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  1. I was watching an interview with some program coordinators back in May. They were talking about how they hired a lighting consultant to analyse the lighting at Lucas Oil and chose the colors used in their show based on that. So I am pretty after corps have spent money like that the roof is not going to open.
  2. I think the facilities thing will cancel most WGI . I am heavily involved with one of my local theater groups cfrt.org . I had a long talk with the artistic director a few days ago and we plan on having theater in Sept and Oct. While we own 300 seat theater, the first show of next season will be presented outdoors and with spacing for social distance. there will be a super sound system and we can only have 130 people in attendance in clusters of no more than 4. It will be different but at least the actors will act and loyal patrons will get to see theater provided it doesn't rain.
  3. I had thought that in the past 20 years DCI had done a pretty good job providing a safe space for minority marchers. I know that they have made many LGBT people welcome in corps and has been a safe space for that community. I can only gauge outreach to the black community by looking at the # of African Americans marching and it seems to have dropped slightly the last few years based on a casual glance. I had thought DCI made a positive impact in the community. I now realize that DCI has wronged marchers of different backgrounds and that most corps felt that they needed to apalogize I am not sure what they apolagized for but if they had to do that they must have done something wrong. I know that they have police at most events which may be traumatiic to some members and unsettle them, yet the police are present at most events. They force the members to go to Atlanta every year which was a big center of commerce for the confederacy and that must bring painful memories to marchers who have to realize that the people on the statues that torture them once lived in that city. I had planned on giving more to DCI this year and next and had planned on volunteering. However since they work with the police who traumatize so many young people I will have to find some other place to help out.
  4. Dundalk and catonsville also canceled pretty sure the others will be canceled
  5. I was just wondering id any corps have made plans for 4th of July Parades or if they have heard if they have been canceled. I have always thought these parades were a great way for corps to make money and to expose a wider crowd to the marching arts. I don't know how much it would take to pull the corps together for maybe 3 days of parades.
  6. I have read his book "So you want to start a drum Corps" 3 different times and every time I get a different view on what he did and how it effected the activity. I think as I have been more involved in logistics some things make more sense. He also explains why he took Star out of DCI, I am not going to paraphrase but I think it was for the good of eh activity. Every other week I go and pay money to a woman to send painful electric jolts through my face to get rid of nasty hairs on my face. She is from Indiana so one day I was telling here about how we wind up in Indy every year and it turned out that her sister in law lived in the town that Phantom Regiment stays at during finals week. I mentioned that there had been a Corps in Indiana at one time and then she told me that she knew about Bill Cook not from Star but because he had saved a town near where she grew up, restored lots of buildings and guarenteed living wage jobs to people who worked at an old resort that had been closing down. His philanthopy extended well beyond drum corps. When I marched I think we were a little jealous of Star. A lot of Corps were not well managed Broken busses were an everyday thing and even food fir the corps was not always a sure thing, So to see them with new busses and equipment for a corps that hadn't payed their dues made some folks jaded towards them.
  7. We are offering the following options for the tickets you purchased through our Ticket Fundraiser: · Donate your ticket to (well managed DCI Corps) as a tax-deductible donation As a thank you for your donation, you will receive a membership in our( club for donors) · Push the amount of your ticket order forward to apply to your 2021 ticket order · Refund your ticket order, or a portion of it The $5 per ticket handling fee is non-refundable and not tax-deductible So it seems that if you bought through the corps you at least have the option of a refund.
  8. 200 people? One, they could be counting every person who gets some money from the BlueCoats, every advisor, prop designer, summer tech, etc, plus bingo hall workers. I know Carolina Crown and Phantom Regiment each have 2 or 3 full time employees everyone else is contracted for their specific job. With season canceled I don't know how liable they are to continue paying those folks. If MM can be released from their contracts I imagine the corps could also cancel instructor contracts.
  9. Back in the fall there was quite a bit of discussion on here about the guidelines that DCI set for corps being approved for World Class and Open Class. A lot of that was in response to the situation with Pioneer but many of those ideas if put in place would help out the corps in a situation like this. One was a financial reserve I think it was 50k for World class corps. I don't think they were thinking of this happening but those that had that are better off now. It also said that corps should make efforts to ensure they have non tour or dues revenue I think the # was 40%. I know that a lot of this was theoretical, I mean who doesn't want outside revenue, However I think that there they recognized that that old models of running corps needed to change. Hopefully corps listened to what DCI (made of their own leaders) put out and will be able to weather this storm.
  10. In my event planning days 90 days out was usually the last chance to cancel things without incurring penalties. These days arn't normal days, bus companies and staduims may be glad to have any business this summer, Same with facilities rent but if they (DCI) cancel June 1st they might get stuck paying quite a bit to Lucas Oil Stadium but now they could probably get out of any lease agreement. The longer they wait the greater the cost of canceling will be. Most of the established corps will be able to cover the day to day cost with regular Maroon and Gold Club or alumni donations or the 56 club. Unfortunatly summer staff would lose out getting paid and it might really hurt the part time drum line instructors and substitute school music teachers who needed the extra summer check to make ends meet. It will take a hit on the newer corps who don't have strong Alumni networks and depend on tuition, however that is why DCI has been putting out Guidelines highly encouraging them to find a lot of non tuition or non seasonal performance revenue.
  11. I think about 20 years ago there was some deal where Disney was going to take over as a primary sponsor of DCI, moving several DCI champs to Orlando, I think that Disney owning ESPN would have help get it on TV there. I was out of the US at the time so I did not follow closely at the time. I think one thing that many corps objected to was that DCI week would have been a permanent thing between Gay Days and Right to Life week in Orlando. ( actually this may have become the idea to stay in Indy for a while). I think the corps were not willing to give Disney control and I thought that was when the relationship with Disney soured and ESPN being part of Disney is not anxious to deal with DCI again. This is all second hand rumors I heard long after the events, But what is DCP without crazy and controversial rumors, (Maybe we could add something about GH to make this conversation more controversial).
  12. DCA may actually be better off than DCI in this. They don't need to get a college that won't let the football team have spring practice to open up for a corps to have spring training, Also most DCA corps don't need weekend housing. With their Labor day champs they could still put together show even if virus fears don't subside until July. The corps that have become more DCI like with housing and such might have a tougher time