It Is Finished

So long, Facebook. I hope you get shut down like the corrupt piece of shit you are.

The sweetest message Facebook has ever given me.
2019 Indoor Season

2019 Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships Day 1

Event: Percussion Scholastic A Prelims

Location: University of Dayton Arena

Schedule: 10 AM – 8 PM

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association State Championships

It’s the beginning of the end of the 2019 indoor season. All across the country, indoor color guards, drum lines, and winds groups are gathering for their state and regional association championships. Some are also preparing for the 2019 Winter Guard International championships in just a few weeks. Nevertheless, it’s a bittersweet time as the members of these groups prepare to perform together for the final time this season.

For me, the end begins in Wapakoneta High School in Wapakoneta, Ohio, site of the 2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association state championships. The championships take place over the weekend of March 30 (color guard) and March 31 (drum line and winds). Hundreds of young performers will spin, dance, and play in front of their family, friends, instructors, and fans while also competing for the chance to be champions in their class.

As I have in the past, I will be providing social media coverage for both days of OIPA championships. Be sure to follow the OIPA social media feeds to see all of the photos I post online. If you’re at the event, make sure you also post your photos and updates using the hashtags #oipa2019 and #oipafinals, as well as tagging OIPA’s social media accounts.

Also, if you’re at the event, be sure to find me so I can take a picture of you and post it on the feed!

Will I see you in Wapakoneta? Let me know in the comments below. Add your performing group if you’ll be on the floor.

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Firestone Weekend Photos

Congratulations to all the performers who took part in this past weekend’s Ohio Indoor Performance Association events at Firestone Community Learning Center in Akron, Ohio. This was a showcase of wonderful performances in the last regular season OIPA weekend before championships.

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Firestone Competitions

After a month and a half, I’m back in the indoor world!

The Ohio Indoor Performance Association will hold it’s 2019 Firestone competitions on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at the Firestone Community Learning Center in Akron, Ohio. With just two weeks remaining in the OIPA season and Winter Guard International championships next month, this will be an excellent opportunity to check out the great colorguard, percussion, and winds groups Ohio has to offer.

I will be attending both events running OIPA’s social media coverage of all performing groups. If you will be at either show, whether you’re a performer, staff member, admin, volunteer, parent, or just a fan, be sure to say hi! I’d love to post a photo of you enjoying the show to OIPA’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. You can also post your own photos with the hashtags #oipafirestone and #oipa2019.

OIPA social media accounts:

Directions to Firestone Community Learning Center:

Saturday schedule
Sunday schedule

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Premiere

The first event of the 2019 indoor season takes place in less than two weeks at Marion Harding High School in Marion, Ohio. The 2019 premiere event for the Ohio Indoor Performance Association will feature judged exhibition performances by percussion and color guard units from various competing levels.

2019 Indoor Season

The 2019 Indoor Season Is Here

New year, new marching arts seasons.

In just two weeks, the first event of the 2019 indoor color guard, percussion, and winds season takes place. Thousands of performers will start taking the floor, literally, to entertain the fans and compete with each other, culminating in April at the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.


A Declaration of Independence from Facebook — Mike Elgan

As you may have noticed on my website and social media feeds, I have been wrestling with the possibility of shutting down and deleting my Facebook account. Over the past year alone, what we’ve learned about Facebook’s business practices, it’s lack of security, and its continual disregard for democracy and its own members’ rights have concerned me greatly. When the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light, I made the move of deleting the Facebook and Instagram apps from my mobile devices, using Facebook from the website only and only recently creating a new Instagram account in order to post photos of bands performing at Bands of America Grand Nationals when my website hit its space limit.

Today, I came across this article from journalist and world traveler Mike Elgan. Mr. Elgan has been a frequent guest on the TWiT podcast network and is even their former news director. His writing and observations are always well thought out and well written, including this article. Mr. Elgan has made the decision to leave Facebook on July 4, 2019, using the time between now and then to make sure he can stay in touch with those he wants to and also to determine what exactly it takes to permanently delete himself from Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Mr. Elgan did a significantly better job explaining his reasons for leaving Facebook than I would. As a result, I will let Mr. Elgan speak for me as his reasons align with my own.

Each of us has to answer two questions for ourselves

1. Does Facebook harm people?
2. Does my participation in Facebook enable that harm?

For me, the answer to both questions is yes. And so I cannot in good conscience continue to participate in Facebook’s harm, despite the inconvenience.

Source: A Declaration of Independence from Facebook — Mike Elgan

I am joining Mike Elgan in declaring my freedom from Facebook and will also delete my account on July 4, 2019. If you would like to stay in touch with me, please let me know in the comments below and I will make sure we trade contact information. You may also reach me at my email address (kevingamin at gmail dot com), which is the best method of communicating with me online.

Who’s with me in freeing themselves from the shackles of Facebook?


Bye Bye, MySpace

I just pulled the plug on my MySpace account. Yes, MySpace is still around.

The final straw came when I received a friend request from somebody who I had never heard of before. That somebody looked like a comedian, a “pop” star, or just somebody who wanted to get noticed so they could jump start their entertainment career. I haven’t heard from anybody I actually knew through MySpace for months and hadn’t logged into the site or opened the iPhone app for that long. We all know that MySpace has been dying, slowly and painfully, ever since Facebook became the King Kong of social media and sat on it, not even noticing the squishy sound of  Rupert Murdoch’s crushed dreams of building a social media empire.


Book Review: The Accidental Billionaires

The Accidental BillionairesWith the release of The Social Network last Friday and it’s early success, both critical and commercial, I thought it was a good time to check out the source material for the movie, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, by Ben Mezrich. I had the audiobook in my library and, having never listened to it, threw it on my iPhone and blew my way through it in just three days of driving to and from work. It was an incredible listen from beginning to end and I fully intend to listen to it again and read it, as well as see the movie.