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MikeN

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  1. 15 hours ago, KVG_DC said:

    You know a DCI head office brokered deal for a hotel chain and a hedge fuel contract that all touring corps were mandated to particpate in to leverage a better deal would be something a centralized tour faclitating body might do.  If such a centralized tour facilitating body existed.

    AFAIK, they already do something kind of like that for housing in Indy.  They match up corps and housing spots, and if there aren't enough, will negotiate hotel space.  We were always assigned our location by DCI, usually at the bottom of the list, but we liked the spot so they kept giving it to us.

    Mike

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  2. I'd be surprised if they were back by next season as they intend.  As someone who's had to do bad news and crisis communication for my corps, it's kind of... weird... that they were all "we're gonna take this year off and come up with a plan" because it implies you don't yet *have* a plan.  The timing of the immediate, abrupt shutdown strongly suggests SCV's financial stability was 100% tied to the bingo hall approval they discussed, and that, coupled with the "we'll create a plan" is telling everyone they gambled the corps' future on a roll of the dice without a plan B.

    Again, this is just the connotation from what they themselves have said.  I'm certain there are a million moving parts we don't know about as well.

    Mike

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  3. 2 hours ago, craiga said:

    For more than 20 years, during the lean times of the 80s into the 90s, the entire Boston staff taught without pay. Mostly BAC alums, our mission was to keep the corps alive no matter what. We actually had no money. At all. No hall, no trucks, no sponsors. But we never took a season off. The kids who were marching then are running Boston now. What will SCV do?

    Take a season off.

    Mike

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  4. 23 hours ago, MGCpimpOtimp said:

    Y'all, they lowered the MINIMUM, but if you look at most modern shows, they're all super close to the maximum time. I don't think you'll see noticeably shorter shows. Lowering the minimum allows the few corps that want to do that to do it, but still allows most everyone else to design their show they have for years.

    Been thinking about this, as I'm sure there's not a group of corps asking for shorter shows.  Maybe it's to allow unfinished shows in early season to remain unpenalized?

    Mike

  5. Expenditures vary wildly, depending on who you want to know about.  My time in DCI ended three seasons and a pandemic ago, so take it with a grain of salt, but we spent roughly-ish $700k (I'm rounding wildly here) back then, which put us in the top end of Open Class, while I know some World Class corps in the teens were spending about twice that.  I can only assume it's gone up a lot since the economy blew up.

    Our biggest costs by a country mile were vehicle rental, gas, housing, food and staff pay.  Instruments, uniforms, props, flags, and electronics were far down the list.

    Mike

  6. 2 hours ago, ContraFart said:

    Maybe we should model the tour around the cheapest housing sites. House the corps in clusters for 10-14 days and have shows in a 150 mile radius of that cluster, then move to the next cluster. 

    I've been thinking about this exact model for a while - economies of scale for housing as well.  

    Mike

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    Those transformers voted to increase the number of members (first 150 and now 165) which necessarily meant there would be a need for additional buses to transport members. That additional cost comes in the form or insurance, maintenance, diesel, and drivers (if not volunteers) and perhaps leases.

    No - buses actually got bigger.  They were filling additional seats on the same number of vehicles.  165 wasn't an arbitrary number.
     

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    They voted to add non-traditional drum corps instruments which alienated some long time fans. They added expensive "requirements" in the form of amplification, and elaborate sets, all of which added to the transportation needs and expenses (see buses above). Most DCI corps unveil new "costumes" yearly, which if they are not comped is an huge expense, an a lack of individualized identity.

    Props, electronics and uniforms are generally not large expenses.  Props of course depends on the corps and the show, obviously, but electronic setups aren't more expensive than a lot of other instruments, and the uniforms are not a "huge expense" at all. In fact, many corps simply pass the cost (which is lower than traditional uniforms) on to the members at a net zero for the organization.  

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    Then they made their target audience high school marching band and WGI fans, all while flipping the finger at those who just wanted "drum corps". Dan never pushed back as dancing and running overtook music as the defining moments of the shortened shows (and seasons).

    If you look at the attendance history for DCI over the last 20 years, you'll see that it stabilized, then even rebounded a bit.  Finals attendance has been steady, and the regionals have been a massive draw for fans.  

    Overall, DCI's philosophical shift kept the activity alive.  What's hurting them now is DCI and the corps' ability to pivot in response to COVID and rapid inflation.  

    Mike

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  8. Brilliant visual design - the first minute is an absolute blast to watch, even on mute.  Compared to 1990, it felt like the brass took a massive leap forward in quality, and the book was growing with them.  Obviously in 1992 they jumped again.  The percussion was still the corps' musical strength, along with their amazing visual programs during those years.  

    Took me 10 years to find a good recording of Die Natali, the piece they took Silent Night from.  Especially in pre/early internet days, sourcing out pieces was like living out the movie National Treasure; lots of usenet board posts, emails, visiting random university libraries, light breaking and entering... fun times.

    Mike

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  9. For me, it was a good show if not a great show.  I think the corps turned it into a top 3 vehicle through their performance rather than the design.  That said, both Moondance and Farandole are all-time-classic earworms; good luck getting *those* out of your head after you hear them!  

    Mike

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  10. 1 hour ago, Phantom56 said:

    A ten minute show? Please NO. The corps travel hundreds of miles through every night--to perform for ten minutes?  I really wish to hear Crowns brass for as long as possible.  I say less rehearsal time--more performance time. 

    Brass are seriously only playing 4-6 minutes as it is now.  At least that way it would be *half* the show.  😠

    (overall, the brass folks definitely had opinions this cycle...)

    Mike

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  11. 34 minutes ago, ContraFart said:

    What I am trying to say is that the 3500 or so WC spots are going to be filled at the current dues level. Could there be more demand than spots if due were significantly lowered? Maybe, and I do think we need lower dues, its just that the market is currently sustaining the current dues levels. 

    I'm with you here, but the only even slightly public data we got was last summer when DCI was advertising 1200 open spots in WC corps even during move ins.  I don't know if increased applicants are actually converting into increased membership.

    Mike

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