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  1. Gracias. So, two days after World Open and US Open. Seems those would be dates circled in red on every corps' calendar; wonder why they took a pass that year, even considering it was the early years of DCI and "combine" mentality. I mean, just about the entire founding membership of DCI were in Lynn and Marion on that night. Searching my memory for other A-level corps of that era who didn't participate at either of the opens: North Star? Guardsmen? Sky Ryders? Oakland Crusaders?
  2. After reading through these lineups, a couple thoughts came to mind: 1. Did Cavaliers and Troopers have something better to do on this weekend? 2. The number of church-run /-sponsored corps was impressive
  3. Troop had no rehearsals on finals day, as they did not qualify for finals. It was a day off, and a good number of members headed for the beach to get some relief from the inhuman heat of South Florida. Word that DCI had approved the exhibition show got out late in the day -- after many members had scattered -- and a not-insignificant number of MMs did not get word and/or back to the Orange Bowl in time to perform the exhibition. (gotta remember: no cell phones then!) Not a few tears and frustrated members that day, despite the love from the crowd.
  4. Cancelling, soon, would be less of financial hardship than continuing to operate as if the season will be a go. Sure, losing the opportunity to gain revenue will hurt. But a corps has to burn through a mountain of cash -- about a month of instructional time, staff travel and corps logistical support (food, facility rental) -- before it can even start to bring in show revenue. And while show revenue for an entire season is not nothing, it is less meaningful to a corp's annual revenue total than tuition. If a season is to be cancelled, the No. 1 revenue lamentation is lost tuition, not lost show
  5. I'm dubious. Members who got their contracts in January have had only 2 months' worth of payments so far. I'd like to see data on this before I agree. No. The bus leases -- a huge chunk of the budget -- have not yet been paid. The food -- another massive slice of the pie -- has not been bought. The instructor wages --- which are not paid in advance, but during the season -- have not yet been paid. The instructor travel costs -- flights in and out of various cities along the tour route through the summer -- have not yet been purchased. Have corps incurred some expenses related t
  6. Well, yes, there is that. The assumption here being that Bingo resumes normal operations +/- July, so it is throwing off revenue for several months before audition season. Also: Bingo is integral to some corps, not to all. It's a stand-in term for whatever non-corps revenue streams they may have.
  7. Nah. Tuition has only started to roll in; refunds would be a small % of anticipated tuition revenue for the year. Likewise, tour expenses have not yet kicked in. Corps spend 75% of their annual budget between May and August. From a business perspective, drum corps is a cash-management exercise. If a corps cancels its tour, then it also cancels the vast bulk of its expenses: instruction, food, fleet. Bingo will float the admin until the arrival of the 2021 audition season in October.
  8. Whereas: The 2020 DCI season is cancelled, truncated or otherwise fundamentally diminished. Resolved: The member age limit for participation in DCI member corps is raised by 12 months for the 2021 season only, then reverted to its current limit for the 2022 season. Aye? or Nay?
  9. The most recent guidance from the CDC, issued March 15, "recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States." Two facts: 1. A DCI camp involves a group far larger than 50 people 2. Eight weeks from today takes us into mid-May, right on the precipice of reporting for move-ins. Unless DCI wants to answer questions why it is willfully disregarding CDC guidance, this would seem to remove the possibility of any corps holding any kind of camp until mid-
  10. LOL BTW, not that it's a representative sample, but among the Reddit crowd there is some lip-smacking over the music choices (amid the usual wisecracking; it is Reddit, after all)
  11. A valid question, but Troop's You Tube channel is full of exactly what you're looking for (I provided helpful links to a sample of them earlier). And I'm sure there is more of it to come. They are fully aware, and they do not ignore this important wavelength of communication to potential members. Into this abundance of recruitment material they drop a 20-second vid about their music for the season. This blows a hole into their recruitment how?
  12. I dunno, share some cool news in the cold, cold, offseason maybe?
  13. Pretty much agree with this. With each passing season the distinctives between corps has less to do with iconography and more to do with vibe. I don't think any kid tries for BD because of jazz, or goes out for Bloo because of their origins in police outreach. They try out for a corps because they saw this year's show and they say to themselves I want to be part of that kind of show The strongest recruiting tool for next season is the show you put on the field this season. The show -- whatever ineffable quality it has that a 19-year-old finds attractive -- is what is going to motivate tha
  14. If it is stipulated (and more than that, argued as more appropriate) that music reveals are, and should be, made in May and not February, how can their purpose be to attract more people to auditions? The lines are full by then.
  15. I will qualify my previous statements with this: The video does have a "join" tag at the end. But -- they put that at the end of just about every video they ever post. They are in invitation mode 365 days a year.