KeithHall

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  1. Who do you think was the Greatest Corps Director and WHY?
  2. I had a t-shirt Blue Devils sold in the 80's Jazz....Music of the 80's! So Jazz was only good in the 1980's says BD LOL
  3. Like to add..... Charioteers...although small, they held their own back in the early DCI days. Precisionaires.... OSAGE!!! Geneseo Knights Pembroke Imperials St. Francis Sancians Beverly Cardinals Polish Falcon Cadets Blue Rock Toronto Optimists....Yes Seneca made top 12 but I'm talking the original Marquis Argonauts Greece Cadets
  4. Saves on travel but the excitement of a live competition is gone.
  5. MAYBE (and I'm not sure it was an ego thing. DCI starts up and we lose how many corps? I know St. Joe's of Batavia folded and probably because most of the members aged out (my guess). What about others?
  6. So V !ERY true!!!! I do 2 jobs at once now. When I was home teaching from March to May, I taught theory and history because we didn't have the technology to do Virtual Choir which takes a lot more time to put together besides class time
  7. I am 60, been teaching for 21 years. I am not depressed but seem to be stressed! I can't do a concert so I have to video a concert. The kids are not learning as quickly, we can't do a live Music Performance Assessment. So we just learn sight reading, some theory and sing as much as possible. It's not going to school anymore....it's going to work! Teaching face to face and also distance learning. It sucks! I hate it!!! Nothing I can do but my best!!!
  8. Bridgemen 1976 was a gutsy move to go from traditional uni's to their hip banana coats and wide brim hats. Also the style of show was so very different than any one ever saw. Add Velvet Knights with their "Cool" look and shows.
  9. Rochester Patriots did 6 sets one year in the 1980's. I think during St. Louis Blues March
  10. St. Joe's wasn't involved in DCI as the folded after the 1971 season.
  11. So many to choose from. For me I like the Squires (Watkins Glen).
  12. In an effort to not jab, here's my thought..... Drum corps as a whole is in a "not so good" place! With some not so nice news stories the past few years and the canceling of 2020 (and probably 2021) I don't think that many corps can sustain. Kids today find other avenues and if drum corps isn't available to them, they will find other things. Maybe finding a job (if possible). The whole concept of drum corps is to rehearse and learn a show in the winter months to take on tour to compete against other corps and end up at DCI Championships (run on sentence but you get it rig
  13. Can corps continue to fundraise when there is no marching season again? If a corps was using Bingo that is done. How can any corps sustain?
  14. I'll put two names that no one will know.... Pete Montanez....Geneseo Knights Carleen Tesavis....Royal Coachmen (1972-76) Won many best drum major awards too.
  15. IF 2021 does happen, and I don't think it will.....How can a show sponsor run a show? No contest the previous year and limited fans (if contest does happen). Where will the money come from to run a show, pay corps and all the other things that require money? Maybe going back to an earlier time and do local contests might be the best plan. Smaller stadiums (instead of New Era Field in Buffalo, maybe Jamestown HS stadium).
  16. In all my years of marching , both junior and senior, the oddest place for me was...Hammondsport, NY! This quaint little village sits at the southern end of Keuka Lake (one of the Finger Lakes) and it was just a large field. I only remember my corps and Imperial Regiment (not sure if there were other corps). We won but the back of the field, where most corps started in 1976, was on the shore of the lake. The judges sat on top of a fire truck to judge. If anyone has scores that would be great!
  17. Supporting is always good HOWEVER....and I'll use my school as an example....we don't know if we can have in person, social distance concerts. Band director won't because bands are to big. I am awaiting word on a concert for my choirs, but if we can I have to have them with face shields and keep audience numbers low. So, 2 to 3 concerts in an evening spread out. So if my 1st year chorus sings at 6:30 pm, only 40 people will be in the audience (maybe). Now what will a drum corps contest look like this summer IF there is a competitive season? If a show used to have 2,000 audience mem
  18. I hate to see what the end of this school year has for teachers if we are in the same mode we are in now. Will teachers (especially arts teachers) be laid off or let go because schools will not be able to pay teachers? Think of all the music teachers who teach corps!
  19. So when I said "expert" I didn't mean the real ones
  20. So then, maybe, this would be an opportunity to take corps back to (let's say) early 1970's model. Local/regional shows and then the last two weeks all the major shows. I don't see Marion, Butler or Lynn shows returning but possibly DCI East, North, Midwest and South. West would have to be done earlier. All corps meet at DCI Championship. Would this allow for growth in the activity again? I'm not the expert but many of you are, or so you say LOL