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Farewell, Glassmen

Black Friday took on a whole different meaning for the Glassmen family this year. The day after Thanksgiving, the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, a non-profit organization with 50+ years of history, including 17 Drum Corps International World Finalist appearances, announced they were filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This came after almost a year of uncertainty for the future of the corps and, while the announcement was unexpected, it was desired by nobody affiliated with the corps, past or present. With this announcement, the Glassmen organization begins the process of liquidating all of its remaining assets in order to pay off creditors, including DCI itself, and will finish with the dissolving of the Glassmen. While it is possible that a new group of dedicated individuals could come forward to resurrect the corps in some way, shape, or form, there will be no new additions to the Glassmen family in the foreseeable future.

While this is a sad time for myself and my fellow Glassmen, we are fortunate to still have one another. The bonds we have formed with those we marched with and even those which came before and after us are strong, sometimes as strong as the bonds of blood. Jon Bay, a soprano player I marched with, once said that he would jump in his car and bail any one of his fellow Glassmen out of jail, no questions asked and no matter how much time passed since we shared the field together, because of how special we are to one another. Jon is not alone in that sentiment and, judging from the outpouring of memories on Facebook, he is also not alone in understanding just how much of a family we all are to one another.

I recently had the opportunity to share one of my favorite Glassmen memories on the Marching Roundtable podcast. When it was recorded, the Glassmen Board of Directors had not announced their decision to file for Chapter 7. Now that they have and the organization is in its final days of existence, I am very glad I had the opportunity to share that memory for posterity. I hope that we all take the time to raise a glass and tell a story or two from our “experience of a lifetime” as a way of keeping the Glassmen name and memory alive. I also hope that those of us who can will get together at the various DCI, DCA, BOA, TOB, US Bands, WGI, and other marching arts events throughout the years. After all, family reunions are a blast, especially with this family.

Announcement of Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing:

Description of Chapter 7 bankruptcy from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapter_7,_Title_11,_United_States_Code#For_businesses):

When a troubled business is badly in debt and unable to service that debt or pay its creditors, it may file (or be forced by its creditors to file) for bankruptcy in a federal court under Chapter 7. A Chapter 7 filing means that the business ceases operations unless continued by the Chapter 7 Trustee. A Chapter 7 Trustee is appointed almost immediately, with broad powers to examine the business’s financial affairs. The Trustee generally sells all the assets and distributes the proceeds to the creditors. This may or may not mean that all employees will lose their jobs. When a very large company enters Chapter 7 bankruptcy, entire divisions of the company may be sold intact to other companies during the liquidation.[citation needed]
Fully secured creditors, such as collateralized bondholders or mortgage lenders, have a legally enforceable right to the collateral securing their loans or to the equivalent value, a right which cannot be defeated by bankruptcy. A creditor is fully secured if the value of the collateral for its loan to the debtor equals or exceeds the amount of the debt. For this reason, however, fully secured creditors are not entitled to participate in any distribution of liquidated assets that the bankruptcy trustee might make.

In a Chapter 7 case, a corporation or partnership does not receive a bankruptcy discharge—instead, the entity is dissolved. Only an individual can receive a Chapter 7 discharge (see 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(1)). Once all assets of the corporate or partnership debtor have been fully administered, the case is closed. The debts of the corporation or partnership theoretically continue to exist until applicable statutory periods of limitations expire.

2012 DCI Muncie Fan Network Webcast Review

DCI Fan Network subscribers got a treat as the DCI Muncie show was added to the live broadcast schedule as a special bonus. Both fans in the stands and Fan Network viewers were fortunate that the show even happened as the weather tried to double whammy the show into submission, first by delaying the show start an hour due to extreme heat, then by sending a severe storm system right through the heart of Indiana, causing damage throughout the Muncie area and even sending a Cavalier staff member to the hospital due to injuries sustained when a gust of wind hit the staff scaffolding as they were dismounting it. The show did go on, though, complete with the sun shining in full force as it set behind the stands of the stadium at the start of the show. The Muncie show was the last event of the 2012 Music For All Summer Symposium, so the crowd was definitely ready to cheer for every corps performing tonight.

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2011 DCI Western Michigan Review

At least once a year, I like to take a drum corps road trip. At the very least, I make it out to Rochester, New York, for each year’s DCA championships. This year, as my wife was out of town for the weekend, I decided to make the trek to Grand Rapids, Michigan, site of the 2011 DCI Western Michigan premiere tour event. The drive gave me an excuse to blast drum corps out my car window, but, being the boring geek I am, I listened to podcasts for most of the drive. Continue reading 2011 DCI Western Michigan Review

2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games Review

I almost didn’t get my first live drum corps fix on Thursday night. The weather had been schizophrenic all day, alternating between significant rainfall and sunny skies. The weather report for Pittsburgh was not promising, either, as the radar showed possible storms hitting Baldwin High School’s Highlander Stadium at some point during the night’s performances. Fortunately, while there was a minor sprinkle during intermission, the show went off without a hitch, and the five corps were able to perform their full shows. Two of those corps, the Glassmen and the Boston Crusaders, were making their 2011 competitive debut at this show, so it was a great chance for me to get a first read on both of their shows, especially since I would see Glassmen again on Saturday at the DCI Western Michigan major show. I also had the opportunity to view the Crossmen, Spirit of Atlanta, and Bluecoats at this show. Continue reading 2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games Review

2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games

Next week, I’ll get my first taste of live, in my face, outdoor drum corps as I’ll be traveling to Pittsburgh to take in the Three Rivers Summer Music Games. The show begins at 7PM and features five World Class DCI corps:

1992 Glassmen – My Rookie Year

This is my rookie year in drum corps. It was a tough year as the corps was on the brink of making Finals for the first time, missing the cut by just one tenth of a point. It was also tough because the corps had to learn how to deliver this show, being all New Age music. I think you can tell from this final performance of 1992, however, that we figured it out.

Thanks to Sam Signorelli for finding this video.

Glassmen 1992 from Leif Hall on Vimeo.