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  1. Thank you my friend. I'm having a blast writing this - some really fun memories, crazy times!!! 🙂 https://therenegadejournal.home.blog
  2. This is sad to read. But in my personal experience, trying to discuss the big changes that aew needed for the long term viability of DCA and its member corps gets met with indifference and/or great hostility from within DCA itself. The inherent problem with DCA is that it is, and has always been, a loosely-knit organization where every corps is out for themselves, self-interest rules the day. Not sure if it is still the same, but back in the day, the show sponsors had to negotiate a separate contract with every corps, just to hold a show. What kind of sense does that make? That's bass-ackwards. Ditto for allowing one corps to win every championship for decades without doing anything whatsoever to introduce parity into the organization., except tell the other corps to get better. As if that was going to solve the problem. That's why I left DCA, that's why so few are motivated to be part of DCA anymore. I once thought DCA was on its way to becoming a huge national organization that would encourage the participation of people of all-ages all over the country in music and pageantry, for lack of a better word. DCA is doomed, in my opinion.
  3. Ciao everyone. In 2002, I self-published a book about the San Francisco Renegades, and the crazy experiences we had long the way to becoming the first DCA Finalist from California. As the years went by, and I started to write other things, I always wanted to write a second edition of this book, but never got around to it. Until now. Instead of an e-book for the 2nd edition, I decided to publish it via a online blog. Instead of writing and publishing the entire thing at once, I add a chapter every day, or every other day, and the response has been amazing. In the last week, more people have read the first few chapters of the new "Renegade Journal" than ever bought the first edition book. There is nothing to buy on this page, I am simply writing it for myself, and for posterity, and out of passion for an amazing set of memories and experiences. So, if you are interested -- please check out and hopefully enjoy - https://therenegadejournal.home.blog 7
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. I don't know what this even means, but it was funny, in a Monty Python kinda way. Let's blame hats! :)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!