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Everything posted by Cainan

  1. Gentlemen.. please put away your duelling swords and turn around and walk away in opposite directions... Take a break and come back when we are ready to be a bit less personal.
  2. Like Jeff... I too received literally dozens of hate mails and even threats to mine and my family's physical safety. I even had someone post me a picture of my kids (yes, they got reported to the relevant authorities). All because "we didn't cave". You know what? The internet is huge. There are LITERALLY MILLIONS of places for you to discuss current events ELSEWHERE online. We however recognised pretty quickly the lay of the land and as a consensus decided to bend our rules and ALLOW discussion on THIS drum corps forum as well as the facebook page. What happened was certain SJW's got all
  3. Dude... We freaking made finals in 91 and 92... Folded in 95. Good to know we were so memorable!
  4. Thanks Jeff.. I marched that whole season and even though our show was a bag of hot garbage, I was pretty certain we didn't fold in 1990...
  5. I disagree.. I marched a corps that folded but still had eligibility left. I think the sensible thing to do is extend for those contracted ageouts for whom this was it.
  6. I would suggest for the most part the 4th valve is pretty unnecessary in the marching environment. Yes, it absolutely makes a difference from a musicality standpoint, but I think the extra cost and the extra WEIGHT of the instrument is not worth the intonation tradeoff. I played a 4 valve System Blue at Kidsgrove Scouts BTW. I'd have been happier with a three.
  7. ^^^ THIS ^^^ If I am paying money to go watch a drum corps competition and these guys are on.. well... let's be honest, this is my hot dog corps. Now I get it that is not fair to the performers, but it is what it is. And I am just saying what a lot of people won't. To me, the big issue is why can they not recruit members? It's not as if there aren't high school music programs close by... The problem MUST be internal and not the fault of DCI. All DCI does is provide a contest schedule and a venue in which to compete. Do you know what The Academy, Blue Stars, Carolina Crown, Genesis,
  8. Bloomington ... IU Memorial Stadium... HUGE single stand = a WALL of humanity. Charlotte... Bank of America Stadium Santa Clara... Levis Stadium 4th site... secondary rotation... Madison, Kansas City, Dallas, Foxboro, Annapolis, Denver, Buffalo
  9. And my post.. is my OPINION. I am entitled to have one believe it or not. You're welcome to agree or disagree.. Personally, I don't really care..
  10. My "official" HYPE-O-METER Rating for the 2019 Phantom Regiment production "Joan"...
  11. “Afterburners” by Chuck Naffier... Assuming this must be a Chuck Naffier original composition... can't find anything on this one. “Backlash” by Simon Dobson YES!! This one has a very Madison vibe to it.. the old-schoolers should dig this one “715-Creeks” by Bon Iver YAWN... Sorry... this Imogen Heap clone does nothing for me... the old-schoolers will hate this one. Might as well be called 715 Winks because that's what is gonna be happening during this part of the show. “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by Benjamin Britten Love this piece of music, but I don't see how this
  12. Yeah... ALL the hornline was hooked up with the chicks in the guard... And if you believe THAT...
  13. I won't even consider listing placements but some thoughts.... Don't think that Vanguard can't repeat. With regards to Vanguard repeating... don't think Blue Devils are just gonna step aside without a fight. Boston... Hi. We're here and came to medal.. Just sayin! I see Crown, Cavies and Cadets in a big scrap and I somehow see Bluecoats falling into this pack... but I see the top 7 not having much spread... No more than 4 points between 1st and 7th... Next pack... Blue Knights, Mandarins, Blue Stars and Spirit of Atlanta... and the battle for 12th...
  14. We are straight up all age as that is the rules of both DCUK and DCE... In the International Class, DCI allows us to compete under the rules of our governing body... we also get to compete in Open Class and Prelims, although we cannot displace a DCI corps... In the event we should place in the top 12 (crazier things have happened) there would simply be 13 in finals... so no, we do not need to nor will we be dropping anybody.
  15. To be fair.. we don't get hung up on the numbers... that is completely out of our control. But like Jeff said, completely different scoring systems and panels... Here's our show from DCE Finals in 2018... we cracked a low 90 as I recall... Don't get me wrong.. we won't be coming to DCI just to make up the numbers... we will have a placement goal, but we will also make it a priority to entertain the hell out of you!
  16. 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...
  17. 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. I
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!)...
  21. 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.. O
  22. 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!
  23. 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 indivi