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  1. 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.
  2. 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 secure groups continue with the touring as it has been. Open Class is there for anyone who might think their survival depends on it. Just an idea.
  3. 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 possible that this will all change very quickly with the eventual vaccines. In Boston, the MODERNA company is in it's final trials, and those folks are so sure that will get the final approval that they already have over 5 million doses ready to go when they get the green light. Let's hope it is soon!
  4. 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 doubt it. My corps had no paid staff either in those days, and the various sections actually prepared the "meals". Thank God we have evolved. When I marched, we had basically 2 two week tours....Tour A and Tour B..with a bunch of long weekends in between. Modern drum corps is a whole different beast, and it does cost a lot of money. Some corps are better equipped financially than other. I hope they can all make it back.
  5. 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!
  6. 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 money..it's whether the activity in general can resume next summer right where it left off.
  7. Actually, Jimmy was already DM by 1990. Don't know what I was thinking. Eric was DM 88 & 89.
  8. 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. Hmm.....interesting...no?
  9. 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!
  10. All I know is that I will never again take for granted the ability to jump in the car with Max (my 3 yr old Yorkie) and drive to Vermont to spend a weekend watching BAC rehearse during move in. That experience seems so...distant.. these days.
  11. Yes...and for further perspective, the Maine HS Jazz Camp which runs for one week at the University of Maine is almost $2000. That's one week, zero travel, and one performance at the end of the week. And something else...let's dispel this notion that drum corps is for the rich kids only. I know a huge chunk of the Boston kids, and none of them is rich...at least the ones I know. They go to school, and work, and fundraise. Yeah, I only paid $450 for the summer in 1980..we had two 2 week tours, no food truck, 30 year old uniforms, and ate a lot of peanut butter and mac & cheese. Today's corps eats 4 meals a day, and has physical trainers, an RN and an MD on tour. Not apples and oranges. Not even close.
  12. Sorry...didn't realize you're a band director. The director of the band I teach here in Maine is also an arranger (Barnhouse....I think), so he writes and arranges our shows. Many other high schools in New England, however do seem to use stock charts. Although being somewhat familiar with Blackstone, I doubt they do.
  13. It may have to do with the actual marching band arrangements. If these schools bought marching band arrangements from music publishers like Columbia, Hal Leonard, etc those would have been already licensed. Most marching bands probably do use these "stock charts", which usually only cost $100 or so for the full scores and printed parts. (These same companies provide arrangements for jazz and concert ensembles as well.) Drum corps always do their own arranging, as do many hs and college bands. These groups would have to get permssions, either thru DCI, BOA or whatever circuit they are in. Stock charts, however, are essentially pre-permissioned.
  14. So, I am just thinking out loud. No, I am not an attorney, have never played one on tv, nor have I even stayed a night at the Holiday Inn Express. But I do remember what the Boston Crusaders went through at the end of 1982. After being left stranded in Europe without any remaining funds due to primarily to the misdeeds of one individual, the corps was bankrupt. The end was at hand, it seemed. Some alumni got together and decided to field a corps regardless of the bankruptcy and the multiple lawsuits from creditors. The only way this could be accomplished was to change the name (to the Boston Drum & Bugle Corps), which essentially made it a brand new organization. Drum Corps East wouldn't let the corps perform at any shows, but DCI did, with the stipulation that "Boston" was a brand new drum corps and thus had to go on first at every show. After three years of the new organization (and new BOD) they were able to retire enough of the debt and buy the name back. I don't know if the Cadets situation is analogous. Interestingly, many of those folks involved with the 1983 Boston corps (which had 51 members) can now be found on the INSPIRE BOD. For the record, while I am not particularly a Cadets fan, my feeling is that DCI and the activity is better off WITH the Cadets than without. I hope it all gets worked out. Perhaps go back to being the Garfield Cadets and start fresh?