xandandl

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  1. https://pioneer-corps.org/news-from-the-top/835-news-from-the-top-september-24th.html
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    Caption Awards

    I doubt you do. I am not replying further and take my leave.
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    Caption Awards

    Some people over dramatize Finals as the end all. What you infer is not what I said at all.
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    Caption Awards

    I was at the show in LaCrosse, Wis. when this happened. I sincerely doubt whether you were any where near it. If you viewed the show only via computer, you may not have realized the weather conditions which caused mist that rose during Crown's performance which effected their intonation tremendously...in some parts of the field a fog even developed. That caused fazing. That same show a wonderful rainbow appeared behind the bluffs over looking the stadium which elated the crowd and Blue Stars but further dampened the feelings of the other corps' mms who shook their head at the changing weather conditions under which each corps performed. As I had sponsored mms both in Cadets and Crown that season and had the chance to visit with them and their sections, my perspective is from first hand experience and reaction. Beth Fabrizio scored them as she experienced them on the field that night.
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    Caption Awards

    I am sorry you are having a bad day which may have prompted your over-reaction. My statement throughout is that the Finals night performance is not always the best performance. Ask any of the lower 6 at Finals and why so often their scores decrease from their prelim and semi performance. Having sat in the DCI & WGI "judging box" for championships from the start and occasionally over the years, I do know there have been many issues with judges favoring one corps/guard styles more than others, which is why certain judges (most frequently visual and guard) are lamented and disdained on these forums. Name calling here isn't appropriate; that's for the post-season judges' meetings, the weekly judging teleconference, and the (much needed) rotation of judging administrators and caption head. I didn't raise any objections about the Founders Trophy being awarded based on a 3 night average. That's your straw man objection. Certainly there are several DCI corps whose history would have favored that if we review the placements and scores. Star of Indiana '92 is one who comes to mind. No system is infallible. I hope you have a better day.
  6. like almost 40 plus years for the rest of DCI, exempting Cavies and MadScouts.. But it's new for Casper whose pr agent liked to tout all Wyoming's firsts. What's that saying about "the first shall be last" ??? and the last shall be first.
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    Caption Awards

    the highlighted part is exactly the point of difference between the wise like your and mine opinion on this and then the others who disagree that it is a better barometer. Neither side has convinced the other; or at least those favoring the one night stand have not convinced me of the benefits other than that their favorite corps/guard they say is primed to peak at Finals (which doesn't always happen.) Do you remember how Beth Fabrizio, the horn judge, was castigated mercilessly here on DCP because she scored Cadets' hornline on a given night over a usual and expected favorite? It wasn't bias but an outlier opinion on the performances of that given night. Funny how the one night standers don't review their own posts on such scoring.
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    Caption Awards

    no matter what arrangement is used to achieve caption award status, it's still just a judge's opinion...not an infallible, repeatable fact but a perspective whether rendered by one person or more. In my perspective from over fifty years in the activity, FINALS NIGHT has all the glitz and glamour but not always the best performance(s) of the week. Semis, even prelims, should not be discounted. jmho.
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    The Cadets 2019

    While we await further announcements and anticipations of Cadets 2019, CBS livestream has a special feature online about the Leonard Bernstein museum touring the country. I wonder whether it will stop in Garfield, NJ, Bergen County, N.J., and Allentown, PA. https://www.cbsnews.com/live/ (7:57 and following.) Enjoy!
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    DCI By the Decades - The 1990s

    Sadly of the 45 or so who appeared at Championships in the 1990's, more than 20 are no longer with us. RIP.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    well said. If there forebears conquered the West, these mms will find a rehearsal site. :-)
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    Yes times have changed for most corps as they have gone more international. The highlighted quote above is what MOST current DCI corps do. Carolina Crown at Gardner-Webb College for ST and Phantom Regiment when they use Rockford College facilities also make use of the summer college cafeteria's for feeding folks. Sometimes when corps use college facilities, union pacts with the universities mandate that all feeding be done via union staffed facilities. Many factors to consider and make tour directors' hair grey.
  13. nope, McCorimick's is a Maryland company that started in Baltimore. Now if you are thinking about drill camps at McCormick Place in Chicago, Chris Lugo might be interested, ha, ha.
  14. I guess from you he heard thunderous applause.
  15. What goes around, comes around. Some of us remember when Frank McCormick was an established and most successful instructor for the the pre-DCI Cavaliers.
  16. I saw that these were now being brought in to Hurricane Florence effected areas. I just wonder who will be the first corps to add them to their fleet which would allow for more schools and other venues to be utilized for housing. Sure beats standing under a jimmy-rigged hose. http://montondotrailer.com/mobile-shower-trailers
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    SCV to BD..Shaun Gallant

    Just an interesting aside to the situation. This is now the second time recently that BD has gone to other corps and not hired from within nor have BD admins been notably hired elsewhere.
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    The Cadets 2019

    at least to his and her parents in Greater Philly.
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    ??? Having to provide one's own housing for auditions plus transportation and food is not unheard of in the activity. For years Regiment members at auditions and some camps were released for a time to walk into town and buy their own meals; great bonding time among mms according to many. Recent faculties noted the lost practice time and the current process is different. The Colts had a deal with Hampton Inn where auditionees paid for their own rooms. This went on for several seasons. BD has mms arrange and pay for their own housing during ST and I'm told, some camps at times. This is still the current practice, no pun intended. As early as SCV's time under G. Royer and as late as 2005, the corps made arrangement with local motels who charged auditionees discounted rates. Many corps having out of town auditions follow this practice of auditionees paying for housing; this is true especially recently as schools are loathe to allow overnight stays particularly to groups who aren't local or who have almost no relationship to the school district. Cadets for a few seasons of Texas auditions used a mega-church's auditorium and participants slept elsewhere.
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    Show design puzzle

    They are trying to give activity to the visual space without having to pivot the feet of the ensemble into another drill formation or transition. It looks like movement. Some call it modern dance? Others say it is an expression of art? I'm not sold on either option other than to think the visual guys listened to some talk about interpretation after they ran out of drill ideas or creativity. imho.
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    The Cadets 2019

    Are Troopers and Cadets doing parallel tours this summer? https://www.troopersdrumcorps.org/single-post/2018/09/21/2019-Design-Team Fun fact about Adam Sage: he really has a twin brother. Doing two corps may prove that.
  22. Perhaps this is the style others are seeking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaKkoqDa8Ng
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    Staff Merry-Go-Round 2019

    double duty like many others. cf my answer to your post (slightly re-worded) in another thread. So is Adam Sage (@Cadets & Troops); so is Michael Klesch for several seasons now @ Academy & Carolina Crown; so is Doug Thower at a few places besides Bloo. Nothing new here.
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    Santa Clara Vanguard 2019

    So is Adam Sage (@Cadets & Troops); so is Michael Klesch for several seasons now @ Academy & Carolina Crown; so is Doug Thower at a few places besides Bloo. Nothing new here.
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    SCV to BD..Shaun Gallant

    I heard about Justin leaving from a mutual friend a full two weeks before the public announcement was made and who floated the plausibility of the announcement as a test balloon. Count back a few weeks further for negotiations, discussions with his wife and their families and you are almost at August first. I'm sure Roseanne and David Gibbs didn't let it all drop from the sky without some previous discussions and negotiations. One poster said Shaun applied. Do we know this as fact or theory?Might BD gone to him with an offer too good to refuse? I don't know further details of what's in the Devils mind. Limiting the press releases to merely what they said belies a lack of understanding of how the top 6 DCI admins. work; they don't get there by chance. Have you ever attended a DCI Board meeting? I have. It can get ugly with the manipulating and executive insights defending their own forts. These kings of the castles aren't tee-ball coaches.