Marc66

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  1. Jason - you might as well call me Mr. Ed, because I'm going to give you the 411... I sat on the Open Class Advisory committee and dealt with the reviewing of fines that were impossed on corps. The fines exist, and every corps knows this. Yes, Capital Sound will have to pay a fine when they re-apply for membership. Yes, they will probably get a reduced rate, but they will still have to pay. I knew this was a possiblity when I signed the performance contract, as does EVERY CORPS!
  2. I think the better course of action would be, in the interest of both young men AND women, to contact the Cap Sound BoD and work with them to strengthen Capital Sound, rather than try and restart Jr. Scouts. After serving as Director for Cap Sound the past two years, I know the current Board is actively trying to get the corps back onto solid footing, and the more people that can work with them and support their efforts, the better. Remember, Capital Sound was created by bringing together Jr. Scouts & Capitolaires in order to strengthen membership, and to focus on developing younger talent. The best thing to do would be to assist with THAT goal/mission, help Capital Sound get back into action, and truly produce a local drum corps that can be a locally-focused organization that flourishes. Just my 2 cents...
  3. The 2009 Revolution is ready to begin! Audition clinics are taking place: NOVEMBER 21-23 DECEMBER 19-21 Locations, audition materials and other information can be found at: REVOLUTION YOUTH PERFORMING ARTS Be a part of a Great 2009 season... Be a part of the Revolution!
  4. OK...I'm going to stop being subtle and come right out... I don't know who you are, but you don't know the situation, or you wouldn't make a stupid statement like the one you initiated in post #2. For the record: 1. Housing was a big issue that forced us to call the season. Unlike most other corps, Capital Sound has traditionally had out-of-town members move into homes of local members/alumni/supporters. This is something that worked quite well in the past. The reason for this method, rather than having a more traditional move-in to a school/schools is that the corps rehearses on what is considered a part-time schedule. Moving into a facility was never considered because of logistics, and because the cost involved (for example, Colts charge for their move-in, and it ain't cheap). What happened was a combination of things: a). Local membership was considerably down this year b). Out of town membership was considerably higher c). Families who committed to housing members backed out very late in the game d). Commitments to secure other families were not met, and this was not revealed until mid-May. School housing in the Madison area is already scarce, at best, because of the number of schools/districts who continue to close their doors to drum corps. Past behavior from various groups has now caused a situation where schools/districts will not allow for groups to stay over night, let alone permit a corps to move into the school for an extended period of time. With the situation occurring when it did made it even tougher to find housing for those kids from out of town who suddenly didn't have it...and, with schools winding down for the year, getting a school to move everyone into was impossible. 2. We lost several drivers for our fleet because the economy forced them to actually work, rather than volunteer their time to drive for us. This was going to seriously affect our trip down South for the two weeks we were to travel there...jeopardizing our ability to make that trip happen. A number of our drivers this year drive professionally for a living, and with the economy taking a serious downward turn, created a situation where they needed to have their vehicles on the road making $$$, rather than spending their time driving for free. 3. Because of gas prices forcing us to re-budget for fuel 10 times since we created our budget, we were more reliant on member tuitions than ever before. While not going into specifics on-line, suffice it to say that tuition payments were lacking from nearly 1/3 of the membership, putting us into a position where finances were, potentially, going to create issues down the road. Contrary to your statement above, I do not believe anyone from Capital Sound has ever indicated that we were, "very well off financially." From all indications, no one is well off financially these days. These are the three main reasons that Capital Sound made the decision to scrap the season. Do I wish it didn't happen? Dang right I do. No director could, or should, ever want to kill a season, especially so close to the start of the summer. Finding places where my kids could march was near impossible. But, thanks to a host of corps that opened their arms and welcomed our kids, many were still able to march. Now, for my soapbox: I am really tired of reading b.s. on here from annonymous members of this website who choose to inflame a situation without knowledge of the situation. For whatever reason, ItsOnTheField, you make your assertions as if you know what's going on, while not have the guts to sign your name. While that's your right, I still think it chicken (insert proper expletive here). Instead of making a concerted effort to find out from the source (I have never shyed away from explaining what happened), folks on here love to fire out their ignorance, then get all defensive by pleading that it's only their opinion. Well, instead of simply letting crud like this be uttered, I've decided to speak up. I've signed my name to my posts, because I stand by my words.
  5. As I have stated in other posts...instead of speculating on what happened, or making assumptions without first-hand knowledge, I invite anyone/everyone to contact me directly, and get the facts. It's very easy to say things on-line without knowing what's going on, but somehow more difficult to actually inquire and find out the facts. What happened that forced us to take the summer off is not a secret, so feel free to contact me directly, and I'll be happy to provide the details.
  6. Michigan City is truly, in my opinion, the most fan-friendly drum corps city...PERIOD. Seeing over 1500 in the stands, all cheering for every corps, was fantastic. Even as early as the first corps (Spirit of Newark) the crowd was enthusiastically cheering. Bravo Michigan City for hosting a great quarterfinals...and here's to a great future with the Kickoff event for Championships Week!
  7. Capital Sound is definitely returning...and we will be Open Class. We had nearly 50 kids come by our stand at Michigan City and fill out interest cards for next season, and the issues that led to our sudden and late move to "inactive" status are nearly all fixed. More importantly, we have a tremendous amount of members who went elsewhere to march this summer expressing their intention and desire to return.
  8. Thanks for the CAPITAL SOUND banner... It looks AWESOME!
  9. DUDE...you should do this for a living!!! Oh, wait, you are doing it... James, this is some incredible stuff...I have a plethora of film scores on cd, and this soundtrack is definitely going to join 'em... Congrats!
  10. It's very easy to make observations when you haven't sought the source. I would ask that you get information from the source before providing your opinion. I'm easy to reach, and more than willing to give you the reasons... And, that's an invitation to anyone in the drum corps world. Feel free to contact me and I'll be more than happy to discuss the circumstances.
  11. FYI - Several of our members will be at Pioneer this weekend, as well as with Revo, Raiders, Legends, Dutch, Teal...and others. AND...A BIG THANK YOU to the drum corps community for all the support!
  12. Just wanted to post this here, along with being on the Open Class Page...
  13. Tom... Thanks for your kind words. As for what happened, well...it was a sort of, "perfect storm" of circumstances and events that all converged at one creating one big problem. Individually they could have been handled fairly easily, but collectively put us in a position where we had to consider the membership, and the long-term stability of the organization. First off, as our press statement says (check out DCI.org, or here soon), finances are not the reason for this decision, neither is membership. Both of those areas are solid (although, are finanaces ever really solid?). I won't go into specifics here...however, I want to make sure everyone knows that the only consideration was our members, and the experience they will get in drum corps. Now...some specifics on the future of the corps: 1. We are not selling off equipment, or having any sort of, "Fire Sale." 2. We are getting ready to work with high school/middle school directors in the Southern Wisconsin area to strengthen our local base of membership and support. 3. We have identified the ways to rectify what happened, and are implementing a plan that will prevent any future issues. 4. Our recruiting campaign for '09 has been developed, and will begin at our home show in August. 5. We are all DETERMINED to make the corps successful, and to be an example of how to re-emerge from a year off stronger and a more solid organization. Having to make a decision like this is not easy. However, from this bit of adversity I am confident we can overcome and prosper. No, making it happen in not something that occurs often in our activity. There are a lot of corps that want to return, but just can't make it happen. We, however, will not be one of those corps. Thanks for listening.
  14. THANKS EVERYONE!!! And, Drumkid - you are too funny!!!
  15. OK, so I'm in a pickle right now, and hoping that the DCP community can help. Our show this year requires a siren (yeah, I know, tre-cheesy)... Question: Where can I find/get/buy one of these devices? Thanks...
  16. This is being worked on... But, there are other methods to contribute...feel free to contact me through the corps website and we can work it out... THANKS!!!
  17. I freely admit this is a shameless bump...but: ONE MORE REMINDER/INVITATION...GUARD AUDITIONS... Information above... See you there!
  18. Yes...he's the one...and, we couldn't be happier with what he created!!!
  19. Thanks...Dale! Just a reminder...AUDITIONS are coming! Be a part of a great 2008, and beyond!
  20. Capital Sound will be sporting new, Stanbury Uniforms designed by their new designer-in-residence, Brent Becker. To help make this successful, the corps has launched a New Uniform Campaign... (picture and campaign details here) Here is your chance to be a part of our future, and help us continue our growth into the future!
  21. We at Capital Sound are paying $1350 for the rights to our show this year (yes, ouch is right) as our show is based on more modern music. Last season, using older music, we paid significantly less. Now, as for John Williams...no one gets permission to play his music anymore. I never have heard a clear reason why, but he's now off limits.
  22. This will have NO effect on Open Class...our Quarter Finals are still in Michigan City, and our Semis & Finals will take in the same stadium as World Class.
  23. This isn't going to affect Open Class at all. We are still having quarterfinals in Michigan City, and will still have Semis & Finals at the same stadium World Class is...the only difference is that it will be in Bloomington, not Indy.
  24. ATTENTION GUARD FOLKS...Capital Sound wants YOU! Our 2008 production, "The Neverland," is a visual-based show. Here's your chance to be an integral part of our ensemble. Auditions will take place: MAY 2-4 Wisconsin Heights High School Just North of Madison Contact the Corps Director (that is me) at: corpsdirector@capsound.org
  25. WARNING: (has nothing to do with Memphis Sound...moderator, feel free to make a separate topic) DCI chose to eliminate the "pay for play" system feeling that the charge wasn't in the Open Class' best interest. Of course, with that, the small amount of pool money paid at the end of the season was also eliminated. In addition, the fee that DCI charges to run an Open Class show is considerably smaller mainly because the draw for our shows doesn't quite strike the chord that it would if we had even one World Class. While this is a sad reality, it's reality none-the-less. Now, one of the tasks the Open Class Advisory committee has embarked on, and one that I'm a part of, is to strategize and conceptualize how we can make Open Class shows a good draw, and how we can all market our shows better so that they will get larger crowds and, subsequently, make more money that could be then paid out to our groups. Of course, getting feedback and ideas from the community at-large would also be appreciated (I know I'm opening up Pandora's Box, but what the heck!)... Now, as for the choice to change our name to Open Class...I can only speak for why I/Capital Sound chose to approve that change. My own feelings, and what I opined to the Open Class body, were that the numerical designation, "Division III," gave the false impression that we were the "chum" of the activity...i.e. the worst and least talented. This contributed heavily to our division's difficulty in recruiting. Very few of us had been able to draw the maximum 79 members that the division allowed. Some even fought to even make the 30 necessary to be allowed onto the competitive field. By eliminating the number designation, and focusing on the type of corps we are, we've (Capital Sound) seen a tremendous jump in membership that I believe never would have happened if we had stayed, "Division III." More importantly for the division as a whole, being called Open Class has tremendous potential for making us a unique product within the drum corps activity, which would translate to making our product something that fans will want to see. Hope this sheds some light...