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  1. Generally speaking -- an organization, a team, a person, a company, even a planet, for that matter ... are never static. They are either going up, or they are going down, almost nothing stays the same. Given the number of participants left standing, I don't think anyone can honestly state that DCA is growing in any way. From the outside perspective, it seems to be fighting for survival now. Maybe not financially (I have no idea), but in terms of relevance to the community. There are many reasons for this, many have nothing to do with drum corps, but DCA is off the radar for many people now, fans and members. This is nobody's fault, the answer is not to point fingers or lament about how things were in 1982. Society, the country, music, the activity -- everything is different than 1982. Everything is different than 2002, in fact. What worked before will not work now. But unless DCA takes serious, brave and intelligent steps soon, to change with the times and evolve as a competitive circuit, and to increase participation in the community on all levels ... dark days lie ahead.
  2. Hi everybody. Just checking into DCP after 500 years. lol I was surprised to see DCA finals and prelims moved to one day, but I remember all of the corps "trying" to perform in a big hurricane in DCA 2006, which was comical and crazy, giant wind gusts, and sheets of rain knocking people down, causing every single member of the guard to drop at once etc. Better safe than sorry. Best of luck to all for a great DCA 2019, weather notwithstanding. 7
  3. One unfortunate fact I might add about licensing rights -- there is not one drum corps in DCA, nor DCA itself, that would remain standing after a successful copyright infringement lawsuit against it. Legally, it's like running across a highway. - we'll be fine - or we won't. But 'won't' is really bad. So, one can ignore legal risk in licensing, and probably be OK - but if you're wrong, the stakes are very high - it is literally, the bankruptcy and/or existence of your corps on the line. This is not legal advice to anyone, I'm not trying to be the know it all lawyer in DCP, I do not represent DCA anymore. I just want people to understand -- yes, the legal burden on mini corps and other groups, may have seemed like a pain to deal with for one performance - but those rules came from federal law, not random DCA rules to hassle everybody. With respect - Lee
  4. I was involved in the clearance for DCA corps, drafted most of the paperwork you are probably using, and I currently help deal with this issue for a large corps. I am not speaking for anyone, nor about any specific situation. But the question is not whether or not DCA mini corps need license X, Y or Z. The question has always been - do you want to treat DCA as a professional entertainment industry activity? Or, legally speaking, is it the mom and pop wild west show (no offense). Because if a drum corps organization is going to be famous, going to get lots of publicity - the rights acquisition becomes mission critical, because the likelihood of getting sued for stealing someone copyright goes way up. You have no idea how much time and effort we have spent on dealing with this issue for the reality television show that comes out in October. This is the stage where teams of lawyers review everything before a show airs. Something like an arrangement license missing can kill a television show about a music group (literally). So, if DCA has plans for mainstream expansion, then DCA absolutely must have its act together legally, and I am sure they do. If DCA will remain small, unknown - then you might get away without having the rights for the music you play, because no one will care. I don't say that as sarcasm, it's the reality of the economic basis for copyright actions.
  5. I don't know what this even means, but it was funny, in a Monty Python kinda way. Let's blame hats! :)
  6. Attention Renegades. Renegades Reunion and Concert, December 4-6, 2015. We would like to know if you are IN or OUT? If we get to 100 evil Renegades IN, the reunion weekend is happening, and Renegades will be on stage in December. If we do not hit 100 IN, it was a cool theory, maybe some other year. Speak now, or forever hold your peace. Vote here.
  7. It is my unauthorized, uncleared, unofficial vote that every Renegades alumni from every year, and anyone who wants to join the Renegades, flies to the Bay Area on December 4-6, and we hold a Renegades film recording session, a corps reunion, party, and a big [bleep] LMS concert on Sunday that is streamed live, with the Renegades performing last. An entire seasons worth of Renegades chaos in one weekend. Let’s do this.
  8. My blog posts about the lack of competition in DCA caused some controversy. Some anger. But many people, including Buccaneers, engaged me on the issue either through respectful and polite emails, or comments on my blog. This was awesome, even when people disagreed. Because I don’t have all the answers. The solution for DCA needs to be a group solve, and it needs to happen soon. Unfortunately, with all this great dialogue, came accusations that I am out to harm to the Buccaneers. I expected that my final thoughts on this topic, were in fact, the final thoughts on the topic. But, I’m not 100% comfortable leaving the anti-Buccaneer statements out there unanswered, allowing current Buccaneers fans and members, and the denizens of Drum Corps Planet, to think that I am trying to hurt the Buccaneers. Because, I'm not. So, I wrote a rebuttal.
  9. This is awesome. When Skyliners rehearse at WVW High School, it is literally right across the street from my cousin's house, where I spent most holidays as a kid. Twilight Zone!
  10. This is sad ... thoughts and prayers x 7, Kilties.
  11. Hello everyone. I’ve made my position crystal clear on the DCA competition problem, my blog has been officially designated a national security threat within DCA, and I probably won’t have anything further to add on this issue until the next DCA Ground Hog Day in September 2016. But I want everyone to know one thing. I didn’t speak up to hurt or antagonize anybody. I spoke up because if changes are not made soon, DCA will die. I have spoken to many people over the last year who are not just “not” interested in going to DCA anymore, but who are no longer interested in performing at DCA, even if the trip is free. I’m not talking about people who show up anyway and complain – I’m talking about the people who checked out of DCA, from all over the country. Look around you - it's not about who is there. It's about who is not there. There are many of us. I am speaking up in the hopes that change will come to the DCA judging system. If changes are made, DCA can become competitive and fun again, resulting in tremendous growth to all-age drum corps as DCA has in the years before and the very start of the Buccaneers competitive tirade. People will return if the playing field is level. Look, nobody did anything wrong to cause this problem. The DCA Board did nothing wrong. The DCA judges did nothing wrong. And the Reading Buccaneers did not do anything wrong. Point of fact, the Buccaneers created this existential problem in DCA because they did everything correct, doing whatever was needed to do to win in a flawed judging system that puts too much emphasis on demand, and ends up encouraging DCA corps to copy DCI to succeed, which will fail unless you can get a corps substantially comprised of 20-year olds. Which defeats the point of DCA. The solution here is not to make the Reading Buccaneers lose. The solution is to give other DCA corps a reasonable chance to win DCA. Whether they do or not, is on them. But under the current status, most DCA corps will never win DCA again. Not because I said so, based upon the historical record, and what is happening to the fan base and corps. I hope big changes are made to the DCA judging system, and I hope they are made soon. For the sake of DCA. 7 Lee Rudnicki
  12. In honor of this kooky thread title -- which I love -- after seven years, I have changed the official tagline of my Blog. Every time I log on DCA forums now, I chuckle. It's the coolest most unbelievable thing. Your activity is dying, many fans and corps have walked away, the historical record of Buccaneers winning the DCA Championship is unprecedented in modern competitive "anything", other than maybe hot-dog eating. Which by the way, became competitive again when they threw out the #1 Japanese guy for not signing a contract. Kinda ironic. But, here we are. All of that is going on in DCA right front of you -- and my blog is causing the downfall of Western civilization. That's awesome.