Not all of them. May I introduce you to realm of open class corps - some who once toured nationally have now chosen to remain regional and yet are still incredibly competitive. Some of these open class hold their own against World Class corps, though arguably their 'region' is larger than others, working to their advantage. Their budgets are typically smaller yet the costs still remain - buses being one of the biggest expenses. Volunteers are harder than ever for corps to find, schools getting tighter and tighter with their red tape limiting housing availability, and other expenses to simply keep the corps on the road, safe and healthy, is at an increased cost across the board. What are people doing to help besides complaining and opinionating on a message board? If you volunteer - THANK YOU! If you donate - THANK YOU! These members are as passionate about this activity as anyone who has ever marched and the demands placed on them and the corps are at an all-time high. Everything evolves though, and until the fans and designers reach a point where enough is enough and do something productive to change it, the demands will continue. As a parent and volunteer, I'm pretty proud of what these members, volunteers, corps staff, and admin are accomplishing...and I am forever grateful for those who charged the lead, and inspired along the way.
@MikeD - That wasn't all in reply to you...just used your post as a gateway 🙂