• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by BDCorno

  1. 1 minute ago, GUARDLING said:

    I think it's time. The old age limit ( or current in place forever rule ) catered to a member BITD who by 21 was in a career and often married. Today's young person for the most part has little interest in settling down with a marriage and kids. Some , who chose as in the past chose to put drum corps behind them can do so.

    There is a thing called DCA. You can march till the cows come home. No need to raise the age limit.

    • Like 1
    • Thanks 2
  2. 9 minutes ago, garfield said:


    Extending membership skews auditions for years in the future.

    Better that some of the returns decide to get on with life and make spots for the newer and younger.

    "Rook-outs" might have a case but the contrary, in my opinion, is a lesson to not rely on a single year if one wants to do drum corps.


    It's a tough spot. Extending membership has its own challenges. Groups like BD, who routinely have ageout numbers in 20-30-40 range, are looking at another bus, and additional infrastructure/feeding/show related issues. I don't know if there is a perfect answer, though I'd be shocked if 100% of eligible would take advantage. Life goes on, as do every person's situation...especially when you're young. As harsh as it sounds, just let it be and move on. That's just the way life works at times, and there is no way to shield ourselves from the inevitable challenges of life. This is a perfect example of that. It's how you respond to the challenge and move on that is important. 

  3. Lost in the "extended eligibility" discussion...what about kids just coming of age/experience/proficiency, that would have been in the mix for a spot in 2021? Now, the natural flow of available spots has been disrupted by the change in policy. Gotta feel good for those age-outs that get a second chance, but it's going to limit/destroy a year of eligibility for others. I really doubt that all potential age-outs will still march next year, as life goes on and forward, but I feel bad for the kids unintentionally caught up in the situation. Maybe they could bump, or ignore membership limits for one year, allowing an equal amount of spots to the "grandfathered" members? Just a thought.

    • Like 2
    • Thanks 2
  4. On 8/17/2019 at 2:30 PM, endy29 said:

    Pretty much agree with the Bluecoats, Cavies and Devils.  Always seem to enjoy Crown's brass book.     

    But all these dark, angry shows disturb me.  What is the activity so mad at and why are we teaching the young people to emote hatred and anger?  There is so much to celebrate in life that only music can foster the emotions of a positive future and happiness.  Anger is such a base emotion I see no reason to continue teaching it.  I for one see no gratification in paying serious money to watch perhaps the most talented young people out there snarling at me.


    Yeah, there was a very healthy helping of angry shows. Pretty unfortunate, and I agree that we could use a broader palette of emotions from the activity at large. 

  5. 11 hours ago, DWW11 said:

    My ranking:

    1. 2019 Ghostlight

    2. 2017 Metamoprh

    3. 2015 Ink

    4. 2014 Felliniesque

    5. 2011 The Beat My Heart Skipped

    6. 2018 Dreams + Nighthawks

    7. 2013 ReRite of Spring

    8. 2016 As Dreams are Made On

    9. 2012 Cabaret Voltaire

    10. 2010 Through a Glass Darkly

    My 2010-2019 rankings:

    1. 2014 Felliniesque

    2. 2017 Metamorph 

    3. 2012 Cabaret Voltaire

    4. 2015 Ink

    5. 2019 Ghostlight

    6. 2010 Through a Glass Darkly 

    7. 2016 As Dreams are Made On

    8. 2018 Dreams + Nighthawks

    9. 2013 ReRite of Spring

    10. 2011 The Beat My Heart Skipped

  6. 1 minute ago, Newseditor44 said:

    What Tim said. Anyone who thinks that this decision has anything to with the health of the organization has never managed a business or an organization. Given the times we live in, it’s clear this conversation is something that has been taking place internally for a while and most recently become a focal point for leadership. It sounds like they’ve had the right conversations internally, consulted alumni and done their due diligence. In fact, this kind of decision might have done more damage financially, a huge risk. But they felt it was the right decision moving forward, and I think they deserve kudos for having the courage to address the issue and act on it. 

    Here’s wishing the Scouts many years of success. Bravo

    As a stand-alone remedy, I'd agree with you. It had better be part of a larger plan to reorganize, revitalize and repair functional deficiencies. Opening up the pool of potential membership candidates is absolutely a step in the right direction, based on recent challenges in that area. Only time will tell whether this is part of a plan, or a desperate, "swing for the fences" move.

    • Like 1
  7. 9 minutes ago, flammaster said:

    From the reports I am getting A corps was on fire.  They do a tap shoe thing on wood.  Nt brother showed up from Austin so I didn't go. first time in decades I missed it.


    Yeah, alumni whose opinion I respect were very impressed. Good sign, this time of year. Programs usually develop slowly, mostly skeletal during June, and really kick in when they get to the Midwest. Can pretty well tell, by the time they hit the RCC show, if they're legit. Would love to see a video, but might just bite the bullet for another week and see it in uniform on BloMarching, then in person in two weeks. 

    • Like 3
  8. 16 hours ago, DFA1970 said:

    Looks like it will be a cold night in Pittsburg and very windy. Those delta winds can be strong. 

    Boy, that simple description brings it all back. Baking all day in the sun at Mars, then chilly, wind-whipped evening rehearsals...annnnnd the sand fleas, mostly dirt field and ankle-breaking cracks and dropoffs. Good times! 😄

  9. 5 hours ago, dark-helmet said:

    The real problem here is as you said, DCI would need a complete overhaul.  The cooperate structure would have to change.  Dci doesn't own the corps, the corps own DCI.  I'm not trying to stop change, but to everyone that is asking why DCI doesn't step in more, the answer is they can't.  Not yet anyways.  Obviously the press is going to putting pressure on them to change, but the corporate structure will need to change completely to give DCI the power to enforce the rules.   I'm not sure some of the better run corps would want to give up control as it stands, so we may see another g7 type breakaway threat in the future.   Interesting times.

    This is one of the bigger problems. DCI and all the corps are separate organizations. DCI's only power play available is to suspend a group's ability to compete in DCI sanctioned shows...and that may even be dubious. "Non-tour" events (pretty much any event that's not a regional or TOC) could potentially allow a sanctioned group to perform. It's not quite like the NFL or NBA in which there are such large amounts of money involved that a league would have that kind of leverage. It's very obvious that DCI has taken a "hands off" approach while the activity has partially cleaned up its own messes in the past couple of decades. Too often though, bad actors such as GH and at minimum, very poor managers such as Blenski were still involved with the activity. DCI could have applied pressure and achieved some change, but I doubt the type of pressure they could apply would dislodge any of these types, outside of ones already on their way out. Each group is its own corporation, with leadership, boards of directors and other officers. Unless DCI groups decide to incorporate formal and legal oversight of their organizations by DCI management, it's probably going to end up that change will happen by internal means, peer pressure (social media) and/or bad press. It's a sad situation, but it's reality.

  10. On 8/19/2018 at 11:54 AM, gbass598 said:

    I honestly can't believe the twitter uproar I'm reading over this. This is on par with a high school rivalry prank. Don't treat this like it is felony theft. There are bigger problems in the world.

    While I agree with the thought, it actually is the biggest problem in the world. Getting outraged, then creating bigger outrage via social media, in response to otherwise trivial indiscretions is the way of the world now. The world has lost the ability to "blow things off" that have no real impact on life. EVERYTHING is in play, and it's only getting worse.

  11. 36 minutes ago, xandandl said:

    But God forbid a Cavalier "borrows" something from BD and the kid has Gibbs' lawyers all over them and Cavaliers have to send the kid home for the season. Different scales of justice?

    Photoshop. No way does a person with the left leg of a 95 year old march with BD. Heavy pixellation at the left wrist, perspective on the carpet is all over the place...not buying it. Even if it isn't, the chances are just about as good that someone got a BD top to make this pic.

  12. 25 minutes ago, Everyfan said:

    Almost always. Patrick Seidling posted today that due to construction activity at the Colts training facility, they cannot allow any visitors for today's and tomorrow's rehearsals. Only members and instructors are allowed on site. Note: This is not the Blue Devils' decision but the Colts management decision. 

    Well yes of course, never on their own accord. They’re fortunate to be in there, and though I’d have loved to sit in, I’m sure the Colts determined that being there on a workday was too dangerous. Hopefully we can get in there Saturday. 

    • Like 1
  13. 59 minutes ago, BoyWonder1911 said:

    I doubt they will hit 99. Very much doubt.

    I'd say comparatively a 98.00 at the most. They should beat BD by half a point and their show is worth about 97.25, so maybe SCV will hit 97.75-98.

    They do a lot.of things well, but in order to get that 99, you need to win the large majority of sub captions and 2nd in the ones you don't win.

    They're not running away with GE or anything for that matter.