Cainan

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About Cainan

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  • Birthday 11/03/1970

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Freelancers 1987-1992 Baritone, Cheshire Cadets (DCUK) 2004-2005 Contra / Staff, Kidsgrove Scouts 2016 Tuba, (2017 Visual Tech)
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Freelancers, Kidsgrove Scouts, VK, Classic Blue Devils, 27, Sky Ryders, Star of Indiana, Bridgemen
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    1975 Muchachos, 1991 Star, 1992 Star, 1993 Star. 1982 Bridgemen, 2006 Cavaliers, 2008 Phantom Regiment, 2014 Blue Devils, 2006 Blue Devils, 2016 Carolina Crown
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    1991
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    Male
  • Location
    Warrington, United Kingdom
  • Interests
    Drum corps, aviation, the US Civil War (I am a re-enactor)

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  1. I can tell you for a fact that Kidsgrove Scouts has DBS checks (British equivalent of a criminal background check) for ALL members, volunteers and staff over the age of 18, as do all British drum corps. I believe it to be the Continent as well...
  2. First and foremost.. member safety... I would propose that each corps must have a dedicated, full time safety and compliance officer. Someone completely independent of instructional or design staff. I would also propose that this individual reports DIRECTLY to DCI and not corps management. If an issue of member safety arises, this individual should be compelled to report findings to DCI and the relevant legal authorities if required and have the authority of the sanctioning body to shut down a corps if compliance issues are not addressed in a timely and satisfactory manner. Enough is enough. It is time for draconian measures. It isn't 1989 anymore. Also on the safety front... Modern drum corps is a very physical activity. A fully qualified sports medicine professional should be required on all staffs as well as a fully qualified dietician. If we can afford high cost equipment and instructors, we can afford that the members are properly fed and cared for. On the competition side of things... Separate field percussion judges... Battery and pit are two completely different beasts. All shows MUST have full judging panels. The members pay a lot of money to be taught by and evaluated by world class level educators and the fans pay a lot to watch. This is the least all should expect. On that same token... Minimum show length of 10:00. The fans pay a lot of money to see what corps do. It is ripping them off to only see half a show. If a corps has less than 10 minutes on the field, I would assess the penalties at five hundredths (.05) for every second under the minimum time, ie... If a corps came out minus their closer and their show was only 7:30 in length the penalty would be 7.5 points (150 seconds x .05).
  3. I have been told by a reliable source in one of the corps that this decision is nothing at all to do with finances... That's all he would say though. My gut reaction this is fallout from the scandals... although I have no proof. Just a gut feeling.
  4. I wouldn't worry about future iterations of either SCV or BD as to be fair, they really didn't get too many "kids" directly from their feeder corps anyways.. Both are "destination" corps.. ie.. places people go to age out.. A lot of the SCVC and BDB kids went on to other World class corps rather than directly into the A corps respectively. Sure some eventually aged out there, but I am willing to bet the actual numbers are probably pretty insignificant.
  5. Ahhhh... but wait!! That's not all folks!! The European circuits are now on our final swing with a set of shows this weekend. DCUK, DCN (Netherlands) finals on the 22nd of September followed by the Drum Corps Europe Championships in Kerkrade, NL on the 29th of September. DCE will be webcat for €15 (about $15). Some really good stuff going on with the European circuits... You've got Jubal and Company who have both recently visited DCI and of course my corps, the Kidsgrove Scouts who are regulars at DCA to watch (and btw.. if you haven't seen it yet... our show is really rather good!)...
  6. Cainan

    Pioneer What Next?

    What I am about to say may come across as harsh. It is absolutely NOT meant in ANY way to demean the members at Pioneer or their efforts. They work just as hard.. and probably harder... than virtually every single corps out there. THIS is aimed squarely at the admin team at Pioneer and specifically at Roman. Then what's the point of having judges? Why bother having a Top 12.. Heck.. why bother ranking corps at ALL? Let's just give everyone a participation prize and make the finals open to anybody who shows up? Like it or not.. this is a competitive activity. We have two divisions.. Open and World class. What pioneer has provided it's members is NOT a World Class experience and that has reflected in their placement which is anything BUT World Class. It is blatantly obvious that they absolutely do NOT look after the health and wellbeing of the members. Add to that show design that would be an insult to give to many high school bands... these kids, no matter how good they are can only do so much turd polishing. This year, Pioneer just BARELY would have made Open Class Finals, let alone being anywhere near competitive in World. It cannot be a fun and rewarding experience to know you are gonna come in last virtually every single night. I have said for years that being in World Class should not be solely based on your bank balance, rather a whole host of things... World class should include in my opinion... World Class administration of the said organisation... to include a stable BoD and finances World Class educators World Class show design World Class logistics... to include nutrition and transportation World Class physical care for members including FULL TIME, QUALIFIED sports trainers THESES are the MINIMUMS I expect from an organisation purporting to be WORLD Class. To these I would also add competitive placement.. one similar to European football (soccer) whereby there is a promotion and relegation system. Say the bottom 3 from World is relegated and the Top 3 from Open is promoted. The promoted corps should have already proven themselves to be financially and administratively stable by DCI prior to setting out on the road anyways. Specifically however, the OP asked what should be done about Pioneer... Personally, I think Roman should be deemed unfit to run the corps and should be removed. I also believe that Pioneer should not be allowed on the road in 2019. AFter a year off to clean house, I think they should be dropped to Open Class until such time as they can actually provide their membership a World Class experience. Once they have proven themselves to actually BE a World Class corps, then and ONLY then should they be allowed back on that circuit.
  7. Cainan

    Pioneer Member Rant

    Had the story not gone public... NOTHING would have been done. It was only due to bad publicity that any semblance of "action" was taken.. and from what I can see, DCI didn't really do sod all... The Cadets alumni are the only ones who seems to actually do anything!
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    Pioneer Member Rant

    As a moderator, I tend to stay out of commenting on these "hot" topics, but this one I simply can't... What will it take for DCI to ACTUALLY DO something? Does a member have to get actually raped, seriously injured or God forbid KILLED before DCI as an organisation pulls their collective heads out of their backsides??!! And don't give me this BS that DCI "is the individual corps"... THAT is half the bloody problem! They are at MINIMUM a $10+ MILLION a year organisation. The organisation needs an INDEPENDENT board that is not made up of yes men that are so closely involved with the individual corps. As the organising body for the junior corps activity in America, they have a moral responsibility and obligation for ensuring member health and safety. At the end of the day, no student (if we are an educational activity... that's what the members are.. students)should have to expect that they will be physically endangered or abused in order to take part in this activity. If that means that Pioneer is made example of then so be it in my humble opinion. I'd rather have one less corps than one dead kid.
  9. Cainan

    2018 Uniforms!

    I quite like these actually... Plus, marching in Adidas.. Hell YEAH!!
  10. Cainan

    2018 Uniforms!

    I'm pretty liberal and accepting of costumes.. I really am... in fact, I like many of them... Bluecoats totally fits their show.. Mandarins.. pretty ######... Blue Knights, esoteric and colourful befitting the corps recent image.... But.. MADISON... I simply have no words. I am literally speechless (and not in a good way)
  11. Cainan

    2018 Uniforms!

    I'm not that bothered per se about the Blue Stars costumes, but I hope for their sake that their feet are clean... Those yellow shoes and pants bottoms will expose a plethora of sins...
  12. Cainan

    2018 Uniforms!

    They look great. I am assuming that modern day drum corps no longer is the place for the slightly portly contra players of old...
  13. Cainan

    2018 Uniforms!

    I think they are pretty dope.. my only criticism of Crown's costume (and that's what they are and not meant to be derogatory in any way.. this is modern drum corps) are the hats.. I simply think they are an odd shape.. I think a taller shako with some sort of plumage would be far more effective
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    2018 Uniforms!

    I like it, but I do feel as if it's missing something... Having a hard time believing this is the final product...