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  1. Good point. And cost of housing during all-days if your corps doesn't provide it as part of the package. I guess I can understand why it's so much more expensive these days, with many programs losing their bingo operations, etc. But that doesn't change the fact that it's still outrageous. I would love for my son to march this next season, but not sure we can swing the costs.
  2. I just threw up in my mouth a little when I saw how much it cost to march a corps these days. Around $3500, not including spending cash. I recall several people struggling just to pay the $600 tour fees of the mid-90's, myself included. Not sure how kids are doing it these days, especially those too young to work part-time jobs.
  3. Know-it-all should be hyphenated. 😛 I guess add me to the Grammar Police category lol
  4. I last saw Marc a year or so ago adjudicating a marching band show. I was a wee bit star struck to say the least.
  5. Basic PE quality calisthenics (had to look up spelling on that) was what we did in the early 90's. I think as visual demands increased in the later 90's and beyond, so did the physical conditioning requirements.
  6. Not at the same level. I can't speak for your corps, but we (BD) did the daily running block and before tour started we did quite a bit of conditioning such as wind-sprints, hill runs, etc. But today the kids are busting their butts in the off-season to stay in shape year-round with much more intense exercise programs such as cross-fit. Sorry for the confusion. Didn't mean to imply we were all lazy and out of shape. 🙂
  7. This reminds me of listening to judges tapes, which I actually enjoy! Thanks for this. One thing we must consider in addition to the musical talent (or those who are musically educated vs. not) is the physicality of today's corps compared to years ago. BD gets a lot of flack for not playing enough and just running around from set to set. But have you ever tried running a lap and then picking up your horn to play a soft ballad? Not easy, at least not easy to play well. The cardiovascular conditioning these kids go through, even (and maybe especially) during the off-season, is off the charts. I aged out in the late 90's and I agree with Stu, I for sure wouldn't make the cut in a corps today. Hell, I'm not sure I'd even do well in today's competitive marching bands.
  8. Wonderful opinions all around. Tradition is a very hard thing to let go of, even when it's not your tradition to covet. I never marched Vanguard, but still I still grumble at the thought of seeing them shed their traditional Aussies and tunics. I shake my head in a "goddamnamps" manner any time a speaker fails or throws obnoxious feedback during a show. And don't get me started on all the dancing and lunging and whatnot that every corps and marching band does (and most do badly). But the older I get, the more I accept the fact that if you don't evolve, you dissolve. As for Madison ... I have mixed feelings. I relish in the memories of seeing Madison live for the first time in 1992 and competing against them in the years that followed. THAT will always be the image in my head of who they were and are. Like a photograph, I can frame it and reminisce all I want. But their growth shouldn't be stunted just because we want to hold on to our ideals of who they were. Imagine if we did that to our children. Yeah, I know, many parents would love to keep their little ones little forever. I would, too. But just because your kid grows up doesn't mean that child you loved isn't still in there. In fact, it is that child and the path they traversed, no matter how smooth or rugged, that paved the way for the adult they grew to be. Madison Scouts will always be Madison Scouts. What's between their legs will not define who they are, nor should it. On a personal note, my daughter will be attending UW-Madison this fall as a Freshmen and I really hope she considers auditioning for the corps. Nothing would make me prouder.