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  1. Wow. This thread came back from nowhere. Ha, there was a Northern Lights out of Cleveland, Ohio!
  2. Regarding the threat to the 2020 tour, what about the 2021 tour? If vaccines are 18 months away, there is a possibility that tour cancellations go beyond this season.
  3. I’ll take one of those. Please toss in some headgear too!
  4. MacArthurs Park, 1975 Madison! For that matter, many Scouts hits during this era. Some of the bugle soloists were unbelievable.
  5. True. DCI should offer an insurance policy for shows that get cancelled. Yes, corps need the money from ticket sales but I hate to lose the cost of a ticket when the show is threatened by bad weather. Especially when contemplating a long drive to an out of town show site.
  6. Remember the starter pistol shots at the start of judging and the when judging ended? That was tradition too. But we’re waaay past that one as well. I think it’s time for change from the announcer’s booth.
  7. Another thing to get rid of is the announcement of the corps name AFTER the performance begins.
  8. Better question is why does the announcer have to ask “is your corps ready?”
  9. True. But you have to admit it would be fun to talk about during the off season. The season is so short as it is.
  10. Bluecoats break tradition by their show reveal early.
  11. Pretend you never heard of drum corps and asked which of the following is false: 1. Marching Tympani -or 2. Marching Saxophones Woodwinds? Nothing to see here!
  12. Synths will never be banned - nor should they be. My point is why not allow the actual instruments - not just the electronically created voices? In fact, nothing reasonable should be banned PERIOD. The days of traditional D&BC is long gone. Drum Corps is not Fife And Drum Corps. What the activity has experienced over the past 15-20 years is basic creative evolution. There is no guarantee of survival. But unless the activity adapts, it cannot survive. Hoping for the best.
  13. DCI was forced to jump the shark when the evolution of electronics brought any voice imaginable to the field of competition. So why not invite the real musicians instead of piped in synthetic sounds? Reality is, the train is coming down the tracks and can’t be stopped. They - the voting membership - can vote it down this week. It won’t really matter. It’s a matter of WHEN, not IF, woodwinds ever are adopted for drum corps. If WW are not trotting around the field; you will see them featured as non-traditional instruments are used. The challenge for drum corps’ survival is not the competition from other DCI corps. Rather, it will be from the ever-growing competition from local marching bands. If the line between drum corps and marching band disappears, can the activity continue to prosper by attracting enough prospective marching members who will be willing to give up their summers, commit to off-season travel, and pay thousands of dollars for something they can get from their local bands? Drum Corps used to be a league of its own. Not as much any more.
  14. In best-case, DCI shouldn’t be concerned much with Open Class, any more that what MLB does with the Minor Leagues. The difference here is drum corps has a fraction of membership than it once had. The activity will struggle to sustain itself on 25 “World Class” corps. Like it or not, DCI NEEDS the Open Class corps.