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About bstar82

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  • Birthday 07/04/1961

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  1. I recall those bus drivers on 2014 and they were a strange group of older men. One thing was for sure. They had no knowledge of anything related to drum corps or how the tour played out over the summer. Two of them approached me asking if they requested hotel rooms instead of sleeping at the school and getting money for "real" meals instead of eating with the corps, if that would be given to them. I told them unless it's your contract, I doubt it. One of them (brass bus?) made it a point to turn down the member's hype music on the way to a show and would play country music just to #### them off. Not the crime of the century but just stupid things like that. As for nearly falling asleep at the wheel, I recall one of the drivers (probably the brass bus) as we arrived in Cheyenne about 6am from Ogden waiting to get the all go to unload and settle in, I walked over to his bus to give him a message and there he was passed out on the steering wheel not five minutes from when we pulled in. That scared the living S&*t out of me thinking he barely made it to the school. On another note two years later I was friended by a gal that I met on a free day in 2014 who was the older sister of a then current member. They both found me somehow and the gal revealed to me her younger sister had decide to quit drum corps because of MS's comments and leering towards her. She still had many years under her belt left to march and I have not seen her with any other corps since. This would be her age out year in 2019. At the time, the two gals thought they didn't have enough if any evidence to file a complaint. One of the sad stories that comes out of this mess.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    I'm not sure if this was the start of all this or just a part of a bigger issue, but there was an incident in Denver with one particular member and the parents of the member who couldn't get either a straight answer or a quick response. Now if this lack of communication was being blamed at the corps director ( who may not have been on tour at the time) or someone else who was in charge of the staff in his absence, I couldn't tell you. But I know MQ fairly well and I can't believe he would ignore a situation or conflict on purpose
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    Iconic Drum Majors

    Joel Alleyene and the late Dan Veerhusen were both great. I met Dan a number of times. I last saw him in the press box in 06 with the alumni corps. He remembered me from our days in 79 and 80. I'd also like to mention Milt Allen of the Sky Ryders, Bret Mascaro of the Crossmen and Jim Jordan of the Bridgemen.
  4. I was up to 600+ shirts twelve years ago. No idea what that number is now. Only place I spent more on souvies was the Masters in Augusta a year ago. 2 grand in one day.
  5. This reminds me of attending a show many years ago and afterwards, GH and some of his staff were in a local bar. A man came up to GH screaming. accusing and wanting to fight him over these same types of antics with his daughter and a couple of staff members intervened and had the man removed for creating a scene. This is a sad day in DCI's history.
  6. Spent a week in Ohio doing all of the HOF events, the Rock and Roll Museum and the Indians-Yankees game. My last event was the show last night. Wow, that place was packed especially at the main entrance and at the souvenir stands. Being near the top of the stadium, I had great views and what seemed like great sound though I wonder how much the speakers and the roof might have contributed to keeping the volume inside the stadium. I was really impressed with Boston since seeing them in June and the Cadets and Cavaliers both grew on me since the start of the season as well. My brother attended a show with me for the first time in probably 30 years and he described the shows now being more of a Cirque du Soleil feel with the props and dancing and story lines. He didn't look at it in a bad way just different from when I marched and was surprised how professional every show looked. He did ask though why there were so many mics and relayed to me how that could be judged fairly unless everyone is using the exact same equipment and parameters of the electronics. He did ask if DCI would have a best sound man award which made me chuckle. A great night of drum corps, but my only concern was it took forever to get to the top rows of the stadium and I didn't dare leave at intermission. I didn't want to miss anybody. Maybe the HOF stadium in Canton is a better choice in the future. No Indy for me this year as this week and the Masters in April ran me into five figures.
  7. I found out the band I was referring to was Jackson HS, 250 strong.
  8. Plenty of parking in the east lot as of 5:10 pm.
  9. I'm here for this show, came in Wednesday for pro football HOF events. The parade downtown was a first class event, probably 15 hs bands and one very large band with probably 70 brass? Don't recall their name. Did the tourist thing in Cleveland today, really nice place to visit, but I'm really looking forward to this show to end my trip. Hoping the weather holds out. It's been spotty the entire time we've been here.
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    What The Heck? No Hats or Shakos?

    Madison is definitely Men without Hats.
  11. Rest in peace, my friend...
  12. Daniel Veerhusen, Al Go, Milt Allen
  13. Bob Lendman was my director when I marched Blue Stars, but I do know the history and importance of Dr. Kampschroer's contributions to the Blue Stars and DCI. I met him numerous times and the best words I come up with to describe him is a true gentleman and a class human being. FCO and rest in peace Dr. Dave
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    RIP Mike McCool

    Drum corps lost a great instructor today with the passing of Mike McCool. I was taught by him 35 years ago and I would see him every now and then thru the years and he always remembered me. I remember being at a weekend camp in Lompoc, CA and discussing drill design with him. And in 83 in the Orange Bowl parking lot before finals talking about what Garfield was doing on the field at the time. He was blunt and funny and loved the kids and this activity. Rest in Peace Mike
  15. For Sale: Three covered wagons only driven on show days and never over 5 mph, in mint condition. Kick the tires if you'd like.