dc oldtimer

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  1. Been staying at the Crown Plaza the last few years. I love the fact that, because of a cat walk to the convention center, you can walk indoors almost to the gates. And like many hotels, it’s in the middle of downtown town.
  2. Crown Plaza. Stayed in a train car last year. It was pretty awesome! Small but good thing I was by myself.
  3. You might be right. The man has more energy in his pinky than I have in my whole body.
  4. Correct. The years when we took 16th place and fought HARD making finals. The time periods before and after those years where prime years of being one of the elite in the activity and many VFW, Legion and DCI Championships.
  5. We can write a book can't we? Yes, very dark years where we nearly folded..... twice. Only to be saved by The Cavalier Cadets/Alumni and then Rosemont. The difficult times made us so much stronger later in our drum corps careers and in life.
  6. Well, if you haven't noticed over the last, well, 50 years, rarely does the ending of any show of any corps that we see in mid-June makes it in the show come Saturday at Finals. ..... patience young Jedi.
  7. First, as an FMM I welcome your son to the Brotherhood. He made a wise choice. Second, at a VERY early camp I attended, a staff member announced before a very short preview by the brass that as a staff, they "upped their game" as a progression from last year and the higher level of membership. I.e. Talent. So, it's seemed to be both.
  8. My initial reaction the 'Coats show was "man, if this isn't WGI on a football field, what is?" But somehow, as an old fart, I sat there in amazement. I hope we don't see a copycat syndrome that sometimes we see. I think the style fits 'Coats but can't see someone like Phantom follow suit.
  9. After 40 years of being part of this activity I can tell the OP this is not the norm. Are there snobs in the stands? Yep. Are there people who look at you and judge if you are from a corps they dislike? Yep. But all in all the people in the stands will talk to you about drum corps because this is not a main stream passion for most of this country like football (of the American kind) is. We are a tight group but I have found that passions run deep and you have to have a thick skin sometimes...... not unlike what's required here on this site. We sat in front of two local Rockford residents a
  10. Go back to moving the championships around the country. I am getting tired of Indianapolis. I love being able to drive to Indy but I liked planning mini-vacations around DCI to other parts of the country more: Orlando, LA, DC, etc. ...... but PLEASE NO MORE JACKSON MS's!!!!! That place was REALLY BAD!! If they want to remain indoors, there are plenty of indoor stadiums to choose from.
  11. I recently talked to a REAL old timer who marched in the early-60's. You can see him gradually get redder and redder as he talked about what drum corp has become. He refuses to ever go to a show again unless the activity reverts back to "its roots". I suggested he start looking at the activity as I do 1) accept the fact that the drum corps we know and love is long gone 2) just listen to the frickin talent on that field. He looked at me like I had a third eye. After I've accepted these two things I've actually enjoyed going to shows including the fact that I see people I haven't seen in a lon
  12. Disagree. Are you saying that these kids are ready for the real world the same as a 30 year old who's gone through college, worked a job of 10 years, is married with with three kids? I think not. It's one thing to treat them as adults helping them grow, it's another to expect them to be adults. Have you hung out at the mall lately?
  13. As an aged drum corps fellow, I would never boo the kids on the field. They work WAY too hard to deserve that. I've been boo'd before and as a 19 year old kid (THESE ARE KIDS OUT THERE!!... yes, I'm shouting) I can tell you it rips your heart out. If I could I would boo the judges and the DCI organization as a whole. I'm sorry, I just don't get what the Blue Devils have been doing the last few years. After watching their show last night I shook my head not understanding how the judges are rewarding these shows. Again, no attack on the kids. They perform wonderfully. I keep hearing "clean wins
  14. As a Cavalier alum I can relay that our two organizations fully respect each other on and off the field. While sitting in the first row in Madison a few weeks ago I had goose bumps while the Scouts played YNWA and the alums in the stands singing to it. Something Ill never forget. It's what makes each corp so special to the ones who have marched in them.
  15. Buy the 2008 DVD with the Alumni Corp performance. It was an honor to play both.
  16. The activity is what it is because that is what the people involved in the activity want it to be. We fans have -0- say so in it. I still remember the huge uproar when Bridgemen did their thing in the 70's. They were the first big corps to go outside the traditional military style, and got rewarded for it by the judges. In the 80s and 90s changes to the guard, drill and drumming evolved then the addition of B Flat brass. In the 2000s I honestly feel that drum corp has become a higher level of band without woodwinds. Period. I havent truly loved a show since the 80s but that is the tradit
  17. Hey, wait. Were there "the sky is falling" posts in 2009 about PR also? Maybe I just missed them.
  18. Moose in Colorado and millions of beetles the size of sparrows in Nebraska. While walking down a dark street in the middle of Nebraska looking for a convenience store; crunch, crunch "What the hell is that? Is the road.... moving?" crunch, crunch "No, these are bugs!!!" crunch, crunch "EEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYKKKKKKKKKKK!!! Scariest thing I've ever seen. 40 years later, still have nightmares about cleaning the bug guts off my shoes.
  19. Ahhhh, old drum corps. The days of up and down scoring. In '76 we barely beat Garfield by 2 10th's to win VFW Nationals. Three days later we beat them by 5 points taking 5th in DCI prelims. Garfield didn't make finals. Crazy days.
  20. I was assuming the OP was talking about a 10 year contract with Santa Clara like the one in Indy right now. Plus, you need to compare gas prices between now and when all those shows took place. I am sure the gas expense today with 4 buses, two semi's and the souvie truck and the price of gas today FAR bypasses the expense back during those championships.
  21. IMO the only good thing about Indy (besides the fact that I can drive there) is that it is centrally located for corps. The cost for the right coast corps to get to Cali every year would increase their overall budgets. And visa versa for the left coast corps if DCI was held in say, University of Maryland or New England every year.
  22. Rocketman, Agree, as I said in my initial post in this subject, one of the big things that happened in 76 was PR's emergence. They haven’t looked back since. I remember the beginning of 76 in Milwaukee. We kicked some serious butt and had a GREAT show. Blew down the stands. But, as you said, the next show in Loves Park was a different story but at the time we just passed it off as PR havning home court advantage. Ha! I don’t think the Cavaliers beat Phantom in any show until the mid-80’s after that, but I’m not a big stat guy so I may be wrong.