OK... Here we go...
First, how many of you kids took you entire family across the country to go to DCI finals? We're talkin airlines, hotels, tickets for three nights, the food, the souvies, the whoele shootin' match... Look through the crowd and you will find many the vast majority of fans 35 and older. You think you have the younger generation has money to keep this activity alive by yourself...think agian. If everyone (admittedly mostly the 35+crowd) who did not like the Cadets show this year (by the way have have been a Cadets fan before anyone in DCI this year walked the earth) did not come back, DCI would financially be in a world of trouble. I am not for one second saying anyone will leave becasue of the Cadets show. I am just using the idea as a vehicle to make my point. Another financial point: Did anyone see how few people were around the Cadets souvenir booth in Pasadena? They were almost begging people to come to their booth. There are more people out there who don't like DCI's direction than you want to admit.
I happen to be in the original poster's camp. My line in the sand is synthesized electronics. When it comes in, I go out.
Change for change's sake is not good. If you keep changing an elephant....there comes a point where it's not an elephant anymore. Baseball and football have gone through changes, but the sports are still the same as they were 100 years ago. In my mind dci has almost come to the point where it is leaving the area of being an acoustic activity. Bb instruments, three valves, grounded percussion is all fine. Those are changes that are acoustic in nature. Kids have to play it right to get credit. We now have narration that doesn't even fit on the judges sheet. We have adults adjusting the volumes of kid that are performing. What next; do we allow the instructors to conduct and get away from drum majors? There's a change that would be fresh...
The idea that changes are happening for the kids sake is laughable. If there were no electronics on the field at all, audition numbers woud be no different. Raise your hand if you have a kid or no a kid that tryed out for a corps because they wanted the electronic part. Don't bring up 2005 Cadets because the singer was recruited by Hopkins himself.
Those of you who are under 35 who think you have the power are wrong. You are at this time on the side of the fence of the Board of Directors. That doesn't mean you have the financial power. If enough fans withdraw their support because they don't like the direction, dci will fall on hard times. I am not predicting it will happen.
I am a band director of over 20 years in Ohio, and an alumni of dci. When dci adds synthesized sound, I will no longer bring my band or my family to dci events. We will go to BOA. Yes I have a speaker and microphone on the field this year for our show. Its so we can hear the tenor saxophone solist.
Big rant, a bit unorganized, sorry...
I am not asking anyone to agree.
In fact, feel free to disagree.