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  1. lcarlton

    2019 Move to World Class?

    Appalachian Sound and Storm folded. Armada switched to WGI Winds. Rivermen, Hub City, and Lone Star postponed recruiting and premiering until the 2019 season. Florida Xpress just came back from being inactive for a season. Not sure their plans. Based on the comments by the Encorps director; it'd be reasonable to see them apply for OC in 2019 or 2020 season.
  2. It opened up hard with thunder and lightning around 6PM and didn't stop till 730. It rained till about 830PM in Pataskala that weekend so either way, it would have been rained out or rain delayed. It sucks because we were hoping for those funds and the score but we, and the rest of the directors agreed it was the right decision.
  3. The sky opened up around 6PM with Thunderstorms and heavy rain for almost two hours. Went on till about 8PM, then rain to drizzle till about 9PM. We held an indoor event and hosted Rogues Hollow but sadly, the show would have been delayed or rained out had we proceeded. It sucks they weren't able to get a DCA score or feedback.
  4. Sure! MACBDA is something we love! It's a great chance for corps, marching bands, or any ensemble that wants to compete to have a place and circuit to go. We're discussing getting some joint shows going potentially this coming year so we'll see what happens!
  5. Yes, there was a location change due to a change with Columbus City Schools. It's about 25-35 minutes depending on which way you go, but it's still considered part of the Greater Columbus area which is why we marketed as Columbus.
  6. Thanks on the video comment; I tend to either shoot them with a Sony Nex-7 and edit in Premiere or Sony Vegas. Green Beret Marching Band is a member of the MACBDA Circuit that spawned Shadow Drum & Bugle Corps. They also participate in DCI SoundSport Jr. Division as well.
  7. NECRO THREAD! I agree with No 1 and No 2 of the thread. Shorten Class A shows to 10 minutes; 8 minutes minimum, and move DCA Championships up a week at least. Schools are now starting football games a week before labor day, with band camps taking place during DCI Finals. For some directors that's ok, but in other spaces it's a challenge because you may get locked out of certain schools.
  8. lcarlton

    the new list of Class A

    No sir. They did all DCI shows and came into Finals seeded last.
  9. I'd argue it's location first, and then other groups with overlapping schedules and limited time. Racine, WI is a very affordable city with a median household income of like $50K. You have 4 groups in the area that are technically recruiting from some of the same base that all are active during the same time: Lighthouse Brigade of Racine - MACBDA (HS Students) - Season ends mid-July Lighthouse Brigade Junior of Racine - Exhibition (Jr High Students) - Season ends mid-July Racine Scouts - DCI (21 Age Limit) - Season ends early August Racine Kilties - DCA (No Age Limit) - Season ends labor day The issue I see is that it's pretty easy for kids to participate and grow in Lighthouse Brigade, and they've won a few titles along with having staff from Phantom Regiment, Pioneer, Cavaliers and other corps. From an external perspective; it'd be great to see if there is a chance for synergy where kids "age out" of each program and maybe move on to the next... as in after you been with Lighthouse Brigade and graduate; then go to Scouts; then to Kilties. The other thing is Shadow which is about 2 hours away (plus the rest of the MACBDA units), and has been really strong since they moved from MACBDA to DCI Open Class. I don't know about the Scouts or Kilties when it comes to marketing and product, but for an area that has limited resources; multiple options; and large variance in cost, it's a difficult situation. There used to be lots of cooperation back in the 1990s with overlapping performances etc from all the groups but don't know the dynamics or levels of cooperation today or if the decline in Racine economy, and loss of population further excaberates the situation.
  10. lcarlton

    Membership Recruiting Issues

    Tradition has a member in his 60s and plenty of 40 years olds. I don't disagree with the athleticism aspect, but I think it could also be in messaging and shifting to promote drum corps as a great way to get in shape especially at that age. Is there a happy medium between the two?
  11. Come out and join us for our Spring Open House Apr 28th & 29th! As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we're growing our corps as we prepare for the 2018 season! Recruiting: All Brass, & Guard. One position on Marimba, Vibes, Drum Set, Bass 1, and Tenors. Learn more:
  12. Lots of good news coming out of Columbus!