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  1. 1) There were also many corps pre-DCI that were not able to manage to budgets, due to the very shoe-string nature of the activity. Corps failed all the time through the 50's and 60's pre-DCI. One difference from later on is that if a corps failed in one place, another sprung up nearby. Once that slowed own, the corps numbers started to decline. 2) There were also many staff members who WERE scholastic music teachers pre-DCI. Many were not, but many were. 3) True 4) Not to mention scholastic-sponsored fund-raising as opposed to a mysterious "outside" activity like drum corps. School budgets are often paying stipends to some staff, just like coaches, but at least around me most of the design and props and stuff is not funded by the district, but by the band parents efforts. Bands with large staffs of techs, etc, also use parent-raised money to pay those people. 5) Yup. Agree.
  2. The band I taught does a mix of parents with kids helping. It really makes a nice feeling of cameraderie and gets parents psyched.
  3. John is actually going to gjve us TWICE our normal salary during the break!
  4. My guess is that for a marching band like Tarpon Springs, a LOT of the show design and operating budget comes from fund-raising by parents/kids, not the public school budget.
  5. Hey! Old phart here who really loved the video! I used to correspond with a parent from Broken Arrow (probably 12-13 years ago now), and I loved what they were doing. His kids had graduated, but he stayed on to help build props and be part of the parent crew because he loved it so much. I would guess TS is as first class an outfit. As for budget, I'm sure it was expensive. I am also sure, without any first hand knowledge, that a band the caliber of TS has it all covered from beginning to end in managing their budget.
  6. I am very happy I taught the band I taught for 24 years. Our parents were ALWAYS positive to the other bands, no matter who the band was. That whole over the top sort of thing is, I am glad to say, alien to us.
  7. Yes, they need to have more tarp on the field. 😎
  8. Loved Tarpon's show. Would love to see them live sometime. I think DCI needs more of this...
  9. Excellent news! The two had quite the rivalry for years with Aungst at Dartmouth and Larrivee with King Philip. Two amazing educators.
  10. The 1991 Prince of Thieves version There was a popular stock chart of the theme, used by a lot of bands. Hopefully none of the others included a live bow and arrow. 😎
  11. Another one from the "Well it seemed like a good idea at the time" department... Back in the 80's I was judging a band contest in Connecticut, and one of the bands opened with the theme from "Robin Hood". They had a band parent wearing a Robin Hood costume stationed in one end zone, and as the show started the parent shot a REAL hunting arrow over the top of the band. I don't know how many muscles the chief judge pulled in trying to race over to the guy to make sure he did not shoot any more....and the band director of the band was blasted by just about everybody.
  12. Where did I, or anyone here, say your opinion is irrelevant? For me, it is dead wrong, but you can hold whatever opinion you wish. You absolutely did lump people together unfairly...in my own opinion...with your snowflake and old timer comments about those who disagree with you. Nothing wrong with bucking the "establishment", whatever that is. This thread is about the use of realistic-looking guns in a scholastic band environment. Whatever the theme is, there are other ways to convey the desired point without that element.
  13. This has nothing to do with the thematic ideas of the show. It is only about the use of realistic-looking firearms on the field, especially in the threatening way they were used in this show. They could have gotten a similar idea across without the guns. The thematic ideas of the show is irrelevant to the discussion. Your attempt to lump people who disagree with you into the same bucket as those who talk about "snowflakes", etc...is in poor taste and totally unfair. Some of us are very modern in our viewpoints, but we realize that in 2018 you just can't bring even toy guns onto the field, especially in a scholastic setting.
  14. There was a lot of unhappiness in 76 the first year they wore the banana unis. I was at their home show in Bayonne, and the comments were pretty bad from some, esp old timers