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  1. Actually,they now do both flat and "tilted" Their snares are flat for most halftimes. But they still march with the traditional "tilt' for things like the Skull Session,pregame and parades.
  2. I have to disagree with you a bit on OSU. They have changed their style completely since Dr.Woods left. No narration or signing. But props (posters ) Special effects (fire extinguishers to simulate smoke) Stick figure formations One of my friends who saw the TBDBITL in person last year said it felt like a BOA show. If you watch some of their recent shows,the band isn't what it used to be.
  3. The synthetic (Astro) turf at Franklin Field was basically a carpet on black top. Today's synthetic turfs are much improved,but still hold a lot of heat. Especially in places like Florida and Texas. Dark colored turf makes it even worse. A number of synthetic turf fields in places like Florida have sprinklers to cool them down. In fact, Field Turf now has a system that circulates cold water under the turf to keep it cool. Then again,we had one site where they tried to cool the synthetic turf using a fire dept's aerial snorkel. The results weren't pretty. The water circulation system can also work in cold weather. When the Vikings were building their new dome,they had to play their home games at the University of Minn. The Vikings paid for installing a new synthetic turf field that circulated hot water,to keep the turf from freezing.
  4. Well we did get a Super Bowl at Met Life. Like I posted,it comes down to priorities. If Buffalo feels playing outdoors in bad weather is essential,then no dome. The only alternative is to have a retractable roof,which is a lot more money,and have the NFL give up control of when a stadium roof can be open
  5. The question is who will own the stadium. This came up when Giants/Jets built Met Life. They had considered putting on a roof. But,I was old by representatives of the Giants that,if they did,the NFL,not the teams. control when the roof can be open or closed for games The Giants/Jets feel playing outside in bad weather is an advantage. So no roof. Buffalo is the same. They tout playing outside in bad weather. If the facility is not owned by the team they may want a roof for year round events,even if it has to stay closed for Bills' games in bad weather. If the Bills build it,they have to decide is playing outdoors in bad weather is enough of an advantage to limit the stadium's use.
  6. Had a "gap" problem on a project I was working on in N.J. It was for a residential development project that included a new train station along an existing passenger line. Great idea to get commuters to live there (Transit Village). The problem ? The section of track where they wanted to put the station was curved. The proposed station,the railroad's standard "box",was straight. That left a "gap" of several feet. Instead of leaving the station in the center of the development and using a curved station design,they moved the station several hundred feet to a straight section of track. Not very convenient,but cheaper.
  7. Don't remember the year,but my wife and I were there the year the Cadets did their WWII show and came in second to BD. Anyway,it was raining so hard in the afternoon,there was a question whether they would be able to have Finals. A number of people were actually using the port o lets to try and stay dry. The weather cleared around 4:00-5:00. At show time the field had drained,but the synthetic turf was slick. In fact 2 Cadets slipped and went down. Again,I don't see DCi wanting to risk anything messing up finals by holding them outside.
  8. Weather including,heat,rain,lightning can wreak havoc on events in an open stadium. Look at Friday night at the Easts the last 2 years. In the case of Finals ,you have the possibility weather issues during one or more of the three days/nights. I just don't see DCI doing an "Open Air Finals" ever again.
  9. Got an email a couple of weeks ago. Got the second one when ticket sales opened. I miss the days when you could keep the same seats every year. Did have some issues with ticketing. Couldn't get my usual seats. When I clicked on them they were available. When i went to purchase,they were in "transition" and unavailable. The problem is there's no way to know what's going to happen with those transactions. I got decent seats. But I checked a couple of hours late. Several of the seats that were in "transition" were now "available".
  10. YEA is a non-profit. Cadets are a non profit. US Bands says they operate under YEA's "banner". So I presume they are non profit also. I believe the issue of transferring funds back and forth between various YEA components was discussed in depth on one or more other threads on DCP. If a remember correctly,people have posted that YEA, under you know who, were masters at it. I would think that the Tax Filings of YEA,which I believe are public records,would shed at least some light on what has/is being done.
  11. I've seen several posts talking about some corps' staff being "independent contractors". As I've posted,I run a small company. You have to very careful designating someone or ones an "independent contractor". Several of my employees wanted to go that route. They felt it would help with their taxes. We found out from our accountants and attorneys it can open up all kinds of potential issues for the employer. We were told that, even if classified as an "independent contractor",if their duties are the same as any other employee in the same job category,they are still an employee "Walks like a duck . . ". In our case it wasn't worth the risk.
  12. From reading the comments on this thread, it seems that the Cadets,and I'm sure a number of other corps, especially those without an income stream outside of the corps proper ,operate on a somewhat (that's being polite) shaky financial model. If the comments here are accurate,the Cadets operate in the "red" until an end of the year DCI payment. I run a small business,I have to pay employees,taxes,expenses every pay period don't corps ? If a corps isn't paying staff,are they also not paying suppliers for things like vehicle leasing ? It also sounds like the corps have little or no "cash reserve". That can be a recipe for disaster. If that's the case,and they need to use their end of the year DCi payment,for the previous season's bills,they'd being starting the next year in a financial hole. If I'm missing something,please tell me.
  13. That may be just for the design. I would doubt the corps have an OSHA trained inspector to inspect the props each time they are put together. As I posted on another thread,I provide expert testimony in cases involving injuries from defective playground equipment. When something like this happens, it opens up all kinds of issues. Things like: 1.Are there written instructions for the assembly ,dismantling, maintenance and repair of things like props ? This includes safety procedures and equipment. 2.Who is the individual (s) in charge of this ? 3.What are his/her qualifications? 4.Is there a log for each assembly and dismantling,including inspecting for damage and repair ? Some of this may sound like overkill for a drum corps prop. Based on my experience,its not.
  14. Madison Scouts "New York Morning". I still tear up every time I watch that show.
  15. Didn't the issue of trying to consider staff "independent contractors" come up before. If I recall correctly,at least one corps had a problem because of this.