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Everything posted by EricS

  1. You are sadly mistaken in your sweeping statement about high school bands. Not all, but there are numerous high school bands that can perform circles around many of the WC corps. But they are still high school bands, not drum and bugle corps.
  2. And this is definiitely an activity that the cost increases exponentially for every person added to corps, and aside from housing issues. So then they will start screaming for more revenue.
  3. Is DCI having financial troubles? There should be an explanation as to why more revenue is needed, not that they just say it is. Maybe it is time to re-evaluate the activity and propose new model that is more economically feasible.
  4. you're right in this particular instance
  5. Oh but then there would be.a bunch of ###### off people because the WWs are not getting the attention they deserve.. lol
  6. pr a couple other people who would be thrilled.
  7. t’s a lot more difficult to be creative without props. It’s monkey see monkey do with original thought being the exception. EXACTLY!!!!! Talent. Why bother with that when there are so many crutches to disguise the lack of.
  8. would be interesting to see how the judges react
  9. As a novel exercise, wouldn't it be interesting if a corps had the balls to put a show on the field that is 11-12 minutes of great music and visual design minus props, tarps and only brass instruments and drums.
  10. We are really just beating a dead horse anyway. Drum corps program designs have relegated great music scores and good marching (MM will soon become eomething else) to the back seat as show designs are quickly evolving into stage productions. More and more there is less marching and playing. WGI be ######.
  11. I'm sure you are right. There are too many salaries that depend on DCI.
  12. Exactlly! So DCI be gone. No need when there are high shool and post secondary marching bands.
  13. Ant there is the aspect of size of MM on the field having a negative affect on the visual design. Look at the larger BOA band show designs. There are so many kids on the field that it looks like mass confusion. Especially the Texas mega schools, where they think bigger is better, more is more and money is obviously not a problem.
  14. Terri I won't go that far yet, but I'm not far from it. Last year I went to the theater and the sound was so horrific because of amplification that I left and asked for my money back. Any instrument? WTF?
  15. the amplification rule change does appear to address some issues anyway. the operative word being "appear".
  16. The proposal of allowing any instrument as presented by Kathy Black is pure BS. It is an insult to anyone's intelligence who has given even as much time to it as it took to read it. I have never read any document that makes so many sweeping generalities trying to justify the proposal. And with so many stupid and ignorant assumptions. I dare not take it apart piece by piece, less i be here til tomorrow. Anyone who votes on the rule change based on this proposal is a pure fool, and i suspect there are a lot of fools who will vote to implement this change. Any instrument??? The most idiotic thing I've ever read. SMFH. GMAFB!!!!!!!!
  17. and there comes a point when change is good, or change must happen to keep fans interested needs to be re-examined. if change is the only thing that will keep fans interested, then maybe the activity should take a closer look at the talent of the designers. I have often found it curious how some design trends seem to happen not to a particular group but to several the same year.. apparently someone or group is getting together and determines what corps should do next. I've always felt Michael Cesario was of this mindset.
  18. So why doesn't DCI hook up with BOA and that would obviously make a lot of people happy. Then a new Drum Corps organization could be formed that is built on great music and great marching principles. No props, no electronics, no woodwinds, no tarps and no silly and often annoying body movements. And built on a whole new business model that assures an ongoing financial success. The shows that I like best are always the ones before any of the these current trends were introduced.
  19. What's the purpose of turning drum corps into marching band? There is hiigh school marching band and there is college marching band. So then what is the need for DCI band. And a huge amount of money could be put to other and better use. But oh wait.........that would mean a lot of people would have to find a job elsewhere and a whole lot of people would not be able to supplement their income at the expense of students.