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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Boston's design team/caption heads have more than a dozen rings combined. So yes, they do have the staff to get them to the top. The top 6 is clearly fiercely competitive, but there is nobody I'd rather have in those positions.
  5. Having a couple days to think about it, I am actually not all that surprised by the final directors' vote on this. I have probably a couple hundred FB friends who are currently marching or have aged out very recently...in the past 2 or 3 years. While I haven't engaged in any of the discussions online, I have read a lot...particularly this past week. Surprisingly, there seemed to be a consensus (at least among these members) that there is no need to add woodwinds to DCI. As one mellophone player out it, "that's what we have college band for." Something I hadn't thought of but was being discussed by the members: there was a time when DCI attracted woodwind players who switched to brass for the summer. Now however, the competition to get a spot is so fierce that we are seeing almost exclusively brass players auditioning. It seems as though the brass players and drummers are fine just the way it is. The feeling seems to be that woodwind and string instrument players have their opportunities through collegiate wind ensembles and the like. While there still could be a change in the future, at least it looks like the directors bought us some more time.
  6. I've got to say I thought the Goliath uniforms were amazing! They were thematically appropriate and fit the members incredibly well. And, the kids loved them....they told me they felt a return to the badassery for which Boston has been known. After all, not everyone has to wear baggy pajamas out there! I suspect that Chris Holland made the change due to negotiating a better overall package for the organization. He can be very persuasive that way. Looking forward to seeing what 2020 brings!
  7. I have no disdain for the football team or any team for that matter. The music program is simply not involved in sports at our school. Not sure why you can't grasp this. And for the record, our band director has also served as the varsity hockey coach for several seasons during his tenure. You're trying to manufacture tension where there is none, my friend. The sports teams here do their thing and the music program does its thing, and that was my original point in response to the topic about band without football.
  8. Wow..that was a huge leap of logic. This is not a toxic environment. The football players and band members do not HATE each other here. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. I think a few folks on here are applying their own experiences to what we have in South Portland (Maine). Let me be clear... it is not a case of a toxic envornment...it is just a case of a different situation than you might find in PA, Ohio, TX FL, etc. We have 26 players on the team and 80 in the marching band (which, believe it or not, makes us the largest program in Maine). The typical attendance for a home varsity football game is a couple dozen parents, compared with close to a thousand (or more) at a typical band show. Bands in Maine never travel to away football games and only a handful show up to home games. It is just the way it is. My point was that we operate completely separately from school sports, and I cannot fathom how that could be a negative. These kids works hard to not only be in the marching band, but also in the wind and jazz ensembles and most of them routinely audition for and make All State and district festivals. What exactly is there about playing Louie Louie that some of you all think is so important? The musicians are all about playing for their school and their program. Playing for the football players has NEVER been part of the scene for us. The band director and I ( I'm the Asst Director/Visual Designer) have been here more than 20 years each. It literally has never even come up. We have outlasted 4 school superintendents and even more hs principals. We are funded entirely by our booster organization and our members never have to pay a fee of any kind. It is a great music program,,,we just have nothing to do with sports. For the record, the indoor winter guard and percussion show we host will attract many hundreds of people more than a football game. Our school superintendent and principal both come to our shows and hand out the trophies to all the competitors when we host, including the state jazz festival. Sounds like a pretty simple concept to me!
  9. The band I teach (South Portland, Maine) does have Class A football, but we have nothing to do with it. We don't go to games, perform at halftimes, or even have a pep band. We have a Gold Medal Winning Marching Band (16 years in a row), arguably the State's best Concert Band and Wind Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, Gold Medal Winter Guard, and now a brand new Winter Percussion Ensemble. We don't do sports band..ever. As My band director likes toi say, we are not a juke box for the jocks. And yes, a dozen Maine high schools this past fall went to 8 man football due to lack of interest, so it may be a matter of time...at least outside of Texas and Ohio. :)
  10. Just found this thread, and found some irony regarding GH and the YEA financial debacle. When GH pushed the G7 foolishness, he tried to promote 7 Elite corps (two of which now find themselves in the bottom half of the top 12 btw) with double pay, double votes, etc. Even when G7 morphed into Tour of Champions afterward, when Boston finished 8th it is still denied access to said elite group. Despite Boston's "non-elite" status however, , GH repeatedly askes BAC/Inspire for money to pay down debt. Boston declines. In 2016 when the post season staff emigration happens, GH contacts DCI now claiming Boston has no money and it is all a ruse. Dan A flies to Boston, examines the books, and finds that BAC/Inspire does in fact have the financial resources it is rumored to have. Then the #METOO movement happens and everything blows up. While I do not hold Cadets members or staff responsible for any of this, it is revisionist history to suggest that all was well in that organization prior to those accusations. One other thing...does anybody else here remember when GH blogged about high diesel prices and having so little money that the Cadets would no longer serve milk to the members on tour? I do. That organization has been a financial wreck for years. I wish the very best to the new leadership to right the ship. The kids deserve better.
  11. The last several Boston Crusaders auditions I went to had 7th Regiment music and visual staff (inc the director) on site as well. They even had a mannequin set up wearing a 7th uni and shako and had recent videos playing on a monitor. This has been going on for a few years. In fact one of my hs trumpet players got cut by BAC and was literally introduced to the 7th folks and in fact DID march the whole season (2018) and had a great experience.
  12. I'm not going to suggest that every drum corps kid is an angel. However, today's activity is a far cry from when I marched in the early 80s, when some corps would load cases of beer onto the buses after a show, kids would smoke cigarettes before and after rehearsal, and I even remember watching a certain corps from New Jersey unloading their truck before a show while passing around a joint. The activity has evolved.
  13. Every corps has a membership contract which is quite specific regarding things like bullying, harassment, poor behavior, hazing, controlled substances, etc. Even though the dreaded reefer is now legal in places like here in Maine, Massachusetts, etc it is still against federal law. Add to this the dimension of corps travelling through the night after each show and crossing through multiple jurisdictions, nobody could fault the organizations for having zero tolerance. As for alcohol, it is not a comparable situation because the drinking age in all 50 states is 21, so if a legal-age member wanted to have a beer on a free night that should pose no liability to the corps as long as there is no stupid behavior which results from it. I'm not a lawyer, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express one night.