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FloMarching Update

Yesterday, I wrote what can best be described as a tirade about the customer support I received from FloMarching while experiencing multiple issues with their live stream of the DCI Southeastern premiere event. You can read that article here.

Since then, I have received incredible response from members of the FloMarching team. Specifically, I have heard back from Erik Kosman, an audio engineer consultant; Andy Schamma, content creator; and Wesley Sullivan, senior manager of rights acquisition. Because of their proactive response, I’ve come to understand that the people at FloMarching themselves are not the issue. They are passionate about what they are doing and are going above and beyond to make the live stream experience incredible. Customer service, however, is under the generic FloSports umbrella, and out of the control of the FloMarching group. This means that they are just as frustrated by my experience as I am, if not more so.

Erik and Andy make sure that I received a response from FloSports Support and I am now working with one of their support team members regarding last night’s experience. Wesley is also doing everything he can to make sure that my experience was the exception instead of the rule. All three members of the FloMarching team have demonstrated the type of customer support and service which I try to give to my clients. Because of this, I am now considering renewing my FloMarching subscription and am even watching tonight’s Wake Forest Tour of Champions show. So far, it’s been a clean streaming experience.

2017 Legends Drum Corps Open Photos

I took some photos of the various drum corps performing at last Saturday’s Legends Drum Corps Open. Please feel free to take a look at them. If you’d like to share any of the photos, please be sure to give me credit. Finally, if you’d like, you also have the option to join the Google Photos album for the show and add your own photos for everybody to see!

2017 Legends Drum Corps Google Photos Album

2017 Legends Drum Corps Open – DrumScorps App

The 2017 Legends Drum Corps Open is taking place on just two days! You can find out everything you need to know about this and other shows with the DrumScorps app, powered by Drum Corps Planet. The app is FREE to download for iOS andAndroid. You can also subscribe for access to show recaps and to remove ads for just $1.99 a year!

DrumScorps iOS app

DrumScorps Android app

Screenshots of DrumScorps’ Legends Drum Corps Open info:

2017 Emerald City Music Games – LIVE From the Stands! Coverage

The 2017 drum corps season is kicking into high gear as DCI begins its stretch of major regional events. This also means that drum corps is coming back to the Midwest soon! In two weeks, I’ll be providing LIVE From the Stands! coverage of the 2017 Emerald City Music Games competition in Dublin, Ohio, on Monday, July 31st. If you’ll be at the show, be sure to say hello!

What: 2017 Emerald City Music Games

Where: Dublin Coffman High School Stadium

When: Monday, July 31st, 7PM Eastern

Who: Blue Stars, Bluecoats, Cincinnati Tradition, Colts, Crossmen, Oregon Crusaders, Pacific Crest, Seattle Cascades

2017 Legends Drum Corps Open – Social Media Coverage

It’s just one week away from the 2017 Legends Drum Corps Open, part of the DCI Open Class tour. As you may know, I will be covering the show for Drum Corps Planet as part of our LIVE! From the Stands series, as well as writing the show review for Drum Corps World. Being the 21st century, there is also a social media component to my coverage and the experience.

First, if you’ll be at the show, be sure to check in on the Legends Drum Corps Open Facebook event page and/or Google+ event page.

Second, I’ll be posting my thoughts and photos of each of the performing corps on my social media accounts. Make sure you follow me on TwitterFacebookGoogle+, and Instagram.

Finally, be sure to follow each of the corps on their social media accounts as they post photos and updates before, during, and after the show. You can find a list of drum corps social media accounts here.

Competing corps:

  • Colt Cadets
  • Legends
  • Les Stentors
  • Music City
  • River City Rhythm
  • Shadow

Whether you’re coming to the show or will be following along online, I hope to see you next Saturday!

UPDATED 2017-05-21: 2017 Drum Corps Schedule

Shows I am definitely attending:

DCI Live Webcast Schedule:

May 2nd, 2017 Medina County Primary/Special Election

Those of you who live in Medina County have a special election coming up in the next couple weeks. For the county, there is an issue on the ballot regarding a proposed renewal and increase of a tax levy for the Medina County Library District. For Republicans, there are also votes on selecting candidates for Judge of the Municipal Court (term commencing on 1/1/18) and Clerk of the Municipal Court.

Here is the description of the proposed tax levy from the ballot, which you can find on the Medina County Board of Elections website:

A renewal of one and one-quarter (1.25) mills and an increase of one quarter (0.25) mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of Medina County Library District for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding one and one-half (1.5) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to fifteen cents ($0.15) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of ten (10) years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.

Considering the public good which our library system provides us, my opinion is that voting in favor of this issue is a no-brainer.

Norman, Ann. “Medina County District Library seeks to strengthen services with 1.5-mill levy on May ballot.” Cleveland.com. Cleveland Plain Dealer, 14 Apr. 2017. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

There are three names on the ballot for the Judge of the Municipal Court position: Gary F. Werner, Frederick C. Bougher, and Joe Salzgeber. There isn’t much about any of these options from my searching online outside of the generic coverage in the local newspapers. Salzgeber did get an endorsement in a letter to the editor, so he is currently my selection on the ballot as well unless I discover something new.

“Medina municipal judge race expands.” Medina Gazette. Medina Gazette, 01 Feb. 2017. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

“Brunswick councilman to run for Medina Municipal Court judge.” The Post Newspapers. The Post Newspapers, 18 Feb. 2017. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

Rumes, Kevin Wayne. “Joe Salzgeber is a great choice for Medina Municipal Court judge.” The Post Newspapers. The Post Newspapers, 25 Mar. 2017. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

Norman, Ann. “May 2 primary to set race for Medina Municipal Court judge.” Cleveland.com. Cleveland Plain Dealer, 14 Apr. 2017. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

For the Clerk of the Municipal Court position, incumbent Nancy L. Abbott faces off against challenger Thomas C. Decker. Outside of the Medina Clerk of Court website and a re-election website for Abbott, there is nothing I’ve found regarding either candidate. Abbott is the first elected Clerk of the Municipal Court in Medina County. My personal rule is to vote against the incumbent to ensure there are fresh ideas in the position, especially when the term is for six years, so I am currently voting for Decker on May 2nd.

Be sure to visit the Medina County Board of Elections’ Current Election web page to look up your voter registration information, including your polling place and a sample ballot.

2017 WGI Percussion/Winds Championships Schedule

I have the honor of joining the WGI Social Media team this week in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, helping to cover the events of the 2017 WGI Percussion and Winds Championships taking place from Thursday, April 20, through Sunday, April 23. If you and/or your performing unit will be at WGI this week, take a look below and see if we’ll be in the same place. If so, say hi! You might get a little famous. 😀

If you are going, here are the Facebook and Google+ event pages. Check in so I’ll know you’ll be there!

Facebook:
WGI Percussion Championships
WGI Winds Championships

Google+:
WGI Percussion Independent Open Prelims
WGI Percussion Independent Open Semis
WGI Winds Prelims
WGI Winds Finals

Thursday, April 20
Percussion Independent Open Prelims
John D. Millett Hall, Miami University

Friday, April 21
Percussion Independent Open Semis
John D. Millett Hall, Miami University

Saturday, April 22
Winds Prelims
Wright State University Nutter Center

Sunday, April 23
Winds Finals
University of Dayton Arena

Why Betsy DeVos is NOT Good For America’s Education System

Earlier today, Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Secretary of Education in President Trump’s cabinet. Despite overwhelming public opposition, a hearing in which DeVos showed multiple times her lack of educational experience and knowledge, and two Republican senators who stood up and voted against her appointment, Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote, breaking the tie and pushing the confirmation through.

Betsy DeVos is an ardent supporter of charter schools and vouchers over the existing public school system. This is most evident in her leadership of the American Federation for Children, a nonprofit group which pushes these same agendas. DeVos, however, has no formal education experience or qualifications, as stated earlier. I, as a former elementary school teacher and holder of a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, have both the experience and qualifications to speak first hand as to why charter schools are rarely a good idea for our children’s’ education. Continue reading Why Betsy DeVos is NOT Good For America’s Education System

The “Muslim Ban” and False Equivalence

False equivalence is a logical fallacy in which two opposing arguments appear to be logically equivalent when in fact they are not. This fallacy is categorized as a fallacy of inconsistency.

— “False equivalence.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_equivalence

On Friday, January 27, at 4:42 PM, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”. The full body of the executive order can be found here.

The backlash was almost immediate. Protests are taking place in cities and airports across the country. Governors and legislators on both sides of the aisle have spoken out opposing the executive order on multiple grounds. This is now the second weekend since President Trump took office in which protests took place.

One of the main reasons for protest comes from section 5(b) of the executive order, which states:

Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality. Where necessary and appropriate, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall recommend legislation to the President that would assist with such prioritization.(Emphasis added)

Many have taken that section of the order as proof that the ban is focused on preventing Muslims from entering the United States of America and is religious discrimination. White House cyber security advisor Rudy Guliani comments on the Fox News Channel appear to reinforce that concept:

“I’ll tell you the whole history. When [Mr Trump] first announced it he said ‘Muslim ban’. He called me up, he said, ‘put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally’.

— Eleftheriou-Smith , Loulla-Mae. “Donald Trump asked Rudy Giuliani how to ‘legally’ create ‘Muslim ban’, claims former New York mayor.” The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 30 Jan. 2017. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-muslim-ban-rudy-giuliani-how-legally-create-islam-us-immigration-entry-visa-new-york-a7552751.html

Some of my friends on social media are calling out the protesters and opponents to the order using two examples of previous presidents who placed bans on refugees and/or revoked visas for foreign nationals. Their point is that there were no protests when these events occurred, so why should there be protests now. I have reviewed these two incidents since one took place when I was only 5 years old and the other I was not aware of, and I’ve found that both of these incidents are false equivalencies. Read on to learn why.

Continue reading The “Muslim Ban” and False Equivalence