The 2018 indoor season is over, but there are plenty of memories all of the color guards, drum lines, and winds groups created throughout the first quarter of the year. I had the pleasure and honor of working social media for some of the Ohio Indoor Performance Assocation events this past season, including the opening Premier event in January and state championships in April. Continue reading 2018 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Photos
UPDATE: 6/22 INDIANS GAME REMOVED FROM SCHEDULE
There are two activities I love to follow in the summer – drum corps and baseball. I’m sure you’re already aware of my drum corps fixation, so let’s talk about baseball for a bit.
I am very fortunate to have a lot of baseball within a couple hours driving of my home. All but one of the Cleveland Indians’ minor league teams are in Ohio. Why they didn’t have their farm system set up this way in the past, I don’t know, but I can see so much of the Cleveland baseball organization so easily now, so I’m not complaining! Continue reading UPDATED 5/26 — Kevin’s 2018 Baseball Tour
It’s Christmas Eve, which is exciting unto itself, but it’s also just under a month away from the 2018 indoor season! Winter guards, drum lines, and winds groups are already hard at work designing and perfecting their shows, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us all.
Here are the shows I plan on attending:
- 1/21 – OIPA Premier – Marion, Ohio
2/10 – WGI Troy Percussion Regional – Troy, Michigan
3/24 – OIPA Firestone – Akron, Ohio
- 3/25 – OIPA Firestone – Akron, Ohio
4/7 – OIPA Color Guard Championships – Wapakoneta, Ohio
- 4/8 – OIPA Percussion and Winds Championships – Wapakoneta, Ohio
TENTATIVE – 4/12-4/14 – WGI Color Guard Champioships – Dayton, Ohio
TENTATIVE – 4/19-4/21 – WGI Percussion Championships – Dayton, Ohio
- TENTATIVE – 4/21-4/22 – WGI Winds Championships – Dayton, Ohio
Will you be at any of these events? If so, please let me know and/or try to find me. I’m always looking for the chance to connect with old friends and meet new ones.
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.
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!
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!
Screenshots of DrumScorps’ Legends Drum Corps Open info:
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!
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.
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.
- Colt Cadets
- Les Stentors
- Music City
- River City Rhythm
Whether you’re coming to the show or will be following along online, I hope to see you next Saturday!
Shows I am definitely attending:
- 2017-06-22: 2017 DCI Tour Premiere cinecast, Montrose Movies, OH (DCI) – DCW Coverage
- 2017-06-24: Innovations in Brass, Massillon, OH (DCI) – DCP/DCW Coverage
- 2017-07-22: Legends Drum Corps Open, Three Rivers, MI (DCI) – DCP/DCW Coverage
- 2017-07-31: Emerald City Music Games, Dublin, OH (DCI) – DCP/DCW Coverage
- 2017-08-05: Shoremen Brass Classic, Avon Lake, OH (DCI) – DCP/DCW Coverage
- 2017-08-07: Tour of Champions – Massillon, Massillon, OH (DCI) – DCP/DCW Coverage
- 2017-08-10: 2017 DCI World Championships Prelims cinecast, Montrose Movies, OH (DCI)
- 2017-08-12: SoundSport International Music & Food Festival, Indianapolis, IN (DCI) – DCW Coverage
- 2017-08-12: DCI World Championship Finals, Indianapolis, IN (DCI) – DCP/DCW Coverage
- 2017-09-01: DCA I&E and Mini Corps Competition, Rochester, NY (DCA) – DCW Coverage
- 2017-09-02: DCA World Championship Prelims, Rochester, NY (DCA) – DCP Coverage
- 2017-09-03: DCA Alumni Spectacular, Rochester, NY (DCA) – DCP Coverage
- 2017-09-03: DCA World Championship Finals, Rochester, NY (DCA) – DCP/DCW Coverage
DCI Live Webcast Schedule:
- 2017-06-25: DCI West, Stanford, CA (DCI)
- 2017-06-30: DCI Central Indiana, Muncie, IN (DCI)
- 2017-07-01: DCI at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA (DCI)
- 2017-07-03: DCI Summer Music Preview, Cranston, RI (DCI)
- 2017-07-08: DCI Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (DCI)
- 2017-07-20: DCI Central Texas, Belton, TX (DCI)
- 2017-07-22: DCI Southwestern Championship, San Antonio, TX (DCI)
- 2017-07-29: DCI Southeastern Championship, Powder Springs, GA (DCI)
- 2017-07-30: DCI Tour of Champions – NightBEAT, Winston-Salem, NC (DCI)
- 2017-08-04: DCI Eastern Classic, Allentown, PA (DCI)
- 2017-08-08: DCI Open Class Finals, Michigan City, IN (DCI)
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.
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.
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.