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  1. Hi Andy - June 1963 Senior corps contest. May also been held there in '62. Not many contests but the venue is certainly iconic. I also want to add the stadium in Chicopee, MA where the Northeast Circuit held their championships for many years over Labor Day preceding DCA's switch to that time.
  2. Garfield High School field Roosevelt Stadium in Union City - Home of PBA sponsored contests twice a year; big stadium with no parking! Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ. Yale Bowl - New Haven Memorial Stadium - Baltimore Rutgers Stadium Municipal Stadium in Scranton
  3. Very nicely put! This is an example of where the individual is required to do what is in his own best interests. In drum corps, we have survived although a bit burned and scarred. Our members have even survived the bumbling efforts of the competition formats. We have created alumni corps and many of them have quietly created or sponsored neighborhood corps made up locally. This effort is being done quietly because otherwise it is just too great a temptation for the vultures to extend their control while taking the money out. Financial blood sucking. In many ways, this form of management
  4. This happened in ALL youth ministries including sports. The Church sought to become political and pursue mercenary interests. The amount of money it took to support an ongoing youth program was not large. In those days, the economics was very different. A corps could take a parade for $150 and the bus only cost $40 to 50. Likewise contest money. A corps could break even even with poor contest results. But the fees for contracted services with any municipality were far greater and much more appealing to Church leaders. The dumping of youth onto the streets contributed to a rise in crime th
  5. Actually, what happened was the result of a decision made by the Council of Bishops in 1960 that reflected the Church became contractors with the various states for sizeable fees for social services. True, drum corps did have costs related to them but those were mostly one-time expenses incurred in the early start-up phase. Instruments & uniforms had a very long life and did not require frequent replacement. The small dues paid by members were only to keep people honest. Many parishes never paid the instructors. I know of at least 2 good Brooklyn corps that owed the instructor/di