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About Geno55441

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Chops Inc, Minnesota Brass, Finleyville Royal Crusaders
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Chops, MBI
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Bridgeman '78
  1. Chops "did" ask DCI for the score to be posted for the Rochester show but not the Minneapolis show. My guess is that it was simply missed. According to what I was told, DCI will "not" release the score to you if you choose not to make it public -- even if you ask. At least that is what I was told. Both the Govies and Chops both opted "not" to publish the scores for the Minneapolis show.
  2. DCI forgot to post it on their website but Chops got a 65.2 (DCI Scoring) at Rochester, MN back on 8/8. It's posted in DCX only.
  3. Chops: Skyscraper Concerto in F: George Gershwin Awayday: Adam Gorb Skyscraper: Demi Lovato Sing, Sing, Sing: Louie Prima Original Music: Matt Kettlehut and Joel Matuzak
  4. Regarding membership recruiting… One of the problems I see with the current DCA model is that we’ve built a program that requires our members to be more like gymnasts and less of a musician. I tell the younger kids that back in the early 80’s, drum corps was a musical organization that marched. Today, we are more like a theatrical production that plays a few notes during a 40-yard dash. What that change has done is effectively weeded out many of the middle age players who are 40 and older who are no longer physically able to handle the physical requirements of the show. I have so many friends who would love to go back and march but with the new gold tempo standard of 160 beats per minute instead of 140 twenty years, they tell me their body simply cannot handle the physical punishment the new drum corps standard now dishes out. What’s the solution to keeping membership strong and active and more age representative of the general populace? Not sure, but I’ll let others debate that topic for now. Like every other corps in DCA, Chops is also having our challenges with membership but we’ve been lucky enough through our aggressive recruiting efforts in the school system and word-of-mouth from members that has helped to nearly filling out our horn line – and no, we have zero new members that came over from MBI, it’s all grassroots. We also pride ourselves foremost as a musical education group. We accept members who have zero experience in drum corps and limited musical experience. My section is not unique – but half my trumpet section is made up of high school woodwind players. They are wonderful kids to work with, enthusiastic, and have a true desire to learn to play the horn as well as get on the field and enjoy the rewards of drum corps -- and they are improving very fast. Would they get a DCI contract? Not even close. But we allow them the opportunity to train and develop under our professional staff and our seasoned veterans who really enjoy teaching the marching arts. We all have a true desire to provide the best show we can with the members we have at all skill levels. I’m not an official spokesman for my corps but I do take pride that in that I measure success in how well my kids progress, how much they contribute to the team, how much they advance musically, how much drum corps make them grow personally, and how much enjoyment they get back out of the program. Will we make Class “A” finals, we hope so – but if my kids work hard, improve with each practice, respect their corps brethren, grow musically, mature as a person, and hold their head high as they march off the field knowing that they’ve put on the best show for the paying audience they can, finals isn’t that important to me as we’ve already won something worth more valuable than any participation medal around our neck. How does this all tie back to recruiting? It all depends what you are recruiting for and what your goals are for success.