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About Spartans87

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    DCP Veteran
  • Birthday 11/25/1965

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Spartans of Nashua & Royal Crusaders
  • Your Favorite Corps
    All in the Activity
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    1984 Garfield Cadets
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
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    Williamsburg, VA
  • Interests
    Drum Corps and Golf. Is there anything else?

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  1. I am an alum of the Spartans, and one of my sons also marched (as you can see in my signature). I marched in 1987 when the corps made class A/A60 finals for the first time ever. An amazing feeling for all involved for sure, and I can tell you, if someone had asked a stupid question to me after our finals performance (I was one of the drum majors), it would not in any way take the shine off of what we accomplished. After watching the corps last week, and seeing how the drum majors handled themselves, I would bet the questions rolled off their backs, and it didn't take anything away from thei
  2. Frankly, the mother of the victim should be investigated by CPS. What parent in their right mind, puts out the email she did? This kid already allegedly had to deal with a situation, and now has to deal with not just the situation again, but the entire drum corps world knowing about it and what appears in some way, to be a money grab by his mother? This mother is off her rocker and not thinking about her son if her way to get what she wants is throwing that email out in public. That is just unconscionable to me. And in no way do I condone the alleged incident or the potential handing
  3. Tearing her down? I did no such thing. I said I hoped she could figure out how to work the broadcast because I thought it would be great to hear what she had to say. But her rambling and talking over the corps shows is not something I enjoyed. Relax...
  4. I hope so, because I do enjoy some of the info folks like her can give us while we watch. I just want it in small doses!
  5. I did think Tammy Faye also - That was funny! My daughter was so tired of hearing me say "shut up already" under my breath that she would stop me before I started saying it because she knew it was comming! All the corps were awesome at this time of year, and I, like a few others, go with what I was entertained by versus the scores. It was a great start to 2019!
  6. My only issue is with Lindsey Vento - she tried waaaaaay to hard to contribute to the broadcast, and talked when she should have been quiet. Even Rondo had to run over her a few times to get the name of the corps out before they started. She may be very qualified as a designer, but not everyone is cut out for a broadcast like this!!!
  7. I certainly don't want it to turn into American Idol, and I don't think ANYONE suggested that either. But why not let some qualified professionals from other musical backgrounds have a crack at judging our activity, even if it is just as an experiment to validate our criteria? I am sick and tired of the "sacred sheets" comments. Who says the sheets are any good anyway? You guessed it - the folks that came up with the criteria on the sheets say they are good. Maybe they are not good....or MAYBE there is a way to change/improve those sheets to make them even better? That is my reason for
  8. I don't want to see this activity judged like Idol or The Voice, but I have often thought it could be interesting having an outside, professional person like a Grammy award winning artist (not necessarily one that is "famous"), with a completely unbiased opinion, share their opinions on our corps. Lets let them judge and score, and compare to what our traditional judges score, and see the differences, and hear why they evaluated the way they did. It could be very enlightening to say the least.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 shi
  13. 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 sh
  14. 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
  15. 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 DC