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Everything posted by Poppycock

  1. Me and Stephan would be at the OASIS on 11th street watching the acts. Really regret not getting my eyebrows done before Cornteen.
  2. Well there are other pure joys of summer. If I never see it again I wouldn’t feel like I missed anything.
  3. I anticipate the pageantry arts will become another casualty of all the other doom and gloom, and negativity being spewed everyday all day.
  4. There will not be a vaccine and as long as schools stay closed there will not be any pageantry events.
  5. Pretty sure most if not all knew. Heard there’s a brass guy who can’t keep his hands to himself.
  6. I don’t expect the virus to magically disappear, but you never know.
  7. WGI will most likely stand down until 2021/2022. Facilities, facilities and facilities! Very difficult if not impossible to secure facilities. Many schools won’t even be opening until the fall of 2021.
  8. Without school districts, universities and colleges approval there will be few if any available rehearsal facilities, housing facilities and venues to perform in 2021. So don’t look for WGI, DCI or marching bands circuits to restart if at all before the fall of 2021. I'm personally supportive of regional circuits because I think the national tour model is unrealistic in the new normal. Drum corps doesn’t need DCI, DCI needs drum corps.
  9. The activity as a whole is in big financial trouble. With the economy being undermined and schools refusing to open, there will be no WGI, DCI or Marching Band competitions. Without the use of scholastic, universities and college facilities there will be none of the above. Will be interesting to see who and what’s left standing or in what form the activity takes to return in 2022. But nothing’s going to happen any earlier than fall of 2021.
  10. And you won't either! Stephan was told Brett is a overbearing heartless tyrant.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. West has the best, East has the least and the Midwest has the rest.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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