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  1. 5 hours ago, Drum Corps Is Now a Bust said:

    Let's get something straight about a situation that is rarely if ever discussed on fan sites like this. The success of the Blue Devils in the contemporary setting in which now live directly correlates to money. It's easy to raise the bar with the money BD has to throw out year after year and show after show. Most drum corps don't have the financial resources of BD to buy championship instruction and talent to match. It's about envy and jealousy for me. It's about who has the money in modern DCI. Money now determines who does well consistently and who rarely if ever will. There are non-profit organizations that attempt to achieve work much more important and serious than BD does and that attempt to fulfill their missions with much less financial resources than BD brings in year after year. My point is that money is buys championship and consistent placement in modern DCI more any other single factor. Raise the bar equates to spend more money.

    There is no magic required to be a financially healthy and viable nonprofit. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, Cappybara said:

    Some people are very loose with their language and don't mean what they say in a literal sense, but some end up interpreting it that way. Hate obviously is a strong term to use.

    Good point. A lot of people are very sloppy with the language, and it's been going on for centuries.

    Maybe here on DCP we can improve things just a little by writing more precisely and stopping use of "hate" and "haters" to describe everything we don't particularly care for.

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  3. I'll donate.

    But I think I did this 3-4 years ago for a corps also announcing they were in trouble during tour (truck accident?), and then subsequent reports made me feel like I might have gotten a little scammed. That probably wasn't literally true, but I recall some discussion at least about the fuzziness of the request.

    I donated to Pioneer, too.

    And I think it is arguable about planning. Things change from the date of projections, of course. All forecasts are wrong. But for this tour, organizations ought to have set out only with very healthy reserves on hand. Maybe JS had reserves. I don't know.

    So I am not at all attacking JS management, since I know no details. I'm just making a general point: There has been enough uncertainty for enough months that good boards had all they needed to understand risks. All kinds of businesses and nonprofits are dealing with great uncertainty and much of the same economic conditions.

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  4. 6 hours ago, Weaklefthand4ever said:

    I am going to take a guess that DCI is leaving that up to the individual corps as a) They are not truly a governing body with any real sway over what happens at the corps level and b) The cost would be enormous and I would doubt that DCI would be footing that bill. I wouldn't think that individual corps would be able to carry that kind of additional financial burden with fuel prices etc already up and no revenue for 2020 and 2021. 

    Granted this is my guess and I am not an authority on the subject and could be completely wrong. 

    Good guessing.

  5. Summer after high school graduation in 1970s I worked trumpets for three Indiana high school bands. Attended three band camps in late July and early August. (If anyone is interested: Winchester, Anderson, and Edgewood high schools.)

    I remember it being so super cool for me to be on the other side of the marching band, teaching and drilling students when I was just recently taught and drilled. There was definitely a sense of power. Again, I felt cool, part of the staff, eating with the staff, doing staff meetings. Then getting in front of students and feeling a bit of a big shot at 18 years old. Don't believe I was a jerk at all. I wanted to impress that I could genuinely help the trumpet section.

    But I get how some young (and old) staff members must feel after putting in good time and effort as MMs themselves. There's a power trip involved. And that can lead to excess and really sh**y behavior.

    As a BTW, Anderson did great at fall competitions, and while I was a freshman at IU, I received a bonus check from the band director. Maybe $25 or $50. That was a HUGE amount of expected cash flow back then.

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  6. 40 minutes ago, Poppycock said:

    The short answer is that while some viruses gradually disappear, most viruses do not just “go away”. Cloth masks and face coverings have limited impact on lowering COVID-19 transmission, because they have minimal ability to prevent the emission of small particles. Many people wear their mask under their nose or even under their mouth, remove their masks when talking to someone nearby, or fail to practice physical distancing when wearing a mask. If mask worked, they would have worked by now. 

    Considering current events, you should be more concerned about Lucas Oil Stadium Safety and Protection. Security procedures are questionable. Is DCI using metal detection, bag checks, access control, security rovers and field security, or critical crowd management functions? I have read on here where people had to request seat hoppers to get-up out the seats they had paid for. Count the number of backpacks being worn! How about all the equipment being unloaded and brought into the stadium. Was any of it scanned? What is the evacuation protocol during a large or small-scale attack, stampeding crowds pose just as much of a threat as the actual attack. IMO unless things have changed since I was last there, I would not call DCI Championships in Lucas Oil Stadium a safe and secure venue. 

    There was a time when I would quickly call this overreacting. Sad to realize now that @Poppycock isn't.

    Was just at a large Kroger in Bloomington and wore a mask. Several others + many of the employees had masks on. (As a BTW, this huge Kroger near campus is referred to as KroGucci by IU students.)

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  7. Muncie was so messy crowded in the middle I left my aisle seat and moved to an open area on the 20. Still good view of shows and less of a mess.

    crowds are tough for me. DCI crowds especially so. Many nice folks; many rude, jerkish folks.

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