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  1. Yes... but... even in the early 80's, even some DCA corps were getting some free percussion equipment and more. It's been there, maybe not on the scale it is... but it's been around.
  2. BOA programs like this one have been well over 6 figures for a couple of decades now. They rely on serious hard core find raising. In some ways, the show is rather intriguing in some rather ironic directions- the signs saying that people see what they want to see or what they want them to see.... and at times ending up distracting the viewer totally from the fact kids are actually performing something even though they're staged to be clearly seen. I'd thought of something like this.... but to be used in an extremely comedic way. Flashing "APPLAUD NOW" at certain points.... And flashing other pithy comments like "Obligatory Body Moves NOW!", and maybe even a "COKE REFRESHES!" or some fake sponsor message like on Prairie Home Companion. As for effect..... How does one call it? At least BA's go-buggies were something that the performers had to perform with. They had to drive those things in formation... cue them.. and play while riding atop the daggone things. Something to take into consideration for sure. Loaded question- do the displays try and take the numbers out of the hands of the performers in one way or another? Serious question, and I think debatable. Would the program still have solid content without relying on the displays as a crutch? I'd hope so. At the BoA level, I'd hope and think adjudicators would call the Emperor stark naked if that was what they believed was happening.
  3. Can I get an "AMEN"? Every corps has a personality- and not every personality fits every individual.
  4. As Jim said, take a look at all your options- Open, World and All-Age.There is a place that will be glad to have you, it just has to be discovered.
  5. Or the original guard "choreography" from the "Letter From Home" segment of the "ABC's of Modern Music show from the 80's..... a real what in sam scratch were they thinking!!!! moment if ever I saw one.
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    Which can and does happen depending on the panels and sometimes circuit. Many times, it's not deliberate. The last thing one should do as an adjudicator is worry about what the rest of the panel might do or their tendencies. Get your caption right and straight, and the system should work as intended.
  7. An indoor percussion group I occasionally consulted with did a show about the rise and fall of communism in the mid-90's, and the message was pretty much about how it was flatly rejected, not embraced. There are ways to bring up certain touchy subjects with some deeper thought and design.
  8. Actually, Jim... I think you were there with me when Brother Dave waxed poetic about that as well as his rather riled up and crazed thoughts on another corps in 1979 that beat Jesus on the field to the "39 Lashes" tune from Jesus Christ, Superstar".
  9. Speaking of hammer and sickle, this band from South-Central PA raised a ruckus a few years back.... And as my way of protest, when I play World of Tanks... all of the Soviet and Chinese Red Stars are covered by other insignias...even stuck a Czech flag in protest on one of them. Personal thing, I guess.
  10. Hmm, Mike, you're right about the scholastic issues with guns. Controversy is obviously just one short step away. Then again... MBI's 2012 show did feature Bonnie and Clyde gunned down by G-Man Roger Grupp using a (obviously a cartoonish prop) tommy gun complete with bullet holes popping out of their car and Bonnie and Clyde falling out of the car dead at the end of the show...
  11. I know there were some rather pithy comments about a coffin of some sort from a couple of ex Y-R "characters" at Westshore.
  12. Didn't the Bucs have Ritchie Price come out of a coffin in 1973 during Verdi's Requiem or some such?
  13. I remember seeing that show at East, marvelous brass section, a ton of energy... One couldn't help but think they had a strong crack at finals if they could just hang in there.
  14. Witnesses, people willing to testify would be needed if the accusations are true.. Until then, people's hands are tied. Patience and prudence. The way things have been going, it'll eventually catch up to anyone who's been doing wrong.
  15. I'm rather certain it was used as a legal term as well. Larry is no fool.
  16. Google search indicates that's the only reference to it anywhere. It's rather a curious thing. A reasonable guess would be that it's the actual parent organization that holds/owns all of the corps assets, some kind of legal framework to prevent individuals from being personally sued, a reasonable precaution, like the old "Westshoremen, Inc.", Jim. And... who runs PC? I have a feeling we all can figure that one out.
  17. Also the recent newspaper interview indicated a realization that it was a mistake, but more that it was a mistake because other people believe it to be so, not because they believe it to have been a mistake in their own beliefs and judgement.
  18. Violation of DCI's Code of Conduct and Ethics is enough of a violation to raise serious concern.
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    Sometimes scheduling may keep someone off that may want to do them. Generally speaking, most adjudicators enjoy working the bigger shows if given the opportunity.
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    We used to refer to this in DCA in the late 70's/early 80's as "snare-centric" and "soprano-centric". A lot of us wondered what the heck we were doing out there doing what we did and based on some of the evaluations given, figured we were could've just about played and done anything we pleased as long as the snares and sopranos were awesome.
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    See earlier comment regarding the "Semi-Sequestered" panels for some of my response. Yes, but within this thread I see a kind of dichotomy taking place. Can't trust some people...more judges to eliminate perceived bias... I'm uncertain there is no perfect or solid solution. Jeff brings up the point, and others have, of the rather small pool of individuals at this level getting in to judge at the top end. And there, we also have a dichotomy of comments here. Same people, we all know their proclivities same old same old decisions rendered...... but when new people get added to the mix, goodness, who are they!? Seems many of us want to have our cake... and eat it as well. New blood? Absolutely! But "...can people trust them"!? I'd hope so! They don't dig people out of the corner of some empty shoebox to judge at this level.
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    Interesting! One has to try and look at things from as balanced a perspective as possible, no matter how hard it is to do. Everyone does have that tendency to evaluate using their backgrounds as a start, and one has to expand knowledge bases and become more well rounded as time goes on.
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    Last I knew, the judges on SF and Finals were "Semi-sequestered" (IIRC DCI's term for it) in which they weren't allowed to watch the shows nor converse with any of the panel about those contests, nor see the recaps. Has this changed?
  24. There are people in history, or as I found in this activity, you learn what to do... and what not to do. The shoe fits here for sure.