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  • Birthday 04/23/1960

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  1. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have said previously that heads SHOULD roll over the SOA situation, and any other similar situations. But, I just don't understand the "burn it all down" mentality. I am certain there is little chance that all the other corps have perfect histories in this regard, but why do some folks on here assume that all drum corps members and staff are criminally negligent and all corps do nothing when a problem arises? Look, everyone is free to support the activity or not, but it almost feels as if there are a few who are just cheering for the demise of DCI. AMPS didn't do it, props didn't do it, so now let's hope sexual harassment does. Jeez!
  2. Seriously? This thread has clearly outlived its usefulness.
  3. Also, to circle back to the topic, the Cadets are now in great hands. Ron Lambert is a great guy and well organized. He will bring them to a new level.
  4. Many kids these days have cell phones which cost over $1000. And, the hs band I teach always has a huge amount of kids who go the the Maine Jazz Camp up here each summer. It lasts one week, has no travel, and but one performance for the parents on the final night. Price? $1100. So yeah, it is a different time. Also, for the record, fast food jobs here in New England start at $16-$18 per hour, so everything is relative.
  5. This is great news, and bodes well for Boston long term!
  6. That's true, but having the protocols in place is at the very least a start, and something that didn't exist at all a decade ago.
  7. Mike, I am not suggesting that any organization has a perfect record in this regard; my point was that I do believe that some if not most drum corps do follow best practices in terms of sexual harassment education, reporting, and follow through. I am disheartened to hear people say that because of the revelations, they would not allow their son or daughter to march drum corps. To me, that would be like telling them they can't participate in college band due to the Ohio State scandal of a few years ago, or college football due to the Penn State fiasco. Just my opinion.
  8. Why do some folks on here assume that individual corps DON'T have written sexual harassment policies and procedures, along with reporting processes, specific people to whom to report, and sexual harassment training for all members and staff? Look, the SOA situation is horrendous and seems to become more grotesque by the day, but is it fair to paint everyone with the same broad brush?
  9. I think (or at least hope) that we can agree that every corps and DCI itself needs to refocus zero tolerance for bad actors and follow through on these people, as they belatedly seem to have done with SOA. Having said that however, for our part we should not allow ourselves to devolve into nothing more than a rumor-mongering abyss. It is so easy to post on DCP (anonymously, mind you) that some staff person, director or even member from the Santa Clarita Cadets Regiment may have done this or that. If we go down that road, it devalues the valid complaints of the actual victims and ends up with about as much credibility as the Salem Witch Trials.
  10. If true, then those staff people who turned a blind eye to complaints might be in legal jeopardy as well.
  11. I have been following these topics for days now. I don't doubt the accusers' stories and am broken hearted for them. Having said that, YES, lawyers should be involved. And law enforcement. People should be arrested, and charged, and brought to court, and adjudicated and sent to prison if found guilty. It seems as though there is no shortage right now of righteous indignation on social media, but perhaps instead of suggesting that this corps or that or even all of DCI or all of the Marching activities be "burned down" , maybe we should give support to the accusers and allow the legal system to work. I think the hundreds of staff people who have great integrity and thousands of innocent corps members who work so hard for the experience deserve that.
  12. I just have a few random thoughts after reading this entire thread last night. I was under the impression that all corps are now required to have designated sexual harassment reporting personnel, written protocols, and anti harassment/bullying training either at a winter camp or very early in spring training. I thought these standards were universal and adopted the year after the GH fiasco. Also, I don't think instructional staff have actually been riding on the member buses in years. They have staff buses. The newer coaches carry 55 passengers and I think that may be where the recent 165 member limit came from. (55×3=165) Finally, I believe most instructors these days are in fact public school teachers (particularly senior staff and caption heads) and they all get sexual harassment training whether their degrees are in music ed or something else. I continue to be bewildered that these situations continue to happen.
  13. ⁷ I am confused. Why does this article state that Boston is in Ohio on July 2nd when my schedule has them in two Massachusetts shows on July 2 and 3?
  14. I have been going to Allentown in my RV for nearly 30 years. It has become very restrictive in terms of where you can park. Bitd, people parked throughout the duck pond/ grassy areas. (Both cars and rvs.) Then it changed to be only parking on the wide road which runs parallel to the back side of the stadium. A few years ago, that entire stretch was also blocked off, even though most corps now park their buses on the access road through the park. I get that they didn't want to damage the grass, but blocking off the entire stretch of road seems excessive.
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