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TopBass

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  • Birthday 09/18/1974

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    MN Brass 93, 97-98, 04-06 Scouts 94-96
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Scouts, Blue Devils, MN Brass, Renegades
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Scouts '95
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    Scouts '95
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    Minneapolis, MN

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  1. Either way, Scouts are Back! They had more clapping and audience involvement in the theatre I was in than all but the top four corps, COMBINED! I hope they make finals only because it will help recruiting for next year. As far as I'm concerned, my brothers had the most successful year they possibly could have! Thank you Spanos, Petersen, and everyone on the design team for a wonderful show. That hornline power (BYBO - yeah mellos!), that drumline rock (bassline popped more than any other corps on the big screen), an in-your-face masculine guard! [eyes up, high voice] LOVED IT! My check is in the mail!
  2. Click on my sig to see an awesome Bass ensemble from DCA, though they (bass ensembles) weren't quite as good in '07, sadly. Some of us old farts can still drum!
  3. You won't be disappointed! I mean, I'm teaching there! heh heh We just had a great Christmas Camp and the next rehearsal is going to be even better. Go check out tcaiperc.org!
  4. Not in dollars but drum corps has cost me a lifetime of back pain and bad knees, stupid drums. But also is where I met my wife and all my closest friends so I'd pretty much have no social life without it. Fair trade! Plus, at my old job I could roll step around the office and not spill my coffee like all the other idiots, heh heh.
  5. Dues haven't changed that much, eh? 1994 - $400 Dues + $150 Housing Fee = 550 1995 - $300 Dues + $150 Housing Fee = 450 1996 - $250 Dues + $150 Housing Fee = 400 Total $1400 Now that's a bargain! Four hour drive one way with gas split between 2-4 people. No camp fees, we always crashed at a local's house so no housing fees during the winter. Some of the local guys even paid the housing fee because anyone who stayed at the Regent with the Scouts in the mid-90's knows that was some of the most fun you had all tour! Dunk-or-dine at 2am after bar close, everydays didn't start until Noon (12-9), walking to State Street, Your Open Panty across the street, sneakin' into Camp Randall before leaving on tour, those were the days! I paid my dues with an inheritance but I don't know how I would pay tour fees now. I would have found a way, I'm sure, but it would have probably taken me out of college for a year. Yeah, that's right, I'd skip college for drum corps, not the other way around. You can ALWAYS go to college and you'll be working the rest of your life anyway, you can only march Juniors until you're 21! (well, now 22 sometimes)
  6. He's great at this. When I marched Scouts under Scott he would hand out the green sheets with our schedule for the next six-eight weeks at a time. It said we were pulling into Fridley, MN at 2am and I checked my watch as we pulled in: 1:58am. Amazing considering I got the sheet four weeks prior. That is but one of Scott's many talents! Can't wait to see what the Kilts are up to next year!
  7. With all of these Corps located ALL over the country, it just might be high time to have finals in a more central location.... Hmmmmm.... Like Indy?
  8. Very well written post! I was so disappointed that more members of MN Brass weren't there for this. The corps came out a day earlier to support I&E (and better prepare for finals, of course) but they still practice so hard the day of and have such an early call the next day very few people wanted to stay out until midnight. I felt like I was at a concert, a raucous awesome Drum and Bugle corps concert. The pace was so awesome, there wasn't much downtime at all. It was definitely an event! I think it should start earlier next year so it doesn't run into the next day, however.
  9. Regarding the smokers by your horn arc, drummers don't like it either. What's even worse? When the offending smoker is on your own staff and you've talked to the person repeatedly about it... But I digress.
  10. ha ha, Ding Ding yourself! I was there taking pictures and having a blast! It's a lot more fun when you don't have to march I've now found out. You actually have time to drink! Maybe we'll get the bassline together someyear and we'll just do I&E, now that would be fun.
  11. Maybe the judge was comparing it to last year's bass ensembles still, now THIS is a bass ensemble! We got a 96 with a 1 point penalty for being two minutes over time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU0h6VxUfcc
  12. I just had an intriquing thought. What if drum corps members DID get paid? What is each position in a corps worth? In an ideal world everyone would get paid the same, right? Shyeah, right. With the egos and cliquey nature of corps already you think a lead sop screacher is going to accept the same pay as a third? Me neither. I've only met one or two screamers without egos so big you can't get within five feet of their heads. ha ha, j/k. Ok, not really. What would be the max and min? Would trumpets get paid more than contras or other low brass? Would section leaders get more? Lead trumpet -$50k 2nd - $35k 3rd - $27k Lead Mello - $40k 2nd - $35k 3rd - $27k Lead Bari - $41k 2nd - $35k 3rd - $27k Lead Euph - $43k 2nd - $35k 3rd - $27k Lead Tuba - $40k 2nd - $35k 3rd - $27k Snare captain - $50 Center snares - $45k End snares - $35k Tenor captain - $45k Tenors - $40 Bass captain - $100k Basses - $75k Cymbal captain - $45k Cymbals - $40k Pit captain - $50 Marimbas - $45k Vibes - $45k Rack #####es - $24k Drum Major - $50k Backfield conductors - $27k Heh heh, what do you think? Basses provide the beat for the corps, hence the large gap. Most important section! Yeah, can you imagine the cliques that would develop now? Food for thought.
  13. This is really one of the most ridiculous threads I've read. Check out the Reading Buccaneers and go march All-age corps. It's not as slow as you think. I'm 32 and too old and fat to march corps anymore in the drumline. You'd be surprised how quickly age creeps up on you when you're wearing a drum.
  14. I just got caught up on this thread and... Ahhh, all is right in the world, MBI is back in 5th. BrownieBrick, you crack me up with that long post, you must be a blast at parties! Call me old school but if the crowd likes your show then it was a good night. The crowd in Eau Claire absolutely loved MBI that night and ate up everything they had to give. Over half of the packed stands stayed for the encore and they got two standing O's. Whatever else happens this season you can't take that away from them. Have a great rest of the year MBI! Keep up the great work! Just please don't practice over 6 hours on a show day again, it tired me out and all I was doing was holding a camera all day...
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