Drum & Bugle Corps in your thoughts. Jerry is in a serious battle with cancer and could use your prayers. Jerry is recognized as one of the top soloists of all time, and was a brass instructor with Northstar and the Boston Crusaders, among others, and is well respected throughout the drum corps community. One of the good guys.
    9 points
  27. People, please. Can you stick to the topic, which is the allegations against Ike Jackson? You are wasting a lot of other people's time who are trying to find the actual topic info, with this nonsense.
    9 points
  28. Well...Boston Crusaders of course. And, not just because I marched there and later taught there. They are an 81 year old miracle. They survived World War II, four other wars, the Catholic Church, the draft, 5 recessions, a fire where they lost everything, getting stranded in Europe in 1982, reinventing themselves as "Boston" and marching 51 total in 1983 (in Div 1, no less) another financial upheaval in 98, strategic move to acquire membership from Florida, now over 20 consecutive years in the top 12, raised money like nobody has ever seen in the past 6 years, and in the pandemic year of 202
    8 points
  29. Just returned from my second weekend visiting the corps in Vermont. I am trying to process what I have seen and heard. I won't have the chance to see them again until tour starts in three weeks, so these will be very preliminary comments. The corps recently made very clear that the decision was made last fall to design and craft a show that is what the audience would hope for. Thus, ZOOM is visual feast much like the last three seasons' productions. with a drill that is at times exciting and viceral and other times beautiful (particularly in the ballad). The brass line has now settl
    8 points
  30. Or … are props another tool that when done well, greatly enhances a program (e.g., Ghostlight, Babylon, Down Side Up).
    8 points
  31. The Blue Devils won again.
    8 points
  32. Funny part is, back when I created the DCP FB page, the thought was that if you had your real name attached to posts, it might require less moderation and might have civil discussions. Boy was I mistaken... o_O I'm sure there's a sociology paper in there somewhere. Mike
    8 points
  33. What I'm gathering from this paragraph is that some movements (e.g., patriotism, religion) are okay, while others (e.g., #MeToo, #BLM discussed in a response, others promoting justice and equality) are to be avoided. I guess the stance is "only do stuff that I'm okay with." That's a fine stance - just be open about it.
    8 points
  34. I think there are many people, including myself, on DCP who have grave concerns about the current state of drum corps that need to be addressed. And many of those concerns are being addressed. However, our concern is a reflection of our passion and love of the activity. We want drum corps to be all that it can be ... a positive, transformational experience for all MMs. Just because we acknowledge that there are problems that need to be overcome, whether it is for the upcoming hypothetical season or beyond, doesn’t mean we want drum corps to die. It means we want a healthy activity. Financially
    8 points
  35. 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
  36. What difference does it make if she truly cares or not? All i know is she is introducing more people to DCI thru her channel. I personally know someone that follows her channel that didn't know DCI even existed before the vids started popping up on Courtney's channel. Now she is binge watching DCI shows and is looking to attend a show once we get past COVID. And for that i salute Courtney. Maybe she cares, maybe she doesn't, just keep bringing more eyeballs and relevancy to DCI. Keep doing your thing Courtney.
    8 points
  37. I went in person to vote last Friday. I trust Illinois with a mail-in ballot like I trust gas station sushi.
    8 points
  38. Saw my son in the Crown clip in "e=mc2". I'm happy!!!
    8 points
  39. Frankly, at this point, I really do not care. I am more concerned about whether or not the activity on which I grew up, the activity that made me the man I am, will survive. When the dust settles, what and/or whom will be left? This pandemic has forced me to rethink things that are important, and leave behind all the traditional thinking. I will learn to enjoy life more and savor the little things. I just hope drum corps will still be one of those things I'm able to enjoy.
    8 points
  40. From the outside looking in, it seems to me that some people's insistence on using the term costume instead of uniform is an attempt to disparage and discredit the merits and aesthetic value of modern day uniforms. Essentially, they don't like it, so it needs to be given a term that they perceive as more degrading.
    8 points
  41. Speaking as a 60 year old dinosaur, I have no problems with the concept of the costumes of today. Having spent the last 42 years of my life following/marching with/teaching/following BAC I will say I have always loved the classic red white and black look. And who could forget those rifle unis of the 70s with the black pants and boots and the white Waldos? But times change. The only risk with the program centric costumes is that they can be hit or miss. I liked the Wicked Games look (which was really a hybrid of the traditional and the thematic). I was not a huge fan of the SOS costumes (
    8 points
  42. I reported to several sources and nothing was done. I was threatened and had to get my attorney involved. I definitely don’t feel responsible that this was person was allowed to continue in drum corps for several more years. The only one who listened was Tricia Nadolny. If she’s not a hero, I don’t know who is.
    8 points
  43. You know, though, he himself posted the peanut butter video on instagram. Seems to me, that would be damning enough, even without Kelley Ho’s post.
    8 points
  44. 2 points... 1) I would be all in on sections at LOS being determined by corps affiliation...such as Bluecoats fans concert side between the 40s, Blue Devils and SCV fans back side behind the curtain. 🙂 2) Quoting the Governor of New York does not help an argument for ANYTHING regarding the pandemic.
    7 points
  45. here's my takeaway after this, Pioneer and some other stuff that has come out since Hopghazi: Kids arent gonna put up with the #### we did...it's not because they are "woke" or "soft" or we were macho....it's because they are smart. They value themselves and their health more than chasing a ring or status via placement. I only did DCA, weekends only....and I adore my staff then and now, but a few times...yeah i think looing back our health wasn't necessarily the priority, a score was. It is now incumbent on all corps administrations, regardless of size, clas
    7 points
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