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  1. If you could hand pick Dan Acheson's successor as DCI's CEO, whom would you pick? I have seen people mention Dave Gibbs and David Glasgow already, but was hoping for people's thoughts and reasoning behind the picks. I'll go first. Robert Morrison - formerly of The Cadets, Music for All, VH1 Save the Music, Pearl Percussion, NAMM, etc. https://musicforall.org/board-of-directors/robert-b-morrison/ Bob ticks off a ton of the boxes that I would like to see. 1) Familiarity with drum corps (as he was former staff - the first front ensemble caption head for the C-Pit). 2) Experience in non-profit management. 3) Highly successful in business. 4) Very well respected by many within the music/arts community.
  2. New day heading towards a new season. Out with 2023 drum corps season, moving on to 2024. But before i look forward i and many of us still have many days ahead to still reflect on the Incredible 2023 season; on all the shows that was produced and performed. The level of talent across the board was impressive, the competitive nature of the young members were fierce and magnificent to watch. The return and battle for 12th in top 12, the rise of The Mandarins from previous 10th place to 6th. The return of Cadets, The resilience of Cavaliers, The battles of Troop, BS, Colts. The incredible designs and battles between Phantom, Mandarins, Cadets. The Spectacular show down of the top 4; BAC, BC, CROWN, BD was unmatched and thrilling, and the 21st victory of the BD Undefeated streak from 2022 to 2023, technically they haven't lost a show since finals 2019, which is another record in the history books. What would ya'll like to individually like to see Blue Devils explore for the 2024 show. Should it be a conceptual, and what kind of concept ? Should it be purely musical, and what musical genre would you like for them to explore ? Should it be another arts show ? Should it be light heart , or Dark themed ? Should be Story telling ?
  3. Will a more experienced, seasoned group keep the Ott, take the Zingali and Sanford, and finally 3-peat? Your thoughts?
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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/
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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)
  16. 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?
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 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)
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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? ________________________________________________________________________
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