• From: Drum Corps of the 60s and 70s: Time to say "Good Bye" to Drum

    From hamrhed1@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Big Rich Soprano on Tue Mar 7 10:50:18 2017
    On Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1:07:14 AM UTC-7, Big Rich Soprano wrote:
    This is sic from that group. It's important enough to present here...

    Because of the Direction that "DCI" turned.
    Because of the way "DCA" is turning.
    Because "Mini Corps" is nothing more than a DCI type unit of 20 Brass
    and a Drum Set
    Because I am not into Band, Dance, Theater, Orchestra like Ensembles
    on the Field..
    Because my health is not all that great anyway.

    Now it seems to be time to say "Good Bye" to Drum Corps.
    ( I said "Good Bye" to Junior Corps Bands years and years ago. )

    Do not get me wrong. I am NOT saying that what is done today, in what
    is called "Drum Corps" is BAD. It is excellent. It is just not what I
    Most of today's things are more, "Band Theater", done on a football
    Like last few years. You can not take away from what the Buc's have
    done. Outstanding in every way. BUT, to me. I would have preferred the
    Empire Statesmen won. I also liked the Renegades a lot. They both seem
    to do "Old Style" in a "NEW Style" way. Yes there were others. Some
    more than others I enjoyed. Where as, to me. The "Buc's" were just
    another DCI World Class top 15 type thing. More for the Adjudicators
    (Judges) than the people in the stands. It works for them. Soooooo.
    GOOD for them. It is just, "not for ME". The Bushwakers were saying on another web site that the Average age for the group was "19 ". That is
    funny. due to the Fact that the Average age for a group in DCI W.C.
    top 12 is a few months short of/or just over 21. (not sure if you
    know, but, you you can march the FULL season in DCI at 22 years old,
    if your birthday is after JUNE 1st. That's before the season even
    begins.) Bush held an event in Toms River, NJ (where I live. NO I did
    not attend.) There was NO, None, 0 advertising to the general public.
    The Asbury Park Press (the 2nd or 3rd largest selling paper in the
    STATE. Had Nothing. (Before or After) Not even in the "Date Book"
    section. (Lists everything any group, or org has coming up. Seven days
    a week, and can be listed Weeks in advance.) Then on Sat. there is a
    special section of the paper that tells in detail. All about,
    Concerts, Festivals, Events of all kinds in Both Monmouth and Ocean
    Counties. No nothing in there either. No it seems they they were happy
    with the HS Band people and on places like DCP. But they did have a
    DCI style "Clinic" for HS Band "Kids" (which by the way Included
    woodwinds). Then their "event" which had 4 DCA groups and 3 BANDS.
    (and cost More than the ALL DCA, "8" group show in upstate NY) Well,
    GOOD. All went as planned and they are Happy. BUT how many MORE could
    have been there? Being a Very Large Retirement area (About 60 to 70%
    of the well over 200,000 in the area. Most from the North Jersey, NYC,
    and Philly area. Think any of them "Might" have taken part in a "Drum
    and Bugle Corps" ?)
    DCA and all is just becoming "DCI LITE" or "DCI All Age Weekends Only"
    Adults of 30, 40 or 50 years old will find it more and more impossible
    to take part. Due to Work, Home, Family and other Real Life things.
    Almost ALL the Cass A groups are the "New" DCI style. The number of
    Open Class changing to DCI style is growing every year. (Buc's - Minn.
    Brass - Bush leading the way) Let's face it if the Judges prefer that.
    Then Reward that. So that is what the different groups are going to
    do. Does not matter what the Crowd wants.

    SO !!!!!
    I think it may be time to say "Good Bye" to "Drum and Bugle Corps",My
    health (you can now add Cancer to my Asthma,COPD, and Diabeties),
    I wiill always miss the "Old Style" Entertainment that I so loved, but
    as they say, times move on, and so do Nancy and I.

    I hope all Go Forth and Prosper.
    Good Luck and Enjoy.
    ( what ever type thing you choose. )


    I agree with you 100%. I'm from Brick but, now I'm retired and live in Montana. I was with the Cabs in '72, '73 and '75. Things were starting to change way back then. Off the line from the corner instead of company fronts. I was pretty much done with
    drum corp when the color guards started coming out dressed in spandex no where near matching the corp they're with.

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