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  1. 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)
  2. What in the world is stopping FLO/DCI/Corps from securing the Sync Rights to offer a DVR Service, To offer Full audio and Video recording of past shows? Surely ASCAP and BMI don't intend to stop a free market. The prices for these fees are negotiable.. Quick math here tells me FLO is charging $150 a year per person. I venture to say they have 20k to 30K Active FLOmarching subscribers. So annually they get 3 million to 4.5 Million is Revenue from Subscribers. (just ballpark, I'd be curious to know the true number, my estimates where based on the fact that they have 105,000 Instagram Followers) After paying the cost for the people running shows, maybe 4-5 people per show that are on tour you'd figure that they are hanging onto at least 1.5 - 3.5 Million after cost. Wouldn't there be some room to secure a sync license for each show. And if the cost is so prohibitive, then why wouldn't DCI help FLO in sharing this cost. Why wouldn't DCI try to get Exceptions from the rights holders and argue for the educational value of these performances to bring the prices down.. IF having the Sync right to the shows (that allowed for DVR and Archives) meant that the cost of the annual subscription went up $50 per subscriber wouldn't you pay to have that access? I would, in a heartbeat. I don't know the details but It just seems to me like DCI freaked out after having the copyright issues questioned/fined a couple of years back and sold their soul to the First company who came along. Why can't DCI sell Ads to recoup the cost of the additional Sync licensing fees. I would not mind to see ads from the top Sponsors in the activity run throughout the stream similar to what we have for Regionals and Finals right now.Run ads during the Archives so that the Sponsors get maximum exposure for their buck. What about Selling Title Sponsorship, Similar to what is happening tonight at Belton, the Yamaha DCI Regional Championship, Like College Football Bowls but for DCI. Anything but sitting back and allowing Flo to destroy the product for now the third year is just simply crossing your hands and giving up while Taking in loads of cash. At this point if I were DCI, When this current Multi-year contract ends, I would hire 20 Intern Aged kids give them 3 Really good Cameras (One for each recording crew) Two boom Mics each to follow the tours around and provide a live recording from the box at each show. Stream the shows through Twitch or some other well established Streaming service that can handle the bandwidth of 25,000 Viewers and spend the rest of the money on the fees required to have DVR function and watchable archives of shows during the season. Prioritize whats important, Good High quality streams that wont fail because of limited bandwidth. Great Sound Quality, "In the stands" Sound that are exactly what an audience member would hear sitting in the stands. Little to no shows that are not Live streamed, Guarantee all TOC level shows are Live. DVR Functionality during the Live Performance time + 3hours. Archives of shows, In-season that can be watched at any point. Not Important In the lot access, Lothype, Youtube and other Independent media companies have this avenue covered, if you wanted to watch something in the lot you can probably watch it without having to watch through FLO. Designer Interviews, Dan Potter and Marching Roundtable are doing an amazing job of this already and if given official access through DCI can cover all of the corps and news during the pre-season to satisfy the fans who crave BTS access. Multicam run by an unexperienced person that is making poor decision on what to focus on and when. Please do better DCI.
  3. 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
  4. Hey beautiful people! So here are my thoughts. I've been living in Vegas for a year now and there is not much of a WGI presence out here. UNLV has an IO guard but that's the extent of it. I want to start an IW guard here (and maybe IO, IA and scholastic if the interest dictates). My previous groups used bingo halls for funding as many do. I have some connections with a number of businesses out here that may be willing to help with initial start up. I was thinking that since the casino/gambling industry is so large out here, perhaps one or more companies would be willing to sponsor us if we advertise for them. There is a strong sense of community and local support in this city and it could potentially make the difference. I am also curious as to how many people in the area would be interested in this. Are there others here who want a world guard? Has this been attempted before in this area? Are there people who want to teach and march? Help with competitions and the like? Everything in between? I marched Bluecoats, Empire Statesmen and Patriots IO (including others that do not have name recognition so I won't list them). Drop some words if you have the desire! Let's make something cool!
  5. Selling a pair of upper deck seats. Friday and Saturday both available. Sit up high: section Q row 16. Seats are in section to the left of the press box, if you are on the field looking up, and nearly the same height as press box. I will eat the service fees. Tickets are being sold at $45 face value. Total price $180.
  6. Legends seems to be in a pretty dire situation financially. They need significant funds to keep the corps moving down the road to Indy. Take a look at the video from their director and consider helping them out if you can: https://www.classy.org/campaign/legendsnow/c138390
  7. We have some Used Keyboards for sale, used for no longer than 2 WGI Seasons. Dynasty 4.3 Octave Marimba with cover $3,300 Yamaha 3 octave Vibraphone yv-2700 One with cover $2,800 Dynasty 3 octave vibraphone $3,000 Dynasty 3 1/2 octave xylophone with cover $2,200 Premier 4.3 octave Marimba W/ Titan Field Frame $3,200 Premier 4.3 octave Marimba $2,900 Email me at Nick@marchingusa.com for more information including photographs.
  8. Have you guys heard about the StreetBeat5K? It's a 5K run/walk/jazz run that takes place the Saturday of DCI Finals. The fee is only $35, and HALF of your fee goes to support the music program of your choice. You can support your favorite corps, or even a marching band program, if you want! The run is timed, and you get a nice T-shirt out of the deal. I ran last year and had a blast. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you there! (I'll be the one in the red and black/ 9 rings of hell outfit on.. because dressing up for 5Ks is fun!) Susie Harloff http://www.streetbeat5K.com http://www.dci.org/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=965782&SPID=166025&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=210228437&DB_OEM_ID=33500
  9. Have you guys heard about the StreetBeat5K? It's a 5K run/walk/jazz run that takes place the Saturday of DCI Finals. The fee is only $35, and HALF of your fee goes to support the music program of your choice. You can support your favorite corps, or even a marching band program, if you want! The run is timed, and you get a nice T-shirt out of the deal. I ran last year and had a blast. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you there! (I'll be the one in the red and black/ 9 rings of hell outfit on.. because dressing up for 5Ks is fun!) Susie Harloff http://www.streetbeat5K.com
  10. Hey gang. I've been trying to get the word out about a new DCI SoundSport group that is desperately trying to form out of a bad situation in Doylestown, Ohio. The alumni from Chippewa High in Doylestown were once a state competitive dynasty getting superior ratings at State Finals to winning a BOA regional title. In April we learned all of our trophies and hard work were thrown into a dumpster by the school (no sports trophies were destroyed...hrm). Trophies from the same program that delivered many DCI and DCA performers as well as a director of the US Marine Corps band. Obviously forming a SoundSport is hard work (and brasslines don't buy themselves), but we definitely have the staff and talent to do it, but we need some serious help getting our name and story out. www.rogueshollowregiment.com
  11. Sorry all, likely wrong topic but this should be seen by as many people as it can be. GoFundMe typically takes 8 or so percent away from the donations marchers recieve as operating costs plus another 3 percent to go to whomever handles the money (in GFM's case, WePay), and this site http://www.youcaring.com/, only takes the 3 percent to distribute money as well as offering PayPal as an option too. For anyone looking to fundraise, this is a far better idea than GoFundMe. I estimate ive lost 80 or 90 bucks to GoFundMe that could have been put towards fees.
  12. Hello, my name is Alexis Macy. I have been contracted to march baritone with the Sacramento Mandarins for their 2015 season. This is a major dream come true for me because I have always wanted to march with a corps, but I never though I could because Im primarily a flute player. I had taught myself baritone (I have been playing for about 9 months now) and I never thought I wouldve been good enough. But now I have been contracted and I have the chance to live my dream. However, there are a lot of fees associated with drum corps. My tour fees plus round trip flight for April is $1600. I am in desperate need for help with this fee. My parents are doing all they can, but they also have financial committments, which means it is up to me to try to raise the funds. If you, or anyone you know could possibly help, I have a gofundme account with which you can donate. My gofundme is gofundme.com/mandarinsme. Any donation is greatly appreciated! Please, I really need help. It would be heartbreaking if I couldnt march my dream due to lack of finances. Thank you!
  13. Generally speaking, what are the basic ins and outs of running an open class corps? I've heard that the biggest expenses are gasoline, housing, and food, but I have no clue what the rough dollar amounts for those tend to be among OC corps. And then buses and instruments are capital expenses (up front) that you can maintain for years - correct me if I'm wrong. I'd just like some clarification and discussion. EDIT: this is not me trying to start a corps. This is solely for the purpose of wanting to know for my own interest.
  14. Hi everyone! My name is Gabriel Cabrera. I'm a sophomore at Southwestern Illinois College and the University of Kentucky. In addition to being a full time college student, I am an avid fan of marching music, especially DCI. With only 2 years of eligibility left, I figured the only thing better than watching DCI would be to finally take the initiative and join a group for the 2015 season! I'm a clarinet player by trade, but hope to put my brass experience to use by marching tuba for the Colts of Dubuque, IA, in 2015! Being out of the St. Louis area, I have to drive a considerable distance for camps. The five hour drive plus food, camp costs, and overall membership costs will make this close to a $3600 price tag. I do work part time, so I hope to make up as much of the costs on my own as I can. However, I'd appreciate the help all the same. I've already nailed down the first $1000, so I'm already well on my way! If you would like to help me march this summer, please message me through this site, email me at the address below, or go to http://www.gofundme.com/gabedci2015 I hope you'll consider helping me make the most of this amazing opportunity. Thank you, Gabriel Cabrera Email address: gabe.cabrera@gmail.com
  15. Hello DCP Community, My name is Justin Wilkins I am in my fourth and age out year with the Blue Stars Color guard, The past three years that I have spent with the Blue Stars have been the most inspiring, challenging, and overall greatest years of my life. The organization means so much to me for it has not only made me a stronger performer but a stronger, well rounded person. To let you know a little more about myself I am full time and senior student at Columbia College Chicago studying Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management with a concentration in touring and producing live music. With my degree and my love for the life of living on the road my future career goal is to be a tour manager for a performing artist. Going on tour not only gives me the wonderful experience of drum corps but also experience that can help me in my future career goals. Aside from attending school full time I also a coach the Lake Park High School color guard in Roselle, Illinois. Who just finished their 2014 winter season finishing 24th in Scholastic A. On top of school tuition and rent it is becoming very difficult for myself to make payments for my age out summer. This why I am reaching out to you for any help you could possibly offer. After 3 years of hard work, passion, and dedication I could not explain how much this corps and activity has truly left an impact on my life. Which is why I cannot simply let myself miss out on what is expected to be the most rewarding, emotional, and unforgettable summer yet. I completely understand that times are difficult for everyone but I cannot stress enough that any donation regardless of how big or small is more than appreciated. I cannot do this without your help. Finis Coronat Opus; The end crowns the work. I understand that my post is not a discussion topic that is typically posted on this site. I am desperate in finding any funds that I possibly can so I can march my age out summer. When I say anything is appreciated I mean ANYTHING. If you are interested there are a couple of ways to sponsor a member. With the chance that I receive any donations from this site in order to prevent flooding the office with invoices I have made a GoFundMe account (http://www.gofundme.com/8ay9m0). It is understandable if you don't want to donate through this site but is just an easier option for the office as well as for me to keep track of what is being donated. 1) A direct sponsorship By sending a check to: Blue Stars P.O. Box 2523 La Crosse, WI 54602-2523 **While writing the check please be sure to put Justin Wilkins Sponsorship in the Memo/For line. ** 2) By Credit Card Visit: http://shop.bluestars.org/member-tuition-payments/member-tuition-payment/ (Enter the amount you want donate for dues in the "Quantity" field.) 3) Via telephone Call the office at 608-782-3219 to pay via credit card. Thank you for your time. Justin Wilkins
  16. Hi DCPers! I cannot wait to record our new music! If you enjoyed Resonance and are looking forward to hearing where I take the next album, watch my kickstarter video below. Be an integral part of this next project. We've put together some very fun incentives for helping us reach our goal including the Monette Prana Ajna Bb trumpet used to record "Resonance". We can do this together! Please share, spread the word and donate if you're able! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/egogrowth/joey-pero-album-jazz-trumpet Much love! jP
  17. My name is Kyle Oyama and in currently a member of an independent open color guard group called Vox Artium, located in San Diego. I have yet to experience WGI as a performer (not even a regional), and this is probably the last chance I'm ever going to have to make it happen. I greatly appreciate any kind of help I can get! If you can find it in your heart to donate to a fellow color guard member, I will love you forever! Even if it's just a dollar. Also, if you can refer me to people/businesses you know that would be interested in supporting me that would be amazing. Thank you so much, in advance, for the help and for simply reading all of this. Here is the link you can go to to donate: http://www.gofundme.com/Send-me-to-Dayton Please feel free to share this with anyone/everyone you know, and post it on your social networking sites as well!
  18. Update location and More information about the day of open house. Coming off one of their most successful shows in many years, the Hawthorne Caballeros are proud to announce their 68th annual Open House for 2014 is at the Lincoln Middle School, in Hawthorne, New Jersey, will be the site of the two day event that will be held on November 30 and December 1, 2013. There is a $25.00 registration fee for returning members and $50.00 for new applicants. These funds will be applied to your dues if you make the 2014 Caballeros. For further details and warm-up packages for each of the sections, stop by our web site www.cabs.org register for open house and we will send you the latest news and information. There are openings in all sections and behind the scenes too. We hope you join us! Hawthorne Caballeros www.hawthornecaballeros.org The world famous Hawthorne Caballeros are proud to announce their selections for the Caption Head positions for the 2014 season. Recruiting for the upcoming campaign are well under way. These are the educators who will lead each of sections to success! Russ Batsch – Brass Caption Head
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