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  1. It was 1981........people tried real hard to not have any blanks in the drill by prelims, as visual judges totally frowned on it...........people would march with broken arms, etc. and still march the spot. She actually did quite well.....it was tough for her not to stick out, as she was in the lead soprano section...............I think we should have taught her the last note of the show....lol.......I believe DCI prelims and finals were the 2 shows that she marched all season......
  2. We had a lead soprano player.............who got into a fist fight with the drum major in rehearsal 2 days before prelims............he was taken to the airport and sent home...........we had no alternate horn players, but we had an alternate guard member on tour.....she was small and I believe somewhere between 15-17 years old. I look out later that night, and I start laughing, because there she is.....soprano in hand (of course, not playing), learning drill. She is doing remarkably well. At prelims, she marched as if she was in the spot all year long (didn't play a note, though....lol).....I think she was really happy to be out there...........still never found out what happened that caused the fight..............my guess is that they were probably both at fault.....
  3. It's very strange.............on just one post remaining, if you click the underline under the "statement" (which I DIDN"T COPY/POST) there is a message from google saying that copying the photo was "forbidden", yet there was nothing on the original image to indicate that (some are protected, and I get that).....however, who ever chose to "take it down", chose to replace it with the wording........(the wording was in the title set of the photo album, but was NOT included in my post......so (whoever they are) managed to take down the photo and replace it with the wording..................not cool.................probably a "uniform" company rep..........lol.............finally, I only posted the two photos to stimulate a conversation about it...........there's no "right or wrong" answers.......just preferences..............however, who ever took it down also clearly chose to spread their own message, and to distort my post.......................again, not cool..................
  4. Just so you know, the first picture (there were TWO photos) I posted was taken down...................it was there but just for a bit............ The remaining photo (Madison) has a caption above (worst uniforms in drum corps history...Page 13)....but that is NOT for the Madison photo................... I simply posted two photos, with no wording................why there was an edit/take down is beyond me...............
  5. I was on the staff......prelims was odd, as I thought that we were good, but it wasn't an emotional job........still, I was confused, as there was clearly some dirt in SCV's show, yet they won............BD, on the other hand, smoked in prelims, won high drums, and frankly I thought that they would win prelims....but we were tied.....also weird was the fact that we won all captions in prelims except for percussion, where we were 5th (including 7th in field)....questionable (4th in field in finals)....all worked out, though, as they lit it up on Saturday night.....41-1....not undefeated, but as close as you can get....................
  6. I was talking contests (re the 25 minutes).............parades were, and still are, a bear, especially long ones........I agree that they do not need to be wool........all I know is that uniform still works for me, and most of them today (costumes) do not work for me.....I don't think I am the only one on that....................
  7. I don't know......I taught at the Cadets.......last year was 83......I think the 84 show was pretty good, and that many a corps would struggle performing it as well today.............36 years ago.............I savor the steak, because I have a bad (terminal) heart condition, and thus only eat one very small steak once or twice per month.........but I still love it...............
  8. Timeless..................................many people like trying many different foods.........but I still keep coming back to a good steak and baked potato......always works, for me............................... if you time it right, you only have the uniform top on for 25 minutes........................if we could do it, they can still do it.....................(and the A/C didn' t work at all on our buses.....)
  9. Agreed.............always good to make sure you have some document saying that things are cancelled, and then make sure your refund gets credited. I used Hotels.com, and I just cancelled my DCI East hotel a few days ago.......it was an oversight on my part, as I thought I had cancelled it earlier (maybe I did??). Then I read "policy" Hotels.com policy COVID policy was pretty bad......if you had a "non-refundable" reservation, they were trying to hold onto that, and the customer loses all of their money paid. I wasn't settling for that.........I told them that I live in Florida and had a reservation in Allentown for a national event that was cancelled due to COVID19 (and I would not have gone anyway, as I am in the highest risk health group)....I wasn't going to fly from Orlando to Philly, rent a car, and drive to Allentown, to stay in a hotel and that's it. They checked with the motel, a waiver was approved, and I am getting a full refund. It would have been one nasty phone call if they tried to enforce that policy, especially with booking last December.............................
  10. "more modern costumes that MEMBERS CAN MOVE IN".................I guess some of the champion Cadets corps in the past were not "able to move".....could have fooled me, as it looked as though they moved as good or better than anyone that I saw last year.............more accurate is the word "costumes"............go to Allentown and ask many fans how much they like them, as opposed to uniforms.....I dare you.................I am cool with guards wearing whatever they want, but some of the garb/costumes that the musicians have wore in recent years I would prefer pajamas to....................ridiculous...................ok, maybe I am old, but I don't hear, "wow, what a great look" from too many folks......................when they had a uniformed Cadet at the souvenir stand a few years ago, that was the sharpest look I saw all night...................DCI continues to move toward "WGI OUTDOOR".................where you can come in 4th in music and still win a championship...............or win music and not even medal...................the Cadet uniform the last few years has been a joke..............(a bad one)
  11. That may be the record (strong chance) within the same year. Unfortunately, I never got to see Marquis. That year was the first year that I attended DCI championships, but only saw part of prelims.
  12. To my knowledge, the 1983 Bridgemen hold the record...........they scored a 47.15 in June, and came in 11th at DCI prelims and finals. The 1980 Guardsmen scored a 48.65 in their first show, and made DCI finals in August....quite a rebound..............
  13. I agree with all that you say......if most members commit to coming back, there will not be that many openings.....my point was that I do not believe that anyone has to wait until the traditional November time to fill any spots, and between now and October might be the better time. I think that there will again be openings in the Spring, as I think finances and other issues are going to be problematic for some members who initially indicated their intent on returning. If an effective vaccine or drug is not out by end of January, then it will be meaningless. Hoping for the best..........
  14. I was thinking of this..........most drum corps do not start auditions prior to November. That was always understandable.......the summer is obviously the busy time.......the season ends in August.........staff return home to families, jobs, etc.................a well-deserved "break" is taken...............surveys then sent out to see how many eligible members intend on returning......emails, letters, etc. are answered from prospects, and early camps planned and audition packs put online for the prospects................. Now, however, we are in an entirely different mode. The "busy" time isn't here. I can't foresee in person auditions at this point, prior to a vaccine or med for the virus, so even if people wait until November, any auditions to be held are likely to be online only. However, I can't see anything that would stop a group from auditioning prospects now instead of waiting until November. There could be some actual advantages. With expected large return rates of 2020 members, those members have practiced and may know most or all of the musical book. Any corps that would determine their remaining membership by 9/1 could have a bit of an edge, as the possibility that all members would have and know the complete musical book by the end of November would be strong. The downer is that there is no way the corps actually plays together until probably February or later, and that is assuming a working vaccine is out there in January, which is still a big "if". Also, it will be interesting to see how the various corps handle new members. Some new prospects may decide to wait to see if there is going to be a 2021 season before they audition or make any kind of commitment. What kind of money, if any (as there are likely no camps) will corps expect from new members, with 2021 being an uncertainty? It may be wise to try to delay all FINANCIAL commitment requirements from members until the virus is beaten and a season is going to happen. I am concerned that some corps will collect some monies from members and new members to attempt to stay afloat, and then have difficulties processing refunds if the season does not happen. I would hope that corps run their business "lean and mean" this year.......I think that they can perhaps reduce the costs for members, as the first several things are likely to be "virtual", thus no need for facilities or food, so there should be little or no "camp fees". I think most corps will just ride it out until November, and then will start online auditions. However, I will be curious to see if anybody decides to "jump the gun" and start auditions early, as I can't see any reason that they couldn't if they want to. It is a tough period of uncertainty for the activity, and all will have a mess to try to plow through if a 2021 season does not happen. Hopefully it does.