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About WaxDCIFan

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Peoria Grenadiers 1985 (contra)
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Garfield Cadets 1984
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season

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  1. My sources tell me nothing this year. They are still rebuilding in the $$ front, and might jump back in as a sound sport unit in a year or so.
  2. Isn’t it also reasonable to assume they might fall further? There are plenty of corps behind them with aspirations of grandeur.
  3. https://ascendperformingarts.org/helwerda-named-bkdbc-director/
  4. This was really my point with the OP. Even without WWs, the activity has drifted so far from its DCI roots that it seems silly to call it DCI. For the individual units, the label “drum & bugle corps” is even less relevant. All snark aside, the activity could really use some more intentional branding.
  5. What a goofball thing to say. When DCI was formed all of these things were already on the field. My contra had one valve and one rotor.
  6. I think it’s ironic that embedded within this DCP page has is an ad for “Musical Saws for Sale.” Why not.
  7. I hope you are right. But it is possible that a decision such as this could be a turning point for the activity. I’ve been involved most of my adult life as a leader in the Boy Scouts activity, and decisions made by that organization are threatening their continued existence (irregardless of all the lawsuits). I hate to see DCI make a direction change that makes them irrelevant and unattractive to donors.
  8. This is the “slow boiling frog” problem. DCI has allowed its identity to be whittled away ever so slightly each year. DCI wandered so far from the roots of activity that there’s almost no recognizable “ground truth.” Synthesizers should never have been allowed, nor should electric guitars or things that weren’t uniquely drum and bugle corps instruments. Now there’s so many exceptions that have been allowed there just isn’t any identity to the activity anymore.
  9. I wonder if DCI has consulted some of their more loyal donors such as Friends of DCI. I used to run a pretty large alumni program for a big land-grant university, and it wasn’t unusual at all for us to float important policy changes or planned expenditures through our donor base to see where they were on big issues and solicit support. The university didn’t want to surprise our supporters or worse yet alienate the high $$ donor alumni with a policy change and have it backfire on them. Any Friends of DCI people on here? Have you been separately consulted about any of these proposals to see if you would bail out?
  10. As a former contra player, plugged in bass is stupid. Nothing beats a walking baseline played by a great contra section. Very little skill is required to do this on an amplified guitar. If this is what drum corps is to become, why bother going on the field at all?
  11. Black Hills is awesome. Custer State Park is really neat, roaming buffalo herds, big caves, etc. If you go that far, check out Fort Robinson in western Nebraska. Old army indian fort, really a neat experience. Horseback trails / cowboy breakfast up in the hills, etc.
  12. Yes, except that the patient is still alive and can't see that he/she is dying.
  13. Same here. I saw my first drum corps show in Normal, IL when I was a high school sophomore in 1984 (as a tuba player, sitting on the 50 yard line hearing PR's contra line playing 1812 overture was absolute nirvana). I was hooked because it was different & amazing. I marched the next year and have pumped my kids and $$ into the activity ever since. Now that drum corps = marching band, DCI is forgoing the only thing that made them unique from noise of the marching band activity. And they are doing it for little gain. The WW players who want to be part of DCI are already there, marching on horns, spinning flags, etc and having a great time. I doubt many people will pay exorbitant sums of money for summer marching band when they can get it for free at home.
  14. What a great idea. At least one true drum & bugle corps circuit will survive. See you on the DCA side.