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 ( ). Judge for yourself and join in the dust up at :

... 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 -

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 -

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Grantham 2010 Reunion

re-posted from:
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
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