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About Spartans87

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  • Birthday 11/25/1965

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    Spartans of Nashua & Royal Crusaders
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    All in the Activity
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    1984 Garfield Cadets
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    Williamsburg, VA
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    Drum Corps and Golf. Is there anything else?

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  1. Personal relationship? That's ridiculous. Tricia asked a question, for which she received an answer. She does not want a personal relationship with DCI. How you draw that conclusion is beyond me.
  2. Agree with this 100% I have said this before, and will say it again - If you are really upset with the handling of these serious issues by DCI and the corps directly in some/most cases, then stop supporting them with your wallet. I know there are innocent bystanders that also get the hurt, but this is the only way to send the strong message that what they do/don't do is not going to be tolerated. We all have a choice for the use of our entertainment dollars. Drum corps should not be a choice for now. Hate even saying it, but it is the harsh reality.
  3. Spartans87

    “Failure to Protect”

    You know what Brasso - I wrote that note because I do see it as a way to send a strong message, but I too want to see DCI survive and thrive, and I am willing to give it more time as well. I feel the way I do mostly because of the poor way DCI has handled some of the issues. I know the way they are organized/chartered, but they could and should handle some of the issues in a more direct and clear fashion. Lets all watch and see how things are handled such as Pioneer and Mr. Morrisson. Thanks for your reply.
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    “Failure to Protect”

    I have been reading along with this since the beginning, despite the difficulty following some folks logic and opinion, but hey, they are entitled. I will say, the only way we can truly make a statement to DCI and more importantly the Corps, (because the corps ARE DCI) is to stop supporting the activity with our time and our wallets. It is difficult to do for many, if for no other reason, it will affect the kids on the field that do not deserve the consequences at all, but it is the only way we will send a message strong enough to make a statement. No shows, no volunteer work, no buying shirts or CD's/audio recordings, not any financial support in any way. That will send a message that the handling of this entire situation is unacceptable to us fans. Now, I do understand it puts the activity on the brink of existence (assuming everyone actually stops supporting), but how do we really keep supporting this when they seemingly only care to protect their own, and don't take the logical steps needed to really clean this up going forward? And when I say protecting their own, I am specifically referencing the Fred Morrison situation, because it is as egregious as it could get in my opinion, short of being a predator himself, and this soap opera that is Pioneer? These issues are so obvious in my book, as to how to handle them, it is shocking to me they have not been more swift with shutting them down. I would love to hear opinions on this. Thanks.
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    No tour for Pioneer in 2019

    Here is my speculation on the events here: 1. DCI Suspends the corps 2. Roman is p###ed and calls Dan A. 3. Roman then lies to the Philly reporter, Tricia, about the suspension 4. Dan A tells the "family", they need to go and Roman needs to go. They don't agree and dig in 5. Dan A says :"We will officially remove you from the 2019 tour, regardless of suspension", if there is no change as DCI wants. Roman says "No", you wont do that 6. DCI announces they are out of the 2019 Tour 7. Romans bluff is called, and the family agrees to go away First, DCI showed some chutzpah here by pushing hard for this change. Good for them for a change. But the follow through for this, IE making sure the flying Belinski's are not behind the scenes working the puppets will be the real work DCI needs to make happen. That is, if this corps even survives this, which I am highly skeptical of happening. I word it this way because I don't want to see them fold, but I think this will be a huge mountain to climb for sure. Maybe my high school friend, who has worked with them on and off over the years (had issues with Roman, of course) and is a good drum corps guy, can help them get back on their feet. Will be interesting to follow this through the off-season for sure.
  6. First, I totally forgot about the Premier having the interview with Kathy Black. My lack of remembering is primarily because I don't think it went far enough, but that's just my opinion and I can live with it. I would also agree it was a legal tight-rope to walk, and I understand the conservative nature of the response or lack thereof. I guess, I would have looked to handle it differently, and be more open. As for the victims being able to watch a show without reliving the trauma, I would generally agree, however, these folks were strong, and courageous to come out in public to make us all aware of the alleged abuses. I would suggest, that they may be looking to see more public info related to the progress. Seeing and knowing they did not act in vein, could make them feel like someone was listening and doing something material related to change for the future. All of this is speculation of course, but that is what a forum is for after all. Thanks for listening
  7. I was very surprised to hear nothing both in June at the Tour Premier and then more so during Big, Loud and Live, related to the spring issues and how DCI and its member corps/BoD's have and are making changes. Frankly, it was a huge wasted opportunity to say to everyone watching, "We are making changes, and there are more to come". This could have been done WITHOUT putting anyone in harms way from a legal perspective, and would have gone a long way from a PR standpoint. It is just ridiculous nothing has been said directly to the viewing public as of now. I do see the page listed on, but that is very dated at this point. Maybe, if Dan A. had addressed the issues a little more publicly during those two events/broadcasts, the majority of people here and elsewhere (Garfield excluded, as he seems to have some direct information) would not feel like it is the "elephant in the room we are all trying to not look at". Who knows, maybe the member that made the protest at I&E would not have done so! Just my opinion.
  8. Spartans87

    40 year dominance

    Nothing to see here folks. OP puts this out as his first post. Time to move on....
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    Spent part of my career on wall street trading mortgage bonds and running a big mortgage operation for a wall street firm. Once the world blew up back in 2008, my firm killed every business line that had the word mortgage in the name. Shortly thereafter, I was inundated by requests to be interviewed for documentaries and short news clips, all geared toward finding out details on how the meltdown happened. One piece I did was on NPR - This American Life. It was actually a very good show, where they let my words stand on their own without chopping and clipping sentences together to make anyone look bad. Now, CNBC was a whole different story. Interviewed by David Faber for 4 hours. Saw the show, and they cut it up to suit their agenda. He was looking for awards and a book deal, which he got. Best advice is be very careful with whom you speak. Some folks do have an agenda...
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    I have said this before on a different thread, but this whole DCI model is garbage and needs to be scrapped. The corps and more specifically, corps directors/ED's ARE DCI, and that means DCI has no authority to do anything. And the guy that runs Pio has no clue at this point, and should be out. It is infuriating that everyone just shrugs off the issues when they are brought up, (as Jeff has mentioned, and I know Terri and Jim have mentioned previously as well) and continue to allow kids to go on the road with organizations like this. I just don't understand this at all. Sorry for the rant. I just cant stand seeing the activity I love take hits like this that are totally unnecessary. It can and should have been fixed a long time ago.
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    Cadets 2018

    The reality is THIS right here. In fact, they may be the most amazing group ever because of what they had to endure in the spring, and are still in that 7th slot with a possibility of moving up. I mean think about it - in this activity, where show design and composition is more score-impactful than any other area, they started out months behind everyone above and below them because of the late re-write, yet they are still in a good position today! To Heck with the scores!!!! I don't get to many shows live anymore unfortunately, and this year I am more disappointed in that fact than ever - because I wanted to stand and scream for the Cadets, and I really wanted to see this show live. The theater will be the best I get, but I can live with that. And Yes, I will be "that guy" that stands and cheers in the movie theater for the Cadets!!
  12. I have a couple observations: 1. Shorten the time limit may be helpful, may not. But giving it or anything else designed to help would be a good start 2. Moving the championships up a week may keep some folks that march DCI and then go help out a DCA corps, from that experience. It "could" reduce corps size, not increase it 3. And admittedly this is a "perfect world" idea, but more corps could help the growth and may not actually increase costs. How? If you have more corps in your region, more show opportunities to compete/show with less travel, and then go on to championships if you can afford too. Would make the "regional championship" something meaningful like it was in the past for DCI. One thing I know wont work - sitting around and doing or saying nothing. That's why I wont rag on someone's ideas. I may think they are crazy, but you never know when something good comes from a discussion, including those with crazy ideas!
  13. I will restate now what I have said before - DCI needs a complete restructure from a management and governance standpoint, and frankly, if you donate any money to them now, you are just saying "nothing is wrong". I am blown away that Crossmen are run this way ( and probably many others), and that nothing has been done about it. DCI is powerless and useless. Just sad.
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    Update from the Philadelphia Inquirer

    Well, a non-corps director as Chair of the BoD is a great start at changing the way DCI operates. I have always (and I mentioned earlier in this thread) said that DCI being here by the corps and for the corps makes for a difficult business setup. A very closely held, controlled business environment to say the least. Maybe, just maybe, we are seeing some of the changes that could possibly help the entire activity not just survive beyond us old folks, but thrive! And no, I am not wearing my rose colored glasses here. I am just taking an optimistic view for now. They still have a huge amount of work ahead of them, and many more difficult subjects/areas to change. It wont be easy, but I like the start. Just horrible that it had to start as a result of horrible behavior by some of the adult leaders. Mike
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    Update from the Philadelphia Inquirer

    Funny, because I was surprised it didn't mention the YEA/Crossmen ties as well. Regardless, this is not good on so many levels. I too agree, every single drum corps should get all the "skeletons" out immediately. The activity cant handle any more surprises or it could be a potentially fatal blow. I am also blown away that Morrison would act in such a callus manner about his employee. No regard for the real issue, just get the folks that can make my corps better and don't speak about it any more. Much like GH, it shows that these corps leaders often feel above the law, and can just make decisions on their own. I know that is probably over generalizing it, but it is certainly feeling that way to me. The entire DCI-Corps structure probably needs to be changed in some way. Not sure how exactly, but now would be a great time to explore possibilities.