Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The X-corps?

There is some movement to create a competitive A-class DCA corps (That means senior all age folks) in the southern Ontario area. Follow the Facebook link for more info (Facebook account is not required to read):

Hello Ambassadors Alumni

I am sending this email to your organization with a message of hope and possibility.

Many drum corps are banding together and combining resources to create a new DCA corps in Southern Ontario.

We have high hopes and the momentum is building.

We are asking you if there is any interest with this idea.

This could be in the form of volunteers, marching members or old equipment.

Please respond to this email with any suggestions or assistance that you can offer.

Please check out the Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=158197110862715&ref=ts

Hope that we can chat soon.

Jason Adams

Conqueror 2

Executive Director

(905) 920 - 3654

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Another tagline

I just read this in a post from drumcorpsplanet.com. I will paraphrase:

They're so old they aged out of the alumni corps!

Canadian Nationals 1981: and the score is...

I have had question from an alumnus of the Blue Saints. He is asking for scores from the 1981 Canadian Nationals in Windsor. Does anyone have then in their scrapbook? Unfortunately they are missing from corpsreps.com and all I have on the Ambassadors site is the placement in "B" class. If you know make a comment on this post. In particular we would like to know the placement and score of the Blue Saints who should be in "C" class in ODCA in 1981.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Blue Saints are in Open Class semi-finals!

Good job Saints! (photo from 2009)

Historic firsts as corps jockey for position at Open Class Semis


Blue Saints (16th, 59.40) had a record-breaking season in 2010. Jordan Alvey, battery percussion, summed it up: “We’ve come a long way,” he explained. “We started two months ago, got the music memorized, then learned the drill. They’ve become a group I’m very proud to have taught. It’s been their highest season yet and I’m proud to be a part of that.” The corps’ score is a full four points higher than last year.

Today was a milestone in their long history. Fifth-year mellophone Daniel Faubert said, “We’ve been doing well for our corps this year. We’ve broken record after record set for ourselves. Making Semifinals was a huge thing for us because we’ve never been to the Semifinals ever before.”

CNN's take on the G7

As a follow up to an incident where George Hopkin's car was vandalized CNN looks into the G7 proposal and it's implications for the future of drum corps as an activity. (Plus there's a cool video!) Librarian comment: This is classified as a business story?

Trouble at 'Marching Music's Major League'

A powerful group of players known as the 'G-7' has sparked tumult amid accusations of a hostile takeover attempt.
This drama isn't being played out in a corporate boardroom but on the football field, as marching groups converge on Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Finals on Saturday.

Friday, August 13, 2010

My little survey: Results

Here are my results. I will add the additional comments but reword them so as to keep people from being identified.

There were 72 attempts at the survey of which 62 (or 86.1 %) were completed

1. "What is your gender?"
Male: 91.2% for 62 responses
Female: 8.8% for 6 responses
Would rather not say: 0% for 0 responses

answered question 68
skipped question 4

2. "Please indicate your age. (If you do not wish to do so please leave this space blank and continue to the next question.)"
Response average: 44.27
Total responses: 64

answered question 64
skipped question 8

3. "Please indicate your involvement, if any, in the drum and bugle corps activity (select all that apply)."

No prior knowledge of drum and bugle corps 1.4% 1
Currently participating/performing with a DCI member corps 1.4% 1
Currently participating/performing with a non-DCI corps (junior or senior) 4.2% 3
Alumnus (former member) of a drum and bugle corps 66.2% 47
Parent of participating member 14.1% 10
Instructional staff of a corps (currently or formerly) 21.1% 15
Support/Administrative staff of a corps 12.7% 9
Audience member (live or online) 56.3% 40
Journalist 7.0% 5
Would rather not say 1.4% 1
Other: 12.7% 9
Band Director, Scholarship administrator, Fan, Friend of alumni, Senior corps alumni, Volunteer, Drum Corps Judge

answered question 71

skipped question 1

4. "During the DCI competitive season June to August how often do you visit the dci.org web site"

I have today used the site for the first time 1.4% 1
I visit the site less than once a month 2.8% 2
I visit the site once a month or so 5.6% 4
I visit the site once a week 19.7% 14
I visit the site once a day 35.2% 25
I visit the site more than once a day 31.0% 22
Would rather not say 0.0% 0
Other: 4.2% 3
few times per week, Fan Network subscriber
answered question

skipped question

5. "From September to May how often do you visit the dci.org web site?"

I have today used the site for the first time 1.4% 1
I visit the site less than once a month 15.5% 11
I visit the site once a month or so 32.4% 23
I visit the site once a week 36.6% 26
I visit the site once a day 8.5% 6
I visit the site more than once a day 2.8% 2
Would rather not say 0.0% 0
Other: 2.8% 2
Visit for downloads, 2-3 times per week
answered question

skipped question

6. "What are you looking for at the dci.org website? (select all that apply)"

I am searching for scores/recaps from competitions 93.9% 62
I am looking for information about a particular DCI member organization 48.5% 32
I am looking for information about the Drum Corps International organization 19.7% 13
I am looking for information about the drum corps activity in general 40.9% 27
I am looking for a podcast 22.7% 15
I am looking for video or audio to purchase and download 28.8% 19
I am looking for ticket information 45.5% 30
I am looking for the DCI tour schedule 78.8% 52
I am looking for information about live streaming of DCI events 37.9% 25
I am looking for information about the DCI Hall of Fame 12.1% 8
I am looking for information about scholarships 3.0% 2
I am looking for contact information for the DCI organization 6.1% 4
I am not looking for anything in particular 12.1% 8
Other (please specify) 10.6% 7
Photos, general drum corps information, free audio/video, arrangements, DVDs, score archive, Fan Network
answered question

skipped question

7. What methods of navigating/finding your way through the dci.org do you use? (select all that apply)

I use the menus on the site to get to the page/information I need 71.2% 47
I use links from the home page (the first page) to get the information I need 59.1% 39
I use a link from another website to get to the information I need 10.6% 7
I have bookmarked the pages I use on the site 15.2% 10
I "Google" (or use some other search engine) for the page I am looking for 4.5% 3
Other (please specify) 1.5% 1
DCI E-Mails

answered question

skipped question

8. "What features, content or information might you wish to see at dci.org that is currently not part of the website? (select all that apply)"

Staff, Member or Director blogs 59.3% 32
Additional podcasts 25.9% 14
Live score updates (e.g. without streaming video) 50.0% 27
Additional news feeds (i.e. RSS) 25.9% 14
Recent tweets/Twitter updates 25.9% 14
Other (please specify) 7.4% 4
Historical photo archive, more video on demand, schedule in iCal format, satisfied

answered question

skipped question

9. "I have been using the internet and web browsers for approximately"[...]

less than 1 year 0.0% 0
1 year 0.0% 0
2 years 0.0% 0
3-5 years 6.3% 4
6-10 years 15.9% 10
10-15 years 36.5% 23
16-20 years 41.3% 26
Other (please specify) 0.0% 0

answered question

skipped question

10. "Some other web sites I visit to find information about drum and bugle corps are:"

www.facebook.com 59.7% 37
www.twitter.com 32.3% 20
www.wikipedia.org 19.4% 12
www.corpsreps.com 62.9% 39
www.marching.com 4.8% 3
www.dcacorps.org 21.0% 13
www.drumcorpsworld.com 19.4% 12
www.drumcorpsplanet.com 95.2% 59
www.drum-corps.net 1.6% 1
www.drumcorpstalk.com 1.6% 1
www.drumcorpswiki.com 6.5% 4
None of the above, or no other sites used 0.0% 0
Other (please specify) 12.9% 8
Corps websites, www.ilmarching.com, www.indianamarching.com, Field&Floor, www.SnareScience.com, Cavaliers alumni website (members only), ----------/brad/1254, bknights.org/scores/standings.asp, www.soundmachine.org

answered question

skipped question

Comments: The text that appears after the "Other" response is my transcription of what people wrote as a comment. (It was all clean. thanks guys!). A skipped question is distinct from replying "Would rather not say".

Apologies for the formatting. If there is anything that is difficult to figure out, please post here and I will edit for clarity.

In retrospect I left some choices out, such as "Judge" in question 3 and a few obvious choices for websites such as Field and Floor were left out of question 10.

Thanks everyone for participating. It did help me complete my assignment.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Website and e-mail are back!

humorous pictures

Telus had a serious lightning strike over the weekend which affected e-mail and apparently their webhosting as well. If you notice anything broken on the Ambassadors site let me know.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I can haz 404 error

funny pictures of cats with captions

Telus.com is having some problems tonight. It means that I can't get my e-mail, but also that my website is down as well. This includes all of the Ambassadors alumni site.

If you need to get at it while Telus is hopefully fixing things here, try the Internet Archive's WayBack machine at this link:


Thursday, July 08, 2010

My informal survey re: dci.org

My studies are interrupting the fun here but at least this is drum corps-related:

As part of my work for my course in Information Architechure this summer I am collecting some responses to the DCI web site. No prior experience required. It's not a big deal; I am in need of only a few responses, so follow the link if you are so inclined...

dci.org survey

I will post some aggregate results (assuming there are any) when I am done.


Thursday, June 03, 2010

G7 continued: from Dan Acheson, executive director, DCI

I forgot to add this open letter from Dan Acheson

From the desk of the DCI Executive Director

My Dear Friends:

Last evening seven member corps of Drum Corps International simultaneously posted a press release. Shortly thereafter an article was posted on the independent Drum Corps World website titled "DCI member corps divided on group’s future direction and leadership." Both the press release and the article were the result of discussion and action taken recently at a regularly scheduled DCI Board of Directors meeting.

One can only conclude from reading the press release and the article that there is a philosophical division among the member corps as to the best course for the future of Drum Corps International. Unfortunately this is true. Some of the actions taken in the past several weeks could be interpreted to be either detrimental to the future of the organization or perhaps a necessary discourse to lead the drum corps experience into a positive direction. Others may contend that this is a dark moment in Drum Corps International’s 38-year history, which in its very own mission statement claims to be "a cooperative fraternity of its member drum corps."


(more here: http://www.dci.org/news/view.cfm?news_id=95c3c78f-b6e2-4fa1-8edb-e743bb101e38 )

Monday, May 31, 2010

DCI (indirectly) responds to the "G7"

So to follow-up with this story:

Board meets in Indianapolis, reviews 2010 plans

The 2010-2014 Business Plan, approved by an eight to one vote of the previous board in September 2009, calls for an additional across-the-board increase in corps appearance fees for all World Class corps. The newly-seated board affirmed its commitment to the vision which drove the plan and its acceptance; a focus on increasing participation opportunities, increased engagement with the scholastic music education universe and leadership entrusted to serve all of the corps functioning under the DCI umbrella.

“Our vision for the future of Drum Corps International is one of greater inclusion,” said Mark Arnold, Chairman of Board of Directors. “We strive to create more opportunities for young people to experience the unique attributes of the drum corps lifestyle and to gain important life skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.”

These thoughts were echoed by Dan Acheson, DCI Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the past several years, many things have come into focus, and we understand better than ever the opportunities we have to make a profound difference in the lives of those who directly participate in the drum corps activity, and in the lives of those who support these outstanding young people. We’re looking forward to embracing these numerous and varied opportunities to enable the organization and all of the member corps to thrive in the fulfillment of our respective missions.”

Additional tactical elements of the plan call for a number of initiatives designed to develop new fans, preserve existing fans and re-establish relationships with “legacy” fans. Tactical execution of this multi-faceted approach to audience growth will center on a series of promotional and engagement programs including the establishment and implementation of "town hall" and "fan roundtable" forums.



Monday, May 24, 2010

There's something happening here...

The "G7" proposal has stirred things up in North American drum corps circles. Some say it is as significant to the activity as the 1969 Rules Congress Walkout ( http://drumcorpswiki.com/Anton_%22Tony%22_Schlechta ). Judge for yourself and join in the dust up at drumcorpsplanet.com :

... It laid out plans for seven of DCI’s most recently successful World Class corps -- Blue Devils, The Cadets, Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard, Bluecoats and Phantom Regiment -- to essentially take over the administrative leadership of the organization by receiving more authority on legislative matters.

If the presentation were to eventually be accepted as a proposal, those corps would also conduct their own shows in major cities on Fridays and Sundays during the DCI tour and potentially receive a higher percentage of all tour revenue. ...
DCI Member corps divided on group’s future direction and leadership - http://www.drumcorpsworld.com/articles.cfm?id=811

Discussions have been underway since January to explore how Drum Corps International (“DCI”) might better serve the interests of all drum corps, including those groups who have a history of success for the past 20 years or more.

NEW TOURING CONCEPT Presented By Seven DCI Corps For 2011 - http://www.scvanguard.org/about/news/news.cfm?news_id=d32787cf-d9b1-4ec3-af3e-11fdfadcd250

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Grantham 2010 Reunion

re-posted from: http://www.optimists-alumni.org/grantham_2010_reunion.htm
Grantham Township Police Boys Band Reunion
Sunday May 15th, 2010
1:00 pm— ? ?
Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 479
5603 Spring Street
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1P7
(905) 354-4331

Google Map to Legion

All day long Entertainment, movies sound tracks and pictures, throughout the day

1:30 Meet & Greet – Cash Bar Available
3:00 Brass Ensemble – Bring your horn (let us know if you need one). Niagara Memorial Militaires will also be performing.
4:30 Food will be available, cash bar and great camaraderie

Seneca Optimists Colour Guard event

I am sorry I missed this one. I am posting it to let people know it happened and for the page link on facebook.

Re-posted from facebook.com: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=108805319154376&ref=nf&v=info
Laura King, a former Guard Captain for the Seneca Optimists, is inviting all former Seneca Optimists Colour Guard members to attend an event devoted to celebrating our accomplishments. Former experienced flag and rifle people who may be interested in trying out are also invited to attend.

This will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2010 – From 1PM to 5PM at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 344 (formerly Rameses Shrine Temple) at 1395 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto M6K 3C1