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  1. Will a more experienced, seasoned group keep the Ott, take the Zingali and Sanford, and finally 3-peat? Your thoughts?
  2. I'm very saddened to announce that the YouTube channel Gelp99 has been completely terminated off of YouTube following several copyright strikes by a third party. The channel had many many performances archived of both DCI and DCA performances going back to the 1960s. I will be mourning its loss for a long while
  3. My apologies if this thread has already been created...Anyway Congratulations to the 2021 Class of BAC! You were ALL amazing! Welcome to the 2022 Class of BAC, friends, parents, family, volunteers, and the rest of the DCP creatures that like to lurk in here! I thought I would also make a dedication in my first thread post to the 2020 Class that didn't get to perform for us in the traditional sense...I love this version with the beautiful angelic voice with featured alumna vocalist Aubrie Dentino...
  4. Blue Devils' nation. What do you expect from the 2022 edition of BD returning to the field ? What changes would you like to see, and what predictions do you hold in regards to music writing and selections ? Will there be a shift in design approach, and how influential do you think they "might" become in the current/post pandemic of the activity? Will there be a shift with the organization, changing and morphing into a bigger and a better entity that they are now, expanding and growing way stronger; Or do we see a dwindling down of who BD is for past many years ? For discussion sake, let's discuss and answer some of these questions and let's talk about our expectations and predictions. Will we see a WOW BD production for 2022 ? Or Will it be the WTF! BD show. What's your thoughts on this ? What type of shows do you like most of BD ? Ps. Even the bashers are welcome to give their thoughts 🤪 I'm most interested to know what you think.
  5. I have 2 extra tix for Finals and Semis. Section 341 (Friend's section) Row 1, Seats 4 and 5 Face value: $99 each for Semis; $159 for Finals jeffdgrady@hotmail.com or 832.633.5864
  6. Hi! I am looking for 2 or 3 tickets to DCI Finals! My price range is probably a bit on the low side, so I know this is a long shot. I am just wanting to get tickets that arent in the corners or around the sides, and I got scammed by someone already to the tune of $135 from another site so I will need some verification or to pay with some format that has protections against fraud.
  7. 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
  8. 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/
  9. So with all of the rumors swirling around, I was wondering what everyone's favorite I&E performance they ever saw, in person or online, was.
  10. GEM's Aaron Blackley did a fun little interview with the synth player from Genesis https://generaleffectmedia.substack.com/p/on-the-dot-ep-1-josh-tran-from-genesis?s=w Looks like they're doing a Texas Sized version of the Colts' Cornfield Tour, and some insight on the connection between Genesis and the Wizard of Oz.
  11. This just in: SOME ADULTS ARE DOING POSITIVE THINGS FOR DRUM CORPS PERFORMERS: https://marchingartseducation.com/scholarship/?mc_cid=c38757cfe6&mc_eid=ef0a8ecc15 Scroll down for profiles of the recipients.
  12. Hi all, I am selling off my DVD/VHS collection of DCI Finals Videos. All videos work and are in good condition. I will take $300.00 or BEST OFFER! Payment accepted via Venmo or Paypal. add $20.00 for shipping, and payment must be received prior to shipping videos If you're intersted, please text me at 971-319-0818 The lot of videos contains the following: Historical Series (VHS) 1988 – 1993 DCI Finals – Top 12 1994 DCI Finals – Top 12 (VHS) 1995 DCI Finals – Top 12 (VHS) 1996 DCI Finals – Top 12 (VHS) 1997 DCI Finals – Top 12 (VHS) 1998 DCI Finals – Top 21 (VHS) 1999 DCI Finals – Top 21 (VHS) 2000 DCI Finals – Top 21 (VHS) 2001 DCI Finals - Top 21 (VHS) Missing volume 1 DVDs 2002 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2003 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2004 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2005 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2006 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2007 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2008 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2009 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2010 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2011 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) 2012 DCI Finals all on DVDs (COMPLETE) Extras Cadets of the ‘00’s DVD Instructor Guide to Movement Fundamentals WGI (DVD) WGI 2000 Percussion World Championships (VHS) Dynamic Marching and Movement Volume 1 & 2 (DVDs)
  13. I got this in my inbox today due to my use of their services. No doubt this is an attempt to do some major PR control. I'm not sure what specifically made them want to send this out though. Maybe issues related to DCI, WGI, and MFA? "Dear #### I would like to take this opportunity to re-introduce Tresóna: who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Tresóna was started, and is currently staffed, by musicians, educators and music fans. We have created a simple and cost-effective licensing platform and are committed to protecting the rights of songwriters to make sure that they are rightfully compensated for their work. Thousands of hard-working songwriters and publishers are dependent on the royalties collected from the licensing of their music to survive. A vast majority of these publishers are small family businesses with one or two employees; they are not multi-national corporations. They are no different than the arrangers, choreographers, set designers, costume creators and thousands of others whose livelihood is dependent on a vibrant music industry. Music is the key ingredient and the foundation of all performance ensembles. Without songs, there would be no marching bands, show choirs, a cappella groups or any other musical performance group. The licensing of custom arrangements, which is required by the U.S. Copyright Act, is often one of the smallest line items in the budget of many ensemble programs. Most performance ensembles obtain the necessary licenses; however, there are some ensembles and organizations which refuse to do so. The abuse of the system by these groups for illicit financial gain has been shocking. There are large enterprises with ensembles that travel all over the country performing at both nonprofit and for-profit events. They pay enormous sums of money for choreographers, arrangers, contest entry, lighting, costumes, props and a host of other outside services. Despite having budgets of more than $500,000/year and generating surpluses of over $150,000/year, these organizations refuse to get the licenses they need and compensate songwriters for their songs. Rather than pay the relatively small licensing fee and promote proper licensing behavior, some ensembles have opted instead to retain high-priced lawyers and consultants to avoid obtaining the necessary licenses. When the dedication of this small group of ensembles deprives songwriters of their ability to make a living, Tresóna and the rights holders we represent are forced to defend these rights in court. When this happens, it is disappointing and begs the question: How can the community as a whole promote participation in the arts and suggest to students that a career in music is viable if it doesnt support the foundation of the entire music ecosystem - the songs and the songwriters? Tresóna is proud of the work we do and deeply value the excellent working relationships we have developed with thousands of arrangers, directors, music educators, parents and performers around the country. We are committed to partnering with, and listening to, the ensemble community so that we may grow these relationships, as well as nurture new ones. We thank you for your support and look forward to our continued relationship in the years to come. Best, Larry Mills EVP, Tresóna" ..... End of letter I absolutely understand the need for composers/arrangers/creators to be compensated. I also understand that there are groups (both scholastic and independent) that have extremely bloated design budgets. But in my opinion, this copyright situation is getting a bit out of hand, at least in regards to video performances. We are losing an opportunity to share with our younger generations the great performances organizations like DCI, WGI, and MFA have to offer. Our kids (and educators) are missing the ability to see their peers across the country achieve things that they didn't know were possible. I can't even purchase older BOA and WGI DVDs for our library anymore. What are your thoughts about what Tresona is saying?
  14. We have a large number of used G Bugles available. Most are in great condition but they are used and could use some polishing. Once again they are all G Bugles... Baritone: 5 - Dynasty 3 valve, silver plate, w/ case, excellent condition $480/each 3 - Kanstul 3 valve silver plate w/ case excellent condition $510/each Melophone: 2 - Dynasty 3 valve, silver plate, w/ case, excellent condition $400/each 1 - Dynasty 2 valve, chrome finish, w/ case, fair condition $230/each Soprano: 1 - Dynasty 3 valve, silver plate, w/ case, *crease in bell* $275/each 4 - Dynasty 3 valve, silver plate, w/ case, excellent condition $325/each 1 - Dynasty 2 valve, chrome finish, w/ case, fair condition $225/each 2 - Dynasty 2 valve no case fair condition $175/each Contra: 2 - Contra 2 valve, no case, fair condition $575/each 2 - Contra piston rotary, no case, good condition $375/each 1 - Kanstul Grande 3 valve, silver plated, no case, good condition $1775/each 1 - Kanstul Grande 3 valve, silver plated, no case, fair condition $1575/each 3 - Dynasty Magnum 3 valve, silver plated, no case, good condition $1175/each Can be sold singularly and in bulk. Price does not include shipping. Email me at Nick@MarchingUSA.com for more information as well as photographs.
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. Greetings! For about six months now I have hosted Sketchbook Podcast which focuses on creativity, preparation, & effort with artists, creators, & educators. Part 1 of the interview with Chris Komnick, executive director of the Madison Scouts, releases at midnight on April 13th. I fully realize that to many, Komnick and/or the Scouts tend to incite some polarizing posts and threads. But this episode is drum corps related and so I thought I would make sure to publicize here. Ep. 28, Part 1: Chris Komnick (Executive Director, Madison Scouts D&BC) So that you have an idea of what exactly we talked about, here are the bullet points for Part 1: Personal Profile Life, Education, and career Komnick's path from marching member to executive director. Is drum corps too expensive? Increase in costs, where does the tuition go, & how much does member tuition actually cover. The effects of BAC assembling their "super group" of designers and staff in 2016 & the California Wage & Hour Laws on DCI. Have the two coasts altered the financial landscape of DCI? Does the cancellation of the 2020 season function as a "financial reset" for DCI? The timeline and process behind deciding to become gender-inclusive. To some, this may not seem we got too deep into DCI and/or the Madison Scouts. But I assure you that Part 2 will definitely focus on the highs and lows of the Madison Scouts. Part 2 will release later this week. Sketchbook Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, & wherever fine podcasts are downloaded. Ep. 28, Part 1: Chris Komnick (Executive Director, Madison Scouts D&BC)
  18. 2005 Cadets member jacket and 2005 Cadets world championship ring are posted FS on eBay. Apparently the jackets aren’t even offered anymore because the original maroon material to make them isn’t available.
  19. Available for sale on eBay! 2005 cadets world champion ring and a 2005 Cadets member tour jacket. eBay link for ring ebay link for jacket
  20. Although this was written to the citizens of Alabama, it is relevant to every one in the country. Even more so to some in other states. Please read. https://www.al.com/opinion/2020/03/renowned-aids-expert-alabama-not-prepared-for-major-storm-of-covid-19.html
  21. Recent corps announcements introduced Drum Majors for the 2020 season. Many are pursuing music educations which sparked my curiosity about what a drum corps experience would equate to in a career for women. Like many, my experience in drum corps was mostly male with a few female players, but as drum corps has evolved, it seems like there has been an increase in female players. I've recently discovered Rachel Portman who is a cinematic composer and the following clips of some very talented female trumpet players on youtube. I would love to hear comments especially from the women on the forum and your experiences as a female brass player. There are many. Meanwhile, enjoy these few samples of some wonderful trumpet players Alison Balsom Song - III. Rondo - Minore - Maggiore Artist - London Mozart Players ________________________________________________________________________ Ten Thing Brass Ensemble plays Mozart's "Rondo alla turca" from Piano Sonata 11 in A major, K. 331 Published on Mar 28, 2017 The ten women of tenThing, the lively and distinctive Norwegian brass sensation, spent a day in Chicago as they made their way from concerts in California to performances in Virginia. In addition to sampling our city’s famous deep-dish pizza, they visited WFMT’s studios to perform on Impromptu. Watch them perform an all-brass arrangement of Mozart’s “Rondo alla turca,” from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major (K. 311) below. ________________________________________________________________________ Jazz Trumpeter Cindy Bradley In The DM Zone Plus Live Concert Footage The DM Zone TV Premiered Jun 18, 2019 A video interview also features some great live performance footage from Cindy Bradley Live At The Rhapsody Jazz Cafe! Enjoy this extraordinary musician. ________________________________________________________________________ Best of Melissa Venema - A Sampling of Melissa Venema Published on Sep 3, 2013 ________________________________________________________________________ The OHMI Trust - Alison Balsom talks about the Trumpet 260,994 views•Oct 18, 2012 ________________________________________________________________________ Introducing the Baroque Trumpet with Alison Balsom - Classic FM 6,081 views•Dec 20, 2019 What is a baroque trumpet (or a 'natural' trumpet) – and how on earth do you play it? ________________________________________________________________________
  22. Hello! Over the past half year I have been trying to compile a list of all the percussion caption heads throughout DCI, for what years they taught, and their corps they were with. Corps write "caption head" titles in different ways and these titles have meant different things throughout DCI history. For the purposes of this project, by percussion "caption head" I mean the head of the percussion section (think top honcho). EX. Colin McNutt: Boston Crusaders: 2017 - 2020 I've posted multiple forums like these over the internet, one here, and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this project. A special thanks to corps who have responded to my email requests and took the time to ensure that the information that I have is correct. The previous forum can be found here. Saying that, I have made a more organized google sheets file that is easier to use. Click this link to be taken to the google sheets file. If you want to contribute : Please leave a comment with the relevant info and a source if you can find one (not necessary). Here is the same post in "Historical Junior Corps Discussions."
  23. 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?
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