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About luv4corps

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    My son marched Oregon Crusaders 2010 - 2014, lead euphonium
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Oregon Crusaders, Bluecoats, Carolina Crown
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Spartacus, Downside Up, Metamorph, Dreaming In Color
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    I have an extensive music background. Retired music educator. Now I golf a lot and when I can get to a warm climate, love SCUBA.

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  1. I saw that episode and heard her. One of the more esoteric contestant interviews for sure!
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    Relative Newbie

    Losing Fan Network still bites. Just sayin...
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    Relative Newbie

    Starting a Drum Corps For Dummies! I like it!
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    DCI survey

    'National Touring Corps'.... wouldn't that include all the open class corps that compete in Michigan City as well? I'm seeing a lot of tiny corps if all members have to be 18+.
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    17 years later, 9/11/2018

    I was teaching vocal and instrumental music at an elementary school on 9/11. One of my students, a fifth grade boy, flagged me down in the parking lot and said, "Did you hear the news? A plane crashed into the Empire State Building and the White House." Just precious.
  6. Come back in January. That's when you know who the real die-hards are!
  7. MS is the one piece of all of this where I am certain there is culpability. And I admit that that, ALONE, could spell big legal trouble. Now to the drivers. Those old guys were SO out of their element. They didn't understand that these kids are regimented every moment of time when not on the bus and that the bus was their 'off' time. I remember talking with other staff about how the drivers needed a primer on how to roll with drum corps. I saw the CG driver use his free show pass to go in to the Omaha stadium only to use the bathroom. These guys had less than zero appreciation for what was going on down on the field and what it takes to get it there. My son rode the brass bus so naturally I was VERY concerned about the brass bus driver potentially dozing off at the wheel or playing his country music just to spite the kids. I still feel that those horrible drivers brought the morale of the corps down such that it affected their performance and show quality. That being said, how, exactly, does a tour staff cancel a transportation contract in the middle of tour and hire a new company all neat and pat and instantly available? And how does one know if the new company will be any better? I remember that the percussion driver actually owned his own bus so changing drivers was not an option. Talk about a logistical nightmare. I know I'll get flamed for saying that. Oh well. If any tour director has actually pulled it off, please let me know.
  8. This may have been my favorite cartoon episode of all time.
  9. Cartoons and Gilligan's Island.
  10. Obviously, four years ago is not today. My heart can and will continue to break for an organization that, in spite of the current situation, has done a lot of good for a lot of kids, my own son included.
  11. I never said that all accusations fit into the 'hypersensitive' category. But some do. Lines are blurred right now and society has not fully adjusted. As much as I support the MeToo movement, having been the victim of sexual assault and harassment MYSELF, more than once, I know the difference between assault and being hit on. They are two VERY different things but get lumped into the same category. Now please, I'm not speaking to any specific OC situation with this statement. I am trying to make a point.
  12. The MS stuff alone could be a Hopkins case. That I will admit.
  13. Well, it's not just me 'not seeing everything'. There is my son and several of his corps friends he is still in contact with, one of whom marched and was then on staff as an assistant tour manager. They all marched OC for many years. I can only speak to what I know and saw with my own eyes and what I heard from members, volunteers, the board, etc. I think we live in a hyper-sensitive age that is going to take some time to adjust to and I guarantee if this stuff is going on in OC, it is going on EVERYWHERE. We are at the tippy tip of the iceberg. Also, I may be outnumbered but that doesn't disavow what I have to say!
  14. My heart is breaking for this corps and the ED and the board, many of whom I know and have worked with. They are GOOD PEOPLE. This is devastating.
  15. Hello people... I'm going to say again that the OC accusations on Reddit are flying fast and furious and I feel compelled to defend the corps and I will continue to do so. There is a grain of truth to some of the charges, and OC is addressing these issues but they are GETTING BLOWN UP AND OUT OF CONTROL. I was on tour with OC in 2014. Let's just take the case of the homophobic bus driver. I RODE THE PERCUSSION BUS WITH THAT JERK and yes, he was awful. The drivers were employees of a hired bus company. NOT OC's FAULT when in the middle of tour the complaints about the drivers start rolling in. What were they to do? I do believe the bus company WAS contacted and told of the horrible attitude of the drivers and to my knowledge, they never used that company again. The brass bus driver had to be kept awake by the cook mom on the bus who then had to freaking make breakfast at 5 AM. That was a horrible situation but again, NOT OC's fault. I clearly remember one of the other cook moms and I talking at length with the board president after DATR about the percussion driver and he was VERY RECEPTIVE to our concerns. As far as how MQ handled the gay member's assault, I can't speak to his exact actions but I refuse to believe he did it the horrific way described on Reddit. I have been in contact with MQ recently, and have talked at length with my son about all of these accusations and....neither he nor I believe this puffed up rumor mill. He marched with the corps for FIVE YEARS and saw none of this. Yes, everyone knew that a certain percussion staff member known as MS was a jerk . I wasn't surprised that he was gone for the 2018 season. I'm sure there will be repercussions regarding his actions and I will attest that the information about him specifically could be fact but all the rest of this stuff I am having a hard time believing was as horrific as described. I have never stuck my neck out here on DCP but I'm doing it now. Flame me all you want. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.