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  1. wolfgang

    who leads who?

    Actually.... Imo WGI Percussion is the single leading creative driving force in the marching world. Many things people think are innovative on the field were done first by a drumline in Dayton.
  2. Not saying those aren't legit points, but the Vegas show thread referenced in the original post addressed the rehearsal issue. Last time I checked, DCI has shows in Riverside and other hot areas of CA, shows in AZ, TX, and the deep south in the hottest times of the year. The latter two also have high humidity to deal with. Should we cancel San Antonio? While it's an indoor event, the week preceding and days following it are during the hottest (and just as important, most humid) part of the year in Texas.
  3. Jenison 2012. "Joan" show. A link to their Michigan State finals performance is on "that site." About 7 minutes in is where the burning movement begins. I wish their BOA performance was posted because the flames worked better than on this video. Boston likely got the idea from this band yeara before they did it in DCI.
  4. Didn't either West Chester or Univ. of PA cancel a show in the Philly area last year when the Hopkins story broke?
  5. In 2020, the new Rams and Raiders stadiums are set to open. From what I can tell, the Rams stadium is artificial and Raiders indicated grass for the Raiders but field turf for UNLV per wikipedia. Rams is open air but with favorable climate, and Raiders is indoor. I assume Vegas may handle turf similar to the Cardinals stadium in AZ. Assumng 2020 would cut too close to completion dates, If the full tour for World Class were nationalized and extended 2 weeks in 2021, looking at the calendar, we could have the following dates as full DCI Regional events to determine seeding: July 10 LA, July 17 Vegas (with Field turf setup), July 24 San Antonio, July 31 Atlanta, August 6,7 Allentown, August 14 Finals- Indy. By having everyone at these additional events in major media markets, there is great growth potential for DCI if properly marketed. It makes sense geographically heading west to east. California fans would come in droves, and Vegas is a natural draw with plenty of things to do. One caveat that I don"t know is the stadium rental fees, but since they made new Atlanta stadium work, hopefully the LA/Vegas venues would not be too expensive to rent for a day. Strong opinion #1: Please don't insult our intelligence about costs of travel UNLESS you have a good answer why Pacific Crest, Mandarins, BD, Vanguard, The Academy, Oregon Crusaders, and Cascades are somehow able to head east every year and the midwest/eastern World Class corps couldn't do the same the other direction. Strong opinion #2: The heat issue was dealt with in a thread last year about a show in Vegas, but someone may try to dredge it up. It's a non-issue for reasons an actual Vegas resident outlined.
  6. As an experiment, it would be interesting if some of the people who judge the British Brass Band Championships were allowed to judge brass at a DCI show. Would their rankings mirror those of the current DCI judges, or would the approach they are used to yield different results? Not that this would happen, but just to see what a group of competent evaluators with minimal preconceptions would do.
  7. One aspect of growth through streaming or theater broadcasts is quality of the broadcast. If I as a customer pay a premium price to watch a broadcast event, I expect a television or cinema-caliber audio and visual experience. Showing a marimba player's facial expression while a neat drill move happens behind is not acceptable. Having Tom Blair is a great help on the visual side of things. The audio needs to match the quality of the visual, meaning the mix heard in the theater (or television) needs to also be of the highest quality.
  8. The top level is open for Saturday.
  9. "Expanding" World Championship attendance sounds good but in reality is silly insofar as Lucas Oil Stadium is concerned. For several years, people have been sitting with end zone views. Even in the best possible listening environment in any stadium, an end zone seat is not good if you like the music. If the mythical 1981 Montreal crowd did appear next year, where would they all sit? Now, if expanding means more corps (looking at Battalion and Columbians), then yes, that is great.
  10. I misread the timing of this, but her complaint about tiiming seems self serving.
  11. wolfgang

    Pioneer Suspended by DCI

    Latest update by DCI https://www.dci.org/news/update-to-the-dci-community Additional details on Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps suspension It is Drum Corps International’s commitment to continue to provide accurate and updated information on issues impacting the DCI Community, and we want to ensure that all material released to the public remains accurate and timely. To maintain informational integrity, we are providing you with the same information we are sharing with members of the media later this afternoon. Earlier today, we announced the suspension of the Pioneer organization that occurred last week. Since that time, DCI has submitted the following response to questions by the media and others who are concerned about Pioneer and other policy issues. Some have asked for clarification on the timelines of policy adoptions as well as details on other topics, so our response appears in its entirety below. We will continue to provide the DCI Community with direct and accurate information. •••• Drum Corps International has been investigating concerns involving the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps for several months, but it is neither appropriate nor judicious to publicly discuss specific individuals or allegations prior to completion of the full investigation. Within those parameters, we are providing the following information in response to questions posed by DCI participants and members of the media. In 2017, upon learning through social media that a registered sex offender might be serving on Pioneer’s staff, DCI contacted the corps’ leadership and recommended releasing the staff member in question. The DCI policies and guidelines in effect at the time stated that the corps leadership held responsibility for its decision to act on DCI’s recommendation. Ultimately, Pioneer decided to release the staff member. The DCI Board of Directors’ adoption of a formal background check policy in May of 2017 involved multiple factors and did not result specifically from the issue at Pioneer. The board then added a whistle-blower policy in June 2018. In response to specific questions involving the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, the suspension from all DCI activities comes after many weeks of investigating questions of adherence to acceptable standards of health and safety for all participants, as documented in the DCI Community Code of Conduct and Ethics Guidelines adopted in May 2018. Upon receiving the initial statements via DCI’s reporting mechanisms, both executive and board leadership presented Pioneer leadership with the information for examination and corrective action. Subsequent reports and new allegations that Pioneer leadership discouraged corps members and staff from reporting questionable incidents and circumstances prompted additional meetings with Pioneer leadership along with separate sessions with instructional staff members. While balancing assurance of a safe environment with the strong desire to allow Pioneer’s performers to benefit from their hard work by completing their season, DCI leadership put a system of rigorous oversight in place for the remainder of the tour. Based on the information reported to DCI by Pioneer leadership and staff, the corps successfully made necessary improvements and were able to finish the year with their performance at the World Championship Prelims on August 9 in Indianapolis. Since the end of the 2018 DCI season, DCI has received credible reports of new issues through its own reporting means as well as accusations on social media including possible retaliation against those who report issues of concern, leading to the August 16, 2018, decision to suspend Pioneer from all DCI activities. Prior to adopting the new DCI Community Code of Conduct & Ethics Guidelines in May 2018, issues brought to DCI and framed as possible code of conduct violations concerned competitive behavior. The only official actions regarding health and safety-related violations are the Cadets probation and the Pioneer suspension. DCI stands firm in supporting those who come forward with information and will continue to investigate assertions and take appropriate action when warranted. During the 2018 season, questions arose regarding medical care and how the standards differ from corps to corps. At present, each corps is charged with addressing its members’ medical care. DCI actively supports both the Marching Music Health & Wellness Project and Athletes and the Arts – comprehensive initiatives giving corps the benefit of expert volunteers in the medical profession. Beginning in the 1990s, medical advisors provided corps with best practices through seminars, video education, and written materials. Through the years the concept has expanded exponentially to give corps more resources, better care, and a broader spectrum of specialties. DCI and its participating organizations are intensely reviewing the topic of medical care to determine what standards and guidelines should be in place to ensure that each corps has access to appropriate health care resources for all performers.
  12. wolfgang

    Pioneer Suspended by DCI

    I kmow this ? is a WGI question, but how intimately is Pioneer Indoor tied to Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (aside from the name? Asking because their indoor drumline has been very successful and I've heard no reports of anything negative. Does Roman have anything to do with Pioneer Indoor?
  13. There was a tidbit on dci.org's corps news about Spartans only having 10 age outs. I do not expect this corps to apply for World Class, but IF they are able to have good retention numbers and a good class of 2019 rookies, they could be right up there with BDB and Vanguard Cadets for the Open Class title. The World Class implication is of course they would be highly likely to make World Class Semis again, and if next year is their best ever they could rise nearer to 20th place (or a little higher if they get to the BDB/Vanguard Cadets level) than 25th place.
  14. wolfgang

    Allentown Housing Urgent!

    I know acoustically this is not ideal, but the Carrier Dome in Syracuse could be a weather-safe venue. Don't know about parking or if finding housing would be much different than Allentown.
  15. wolfgang

    Pre-recorded brass?

    Last winter when rule proposals came out, I mentioned something as relevant now as ever. In a judged activity, imho it is imperative to have as level a playing field as possible. I am not talking about corps A has twice the budget of corps B. Rather, for the integrity of a judged activity to be valid, the judges need to judge the actual performance. Anythng that can mimic acoustic brass or distort the sound in such a way as to legitimately fool the folks in the box should not be legal. For me, it's not a matter of how creative they can be with amplification or synths, it's more a matter of actually evaluating the true level of brass achievement. Rule of thumb: just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should do it.