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Everything posted by MikeN

  1. I do have a little experience here. I was part of a team that was 99% of the way along when COVID hit and ended those plans. These days, the easiest way to start is via SoundSport. It's literally structured to help these small businesses along, develop them, and see which can turn into an Open Class corps down the road. You definitely don't have to be a millionaire, but you *have* to have a realistic business plan. Our first year tour was literally going to be one week, day trips only so no housing needed. You also have to have a coherent mission/elevator pitch, and "DCI is Cool" isn't it. What service/mission are you providing? You absolutely can keep costs down in a hundred different ways, but only if everyone buys in to the mission itself. Mike
  2. Corps do have to be nonprofits, which means they are tax-exempt, and (in general terms) the tradeoff is that legally any profits made have to go back into the organization, and not paid out to shareholders etc. (Drum corps generally don't have much in the way of profits anyways, so it's normally not an issue.) Anyways, to answer your question, nonprofits still can be run like for-profit corporations, and all of the big ones tend to be. In drum corps, many/most of them now have a Board of Directors (required) who hires a CEO/Executive Director to run the overarching organization, to each performing group under them (DCI, WGI, youth symphony, what have you) having their own director that reports to the CEO/ED. So in Phantom's case, the Corps Director only has to worry about running Phantom Regiment and not all of the other things that the actual nonprofit corporation does. Mike
  3. Dan is a great ambassador for DCI. You have only to spend a few seconds with him to see how much he cares about drum corps. Seriously - I've had several opportunities to interact with him in various capacities, and he's always impressed. I have my own opinions about needing more separation between the event promotion / coordination arm from the sanctioning body arm, as DCI is a weird Frankenstein one-size-fits-all organization, but that's for another day. Mike
  4. Oh man, I hope not. I was a season ticket holder for the Texans for years at NRG, which is the sister facility; very similar design. For one season opener vs Pittsburgh, they had the roof open and the sun was like a magnifying glass on our side of the field - people literally passed out. I don't think they've opened the roof since for a day game. Mike
  5. There are like three words in that #4 that I don't even think drummers can *spell.* Mike (drummer)
  6. Forgive me, as this is a years old story, but I once had a chance during Finals week to pick the brain of the analytics company DCI used. One of the tidbits they told me at the time was the corps with the highest average age won every single year they'd tracked it. I'm sure it's probably varied a bit since then, but it's still food for thought/discussion. Mike
  7. Guardians, but I knew what you meant. 🙂 I'm glad they came back to it after the veer towards BD Lite in 2019. (Unpeeled wasn't a bad show at all, and will always be near and dear to my heart, but Guardians built their modern DNA on *this* stuff.) Mike
  8. The last year my kiddo was in HS band he was one of 11 tubas. We loved seeing the faces on the other bands with 3-4 as we lined up, and lined up, and lined up... Mike
  9. Went to a football game the first time I visited USNA - coldest football game I've ever attended in my life. Mike
  10. You're definitely right - and I'm sorry, I'm not meaning to sound like I'm picking on you - but you brought up a good point. Achievement *should* be able to outpace content if needed. That's the whole point of the subcaption. If a great brass line plays a watered down book, they should get high achievement, low content. I don't get how these are always supposed to tie together. Grrr. Same with GE - should be <mostly> separate from performance scores. As an example, Troopers should probably be blowing the roof off of the competition in GE, even if their performance captions aren't keeping up as hard. More Grrr. Mike
  11. Yeah - the semis version is far better. Still my favorite show though - they just channel the old school dinner club jazz orchestra vibe so well that year. -Mike
  12. Very true, but I'd posit that the technical proficiency of the battery is still easier to determine than the "emotional clarity" of the program. Mike
  13. In '18 they decided to have a DM only at OC Finals retreat due to weather. Sucked, cause the stands were pretty full and I don't know if we'd been a full retreat all season. Our program coordinator says to me with a wink and a nod "follow me and act like you belong" and just strolled right in all casual-like. So we saunter on to the sideline so we can see the results. (And my kid was one of the DM's and I wanted photos.) What I didn't realize is that while we were talking about this, our corps had lined up behind us. So while we're trying to ninja our way to the sideline, we were trailing 100+ kids in a giant line. Subtle... To their credit, DCI let everyone sit on the sideline against the wall, and the kids did a great job in raising the roof for all of the score announcements. Definitely made it a party! Mike
  14. Oh boy do I have opinions on GE, and little of it good. 🤬 Mike
  15. In my time in OC, food was one of the bigger budget items. We didn't really get too much into the X per member per day, as we had a pretty good master formula (and a long time food director who knew her stuff). That said, I definitely think we fed the kids well, but we got to go see Boston's food spread once and it just blew ours away. It was pretty amazing. Mike
  16. Can't argue with that part - the stadium/corps part of it was very nice. Since they had downtown blocked off, the flow through warmups, performance and pack was pretty logical. No space for trucks, which did suck. (I'm also biased due to the Monsoon of 2018. Never stood up to my knees in water in a parking lot before.) Mike
  17. Back in the beginning <checks notes oh my god it was twenty years ago?!?> we were guessing when we structured the forums that D2/3 threads would get buried in the D1 forums. Honestly, hindsight has shown that combining them these days wouldn't be an issue anymore. (Note: I have no power to actually *do* this... 🙂 ) Mike
  18. That stadium was the only nice thing about it. Bad parking, bad food options and so-so hotels. Admittedly just my opinion, but I think the new place is way better. Mike
  19. Huh - sure is! I didn't even realize it. Good for them. Mike
  20. I do agree with this - DCI should be actively trying any and all avenues. A bunch of us mentioned this on the other thread about priorities, but if you can't keep the kids safe, throw your hands up and say "well, we tried," why are we even doing *any* of this? Mike
  21. We'll see her again soon, then, as Varsity is more actively partnering with DCI. Mike
  22. About ~$250-$300 on the secondary market is normal for cheap ones. Mike
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