xandandl

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    17 years later, 9/11/2018

    Similar to one of my sisters who had an office at One World Trade but was off campus that day to give an in-service elsewhere. She sent an aide back to the office to get more handouts or something. We didn't hear from him for four days as we prayed fervently for some word. Luckily he had exited the building fifteen minutes before the plane hit but still got hit by the dust and debris a half mile away. He walked home the 14 miles as all transportation was stopped. He collapsed, then hospitalized, for the exhaustion. Remember NYC went almost 3 days before real communications were restored to all. P.S. It's only a half hour drive from Shanksville field to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus where Cadets do ST and where BAC practiced for some time this summer season.
  2. thanks for your clarification. However, it still leaves a situation where there would have to be fewer shows on the calendar. BD only does 20 appearences, SCV may be matching that, and geography comes into play. Top 12 are not geographically distributed at all. Your proposal is ne'er impossible I say unless you reduce DCI to Regionals and Championships. Try yourself to come up with a national schedule following your model. You will be flummoxed.
  3. sounds like an idea from the G-7 program book.
  4. xandandl

    17 years later, 9/11/2018

    To the Scouts' credit, while the season developed the corps while in Bridgeport, Ct and at other shows near the East, brought mms together with people who had been connected to the tragedies of 9/11. I was privileged to speak with a small group of the Scouts and to be engaged deeply with their questions and feelings. Several others did the same. I am glad to read that a number of those mms with whom I spoke are still engaged in DCI in various ways.
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    17 years later, 9/11/2018

    more audio solace: Bluecoats 2013 and Star of Indiana 92
  6. If DCI goes through with the accredidation plan supported by a number of DCP posters, under the subcaption of Financial Stability the payment of staff (past and present) would have to be reviewed by the accreditators about creditors and other bills outstanding, staff and faculty included.
  7. That deserves its own thread, if you can get it past the DCP censors.
  8. Almost all corps use a common data system for financial standings of mms. All DCI directors have access to the corps payment status and history. It's but a mouse click away. They don't want to inherit dead beats into their own organization although one or two are notorious for putting talent over responsibility.
  9. Thanks Brasso for the link to Canada's news; it's time for that annual Islanders/Rangers/Bruins rivalry. I ousted Bingo from 3 educational institutions for which I had charge. Cost-benefit analysis showed it wasn't worth the time or money; those who groused weren't part of the wider community and only gave us complaints (about everything.) Drum corps have banned smoking long before governments did once health reports showed the effects on breathing even without cancer dangers. Most corps also ban carbonated beverages and alcoholic beverages for the same health concerns. Yes, time to move into the new era.
  10. Thanks Frank for sharing these. Some rather worthy candidates for sure. I had the pleasure of working with 3 of them and definitely have respect for 2 who were competitors. The vids brought back some great memories and wonderful moments. I especially liked the Jeff Sacktig and Danny McBride tours of life. The one photo you missed was the one of young Jeff Sacktig laying out the rifles for the guard midfield while wearing a Crossmen uniform (his first DCI corps even before his legendary stint with Cadets.) Good times, great music Jim and Gino.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    Both Arsenal and Genesis have announced on their sites that Key Poulan and Jefferson Lee will be teaming to write their music including Sound. Given that Key has been writing for other units (e.g. Mandarins) will this be a trend for a new direction for music arrangers? Does it merely make formal what has already been happening? How many corps will find Key key?? http://www.genesisdbc.org/creative-staff.html https://arsenalperformingarts.org/…/announcing-our-2019-de…/
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    Crossmen 2019

    mocking? You are injecting an opinion that isn't accurate.
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    Crossmen 2019

    As the Vikings began invasions of Ireland from 795 Anno Domini to 1120 A.D., which is several hundred years after Ireland had already embraced Trinitarian Christianity, perhaps there is a commingling of cultural symbols although the meanings of the symbols have become divergent over the ages. Crossmen designers will need be wary to express one one thing without being seen to representing the other. You know, that Cultural Sensitivity issue that is DCI au courant.
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    Crossmen 2019

    What is with the Celtic trinitarian symbol (the Irish knot variation) behind the Crossmen 2019 name. Another clue?
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    no, Sasquatch too! Guess he didn't like Blue Stars 2008.
  16. or have the Cali-kept corps made a deal to do entertainment at such casinos as a new revenue source? I easily can see BDEntertainment being involved in this.
  17. others did mention this on the Open Class forum threads. For instance 84BDSop mentions this on the opening pages of the SCVC thread in the Open Class forum.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    soutane-ly. Oops that might be too creative for those censors on DCP. (Better make that censers for your posts, ha, ha.)
  19. Once DCA finals are finished, so many in the marching arts activity in the States turn their weekends toward marching bands. There mms, faculties, staff, and spectators also debate the ups and downs of the past drum corps seasons, express their hopes at the future seasons and possibilities, and grapple with the present finances and other rumors, gossip, half-truths and tragedies going the whirl of the social sites and speculation. What did you hear from someone this weekend? Do you consider it fact or fiction? Creative or just playing telephone? Where the Staff Merry-go-round thread is for official announcements, done deals, and Facebook postings, what did you pick up (or even imagine) from what the banter at the band was playing? For instance at one college marching band that I critiqued this weekend, I had heard from a well known DCI drill writer and his assistant band directors that there was high probability that a certain other DCI drill writer of an Eastern corps would be returning to his alma mater where he had much previous success. Could be. I'm not too convinced that would be an upgrade. I also heard in this same conversation that 2018 DCI and DCA seasons had no notable drill moves that will be sought for viewing over and over again except BAC's revolving triangle. This same college band tried more drill moves in their show than many corps did all season and they didn't use any props. I look to the Allentown College Band Festival on Sept. 30 to see if either rumors were true.
  20. xandandl

    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    would he give me a loan?
  21. your California citizenship may be in jeopardy.
  22. xandandl

    DCI survey

    bingo!
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    DCI survey

    Add to this that DCI (what was junior corps) Open Class is certainly not what DCA (formerly senior corps) call Open Class; Ollie, we certainly have a mess.
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    DCI survey

    It would be interesting to learn who proposed the topic/question: the lawyers, the sex abuse consultant DCI named to its board, some director flummoxed at the problem, or whoever. This question too well reminds me of GH's proposal to move the age-out year to age 25; Gibbs & Fiedler were supposedly in the shadows on this. DCI directors turned it down because it would no longer be a youth activity but a collegiate age activity. Youth funding would no longer be available. If the World Class started only at 18 and age-out would be U-22 (under 22) as the soccer folks note it by one's June first birth date, then the max a vet could participate in DCI World would be 4 seasons unless one qualified for the bonus year (June-December birthdays.) i.e. 18, 19, 20, 21. Seems to me the whole idea of DCI corps and the activity is changing quite a bit premised by the problems and lawyers making money off the same. I also wonder whether it is wise for all the corps to use/hire/consult the same sex-abuse specialist. Since no one has 360 degree vision and no one is usually infallible, it seems to me that DCI could benefit from broadening the resources and voices heard on this rather than funnelling into one person's solution to fit all problems, corps and situations. That's a band-aid approach in the worse sense and pun. Second opinions count in medicine before surgery. Ditto here in drum corps.