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  1. I don't know this but I'd guess that the discount for Indy residents is one of the conditions of DCI's contract with the city.
  2. I had the same thought but on further consideration maybe it seems to be "working" because pretty much everyone does it the same way and they are not being held to the same degree of precision and unison playing as in the days of tics. Not suggesting that the lines in the tic system were "better" just that demands and expectations were different. Lines had to be perfectly in sync with each other to avoid a tic and every tic cost them a tenth. With the way shows have evolved over the years I doubt that many (or any) lines today could play with the precision of the tic era lines while running around the field the way they do. Nor do I think that tic era lines could have played their books as cleanly while running all over the field. It's much easier to play cleanly while just going up and down the 50 for the most part. IMO practicing by with Dr. Beat all the time they never develop the listening in skill to the same degree. Using Danny as an example isn't completely comparable since he doesn't need to play perfectly cleanly with a bunch of other guys playing the same exact part - plus he may well have the click track playing in his headphones as a constant reference while he plays. I definitely think Dr. Beat has a place, but I think lines have become too dependent on it. On the other hand, it could be that given the style of today's shows it may be that it works better. Having not marched in longer than I'd care to admit I have no real basis to know for sure.
  3. My thoughts exactly. I think that spending the majority of rehearsal with an artificial time keeper is counterproductive. It trains you to listen to the metronome as your reference rather than listening in and watching the DM. So come show time when there is no metronome you are forced to perform differently than you did in rehearsal.
  4. Imagine how you'll feel when you haven't marched in 30 years. I knew I was getting old the year I realized that there was nobody marching who had been born yet when I marched my last show.
  5. I was in Montreal in '82 with Philadelphia PAL Cadets. If my alzheimers rattled brain isn't mistaken, I think we had to pay $1 to get in for finals to sit backfield. Of course as the show went on me and the guys I was with gradually worked our way around until we were on the 50 for the last few corps.
  6. I agree up to a point. I don't see the need for the composers great-great-great grandkids to keep exclusive rights. Earlier I gave the example of pharmaceutical patents. Being that drug companies are in general multi-billion dollar behemoths maybe that comparison while apt may not have been best example. The same concept would apply to small time inventors. Like composers most probably struggle financially and are "encouraged" to get "real jobs". If they get lucky and come up with something that is actually viable and lucrative they will receive a payday - the size depending on the marketability of the product. They are protected by patent exclusivity for a time when no one else can copy the product without compensating them (except the Chinese of course who pirate everything). When the patent expires - it's up for grabs - just like public domain music. Unlike music, their exclusivity is generally 20 years total with no chance of extending it except in few instances. With current music copyright laws, music exclusivity lasts ###### nearly forever. Just seems out of whack to me.
  7. That's a really cool idea. I'm almost 100% certain I remember at least one year at LOS where the Colts helmet was NOT painted on the field.
  8. Doubt that the Beethoven has any copyright, but I'm sure the Copeland does.
  9. Looks like it was the lysdexia and not the alzheimers this time.
  10. I don't think it's lack of interest. I think it's to avoid the conditions you mentioned you experienced last year. I didn't go to SS or DLB this year because the venue is just too darned crowded (especially Georgia Street) and makes for an unpleasant experience for me and my family.
  11. Brandt announced it at the show. Was 22k and change. If my failing memory serves it was 22,805.
  12. Maybe they are finally starting to convince some of the "vast pool" of Texas marchers (that was one of the big selling points that was put forward to justify the move from Philly) that they don't need to go out of state for a top quality drum corps experience. But I'd still use my $100 million to bring them home.
  13. OK - my $0.02 Do copyright holders have the right to be compensated for their creative works - darn tootin' they do. BUT The length of time they are granted those exclusive rights is simply ludicrous. I mean, c'mon - as much as 120 YEARS??? Let's compare to the pharmaceutical industry. New drugs are granted exclusivity for 20 YEARS AFTER INVENTION. That's INVENTION, not for sale on the market. Your average drug takes 8-10 years and millions (and sometimes tens of millions) of dollars to develop and bring to the market. That is 8-10 years of the exclusivity gone during development. And the vast majority of compounds being developed never come to market so the millions invested in them go down the toilet. Now don't get me wrong - this isn't to say that pharmaceutical companies aren't obscenely profitable with what they do, they are. But to suggest that composers should have up to 120 years of exclusivity for their compositions but pharmaceutical companies only get 10-12 years (which is all that is typically left of the 20 years if/when a drug gets approved for sale) on a drug they expended years of research and millions of dollars to develop is beyond insane. Looking at it a different way - if the rules applied to drugs like they do to music, every drug developed last century (including penicillin) would still be under patent and there would be no generics. If you think drugs are expensive now, can you imagine how much higher it would be without the generics?
  14. SCV finished 2nd in 1982 - the year of the train wreck Bottle Dance tag in Montreal.
  15. Are the guys playing (especially the guy talking about it at his desk) anyone I should recognize?
  16. First thing I'd do is buy and then move The Crossmen back to Philly where they belong. Second thing I'd do is buy The Cadets and move them to San Antonio to see how George likes it. JK about the 2nd part (sort of )
  17. Not so. Every kid that marched and everyone who went to a show or watched a live stream and was entertained are winners.
  18. Being from Philly I can't tell you how tired and cliched that whole "they booed Santa Claus" is. The only reason it still has legs is because of the lazy national so-called media who like to have canned BS to spew rather than do any real journalism. First - it happened about 50 years ago. Second it was a historically bad team at the end of a dreadfully bad season who were lured out by management to a game with the promise of a "Christmas Spectacular" at halftime. Despite a massive snow storm lots of people went to the game for the halftime show (not to see one of the worst teams in the history of the NFL). The show that was put on was as bad as the team - if not worse. And the Santa was some skinny kid (who by some accounts was falling over drunk, but those accounts may or may not be accurate) in a dirty, dingy Santa suit who was in the stands - not meant to be part of the show. When the Santa the team had hired was a no-show they grabbed that kid and threw him in. Now you tell me: In what city would the fans NOT boo and throw snowballs when they show up in a snow storm to see a "spectacular" at half time only to be presented with a show worse than the local kindergarten pageant? BTW - that infamous Santa died earlier this year. In many interviews over the years he was very open about how bad the show was, how bad his Santa was and that if he had been in the crowd he would have booed himself too. Oh - and there were no beer bottles or ice balls thrown. It was boos and some snowballs.
  19. Is this correct? I would define that as a monopoly if this is the case which is illegal. I'm sure they've found some way to get around it though.
  20. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the young snare drummer from the You Tube videos at age 11 who finally marched with BDA last year and profiled on CBS news only 16 last year? If so, seems to me that their "17-21" is a guideline and not a hard and fast policy. As a private organization they can do whatever they want up to and including changing their own rules on the fly as long as they remain within the rules of the governing body (DCI)
  21. Scout's Honor - that is a direct paraphrase of what he told me.