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About dcifanforlife

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Marching Member 5 years, Volunteer 40 years
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Blue Stars, Colts
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Cadets 1987
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season

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  1. You can expect none stop solicitations for donations. How do they expect to pay for all of this staff?
  2. DCI tried this centralized purchasing a few years back for peanut butter, jelly and cereal. Fuel and field-ling paint were separate contracts. Main reason it didn;t work was because corps would not commit to any volumes before season started and they would not pay in advance. How corps manage expenses while on tour is widely different. Some pay with cash, some pay with script and many pay with credit cards. The person on tour that is managing finances is the key. A combination of all three methods is the best. You don;t want to have a lot of cash on hand for obvious reasons. Corps use the cash from souvie sales to pay some expenses daily. Problem with credit cards is that the people in home office don't get a clear picture of what is being spent regardless how fast the expenses are loaded into their accounting system. Basically corps are broke before the season starts, during tour and hopefully they are not broke at end of tour. Having a solid budget and keeping within budget is the goal for every corps. Corps are not very good at paying their bills in advance.
  3. What is important about the 8th place finish is that they stayed a head of The Cadets. Corps get to pick what shows they want to go to in 2020 based off 2019 placement. Blue Stars get to pick ahead of The Cadets which could result in a better tour. for them.
  4. Who is going to buy a ticket to an exhibition? Who is going to sponsor an exhibition. This year we have had only three short panel shows ( Mesa, Sioux City, Casper) in each case an exception to the full panel rule was granted. Corps knew when they signed up for these shows that it would be a short panel show. Is the show sponsor required to announce in advance that a full panel will not be used? Exceptions to a rule are standard practice in most situations.
  5. It is expensive to put on a drum corps show. DCI gives the sponsor (Troopers) a fixed price.If a smaller panel is the difference in putting on a show or no show I would go with the smaller panel every time. Corps get paid only on show days.
  6. According to a post from Bob Jacobs you are correct. Three Saturday shows determine seeding for San Antonio.
  7. This show is free, no admission charge: Best deal on DCI tour.
  8. Hanging out at the Lisle Library. It is hot outside. Unless we get some rain to cool things off it is going to be brutal for the fans watching all the corps before intermission. Positive note they do sell beer and hard liquor at this show. After a few who cares about anything related to drum corps.
  9. If watching corps rehearse is your thing then Kokomo IN is the place to be on Sunday before the show. Blue Stars Alum Jason Ekstrom is hosting the Blue Stars at Kokomo High School and couple of miles north the Madison Scouts are at Northwestern High School. They are showing a final run at 1:45 PM. The Crossmen can be found on the east side of Kokomo at Taylor High School, 3794 300 S Kokomo IN. The Colts are at Western High School, 2600 S 600 W, Russiaville IN, which is a few miles southwest of Kokomo. The Cadets are at Danville High School, Danville IN and Crown is at the show site. Zionsville High School. Pray for good weather.
  10. Yes, Scouts home show so they go on later but they can't go on before at top 6 corps. Though spot to be on between Stars and Crown. Best of luck to Scouts in 2019.
  11. This year there are full judging panels from day one so corps need to be ready at the start of the season. A couple of days lost to weather are built in to most corps spring training schedules. Best I can tell no corps has been negatively impacted by weather. This year corps will not be able to hide their weak captions for a couple of weeks. Going to be interesting.
  12. You are correct. Since the end of the season everyone has been working tirelessly so that all corps have in place uniform P&P in place to insure the health and safety of everyone in the activity. Thousands of dollars have been on attorney fees in the states where the corps are based as a result. Membership agreements are now 26 pages long and every word in them has been checked by legal counsel. Staff agreements have been reviewed and updated also. In 2019 there will be no confusion on what the expectations are of everyone involved in the activity are.
  13. Audition camps and callback camps have become a revenue source for corps at a time when little other money is coming in. Being in a corps these days is extremely expensive and potential members need to take all options into consideration before selecting a corps to audition with. After two camps most corps are honest with potential members about their status and not just trying to generate camp fees.