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  1. ... 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I was involved with the BoD for one - happy to answer any question you still have afterwards! Mike
  6. 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
  7. 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. ๐Ÿ‘ Mike
  8. 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
  9. 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. ๐Ÿ˜ž Mike
  10. 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
  11. Ditto. His stuff is so distinctive - every move is a massive form to a massive form. No lines peeling off or sections acting on their own. It's just big and grand and logical from start to finish, and it's so cool... Mike
  12. Oh, absolutely - such a great kickoff! it's still in my rotation. The first half of the show through Danzon is awesome - for me it lost steam in the back half, and they never could quite nail the ending. Can't deny the brass talent they had though.
  13. According to the liner notes, Star in '91 tied in three separate captions, but didn't win any outright. Mike
  14. Was my *only* finals as a spectator. Yeah, I don't think I need to go back. ๐Ÿ™‚ Mike
  15. As a former DCI BoD member (at least in the suburbs of Open Class), transportation, food and salaries - in that order - were the big ones. Most of our costs were supported by member dues; we just didn't have many secondary streams of income. When I started for instance, we didn't have *any* merch sales. I suspect you can count on one hand the number of corps that have figured out how to generate consistent extra revenue, honestly, and we all know who those are. As for other expenses, once we went to digital uniforms, that cost (about $130) got passed on to the member, so it actually saved the corps money. Props weren't a massive line item, but then again, we weren't toting around Mandarins' 12,000 pound stage either. We upgraded the battery while I was there to a one-year-old Mapex indoor set, it ended up costing us about $5k after selling the old falling apart Yamaha line. We replaced the tubas four at a time each year, and we tried to replace one of the other three sections entirely each year so it would be a three year rotation for brass. We never did replace out front ensemble, and our caption head let us hear about it in my final season as they were... um... very janky. But the big costs were getting there, eating there and teaching them. We rotated a bunch of staff in and out, like most corps do, and our caption heads were pretty much told "here's your budget" and they created their own schedules from that. We also lucked out in that our bus company was owned by a DCI alum, who was ok with us not getting hotels for the drivers. Mike
  16. Same as it has always been - because most kids want to perform with the big names that DCI highlights to the world, at big shows, and in general won't consider anyone else if they don't make it? Mike
  17. LOL. This thread is literally older than one of my children - he turns 18 this weekend. Mike (OP)
  18. Cavies helped Magic out a lot in the early 2000's. I talked to Jeff Fiedler about it once, and he said that, in addition to feeding them mid-season one year, he had his tour staff show their tour staff how to compile and assemble a tour bible... Mike
  19. Yup - same playbook. Unfortunately for the skaters, they may not have much of a defense. I'm not sure NBC is liable here, as they're broadcasting an independent event? Good luck suing the IOC or the Chinese organizing committee. Mike
  20. If you're using a FFS, then the Yamaha attachment is the easiest as it has a built in tilter. If not, I think Yamaha has an adapter for their older style slots, but you may have to order those from a dealer. For carriers, if you have the money, the Randall May tube carriers are by far the lightest I've used. If you don't, then XL's standard T-bar carriers are great as well. Hope that helps! Mike
  21. Their response sounds reasonable, but remember - you are under no obligation to speak with them. If you *want* to, and feel they're sincere about making changes, then have at it. You can also ask them in the discussion why it took them so long to respond. But if you don't want to, and don't feel they are sincere about it, then don't. This is about your experience, and you don't owe anybody anything. Mike
  22. I'm digging into my 2018 memories here, but I think we were actually required by DCI to add a compliance reporting form. Or it might have been promoted as a best practice. Either way, it's a good idea. We had ours set up to go to our compliance officer (me) and our director, to make sure we didn't miss it. I want to say we got 2 or three submissions in two years, and definitely were not frivolous. Mike
  23. If DCI went away tomorrow, Varsity would provide a new competition structure in a hot minute. The non top-6 corps wouldn't like the new terms, but they wouldn't have much choice either. Mike
  24. Wow - separate camp and tour food managers? Mike
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