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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    General Butler Vagabonds 1983-85; Finleyville Royal Crusaders 81-2 (didn't make it out); Vikings Drum & Baton Corps 79-80 (Tom Float started in one of these as well!)
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    Any corps on the field or street
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    History, Vintage Autos, Synths (but not in drum corps!) :) & Antiques. Oh and spinal surgeries-my true drum corps legacy. :)

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  1. Hi Drum Corps Folks, I'm clearing out some stuff I'm not using via Ebay that may be of interest: Remo TSS 6 inch Extended Range Tom (Spock or effect?) Used: Nice condition. Rare-can be used as Spock, effect or practice pad (put some foam in it,lol) "Buy it now" of $75. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221464380032?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 XL Brand Marching Snare Carrier Vintage XL t-bar snare drum carrier (not j-hook style). This one was shortened and is best used for children, short folks or as parts. CHEAP. Nice condition for age. NO RESERVE! http://www.ebay.com/itm/221464391761?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Vintage Ludwig Timbales with Stand. Really nice set-new heads. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221460928061?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Vintage Gretsch Concert/Set Snare I'd guess a circa late 1950s/early 1960s Gretsch snare drum, all parts seem working, metal snares good, heads elderly & shot. Shell is walnut color. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221443618648?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649 Alesis QS6 Synth Vintage synth-nice condition, with power cord and manual. Sounds D-50ish. Great little synth. Cheap. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221464121538?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2648 ____________________________________________________ Promark (Xymox) Small Tenor practice pad (Quint arrangement) [sold] Used fairly lightly, very small and portable, plus quiet-not the greatest pad feel. Decent for hacking about in apartments, tour bus, anywhere that you need to be quiet. A little scuffed up, but not bad. Cheap. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221443521652?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649 Remo TSS Maximum Range Snare drum (rare) [sold] Used, in good-excellent shape. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221443618457?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2648 Vintage Slingerland TDR 15 inch snare [sOLD] Really a time warp piece, beautiful red shell, very few scratches for its age. Missing one lug, elderly (shot!) heads, decent snares (guts), small amount of corrosion to the rims. I'd estimate it's a late 1970s model maybe was someone's personal drum. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221443589689?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649 EMU Orbit Rackmount Synth [sold] Dance/electronica oriented (perfect for drum corps! ) Works, I never really used it, so I can't say much more. Cheap. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221443528091?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649
  2. DCI will allow corps to get special age allowances for guest stars like Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Katie Perry and Lindsay Lohan. They will sing, rap and dance to the music. After that, music judges will be eliminated for D-list stars like Dennis Rodman, Flavor Flav and Michael Lohan.
  3. Ah... Not senile yet. I remember being pretty happy to make finals!
  4. That's been the argument for the last 25 years. Maybe time for different theories?
  5. That's so disrespectful to those people marching. The day iis designed as it should be, to highlight DCA corps. the Alumni show was a later development and an addition to an already packed day. My SO prefers Alumni- I prefer DCA's smaller corps like Fusion, Sabers, Sun. We have to make compromises on what/ who to see. Moreover being a vegetarian it's rare at any public event (not only drum corps) to find a decent vegetarian meal. So sitting in the stands an entire day without food is not easy. You may not care about Alumni corps, but a lot of people do.
  6. Not really-smaller circuits & championships failed because DCI would not cooperate. No DCI means a different context. If my old corps could get a functional group up in a few months-it's not impossible. I think a lot of you are so used to large programs & extravaganzas that you forgot that a small corps can function with a couple of rented buses and a pick up.
  7. Maybe DCI is not, and has not been serving their interests. It might be time for OC to reconsider their situation.
  8. Maybe its time for OC to abandon DCI and seek different alternatives. DCA for weekend show & mini tours among themselves to give that element of the experience. Mandatory cost cutting- limit size & pit expenditures? DCI has mainly served a few for very many years. Another example of the worthlessness of "trickle down" theory and practice.
  9. i think your last paragraph is what i'm suggesting. Current DCI fans will not support a corps with 28 bugles. I realize thatDCI is now like a broadway extravaganza mixed with the WVU marching band (size reference). But once DCI becomes band in name as well as fact i think that may leave a niche area for small, low cost, 'pure' drum and bugle corps. Fife and drum corps survive. Drum and baton corps survive. Will it ever be big like the 70s: i doubt it. Neither will DCI for that matter. But i think there is a market for a low cost, low overhead drum and bugle corps circuit. Not every kid has 3k in tuition fee or the travel time, commitment, etc of DCI. . , Open class doesn't draw well now because its in the shadow of WC. Im talking about something that is not associated with DCI nor attempts to market to that audience. Remember drum and bugle corps long predated DCI and i suspect may survive its passing (or further transition)
  10. Brian, There were Class A prelims, right? No need for scores, but i seem to remember Class A pre-lims & finals like at the AIO.
  11. I do think you are right. But i don't know if this practice and philosophy has been so helpful for the overall health of the activity. I think thats its played a large part in making it even more of a niche preferred by " band geeks."
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