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  1. A board member from one of the top 12 corps told me a couple years ago that revenue from audition packets alone accounted for 6 to 8% of their annual budget depending on the year. Separate audition fees (camp, callback & video) made up another sizable chunk. While these don't necessarily equate to a corps' financial survival, they do play a significant role in the budgets of the corps.
  2. From what I'm seeing, about a third of the World Class corps have put out information on participating in 2021. Some are including an audition packet as part of a virtual learning experience with various online components. Others are offering packets independent of participation in a virtual experience. There's a wide range of fees from $80 up to $175 depending on the corps and what's all being offered. I didn't read through all of the fine print, but I did see several that were clearly marked as non-refundable. In cases where a virtual component is being administered by qualified st
  3. Here's the specific incident/article that Jeff was referring to: https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/more-than-50-donegal-high-school-students-quarantining-after-homecoming-party-report.html I wouldn't anticipate that there would be many hospitalizations amongst the high school students. The challenge is they take it home to mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, the elderly neighbor next door and so forth. That's where the hospitalizations end up occurring. And despite best efforts, contract tracing in some areas that are seeing a large jump in cases has been ineffective at best... an
  4. Did he ever really leave drum corps? He has a loyal following that consists of many people still actively involved in the activity, including some in positions of leadership with various organizations. While most have been careful not to interact publicly with him while the water was hot, if you watched close enough you would occasionally see people (administrators, educators right down to adjudicators) interacting with his posts. He holds onto that audience and pontificates to them on a regular basis about the random doings of drum corps. I have no doubt that he has communicated "off
  5. I'm extremely optimistic that the new organization will succeed and genuinely like what I see as an overall. I called out the one negative point that I saw because it seems to go in the opposite direction of what DCI has been pushing organizations to do in recent years. It wasn't that long ago that many corps had their CEO/Executive Director on their board. Now days, most don't... and the few that do typically include them in an ex-officio role which usually comes with limits/restrictions that are outlined in the organization's by-laws. Given the fact that this is essentially a fresh
  6. Maybe I'm overthinking things, but it seems to be an interesting choice having Denise Bonfiglio serving as CEO, Corps Director and sitting on the Board of Directors in a director position. I know that's how corps were traditionally structured for years, but DCI has been pushing corps to establish truly independent boards in recent years. It's outlined right in their Participation Level Guidelines that World Class organizations must have an "Independent Board defined by good governance practices". Having the CEO/director sitting on the board opens the door for there to be a conflict of inter
  7. Might have been Canadian Brass? I believe they did a concert series with them as part of their Brass Theater program.
  8. Believe it or not, Jackson wasn't all that small (capacity = 60,492). Byrd Stadium in 2000 was the smallest, with capacity at the time that was only around 48,055. Memorial Stadium in Bloomington was also relatively small (49,255 in 2008). Interesting enough, both of those stadiums hosted the championships as a result of problems with the venue originally chosen for that year.
  9. The wishy washy nature of his answer regarding the minimum membership numbers is interesting. If you go back to the Encorps situation, one of the issues they raised was the lack of a clear answer on the minimum membership number. The answer given in this video, even if unintentional, would seem to validate that the answer is somewhat unclear. Sure... it might be splitting hairs... but for a group to move forward with unclear guidelines could potentially be a risky proposition on their part.
  10. It was proposed by Kathy Black, Chair of the DCI Board of Directors.
  11. The approval process does run much later into the spring than I was aware of until I starting diving into some of the policy and procedure stuff. I think the assumption is that a corps should have all of their ducks in a row and be in good communication with DCI prior to the evaluation process beginning, and then remain in good communication with DCI throughout the winter/early spring months as the evaluation is being conducted. If they're going to fail the evaluation, it's likely going to be for a reason that they've already been made aware of and had an opportunity to correct.
  12. I don't believe that they're officially approved yet. Per the DCI Policy & Procedures Manual - part of the evaluation process would include an onsite visit by a DCI representative. That onsite visit must occur during a corps rehearsal/camp for the upcoming season. Since they're still a week away from their first audition camp of the season, that would mean that an onsite visit most likely wouldn't have happened yet. In addition, the manual indicates that final results of the evaluation are typically delivered via phone conference in late April once all evaluations are processed/co
  13. Just a quick glance at some of the top corps websites does reveal that some have email addresses publicly posted. Academy literally has an email address posted for almost the entire board, while others (like BD) use individual contact forms for certain staff members. And while I don't see anything on most pages directing people to contact the Executive Director of most corps, I would also be concerned if they are blindly filtering away message from prospective member's parents, sponsors, donors, volunteers and anyone else that has a genuine reason or need to contact the corps.
  14. The voting membership of Open Class has to vote on any changes within the Open Class Operating Policies section of the manual. The presumption would be that this would happen at their next meeting, but it does leave conflicting information in place in the meanwhile. Since corps in good standing have to be in compliance with all applicable policies, the old information left behind isn't super critical as they would already be compliant with this 30 member rule if they're in compliance with the new 55 member rule. Similar conflicts happen in laws/statutes all the time where more stringen
  15. While the Rules Manual is seemingly clear regarding the membership numbers, it's not a standalone document governing DCI. It's simply one appendix within the much larger Policy & Procedure Manual that guides the organization's governance, membership, compliance, tour and events, competition, operations, and much more. If you look at the P&P manual as a whole, it has multiple applicable sections/appendixes that have to be adhered to be each corps in order for them to remain in good standing with DCI. The bulk of that manual is established, maintained and enforced by the Board of Direc