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  1. Let’s take proactive measures to help each other at least in the mental health area. If you’re bouncing off the walls, feeling panic creep in, or just need a sympathetic ear, post it here and let’s work to encourage each other. We WILL get through this but it will take time. If you want to start the blame posts go somewhere else. Love you all!
    22 points
  2. This would be an incredibly fast way to kill drum corps.
    18 points
  3. And this is why Dan Acheson is DCI Executive Dir and not you or me, and corps representatives voting membership makes the decisions about the season, and not you or me. They've been doing this for decades. Their primary focus is on the marching members and their participant's safety. They'll make the right decision at the right time. That time is not now.
    15 points
  4. The biggest overreaction? I wish the country where I'm living had've "overreacted". If they did, then the world wouldn't be going through what it currently is. Instead, things were covered up in an attempt to calm the public. Now we have a global pandemic. Let me give you a tale of two cities where I live - China. Wuhan has a population of 11 million people, with 68,000 cases and 3,000 deaths1 (per the entire province of Hubei). Though, I do highly suspect the deaths and cases are both far greater than what has been reported... as Italy is now approaching 1,000 deaths itself.
    15 points
  5. I'm challenging every DCP member to post your support here. My pledge: I will give every dollar of my refunded Friends membership, plus my refunded finals week ticket costs, directly back to the corps. Approximately $4,400. Further, I will pledge immediately up to $2,600 additional contributions to individual corps. Total $7,000 because I LOVE this activity and what it does for young musicians. I'm also thankful to John Donovan and all the mods for giving us this sandbox in which we can stay connected to it.
    14 points
  6. Contracted for my third season of World Class, pretty much everyone I have talked to wishes for the cancellation of the season. I am fine with reevaluating another week or so, but they need to act. Everyone understands the situation, that the season cannot go on under these circumstances. It just is what it is. The Olympics, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS- all have changed their schedules. Any sort of a move to shorten tour will only provide worse show quality, and more importantly, a worse member experience. Build contingency plans for corps' survival, get a refund out to everyone, and extend e
    14 points
  7. I figure you guys are probably aware, but just in case. The Madison Scouts has decided to pursue classes with staff and current members throughout the summer. They are also hoping for a week or two in late July or August to bring the corps together to get somewhat of a summer experience. I thought the email and video were excellent. My kid will be participating and in return, contracts will be extended to 2021. Still a Madison Scout family socially distant! 💚⚜️🤍
    13 points
  8. BD's worst meal in 84 was beef stroganoff. Not many of us ate it...so after the Pt. Huron rainout show, when we were stuck at the Canadian border with Garfield, Freelancers, and 27th, we gave it to Garfield....and we sat on our busses in slack-jawed amazement watching them pound it down like there was no tomorrow. Even today, alums of 84 Cadets tell me that was their BEST meal all year!
    12 points
  9. doesn't excuse the rest
    12 points
  10. 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
  11. What a great post! Thanks for putting it together. I've been following posts on DCP for years but until now haven't posted. In 1987 I was on the visual, and color guard staff for the Velvet Knights. I worked closely with Bobby Hoffman on the visual staff and Roxanne Narachi on the color guard staff. I designed and constructed all the silks, designed/built all the props (the California license plate at the end of the show was a major undertaking!) and made most of the costumes that were used throughout the show. (Interesting coincidence - the two corps that tied, VK and Star, probably had
    11 points
  12. My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant, that when I pee, it cleans the toilet.
    11 points
  13. Six years for me. I still flip the bird to my employer every time I drive by.
    11 points
  14. 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
  15. I applaud both BD and SCV for making the intelligent decision
    10 points
  16. The Joint: Nightmares in Four Walls without a Door
    10 points
  17. 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
  18. 1997 For me that means Crossmen. I went to Finals in Orlando by myself in '97. I flew down, spent the days in Disney and the evenings watching the shows. After Finals I went to dinner with some other folks I had met in the stands, we talked and laughed for a while, and I mentioned I had a 2:00 flight the next day. Someone suggested I could go get on standby for an earlier flight, which sounded like a good idea. So I did. I managed to get a seat on a 9:00am flight the next morning. When I took my seat I noticed the girl next to me was wearing a Crossmen jacket and had her medal a
    10 points
  19. I can't speak for the Bluecoats, but in general, a modern drum corps payroll is going to include truck drivers, a traveling physician, nurse, physical trainer, professional chef, (the cooking crew are probably volunteers), as well as 60-70 instructional staff. Remember, staff rarely are on tour all 70 days at the same time. It is tempting to compare back to 40 years ago, but really, it is not even the same activity. We no longer have corps dads driving 35 years old buses with no AC and eating mac and cheese for every meal. Did any corps even carry liability insiurance back in the 70s'? I d
    10 points
  20. This question has been answered numerous times and can simply be found by googling. You're still going to get the same answers.
    10 points
  21. Was going to finally get out on my own when I got back from doing admin stuff again. Will probably do that sooner. Get my first place. Have been working to and have lost weight the last year and a few months, will get to keep doing that. And focus on some clients I have during the fall for marching band. Play video games. Read some books. Be big sad.
    10 points
  22. "BREAKING: The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out."
    10 points
  23. Lots of hard decisions to come I am sure. In the end what needs to be done is keep everyone safe. WGI didn’t just cancel because they’re scared, Ohio/UD were probably going to make restrictions on events with higher attendance events and the like. I suspect if DCI would do the same it would be for similar reasons. There’s housing for all parts of the tour, performance venues, the environment that corps operate in, different states restrictions on events should this continue to escalate, etc. I and I’m sure many more will be heartbroken should something happened his summer, bu
    10 points
  24. 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
  25. He probably thinks the show is about him.
    9 points
  26. "...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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. I am having a flashback. It was just 14 months ago that a quintet of protected classes (recited twice) and the name Darcie Aungst were all over a show design announcement. Now it is an "equality and inclusion committee". Inclusion? Really? And of all times, this moment of maximum irony? Drum corps WAS a truly inclusive activity, once upon a time. Now, it is unapologetically focused on being an advanced-placement summer camp for experienced alumni of the scholastic marching arts activities, which themselves are based largely in affluent suburbia. Drum corps can no longer eve
    9 points
  30. I'm bored so I'll answer with a simple "yes". Here are my suggestions; others feel free to expand on these: 1) Reduce corp size to a "Pep Band" status only requiring one bus to eliminate extra buses & extra staff thus reducing cost. 2) Eliminate all equipment trucks. All instruments will be stored & transported in the bus bay. 3) The single bus will pull a small trailer for food prep & storage. (see #4) 4) All meals reduced to Oats, PB&J, Ramen Noodles, & Pop Corn. McDonald's Dollar Menu may also be utilized periodically for incentives/r
    9 points
  31. Today I am encouraged to say that my wife and I are celebrating 38 years of married bliss!
    9 points
  32. Cadets officially release new website and announce the new organization: Cadets Arts and Entertainment Inc. Exciting times for the Cadets organization. For the first time since the Hopkins issue, I believe that the Cadets are putting this behind them and moving forward! Good days are coming for the Cadets.
    9 points
  33. That’s odd! DCP members who were pageantry experts just two months ago became economic scholars a month ago and are now infectious disease experts.
    9 points
  34. Those are stupid rules. It counts as a three-peat if it occurs in three competitive years.
    9 points
  35. I can think of a certain corps from Canton that would like a say in the matter! 🤗 ✌️
    9 points
  36. Still no show announcement. They haven’t released their schedule. Lots of open spots. It’s bad leadership I tells ya!
    9 points
  37. I used to spin the toilet paper roll like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now, I turn it like I’m cracking a safe.
    9 points
  38. This post probably did more to cement the notion that all drum corps boomers are ******* from the perspective of CMMs than anything I’ve ever read on this board. “YoU aRe YouNg aNd PunY! ShUt Up aNd LiStEn tO Me; mY WizDuM iZ BeTteR.” I DGAF about the opening “disclaimer” that attempts to whitewash it; it’s hard to believe the moderator let hubris & disrespect of that magnitude pass. As a drum corps boomer parent watching his 2020 WC Finalist / DCI Year 7 performer (2021 age out) currently work two jobs (thankfully no cutbacks yet) to make tuition happen they are very much aware of
    9 points
  39. I continue to believe that people are basically good. Annoying, but good.
    9 points
  40. I want to salute those of you who are soldering on and trying to keep this thread on-topic in the face of all the “my healthcare system is better than yours” talk. In my little corner of the world I personally know of two students who returned from Barcelona Friday, and both have now tested positive. So, huh, they had a test. And, it gives me reason to doubt the - Spain has it under control - talk. This is gonna be bad. It was gonna be bad no matter what any politician in any country in the world did. Those of you who want to get political gain from it make me shake my head. The best thing You
    9 points
  41. If we are really looking at 18 months then there will be way bigger problems than a DCI season getting cancelled.
    9 points
  42. You realize Italy has more medical resources like ICU beds and breathing assistance devices per capita than the US, right? Overwhelming a healthcare system has nothing to do with having single payer coverage or not.
    9 points
  43. Two major differences: H1N1 was an influenza variant. Which meant that some portions of the population already had at least partial immunity, and the extant influenza vaccines and medications had at least some effect on treating the infected. COVID-19 is a novel (meaning "new") coronavirus. It is a mutation so unlike any other coronavirus known to man that no one on the planet has any immune antibodies for it, and there are no vaccines or drugs designed to treat it (yet). COVID-19 is much more contagious. In infectious disease research there is something called an R0 ("R naught") num
    9 points
  44. If we are all going to die, why do we need so much toilet paper?
    9 points
  45. Ah yes! The old tried, true, and tested "lets have a virus strain jump species, cross oceans, kill people, and impact literally every organization and nation so that we can justify lower scores for how we blow air through metal, slam wood on things, and work up that good-good sweat while running (accompanied by the ever classic spinning pretty colors)" excuse. I'll never forget the time that Blue Stars used that same excuse in 1908. True story, but don't look it up. tl;dr - Get a grip. Seriously. You need to get your priorities checked if you're upset over this.
    9 points
  46. Heh....it may have been my comment on another of her vids that brought her to this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs_Kh7t7LqM&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1eBOHPmKtvw7t4-8FgM1rV5tPftw1n4jM57jk-zFEJz81x9UsM0FV9P8E
    8 points
  47. Surprised by some of the sour grape comments from a couple of the commentators; “horrible intonation”, “rudimental drums”, “nebules drill”, “penalties for placing tymps on the ground” (that didn’t happen). Still bitter after 48 years, I see. Whatever. We beat their corps. We knew we were doing the show of our lives after Ritual Fire Dance. We didn’t know we had won until we were back on the bus because it started pouring. A corps mom with wet mascara running down her face came over to our bus screaming “WE WON, WE WON”!!! My parents had divorced the previous fall, my mother
    8 points
  48. A reduced number of performances of watered-down shows with extremely reduced rehearsal time is worse than no season at all. If there can't be a full, normal tour this year, then cancel the season and let the ageouts come back next year. Don't insult them by forcing this sort of substandard production to be all they get.
    8 points
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