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  1. DCI historically is far more detrimental than beneficial to the activity as a whole. Countless organizations are gone. Regional circuits are gone. Most if not all independent show sponsors are gone. DCI is nothing more than a show scheduler and promoter. They’re not the best game in town, they’re the only game in town.
  2. Absolutely! It would be a death sentence to go from World to Open. Better off being the Pi-on-ear of the activity for a while than go to Open.
  3. I will go on the record to say that touring will never, ever go back to the way it was pre-COVID; it just won't! The best any organization could hope for in 2021 is traveling to communities that are 300 miles away or less, out and back trips; and that hinges on if there is a performance schedule and available venues to rehearse and/or perform. Larger venues like Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium or a Detroit Ford Field availability is doubtful or affordable based on socioeconomic factors. These factors relate to and influence one another. All of these venues have to rethink how they can safely operate for high school, college or professional events let alone allow other events such as drum corps to take place in their facilities. School districts are considering changes to public health measures within multi-use facilities to reduce infectious disease transmission to accommodate their own extracurricular activities. Transportation of large groups is another big liability; is COVID spreading where your organization is going?
  4. Actual marching is an art that few staff understand how to teach and more importantly how to clean it. Which is why we see less and less of it. Takes a lot of time to teach, and learn correct technique. Problem is that there are few who know the basics of marching.
  5. West has the best, East has the least and the Midwest has the rest.
  6. Mentioned this a few times before. DCI the organization responsible for scheduling and promoting events and securing venues as well as assisting with housing and rehearsal sites has no plan in place that would assure its member organizations there is even going to be a season to plan for. They have no liquidity or resources available to make any assurances. There is a committee who has been actively reviewing suggestions and considering multiple contingencies. Most are focused on local membership, community involvement, and a manageable performance schedule without the incurred cost of weeks of travel, housing and food expenses. I’m sure by early 2021 we will have an idea of what the schedule will look like.
  7. Differing interpretations depending on perspective Jeffery. I'm alluding to the Tammy Faye shameless self promoter types littering the environment. But to be fair to your analysis they do relate to one another's interpretation.
  8. Several organizations did attempt to placate BLM. Haven’t seen any plan for more inclusion of minorities due to Social stratification. Very disingenuous considering that the corner stone of drum corps was inclusive of membership within the community regardless of race. Smells of virtue signaling.
  9. You bet I will Lancer! A vertical market is a market encompassing a group of companies (i.e. WGI, DCI, HS Marching Bands, College or University Marching Bands) and customers (i.e. fans and/or members) that are all interconnected around a specific niche. Companies in a vertical market are attuned to that market's specialized needs and generally do not serve a broader market.
  10. Definition of Pageantry Leeches: Has affiliation with one or more verticals within the marching performing arts activity. A non-vested employee who has not achieved or completed the required years of creditable study and participation in order to earn the right to be called an educator. a.k.a. Clueless Demonstrates a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for marching members, an excessive need for admiration, and honestly greedy. a.k.a. Narcissist Known to speak jargon, that is perceived as fashionable at the particular time or in a particular context that is incoherent and incomprehensible to those pretending to understand during rehearsal. a.k.a. Babbling idiot Holding idiosyncratic beliefs of entitlement to receive payment for times spent on-a-mobile phone, traveling or commuting while on tour, sleeping and daydreaming. a.k.a. Delusional
  11. Realistic budgets, fewer pageantry leeches, and more community based participation.
  12. Back to the topic! The self aggrandizing by corps making BLM statements has reached new heights of hypocrisy. What are the statistics of member participation based on race? How many are even from the same mailing address as their organization, and how many of those members are minorities? When it comes to fund raising the majority of organizations are takers from their own community asking for sponsors, running bingos or hocking their wears while giving very little if anything back to the community.