Fran Haring

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  1. Jason, glad to see you guys are still out there getting it done!!!
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    Crossmen 2019

    Ahhh... remembering the Stone Age days in the local drum corps circuits, when the stumblebums who couldn't cut any other section would be put either on cymbals or in the honor guard.
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    Sunrisers suspended

    That might be a pretty good bet. Perhaps not full payment... but a good-sized percentage.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    It's kinda refreshing that this current "Staff Merry-G-Round" thread hasn't been a subset of the "Cadets (insert year here)" thread when He Who Shall Not Be Named was in charge. In recent years it seemed the Merry-G-Round thread was 80 pages Cadets, 5 pages everyone else. LOL. Finally, some stability.
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    The Cadets 2019

    Cool-looking pets can definitely help move merchandise. LOL. I bought a T-shirt from a store in Plymouth, MA, one year mostly because the shop owner's dog was so cute.
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    Question About DCA Culture

    Harvey Olderman... one of DCA's all-time icons!!!
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    Question About DCA Culture

    What the others have said... if you can do the job, DCA corps would love to have you. A couple of years ago, the Caballeros had a horn player who was near 70. He did a great job.
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    Sunrisers suspended

    What a hot mess. I have my own opinions about what's going on with my old team... but I'll keep them to myself. Sorry to be so vague here. Might have to up my blood pressure meds. LOL
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    Reference in SCV 2018

    But... no Bottle Dance and Mr. Moto???
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    Your Corps best staff

    John was certainly one of a kind, and that's putting it mildly. LOL. I still miss him. It was so cool playing his stuff with Sun. He really challenged his midrange players with some great charts. He would use our French horn line as either an upper baritone voice, a lower mellophone voice, or our own voice... and often all three during the same song. Made it fun!!! Dennis is back with Sun.... and is doing a great job working with the young players they now have.
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    Your Corps best staff

    Since I didn't read this thread when it first came out...LOL... and since I can't speak for my junior corps days... our "staff" for our local-circuit corps consisted basically of one person doing brass and marching and another guy on percussion...LOL... if I may speak to my time with DCA's Sunrisers, 1977-82, the period when the corps won its first three DCA titles: As a horn player, my favorite "brass staff" years were: 1978.... Pete Franceschina (caption head), Tom McCarthy (teacher), John Arietano (brass arranger and teacher). High Brass at DCA Finals that year, and a perfect 10 in Brass GE... the first in DCA history. A great staff. 1982: Dennis Dewey (caption head), Bob Pearson (teacher), John Arietano (arranger and teacher). We didn't take the brass trophy that year... but, thanks to our staff, our horn line was a consistent contender after a rough offseason (we had something like 20-21 horns at drill rehearsals less than two months before our first show... yikes)... and as a corps, we won our third DCA title. So... a great "comeback summer" for us.
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    Alumni Spectular to move inside for 2019

    I agree on Selden.... but I believe the show is by invitation only. Not sure a corps like them is on the radar screen.
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    17 years later, 9/11/2018

    N/M. Not the time or place.
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    Alumni Spectular to move inside for 2019

    As a former French horn player myself, I gladly grant you that exception!!!
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    Alumni Spectular to move inside for 2019

    I agree... it's more of a full sound, than "laser loud." LOL
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    Alumni Spectular to move inside for 2019

    True. It's more of a "Surround Sound" sledgehammer with them. LOL. Especially their lower brass, who can knock teeth out when necessary.
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    Alumni Spectular to move inside for 2019

    LOL... the first year the show was in York at the high school... 2012, similar situation with 'Shore. Paul Geiger and I were set up with the aux. percussion equipment maybe a few feet, at best, in front of the folks in the first rows on our side. We smiled and apologized to the folks in advance that it "might get a little loud." They too said, no problem.... it's drum corps.
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    17 years later, 9/11/2018

    I know this is the DCI side of the forums, but DCA's Skyliners... NYC's flagship drum corps... did a subtle, but powerful, tribute in their 2002 show to the 9-11 victims and heroes. It was a relatively brief moment in their show... but wow.
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    17 years later, 9/11/2018

    All those little twists of fate that day. Amazing.
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    17 years later, 9/11/2018

    The Harrell brothers among them. Two NYC firefighters, and alums of NY-area corps.
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    17 years later, 9/11/2018

    A friend with whom I had marched in DCA's Sunrisers worked at the Trade Center, in the second tower that was hit... he and several co-workers also were there in 1993 when the WTC's parking garage was bombed. This time, he and his co-workers ignored the calls to stay at their desks after the first plane hit... they all got up and got out. Like he said later... "We had seen this movie once before, and didn't want to stay for the ending." A decision that saved their lives.
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    Alumni Spectular to move inside for 2019

    Good move in terms of getting the alumni corps out of the heat, and without having to deal with "The Hill" at the stadium venue. And hopefully getting more foot traffic downtown on Sunday morning/afternoon. Saw the alumni show this year and honestly, hardly any corps did any drill. Cabs Alumni and Boston Senior were notable exceptions. I just hope the indoors area is big enough that the corps' color guards can do their work. It would suck if they are left out.
  23. That's a great point that I overlooked, from my "a stadium should be designed for drum corps" perspective. LOL. Stadiums are NOT designed for drum corps. They're designed for the teams playing there. So... if it's a football stadium, a north-south field (and thus, east-west seating) works best, at least for any football that is played during daylight hours.
  24. Notable that there is nothing in this press release about a return to DCA. Just that MBI wants to continue as an all-age corps. There have been other all-age corps who have not been part of DCA. Heck... it took the Govenaires until 2004 to make the trip East. LOL. We live in interesting times.