In a shocking press conference, Drum Corps International announced this week that, effective immediately, they would no longer allow Brass Instruments on the field in competition.
"Its been a long time coming" announced Dan Acheson, "But we're finally making this difficult decision that will ultimately move our activity forward."
Thousands of brass players surrounded the DCI offices in protest, playing brass instruments loudly and just being generally obnoxious. "It was going to be my Age-Out." cried Santa Clara Vanguard Horn Sergeant, Stone Wang "I ordered 85 pairs of Adidas track pants for this summer already, one for each day of tour. Now I can't even return them."
While many were clearly outraged by this decision, several saw it as not only inevitable, but positive.
Long time DCI Artistic Director Michael Cesario chimed in: "Drum Corps is great, but for the last 4 decades Brass Instruments have sort of been the elephant in the room. They're just so loud! The change from G Bugles to B-Flat instruments was definitely a step in the right direction. This last step was inevitable."
Percussionist across the activity were thrilled to hear the news, as the promise of shorter shower and food lines spread throughout the activity like wildfire. Colorguard members cheered at the thought of no longer having 3rd trumpets blast low e-flats in their ears.