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  1. Weaklefthand4ever

    Relative Newbie

    Valid point. I haven't studied how the laws actually work nor do I have the patience to truly wade into the subject as it deserves. I would have thought in my younger years that there would be some sort of statute of limitations if you will on video material.
  2. Weaklefthand4ever

    Relative Newbie

    Not that I condone possibly "questionable" videos, but an internet search using some filters pretty much got me to full shows of everything listed so far. Granted, the audio/video quality can be questionable. It's a shame that PBS.org doesn't have anything in their video archives after all of the years championships were aired there.
  3. Weaklefthand4ever

    Relative Newbie

    I hadn't thought about that show in years until you mentioned it. I don't think I really appreciated that show at the time (I had just marched my rookie season the year before,) but I grew to dig it later.
  4. Weaklefthand4ever

    Question About DCA Culture

    I think that's the culture of most of the top lines. As was stated, if you have the chops, the feet/legs and the attitude to keep up then I would go for it. If not, there are always corps looking for volunteers for both DCI and DCA. I know my back simply will NOT take marching another year so I've reached out to a DCI and DCA corps that I marched with previously to see what kind of help I can offer them.
  5. Weaklefthand4ever

    Best Reprise Closer?

    '03 Phantom and I loved 2010 Phantom as well.
  6. Weaklefthand4ever

    Just A Thought!

    And that is the part that I guess I never truly understood. I was one of the lucky ones I guess in the early to mid 80's. My father took to me my first DCI finals in 1984. His sister was involved with the Bridgemen and at one point, he was approached to be involved in some way with Suncoast Sound (he was a food service director at the time,)but I don't believe it ever came to fruition. My band directors were all highly involved in DCI at one point or another (Jim Gladson, Perry Vandergriff, Joel Denton and Preston Gunter.) We were encouraged to go to DCI shows. We went to Spirits camps in mid 80's at West Georgia or Merryville. They shaped my love and involvement in Drum and Bugle Corps for both DCI and later DCA. I understand the importance of summer band camps, the attitude that some of the kids come back to their HS programs with regarding quality and work ethic. My HS directors always sat down with any of those who were marching corps before HS band camp and clearly defined the dynamic differences between the two. Why exactly is there such "bad blood" between some HS Band Directors and Drum Corps 30 years later? THAT's what I would like to know. DCI (and DCA) should be encouraging kids and directors to come out to shows with significant discounts if they aren't doing so already. That would be one way to get some younger blood in the audience it would seem. In my real life, I'm an instructional designer. I spend 60 hours a week at call centers all over the world. I interact with a LOT of proud parents who's kids are in their local HS marching band. What's shocking is that almost NONE of them know what drum corps is...at all. Their very vocal about their kids "amazing marching band" and many of them have a real chip on their shoulder that something else exists.
  7. Weaklefthand4ever

    Two great shows this week-end

    I've been looking on the alumni page and the facebook site. Worst case scenario, I'll see them and Spirit at DCI South.
  8. Weaklefthand4ever

    Two great shows this week-end

    I'm somewhat surprised I didn't see anything on Periscope for the Atlanta Brass Classic. I've still yet to see anymore than snippets of CV's show or a review.
  9. Weaklefthand4ever

    Standings as of now DCA

    80.35 for CV tonight in Hiram
  10. Weaklefthand4ever

    The future of the Cadets

    Regarding the question would I let my kids march the Cadets (if I had any) the answer is a resounding yes. The Cadets have a great history in DCI. That being said let's face some reality. My drum corps experience was not with the Cadets with the exception of competing against them. I always found the members and staff to be pretty friendly. I think the question of "will the Cadets survive" is multi faceted. In an organization as large and long lasting as DCI, it's unfortunate to think this, but honestly, something of this nature had a high potential to happen just based on probability. Thousands of kids over 40+ years have had the amazing experience of marching. The Cadets are simply one example of a severely imbalanced hierarchical management system. In the corporate world, that creates one of the main pillars in which a culture of "bad behavior" becomes prevalent. Members would rarely know that something shady is going on behind the wizards curtain. Most likely not even staff would know. The survival of the Cadets (though it could have happened to ANY of our beloved corps and we would be remiss to forget that,) depends on how the management responds, how the kids respond to their trust being violated, how DCI responds and to large extent how WE, the family of Drum and Bugle Corps respond. In my opinion, we should be turning our attention to helping the existing membership cope and heal. I will be pulling extra hard for the Cadets this year and I hope that others will take the high road as well. Everything I have heard of the supposed "culture of the Cadets" over the last 30 years is unproven as far as I can tell. The membership that came forward with the allegations have only spoken in the articles I've read about the sexual misconduct itself.
  11. Weaklefthand4ever

    2017 DCA Prelims Discussion

    That was tragic. I still have my black ribbon from my uni at finals in '05
  12. Weaklefthand4ever

    Atlanta CV just lit this place up...

    Grats indeed RJ. I saw Andy in front ensemble again and Egon was there last year. The corps looks and sounds phenomenal! Best of luck at Finals!
  13. Prayers to the PR Phamily and a big thanks to SCV for showing once again, why they are one of the classiest acts in the DCI family.
  14. Watched all of the Periscope feeds but was hoping to hear from those that were there.
  15. Weaklefthand4ever

    How did you get involved with drum corp?

    My father brought me to my first show in Birmingham in 1984. He had been heavily involved in Drum and Bugle Corps (in fact he was involved with Suncoast Sound at some point on an administrative level,) and his sister had marched with the Bridgemen. I was already heavily involved in choral music studies and was fortunate enough to have already toured expensively in that area of music even at a very young age. That DCI South show in Birmingham hooked me. Though I did not drop vocal music, I began a serious study of instrumental music, got a private percussion instructor and marched my first year in DCI in 1987. I continued to march two more years in DCI before aging out and then picked up marching again with DCA in 1984.