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About piperguy

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  • Birthday 12/05/1960

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Wausau Story '76-'78, Blue Stars '79-'81
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Blue Stars
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Blue Stars '79 DCI East Allentown
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    Pembroke, KY

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  1. When I was in the Army Bands a few years back, we would use rubber bands to stabilize the flip folder on the lyre. One to hold the folder on to the lyre and one to keep the pages from flipping in the wind.
  2. That would have been my corps in '77'and '78 (Wausau Story)
  3. There was no guard judge tonight. They carried over the visual analysis scores.
  4. I had a copy of that and think about it every now and then. I wish I knew what I did with it! I remember the humans won the contest because of the emotion they put into the show.
  5. WOW!! https://www.dci.org/scores/final-scores/2018-the-northwoods-encore
  6. It's easy for those in congress to go after military music. It shows the public that they are "truly concerned about military spending" without having to actually make any worthwhile cuts. Military bands provide the department of defense a lot more bang for the buck than the .07% of the military budget they receive!
  7. Kevin, Thanks so much for the play by play! I really enjoy it when you take the time to do this.
  8. This topic is of great interest to me as I am a retired Army musician (26 Years) and finished my career deployed with the 101st Division Band in Afghanistan as a brass team leader. One of my Facebook friends did very thorough research and created a template letter for anyone's use to write their Senator. It contains some of the budget information asked about. He has givien blanket permission to use and modify if you choose to contact your respective Senator. Here it is: Dear Senator [...], I am deeply concerned about the McSally amendment, which passed via voice vote on June 16 during consid
  9. All of the performers in the service bands are enlisted (E3 through E9). The conductors, or commanders/bandmasters are either warrant officers or commissioned officers depending on the size of the band. The performers in most of the Army bands start out and the rank of E4 because of the civilian acquired skills program. If you win a slot in the special bands (Pershing's Own, The Field Band, The Old Guard or West Point) you will start at E6. After 20 years of service, you can retire at 50% pay and start collecting it immediately. Every year you stay in after 20 years adds 2.5% to the pension am
  10. Does anyone else notice that whenever someone takes pictures of the Blue Stars they always are of the same parts of the show? Not complaining...just an observation
  11. Reminds me a lot of the Blue Star uniform I used to wear in the late 70s.