As much as I liked the changes over they years in drum corps, adding WW's changes it into the marching band world! At that instant Drum and Bugle Corps will cease to exist! DCI can merge with BOA and be called MBI (Marching Bands International). I have defended two valves, three valves, front ensemble, amplification, dancing/choreography, G to Bb horns, etc, BUT once WW's are added it can no longer be called Drum corps/drum and bugle corps. While marching throughout the 1970's I loved the uniqueness of drum corps. I was in marching band in high school and taught for years after but it was separate from corps. The "old guard" will walk away and the new guard doesn't care however, think of what that may mean financially for "DCI." Will "DCI" lose a lot of money? Will corps lose that money? With the addition of extra (WW) members that means more buses to rent or buy. How many buses do corps use today for MM's? 4? now add maybe 2 more. More expense! That would mean the fee for each member will be more, right? How many don't pay their whole amount now?
Let marching band be marching band....it's competitive in high school but not really in college. Let drum and bugle corps stay where its at and be unique! Or are the designers changing to inflate their egos? Are they doing it because our country wants to eliminate history? Let's eliminate the history of drum and bugle corps right? Those of yo who have marched from the 1960's to the 1990's saw A LOT of change to our activity but it still stayed somewhat true to the idea of drum and bugle corps. The additions of WW's will erase that idea very quickly.