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  1. I think the only sticking point I have with the original statement was the use of the word "negotiated", which does give a bit of an impression of some kind of collective bargaining tilt. If they had just said something like "we exchanged ideas and came up with a bit longer mealtimes and free time, that probably would have been a better use of words. "Negotiated" gives the impression of them getting something from the corps, but what did they give up? Probably nothing, which is fine. In any event, I'm still a bit surprised that they felt the need to lobby for extra time off. I tho
  2. I'm not sure Jim. I do know that in BAC the corps doctor takes vital signs etc at the beginning of move in to establish a base line so if they need to compare them should the member became ill at a later date they have that info on hand. I do know notything about vaxes.
  3. This topic is very interesting and I appreciate the various points of view. I have personally been wondering lately about the future of the activity and will we be able to somehow to cobble together a season in 2021. I was chatting with a former DCI director/designer just last weekend, and he expressed to me that one of the biggest concerns as he sees it is the transportation/housing issue...even if there is a vaccine available by them...which seems likely. At the very least, it seems as though drum corps will need to require all members and staff to have proof of vaccinations, much lik
  4. Speaking as a 60 year old dinosaur, I have no problems with the concept of the costumes of today. Having spent the last 42 years of my life following/marching with/teaching/following BAC I will say I have always loved the classic red white and black look. And who could forget those rifle unis of the 70s with the black pants and boots and the white Waldos? But times change. The only risk with the program centric costumes is that they can be hit or miss. I liked the Wicked Games look (which was really a hybrid of the traditional and the thematic). I was not a huge fan of the SOS costumes (
  5. The Maine Band Directors Association cancelled the fall season in a zoom meeting last night. It is a small circuit...about a dozen schools plus generally 3 or 4 New Hampshire bands in the mix as well. It is a great little circuit, established back in the early 80s, and the judging is surprisingly solid. Almost exclusively Mass Judges Assoc members, so we get a lot of past and presnt DCI judges for our shows. Guess I'm going to have my late Sept - early Nov Saturday nights off for the first since....1978!!! Yikes!
  6. These uniforms were 7 years old at the time. They were made of wool, very heavy, hot, and quite bulky. The members looked "baggy" despite the uniform folks' best efforts. Another fun fact for BAC 2000: Their move-in that year was in my hometown of Biddeford, Maine, and amazingly, Boston's first show wasn't until July 4th in Beverly, MA. One final personal note: The tenor player on the end was a 17 year old kid from the band that I taught. He went on to march 5 years including aging out as DM. Now, all these years later, he is the General Manager of the Ford dealership where I work so he
  7. As long as they have actual paid employees, they absolutely should have applied for it. My understanding is that these loans were using a formula and designed to cover 90 days of rent, utilities, payroll and employee benefits, and as long as the employees weren't laid off, or if furloughed, they were able to return to work within a certain time frame, the loans were to become grants.
  8. Perhaps some World Class corps who find them selves financially on the edge might opt to do the first season back in Open Class…? This would automatically solve the 66 day tour expense and decrease the amount of tour housing needed right off the bat. We wouldn't need to reinvent the wheel. WC corps opt for a season (or 2) to compete in Open and return to World when ready. The added benefit would be to also prop up attendance at the smaller local shows, which is a win-win. There is precedent for this....Magic, Spirit, Blue Stars...maybe others? Let the dozen or so financially secu
  9. I think there are two issues here. First is the survivability of DCI in the (hopefully)wake of the pandemic. Second is the touring model and budget considerations. While I share the concerns about DCI's sustainability, the original post just feels to me like some folks are using the pandemic to try to revert DCI back to the 1976 activity. Seriously, the number of staff people or the size of props has very little to do with ensuring corps members are able to remain healthy. I do see tour housing as a huge challenge, and the college dorm idea has a great deal of merit. It is quite possi
  10. I can't speak for the Bluecoats, but in general, a modern drum corps payroll is going to include truck drivers, a traveling physician, nurse, physical trainer, professional chef, (the cooking crew are probably volunteers), as well as 60-70 instructional staff. Remember, staff rarely are on tour all 70 days at the same time. It is tempting to compare back to 40 years ago, but really, it is not even the same activity. We no longer have corps dads driving 35 years old buses with no AC and eating mac and cheese for every meal. Did any corps even carry liability insiurance back in the 70s'? I d
  11. Hi CHRISP, I have been searching literally for decades, and been told that the Masters of 1980 non-finalist corps were lost in a fire at the old DCI headquarters way back when they were in Lombard, IL. I think the loss may have included a few nearby years as well...maybe 78-81? Anyway, if you track 1980 down, please let me know. Today's members have no idea how fortunate they are to have permanent records on corps' websites, You Tube, etc. Good luck!
  12. Yeah, I had bought 4 seats at a bit over $50 each for the BC show and I just msg'd the admins to donate it toward the corps. I suspect they are already in very solid shape but it just felt right. Right now, my biggest concern isn't the's whether the activity in general can resume next summer right where it left off.
  13. Actually, Jimmy was already DM by 1990. Don't know what I was thinking. Eric was DM 88 & 89.
  14. So, I can virtually name those guys you were speaking with in 1990. Eric G was the DM. Jimmy C was the contra section leader, and those two "Old School" baris were most likely the Dorchester/Milton boys...Chris H and Matt R. For the record, Jimmy C is now the President of the Inspire BOD and Chris H is none other than Christopher Holland, Exec Director of the Boston Crusaders.
  15. 1989 was one of my favorite seasons. I was teaching and on the road with BAC that summer. I think they came in 17th...not bad for only 40 horns! And, if my memory serves me (it WAS over 30 years ago after all), I have the distinct recollection that Boston was on late at night in semis, wedged right between PR and BD. I know this sounds preposterous, but I am 99% sure that's when we went on. Anyway, the corps was very tight and extremely clean that summer, with a very visceral vintage Boston show. It was a pleasure to teach them!