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KeithHall

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  1. So I joined the drum and bugle corps activity in 1971, a month before I turned 11. I was a trumpet player in band. The next weekend was my first parade! We actually two parades. I was hooked! After a couple of years my parents thought it would be a good idea if I quit. I fought hard and won! I entered the Army at 18 but I still kept up with going to shows in NY when I could. Got out in 1981 and started teaching in 1982. Was on staff and did marching band and somehow was asked to do winter guard too. I went back in the Army in 1985 and went to Germany. I found a German corps and helped them become the German Champions. Throughout the years my parents would say, "Why don't you quit that crap!" I refused. Somewhere in summer of 2004 as I was working with this corps, I felt alone. I should say I had a great fiancee and wanted to be with her everyday! I felt alone in the drum corps activity. I didn't feel like I belonged! As I drove home after a weekend, I decided that I was done! I walked away and I was okay with it. I miss it but I wasn't in the clique so staying away was easy. I love the direction the activity is going today! I may be one of a few older guys that agree with the activity today!
  2. Going to Marion was an experience! Marion Cadet Hall with affordable meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Corps scattered around the city rehearsing. The socialization with other corps members. Walking into the stadium and McCormick's trailer set up. US Open merchandise along with corps selling buttons. I only went to World Open twice but in the 8o's and that vibe wasn't there. Same with Butler, PA. Now, mind you, great shows but Marion couldn't be beat! I think that is one contest site that DCI should have tried to keep going.
  3. August 11, 1972 U.S. Open Prelims Class A and All-Girls Marion OH 1 Etobicoke Crusaders 72.900 2 Grenadiers 72.700 3 Belvederes 71.850 4 Optimist Knights 71.200 5 General Butler Vagabonds 70.950 6 Royal Crusaders 70.300 7 Alabama Charioteers 70.200 8 St. John's Girls 69.600 9 Mark Twain Cadets 69.400 10 Precisionnaires 68.500 11 CapitolAires 68.150 12 Mello-Dears 67.900 13 Flint Guardsmen 67.250 14 Glassmen 64.800 15 Les Compagnons 63.900 16 Buckeyes 63.850 17 Buccaneers (KY) 63.750 18 Tri-Town Cadets 62.050 19 Quasar 61.900 20 Black Knights (NY) 60.650 20 Epoch 60.650 22 Wilmington Crusaders 60.400 23 Vanguard 60.100 24 Floridians 59.800 25 Windjammers 59.650 26 Flying Dutchmen 56.950 27 Norwood Debonaires 55.950 28 Royal Coachmen 53.900 29 Milwaukee Rebels 53.400 30 Joanettes 52.250 31 Vanguards All-Girl 52.100 32 Praesidium 51.250 33 Catholic Daughters of America 50.800 34 Cadets of Greece 49.000 35 Alpine Girls 44.400 36 Black Shields of Sparta 44.300 37 Ambassadors (PA) 43.100 38 Buccaneers 27.950
  4. Of the 3 Open Championships, which was the best or best run show and why? I am choosing U.S. Open in Marion. I thought the city was more welcoming. There seemed to be an excitement within the city of Marion. I remember my first year (1972) and prior to Open Class prelims we walked to Cadet Hall for a pancake breakfast and then walked to the stadium to watch a whole day of great drum corps. The Open class finals were amazing as I remember the crowd of people. Bleachers at the end zone filled with fans. Pretty incredible sight!
  5. Energy level is getting better and my appetite is better. Thanks guys!
  6. 4 weeks ago I had double heart bypass and today is my first day back at school teaching! Just bragging
  7. In 1979 while stationed in Germany as a Military Police K9 Handler, I would sit out at the kennels for a 24 hour tour. I would sit out there a daydream and miss the drum corps activity. I had this cool idea of doing a light show on a football field. This was before LED lights and way before Brass Theater. When Star of Indiana turned into Brass Theater and then Blast. I knew my ideas weren't crazy! Just thought I'd share this with you
  8. So if you are a Pre-DCI person....maybe this is not where you should be!!!!
  9. Imperial Regiment (NY). I respected them but hated them. They had a really good drum line and would always beat ours although I think we were much closer in 1976. I always felt our horn line was better BUT the difference was....they had two brass instructors ALWAYS with them as we didn't.
  10. DCI owns the Kobold library. I wish I could by some recordings again because my cassette's I got from him don't work any more
  11. Precisionnaires came to the NT Open in 74 or 75 and blew me away!!!! I wish Ken Kobold was still alive so I could have gotten a recording of that show along with Toronto Optimists.
  12. I knew it wasn't a real thing based on the guy who told us. He wanted to be a big shot and when he had the opportunity to take over our corps he merged us with a sad little corps. Yes Finleyville was great in 1975 although I was aSquire and Precisionaire fan and they took 13 and 14.
  13. Looking at scores for 1975...as DCI World Championships approached PR was beating RC and then at Finals some weird changes happened, especially with Cavies. RC went from 7 to 9
  14. Now it's been a few years (46) but I remember a former Phantom Regiment member telling some of us of a deal that DCI made with a certain PA corps to make top 12, which they did. In fact, said corps place ahead of Phantom. Does anyone have insight to this or was this guy just making stuff up?
  15. I LOVE the quality today! If DCI and the corps currently making up DCI are okay with what they have then...Okay!
  16. Back in the 1970's west coast corps had to travel east to compete against "the big boys!" Troopers (pre-1970) toured to be able to compete. Let's be honest, they were all that was available in that region until Anaheim and Santa Clara. Then came DCI and then everything changed. Smaller corps were eventually forced to undertake more touring. I marched in the 1970's and every Saturday we traveled to a city in NY, PA, OH or Ontario to compete. The good part was, as a teenager, we got 3 or 4 days of being able to be a kid and hang with our friends. Drum corps had two evenings of rehearsals a week and meet early Saturday morning to leave for wherever the show was. Fast forward 10, 20, 30, 40 years and every corps has to tour all summer. This model forced a whole lot of corps to fold up their tents. It helped some bigger corps as the serious drum corps kids would travel to California, Massachusetts, NJ, WI, IL or wherever a good corps was still active so thy could continue marching. Joining a corps became more expensive and so joining a corps took money or sponsorship. In 1977 I could have and should have went up to Toronto to march Seneca Optimist but...I didn't. Anyways, If the Drum Corps activity is to grow today, smaller corps and less touring is essential. In the 1970's it was a big deal for us to travel to Marion and then Butler to do a "tour." Our best year was 1976 and we didn't go to those two shows, although I wish we did. Time to look at history and re-group!
  17. Yeh, so I was just speaking about Bluecoats. But feel free to speak for me!
  18. Going to say this here..... Drum corps misses The Empire Statesmen!!!! Every year the corps ENTERTAINED the FANS!!! I mean this in both DCI and DCA too. I was never a member of the Statesmen and was a loyal Rochester Crusaders member for a few years. Every year the Statesmen made sure that the audience left humming their songs. Today, probably The Bluecoats are the only corps that entertains the audience. DCI corps would be wise to read a how to manual by Vince Bruni, if there was/is one. Just my opinion
  19. Good for Bluecoats!!! Entertain the Fans!!! Don't get into the same old crap every other corps does where you don't recognize the music!
  20. BITD you could purchase from Ken Kobold but DCI owns all his recordings now. Wish I could get my corps recordings again
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