“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
~ Michael Jordan ~
It’s no secret that times are tough for just about everyone. We’re all working to make the best life we can with what we have, and that often doesn’t leave much for extra-curricular activities. Whether its time, money, or both, sometimes we lose track of the things we love.
The Renegades are experiencing these hard times, as are other corps around the country, and the amount of people able to attend rehearsals has not been what we need to put out a corps at the level that our fans expect from the Renegades.
Basically, without a full corps (or close to it), we do not have the money coming in to pay for facilities, staff and show. But no one wants the corps to fold or to stop performing. If we cut the 4 DCI shows, it is possible to put on performances with less rehearsals and a volunteer staff (or close to it). Dues are being reduced, the cost for the 2013 season will be announced at next camp.
As a result, the Renegades’ Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to not put a corps on the competition field for the summer of 2013. This, however, does not mean that the corps is folding.
Repeat: THE RENEGADES ARE NOT FOLDING!
What we ARE doing is planning a summer of standstill and parade performances; Renepalooza on May 19th; the Fourth of July parade in Fremont (where we are always Rock Stars); and the Renegades Reunion at Loudest Show on Earth on July 7th. (Yes, 7/7 !) Throughout this Spring and Summer, we will also be pursuing and participating in corporate and sports venue-related performances, such as playing for IBM and for the San Francisco Bulls pro hockey team.And as the grand finale, our WORLD TOUR in Las Vegas the first weekend of August!
Musically, we will keep the Opener, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, In the Stone and Open Up Wide. We may add or subtract as time goes on.
Camp schedule will be as follows: April 20, May 18/19 , July 6/7, July 27/28. The drum staff may run a camp in late April or early May due to WGI conflicts. We will let you know ASAP.
Look at it this way – you will own the most exclusive member patch since 1999!
Our focus will be on getting as many people as possible to join us in building the Renegades for the future. Recruit performers, volunteers, and alumni – anyone you think can help!
“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping-stones is how you use them.”
We will also be developing a multi-year plan that will allow us to build a solid financial base and recruit for the future. We encourage everyone reading this message to step up and be part of the team working to strengthen one of the most entertaining and unique performing groups so that they can continue entertaining the world for many years to come.
Thank you for your support for the corps, and please do what you can to help us through these changing times.
Chris Nalls and the Board of Directors,
San Francisco Renegades