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  1. 7 hours ago, N.E. Brigand said:

    Interesting that Impulse, Vessel, and Watchmen will all have shows this year after Blue Devils B and Vanguard Cadets are done for the season.

    Was there ever a good explanation offered for why BDB and SCVC decided to abandon championships this year, after doing so well there for the past decade?


    SCVC and BDB announced they were going back to regional only at the end of last season. Cost, and to have a greater impact on the local community. BDB restricts membership to California members only as well.

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  2. 22 hours ago, DCEFAN said:

    Don't believe any of the competitive corps played their closer. Bush presented less than all the others, overall high quality shows for 1st scored show of the year. Bucs were on another planet, probably my favorite show from them the past several years, can't wait to see where all the shows progress from here!!

    Columbus Saints marched and played their full show. Color guard work is about 1/2 done but it was full drill and music. Penalty was for being overtime; electronics setup primarily. 

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  3. 40 minutes ago, BigW said:

    Thinking small ensemble, smaller than that. Little or no drill, just play. For ratings, comment, people want numbers, give them. Pay to play. I know this is done once a year already, but it just sounds like there needs to be something where 12 or less people can put something solid together for a 5-7 minute performance and get people more involved. Maybe they're performing only for each other... but at least someone is PERFORMING. I'm not thinking about a more serious mini corps environ here. The Big Boy Brass performed at one of the NE indoor pre season concerts, something more along those lines.


    I can buy a Snell 2015 helmet and go to an autocross in my Passat and do some low end performance driving. Pay the 15-20 buck entry fee and go wild for a few minutes. granted I may not do well because I'm not spending $$$ on sticky tires and an extra set of wheels but I'll have fun. Orient something towards participation at a grassroots level where one doesn't have to have a field to rehearse...nice unis….people bring their own horns or percussion, and one might have something.

    I'm on the other side of this.. having done the small pay to pay thing, it's nice but it still leaves the mid level 20-30 person ensembles without a means to grow, and/or foster the development of new field groups. I'm discussing a bridge to entertainment and growth if that makes sense.

  4. 9 minutes ago, BigW said:

    Been discussed.. there needs to be more activities like SoundSport or I and E where older people can participate or people with little time or budget at some contests. Get people doing. Of course this gets pooh-poohed... but you want people involved, maybe there needs to be more of this outside the traditional structures to keep some bodies in the activity. Not everyone is racing in NASCAR. Nor do they want to nor can some of them. But they can keep an SCCA club car in their garage and get it out a couple times a year and race.

    It was brought up again at the meeting this year. About creating 3 classes, including a class for groups between 20-30/35 to compete and still field a corps but it didn't get enough votes to pass. 

    There were a lot of groups that were sitting at 25-30 consistently and were doing a mix of SDCA, and Soundsport that ceased operations eventually like Horizon, Rocketeers, Appalachian Sound, Thunder Brigade, Mon Valley Express, Indianapolis Ignition, and a many more. Some of them may have filled a competitive opportunity that allows them to get a full score while competing at a capable level.

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  5. 2 hours ago, Jeff Ream said:

    The problem was, and you see it on the DCI side here as well is.....the drama. the complaints. the screen names that aren't real names taking shots. 20 years ago corps directors would trash RAMD, DCP replaced RAMD, and it's never been anywhere as bad as RAMD was in it's heyday....but the stigma persists. 


    The funny thing is...DCI or DCA....they trash DCP, but they know what's been said here.

    I don't trash DCP or any of the drum corps groups. I feel they are valuable tools to gain insight into potential fans, supporters, and help grow a network of support for the corps.

    This news is troubling and does give me some pause and I hope it's just this year. There are challenges with recruiting at times, especially with schools starting earlier and even marching band competitions starting. In Ohio, we have State Music competitions that now start labor day weekend which presents a barrier for membership for a lot of potential young, or even adult members. If you're an adult with kids; your kids are now in school so you can't leave for a few days to do DCA. If you're an HS student in a competition band you may have a competition and your director won't let you leave for DCA so you can't march. If you're a college student in a college band, it's less likely you'll be able to miss your first or second game for DCA; if you are in the OSU Band, you can't miss ANY games which cuts out students from the largest university. 

  6. Columbus Saints - 2019 Show Announcement

    Announcing our 2019 Drum & Bugle Corps production - "Heart of Steam"!

    Featuring the music of

    Bear McCreary ; Emmy award winning composer for Agents of Shield, Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, and Godzilla: King Of The Monsters;

    Panic at the Disco ; Platinum rock artists

    Alice's Night Circus ; UK Steampunk artist

    Inspired by Matt King's "World of Steam" series, the 2019 Saints will enter a world or Steam powered dreams as we tell a unique story of love, and perseverance!

    Learn more: http://www.columbussaints.org/our-prog…/2019-heart-of-steam/

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  7. 20 hours ago, N.E. Brigand said:

    Will the Columbus show actually happen this year, I wonder?

    The corps made the choice to cancel due to 90% thunderstorm forecast and conversations with other corps directors and DCA leadership. The show was financed by a grant by the United Way, and the host school offered a deep discount so it was going to be a low-cost show.

    Sprinkled during the day, the opened up at 6PM till about 8PM with heavy rain, thunderstorms, and lightning. They actually went and had a free indoor event with two corps who came and performed at the Saints facility. 

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  8. I made a list of DCA Corps Open Houses and dates to aid in people finding more details. Please update with details once you have them and I'll edit the main post.  I don't really know how to import a table so I'm just going with a bullet list. Here is the GOOGLE DRIVE SHEET : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bAqyTfrAe98lMS24xke_C1Bt4l7iKm16cZqdJd60H2k/edit?usp=sharing . DATES ARE IN BOLD | FOLLOW THE LINK FOR DETAILS


    I removed the bullet list below because it was too much to update. I've updated the list and added info from five more corps. I'll create some graphics and maybe a short video too.

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  9. 22 hours ago, hostrauser said:

    Some of those SoundSport groups have folded or otherwise stopped performing. Arsenal (NM) and Appalachian Gold (WV) have stuck around for a couple of years and look to be pretty committed to making the leap to Open Class once DCI gives them the okay.

    • 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. 

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  10. On 7/22/2018 at 7:49 PM, N.E. Brigand said:

    Funny thing about the Columbus show is it looks like they could have pulled that one last night. Best laid plans and all that.

    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. 

  11. On 7/21/2018 at 7:29 PM, N.E. Brigand said:

    Radar suggests storms are spotty in greater Columbus. They might have been able to get this one off. Oh well.

    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.

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  12. 16 hours ago, N.E. Brigand said:

    It's all good. I've never been to Pataskala, although there are two marching band competitions there every fall (one at Watkins Memorial and the other at Licking Heights) that I've hoped to attend at one point or another. One thing you might wish to fix: on the "events" tab of the Saints' website, it says there are no events upcoming. The Saints' Facebook page links to a different site entirely.

    Thanks. It's fixed!

  13. 47 minutes ago, N.E. Brigand said:

    DCA now gives the location as Watkins Memorial H.S. in Pataskala (about a half-hour from the Columbus location that had previously listed).

    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.

  14. 48 minutes ago, BigW said:

    The corps does some great promo videos. So who are the Green Beret MB? I found the RHR website. Nice to hear Ohio's building something.

    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. 


    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. 

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