ranintothedoor

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  1. I think more than just drum corps will be getting back to basics.
  2. Honestly, it'd still be cheaper than shutting off the oil rigs. πŸ™‚ Once the pumps are off, apparently it's wicked expensive to turn them back on again. If anyone in the drum corps world has huge storage capabilities, you could drop $10 right now and fuel every single drum corps for next summer. Shoot... it might be cheaper for every drum corps to buy a tanker truck, fill it up, and then tour with the rest of the corps next summer! Crazy insurance costs though... eek...
  3. HAHAHAHAH!!! Yeah... I'm imagining someone telling our football crowd where to sit.... *shiver*
  4. mmmmm... his first symphony is one of my favorite pieces ever. I use it to tame my ADHD hamster-in-the-wheel brain for an hour. πŸ™‚
  5. Corps have buses, trailers, food trucks (unless they rent them?).... are there any assets the corps have that they can leverage for cash aside from just selling them? What do corps have on hand to generate income? Online lessons by staff where they split the proceeds? Get the top local corps members (less than 10 of course... $1 to CDC) to produce high quality videos of small ensembles playing stuff they already have the sync and mechanical rights for, then monetize the videos on Youtube, Vimeo, etc.? Do tiny 1 minute drill in a small room? I mean, there's going to be a LOT of corps fans DYING for corps-like content this summer. And a gazillion marching band kids who couldn't finish concert band this year at their schools since they closed.... One of my kids messaged me today and told me he's bored out of his mind... watching old DCI shows. πŸ˜„
  6. https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/trends-policy-issues/initial-analysis-of-the-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-cares This analysis, from what I can tell, looks like there's not much direct relief for non-profits, but those who donate to corps (individuals and corporations) will see significant benefits. (I'm a music teacher... could be wrong!) Are corps 'educational' entities? States were given several billion to help 'education.' Not sure what this will be used for... probably paying salaries, etc., for school employees. I'm still getting a paycheck even though I'm positive Virginia's economy is struggling right now. Very thankful, by the way!
  7. Hey everyone! I wrote a blog entry to all Music Educators, but the thoughts expressed directly relate to the vast majority of us on this board. Love you guys! https://yhwhjanitor.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/alright-music-teachers-lets-do-this-covid19/
  8. Sorry... I'm not disappointed about agreeing with you! It's the subject matter. πŸ™‚ We cool, bruh. lol And yes, you're correct. While it's prudent for DCI to hang it up for the season, corps must be creative in how they ensure their future survival.
  9. Unfortunately, I'm inclined to agree with Garfield on this one. Let's say we get a mixed bag. Things improve drastically in May. DCI doesn't cancel the season. Corps prep the best they can. BUT... Let's say several states remain locked down or hard hit so many shows or even individual corps seasons are cancelled. Many people stay home from shows and therefore make very little money. Many school systems refuse to allow housing. A corps or two get taken out mid-season by contracting the caronavirus, which would be a PR disaster. "Soldier on!" some might say. I'm not sure DCI could financially absorb a season like that. MLB and the like could (they have TV deals n' junk, after all), but not DCI. I'm hopeful things change, but financially risking putting corps out there with small crowds and the potential for non-participating states or cities would be an absolute disaster for the financial health of the organization. OTOH, cancelling the season may also be a detriment to DCI's financial stability after 2020, I get it... I suppose I could be convinced either way. Right now, though, I"m with Garfield. πŸ˜•
  10. Hey Toby, sorry for posting that political comment... I tried to keep it neutral (didn't favor one side or the other), but I totally get the political flavor of my comment, which is why I tried to keep it light.Β  I will refrain in the future.Β  πŸ™‚

    Thanks for being awesome!

    Btw, April 1985 was a good month!Β Β Β Β 

  11. See, this kind of situation is where hard work wins out over talent. Go Cadets!
  12. Where was this and what was the occasion? I skipped a couple minutes so I think I missed the announcer at some point. Is this kind of like a family preview?
  13. Two cents... I heard a report mentioning that COVID-19 may be less transmittable as the temperatures go up, like other viruses. I don't know about you, but rehearsing in a stadium in Texas sounds fairly safe to me.... (moment of levity... now, back to the doom and gloom...)
  14. No hot dog corps. More money for merch. πŸ˜‰ I want my band kids to freak out during every single ensemble at Annapolis. I want our bus ride home to be full of heated debates over who should've won. I'd even be okay with a scuffle or two (...nah, jk...).
  15. I have a feeling things won't be 100% ironed out for a couple more months... DCI'll need to wait for the Cadets BOD to set up shop before it can start corresponding officially, I'd imagine.
  16. Has anyone ever put Indoor Guard through the process to be evaluated and added? I tell you what, there's a whole international cultural apparatus behind gymnastics, skiing, and the rest of the olympic sports... could you imagine what it would do for WGI if it were ever approved? It would surely become Winter Guard International. "World" class would eventually be flooded by state-sponsored ensembles. Could you imagine somewhere like South Africa's or Indonesia's WGI World Class Guard competing against the US National Team? Duuuuuddddee.......
  17. Consider yerself peer-pressured. πŸ˜„ Seriously, though, it's worth it. The fact that it's the lower tier gives it a really cool... I dunno... scrappiness and realness to it.
  18. or could not afford a 4 year university... Also, some of those kids chose to go to there for many years (3-4) because of the cheer squad.
  19. Gotta say, I was not interested. My wife started watching it, and I walked into the room... The parallels with our activity are stunning... especially that young lady whose ribs were trashed. Crying and huddled over after every rep, and then getting up and doing it again because you just... have to... for yourself, and for the group. I cried for some of the kids they spotlit (spotlighted?) and I wish I'd felt that during Clash of the Corps. "Cheer!" did a phenomenal job.
  20. This is a good point, and part of the reason that I'll be staying a fan of DCI (or whatever it's called eventually) corps regardless of my preferences in instrumentation or how this vote goes.
  21. This was my exact reasoning for keeping the Scouts (not just Madison, but the entire BSA) boys-only. Have cool things for everyone... don't make everyone fit into one cool thing. I'm fine if you want to discuss the pros and cons for WW in Drum Corps... but this is a terrible reason.