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  1. Crossmen announced their program last night. It is called above and beyond, Sounds like it will be good.
  2. 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
  3. We have a handful of corps that have the talent to win gold, which is outstanding. The sheer number of great ideas this year is more than I've ever seen in DCI, and I've been watching (or marching) since the mid-80s. What pains me most is when show designs hobble great talent, that demoralize almost as much as inspire. What I love to see most is a show design that empowers MMs to achieve their highest potential as performers, as people, and as artists, making the show itself into a work of art that transcends the idiom of drum corps. Usually, it's the show concepts that either click, or fail. A great concept will most always lead to a string of inspired, aesthetically-unified, and effective (GE) decisions in all captions. A poor concept will fail to a greater or lesser degree in all regards, including demoralizing MMs who have to live with it, act like they love it, but hate it secretly until afterwards, when they just end up regretting the decision they made to trust the design team and join the corps. That's the worst of all possible outcomes. Solution to poor design = Open Innovation Here's how to do it (though versions of this have been tried in the past, I'm well aware): 1. The design team must let go a bit and open up, instead of being like Charleton Heston ("...FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!!!!"). Egos must be shelved. It's OK, we have to tell the corps directors and design teams. You'll still get your salaries because you're paid to CO-innovate and collaborate, to execute the designs, and hardest of all: to teach a group of young people how to create art. People out there, including potential members who will actually perform the show, have great ideas. Closed innovation doesn't work anymore in business, and it doesn't work well in DCI, at least for several corps, and even sometimes for the very best organizations. (Object lesson: 12.25, 10, Yowza, etc.) 2. They solicit show ideas from fans and alumni, but do so in an organized way, requesting concept, music, arrangement, visual, uniform, flag, prop, etc., ideas that communicate that theme. A standard format and strict requirements for submitting show design proposals must be communicated, just like any professional proposal. I'm talking actual RFPs (requests for proposals). And they could even require that the ideas if rejected cannot be used by other DCI organizations, which would keep the IP (intellectual property) within the community, as it were. Even better: they could request (or even require) individuals and/or teams of future MMs submit proposals. Could be a component of their auditions. 3. They allow the community to view the ideas, comment, and vote. 4. They give the community 50% of the votes, and their team 50%, and the best idea wins. Maybe the second or fourth best ideas will win the following year(s). How could you go wrong with the above? The days of the dictatorial corps director mucking things up are numbered. Just like the days of white guys in cigar-filled rooms deciding which candidate from which prominent political family will represent their party for governor or president. (Oh wait.....) Closed innovation, top-down, dictatorial decisions are so 20th century. So pre-social media. So Greatest Generation. Charleton Heston died angry, red-faced, half-crazy, but reports say that he was holding his wrinkled shrunken antique piece. Don't let this happen to you, top-5 corps. Let go. This is the Millennial Generation marching. They want co-ownership in their organizations. They want to lend a hand, to be empowered, to express their voice, and invest everything they have in its success, from concept to execution, from paper to the Gold medal around their neck at Finals. Trust the alumni, fans, and most of all: future MMs, not just yourselves. Open Innovation will avoid show designs that are inept from the get-go. Open Innovation will yield gold.
  4. Kudos to the Sacramento Mandarins who helped the FREE Players Drum Corps move their equipment onto the field for their performance at DCI East in Allentown. Despite tight scores/rankings, highly competive seasons, and face-paced schedules, drum corps' MMs and staff continually go out of their way to help and support other drum corps organizations. What stories do you remember about being there for other corps or other corps being there for you? https://www.facebook.com/drumcorpsinternational/posts/10153524081974172
  5. Lots of DCI fans have really enjoyed the Sacramento Mandarins in 2015. Some see a bright future for the corps, possibly contending for a finalist spot in the next few years. How have you enjoyed the Mandarins this year? Field Pass Podcast: Mandarins have 'The Edge' in 2015 Link to Field Pass: https://soundcloud.com/drum-corps-international/20150731-fieldpass
  6. The Oregon Crusaders is pleased to present its 2015 program “The Midnight Garden”, with musical selections including Prokofiev’s "Cinderella Suite", Doss’s "Cantus" and Adams’ "Wild Nights". Join us when the clock strikes twelve and this mystical garden comes to life! We're also excited to debut our new website at oregoncrusaders.org The new modern-responsive design enables all forms to have a great view into the artistry and performance of one of the up-and-coming DCI World Class Corps. Learn more about the Oregon Crusaders organization today at oregoncrusaders.org.
  7. 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
  8. A couple of tight showdowns coming to DCI Arkansas (Little Rock). 1/10th separated Crossmen and Blue Stars and 5/100th separated OC and Mandarins in the previous evening at Broken Arrow, OK. Order of performance follows. 7:00 pm Mandarins 7:17 pm Jersey Surf 7:34 pm Pacific Crest 7:51 pm Oregon Crusaders 8:08 pm Colts 8:42 pm Crossmen 8:59 pm Blue Stars 9:16 pm Blue Knights 9:33 pm Santa Clara Vanguard
  9. Corps (in preforming order): Start Time: 7:30 PM Weather: -The Crossmen Partly Cloudy, high of 97 -The Bluecoats -Carolina Crown -The Blue Devils -Santa Clara Vanguard -Phantom Regiment -The Cadets -The Cavaliers WHO'S ALL GOING??? My Predictions: 1st: Cadets 2nd: BD 3rd: Coats 4th: Crown 5th: SCV 6th: Cavies 7th: Phantom 8th: Crossmen
  10. Greetings DCP Marketplace! I am looking for someone who might have an extra copy of The Blue Devil Book of Drumming they'd be willing to sell, or maybe if you have it on PDF - either way. Have tried eBay for a long time, but no luck. If so ... please feel free to email me: mbdrums@aol.com. Many thanks! Mark
  11. Greetings DCP Marketplace! I am looking for 2 vintage DCI LPs, that I would like to purchase: The 1974 Drum Corps International Championship Volume 3 Drum Corps International 1982 Championships Volume 1 If you might have one or both of these LPs and would be willing to sell them, please reply to this post or feel free to email me: mbdrums@aol.com. Many thanks and hope to hear from you! God Bless. Mark
  12. Percussionists: Please help an old brass player out. I'm normally a trombone/baritone instrumentalist and have played a lot of trumpet, also. I've had a little experience playing drums. I was a Junior in college and they needed 1 more snare (had 9, rank was for 10). I played one football season on snare and barely survived. The next 2 seasons I played bass drum -- really, a lot more fun. This was the old afterbeats/Sousa march style percussion, definitely not Drum Corps. So -- when I listen to a Corps' brass, I'm in familiar territory and think I could assess their ability fairly well. But, listening to today's Drum Corps style percussion, particularly the battery, all I hear is ratatatatatatatatatat (repeat as desired) flam Flam FLam FLAm FLAM FLAM FLAM FLAM ..... BOOM! Yet, here on DCP, there are folks who (allegedly) can pick out subtle difference between Corps X's and Corps Y's drum lines. I know I won't be that good, but I'd like to learn more. What do I listen for? What makes Corps X's battery better than Corp Y's? For those of you who play percussion and have heard the judges' tapes, what do they say pro and con? Inquiring minds want to know. Many thanks!
  13. Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps has declared to compete in Class A for the 2015 season! The decision to compete in Class A this year was not taken lightly, but the staff and administration are excited about the move and potential it brings to the drum corps. We just completed our "Super Camp" (four day camp) and it concluded with the performance of nearly 8 minutes worth of the show. This is a first for Alliance and we are very excited about the possibilities that this opens up for our corps as the season unfolds. We are very excited to be on track with doing our first full-run next weekend at the conclusion of camp! Alliance's interim corps director, Jeffrey Peterson, was clear from the beginning of the season that he wanted to maintain Alliance's commitment to excellence and set the corps on a solid path for success. The corps has welcomed 69 members to its ranks (including two drum majors and two alternates) and has made key changes in its operation to give its members the best education and experience possible. Furthermore, the corps' administration is committed to giving as many performance opportunities as possible this year, including attending three DCA shows, a local DCI regional, a parade tour and a friends and family performance. We hope that you will enjoy our program, "Sub-zero" this year, and I speak for all of us at Alliance when I say that we are excited to present it to you.
  14. In just a few Days Cabs At The Beach will be here take a look.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjCXR07rLqY Show date June 20th Order Tickets at Cabs.org Questions Email Akatzwaa@hotmail.com or call 973 945-5912
  15. So does anyone know why Spirit of Atlanta decided to switch to Kanstul brass instruments instead of Yamaha? I haven't heard whether Kanstul instruments are better, but I have heard it was because SOA got a sponsorship from Kanstul. I'm probably wrong but still... any ideas?
  16. BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME!!! First load of world series astroturf has arrived Help support the corps as we move towards our new home https://www.facebook.com/BlueSaintsDrumandbuglecorps/photos/a.299341480168509.46797.244957045606953/599991250103529/?type=1&theater
  17. So does anyone know why Spirit of Atlanta decided to switch to Kanstul brass from Yamaha? I had heard it was because of sponsorship but I'm not sure... Any ideas?
  18. Memorial Day Weekend Camp Here we go! It is time to start putting the show on the field. This weekend is our 3 day Memorial Day Camp, there will be new music and drill. This is not a sleep over camp, but each day will have a full schedule. Check in is 9am each day by the truck at Cabrillo Beach Youth Center and rehearsals will be just down the street at 22nd Street Park. Below are all the details. We are still accepting applications for membership in the corps. Please visit the membership page on our website, www.city-sound.org or email info@city-sound.org to request more information. Locations: Cabrillo Beach Youth Center 3000 Shoshonean Rd San Pedro, CA 90731. 22nd Street Park 226 E 22nd Street San Pedro, CA 90731 Schedule: 5/23/2015 9:00am – 5:00pm* 5/24/2015 9:00am – 5:00pm* 5/25/2015 9:00am – 3:00pm* End time is dismissal time from the park WHAT TO BRING: - Mouthpiece and Horn (if you have your own) - 1 Gallon Water Jug, filled - Hat or baseball cap - Athletic clothing and shoes - Pencil and 3-ring binder with inserts to hold music
  19. Since we've had electronics and amplification around for several years, let's discuss it's use in 2014 shows and how effective it was. I figure we can catagorize it in the following uses: Amplifying / Altering traditional DCI accoustic sounds (brass, battery, pic) Amplifying / Altering live voice Use of prerecorded voice Use of prerecorded sound effects Use of synthesized traditional non-DCI instruments (piano, guitar, organ) Use of other traditional synth sounds (bass, synth strings) Any other uses?
  20. The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps and the directors of the feature length documentary “Scouts Honor: Inside A Marching Brotherhood” are pleased to announce a special screening of the film in Concord, California. On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the movie will be shown at the Brenden Theatres located at 1985 Willow Pass Road in Concord. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the film will start at 7:00 p.m. Also appearing for a Q&A session after the screening will be director/producer Mac Smith and co-producer John “JT” Torrijos. Tickets are $10.00 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Blue Devils “C” Corps. As a special bonus, all ticket holders will receive a FREE small popcorn and a $9.00 voucher for a future movie at Brenden Theatres! There will be a limited number of tickets available at the theater on the day of the screening, so it is suggested that you buy tickets on-line beforehand. The directors of the film, both alumni of the Madison Scouts, have long wanted to make a documentary on the marching music activity and the Madison Scouts in particular, having realized years ago what an impact such an intense activity performed at such a young age had on their lives outside of music. Their goal is to raise awareness of positive youth activities, like drum corps, which craft young people into better adults which will ultimately benefit society. One of the aspects of the documentary that the filmmakers are particularly proud of is the sound recordings of the Madison Scouts’ field performances. Co-producer John “JT” Torrijos recorded the live performances with 5.1 audio mixing in mind, wanting to allow the listening audience in the theater to experience these powerful performances as if they were on the 50 yard line of an actual show. The filmmakers are convinced that anyone who watches the documentary in a theater will get pulled into the personal stories that they follow, as well as the “wow factor” of the live performance sound recordings that will keep audience members on the edge of their seats. The Blue Devils “C” corps is made up of kids in Northern California between the ages of 8 and 14 and they perform both in parades and field shows throughout the Spring and Summer. They can be seen at both the Stanford show and the Blue Devils “Family Day” along with both the “A” and “B” corps. To learn more about "Scouts Honor," including the movie trailer, character bios, filmmaker bios, and news items, visit: http://www.scoutshonormovie.com/ Please spread the word by utilizing the "invite" tool built into the Facebook Event Page for this screening. Have questions? Post them on this event, or contact us at screenings[at]scoutshonormovie.com
  21. Ever thought about each member of Blue Devils has a very distinct style and appearance? Do they audition people based on how they look too? Because almost all of them are attractive. Or is it just the fact that they are from California they have this natural celebrity look? Anybody have other thoughts?
  22. Who do you think will be placed where in this upcoming season? I'm really curious. And new to this!
  23. Hello! Is there a way to get old DCI & DCM, and Division III patches? I'm particularly interested in getting ones from 2001. Thanks in advance for your help!
  24. Health issues have forced me to auction my collection of drum corps and color guard pinbacks, See my eBay auction at; http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/161670744556?
  25. Murphy, Juwan Carolina Crown, Baritone Hello, I'm new to this community but my name is Juwan Murphy and I am currently a sophomore music performance and education major at the University of Central Florida with my focus on trombone. I started with music early with the piano in elementary school and in middle school joined the band in 7th grade and have been playing trombone since then. Ever since I started high school I have been intrigued by drum corp. The amount of talent and dedication that must of went in to achieve the feats that some did to me was incredible. As I started to get more into drum corp I began to love the sound that the crown brass had and could only dream of ever being a part of the horn line. I was always a great player but just the sheer amount of money that was required to participate in the groups made ever joining one seem impossible. After graduating highschool and working on my own I decided to take a leap of faith and audition for the corp of my dream Carolina Crown in 2014. Although showing potential I was cut the February camp and I was devastated. This disappointment only made me drive more and this year I re-auditioned got a contract! This will be my first year marching drum corp and as a 20 year old this is one of my last chances. I had believed the hard part was out of the way but realizing the limited work schedule I had due to school it caused my severe lack of funds and even though all of my money has gone to the corp that I made I was still severely behind on payments. Just in tuition alone I have $1,575 left to pay not to mention my camp fee, spring training, and uniform fees left. If you were to decide to donate your donation however small will greatly help me accomplish my dreams and give me a music educational experience I will always remember which would mean the world to me. To help you would need to follow this link to the Crown store and put my name down in the member name field at this link: http://www.thecrownstore.com/carolina-crown-member-sponsorship/ Also here is the Carolina Crown main website to find out more info on the corp: Carolinacrown.org Also I will leave my email address here to contact me directly for any more info: Jm543211092@gmail.com Please consider donating or possibly sharing this with someone who would like to donate and continue to grow drum corps. Be blessed :) Juwan Murphy