Rufus67

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Sunrisers 1985,86,88
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    Madison Scouts, Cadets, Atlanta CV, Sunrisers
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    Cadets, 1987
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    1988
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  1. An understandable adjudication system that rewards execution (musical, marching, performance, etc.) instead of the hash that currently exists. Figure skating figured this out a while ago (e.g., if you fall you ain't winning that day) and I'm not really sure why drum corps can't (e.g., marchers out of step, different marching techniques used by marching members in the same corps, entrances missed, equipment dropped, etc.).
  2. Having sent tuition dollars to Madison and watched our son grow, mature, and perform the crap out of shows the last couple of years (before aging out) I can tell you I wish nothing but success for the new design team. If you thought it painful watching the shows the last couple of years try having your kid be one of the performers trying to make sense of the instruction given, the effort expended, and the lack of results (score-wise) earned. I saw a young man stare into the face of adversity and, instead of folding, grow artistically and do things in terms of playing, marching, and performing that weren't possible prior to getting with the Scouts. This is not an appeal to moral authority for my view of the upcoming season, because there is none for me any longer (if there ever was any). It is, instead, a fervent wish that this year's corps achieves the vision of the design team, gets rewarded with positive fan reaction/buzz, and keeps producing Men from Madison like our son.
  3. My favorite show of the night by far. The kids were fantastic!
  4. Agree. When telling us about camps and spring training our son always began and ended his story with "don't share this with anyone!" He's normally cautious with sharing private stuff anyway but his level of awareness around the secrecy involved was something else.
  5. Marched with a now-DCA judge and, I found out/remembered a few years back, Jeff Sacktig.
  6. Got mine when they named a drill hole "Rufus" and I filled it mid-season. The rest, they say, is history. Over my marching years there has also been Root Beer, Hey-Ray, Mr Nuts, and nicknames our entire 3rd baritone section which I can't repeat in polite company. Never prouder than when our son got his nickname marching DCA and carried it forward into DCI. I think it's agreed, however, that the best are assigned and not created by the MM.
  7. Not trying to be "that guy," and I get this is a Scouts thread, but is there the same level of interest in The Cavaliers adding females? I haven't noticed if there is and that leads me to wonder if the reason is because of the relative competitive success/failure of the two organizations. If going co-ed is good for one from a competitive standpoint why not good for the other? Don't have a dog in the fight with my kid aged-out of Scouts in the last couple of years, just curious about the difference in thought regarding the two organizations.
  8. That is wild and a small world then. When I went to Stamford HS I entered a Shakespeare monologue contest and went up against three of his kids from Westhill (and they kicked my butt). In the time I knew him I wasn't even aware he was into drum corps. How crazy is that!?!?
  9. Fran I'm sorry about Wes' passing. Do you know if he ever taught high school drama in Stamford, CT, specifically Westhill HS? I think my wife and I did a show with him in Westport in the early 90s but just not positive it's him or not.
  10. What Jim said. Our son marched two years with a DCA corps (after not making a local DCI corps), learned what this drum corps thing was about, then took it on the road the next three years with DCI corps. He's a driven kid anyway, but he definitely used his time in DCA to hone his skills in listening to feedback from techs, practicing what they gave him to work on, and making sure it showed up during competitions. All of those things got him to the point where he was able to march with his dream corps in DCI.
  11. Cadets 87. Reprise the melody while playing backfield and the drill puts them into position to march off the field like a boss after the last note fades.
  12. With credit (apologies?) to Dos Gringos' song "Back in the LPA" (link below) here's my take as it applies to DCI. Feel free to add/edit/delete. I’m just an old age-out viz tech Whose tan line is still taking hold And I have ideas for great visuals In the end I teach what I’m told And the cap head he will be a calling And there is no chance I can stay So I’ll bid you adieu And wish I was you Marchin’ and gettin’ to play Singing Aye Aye Aye The good times had I Marchin’ and gettin’ to play I’m just an old worn out cap head I can’t count all the places I’ve taught But I can still tell a good story Though their truth is really for naught Now the sun in my eyes it is fading And there is no chance I can stay So I’ll bid you adieu And wish I was you Marchin’ and gettin’ to play Singing Aye Aye Aye The good times had I Marchin’ and gettin’ to play I’m just an old corps director Who’s stories are too old to share Most of them I have forgotten From the 10 years in a folding lawn chair Now the Board they will be a calling And there is no chance I can stay So I’ll bid you adieu And wish I was you Marchin’ and gettin’ to play Singing Aye Aye Aye The good times had I Marchin’ and gettin’ to play Singing Aye Aye Aye I wish that I Was marchin’ and gettin’ to play
  13. This is the sad/current/whatever reality of competitive DCI today. You have to play the game DCI and the judges during the season dictate. Scouts don't have the luxury of driving innovation like Bluecoats, Blue Devils, Crown, etc. and instead have to be the best of the "me toos" in order to break back into the top 12. Mind you, I'm not saying this is a good or bad thing, just a thing. Until and unless adjudication in DCI gets overhauled Scouts, and other non-top 7 corps, are going to be making crap-shoot decisions regarding show design each year and hoping it resonates with judges.