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  1. This post serves as the master list of 2023 show announcements and will only be updated after official announcements from corps' websites or social media. Credit to frontensemble.com for the corps' logos used below. ======================================== The Academy Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Bluecoats Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Blue Devils Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Blue Knights Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Blue Stars Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Boston Crusaders Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== The Cadets Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Carolina Crown Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== The Cavaliers Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Colts Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Crossmen Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Genesis Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Jersey Surf Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Madison Scouts Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Mandarins Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Music City Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Pacific Crest Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Phantom Regiment Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================= Santa Clara Vanguard INACTIVE FOR 2023: https://www.scvanguard.org/vmapa-announces-cessation-of-operations-for-the-2023-season/ ======================================== Seattle Cascades - "Revival" Repertoire: Bad Moon Rising - Mourning Ritual Stained Glass - David R Gillingham Angel in the Architecture - Frank Ticheli Revival - Eminem Announcement: https://youtu.be/I2nQbEV6hVQ ======================================== Spirit of Atlanta Repertoire: TBD Announcement: TBD ======================================== Troopers – "To Lasso the Sun" Repertoire: TBD Announcement: https://www.instagram.com/p/CjvtEj6LC99/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y%3D
  2. December 11, 2022 Dear Shadow Friends and Family, Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps was founded and built on a tradition of excellence and education that stretches back to 1972. For 50 years, the Oregon High School Summer Marching Band took the field each summer, competing in every season since MACBDA's inception. In 2007, a winter guard and indoor percussion ensemble followed, with both winter ensembles distinguishing themselves with excellence in the sport. In 2008, the summer marching band became Shadow Armada. In 2016, our flagship program became Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps and was accepted into the vaunted ranks of Marching Music's Major League, Drum Corps International, having the unique distinction of being the only high school in the world with its own professional-level marching ensemble as the only high school in the United States to have a drum corps program. In 2019 Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps separated itself from the Oregon School District and became its own entity, continuing the successes of the history of the program. The corps was not active during 2020 due to the DCI season cancellation during the pandemic, hosted a virtual season in 2021, and took a pause in 2022 to reevaluate continuation. It is with a heavy heart that I announce that the board of directors for Shadow Marching Arts has made the difficult decision to end all operations in perpetuity. Over the next few months, the board will work to end its nonprofit status, liquidate its assets, and close its books. We take joy in knowing that the many videos and pictures from the past will keep the legacy of what Shadow was going, where the memories will keep Shadow alive to those that answered the question “Band who are you?” We thank you all for your support and encouragement. All the best, Ken McGlauchlen Board President Shadow Marching Arts Also posted to FB https://www.facebook.com/shadowdbc https://www.shadowdbc.org/ _____ Not surprising to me at all.
  3. The Academy is excited to announce the posting of the position of Corps Director for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. On Thursday, August 18th, the Board of Directors gave the blessing to move forward with this strategic expansion of the administrative team for the flagship program of the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts. For more than two decades, founding leader Mark Richardson has held the position of Executive Director for the organization while also serving as Corps Director for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. As the organization has grown, so have the challenges for maintaining and growing an active World Class corps. It has become clear that in order to operate a program and organization of this scale in the ever-evolving world, more administrative resources needed to be allocated in order to cover all bases on behalf of the entire organization. As Richardson remains at the helm of the overarching organization, the Corps Director will serve as the primary leader for all aspects of The Academy DBC and work to ensure that all aspects of the program are functioning effectively. Qualified applicants should submit their contact information, expression of interest, and resume with references to Executive Director Mark Richardson at mark@arizonaacademy.org. Work begins as early as September 1, 2022.
  4. Vessel Indoor Percussion would like to announce our Caption Heads for the 2023 season. Joining us again as the Visual Caption Head is Gary Briggs. Back with us again, now as the Battery Caption Head, is Matthew King. And we are happy announce the newest member to our Caption Head team, James Catherall, who will be our Front Ensemble Caption Head. Visit our website for more information about these individuals and the wealth of experience they bring to us. We will be announcing our instructional staff, audition dates, experience camp dates, and posting our audition packets in the coming days. There are exciting things happening for Vessel, so stay tuned! https://vesselindoorpercussion.org/design-team-caption-heads
  5. Just saw this organization pop up and start posting, so thought I'd help out and share! Honestly so excited to finally have a corps for my state! https://www.instagram.com/boisegems/
  6. This first post serves as the master list of 2022 show announcements and will only be updated after official announcements from corps' websites or social media. Any other comments will be considered unofficial until verified. Credit to frontensemble.com for the corps' logos used below. ======================================== The Academy – A World of My Creation Repertoire: Announcement: https://www.instagram.com/p/CeUD1N1hBAy/ ======================================== Bluecoats – Riffs & Revelations Repertoire: Taming the Dragon - Brad Mehldau Y& Mark Guiliana Taizo - Forq Nautilus - Anna Meredith Momento Magico - Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius Moonmoons - Anna Meredith The Garden - Brad Mehldau Announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-oDF0Y12rk ======================================== Blue Devils – TEMPUS BLUE Repertoire: Lapis Lazuli - original composition by Dave Glyde Divine Blue - original composition by Dave Glyde Carnival of Venice [Titian] - Niccolo Paganini Moon River [Blue Flower] - Henry Mancini [arr. Jacob Collier] Hands & Feet [Picasso] - Michel Camilo Silk Sonic Intro [Yves Klein] - Bruno Mars Tank! [Yves Klein] - Yoko Kanno Home of the Brave [Blue Earth] - Thomas Bergersen Announcement: https://bluedevils.org/programs/a-corps/seasons/?module=info&season=2022 ======================================== Blue Knights – Vibe Repertoire: Neglected Space - Imogen Heap Wailers - Bobby McFerrin Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin She - Laura Mvula Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars Announcement: https://ascendperformingarts.org/blue-knights-announce-2022-production-vibe/ ======================================== Blue Stars – Of War and Peace Repertoire: War and Peace Symphonic Suite - Serge Prokofiev Ballad of an Unknown Boy - Serge Prokofiev Variations for Oboe and Military Band - Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov No One Else - Dave Malloy Confrontation on Eadu - Michael Giacchino Dust and Ashes - Dave Malloy Announcement: https://bluestars.org/latest-news/2022/6/20/blue-stars-present ======================================== Boston Crusaders – Paradise Lost Repertoire: A Child's Garden of Dreams - David Maslanka What a Wonderful World - Bob Thiele/George Weiss Bad Hombres [y mujeres] - Antonio Sanchez Can't Take MY Eyes Off You - Bob Crewe/Bob Gaudio Symphony No. 7: Mvmt 3 - David Maslanka Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: VII. Lacrimosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Announcement: https://bostoncrusaders.org/2022/05/2022-paradise-lost/ ======================================== The Cadets – Rearview Mirror Repertoire: American Gothic: III. Pitchfork - Michael Daugherty To Kill a Mockingbird - Elmer Bernstein St. Louis Blues - WC Handy Adrenaline City - Adam Gorb Announcement: https://cadets.org/mgday ======================================== Carolina Crown – Right Here Right Now Repertoire: With All the Love In My Heart - Jacob Collier Chandelier - Sia & Jesse Shatkin Chasing the Moment - Michael Klesch, Thom Hannum, Andrew Monteiro, Jim Ancona & Travis Peterman Benedictus - Karl Jenkins Own the Moment - Andrew Monteiro & Travis Peterman Toccata Andromeda - Paul Halley Announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0X_3LdxI5Ithge ======================================== The Cavaliers – Signs of the Times Repertoire: Fugue in G Minor BWV 578 - Johann Sebastian Bach Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band Way Too Long - Bent Knee Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer The Floor is Lava - Bent Knee Concerto No. 10 for Brass Band - Ludovic Neurohr Queer Gods - Bent Knee Being Human - Bent Knee Sign of the Times - Harry Styles Announcement: https://cavaliers.org/news-blog/2022/5/30/presenting-their-2022-production ======================================== Colts – The Silk Road Repertoire: Meetings Along the Edge - Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass Arabian Waltz - The Silk Road Ensemble The Dragon Boy - Joe Hisaishi Jose/beFore John 5 - Aurel Hollo Divas & Dunes - Aaron Zigman Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Announcement: https://colts.org/news/2022_369 ======================================== Crossmen – A Mobius Trip Repertoire: Symphony No. 2, Mvmt 4 - Gustav Mahler Equus - Eric Whitacre Addis Ababa - Guillermo Lago Alfonso Muskedunder - Todd Terje Re-Entry - Philip Sheppard Announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGDsDlC4zKs ======================================== Genesis – Dorothy: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road Repertoire: Selections from The Wizard of Oz - Harold Arlen Songs from the Wood - Jethro Tull Ballad of Heroes - Benjamin Britten Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John & Sara Bareilles Original music by Key Poulan & Mike Huestis Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/genesisdbctx/videos/540156067768198/ ======================================== Jersey Surf – Meet Me in Atlantic City Repertoire: Pure Imagination - Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley Wayside Festival - Rick DeJonge Big Girls Don't Cry - Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio Sherry - Bob Gaudio Walk Like a Man - Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio Who Loves You - Bob Crewe & Judy Parker Livin' on a Prayer - Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora & Desmond Child December 1963 [Oh, What a Night] - Bob Gaudio & Judy Parker Announcement: https://twitter.com/JerseySurf/status/1541164396470120449?cxt=HHwWgsClgc22qOMqAAAA Madison Scouts – Installation 85 Repertoire: Rubric - Phillip Glass & Tyondai Braxton Love on a Real Train - Tangerine Dream Bangkok - Steve Vai Star-Crossed - Dolan Sipes As the World Caves - Sarah Cothran 34 Klezma - Snarky Puppy Original composition by Daniel Montoya Jr Announcement: https://www.forwardperformingarts.org/news/madison-scouts-present-installation-85 ======================================== Mandarins – The Otherside Repertoire: Another Brick in the Wall - Roger Waters The Wall - Key Poulan, Bryan Harmsen, Ben Pyles & Andy Filipiak The Revolution - Key Poulan, Bryan Harmsen, Ben Pyles & Andy Filipiak The Disintegration - Key Poulan, Bryan Harmsen, Ben Pyles & Andy Filipiak Otherside - Avi Kaplan & John Lardieri The Triumph - Key Poulan, Bryan Harmsen, Ben Pyles & Andy Filipiak Announcement: https://www.mandarins.org/2022/05/24/mandarins-2022-the-otherside/ ======================================== Music City – Gasoline Rainbows Repertoire: Original Music Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/MusicCityDrumCorps/photos/a.359632079447/10160084208344448/?type=3 ======================================== Pacific Crest – Welcome to the Void Repertoire: Finale [from Swiss Army Man] - Andy Hull & Robert McDowell The Void - Bradly Kerr Green, Ezekiel Lanser & Jonathan Zuniga Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode Intruder - Peter Gabriel Where Is My Mind - Safari Riot ft. Grayson Sanders Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/53001914206/posts/10159994164164207/?d=n ======================================== Phantom Regiment – No Walk Too Far Repertoire: Before Time - Thomas Bergersen Godspeed - Stephen Melillo The Chosen - Stephen Melillo Eli's Theme - Johan Soderqvist Symphony No. 5 - Gustav Mahler Announcement: https://regiment.org/introducing-no-walk-too-far/ ======================================= Santa Clara Vanguard – Finding Nirvana Repertoire: String Quartet No 1 [Metamorphoses Nocturnes] - Presto - Gyorgy Ligeti Breakfast in Baghdad - Wakenius MAta Hari - Al DiMeola Smells Like Teen Spirit - Kurt Cobain, Dave Gorhl, Chris Novoselic Original compositions by Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick & Evan VanDoren Announcement: https://www.scvanguard.org/vanguard-current-season/ ======================================== Seattle Cascades INACTIVE FOR 2022: https://www.seattlecascades.org/single-post/seattle-cascades-2022 ======================================== Spirit of Atlanta INACTIVE for 2022: https://spiritofatlanta.org/organizational-changes-and-safety-policy-development/ ======================================== Troopers – vorAcious Repertoire: When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Louis Lambert Without Warning - Stephen Melillo Ecstasy of Gold - Ennio Morricone Nothing Else Matters - James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich Dance of the Earth - Igor Stravinsky Original music by Tim Snyder & Paul Rennick Announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjIBx9Q_y8U
  7. This coming Sunday - August 1st, Bluecoats is performing our first post-pandemic public event: a free concert in Canton's beautiful new Centennial Plaza! Bluecoats will perform in standstill concert at 8:30pm at the end a day-long festival that includes performances by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Matt Corey Band (he's a Blast! alum!) and The Scenic Route! Learn more at partyintheplaza.org and please share with your friends! We're really excited about bringing the Bluecoats back - and we want all our drum corps friends within driving distance to come say hello and enjoy their first taste at live drum corps!
  8. 2021 Official Programs & Playlist: This master(first) post will only be updated based on OFFICIAL organizational announcements. An announcement on the corps official website or official social media site and/or newspaper publication announcement will be considered written authorization to post their musical selections here under this master post. Any other comments will be considered unofficial until verified by at least one or more of the aforementioned methods of disclosure above. NO RUMORS. Links to spotify will be available once any corps announces any musical selections and confirmation is secured. *** Full credit needs to go to frontensemble.com for the Corps logos used below.*** ***Any new corps not included currently in this list will be added if found on the official DCI schedule when or if it becomes available for 2021*** ================================================================== Blue Devils Blue Devils will not be performing in the 2021 DCI Celebration Tour Announcement: https://bluedevils.org/news/article.php?ID=1004 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santa Clara Vanguard Santa Clara Vanguard will not be performing in the 2021 DCI Celebration Tour Announcement: https://www.scvanguard.org/executive-team-2020-year-end-letter/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carolina Crown - In My Mood Carolina Crown will not be performing in the 2021 DCI Celebration Tour Carolina On My Mind - James Taylor Long Time Traveler - The Wailin' Jennys Seize the Day - Peter Graham Gravity - Sarah Bareilles Toccata Andromeda - Paul Halley Announcement: https://carolinacrown.org/index.php/news/item/70-project21 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boston Crusaders - ZOOM Featuring Music Inspired by: Air Phoenix U2 Rimsky-Korsakov Hans Zimmer Perez Prado Billy May Holst John Adams “Lights Out” – Ryan George, Colin McNutt, Iain Moyer, Michael Zellers This is not an official repertoire and is subject to change. Announcement: https://bostoncrusaders.org/2021-production/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Phantom Regiment - Harmonic Journey Repertoire: Canon in D - Johann Pachelbel Harmonium -John Adams - The Lord's Prayer - Miklos Roza Ostinato - Bela Bartok Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=125666529477288 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Troopers - Unleashed Repertoire: The Triumph of Time - Peter Graham Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2602533193380729 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blue Knights Louis Armstrong Billie Eilish Joni Mitchell Moses Sumney Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=4089728327738483 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Colts - Leap of Faith Stevie Wonder & Ariana Grande ABBA Paul Williams & Kenneth Ascher George Michael Announcement: https://colts.org/2021_339 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Genesis - There's No Place Like Home Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=503751823949683 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Cavaliers --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Madison Scouts The Cadets Seattle Cascades Pacific Crest The Academy Blue Stars Spirit of Atlanta Jersey Surf Mandarins Bluecoats Music City Crossmen
  9. Sorry for not participating in forum topics till now, have been in COVID lockdown and working many crazy hours since I am considered a first responsder but, I have followed topic discussions. This is a warning regarding FloMarching! If you have used a credit card or multiple credit cards to purchase FloMarching subscriptions, be forewarned; FloMarching is charging a subscription to every credit card number they have in their database. I used my Discover card for FloMarching 2 years ago and First Bank for the 2019 season. I have not authorized a 2020 subscription yet FloMarching charged both of my cards which are on file. I am disputing both to my banks as fraud. You need to check your cc statements and take appropriate action as this SCUM outfit is attempting to collect any monies they can due to the shut down and season cancellation. Stay safe, and hope all continue to be well.
  10. The N. Y. Skyliners 75th Anniversary Banquet Tickets Go On Sale on March 15, 2020! The N. Y. Skyliners 75th Anniversary Banquet Planning Group announces that tickets for the Banquet go on sale on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Calling all Skyliners past and present (including all who have been in the Field corps, Alumni corps, Alumni Chorus, Winter Sky, Percussion Ensembles, Mini-corps, Volunteers and any other group that were created to "Sock it in") to Join Us! We also welcome our fellow Drum Corps friends to help the Skyliner organizations celebrate this important milestone! Use this link to order tickets and get additional information!
  11. The N. Y. Skyliners 75th Anniversary Banquet Tickets Go On Sale on March 15, 2020! B The N. Y. Skyliners 75th Anniversary Banquet Planning Group announces that tickets for the Banquet go on sale on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Calling all Skyliners past and present (including all who have been in the Field corps, Alumni corps, Alumni Chorus, Winter Sky, Percussion Ensembles, Mini-corps, Volunteers and any other group that were created to "Sock it in") to Join Us! We also welcome our fellow Drum Corps friends to help the Skyliner organizations celebrate this important milestone! Use this link to order tickets and get additional information!
  12. Troopers just released this on their facebook page! A few days ago, a different photo was leaked that led to a lot of speculation and mystery. But, it sure seems like the Mystery corps is in fact the Troopers. Here is the other photo that was on Reddit....
  13. We invite all INTERNATIONAL N. Y. SKYLINERS to SAVE THE DATE! Ticket buying information to come!
  14. Some disturbing and questionable news has arisen once again in the DCI community. Before you continue reading, please read the following post put out by the now defunct drum corps Encorps. Encorps December 13 at 11:21 AM · FINAL STATEMENT AND DETAILS REGARDING ENCORPS As you know, the Board of Directors of Jersey Arts and Music has decided not to continue with Encorps DCI Open Class Drum Corps as a program offering. Instead of explaining all of this everytime someone asks, we have decided to lay out the facts and reasons for our decision in exact detail so that we may go on official record, and put to rest any questions or misinformation. We want to preface by stating that we, the Board of JAM and Encorps, were fully prepared and had every intention of fielding a competitive drum corps in 2020. We were preparing in every way, from finances and budgeting, to infrastructure and staff. Additionally, we already held design meetings to plan our 2020 production, "Magic," all before our first Open House Experience Day which was to be held November 17th, 2019. While we received excellent interest from potential members, and with an excited member base returning, we came to this prudent yet regretful decision because of the due diligence paid to the following issues and actions that were presented to us by DCI: 1) ENCORPS NOT ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO DCI CHAMPIONSHIPS. In phone conversations from DCI staff to Judy Ulchinsky, Executive Director, we were told that "our tour ends in Allentown," and we were not allowed to travel to Marion or Indianapolis for DCI Championships in 2020, which is merely a one-day bus trip from New Jersey to Indiana. While there is no written rule that precludes us from traveling to championships, and we understand that we have to be “invited” by DCI to attend, we were nevertheless very surprised and disappointed. Also, we were not advised of this decision via email that any committee vote, or existing rule precluded us from attending. This seems to be an ad-hoc decision that was made which had an adverse effect on our recruiting and retention, as members were expecting to take that step this season. We were surprised that this decision was made so prematurely, before we were given any opportunity to present our tour plan for 2020, or how we feed and transport our members (which is was handled very well in 2019). DCI said we could "appeal" the decision. Indeed, when we submitted our "appeal" as recommended, we outlined the travel budget and details, yet we received no response on a vote that was to happen for our appeal to travel. This is the first factor that directly influenced our decision. 2) LACK OF COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED TO ENCORPS. There were initially around 7 shows offered to Encorps. However, 3 of those shows in the Northeast were unfortunately canceled. That left Encorps with only 4 competitive shows total. One of which would have required us to stay overnight, for which we were FULLY prepared. To put in all the effort to organize, plan and practice for only 4 performance opportunities in a season was also disappointing. This might have been acceptable if we were allowed to go to championships, but that was not the case. Again, this was another strong factor in our decision. 3) NEW OPEN CLASS MINIMUM FOR PARTICIPATION TO 55 MEMBERS In the DCI policy manual, Appendix 216 - Participation Levels, there is a new policy put in place by DCI this season (October 2019). It explicitly states "Number of performers 55 - 154". Jersey Arts and Music/Encorps was never informed of the new 55 member minimum policy officially, in any way, after requesting it via emails to DCI. However, after having asked several Open Class directors, we finally received confirmation and written documentation in a direct email from a corps director that stated as follows: “The Membership Affairs Committee just ratified by the Membership that the minimum is now 55 members. The policy is 216 - Participant Levels – and is housed in the Policy and Procedures folder under Corporate documents in Backstage.” Upon reading this email forwarded to us by the other corps director, it confirmed to us the new 55 member minimum is indeed now in effect. This rule was concerning to us, having fielded 37 members in 2019. With no clear direction as to any consequence if we did not reach the stated minimum of 55 members, especially if we legally sign show contracts, this put the corps in a tenuous position. What would happen if by Spring 2020 we did not meet the minimum membership? Would we be allowed to compete? The consequences are not clearly stated or defined at all in the Appendix 216 policy. We were not going to take a chance of fielding a drum corps that possibly would not reach the 55 member minimum without knowing said consequences. It's not fair to our members. This was a HUGE factor directly influencing our decision. 4) NO NOTICE OF FURTHER EVALUATION OR STATUS DCI's approval of our Open Class membership in 2019 stated the following: "To approve Encorps for participation in DCI’s Open Class for the 2019 Season for no more than 5 single day trips. There will be further evaluation for any continued participation following the 2019 season" As of November 2019, we were never informed in any way that our status would change for the 2020 season, or that any further evaluation would need to take place. We were not asked to provide any supporting documents to show that we could travel, or how we would feed our members. Indeed, we were being offered shows in which we were asked to sign contracts. This signaled to us that we are cleared to FULLY participate in the 2020 season, for which we were preparing. This is what made their decision to not allow us to travel to championships even more puzzling. In conclusion, after taking all of this into consideration, the Board did not feel it would be prudent to field a drum corps. We did not have confidence that DCI was being helpful and supportive of our growth as a viable, competitive drum corps. We also feel that Encorps was not allowed to fully participate in the DCI experience competitively, which is the reason why we founded the drum corps in the first place. We had no idea that as we grew, we would have so few performance opportunities. The risk/reward of having such a short season and not being allowed to travel to championships, combined with the uncertainty of reaching the 55 membership requirement, did not justify the amount of expense and effort it takes to field a competitive DCI Drum Corps. This was a very disappointing and stark reality for our Board. The Board of Jersey Arts and Music Inc. will continue to monitor future DCI decisions, statements and actions as it pertains to how rules are applied to the other Open Class Drum Corps vis a vis number of members needed, travel to championships, and participation in Soundsport for NEW DCI drum corps, which we were told we had to do as a first year member in 2018. Jersey Arts and Music Inc. followed every guideline and rule that DCI mandated for the organization and we are proud of what we accomplished in our two years of existence. JAM will continue fulfilling our mission statement, by providing musical experiences to students in the New Jersey community with other worthwhile programs, including Youth Jazz and Rock Ensemble programs, Special Needs Music classes, and many other music ventures. Respectfully, Jersey Arts and Music Board of Directors ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This post is revealing. The statements in this post by Encorps should be very concerning to all of us. Now I know what most of you will say this should be put in the open class forum. However, I think the central key reason why this should belong here is because of the fact that it is representative of DCI and its treatment of all its constituents. Furthermore, this incident could be just the tip of the iceberg that reveals what might be happening across the DCI community. There are several key things to take from this: 1. "In phone conversations from DCI staff to Judy Ulchinsky, Executive Director, we were told that "our tour ends in Allentown," and we were not allowed to travel to Marion or Indianapolis for DCI Championships in 2020, which is merely a one-day bus trip from New Jersey to Indiana. While there is no written rule that precludes us from traveling to championships, and we understand that we have to be “invited” by DCI to attend, we were nevertheless very surprised and disappointed. Also, we were not advised of this decision via email that any committee vote, or existing rule precluded us from attending." "We submitted our "appeal" as recommended, we outlined the travel budget and details, yet we received no response on a vote that was to happen for our appeal to travel. This is the first factor that directly influenced our decision." This right here is concerning due to the fact that this may be representative of how DCI treats its members based upon status. According to the DCI rule/policy handbook, there is no division within open class corps; the only place where this existent is at the world class level ( WCP and WCM ). Simply put, Encorps status is equal to that of Blue Devils B. We heard earlier that Blue Devils B was approved to return to open class championship less than a month ago. This shows that DCI is responsive to petitions by corps to either do or accomplish certain feats and goals. Yet, when Encorps was denied going to open class championship and after Encorps submitted a petition to challenge that ruling ( which was actually recommended by DCI ), no response was given. In this case, and unless proved otherwise, I think that it is safe to assume that Encorps submitted their challenge petition to DCI quite some time ago. I don't think that Encorps would just submit their petition, wait one day, and then go out to say that DCI ignored them. So at this time, it can be concluded that DCI is being selective and partial towards those who are poised to be significant and worth their time; all others are to be left in the dust. These actions by DCI can further be supported by the incidents involving Arsenal, Incognito, Pioneer, Oregon Crusaders, and the Cadets. 1. Arsenal was denied Open Class evaluation and DCI left it at that. It wasn't until people started to rally behind Arsenal that DCI went a step further and attempted to defend itself. The lesson here is that action only took place when DCI was under scrutiny. 2. Incognito is no longer listed as an active corps. Yet when Oregon Crusaders folded, there was a big announcement and coverage. Why is there nothing about incognito? What might they be hiding? 3. Pioneer's was pretty much brushed off until the threat of DCI's shutdown from possible lawsuits that may have erupted from the situation. Before hand, it was dismissed by the BoD until it exploded from the whistleblower(s) claims that were made public. Other whistleblowers from other corps came forward afterwards but DCI essentially did nothing in those cases. What has become of those other cases? 4. Cadets were immediately given special care throughout their situation just because of the fact that DCI thought that if anything major happened to the Cadets with regards to their abilities to compete as the result of a DCI ruling, people would lose their minds and the sanctity of the activity of itself would be jeopardized. Even after all this simple statement of facts, there is more evidence to be found in the abrupt change of rules/policies. Exhibit A: Open Class corps must have a minimum of 55 members. - This is what DCI wants out of open class corps. While understandable in the aspect of trying to make the activity more competitive, they left no room for potential negotiations. In other words, DCI doesn't give a crap about the drum corps organizations themselves. They only care about having the best corps survive through what is best known as natural selection. Those who prevail, good for them; those who don't make the cut, they are left to rot away. This is also seen at the world class level with its similar requirements such as 110 minimum for members. So far, here are all the corps that have died under DCI's iron fist: Encorps Incognito Lone Star Appalachian Sound Thunder Racine Scouts Below are corps that potentially could collapse because of DCI and its brutal policies. Les Stentors Watchmen Heat Wave Impulse Raiders Seattle Cascades Jersey Surf All the corps listed here are based upon membership from the 2019 season. We still see basic promotions for all the corps and their audition camps, etc. However, it seems pretty clear here that the policy of drum corps natural selection has already been written into the future of drum corps. This combined with DCI's ineffective ability to properly manage its constituents should have all of us worried. It was less than a few years ago we saw corps like The Battalion, Shadow, Vessel, Encorps, Golden Empire, etc emerge from what was known as the rebirth of a golden drum corps age. Now, DCI is threatening all of that and God forbid, that with the way that DCI is treating its constituents, and the policies that it is enforcing without taking into consideration any outside views, that we don't end up with the beginning of the end of drum corps as we know it. I have no doubt in my mind that stories like this will repeat itself, both at the open and world class levels. The true question now is what can we, they, anybody do to stop this?
  15. 2019 Official Programs & Playlist: This master(first) post will only be updated based on OFFICIAL organizational announcements WITH confirmation. An announcement on the corps official website or official social media site and/or newspaper publication announcement will be considered written authorization to post their musical selections here under this master post. Any other comments will be considered unofficial until verified by at least one or more of the aforementioned methods of disclosure above. NO RUMORS. Links to spotify will be available once any corps announces any musical selections and confirmation is secured. *** Full credit needs to go to frontensemble.com for the Corps logos used below.*** ***Any new corps not included currently in this list will be added if found on the official DCI schedule when it becomes available***
  16. Here are Southwind's uniforms for their 2019 production, "Caged."
  17. Hello Group, Have this crazy idea. I know this info is available on the DCI website but, I'm thinking it could re-posted here in the forums. It could be modeled after Liahona's 2019 Official Programs & Playlist if he does not object to borrowing his post format. It could be a place to announce Shows, times, locations, lineup, ticket price and be a place who may want to request a ride share to attend an event. In my mind, it might be a fair amount of work to maintain the post. It could also be a place where attendee's could post their reviews of a show with scores Any thoughts or interest from someone who wants to tackle this project
  18. I need to buy: 4 used MELLOPHONES (F) 4 used BARITONE (Bb) chrome/silver/nickel finish ASAP, for my youth outreach for at-risk teens in the Ferguson, Missouri area. The program is FREE FOR THE KIDS. I have funded this project "out of pocket" for 4 years now, so DONATIONS or KIND-HEARTED DEALS would be greatly appreciated. Guys, please HELP ME! Thanks! KEITH L. PORTER Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Ret) Jefferson City Police Department (Ret) Volunteer, Dellwood Recreation Center Volunteer, Ferguson Youth Initiative Director, Dellwood Dragons Drill Team Youth Outreach (573) 301-0105 http://www.facebook.com/dragondrumcorps/ http://www.gofundme.com/dellwood-dragons-drill-team-youth-outreach http://stl.blueprint4summer.com/camp/session/33966
  19. It's hard to believe but MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS is 5 years old - and this year's show is the best so far. April 27, 2019 - Doors open at 5:30PM; Concert starts at 6:30PM Blue Mountain High School Auditorium - 1076 W Market Street, Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania 17972 Tickets just $15 available at the door or at mitm2019.eventbrite.com Participating Alumni Corps: Hawthorne Caballeros Belvederes Hanover Lancers Selden Cadets Might St. Joe's Buccaneer Alumni Special Performance by: Big Boy Brass ( https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hsimp=yhs-vz&hspart=vz&p=Big+Boy+brass+youtube#id=4&vid=90fa76974ac493f599a3761bd05c2217&action=view) for more information, contact Don at vpbucsalumni@gmail.com Hope to see you there.
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