2018 Impulse: January Directors Report

Met with Aaron, assistant director, face to face several times for discussions and continued each of those discussions through phone calls, throughout the month of December and the beginnings of January. All manner and matters regarding the corps were open; reviewing, planning, prepping ideas. He is and will continue to be vital to the achievement in all corps operations.

Worked extensively with Katie getting audition info up on the website. Robert provided all technical assistance getting PayPal links scripted. Captain heads provided audition packets in PDF form and I emailed to those who prepaid. Moderate success in the prepayment option interest. Later, while updating calendar, Katie discovered some technical difficulties, we discussed. Resolution is being sought.

Bandfest with Martha and Byron. Moses and Josh also provided support throughout the first day. Jen came as well. Day one, our biggest success was our presence and getting our name out in public. Good relations, also, with the Watchmen booth next to ours. Dr. Dave Betancourt, Cerritos College Music Department Faculty member, came to support his son in a Rose Parade group. Dave and I exchanged thoughts about the possibility of Impulse and Cypress College having a mutually beneficial relationship. Cypress College President was previously in the same position at Cerritos. Day two resulted in a handful of interest sign ups. Lots more PR, community relations. Aaron, Sam, and the Sneddons were there, and Trevor also, helping out. Stuart Pompel, PC director, also happened by, and stopped by the Impulse booth, chatted briefly with Aaron and myself. Carol, Innovative Percussion rep, came by also.

Later had a multiple email exchange with Cypress College President. Her assistant is contacting me for a face to face, on-campus meeting in two weeks.

Volunteers (show, camps, tour, fundraising), should get consideration for complementary (or $5 booster club fee) Impulse branded shirts, hats, to help advertise the organization, and as a thank you. Multiple level committed volunteers, super boosters, could have their own brand. Volunteer Impulse gear could be appropriately labeled like staff shirts, but instead of STAFF, the Zot Patrol brand woild be for volunteers. Possibly also add more souvie items or designs of shirts to the general sales offerings.

Met with new quartermaster Andi, several times. She is an instrument repair technician working in the same shop as Aldo. Besides having extensive experience with brass repair, Andi is also equally able with percussion instrument maintenance and repair. One of her many goals she and I discussed: work with the captions and student leadership to ensure there is proper basic understanding of equipment care, maintenance, and storage. Also work with captions on assessing what equipment is repairable and what needs to be replaced. Her initial report, based on initial assessments, was cause for extensive conversation about immediate plans moving forward. 

Worked with Tom on finalizing a new promotional video, to assist with recruitment, public relations, assistance with soliciting donations. Discussed with Tom, also, about developing a third video, with performance clips only, Impulse sound and video.

Great conversation with John, board member, regarding corporate fundraising and sponsors. Agreed that a promotional video would be a first step. He’ll do mailings, initiating contacts, at some point, set up meetings for presentations with possible donors. A committee needs to be formed to assist with follow through. Need to work on a corporate presentation script. Also, I need to discuss with staff about supporting corporate related event performance offerings. Sent John a draft of a letter to possibly send to potential corporate donors or sponsors, he reviewed and sent back revisions.

Kevita, a probiotic drink company, politely rejected the idea of working with us as a donor or sponsor. Also rejected by Yakult, probiotic drink company. Still to respond: WOD, athletic wear company; Colosseum Athletics, clothing company.

Kind Snacks, healthy treats company, has offered to send a box of bars. Has not arrived, yet.

Continuing to work with Robert getting appropriate documents submitted and approved to receive donations through Apple Computer’s charity. Cleared steps 4 of 5.

Discussed with Jason current condition of tractor. Whatever repairs and maintenance need to be done, these next two months would be the best time. We can get long term local use out of the tractor. Jason recently replaced all four truck batteries.

I need bus quotes for tour. Contact Frank, contact Lisa, contact Camila.

Met Carol Carpenter at BandFest. Exchanged contact info. Inviting her or other IP reps to Auditions other events through the season. She responded, NAMM is our audition weekend, but she sent some swag.

Sent Stick Tape, LoneStar Percussion, an email inquiring about sponsorship.

I asked Sam to look at other Corp websites, and compare ours, in terms of layout, ease of use, constructional aspects. He sent me a report that I forwarded to Katie, for later discussion

Extended a season long invitation to our Yamaha rep to attend Impulse events. Specifically asked him to attend auditions and bring a truck full of swag, equipment.

Sent San Gabriel Valley Tribune and LA Times local community reporters a season long invitation to cover our events. I started specifically with the January calendar and will send follow up emails two weeks prior to each event.

Sent Huntington Beach July Fouth and Pacific Palisades July Fouth parade association and the managing group for both emails indicating our interest in participating this coming summer, 2018. Heard back from Palisades. Application will be emailed next month.

Sent an email to California Adventure indicating our desire to return to a performance opportunity in mid-July 2018. Our Yamaha rep, Jonathan, sent an email to his Disney Music contact to assist these efforts, and provided me the Disney music contact info. Both attempts successful, sort of. Net result, no summer slots during the week I provided, but was encouraged to apply anyway, possible cancellation of another group.

Various ongoing discussions with Danny, Marc, Jen, and Charlie regarding caption specific topics.

Participated in New year’s Rose Bowl fundraising. Best part of these events for me, besides raising money for Impulse, is meeting parents, answering questions, encouraging them to consider more volunteering opportunities, outside of fundraising.

Long phone conversation with Bill Greenberg, parent. Discussed many ways to develop multiple SoCal resources to enhance the organization and home show, specifically.

Developing a Timeline for 2019 Impulse.

Met with design team. All plans are on schedule, deadlines are being met, show is under construction. I recently assigned Matt, drill writer, as Team lead. He will drive the dynamics of creating the tangible constructs of the show.

….and I’m leaving a few other things out. Other various miscellaneous meetings and discussions with people regarding corps business.

Then there’s…

Indy meetings 


You know, little stuff😉

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2018 DCI: Sex and Women

Yeah, titled it that way on purpose. Made you look, didn’t it.

An amazing amount of business was done in Indy by DCI and all corps reps, formally, informally, activity-wide, between classes, within classes, in all manners.

A topic that was introduced during the DCI Family luncheon, actually two related topics, were sexual harassment-abuse-assault, and women representation in our organizations.

We were given seven minutes, to discuss at our tables, seven minutes each topic. There were 8 people at each table. Only one of the people at my table was a woman. I didn’t see any table with more than two. Many, many, many tables had no women. Facts, not judgement or criticism.

The hope, regarding that activity was to begin a conversation we would carry back to our organizations. David, our DM, was a participant in the DM seminars in Indy and can better explain how those topics were first discussed there, before the topics were presented to all meeting attendees.

Off the top of my head, I can recall two moments over the years where in the course of normal, average, daily activities the safety and security of the young people, and females in particular, were challenged; a creeper van near a vizh block, an ice cream man at a park while I supervised a guard block. There have been other subtle and not so subtle moments I have dealt with over the years, as well.

This multi-layered, dynamic conversation, within the Impulse organization, will begin, formally, at some point soon. I am well aware women, females, girls have been having these kinds of conversations for generations. I’m also not discounting males that have suffered also, in similar situations, although to a much less degree in frequecy in my experience.

My perspective and plan is to address specific behaviors, and language, but also to address the second, related topic as another way, a longer term element of creating the educational environment that will enable the most, to achieve the most.

Having qualified, competent women in roles of leadership and role models, not only for our female students, but for all our students, is a fundamental way to move in that direction.

The women that I have asked to take on the duties and responsibilities in the roles that I have, were chosen because: they earned the opportunities, they deserved the opportunities, they were the best candidate at the time they were chosen, and I believe, so far, they have done their jobs well, and I believe they will continue to do so.

They include, the brass caption head, three visual techs, one of the quartermasters, a front ensemble tech, a guard tech, two on social media team, and the instructional and support staff coordinator.

Also within the organization, two board members are women, and four of our volunteer leaders are women.

These efforts, women on instructional staff and throughout the organization, these efforts by themselves, will not address the overall on going issues and concerns; there is no magic number of women that will. You could argue that it doesn’t matter whether women are in organizational leadership or not; you’d have the same problems.

You’d be wrong, but you can have that position.

One of the things I have asked everyone on staff, everyone in the organization, share with me. Share you perspective, share your ideas, share your opinions.

Let’s create, together, a culture of inclusion, support, respect, diversity. Let’s give our students the best opportunities to thrive and enable and guide them to be the best versions of themselves.

I am the facilitator, but the vision is ours, the values are extensions of who we are, what we believe.

We operate in the world of drum corps, under the umbrella of DCI, waving an Impulse flag. But we represent and create a pathway and ask a new generation to follow us and find their future.

Let us all be worthy of that task.


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2018 DCI: Sound Reinforcement, Part 2, etc.

Last week was refreshing and enlightening to me in many ways. I believe anybody you ask, that was present would express those same ideas, to some degree. I’m all about “the big picture,” so I’ll start there.

The leadership, all the leadership at DCI was very open and forthcoming about the current status and how we got there. As I was telling Aaron, my assistant director, Monday morning, DCI, and by definition the entire activity, seems to be at a pivotal, generational defining crossroads.

To quickly digress, for perspective. 10 years ago Impulse, the other Open Class corps, and DCA actually began preliminary informal discussions to form a new association, breaking away from DCI. I was not a direct participant of those conversations, but present at many. Because of the political climate between the have and have not corps at the time, and what led up to that moment, two major decisions were made: find better ways to support Open Class corps, and allow World Corps to drive the direction of the activity, seemingly away from its recognizable foundations.

This is an overly simplistic summary, but really, the basics of what happened. When you look closely at the essence of the two decisions made, they seem contradictory, and they were, but looking at self interest, from all stakeholders, it seemed to solve most of the immediate problems, and it did, but only to create larger problems down the road.

One of which is…

Sound Reinforcement

Not Amplification

No. Its not just semantics… (part 3?)

One of the activities we engaged in during the annual meetings last week was at the end of our DCI Family luncheon. Dan Acheson asked us to close our eyes and remember the 2007 season, and all that is was and how it felt.

Not. Good.

Then Dan asked the room to reflect on the past season, 2017, and if any of us could imagine back in 2007, if any of us thought Drum Corps would look like 10 years into the future the way it turned out.

Nope. Not me, and I truly believe everyone in that room in 2007 didn’t even think there would be a meeting again, 10 years later, with, in practical terms, the same people.

Questions and challenges to the activity, like Sound Reinforcement, has helped draw out everyone, to almost a rawness, and a genuine honesty about each organization and the activity in general, to reach back and say, what are we doing?

Not sure how much more I’ll say about the meetings. I took about 12 full pages of handwritten notes. Directors got packets full of info. More emails from the DCI office regarding some discussion points that were formalized. I’ve been reaching out to a number of people and they’ve been reaching back.

DCI is a welcoming organization, and I’ve already cleared more than my share of hurdles, within DCI and outside DCI, but I felt my fair share of, who is this guy, moments.

What helps me, in these moments, and helps my organization is I am completely, to a fault, comfortable with myself and what I am about. Nothing slick, or talk for the sake of talk. I think the quality of conversations I had were a reflection of myself and everyone I spoke with being authentic about our shared vision and values.

DCI is a middle aged organization doing a lot of self reflection about who it is and who it wants to partner with these next 45 years. The criteria for new and re-emerging corps seems very challenging. Glad I am part of an organization that has already made the cut😃

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2018 DCI: Impulse Tour

I started tour planning while in Indy. Contracts to housing site partners went out yesterday, from DCI. Those are the people that will give us, and all drum corps on tour, a place to stay and hopefully a place to rehearse, if that’s what the schedule calls for. DCI is expecting those contracts to be returned by end of February to their offices.

Contracts, from DCI, that have the housing contract agreements combined with the DCI corps agreements, including expectations of all corps accepting housing assistance, then go to all corps in March. I’ll follow through and affirm our specific needs with each housing site. A lot of this is on an online file sharing site. Personal phone calls and emails to the housing contact will also help solidify an understanding that Impulse, we, are real people, not just a file.

I meet with the overall housing coordinator for the entire 2018 tour (Jeff). He actually approached me about any changes in our housing needs this season, for either Michigan City or Indy that he should be working on now for Impulse.

Yes! We are going to have a larger corps!

I also had dinner (Fri), and breakfast (Sun) with the assistant administrator in charge of tour housing (Jim), and also followed up those conversations with his assistants (Chelsea and Elaine) with several conversations Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

At this point, tour logistical planning is moving along.

DCI has a new one stop online file sharing shop for us, our tour hosts, different areas of DCI operations, judges, etc. It combined several other online efforts into one source. Sue, Associate Executive Director, actually helped me set up the Impulse file, and sat with me, and walked me through it, getting preliminary and basic data input.

As a matter of fact, I had some questions for her last night, as I was uploading more data and considering market plans to better our home show financial potential. I emailed Sue and she responded this morning, also forwarding my marketing questions to that department. Without promising, she thinks my requests will be approved.

I made it clear to each and everyone I spoke to in the DCI office while I was in indy: I am reaching out to them when I have questions, and they pledged to help as much and when they can.

So far, so good.

In relation to a working relationship with other local corps, this evening I sent a preliminary email out to the other directors. Personal connections between us are positive, and informal agreements have been made about how we would all like to proceed.

We understand the value of friendly rivalry and our individual organization’s competitive spirit will not be diminished by good relations between our groups. If anything, the competitive drives may actually be enhanced. We each serve a different kind of student, I believe. We each provide a slightly different experience. My job, is to help make Impulse the experience of choice. All of your positive, appropriate efforts in that endeavor will be greatly appreciated.

Ultimately the quality and value of the Impulse experience falls on the individual memeber of Impulse, and our staff members. How well do you represent? How well do you achieve? How well do you communicate your intent to elevate others, as well as yourself.

I am ultimately responsible, overall, for what happens, or doesn’t happen. I would appreciate that you not only do your part, but exceed your own expectations in terms of achievement.

At this point, I am doing what needs to be done, but believe I am capable of more.

You want the best? That is all that you’ll get from me. All I ask is the same from all of you.


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2018 DCI Amplification: Part 1

Drum Corps International, annual meetings, January 4, 2018, Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis

The conversation has begun

Its gone too far
It hasn’t gone far enough
Its fine where it is

How has it gone too far?, in relation to what?
How can you limit any aspect of design?
How do we even define where “it” is? What is “it”? Where exactly is “it”?

My description to many people I met the next few days, who weren’t there, of how the World Corps discussion on amplification began was like watching a battle scene from the movie Braveheart (literary license applied here) Intense, passionate, skilled, exhausting, and a little bloody.

The motivations for the discussion were many, (1)financial, (2)competitive equality, (3)ethical, (4)creative. None of the arguments on any specific point in the discussion were pure, in that the discussion motivation reasons 1 through 4 all bleed into each other.

And the counter arguments all had ripple effects to one or all of the original motivations. Within a group of 22 people, at least some fundamental ideas were agreed upon.

Everyone is experiencing some difficulties in each of the areas for the reason to have the discussion, and there was a consensus that the Open Class is also struggling with the same issues in greater or less degrees.

The initial defensive, and offensive positions many took at the discussions’ beginnings softened, and in some cases arguments for solutions found a few people, almost, taking counter positions to their original points of view.

There was a genuine sense of a collective desire to address an issue that became a multilayered, multi-dimensional, activity-wide concern effecting all organizations dramatically; not only now, but into an unknown future unless some parameters and policies were at least considered.

That may have motivated what many participants expressed to me, and others, in discussions I was directly a part of, or overhead, that the 2018 DCI meetings were the most collaborative, collegial, positive that they had experienced in a long time.

As the amplification discussion progressed and the ethical issues started being addressed, the tone of the meeting took a dramatic turn, walls came down, and a feeling of community and commonality began to permeate the room.

What are we doing?
Why are we doing it?
Who are we doing it for?

In what ways does amplification help, or not, define and answer these questions. In what manner should, or should not, amplification answer these questions. What impacts is amplification having on those we are serving?

What creative demands are now being placed on designers? What financial demands are now being added to organizations? What logistical demands are being placed on staff and members on a day to day basis just moving equipment? What quality of experience and music education are we adding to, or taking away from, the individual member?

That this discussion has begun is a great starting point.

I could tell you EXACTLY how we got here. I was in the room in Denver, 2007

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Impulse 2018: December Director’s Report

Assistant Director:
Aaron has been invaluable to me, and to the organization. He is focused, organized, and helps facilitate a lot of the behind the scene efforts. His presentations at Open House were great introductions to new potential members and parents.

Facilities: Open House worked out well at Bell Gardens High School. We’re tentatively scheduled to use BGHS through the season until Taft camp. Other sites have been considered; discussions on those sites to be continued for next year. Dates in June and July have been submitted to NLMUSD to reserve Excelsior high – Norwalk for everydays. Still waiting on communications regarding Cypress College. 

Audition date: January 14, BGHS. For public consumption, there is one audition date. Understanding specific logistical needs, individual auditions may carry over into the following week, and maybe even the following two weeks. Tentative Rehearsal dates: January 21, 28 February 11, 25 March 11, 25 April 8, 29 May 5, 6, 

Design Team:
Show development is moving along as scheduled: Discussed with Matt Menaged basic visual design approach, frameworks to build a show around. **** is the concept, Jen, Marc, Danny have been sharing music selections. An arranger has been selected. On target to have one chart done each month starting in January. Visual ideas to assist, enhance writing and arranging of music. 

My communication with the caption heads needs to improve. It has been ok. Understanding and learning their different perspectives, philosophical, and practical approaches to their responsibilities has been my challenge. We remain in general agreement about the vision and goals for this season, and we are all completely committed to working together.

Honestly, I’ve not made the personal contact with the instructional staff that I had hoped by this point. Many reasons for that. I’ve made minimal contact with all, but I will schedule a full staff meeting prior to Auditions. Support staff, I am in the same situation. Other than the social media team (Katie, Chris, Tom) my contacts have been cursory and functional, which is ok, but ok, is not ok.

Follow up contact has been made with all Open House participants, students and parents. Band tournament recruitment names were cross referenced and those contacts were also sent audition information. Bandfest details have been taken care of and we are good to go December 29, 30 at PCC. Recruiting is on going, through the spring. Guard show recruitment booths are set for four shows (Valencia HS-Placentia 3/3, Westminster HS 3/17, La Serna HS 4/13, Ocean View HS 4/14).

Promo Video:
I have dropped the ball on this. There’s a plan. I will follow through.

Fleet manager:
Jason and I have spoken several times over the past few months. He has always been positive and responsive to all my fleet questions. He is looking into getting tire donations for our vehicles.

Equipment Inventory:
This will be an on going effort. Great news. Another Alumni, Andrea Robinson (2004), has agreed to assist in equipment maintenance and repair as our new quartermaster. Jen, Ruben, Aldo, and Andi did an amazing job getting the horns ready for Open House. A thought: Matt Fawcette might help assist percussion quartermaster duties.

New Equipment Purchases:
I have not yet followed through on the contacts Jonathan (Yamaha rep) gave me in regards to purchasing used horns from other corps. I thought best to see what specific needs we will have. Something Aldo and I discussed was the possibility of acquiring horns in need of repair, and exchanging their use, or purchase cost, for repairs (including replating) of those or other instruments.

Evans Sponsorship: Made contact last week with the rep. He responded quickly. I will work with Marc ASAP on getting an order in.

Guard Equipment: Part of a lengthy conversation with Danny included discussion of purchasing new guard equipment: rifles, sabers, new poles. I will begin looking into specific costs and assess current inventory.

Lester is still on the mend. Steve is looking into his calendar on when he will be able to assist us. Larry, a former long time driver might have intermittent availability this season. Martin, 2016 tour driver, was busy this month, but I have his contact info now. Tom was able to use his Savanna HS contact and got us a driver for Open House. Dave, driver, is also a manager for Penske. I’d like to explore utilizing Dave as a driver, also.

Food Trailer:
Tentative date to begin renovation: December 29

New Uniform:
The prototype is done. Modifications are needed. Marti is physically unable to continue with this effort. I need to find a new, main seamstress.

Through online efforts I raised $400-$500, Robert Mac Tavish has a more exact number. Far below my expectations. However I initiated an effort, through the assistance of an alumni – Rob Prentiss (2003-2005), to have Impulse be a part of Apple Computer’s charity organization. I’ve been working with Robert on getting the appropriate documentation verified. I am also developing smaller more specific fundraising efforts, possibly targeting alumni for donations.

Open House:
Good start.

Several posters are developed and ready for posting. They will be emailed to any and all interested. Much logistical planning remains to be done. In terms of check ins, I am going to organize three teams if two: one to process paperwork, one to write receipts, or check off of prepayment lists. Guard will have auditions in April, but once a month day camps until then. First guard camp January 21st

Drum Major:
David and I continue to exchange regular messages, on a consistent basis. We will see each other in Indy at the DCI meetings.

Assistant Drum Major Auditions:
Aaron has been leading this effort. We have 4-5 candidates, at this point.

I have not worked with Ruben on developing an outreach plan. On other alumni notes, we have 11 on staff (visual: Luke, Rafael, Ruben, Jorge, Elliutt, Alexis, Katie; percussion: Marc, David Pham; quartermaster: Andi; flex support: Matt) Also, an alumni contacted me about sponsoring a tour meal (approx. $220) This is a fundraising idea I need to further develop.

Vet meeting:
I think scheduling was an issue, conflicts. Being a new director also, I did not do enough outreach prior to. I appreciated, very much, those in attendance, guard in particular, and Owen, Josh, Shannon, Susan, Lizzy, Staff, and especially all the parents. I think the parents out numbered the vets, which to me, was a good thing. Overall, it seemed positive, and gave Aaron and myself a live audience to rehearse our Open House rapport.

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Impulse 2018: December 9th

…the day before the season actually begins… 

I would say, however, that is not a universally held perception. Auditions? First ensemble? Meh.
I stopped blogging and posting for awhile, honestly, because 1) thought readers might be tired of my blah, blah, blah 2) I was getting tired of own blah, blah, blah 3) its a long season. So much to do, still.

That said… I had my conversation with our Yamaha rep. Jonathan, he was a tremendous amount of help. It is really late to get in new orders, which I knew. I wanted to mostly just establish communication, so we both had a name and number to move forward with. He shared with me contacts for several other drum corps. i’m following up that info with other corps, after open house, on possibly purchasing their used equipment.

Marc recently signed with a percussion sponsor. We had/have a different sponsor. I contacted that sponsor, not to wheel and deal, but to find out, compare advantages disadvantages of endorsement of one sponsor over the other. We will continue this discussion next week.

The wish list, equipment-wise, right now for brass is: 12 trumpets, 12 baritones, 6 euphoniums, 10 mellophones, 10 contras. If more is needed, we will cross that bridge when we get there.

The wish list for percussion: everything. Seriously

Like I’ve said. I am honest to a fault, and will say things, maybe, I shouldn’t.  But, I’ve got no time to bullshit. The best and longest lasting relationships are built on trust.

I’ve made arrangements for the January trip to the Indy DCI winter meetings. I’ll be there Wednesday morning, David (DM) will join the DM seminars starting Friday. We’ll both leave Sunday. DCI covers my trip, and DCI covers David’s seminars. I don’t know how much time David and I will get to spend together, but at least Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday morning.

New recruitment efforts have slowed down, but I’ve been getting 5, 10, 15 emails, texts a day from recruits the past month. Mostly asking general questions, some specific, and some are not able to make Open House, but wanting audition Info.

I’ve been in contact with Katie about lots of things. I’m counting on her perspective and helping me shape what I say, and how I say certain things. She’s been a huge help to me so far and i expect that to continue. Also, she’s been working with Aaron on the website, hugely, bigly important as it is the connection between the organization and the world.

Speaking of website: We need to get audition info online up ASAP. Packets, payments, etc. 

Aaron has been a steady, consistent voice as the season develops. 

The vet meeting, TBH, was a little disappointing, in terms of numbers, but Color guard represented best, and impressively, imho, and all parents out numbered vets, barely, but that was impressive to me. I am counting on parents A LOT this year. I have A LOT to prove to everyone. That was part of my take away from the vet meeting. I understand and respect where we are all at in this process with each other. 

Jen has led the way with inventory. Aaron, Ruben, Aldo and Marc were out there on the initial assessment. Jen has made several trips back to the truck since. Marc also made an additional trip in-between. A good thing to look into, soon, is finding a full-time quartermaster. Jen has been getting the brass, in particular, into shape and that has been a thankless job. Lots and lots and lots of discussions about equipment inventory to be had: improvements, maintenance, new purchases, storage, etc.

SOMEONE PLEASE REMIND ME. At some point tomorrow I need to spend at least a little time, and speak individually, with each staff person.

The design team has moved along. We have a concept, and are in process of selecting specific music. The timeline for production: one complete music chart a month, ready to be taught, starting in January. Appropriate design will coincide development, and enhance and support music creative process.

I’m picking up the prototype for the new corps uniform tomorrow morning, prior to Open House.

I’ve begun the process of getting Impulse a beneficiary of Apple Products charity organization. They have quite a process, as you may imagine. We are on step three of five. Should be fully signed on by January. I’ve also begun personally raising funds for the corps, only about $500 at this point, but it is a start, and I’m understanding how much harder I need to work in this area.

In spite of the hundreds of emails and texts sent to potential recruits, in spite of the on campus recruitment done by myself and other staff, in spite of hours of conversations with band directors at tournaments, and the hundreds of postcard flyers sent all over SoCal, in spite of the numerous postings and hype online. I still think I personally could have done a better job, getting to this point.

I am not questioning whether or not I did a “good enough” job, leading up to Open House, if there is such a thing as a “good enough” job, in this case. I consistently reflect and evaluate what I do, how i do it, could it have been better. I need to do that. I need to demonstrate what I expect. The best, always, in everything. It’s all connected, it all matters.

You all know, now. You will understand later.

Bandfest guy made contact this week. On campus recruitment will pick up again after the Christmas break. Following up on new contacts from Open House, and continuing contact with initial recruits will also pick up in January.

Open House, to me, for me, is a page in a book, that we are all adding to in our own way.

We all have a lot of work ahead of us. We are, hopefully, going somewhere we haven’t imagined yet. But we will only get there…


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