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  1. hey!! it's been two years and I honestly forgot about this thread. Thanks for your thoughts, it'll be interesting to see where this discussion goes as more time passes. I think it should be noted that within the past two years we've seen the Guardians DBC implement an electronic saxophone in their 2021 program, which I'll link here: One can imagine this being an early precedent for how woodwinds could eventually be implemented if allowed, or at the very least a basis for how drum corps can continue to innovate using the technologies/instruments currently allowed. Regardless, I find it interesting how Guardians decided to implement it during this past season. My opinion on woodwinds in DCI remain largely the same, although I like to keep a more open mind about allowing it in the future. Since my initial posting, I've learned euphonium and got into my dream corps in 2021 with plans to continue in 2022, so I'm not as concerned in whether adding woodwinds would negatively impact "traditional" drum corps culture as much as I am in how it would affect drum corps as an artform. Personally, I love to listen to how woodwinds can blend and add character to brass/string heavy timbres in concert settings, so to add limited woodwinds to a majourity brass setting would be interesting to hear. Anyhow, while I'll be on the field nest summer I'm excited to see what innovations other corps might attempt with the Guardians having taken the first steps with their electronic saxophone.
  2. Wow, I wasn’t expecting these kinds of responses; and I have to say I see a lot of your points and have to be honest; I do agree with some of them! I’m interested to see where having woodwinds would take us; probably more classical music with oboes, or actual big band set ups in the front ensemble? It’s intriguing to think about what may come out of this, and I think everyone here already knows the opportunity that comes out of this for non-brass players, so I’m actually excited to see what may come of it. However, that’s not to say I still completely agree with it, moreso I’m just hesitant to say if I really would want to see these kinds of changes made; maybe I’ve just fallen in love with the shows that are more traditional, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t welcome change. After reading what you’ve all discussed and thought on it, I have faith that it’ll benefit the future of drum corps in the long run, and accepting these changes will be the best for everyone. This is a sensitive topic for some, (which is crazy because it’s just band??) but I personally feel that it’s important we don’t dismiss those who disagree with passing the proposal; they have their reasons for doing so, such as I do. When it comes to topics such as this, I find that they forget that it may be good to understand the other sides’ reasons for thinking otherwise. (Also, I don’t think anyone has actually disagreed other than I on this topic, so there’s that too.) TL;DR I will embrace the changes happening in spite of what I think now and people who disagree have their own argument to make other than mine so we should at least take the time to understand them )) Please don’t take what I say too seriously, this is strictly my opinion, not much fact!!!!!!
  3. I don't typically make any posts, let alone topics; but this was something I really wanted to hear people's opinions and thoughts on. Today, DCI released what rule change proposals were being discussed at their winter business meeting, and one, proposed by one of the board of directors, would "allow the use of any instrument, including woodwinds, effective 2021." I know this was only released today, but I would appreciate hearing anyone's thoughts on this proposal, considering it would undeniably change DCI, for better or for worse. That being said, I personally do not agree with passing this proposal, nor do I believe it would benefit the identity of drum and bugle corps considering that adding woodwinds en masse would effectively not make them (referring to any DBC) a drum and bugle corps. Not to say that they can't use them as soloists if the proposal is passed, (such as how BD used a violin soloist in their 2019 program) and only have the one (or more) soloist(s) the whole show. This, in effect would mean they would likely not actually march and instead be part of the front ensemble. But it seems the way the Drum Corps is moving, that the modern show designer may give them different roles and innovate on how the woodwind(s) would interact with the rest of the corps. Despite these arguments, I still believe it would be a massive change change for the Drum Corps community, because it will have compromised the most important difference between Drum Corps and Marching Band. I suppose it would be good to note that I am a woodwind player still of age to participate in drum corps, so this decision means a lot to me, and likely a lot of you who are reading this that may not have had a chance to experience marching in a drum corps yet. Anyhow, there are so many arguments to be made for both sides, like the benefits of woodwind players learning brass instruments, but I'm on break and don't want to have to write any more essay-esque stuff until school starts back up so I'll end it there Here are the links to all of the proposals if you haven't seen them yet; I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! https://www.dci.org/news/2020-dci-rules-congress-proposals-at-a-glance
  4. I remember watching John Horn during the UIL state contest; holy heck did they bring volume. I was impressed beyond belief, with how this high school (of which I had never previously heard of,) sounded so great and had such an well designed show, and then didn't make finals. While I'm not a fan of their uniforms (personal preference is all), their show was so good that I actually still watch their performance on YouTube every now and then. I wish them the best this upcoming season, and that I get to see them at BOA DFW
  5. hmm... Has anyone here seen this video? (sorry, I had to remove the link, but the video is one from BOA SR finals by a mello player at CTJ) It's actually really cool, and I'd like to do something like this, but under the BOA FAQ it says that no type of camera is allowed on the field. I'm not sure if that includes the performers, but another thing is that a student in my band last year did a gopro video during BOA SR finals as well. Anyone's thoughts? I know it's not entirely state related, but I'd like to hear your opinions on this.
  6. Hi! Just a quick question; is there anything against wearing GoPros during UIL State Finals or BOA Finals? I would like to wear one but I'm not sure if points would be taken off for wearing them.
  7. anyone here going to be in the retreat at finals? It'd be cool to meet someone from the forums on the field
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