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1 hour ago, bill said:

June 1st is the class declaration date, and then determination was made, being 4 this year.  Although, DCA can (and does) break their own rules----as example, no fines for some corps, allowing North American corps to be displaced from finals competition by none-North American corps....Hucs, Carolina Gold, Kilts, etc. have felt the sting of that over the years; by charter, DCA is for North American corps.

The voting membership remains the top 10 scoring North American corps from prelims. No "displacement" there.

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The question appears to be number of corps advancing to finals from prelims. Last year it was 3 finalists. This year it's 4.

The interesting thing is... They're coming over 2 weeks ahead of time.  They'll be in the Reading show.  They'll have a DCA score to enter Finals weekend with.  I'm not sure of the normal rules for go

It's DCA. rules can and have been amended on the fly...like 11th place getting into finals because their color guard was undefeated ( see 1986)

1 hour ago, Fran Haring said:

The voting membership remains the top 10 scoring North American corps from prelims. No "displacement" there.

Although----presently a North American corps is replaced among the "competitive" finals line-up when a non-North American corps is allowed in and, in turn, that displaced corps does not receive the financial perks (of being allowed to compete), much less compete itself.  In short, a North American corps can become a voting member with being a top 10 scored corps, and be sitting in the stands..........and with a lighter wallet as well.

Non-North American corps should be allowed to compete in prelims, to show their wares, then proclaimed complimentary international visiting champion----and allowed to put on a judged exhibition at finals; thus elevating the next qualifying North American corps up one slot from prelims....into finals.

One will never see an American corps even allowed to compete in any European or Asian drum corps circuit, from my understanding..........why, because, for one reason, they do not geographically qualify.

 

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4 hours ago, bill said:

Although----presently a North American corps is replaced among the "competitive" finals line-up when a non-North American corps is allowed in and, in turn, that displaced corps does not receive the financial perks (of being allowed to compete), much less compete itself.  In short, a North American corps can become a voting member with being a top 10 scored corps, and be sitting in the stands . . . . . . . . and with a lighter wallet as well.

Well, as long as the international corps speaks English or has desirable skills... 

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10 hours ago, bill said:

Although----presently a North American corps is replaced among the "competitive" finals line-up when a non-North American corps is allowed in and, in turn, that displaced corps does not receive the financial perks (of being allowed to compete), much less compete itself.  In short, a North American corps can become a voting member with being a top 10 scored corps, and be sitting in the stands..........and with a lighter wallet as well.

Non-North American corps should be allowed to compete in prelims, to show their wares, then proclaimed complimentary international visiting champion----and allowed to put on a judged exhibition at finals; thus elevating the next qualifying North American corps up one slot from prelims....into finals.

One will never see an American corps even allowed to compete in any European or Asian drum corps circuit, from my understanding..........why, because, for one reason, they do not geographically qualify.

 

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If the DCA Finals format is the same this year as in recent years, the 11th place open class corps will do an exhibition Sunday night. So even if they get bumped by Kidsgrove or whoever, they still get to perform. I don't see the problem here. 

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Only problem is if the scores are really tight ,that 11th place corps might have been able to move up by being judged.

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8 hours ago, Fran Haring said:

If the DCA Finals format is the same this year as in recent years, the 11th place open class corps will do an exhibition Sunday night. So even if they get bumped by Kidsgrove or whoever, they still get to perform. I don't see the problem here. 

For one reason (of several)----money.  Historically finalist (Open and Class A) receive extra "share points".  One share point is equal to a set amount of money.  Another point is "status", within the drum corps community and to the everyday fan.

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22 minutes ago, scottmkeen said:

I can confirm, from a very reliable source, that there will be 4 corps in class A finals. 

So if there's only 4 corps that will be there for Class A, everyone makes finals?  

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15 hours ago, bill said:

For one reason (of several)----money.  Historically finalist (Open and Class A) receive extra "share points".  One share point is equal to a set amount of money.  Another point is "status", within the drum corps community and to the everyday fan.

Why do you care you don't have a horse in the race. I welcome Kidsgrove to DCA. The fans actually like and enjoy them. Thanks for coming Kids look forward to seeing you. 

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