2021 Proposed Rule Change.
TITLE OF PROPOSED CHANGE: Uniform Uniformity
All competitive drum corps will use the same uniform during competition. Each corps will have their own uniforms, but they will be of the same design. The same style and construction, color and fabric. This includes hats, shako’s or any type of head cover. The same style shoes and socks. The only style and construction differential would be for different sections of the drum corps. Color guard, Percussion and Brass may need special accommodations. These accommodations will only be acceptable, if they are dictated by the needs of the section. These accommodations will be the adopted by all competing corps. No individual drum corps will be allowed to have a special accommodation. Members with disabilities, will be able to appeal the to governing body, to make accommodations. Such accommodations will not be granted if they appear to be requested only to provide a competitive advantage.
Drum Corps is a competitive activity. Corps compete with the goal of becoming the best drum corps in the world. Competitive activities require rules. Rules set parameters, rooting out opportunities to cheat or to gain an unfair advantage. With the advancements made in uniform design, corps have sought to use these technical advancements to edge out their competition. Many of these competitors would find themselves with much lower scores, without these technically sophisticated uniforms. It also should be noted that some of these uniforms contain technology that has not been tested, or in some cases, not licensed in the United States. The Color Karma Corp., based in Moscow and funded by the Russian Federation, has worked with companies supplying uniforms to top rated drum corps. The Color Karma Corp. is known for designing uniforms that strategically blend color. Using color blending technics, created by the Russian Army, these color blends are designed to subconsciously alter the perception of those who look upon these fabrics. Spectators emotions can be changed with a simple costuming change, causing one to feel happy, sad, enthusiastic or even confused. In recent years, some corps have sought to create exclusive contracts with such uniform companies, to exclude other corps from this technology.
Drum corps will be judged by the quality of their performance and not by the fabric of their uniform.
The focus of the uniform design will not distract from the content of the show design. Show designers will be forced to focus on the content of the shows and not the uniforms strategic design. Corp members will need to focus on their performance and advance their competitive skills in the activity.
Show designers will be forced to focus their writing on shows that capture the imagination of the spectators. They will be forced to write shows that challenge the competing members, focusing on outwriting and performing the competition. No longer will they be able to fall back on the uniform design to deliver scores.
With all corps wearing the exact uniform, they could be purchased in bulk, bringing the cost down. Standard fabrics would be used, which are considerably cheaper than unregulated technical performance enhancing fabric.
Audiences will be able to enjoy a pure drum corps performance. They will not be subjected to unregulated, untested and potentially harmful Soviet Block Fabrics. (*TM)
SHOW PROMOTER IMPACT:
There would be no impact to show promoters
Judges will not be exposed to unsafe color blends.
Submitted by : Fans Against Untested Fabrics