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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: You
By LARRY McSHANEAssociated Press Writer
Published December 17, 2006, 4:10 AM CST

NEW YORK — Congratulations! You are the Time magazine “Person of the Year.” The annual honor for 2006 went to each and every one of us, as Time cited the shift from institutions to individuals — citizens of the new digital democracy, as the magazine put it. The winners this year were anyone using or creating content on the World Wide Web.

The Article

The San Francisco Renegades were born on the internet. The original seven members found each other on the internet, they planned rehearsals and held “meetings” via e-mail, they even did all of their marketing via the internet. (Which resulted in Lee Rudnicki getting kicked off the internet).

The “Powers that Be” at the Renegades have always recognized the internet, message boards, youtube, chatroom revolution. To this end, they have always encouraged the membership to post freely on the internet, recognizing that prohibiting the membership from discussing Renegades on the internet was about as silly as prohibiting them from talking about the corps on the telephone. To paraphrase Time’s article, they have recognized that we are “citizens of the new digital democracy”.

The content that the Renegades staff and general membership have added to the internet — content in general and content specifically dealing with drum corps–has been astounding. Many have given interviews re: Renegades and or drum corps on electronic news groups, many have developed websites for various corps, and many contribute to the several drum corps-related message boards on the internet. A special feature, not explored by any other drum corps on the planet, is allowing members and alums post directly to the ReneBlog located on the corp’s website’s front page.

I am proud to be part of an organization that is a major player in Time’s Person(s) of the Year.

See you adding content to the World Wide Web <$1 to Greg Gilman....Apple Computer's Web Master and Renegades Director>

a new beginning

coming into the 2007 season, one didn’t know how many drummers would show up. Looking back on the 2006 season, having more drummers show up at open house than we had in May would be genius. Rest assured, we had an overflowing snare line, a full bass line, a small but growing tenor line and the return of the cymbal line. One of the most important things for me was to see the drum staff and their focus on making us the best we can be. It feels really good to have a staff that supports and drives us to succeed. I think the drumline is on solid footing right now, and I can’t wait for the January camp to see how much we have progressed since open house.

California here I come….

So who can I send my resume to so I can get a head start on the job search?

Yes, it’s true, I think I’m really going to take the plunge and move to California to march Renegades again – as a west coast resident as opposed to being a commuter. The East coast is bumming me out. Being a finalist for so many jobs and not getting hired is bumming me out. I will probably stick it out here until April or May at the latest if I can manage to make some money temping and bartending and to continue to work with the Skyliners, but I am definitely putting the plan in motion. I even have a place to live lined up.

I don’t know if I can make it out before then, but we’ll see. In the meantime Rock out and I’ll see youse all real soon.

Our pals, the Yokohama Inspires.

Some Open House Photos

Sop Ladies
Enjoy a couple of photos from Open House 2007.

See you at January camp,

- Greg