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  1. I'll always -- in my biased opinion -- vouch for Minneapolis over Indy in terms of fan experience. There's just more to do in the Twin Cities' neighborhoods/districts during August. Parking is so-so, but there are so many more ways to get around (I've never had issues on the light rail, and you can come from the airport, MOA, or St. Paul pretty easily without worrying about parking). I'll give Indy some credit, their stadium has two key advantages: 1) proximity to convention center space and 2) the outdoor warmup site at military park. Getting bussed from warmups seems pretty lame, but it works, and the park is a nice, large, flat area. These are two fairly big flaws with Downtown Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Convention Center is a 20 minute walk from the stadium. The Armory (old arena-turned-concert-venue across from the stadium) could hypothetically be utilized, but it's a privately owned space that books some pretty big shows on weekends ... so probably not happening. As for outdoor warmup space: there isn't much at the moment ... especially under the state of perpetual construction in Downtown Mpls. A few groups could maybe utilize the commons space in front of the stadium (maybe battery or guard only), but it would likely be another bussing situation for the rest. Loring Park comes to mind ... other side of downtown and about a 30 minute walk from the stadium. If there's serious talk about giving MN another chance at a large show/Regional, it's worth taking another look at US Bank Stadium. The DCI MN show at TCF had diminishing returns, but getting it indoors at a state-of-the-art facility would help. The Youth In Music band championships, coming up this Saturday, always seem to go well. Or just have it at New Orleans. That would be a hoot.
  2. Never too late, I would say. Yamaha has the most ergonomic marching tubas, and a lot of corps use them. Try reaching out to a Yamaha corps and see if they have any old ones for sale.
  3. Japanese members in DCI has been going on for almost 30 years. The ones I marched with were easily some of the best performers/people I've ever met. ROI? In terms of attracting donors, it doesn't hurt to have "international cultural experience" included in the program. I agree with staying local -- something a lot of corps struggle/refuse to do -- but if an international pipeline is there, you'd be stupid not to use it.
  4. Well this is something ...
  5. Should have opened the original post with "Riddle me this ..."
  6. Bluecoats -- as a whole -- did a great job of characterization from beginning to end ... from early season to finals. Unfortunately, they either peaked too early or just simply had a bad semis run and not-good-enough finals run.
  7. I'm sure your career/life is an amazing thrill-ride that's worthy of public dissection.
  8. The organization itself is still solid and puts out a competitive WGI guard and drumline. The summer group is just a giant question mark, however.
  9. SoundSport (in its current form) is an unfocused sideshow. WGI Winds is a much better plan B, but in its super-early stages (14-19 independent groups at prelims between 2016-2019). I don't think having a summer circuit(s) that caters to affordable, community-based, all-age groups is an unachievable thing. Whether or not DCA is that circuit is definitely debatable, though.
  10. I agree with bunch of your observations on this thread, especially Labor Day being less of a viable day for Championships. When it comes to SoundSport, it's a great idea that's been a little successful in its mission (giving a venue for start-up groups that can't quite be DCI Open Class yet), but it's current iteration doesn't really appeal to me. The scoring system is weird (you can get a "gold medal" ranking, but finish 5th?) and the "finals" venue is tiny. If they organized SoundSport to have distinct classes (i.e. a "Concert Class" akin to WGI's concert percussion class, a "Field Class" that can perform on DCA-style sheets and on a full field, a "Stage Class" that can perform in the current condensed setting, etc), I'd be more on board with it. I haven't followed WGI Winds much. I saw Aimachi do a cool show, but otherwise I have yet to see a show that really wows me. I was a part of a couple start up attempts, but convincing horn-playing kids who are just finished with fall marching season to do this thing they've never heard of is a tough sell, especially if you're not in CA/TX/IN/OH. Agreed. DCI judges use them for DCA corps all the time (maybe not effectively in some cases, but otherwise they get it). The only fundamental difference is the communication sub caption for the GE judges. Besides that, it's fine.
  11. Pretty much any late 70s show for me (Bridgemen probably). As much as I'll defend this era of drum corps, the 70s crowds just seem to be more fun ... ... or BD 2007 at the Rose Bowl. The contact high in that stadium must have been something else.
  12. I saw it early and mid season. It was a total early season crowd-favorite and had a fun Cirque du Soleil vibe. Kind of a bummer that it couldn't get ahead of BD (no way it was getting ahead of Cadets that year).
  13. I mostly agree with this. Could arguably flip any of the top 3 ... all three of those shows were clear winners. PR and Bloo didn't dominate performance captions as much, but had enough GE (Bloo 2016 more so ... I personally thought BD had a better performance on finals night, but that's just me.) In terms of personal enjoyment: 1. Bloo 2016 - Just a breath of fresh air ... fun, relaxed, inviting, Pink Floyd. It's been a while since I've watched it so I'm not sure if it holds up, but I think that show is the best thing to happen to the activity in a long time. It's ok to be fun. 2. Cadets 2011 - It's so weird to see a Cadets show that's so clear and simple in design, but still high velocity and emotional. So many great moments ... no cringeworthy moments (something I always have with GH era Cadets shows). 3. SCV 2018 - I was originally going to put Crown here, but this show is so visually captivating. I've seen this one the least out of five, so I feel like there's more to be discovered. 4. Crown 2013 - Mainly down here because of the ballad narration. Otherwise, it's my favorite opening statement in drum corps. 5. PR 2008 - The mid-00s were a mostly dumb, boring, risk-averse era. I love that this show threw a kitchen sink at it all and changed the activity for the better. I only have it at #5 because I know a ton of people who marched this show ... and I'm jealous as hell that they have rings and I don't.