C.Holland

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    2019 Move to World Class?

    I don't think there's anyone with the fundraising currently. While i believe there are a few who can design shows to hold up, I don't think they've got the money coming in to do it.
  2. considering there's thousands of schools that have audio design and reinforcement programs across the united states, canada, and across the pond... you can find excellent students, well trained, that would be happy to design, schlepp, and operate live sound on tour literally anywhere in the world now.
  3. unless they've isolated the sound to be supported from the area its coming from. more sound from the speaker closest to the soloist.
  4. I concur. just because the field isn't littered with props, does not mean there's little expense required. good design, choreography, and education all require significant funding. creating a cohesive product on the field requires lots of planning, time, and education.
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    Prelims - August 6, 2018

    What is their mission statement? That answers all the questions you need to understand. This is how they operate. Do they need to fold? Not unless they're are financially in trouble. Do they need to drop to Open Class? Not unless they want to give back their return on investment into DCI World Class. (yes, that's an incredibly stupid idea, they get paid from their share of DCI) This isn't premier league where the bottom placing group gets sent down after throwing billions away on stadium upgrades for television. It's a youth activity. Some will not agree that financially stable, continuously operating within their means, and continuing to build good humans is a success, but they're still there, and doing those things. Are they a destination corps? Likely not. Are they a corps to get your start in? Sure. But if they're ok with what they present, and they're financially stable doing so, who cares? To be honest, if you do anything in this activity, and are financially solid that's deserves at least a 12 pack of PBR and a hug. Do we want to see success within the ranks for them, sure. Frankly, i'm surprised at what they provide to their students for the cost. https://pioneer-corps.org/join/fees-membership-dues.html You get quite a bit for the price of an ok used car. I'd bet $5 that Kiwanis Kavaliers, Suncoast Sound, 27th, Glassmen and all the others would trade some of their success, for prolonged financial stability. Because as long as they're surviving, they'll live to fight another day. And if they have a desire to move up the ranks, they can do it at their own pace.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    Throughout. Recap is updated as well
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    ive never had that experience with staff, board, no one. Im not saying anyone else has not had that experience as described. but i have not.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    this is the key though. so many aren't willing to help. they're happier grumbling from behind a keyboard instead of trying to raise money, or even pick up someone from the airport.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    so you're saying the poop isn't over head level? YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    im hoping all the curmudgeons will leave first. screw it. add females into the corps. that'll really #### em off.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    You’re right. Burn it all down. Salt the earth.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    actually. i've never said this show was amazing. I did say to trust the process, and support the guys, because no one knows how that goes with the current team beyond the team. and scrapping the entire idea or team, to hand to someone else and say "fix this" is both a poor financial decision, and often results in an even more piecemeal production. I actually like the idea of the show. and I like the song choices. We shall see what happens today. Because its not like the corps phoned it in, and went out drinking all night. Do I wish it was in the top 10? sure. But process in this day and age is varied. never know what will happen. We shall see how the execution of this show takes place in a few hours and what they've done to it.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    yeah. this point 4 is a tough one. in entertainment design, we tack onto my estimates for the amount of headache we receive for working with certain groups. yknow... art, fun, money. the three components you think about when we take on a project. whichever we need more of, we take from the other two to supplement.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    they're well fed, traveled, and cared for infinitely better than generations before have been. "starving" refers to those who've stated they'll not support the corps in any way until they see a revamp of the board, admin, coordinators...etc. Turning your back on your family when they're down, to me, means you don't need to be welcomed back only when things are all sunshine and rainbows. You dont get it both ways. You can't walk away, and expect your voice to be heard. I think my point is, yes, there should be one voice for the show design, and if it's not up to par, you change that person and their team. (except Boerma... his arrangement to me, is what Madison Sounds like) You take the good with the bad. The good, they're not folding, and some budget aspects seemed way better than years before. The bad, the show design isn't placing how we'd like. One thing is much easier to fix next season than another. I don't believe anyone in the admin would sit on this years competitive success, and then say "yeah, let's do that again". But they would say, what do we need to do, as an admin, to provide all the tools necessary to put a team in place to put the corps at back where they should be, without sacrificing how the members are treated.
  15. i'm happy to discuss the magic of theatre that those boxes are, how they're designed, and what makes them what. Offline of course.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    I didn’t blame the alumni for the show design. Reading is tough... no? But the comment was posed (and ill paraphrase) that some would rather see the corps continue to fail until a revamp is done. This is true. And I gave you an example of how. I just hope whomever has their pitchfork and torch out for this admin is accepting of it if they are in the Board or Director’s shoes later in life. I hope they can do better than the current gents who got this corps out of the hole it was in. Without sacrificing how the corps builds men.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    I won’t go into everything online, because the inter webs is forever. But The MMs eat better and healthier than I ever did. And transportation, housing, and equipment are better than we had. As humans they are treated really well. That is something the leadership stresses across the organization. And I donate and will continue to do so to help the corps I marched continue operating. Some very vocal ones state they’ll donate nothing (see also starving the organization) until they see a full revamp.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    you would be correct. there's a split of those who see the corps being cared for and transported better than they ever have been and seen the numbers of the budgets and said... "while the placement isn't what we hope for, the corps itself is doing well, and they'll figure out something different for next season, so take my money and put it to continuing to operate and care for the guys" and the others who say "this isn't what we want, we won't support the corps until it becomes a winner again". While i'm not an arts organizational genius, I do know that starving a group isn't the way to help it succeed. keep in mind, the board is for generating revenue. competitive success is dependent on show design and coordination. two very different parts of the organization. and different people responsible for each.
  19. Still looking to march? Looking to gain that experience that will give you an advantage for world class audition's next season? Raiders have only a few spots left to fill out the hornline. 1 trumpet, 1 mello, 3 bari, and 2 tuba. Don't sit at home wishing you were on the field. Next camp is Feb 9-11 at Holly Heights Elementary school in Millville, NJ. Make those plans today. http://raidersdbc.org/register/
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    Best slow solo ever?

    East Coast Jazz 1998. Adam Rapa playing soprano on Kenton's Artemis & Apollo.
  21. Here's the short, short version. A great show is in the works. Staff are being wrangled. They'll again have some of the lowest dues in DCI. Holly Heights Elementary School is the place. Looking to get your feet wet in DCI? Looking to bring your performance to the next level? Come give us a try.
  22. PIttsburgh's last success was the Golden Lancers. Somehow was able to make use of the VA hospital gym and field. But again, money in, versus money out. Band directors who don't want their members doing drum corps, and brass players who weren't interested... But even in Pittsburgh, school's have more options for kids to do now than when I marched. Even the cruddy ones.
  23. kids have so many more options of places to invest their time and money beyond drum corps in this age, than ten years ago, twenty years ago, and more. Schools organize studies abroad for summers terms now, sports have camps all summer from football to fencing, swimming, equestrian, volleyball, lacrosse, dance schools, and some band programs have summer rehearsals now. its not as easy as get the band kids, its trying to find the band kids who want to dedicate enough of their time to music that they don't want to do anything else in the summer. Many auditionees cut themselves from a corps because they have other summer activities they are unwilling to give up. This is all on top of the point that no space is free anymore. Schools charge for using their spaces to rehearse, sleep, and shower. Often a la carte. They are also increasingly suspicious of outside groups using their facilities unattended. They don't want issues to arise that could become a security concern, or a liability concern.
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    Death to the Seat Poachers

    on tour of course. no one really waits for scores and there's not retreats anymore. but in indy, where everyone is around for the week, many just stay. such as semi's. where you've got all of Open Class, and World class members finishing their performance, then coming into the stadium to watch and wait for the age out ceremony and scores.
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    Death to the Seat Poachers

    thats possible. i was sitting just off of the 40 for a bit. i didnt have a ticket, just my pass. so i moved to a space outside the 20. where a certain corps i'll not name was sitting and TALKED through everyone's performance. So I again had to move. I'm not going to throw them under the bus, but cmon corps directors and staff. tell your kids to give the same respect to others that you were show. that's unacceptable.