Talk:Red Carpet Association
Many sources were used to compile the list of corps that competed in the RCA Championships, from other resources it was discovered that other corps were listed at various RCA contests but not at the finals. As was RCA protocal to ensure every corps competed as equally in a year, contests were booked as follows - Contest host would invite 3 RCA member corps with 2 RCA corps bidding for the remaining spots(winning biddder corps assigned based on number of contests booked), this done at the annual meeting. If the slate could not be filled by member corps others could be invited eg Spirit of 76 at the 1974 Imperial Knights Contest in Sudbury. Therefore when reveiwing the data avalable at the time of producing this list there still could be member corps that never travelled to the finals (unlikely) and non member corps that competed at RCA sanctioned contests. RRMerlin
I used the senior corps history site http://diceman.home.att.net/rcas.htm for the listing of the RCA championship scores plus a cross reference to discussions in http://www.drumcorpsplanet.com/forums/index.php?s=95d916175b1763c85d3d3908d2d74e2d&showtopic=28989&st=180 several Corps website list their RCA championships and I have a copy of the entire 1975 season RCA scores (also have a copy of the 1975 DCA championship sheets), as for how the RCA assigned shows I attended the bidding meeting 1972 through to 1975 RRMerlin
Elimination of the Brigadiers - 1973
- The historical record has been incorrect for almost 39 years (to date) concerning the Brigadiers near miss in re-attaining DCA membership at the 1973 DCA prelims. As of this writing, DCA records http://www.dcacorps.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/1973.pdf STILL list the Guelph Royalaires as placing 12th in prelims and the Erie Thunderbirds as placing 11th. The correct prelim ordinals are Guelph 11th and Erie 12th. Throughout the 1973 season the Royalaires narrowed the scoring spread with the Thunderbirds, and at prelims, finally overtook them. It was the Erie Thunderbirds who scored 66.00 at DCA prelims only .05 ahead of the Brigadiers to obtain DCA membership in 1973. Since DCA included the top 12 corps in Finals competition in the reverse order of their prelim ordinals, the Thunderbirds were the first competing corps at Finals that evening. (check out the announcer on CRS Records' LP recording at the end of T-birds' Finals' performance - Volume 2, Side 2 of 1973 DCA Championship) DCA 'Historical Scores' is correct in showing that the Thunderbirds again passed the Royalaires at the DCA Championship with their Finals' scores as 59.90 and 57.00 respectively.
In addition to the above audio verification the correct ordinals also appear on page 6 of the 26 September 1973 issue of Drum Corps News in John E. Wilson's "Johnny Reb" recap of DCA Championshipsl.
As this pertains to the DCA Championships rather than the Red Carpet Association I have moved it to the talk page and left the correction. I may remove the whole reference to the Brigadiers' DCA drive in 1972 as it is not relevant to the RCA and should be put in the Brigadiers article. --Sam King 16:19, 27 October 2011 (PDT)
Further edit re: Brigadiers
- The Brigs went on to finish 13th at DCA that year, just missing a membership position by .05 to the Erie Thunderbirds, and subsequently folded. The Brigadiers returned to the competitive field many years later, won multiple DCA titles, and are now one of the strongest and most consistent senior corps in existence.
removed from article. This info appear in the Brigadiers article and is not relevant to an article about the RCA. I have now moved these "me too" claims to RCA fame to a "Trivia" section. --Sam King 16:25, 27 October 2011 (PDT)