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  1. 7 minutes ago, ZTWright said:

    I don't like anything prior to 85, so I guess I'm grouped with Wiress too. Oh well, doesn't hurt my feelings any. 

    Oh, and any form of potato is okay with me.

    That’s too bad. Then stop trying to convince this forum how “open” you are to “new concepts”. History repeats itself over and over and over again. Maybe you need a few years to figure this SIMPLE concept to sink in. Your era of drum corps isn’t really different from drum corps from years past. 

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  2. 10 hours ago, scheherazadesghost said:

    Hm? I'm intimately familiar having just served a year in national service myself and having worked in arts nonprofits organizing volunteers. That kind of treatment is not okay for volunteers, it's not okay for part/full time or contract admin, it's not okay for anyone. It never should have been. Unless you're cool with burning out the workforce that is supposed to replace you and pass along key institutional knowledge. Whatevs I guess.

    Unfortunately, that’s the case for many not-for-profits.

  3. 28 minutes ago, scheherazadesghost said:

    I thought my ethics aligned perfectly to my corps. So weird.

    Plenty of corps hire their low level admin straight out of the age out pool. Then, like most non profits in the arts I've worked at, they burn them out and wait for the next crop. Meanwhile, leadership cycles among industry insiders because they can't can't attract outside talent. I'd relish in evidence to the contrary, but I just haven't seen any yet.

    This also isn't unique to drum corps.

    Welcome to the world of volunteerism. 

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  4. 50 minutes ago, fighterkit said:

    Could be because Y corps wants to move up and is willing to risk it with that staff member. 

    Mandarins and Ike Jackson helps showcase this. I can't believe they didn't know his reputation. 

    So, you’re saying Y corps doesn’t care about the health of it’s membership? Then, shame on corps Y. DCP membership will stand behind this, right?

  5. 1 minute ago, Jeff Ream said:

    not for profits in an activity as inbred as this can have a lot of community bad mouthing. so if you say wanted to help the Cadevalina Crownaliers, and their director decided you were a PITA and not worth the hassle, there's a chance they'd gossip to their friends at the Phantom Mandapers, who would then gossip to their friends at the Coltguards, and so on and so on and so on. so by the time word got to the Jersey Vancrest, your rep would be trashed...all because you disagreed with one person.

    I hear what you’re saying but I respectfully disagree Jeff. Not all corps are that intertwined. Create all the hybrids you want but I think they operate as separate organizations. No? Take the whole discussion about staffing. If X instructor was “Too volatile” for a particular corps, why would they be a good fit for corps Y?

  6. 8 hours ago, Orwellian Wiress said:

    I don't really think there's a word to explain it, or if other people even feel this. Here's how it goes:

    You're at a show, watching in the stands (or just on youtube). You might just be calmly sitting down. Maybe it's the brass. Maybe it's the drumline. Maybe it's the pit. But something, somewhere, kickstarts this little internal metronome in your head. You might not even notice it at first. But the little metronome sneaks up on you. You might start bopping your head along to the music or tapping your finger on your chair. And you can just end it there, if you wanted to. But sometimes you won't be able to. Your subtle head bopping might become more obvious. You may find yourself getting more into the music like one would do for, say, rock music.

    And then there just comes that moment.

    When the music just shakes you to your very core. When the brass plays in unison and for a second, you just forget everything. You're just surrounded by music. Your heartbeat may even be in rhythm with the drumline. And there's a couple responses to this, and that's okay. You may sit there, mesmerized and hypnotized by what's in front of or around you. Or you can just succumb to that little metronome. You let the corps do the playing, and your body just follows along.

    That's what I love about DCI.

    Music, the tie that binds us all.

  7. 9 hours ago, Jeff Ream said:

    actually, the grass roots level can be hardest of all, because if the leadership doesn't want to hear dissenting opinions, they can rescind your invitation to help.

    But at least you tried. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Bending sympathetic ears on DCP will not change anything.

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