Grant J. Davis (GDAVIS@WCU.BITNET)
Tue, 9 Oct 1990 17:43:53 EDT
I've been on this list for a couple of months, and have only seen
correspondence on scouting, although the list is defined as a "youth group"
list. Well, here goes nothing...
I've been involved in the drum and bugle corps activity since 1977. Like
scouting, drum corps is a youth activity whose mission is to promote social
consciousness and positive self-image in young people; only the medium is
different. While I'd love to carry on any kind of discussion about the
activity over Bitnet, my current interest is in funding, and is not limited to
drum corps, or drum corps people.
A typical, competitive, touring drum and bugle corps has 128 members, 20
instructors, and 20 support staff and administrators. They own or rent charter
busses which they use in the summer for touring. They also own and maintain a
set of bugles, drums, and color guard equipment, and typically own a tractor
trailer to haul the equipment, a mobile kitchen, and various other vehicles to
support the corps when it tours. The annual budget for a corps like this is
usually in the $200,000 to $500,000 range.
Drum corps rehearse through the winter months, and then in the summer, tour
the US and Canada; stopping almost every day in a different town to compete
with other drum corps at a "show". Touring starts in June, and ends in
mid-August at the Drum Corps International Championships (maybe you've seen
this - it's usually televised nationally).
The problem which faces many drum corps today, and threatens the welfare of
the activity, is not popularity, but rather money (what a surprise). While
there is a funding system to distribute money collected from competitions,
this comprises a small percentage of an average budget. Essentially, each
group is "on its own" to find ways to fund itself. Too often, corps have
folded due to lack of financial resources.
I'd really like to hear from anyone who understands fund raising for non-
profit organizations, in the context of the kind of budgets mentioned above.
Any comments or ideas are welcome.
Thanks in advance for your replies and ideas.
Grant J. Davis
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City