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About jonnyboy

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  • Birthday 11/18/1968

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Crossmen Drumline 4 seasons, Surf Drum Staff 5 seasons.
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Fell in love with Devils and Cadets before I marched. I am partial to the experince now and don't have a current favorite.
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Any show that "clicks", I prefer to like a show live and don't watch my DVDs at all.
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    Years I was directly involved, late 80s early 90s
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    Sailing my Hobie, still drumming, fixing up old drums, home improvements, retirement planning is taking way to much time lately, skiing, building furniture, biking, rollerblading with the wife, trying to teach the dog to act like a responsible house member.

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  1. The recently mentioned Regional tour the last two weeks of June would actually add two weeks to some corps summer model. Not every WC or OC corps come out in June.
  2. How to have a recruiting event in a foreign country: One person, presumably with connections in said country, and possibly already traveling there, grabs a few brochures and gets in front of the hornlike/drumline. They talk about DCI. They get on a plane and come home. A relationship is born. Maybe one that blossoms. Pioneer had several kids from South Africa. Other corps host kids. It happens. You get one and others follow. In the 90s we got a kid from Holland and several of his corps mates followed suit in the next few years. Same with Canada, Japan etc. Heck, this works with any University or High School. Get one kid to march, they go home and sell it to the others. Listening to NPR a few weeks ago, the President of a small (under 1000) college in CT was traveling to New Mexico, Arizona and Texas to recruit kids. He brought a few kids from previous recruiting trips (that had chosen his school) that spoke Spanish/English and the high school kids related well. Several stated that although they never heard of XYX University before that day they would be applying.
  3. The key to the first camp deals is to try and see what the total cost is, and if there are hidden fees, or extra fees etc. The point of my post is to show there is a cheap first camp option. Surf is $30, 7th apparently is $10. Both awesome I think. Some corps charge $100-$200 etc to get through the door, they are using camps as money makers. Kids can legit pay $30 bucks to see if they even like it. Other places they can pay $200 to see if they like it. In both cases, if they decide they like it, then they can start paying the total cost. They key is getting a taste without breaking the bank.
  4. I used to like the idea of 1000 kids coming to an audition camp and charging $100 each. Money maker. I no longer like this idea, and I think its hurting smaller corps. Have a camp, charge what it costs, have 5000 kids show up. PLEASE recommend the kids to another program if they don't make you cut list. Some corps already do this, thank you. Some corps still just cut kids on Friday night and make them sit in the hallway and wait for their taxi on Sunday.....BOOOOO. I know many kids would rather sit out the summer than march a corps that haven't been dreaming about since 9th grade. The big corps could change this perception, but there doesn't seem to be any interest from the Top 12 in building the activity. The DCI arms race doesn't have room for the weak.
  5. The Aqua-Fitness is pretty neat. The school has a pool, the corps provides a certified life guard and instruction. There is an aqua-fitness center near by, and someone on the admin team was going there for sessions. The planets aligned. It is kind of odd to load 100 kick boards and 100 pool noodles on the the equipment truck in December. The kids love it. Kudos to 7th Regiment on the $10 camp....that's the spirit!! The Surf $30 is a legit offer to motivate kids to just try it out, no other obligations.
  6. So I updated the fundraiser thread. Donate to "Team Old School" to initiate Free Drink Challenge. It will probably be Yuengling bottles and Coke or Pepsi, I'll have plenty I'm sure. Maybe wine as well, possibly burgers. Surf will be on early, so you won't miss your favorite corps or any of the show if you say hello. This drink challenge is not affiliated with any drumcorps, I am the sole sponsor of challenge, must be 21 or older, while supplies last.
  7. Generous Donor Strives to Facilitate Inexpensive “World Class Experience” for Prospective New & Returning Members A generous drum corps fan wishing to remain anonymous asked the Jersey Surf to consider a proposal to expose a potentially larger number of prospective performers to the DCI World Class experience by covering a significant portion of the organization’s facility rental, vehicle rental and meal expenses for the November 22-24 “Experience & Audition Camp” weekend. The donor’s goal is to assist the corps in kicking off its 30th Anniversary Season by making a donation to remove a large portion of the expense involved in running what is usually one of the largest rehearsal camp weekends of the year. This will enable the corps to offer an entire World Class weekend experience at a very inexpensive price for participants. Thus, the Jersey Surf is pleased to offer a full weekend camp experience November 22-24 at the Camden County Technical School In Sicklerville NJ for a fee of ONLY $30! when registering and paying online before 11:59PM on Thursday, November 21. Price on the day of the camp and “at the door” will be $50; so everyone is encouraged to Download Audition Packets and Register Now. Participants (returning members and prospective new members) will have the opportunity to participate in a complete “weekend in the life” of a World Class DCI corps including: • sectional rehearsals & focused instruction on the instrument or equipment of their choice led by experienced, qualified performing arts educators • In-water participation in the Corps’s exclusive “Get Wet Get Fit” aqua fitness program custom designed for the Jersey Surf by pre-season conditioning partners ProSwim Fitness. • Dance and Movement instruction • informal group discussions and Q&A sessions with veteran members, alumni & corps administration • Sunday friends & family “Show & Tell” performance • All meals provided by Jersey Surf culinary team members • Attendees will have the opportunity to work directly with corps instructional staff to create a skills development plan – regardless of their intention to audition for the 2020 edition of the corps. • Those wishing to audition may do so. Contracts will be offered to returning veteran members and prospects who meet or exceed performance requirements. • Interested attendees will be invited to return to the December camp weekend to demonstrate growth between camps as they continue the process of securing a spot in the 2020 corps WHO SHOULD ATTEND? • Returning Surf members • Those interested in auditioning for the 2020 corps • Those interested in gaining insight into the behind the scenes aspect of building a world class DCI touring ensemble from the very start of the season • Those interested in gaining experience to assist in better preparing them for future audition opportunities • Students considering future opportunities as performers or educators • Students who are passionate about the marching arts and who desire to expand their perspective, make new friends and develop new skills in a safe, fun, energetic and welcoming environment. Download Audition Packets, Register and Pay Now!
  8. Thank you to those that have started the ball rolling for Team Old School, on behalf the the Crossmen Alumni and Black Watch Alumni. (full disclosure- Im the Crossmen guy) Check out Team Old School, complete with a picture of Surf's long retired souvie trailer famous for it's corps bumper sticker collection:
  9. Edited on October 27: To collect your free drink in Allentown please donated any amount to this fundraiser. Go to Allentown, find the Surf Party in the Park, ask for "Chilli Dog". He will give you a free drink when you let him know you helped buy the van. Simple! I'll keep it short. I aged out before Surf was founded in 1990. I started teaching the drum line in 1994 and have been involved in some way ever since. We'll all seen corps come and go over the years and we know the ins and outs of keeping a corps not just alive, but thriving. The Jersey Surf spends its money wisely. We still have the old Suncoast Sound (then later Carolina Crown) kitchen truck on the road. We're on our 2nd equipment trailer in about 25 years. We are one of the only corps left with a volunteer director and no full time employees. That might change one day, but for now we run lean and mean. I love that about Surf. We've seen the pitches, so I won't bore you. Many of you already support corps through donations and are our brothers and sisters in arms! This link if for the ones of us that like to spread our love of the activity around a bit. The $30k will hopefully be funded by our alumni and friends, we welcome new friends! We are doing this now primarily to replace our passenger van before the first camp, where we will be running airport and train station shuttles all weekend. The van was wrecked at the beginning of the 2019 tour, along with our souvenir trailer. Any monies beyond van replacement will go towards our long list of needs! We launched on 10-7-19 and are wrapping it up on 11-7-19. Follow our progress here: Thank you for reading, sharing and any words of encouragement for the Jersey Surf's 30th Anniversary season!
  10. I agree that corps should do whatever they want. I also agree that when a corps makes a money beg I get to do whatever I want. That means a lower placing corps that is raising funds for equipment/transportation/instruction I pay attention. And when a higher placing corps needs new chrome rims for the golf cart, fancy props, an extra truck for driving the props around the country side......I completely ignore them.
  11. So reviving a thread from 2012? So many questions!!! Did he march in 2012? Did he ever march? Did he choose another activity?
  12. Donations, tough one for me. I've donated to member dues and never got a response or a thank you from the corps or members, I had no idea if the money went to member dues? I've donated and had to ask for a donation letter for tax time, they made it seem like a big hassle. I've donated and gotten a thank you and donation letter via email immediately! I donated to a corporate drum corps operation and got more junk mail than I ever wanted....for years. I've skipped a donation when the pitch was "We need $5k for new opener flags so we can make finals"....sorry your bad choice in flags doesn't warrant a donation. I laughed when a top corps wanted something like $50,000 for new uniforms for the last two weeks of the season so they could win. Somebody donated, because they got the uniforms and wore them 5 times....not sure if they won or not. I cringed when the Open Class corps cried for money a few years ago and said they weren't going to finish tour.....and was startled when they got $100,000. I'm no big donor, just small amounts here and there. Give what your heart says to give. If you think your money isn't being spent wisely why not email the corps with your reservations, or just take a break from giving? I do know this, any corps will gladly take your money, but money is best spent be the smallest corps on the tightest budgets. I'd rather pay for a new bugle for a start up than shiny hub caps for a top 12 corps golf cart.
  13. The Jersey Surf still has 21 tickets for Section S, Saturday night in Allentown. Section S is up top baby! Please let friends and family know, this is a great way to get very good tickets for yourself or a small group that wants to sit together.
  14. The machine is well tuned in northern California. This is the first year in a while they didn't come to championships. Several years ago they used to go to championships every other year, and if memory serves they weren't contenders for gold annually, but did quite well. Another year or two of not doing the full tour and they might stop getting top talent. I do think the machine is in place that can produce a solid product with whomever shows up at the first camp.