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  1. Jim, congrats on giving the correct answer on the trivia question. You get: 50 yard line tickets to the NEXT Hershey DCA show! Fran and Tony, it was a pleasure to meet both of you. Thanks, Tony, for all the video "coaching" material you provide the corps (and the rest of us)! And Fran, you make the job look waaaaay toooo easy! I'm already researching "retirement benefits." Overall, it was the best alumni show I've seen (and heard) in quite some time. Every corps was "ON" and I know the audience really ate it up! Steve
  2. Does anyone here have or know where I can get a copy of the current DCI bylaws? This would answer many questions for me, including how to respond to the idea of selling the assets to a private enterprise. In addition DCI's own decision to disband and distribute its assets, there are federal and state laws governing dissolution and distribution of non-profit assets. These are generally found in bylaws. These regulations are made in the interest of the organization, as opposed to any individual or group of individuals, and the governmental bodies that grant organizations non-profit status.
  3. DCI has no future as a non-profit. It has reached the ceiling of this sort of structure. Also understand that most great CEOs, especially those that are turn around artists... aren't there for the salary... but for the performance-based compensation. It is not unusual that many of these guys take zero salary (they don't need it anyway) and very little in the way of perks. This type of individual could be attracted to run a revamped DCI (not the current non-profit), but it would definitely be a very different dynamic. Thanks to a few recent posters, there are several possible models to exa
  4. Thanks, Kamarag, so it's similar to a Chamber of Commerce or Builders Association, a different animal than a 501 ©(3) charitable, educational org.
  5. Are you sure about that? I could be wrong, but I thought that they and other organized professional sports were privately held (but receive some government exemptions/allowances).
  6. Thanks, Stu. I think example a. still has the problem of being a consortium wherein the individual corps would be for-profit. I don't see how they could exist without tax-deductible donations. Is there a market to support the activity without those donations? I doubt it. Your little league example sounds feasible. I don't know much about it but I could believe that they, and other similar national youth associations could, as you suggest, serve as a good blueprint for revising/re-tooling DCI to help make it grow.
  7. I've been reading (parts of) this thread with interest but also, at times, in utter amazement at the profound lack of understanding of business models and sectors displayed by some posters. A disclaimer: I do not consider myself an expert on NFP organization and operation, but it has been my livelihood for nearly 30 years. I've served as a board member (and President) on local, state and national organizations as well as having been a CEO of private local and statewide NFP organizations. I'd like to add a few points for clarification and a few to consider: 1. The terms "non-profit" o
  8. I remember Cambria from the late 60s when York White Roses were on their state championships winning streak. Cambia was a good up and coming corps that, I believe, eventually overtook York around 69 or 70. Who was their drum instructor? I believe that Paul Titel of York WR and Reading Bucs may have taught them a few years in the 70s. ....Anyone? Steve
  9. An obvious and concrete topic in your thesis might include the missions, use and influence of the US military bands -- as a direct governmental "mouthpiece" of American ideals. In addition to all the base bands of each branch, worldwide, the DC headquarters bands regularly toured extensively throughout the US and around the world acting as "America's musical ambassadors." I believe you could access a treasure-trove of materials as each of these units now has archival collections. Start by contacting each band's PR office at its DC area base location. Good luck. Steve
  10. Initially there was some talk about an informal drummers "jam session/get-together" there on Friday night but that will not be happening, at least for this year. The "after show party" will be held there. There is a USARD (US Association of Rudimental Drummers) convention, with clinics and special performances, the following weekend at the Heritage Hotel in Lancaster. You can find out more about that at click here Steve
  11. Members and guests of USARD (U.S. Association of Rudimental Drummers) will be enjoying their third annual fun- and drumming-filled weekend. Among the clinicians and special performers featured at USARD, we are proud to welcome: "The Old Guard" drummers, The West Point "Hellcats" drummers, John Flowers, Thom Hannum, Jim Clark, Jeff Salisbury, John Bosworth & Jon Quigg, Bill Messerschmidt and Jim Ellis. These nationally-known leaders in rudimental drumming will be joined by ensembles from NY Drummers Association, The Hanover Lancers, The ex-USAF Drum Corps drum ensemble, the Skyliner Duet,
  12. Hey, Jim and Elphaba, thanks for the quick mentions of Bolling AFB drum corps reunions. The June 2011 reunion will be held in York, PA and the reunion committee voted to officially invite the early "enlisted" Academy corps members to join them. This is especially fitting since a number of the Bolling players were reassigned to the Academy when that unit was disbanded. We're having mixed success in compiling a good list of former Academy enlisted corps members and would appreciate your help in contacting them. If any of you reading this know of Academy enlisted corps members, please let
  13. Just came across this topic and noticed that drummer Eric Landis (NJHoF) was not yet mentioned. Originally from Red Lion (York) PA, he went to south Jersey after the USAF D&BC. Judged and taught many NJ and PA corps including Crossmen. Maybe there should be a separate thread about PA judges and instructors. It could start it with these corrections to this thread: Jim Prime (Easton, PA), Joe Morella (Philly, PA), John Flowers, (Reading, PA). Good threads, this one and NY. Brings back lots of memories of instructors, friends and colleague judges! SKY
  14. Hey, Andy...thanks for the quick and, likely, accurate answer to drumline size. Good guess; it certainly makes sense. I should have thought about the squads of threes, maybe it slipped by because about the only "drill" drumlines ever did was march quickly to the 50, then front to back for most of the show, turn and head for the other goal line. I remember our line having a fit because we were told to march backwards for maybe 16 or 32 steps during a drum solo. Have things changed? I'm doing well. As you can see by my info, part of the reason for the "long time no see" is that I've moved
  15. I recently re-read a John Dowlan editorial from a mid-60s issue of DCN in which he lobbied strongly for awarding additional scoring credit for "large" drumlines -- those that exceeded the standard 3-3-2-1 setup which prevailed in the late 50s to mid 60s at both junior and senior levels. (Very) old photos show large lines that, at times, equaled or exceeded the size of the horn lines but...How did the standard 9-man competition line evolve? Who and what led to that standard? At the beginning of the 64 season, the drumline I was in, York White Roses, went to 4-4-2-2 and, at that time, it wa