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Everything posted by barigirl78

  1. London, UK (Wembley ); I went last year when the Philadelphia Eagles played and there were people from Philly everywhere. It was a blast. It would be fun to go to another country and promote drum corps. Yeah, getting the corps equipment there could be a challenge. They might have to rent a cargo plane. But, let's think outside the U.S. "box". It's bold. New York City (Meadowlands); make sure there are events to attract national media exposure, which they don't in Indianapolis. New Orleans (dome); because it is fun, though it is pretty hot down there. San Diego: I go to Comic-con every year and the weather is very, very pleasant. They also have lots of hotel space and are known to cut deals, particularly since their stadium doesn't have an NFL team anymore.
  2. STOP: Using recorded singing. If nothing else, this is a violation of the DCI age rules--and I don't know why this has never been brought up. How do we know the singing wasn't performed by someone over 22? If it's part of the music ensemble, it should be performed by someone who is within the DCI age rules and performed live in front of us. START: Doing a real marketing study to see what the opportunities for growth in popularity of the activity is. Secure someone who knows what they are doing to write your surveys, which are badly written, in my professional opinion. In the 70's DCI did the brilliant thing of touring parts of the country that had little exposure to drum corps. As a result, those parts of the country grew. Unfortunately, since then, the activity has become more insular and niche. It calls itself "Marching's Major League", but there is nothing major about its awareness among the general public. CHANGE: As others have said, the rules regarding electronics. I don't know if there is a rule that the sound engineers and mixers who actively work during the performance are subject to the age rules, but if they aren't, they should be.
  3. I don't know what being professional vs. non-profit has anything to do about it. The argument for the salary cap in pro sports is (1) more parity in competition (2) control of costs. The argument for a budget cap in DCI is exactly the same--more parity in competition and control of costs. Profit or non profit has nothing to do with it. It's definitely a "needs of the activity" vs. the "needs of the organization" argument, but, if the NFL is an example, the teams have certainly not suffered as the NFL's supremacy over other sports got even stronger. In 1995, the World Series viewership about a third the size of the Super Bowl. Last year, they were 1/7th the size.
  4. He's a Crossmen alumnus:
  5. Stop: Recorded singing instead of live singing Start: Front ensemble includes a Chapman Stick. (I have a friend who could teach it) Change: Go from Randomized start times in groups of three to totally randomized start times.
  6. Oh, no, I was hoping what I said wouldn't come true. Why can't they go for that Phantom Regiment DM, who DCI decided was better?
  7. Another season is in the books. The corps administration, staff, and members should be proud. They put on a show that the entertained crowds all season. I think they were underscored in several captions, but that is water under the bridge. We all know that Finals scores tend to go down for the bottom six regardless of their actual performances being better. It's a judging thing. Their Finals score was the highest the corps produced since 2002. Their Percussion improved greatly during the season. The Color Guard was stellar and will be remembered beyond this season. DM Lydia Marshall set a new standard for Drum Majors as a thematic participant in the show. She will also be remembered beyond this season and I hope she returns next year. I wouldn't be surprised if she isn't heavily recruited by some higher ranked corps. The Design Staff swung for the fences this year. I can't wait to see what they do next year. But, stay aggressive. It suits the corps very well.
  8. He is also in the Crossmen Hall of Fame for his work with them. I believe the Cadets are in good directorial hands.
  9. Great run Crossmen. To my eyes on my mobile phone, it looked cleaner than ever. And so much crowd pleasing stuff.
  10. Yet, despite the fact “audience engagement” is a GE factor, they lost GE to Phantom. I don’t get it.
  11. Because of this thread, I looked at the closeups of the top six closely. I looked at horn bells for microphones. I looked at ears for earbuds. While I saw the occasional mic, I didn’t see enough that it was half the hornline. Other than the pit and a few soloists, I didn’t see a lot of earbuds. If anyone is doing this, it’s pretty stealthy.
  12. 2019 is the year of male facial hair. So many show designs relied on it.
  13. Sound seems to have cranked up for the Cadets. At times, it wasn’t pleasant. Don’t know if it’s Fathom.
  14. This is a first for me. I am in Las Vegas for a visit (long story). I found a theater at the Orleans Casino and the theater is mostly empty...but has a bar.
  15. As I head to the theater, I want to give credit and a little sympathy to today’s judges. No day of drum corps puts more demand on the judges than this one. Such a long day.
  16. Aaron Goldberg, who works with the Spartans, was recently inducted into the Crossmen Hall of Fame.
  17. I am so impressed with and enjoying these Open Class Corps. It makes me wonder which one, if any, will make the jump to World Class.
  18. I’m not worried: It’s just one judge. The corps had it’s banquet on Sunday. While that can be an emotional high, the immediate results can be dicey. They went on first in a top-heavy show. I hope the corps ignores it and moves forward.
  19. As much as this is a joke, I think they would be great. One GE judge in Finals should be from outside the activity and judging from pure “General Effect”. Maybe it’s not Judge Judy, but maybe it’s an accomplished person in another branch of the Arts. Quentin Tarantino for GE Judge.