i haven't posted in years.my best friend larryp, has kept me abreast and informed of the general scene as i ask him questions about junior and senior--oh sorry-"all age " drum corps as i follow now by reading and watching videos on this site. i have grown apathetic about the activity. my last corps-the kilts- have slowly slid downward in so many ways. people will ask " well why didn't you heip"--yhe answer is i would have if some one asked . however it is no longer an older persons game. the enthusiasm has wained for the general age group of 40+ agers in the activity. many of my contemporaries find junior corps fascinating but we seem out of touch with being able to relate to the programming. it's beautiful, it,s great blah, blah, blah, buts it is missing something for me.i will never take away the obvious high performance standards of the kids in the activity, but appreciating the excitement of a great "drum and bugle corps" has certainly disappeared for me. just by reading the podcast information it seems that everyone is a judge and watches critically.
unlike most people my age, i am in good shape relative to competing in corps. however, since my last year of competing in2006, i wanted to return but felt out of place. i am a dinosaur, in search of the comfort of other dinos. i can't believe i am alone in the feeling that a great performance of the large corps of the earlier dca era would bring tears to my eyes. bring on the matadors, the sunrisers, hawthorne, the yankee rebels and the hurricanes and even the buccaneers with george the great.
i will disregard those that say- you should be in alumni corps. this is not my point. the long discussion started by my friend larryp about cadets 2 only got me thinking more. when we were in junior corps, we were in envy of the great"senior corps" of our times. we would finish our season and look forward to dca weekend --it was a corps form of "hero worship. " it was everything we wanted to be--exciting, loud , dramatic , and the soloists were fabulous. tin seems now that juniors are seniors-- they've become homogenous. so whats the point-merge the 2 and have no age limits anywhere since the program differences hardly exist anymore. senior corps used to have professional 3rd sopranos because of how long they played --i guess juniors now have them anyway.
larryp told me that parts of hawthorne's show was based on past musicality and performances and that it was really well received. i started tearing up-- someone send me a podcast.
mchenry viscounts 1965-66 soprano
chicago cavaliers 1966-73 lead soprano
horn instructor 1974-79
chicago connection1977-78 horn instructor soprano french horn
racine kilties 1999 2004 2005 2006 drummajor