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njthundrrd last won the day on December 19 2021

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Marching - Royal Brigade 80, Garfield Cadets 81-84. Teaching: Star of Indiana 85-86, Phantom Regiment 04-06. Band/Drum Corps/Guard/Indoor Percussion Judge 82-present, Director Level Admin: Phantom Regiment 07, Blue Stars 08, Carolina Crown 08-2012, Stanbury Uniform Regional Mgr 2012 - present
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    1984 DCI Finals
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    The Woodlands, TX

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  1. Are the crowds getting younger... or are we getting older?
  2. My point was not the quality of the food. The cost of buying something cheap to eat outside of drum corps equating it with the cost of being on tour.
  3. I say this every year when these type of threads are made. Let's just say "Corps X's" tuition is $6000 a year. May 15 to the second Saturday in Aug is about 12 weeks - 6000/12 = $500 a week. 3 value meals from a fast food chain a day 3 meals a day x $8 meal = $24 - $24x84 days on tour and spring training = roughly $2000 Back the food out and 84 days of drum costs - $48 a day! A great price for the experience. A local soccer camp at a university this summer is $800 for 5 days / 4 nights with meals and housing - That equates to over $13000 for the 84 days of drum corps. Last thought, If "Corps X" charges $6000 for the summer and has a $1.8 million budget, then tuition is only 50% of their budget and the rest is done through fundraising and sponsorships. So, in essence, each member in the corps gets 50% off their actual cost per person to start by the corps lowering the costs for everyone. I believe that EVERY single drum corps needs one or more "side hustles" ... Bingo, CrownSTORE, music festivals... Something to have a revenue source outside of normal drum corps "business." If it is something outside of our drum corps world and will attract more customers? Even better! Do I believe some expenses for the corps could be managed better? Could the tour help reduce cost? Those are all great questions that I am sure the the directors of the corps, their respective boards, and DCI are having conversation about. As for the OP's dilemma? I would like to see more young people be in drum corps and for their to be more drum corps, but unfortunately, without a student getting financial help from their realm of friends and family or working your ### off and saving your money, drum corps is not for everyone. No matter how talented they are. I do know of some creative ways young people made money to march (that are legal). lol I believe scholarships are also for members that have been in the corps for at least 2-3 years and not for people that jump from corps to corps. What if every age out with more than 2-3+ years with that corps marched for free if scholarships were only given to them? How great would that be? Just my $0.02 from a guy that has some practical experience with this. Flame away!
  4. Nimrod - Crown 2010 Ave Maria - Regiment 2006 Simple Song - Garfield 83 Slaughter - Madison every year.
  5. US Bands ran show there for some time before the pandemic. I believe they ran a Monday or Tuesday show there this year.
  6. Okay, I'll play.... Jerry World in Dallas... or NRG in Houston! Dome, lots of parking, hotels everywhere, plenty of schools to host corps in a 60 mile radius, huge airport that is a hub, kids in band camp, and school does not start until about a week after.
  7. Ensemble Specialist = The person that usually runs ensemble rehearsal and lines up the front ensemble, battery, and brass ... even guard... from a vertical alignment of time aspect and also how the small pieces of the ensemble fit into the whole. Balance and blend from the box standpoints is also a focus. These types of jobs in drum corps have been around for decades and people like Tom know how to fit all the musical nuances together into the whole. He is in a small group of people in the country that are masters at this job.
  8. Zingali once said to us, "When you are wearing that Cadet jacket, you are representing all of us. Think about that before you do anything dumb."
  9. Requesting for the mods to close this thread. It is misleading from its start and has run its course. Thank you.
  10. I'm just sitting here thinking, what if the NFL didn't let teams announce their free agent signings until 2 weeks after the free agent period ended? You know who left what team, but you don't know where they've signed yet! I love this time of year in drum corps. Tuesday will be an interesting day.
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