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  1. What did Phantom present in 2021? Cadets? Cavaliers? Bluecoats? Boston? What did Phantom present in 2022? Cadets? Cavaliers? Bluecoats? Boston? We literally have a case study of what judges' sheets do to show design. Mike
  2. Is there a link to Boston's? I haven't seen those yet. So far, BK is winning the pageant. Mike
  3. It was... ok. Feels like it's just the framework of a show at the moment - there's a lot of vanilla look and sound. The closer really felt like it pulled it all together well. I'll have to watch this one again later down the line - it definitely has potential, but it doesn't really have oomph yet. Mike
  4. Back half of the show is awesome. First half of the show is definitely aggressive, but ugh, Stephen Melillo was a bad fit for corps 20 years ago. It's just so... generic. Personal distate of symphonic band stuff aside, the brass sounds way improved over the last time we saw them compete. Drums were an echo chamber but still sounded beefier than the recent past? All in all, it's a very solid production, it sounds like. Let's see what they can do on the move now. Mike
  5. ... not the greatest look, TBH. Extending piping onto the shoulders just makes everyone look frumpy - wide and short. Bottom layer is ok, but honestly, for as innovative as BD can be sometimes, this is pretty much the same look they've sported since 2017. Mike
  6. It was trendy back when on the other side of the pandemic, but after two years away from competition I'd think groups would want extra time for hype. Still excited to see them though. Mike
  7. I want to say yes. I know we at Guardians did, and IIRC, DCI put it in as a requirement? Ours cost you about $20 and was good for a year. Mike
  8. Thursday (prelims/quarters) is always the toughest in Indy, not so much due to fan support, but because of travel costs. Far, far more people fly in on Friday for the weekend. It's been that way for as long as I can remember, honestly, and I don't really take it as a slight against the little guys - not so many people are there at the end of Thursday night, either. ...that said, I'd love to see more people support OC. Finals in '19 was a wild experience - a lot of *really* good drum corps, in an in-your-face stadium, for very cheap. Mike
  9. I was involved with the BoD for one - happy to answer any question you still have afterwards! Mike
  10. The administrative and logistical requirements of World Class would drive all of the OC's out of business. On-field product aside, there's a *massive* gulf in funding and structure between the two. Mike
  11. Nope, still ok with it. I'm all for engaged and active board oversight, and managing opportunities/risk in a proactive manner, even if it means ED's have to put up with it. 👍 Mike
  12. That's ok too. Active oversight is a good thing. Drum corps is rife with examples of what happens when it's not present. Mike
  13. For our OC corps, the armchair math came out to about $90/day in 2019, though we didn't really count it like that. But including move ins, it was about 56 days total, so a much shorter tour. I do agree - I'm just not sure how this is sustainable in the long run, especially asking kids to foot a higher and higher bill. While I do get the argument that $5,500 is a relative bargain, it only matters if you have the $5,500 to begin with. 😞 Mike
  14. Just finished two years of AAU. Cost $2,100 the first year, including hotels, and cost $1,200 the second year, and we had to provide hotels. Very few kids are participating in the "national" touring teams, and those that are aren't paying it themselves. Mike
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