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  1. Chris Maher welcomes additions and corrections to his site. I have sent him a few over the years. Chris is a photographer for drum corps and marching band shows all over the mid-Atlantic area. Plus, of course, other photography. His work is excellent!
  2. Part of the issue with defining mandatory reporters is geographic in nature. States have their own definitions of who is mandatory...and where those who meet the mandatory criteria are supposed to report the potential abuse to. We are speaking in general terms as if it is clear cut, but it isn't. Also, what is considered "abuse" may vary by state. I am just glad this guy is gone.
  3. Absolutely agree! He was the drill designer for all 3 Garfield shows I marched, 70-72. 70 - the Peace Sign, to "White Rabbit" 71 - America, the Brave, our Revolutionary War show 72 - No More War themed show.
  4. Yes it is one of the criteria. As s judge you can tell if the dhow is having s positive response by the crowd, whether or not you “like” the show on a personal level.
  5. “Like” is not how the show is judged. Does the show/performance check off the criteria the corps have decided is how they want to be evaluated? That is how judging works. You rank and rate your caption against the various criteria. Personally liking a show is not part of the mix.
  6. I really enjoyed the 2006 show. She did an excellent job. Great voice! I think she came from a HS in Texas.
  7. Yes, the corps decide how they should be evaluated. That was one of the founding beliefs of DCI. Before DCI, having outside organizations impose their systems of judging ended up with a wide variety of how the corps were judged show-to-show. VFW sheets had 10 points for overall GE, plus Cadence and Inspection captions. At the World Open the same year, GE was a 30-point caption, as one example.
  8. Yes, drum corps waaaay back was much more uniform in instrumentation to be evaluated. However... Don't forget, there are thousands of HS marching bands competing nationwide, and there have been for decades. Judges are used to evaluating a wide variety of instrumentation and setups, given the totality of their judging, as most DCI judges also judge band shows. I judged bands with electronics back in the 70's...also singers and keyboards as far back as the early 80's. Even in a single band class can have a wide variety of instrumentation band-to-band, much more so than drum corps. I agree that they are usually right in their ranking and rating of the corps.
  9. I have not really seen anyone claim that today's system is objective. I have read many who claim that tics were objective, when they were not. Every system of judging is/was subjective. I guess maybe the old Cadence caption on the VFW sheets was objective, as it was based on checking the tempo against a running clock at designated intervals in the show.
  10. Exactly so. The GE judge can read how all of the listeners are reacting to a show in evaluating that aspect of the Effect sheet. It has nothing to do with what the GE judge happens to "like" musically. Of course, that is but one portion of the Effect sheet.
  11. The Jethro Tull show is my all-time least favorite Cadet show. They really needed the A&E elements of today to do Tull justice, IMO (probably better once flutes are allowed). 2006 was a very good show to me. I loved 2007, including the narration. 2008 was saved for me by the final couple of minutes, otherwise it would have been a race to the bottom with 2004.
  12. Cadets played "White Rabbit" in 1970 as well...it was the first year we did the Peace Sign.
  13. Those that judge continue to do so as long as their interpretations of the sheets are in line with how the corps have decided the sheets should be interpreted.
  14. We sometimes had metal containers of Kool-aid-like liquid, basically flavored sugar water. For added protein, there were LOTS of bugs floating around who wanted the sugar. We called it bug juice.
  15. Our main uniform person, Aunt Nellie, lived close to Garfield HS. She had a fenced in yard, and she would hang our unis inside out all around her fence to air them out as often as possible. We as members did not really have access to our unis outside of performance times.
  16. Oh yes! We used to go through tubes of A&D ointment after some of the parades on hot days! OUCH!!!!!
  17. That might explain our dinner one night of Kibble.
  18. As was shown, I have commented on the 71 Dallas heat. Absolutely awful in our wool Cadet uniforms. For prelims it was 135 on the field according to two stadium workers I heard talking as we (Garfield) came onto the field. Our unis were already damp, as we had marched a Dolphin/49'er preseason halftime in Miami the week before VFWs in Dallas. It poured on us that evening, totally drenching our uniforms. There was actually a photo in one of the Miami newspapers showing our marching timpani line with water bouncing off the drums. The great folks who maintained our unis (led by Aunt Nellie!!!!) did the very best job they could to dry them out between that exhibition and VFWs, but they were still damp and sticky, on top of the heat.
  19. Yup. In 1971, our "America, the Brave" show about the Revolutionary War, we passed out a printed libretto to the crowd, a decade prior to PR doing the same. Dave Shaw wrote it. DCP's own Ironlips, a history major (and our primary brass arranger/instructor) provided the factual information for the libretto. In 1972, the "No More War" show, we passed out a placemat sized poster with three photos. One was two young children, a boy and girl, playing. The second was the now-grown boy saying goodbye to his girlfriend (both in uniform, BTW). The third was the young woman standing next to a casket.
  20. If you would have mowed the lawn anyway, you would have had your own red tide!
  21. Don Angelica pushed for a 30-point GE caption back in the 60's. Actually, even near the end of the VFW era, GE on the World Open sheets and CYO Nats was a total of 30 points. Prior to the Analysis captions, the execution sheets had a number of points allocated to 'Difficulty'. If my memory serves, at the 1971 VFW Nats, Drumming Execution was 17 points for tics and 3 points for Difficulty, but don't hold me to those number breakdowns...just a rapidly fading memory! Thank goodness Cadence was eliminated. Also, Inspection was a 10-point caption on VFW sheets. All of those changes you quite properly noted went into the change in judging concepts, as those who decided these things (staffs, directors, judges, etc) realized that the progress being made in all areas, M&M, Brass and Percussion, made tics a lousy way to evaluate performance in those areas.
  22. Yes, he was amazing. I recall that visit. 72 was my final marching year.
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