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1 hour ago, HockeyDad said:

So the director and executive director can distance themselves from competitive results?  Then why are they needed at all? To rent busses?

The most successful drum corps organization in DCI history is ran as a business which in turn facilitates performing ensembles. They figured out long ago that excellent business people, those who succeed at running a multi-million dollar per-year business, see the necessity in staying far away from creativity; and that excellent creative people are horrible at running a business. They know that the ED should be strictly an adminitrative business position; one who not only hires the best creative staff, but also stays out of their creative way. The thousands of failed corps never learned that lesson.

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A reminder, the current design team and show concept is EXACTLY what many zealot alumni have been demanding, pressuring, yelling, screaming, shouting, crying that they wanted, and what they KNOW will bring back the Madison Scouts. They think the crowd will eat it up and all will be right with the organization. Most of the crowd will not eat it up and the talent of the past won't be there. The performances are for the crowds, but first and foremost for the members. The entire experience, on and off the field each summer, is for the members first. These are members in 2019, not 1999, 89, 79, etc.. Members/potential members are smart, well-informed, and demand that what they get is something worth their time, efforts, talents, and soul. Madison may have been able to provide in one of these regards, maybe two at some time, but not all four. Potential members love today's drum corps activity,  just as we all loved the era in which we marched. To want members to live an alumni's experience from "back in the day" is narrow-minded and self-serving. Perhaps Dan and Chris have been so beaten up by thousands of such alumni for the past few years that they finally said, "OK, we give in. Have it your way." The current design team will also share some blame. Why do you accept a design assignment from an iconic drum corps that has been struggling to stay in finals and to attract the talent they once did when you have not created a highly competitive show with a band, drum corps, or indoor ensemble on any consistent basis for decades? 

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I'm excited to see what they do.  I hope it works.  Can we please wait and see how this thing looks on the field before we blow everything up?  Go Scouts!

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12 minutes ago, dark-helmet said:

I'm excited to see what they do.  I hope it works.  Can we please wait and see how this thing looks on the field before we blow everything up?  Go Scouts!

Totally agree!

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On 5/19/2019 at 8:40 AM, tigger2 said:

A reminder, the current design team and show concept is EXACTLY what many zealot alumni have been demanding, pressuring, yelling, screaming, shouting, crying that they wanted, and what they KNOW will bring back the Madison Scouts. They think the crowd will eat it up and all will be right with the organization. Most of the crowd will not eat it up and the talent of the past won't be there. The performances are for the crowds, but first and foremost for the members. The entire experience, on and off the field each summer, is for the members first. These are members in 2019, not 1999, 89, 79, etc.. Members/potential members are smart, well-informed, and demand that what they get is something worth their time, efforts, talents, and soul. Madison may have been able to provide in one of these regards, maybe two at some time, but not all four. Potential members love today's drum corps activity,  just as we all loved the era in which we marched. To want members to live an alumni's experience from "back in the day" is narrow-minded and self-serving. Perhaps Dan and Chris have been so beaten up by thousands of such alumni for the past few years that they finally said, "OK, we give in. Have it your way." The current design team will also share some blame. Why do you accept a design assignment from an iconic drum corps that has been struggling to stay in finals and to attract the talent they once did when you have not created a highly competitive show with a band, drum corps, or indoor ensemble on any consistent basis for decades? 

 Wow they haven’t even stepped one foot on the competitive field this summer and you got it all figured out...that this is going to be a dismal failure.  

Look forward to revisiting this in August. 

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On 4/22/2019 at 3:11 PM, queenanne_1536 said:

CK and DP should have been toast after 2018, if not 2016 and 2017.

Yup

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On 5/9/2019 at 10:19 AM, PhantomPhan91 said:

Agreed! Here is the link to the updated video by DCI detailing more of the show design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIO7eRyAdsI 

The simplicity of it all will be a stark contrast to the current trends and nature of the activity. No doubt they will capture the crowd! No inherent concept or story, no props or set pieces, just the theme of entertainment and the feeling of "...the Madison Scouts are putting their foot on your throat." as Mr. James Elvord suggests. I'm stoked!

 

I truly hope that other corps follow the Scouts "no props" idea.

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Just listened to Simon Dobson's Backlash....Wow! If they play it anywhere close to the original, it's gonna

blow the stands down. It's punchy/jazzy/funky/powerful!!

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