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About shostahoosier

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  • Birthday 06/04/1979

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    Phantom Regiment, Cavaliers, Star of Indiana, Blue Stars, Madison Scouts
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Blue Devils 1996
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    Chicago, IL

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  1. This may be one of my favorite posts on DCP ever! I’m not a dinosaur opposed to innovation, but for me part of what made DCI special was how the designers could create sounds and visuals within the limitations that they had. Zingali’s “Cross to Cross” would be less impressive if the members did it on go carts.
  2. I marched for drum corps for 4 summers and for two of them I had drum majors that had previously marched and for two of them I had drum majors that had just auditioned for the role. From that experience, personally, I heavily prefer a drum major that is a vet. The drum majors that had never marched never seemed to fully understand what it was like to rehearse as a performer and sometimes even seemed to believe they were the highlight of the show. I know plenty of excellent drum majors have never marched before, but I just always found it easier to identify with (and even approach) a vet-turned-DM.
  3. Well at the university I attended, sororities had a similar problem. The less popular sororities complained that the more popular sororities were offering callbacks to too many girls, and in the process hurting their chances of recruiting those women themselves. The compromise/solution was that the more popular a sorority was during recruitment, the fewer women they could offer call backs to. This worked because the popular groups were less likely to have girls quit if they were offered a spot. Though not perfect, I think this system could work for DCI. Corps could be asked to put a cap on callbacks based on retention of members from previous year +finals placement from previous year. Though...I imagine this would create a problem for the members auditioning at multiple corps 😉
  4. I hate when people ruin the joke by not getting I hate that I'm one of those people
  5. I predict a BD soprano player from 1984 will chime in and tell us BD has no need to change their consistent staff formula.
  6. This never gets mentioned but the book that Michael Klesch wrote for Phantom Regiment in 2001 was quite good,
  7. How much would $1,000,000 buy in today's drum corps world though? It would do wonders for a small corps but it sounds like the big corps spend almost that much on a tour each summer. Starting up (without the sponsorships) would probably make things even costlier. But I would be happy to be proven wrong if it meant Star would return.
  8. I think the Star of Indiana actually played very little from "Pines"...(that amazing company front that came out of nowhere to the end of the opener). Either way the way that Jim Prime put it all together was fresher than what any corps has done since.
  9. I think the decreasing traffic of this site can partially be attributed to the trickle down of fewer corps = fewer marching members = fewer alumni = fewer people keeping in touch. I know there are a lot of posters here who have/will never march....but I feel like most of the long term die hard fans here are fmms. I aged out in 2001 and was still crazy about drum corps for another 5 or 6 years. Now I just check in from time to time to reminisce or see what the latest strange gossip is. I will always LOVE corps but my day to day interest in the activity has waned considerably and continues to do so. I know I'm not the only one that feels this way, but as they say..the plural of anecdote is not data.
  10. May I ask, what the point was in the bitter tone of your reply? Do the Colts threaten you? As for your statement "The Colts may not place as much emphasis on winning and securing the best of the best youth as do other corps, but they are no more a 'true' youth based organization than all other corps in DCI who utilize youth as performers and adults as staff." I would beg to differ since this thread acknowledges that the Colts find a way to support a feeder corps for kids that are too young to compete at the World Class level.