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  1. 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 πŸ™‚
  2. The current members have such an incredible respect and appreciation for the alumni. I have never seen anything like it! My heart melts when I see the bond they share - it's absolutely incredible!
  3. My blood pressure can't take this! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ
  4. Unfortunately, the staff turnover, difficulty in both getting new members, vet retention, & member experience is enough to hurt the Cascades without any uneducated guesses. Tommy not only helped to inspire the members this year but he also brought a vision for the Cascades & an excitement & passion that pushed them in to Semifinals! Despite what may have happened on the road or behind the scenes, he seemed to keep the members focused on getting better & helped them achieve something they haven't done in years. His departure from the corps is truly a shame - amicable or not - and I wish him nothing but the best. As for Cascades, I hope they take this opportunity to look inward & refocus on what truly matters - IMO it may be time to clean house on the back side.
  5. Is it rumor if the staff member themself posts it?
  6. I know which corps better not because Z-man is amazing!
  7. Please don't tell me you are implying anything...?
  8. Due to a change in plans, we have 1 ticket for prelims (242), 1 tickets for semis (337), & 1 for finals available (437). Willing to part with all for $300.
  9. Sometimes it's the members who remind us all what it's truly about ❀️
  10. 🎡 Sendin' out an SOS.... 🎡 😁
  11. Yes!!! I love this photo so much and I can guarantee you every member of that corps was playing especially for every person standing on that track! β€’β€’|β€’|β€’β€’β€’
  12. The guard member on the mountain needs to howl at the end of the show! πŸ™‚
  13. Some of these corps are on their 3rd night of performances with 6-8hr bus rides each night. Not sure if Phantom is one of them, but I admire admire any corps that can do that!