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  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2019 Madison Scouts!

    I find it rather silly to wonder if there will be fewer than 150 young men who want to be part of the Madison Scouts. I know zero about the organization other than the perspective of a drum-corps fan, yet I consider it out of the question that they will field anything less than a full corps. If there is any evidence to the contrary, I would be surprised.
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    Then vs Now

    Play along and add your own: THEN: Carmex NOW: THEN: Donuts & Cereal NOW: THEN: Stacks of Drum Corps World newspapers NOW: THEN: Snares that went "dawk dawk dawk" NOW: THEN: Dot books NOW: THEN: Brandt Crocker NOW: nm THEN: Jean cutoffs NOW: THEN: Pay phones NOW: THEN: Shopping-mall cafeterias NOW: THEN: Retreat NOW: THEN: NOW: Snapchat THEN: NOW: Personal water jugs THEN: NOW: Athletic trainers THEN: NOW: Tuition THEN: NOW: Whistleblower lines THEN: NOW: GoPro runs THEN: NOW: DrumScorps app THEN: NOW: Those necklace things with momentoes from each of the MM's seasons/corps. They have a name; I don't know what it is THEN: NOW: Lot videos
  3. I believe that if the judging does not reward fine-grained rigor, complexity etc. because it can't get close enough to read the same, then there will be no reason to provide that challenge to the players. Designers will be placed in a point of tension: write for score? Or write for the members who actually are the paying customers and who want the most rigor they can accomplish? Oh, they'll be challenged. But will they be challenged to the same degree that DCI has always challenged percussionists? And if not, will it be enough of a challenge to persuade these kids to pay 5 large for an experience that is not quite as high on the mountaintop of field drumming that it was before the rule change? Fair enough; all too often talk of drum adjudication wanders off into an irrelevant discussion of whether tear-down or build-up is the more valid. My point here is that, regardless of the adjudication approach, drum kids in DCI are paying for the experience of holding themselves up against the toughest standards in the idiom. They're not interested in a watered-down experience.
  4. Sigh. I knew this would come up. Irrelevant. It's not whether it was the tic system, or the build-up system that replaced it. Okay? Let me say that again: THIS IS NOT ABOUT TICKS OR NO-TICKS (letting that sink in . . . . 1 . . . . 2 . . . . 3. . . . . 4 . . . . 5) Allright? Can we lave that behind now, please? The actual POINT is what motivates a 19-year-old who has sticks, ambition, and dreams. What motivates him or her to spend $5,000 to participate in DCI is the challenge to play ungodly difficult stuff as clean as snot, and to do it under pressure circumstances that no other activity provides -- namely, in front of highly skilled judges who will watch your every diddle (whether that judge employs a tear-down system or build-up system is BESIDE THE POINT). And which, when the test is successfully passed, certifies him or her as among the top marching percussionists On The Planet. Which is a certifiable big deal to 19 years olds with sticks, and is the reason why this activity exists: to provide an avenue to pursue excellence to those inclined toward music/dance performance. Don't get me wrong: Drummers love the show, they love the crowds, they love helping their corps achieve success, they love everything about the drum-corps experience. They're all about team success. But that isn't what motivated them to buy a plane ticket to their first audition. It isn't what motivated them to add 30 minutes to their practice session. It isn't what drives them to play their ever-lovin' practice pads every freakin' minute of the day, driving their friends, bandmates, teachers and parents to distraction. No. What motivates them to such ends is the challenge to excellence, the ne plus ultra of field percussion that only DCI has provided -- to nail it the most demanding, harshest evaluation environment ever devised for the idiom. There is no drug like it. The question going forward is whether DCI will continue to provide drummers with such a high bar.
  5. I'm in agreement here, but let me take a different route to the same destination. Talk to any kid with a pair of sticks. They dream of marching in a DCI line because they want to make those sticks do awesome things, mighty things, unbelievable things, world-class things. They want to play the Licks of the Gods, to make other drummers drop to their knees in admiration. They want to be part of a group locked together with a single mind, 4 others or 7 others who are playing with the same focus, the same intensity, and in exactly the same manner. They're not spending $5,000 to achieve holistic rhythmic clarity; they're baking themselves in the sun for the challenge of nailing the hardest book they've every played -- likely ever will play -- in their lives. I watched the Perc judge at 1981 finals rush up to the Bridgemen snare line, clipboard raised, writing hand at the ready, head scanning back and forth along the line, as the line played the highlight of "Black Market Juggler": 24 counts of 16th notes, every single one of them with the left hand, traditional grip, completely exposed, completely soli. They snapped it off without a tick, the judge dropped his clipboard down to his side, turned around and walked toward the sideline. I guarantee you that moment pushed the adrenaline meter in every single one of those guys to 11 and remains one of the most cherished memories of their lives. Hell, I was in the stands and it's one of the best memories of my life. Inside the line, that kind of feeling is like no other. Inside the line, the music is the in achievement of cleanliness of extraordinarily high demand. The fulfillment is in the dare: I dare you to find a flaw in our music. Go ahead; you can't. Don't ask a drummer to explain; they can't. But they feel it. They know it. It's the drug. It's why they're there. It's something that only Marching Music's Major League can provide. Or, it was. I guess they'll always have the lots.
  6. Who's in? Not me, and this is why:
  7. 2muchcoffeeman

    A Message from DCI CEO Dan Acheson

    25+ years in the daily news business here. It is true that a reporter has no obligation to show a story to a source before it is published. Indeed, it is unethical to do so. (Do you want the mayor approving each story about him/her before it is published?) By extension, reporters are not obligated to reveal all whos, whats, and wheres in a story when asking a source for comment. At the same time, it also is true that a reporter is ethically obligated to inform the source of the whos, whats and wheres in those cases where the whos, whats and wheres are the basis for seeking the response in the first place. If Source A says Source B embezzled $10,000 from his employer, the reporter is obligated to relay to Source B the name of the accuser, the amount being alleged to have been stolen, and the alleged victim -- not only as a matter of fairness, but also as a matter of obtaining a meaningful response. In such a situation, simply asking Source B "what do you think of the (anonymous, unspecified) accusations against you?" would elicit a meaningless response because Source B has no idea what he's being accused of. Similarly, telling Source B only that "Source A says you embezzled money. Any response?" is a failure of the fairness standard and also so vague that any response could be interpreted a thousand ways, which would be (again) unfair to Source B and frustrating to readers. So, in this specific case involving Dan, everything hinges on the specifics. It may be true that they "knew going in that Dan was not going to talk." Yet they still made the call, apparently. That's what serious news organizations, whose company includes the Inquirer, do.
  8. 2muchcoffeeman

    2019 Phantom Regiment Program announced

    Yeah. That's not Illinois.
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    Meet The 2019 Phantom Regiment Visual Staff

    Quite a few pickups from the BK field vis staff. Haven't seen any word from BK about their 2019 visual team, though it looks like the design braintrust, including visual, remains in place, though perhaps I missed a memo.
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    Regiment Ramblings (What If?)

    Well, let's hear it. It's easy to declare; it's more edifying to show. Let's see your evidence.
  11. 2muchcoffeeman

    Regiment Ramblings (What If?)

    To repeat: it's not what you do; it's how you do it. Old, by itself, is not disqualifying. A repeat, by itself, is not disqualifying.
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    This is correct. Paul writes the battery; Sandi writes the FE.
  13. 2muchcoffeeman

    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    All right, let's just squash this unfounded, fictional invention of the mind like the insect that it is. Fred was not fired. Period. Any suggestion that he was, is a slander. By the way, the signups for the first audition camp are coming in just fine, thank you. You know, the Troopers could hand out $100 bills to fans at every show, and someone would find a reason to criticize them. For several seasons they ran all their camps out of Dallas and several other non-Wyoming locations, and they got roasted for not being Wyoming enough. Now they hold camps in their own state and they get roasted for being, you know, Wyoming, which apparently no one is able to find without a Sherpa. For goodness' sake, Cheyenne is a 2-hour bus ride from Denver International Airport, which sits smack in the center of the North American Continent. I mean, you can't find a major airport that is more geographically centered than Denver. They know about buses in Wyoming. They have running water, too. Kids who go to BD camps have to fly into SFO, then ride BART -- by themselves -- for 1 1/2 hours to get to Concord. Then they have to Uber themselves and their bags to the hotel, and then carpool/taxi their way to the audition site. At least with Troopers, you meet the bus at the curb at DIA, climb on with a bunch of other Trooper hopefuls, and it takes you directly to the rehearsal site. And back. I fail to see how that is somehow more "difficult for members to attend" than any other audition camp.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    Speaking of Blue Devils . . . Brass CH/arranger John Meehan has agreed to write the brass book for Troopers in 2019. I didn't see that coming. After six years of Robert W. Smith -- and some very good Robert W. Smith -- this could be a new turn for Troop.
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    SCV to BD..Shaun Gallant

    Why all the heartburn? It's a natural step up, from a No. 2 position at SCV to No. 1 at BD.