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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. I’m sure every group has their own standards for this. I know that I drove an above-age performer to the airport a week before finals a few years ago for getting caught smoking a dooby in the bus after a show.
  2. Definitely in the Jerry dome in Arlington (Dallas). Lots of fun things to do, and great high school music culture should provide ample housing sites. (Plus I could walk there from my office)
  3. Count me in as a fan of substantial change. As a parent of two performers for the past 5 years, it’s very clear that the arms race in the WC corps is driving costs up for members. I can safely say that the total cost of having 2 kids march every year is in the five figure range (tour fees, travel to camps, show tickets, etc). And if you dare to figure in the opportunity cost of all the parents’ time volunteering on the national tour, or even the kids’ lost opportunity for summer internships, this is a really really costly thing for the average household to absorb. Consider this too - right now much of the fan base is older folks who marched in the 60s, 70s, 80s (count me in) and have the resources to pay thousands to travel and watch. But we were part of this when there were hundreds of corps on tour. Now there are at most 40, so the future base of passionate fans will be a lot smaller. You can only put so many parents in the stands. And the financial pressure on the remaining corps is substantial, so the numbers are going to keep going down IMHO. Who will be watching this 10 or 20 years from now? How many corps can continue to survive the financial arms race that is built to protect the top crust of the activity from any threat of parity? I for one have little interest in buying tickets once my kids are done performing. Who wants to pay big 💰 to go watch the same 2 or 3 corps win every year? <yawn> A different competitive model that lowers the financial barrier to entry will broaden the base and make drum corps more interesting. I just can’t see this activity being relevant if it doesn’t change.
  4. More than anything else I remember being pi$$ed and resolved. I shared in the 9-11 thread where I was when it started. On 9-15 my ship served as the armed escort for several oil tankers headed into the Persian Gulf to pick up fuel for the naval force that was assembling. Normally when you go thru the Straights of Hormuz you get harassed by small boats from Iran and Oman. They point guns at us, get in our way, shoot flares, etc and we just ignore them. But on 9-15 we were ready to light somebody up. We took the tankers in at flank speed with our ship at battle stations. We had all of our guns loaded, both helicopters in the air with hellfire and penguin missile, 2 F18s circling overhead and a P3 Orion flying next to us with Harpoon missiles loaded. If someone took a crack at us it was going down. On that transit, the Iranians didn’t even come out of port. They knew it was the wrong time to play games with the American warships. We actually got a bridge -to-bridge call from an Iranian warship (in-port) and all he said was “good job USA”.
  5. Well if nothing else MC wins the beard caption.
  6. I was the Operations Officer on USS INGRAHAM underway in the Indian Ocean at the time of the attack. We were with the CARL VINSON battle group on the way to the Persian Gulf, so we just detoured to the southern coast of Pakistan and waited for everyone else to show up. We knew it was game on.
  7. You got that right. Wish they could have kept it going a few more years. They’ll still put out a good product next year, it will just be different. I just wish drum corps staffs weren’t so incestuous and flighty. Hard for the kids to stay motivated when the instructional staff bails out every year. This is one of the reasons that I probably won’t buy another ticket after my kids stop marching.
  8. Perhaps a different approach would be helpful. Instead of trying to limit the $$ corps spend props, it could be approached by limiting the # of semis they can bring into already congested lots. Allow one semi for food truck, and one for equipment. If you can’t fit it in your equipment truck, it’s out. That would obviate the need to lease another truck, pay for driver and fuel, only to transport gargantuan building-sizes props that corps perceive will help them be more competitive. Fewer vehicles on the road brings down cost and risk substantially, and helps at some venues where the parking lots are ridiculously overcrowded. Watching the Cadets kids folding up those stairs every show wearing hard hats made me cringe...and not sure “the juice was worth the squeeze.”
  9. 2019 BK (just want to see it live one more time ☹️). Yes, I’m a homer.
  10. S O U L So glad we got to be a part of this in 2019. The activity needs BK’s focus on the art / craft and not just endless bravado. Bravo Zulu BK! Great season everyone. Until next time...
  11. Anyone know if they’ve used the dots in the show before? Seems like they must have in 61 years...
  12. If you come down here, we really enjoyed grilled cheese at Dizzy Izzies and the Muscato at Tastings. Off to hotel for pre show nap!