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  1. I appreciate that and I wouldn't have offered up my experience had there not be people who I don't think understand why this is so important. I did, in fact, go on to march elsewhere (with a corps that beat Cadets at DCI, no less). It's all good now, but I do remember how I felt at the time. I totally agree with you that most people are good. I've also learned since then that people run their mouths more on the internet than in person (sorry, y'all!) and it's easier to be a "tough guy" when hiding behind a computer. I've also learned how to be tougher in my own experiences. The Cadets are still one of my favorite corps. Hopefully this initiative will allow them to be so for future marchers! BTW, I've sent kids I teach to Cadets and will continue to do so as I truly believe it is a great organization (even more so now!)
  2. True story: I did not audition for the Cadets colorguard because before auditions, some horn members were discussing on IRC's #drumcorps chat (before hashtags were a thing, this was mid-90's) about the "queers" in the guard and avoiding them in the showers. I didn't want to go through whatever those vets were willing to dish out. The world was a different place then, 25 years ago. As a 16 year old who had never left a small town, I assumed the whole corps felt that way. With some perspective, I now know otherwise and that of course, there would have been an open, accepting environment. Things have changed dramatically since then, but how many trans kids might want to march at the Cadets and not know how to feel using public bathrooms, going into states that have laws preventing them from using the bathroom of their identity? Anyone who has marched with black people will know what they face when corps travel through racist areas. I applaud Denise and the Cadets for just opening up a space to have these conversations and to attract talent by welcoming them and learning to avoid what might cause them not to show up. It can only help them!
  3. I have a practical question on Woodwinds (apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere). I'm not a WW person at all, but was curious about woodwinds' feasibility on a corps tour. What happens when it drizzles? I remember in HS marching band, we really couldn't do as much outdoors if it was wet due to potential damage to WW. I'm sure there are more humidity/drizzle friendly apparati for WW, but is there a concern that inclusion would hurt a corps' ability to rehearse or perform in other-than-dry conditions?
  4. At least in indoor, there's a good likelihood the custodial staff at a show swept the area. Also, most indoor units have some sort of bag or support crew so performers can wear flip flops until the last second. Much less likely some idiot would be breaking glass bottles in a gym than on a grass field. There is literally no reason for a colorguard to be barefoot in an outdoor performance. If they can point their hooves in dance shoes, it's not bad training for pointing in the winter (just gets a little easier).
  5. I think the people who have tried to keep the corps afloat were worried about what they should have been worried about - getting the kids down the road safely and fielding a corps. The longer-term financial stability will be worked on, but they wouldn't be around right now without having done that. Can't make an omelette without cracking eggs. I think pulling certain people out of "retirement" was absolutely right- both for the on-field product and to get the kids in the door who can pay (not saying they couldn't before - just that talent begets talent).
  6. I want to say Cavs 98 used 8' poles (they were copper), but the silk was for a 6.5' pole. 42" guns do exist, but I haven't seen them used in forever!
  7. Am I wrong if I'm getting excited for 7' poles and 42" guns?
  8. Yes, Yes, Yes! She was such the force of change in colorguard beginning in the late 80s and has had an influence ever since. She may not have been the first to put a guard in uniforms to portray a character, but she led the team that figured out how to do it better than everyone else. Can't wait to see what she does again - sometimes that perspective of being away can add so much more to the work.
  9. Nice - I think that staff could be a really good thing for them. Hope they gel quickly. Look forward to seeing the next iteration of the Scouts! This feels like they're in good hands.
  10. Talking to the corps? Interacting with the corps? With members? I also remember seeing him on tour in 2015, just not doing the things he usually did. He was always with the props.
  11. That's quite the expectation to have for an average drum corps fan. Could be a part of why people consider this year's show a "miss" in some regards. Great corps, but wish the concept was clearer (especially since done by others).
  12. I'm confused about some of the costuming in their show this year. It's about Joan of Arc (French), but the guard is wearing something reminiscent of English Crusaders. I may not get the tie-in, though. Is there somewhere I can go to understand more about this (show description, etc)? Nothing is jumping out at me.
  13. A couple of things: If you look at the other recorded programming from Flo (other sports), some have sound, some don't (due to whatever music is playing in the background, I'm guessing). I don't think it's as easy as us drum corps fans simply wanting it. I would much rather the functionality you described above be pursued rather than the content teams who try to make drum corps, winter guard, and marching band sound like Battle Royales. To your point, i'd rather see more shows and less commentary (which has lessened up, maybe they understood, which leads me to...) Flo is doing a lot of things right. They were a sports streaming network who ventured into pageantry. Over the last 3-4 years, they have GREATLY improved their service. I'm actually pleasantly surprised it's as good as it is. Priorities first. I'd much rather DCI's legal team spend time ensuring policies are in place to protect the participants than making demands of a company (vendor?) who is streaming pageantry. DCI wants you in the stands, not sitting on your couch.
  14. As a guard guy who grew up in the 80s and 90s, it was FAR more often that I couldn't be a part of a colorguard because it was all-female (starting with my high school). I know that things changed rapidly, but please don't forget that it wasn't always easy for males to participate in guard...other than an all-male corps (which is why I marched in one of them after auditioning for a coed guard). I would argue that young men still don't get as good a training on guard as young women, simply because there were (still least in the south) programs that frown upon males in the guard. Not trying to combat, just want to add a little perspective.