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    2019 Madison Scouts!

    Any word on the recent camp?
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    2019 Madison Scouts!

    I marched in ‘74 during his run.....he had incredible leadership skills, he was a motivator, he came down on us when we deserved it, lifted us when we needed it. I think his most outstanding quality is intelligence. I firmly believe he is a step ahead and will not accept mediocrity.
  3. Great topic!! An idea for DCI. Full Disclosure. What was BD or SCV and every corps previous year budget....let’s disclose every drum corps expenditures so the fan base can decide for themselves if there is any correlation between expenditures and results. this could serve as a call-out to judging bias based on corps that we all know control the top end of results. I totally love BD and SCV....they are incredible....... but I more love true unbiased competition. Could a up and comer corps ever overtake one of these titans? NEVERin this current structure ! Maybe full disclosure serves as a check on judging bias.
  4. As a Scouts fan I wonder if this is true....although they are the Madison Scouts, their travel and practice hub is Indy, much recruiting is TX. Do drum corps that reside, recruit and practice in same locale as their name have an advantage?
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    Iconic Drum Majors

    Ricky Elvord Madison 1973-74
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    Sound Meter Readings

    Great topic- I watched this year’s Whitewater show with Colts and was super excited with their volume- they really lit the field. Also noticed the high mics on the sideline that were (I’m told by another non mic’ed Corp Director) running the field feed through the board. In other words, pick the volume you want. I love the colts show, but volume is one reason some of us come to these shows....we want the paint peeled. in fairness, most judges are walking the field so they may not hear the volume we do in the stands. However, if the Colts and Blue Devils generally have equal peak volume according to your data, what part is amplification playing and is this distorting scoring?
  7. Hi All, I'm the OP......There have been many tangible, constructive and great ideas. For example- explore relationships with those in the community with "deep pockets," how can we create "win-win" scenarios with them, and can this spur others to explore and improve upon? An example could be a private company owner has a National Sales Meeting...these things always start with excitement...what better way to open a meeting than a drum line in front of 500 fat old guys exuding cool? In exchange for that, the company owner gives a donation. I am hoping, for the benefit of those corps that don't have major cash flow streams that we can give creative fund raising ideas like that, which can benefit all...your creative thoughts are important because maybe a few haven't thought of them.....please keep thinking and pass on your ideas, even if untested...I know they are all appreciated!!
  8. I'm wondering what the universe of expertise can suggest here........what novel ways have you seen that might help with this never-ending problem?
  9. In your opinion, what were the top major on or off field innovations in DCI from the 1970's to present? They can be the obvious like pit off the field or z-pull or whatever. There are so many- which ones were the most significant to the activity?
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    Madison Scouts App

    Agree- really too bad that we as fans and the corps that are already running a tight budget are subject to licensing fees from songs performed decade(s) ago. Question: what do you think fans would be willing to pay for this app?
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    Madison Scouts App

    Hi There, I asked Chris awhile back, here was his response, "for now it has been suspended indefinitely until we can address some music licensing concerns. Because the app is streaming the audio it now fall under a new category of licensing which may make it cost prohibitive for us to provide the service."
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    It's a Madison Scouts thread- the question asked was the 2014 ending balsy, I said yes- try laying your cards on the line with one soloist in front of 30,000 people- it takes a set to do that- tell me about your experience in that situation............ go away
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    When the other 11 finalists do a big bang ending and Madison risks it with a single soloist WITH NO COVER leaving it out there, IT IS BALSY!!!!!
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    I'll second aggression. When I think of Madison, I think of the obvious in your face attitude, but a nuance of their trademark could be a dark and maybe even angry aggression. An example from this year was "Star Children" which has an erie start, but because it was in a minor key, has a somewhat dark yet incredibly powerful in your face climax consistent with the brand. This was got people out of their seats because they really miss this dark intensity from the Scouts (IMO)
  15. Could any World Class do Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon? If so, who would do the best rendition(with the assumption they would have the rights) could it be performed and keep the audience interest or is it too mellow? Discuss