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Blue Devils end Cavaliers’ winning streak

by Ron Baysinger, DCW staff

Blue Devils (Concord, CA)
Photo by Mark Prosperie

July 26, 003 — Indianapolis, IN . . . The Blue Devils inched ahead of The Cavaliers by three-tenths of a point tonight, putting an end to The Cavaliers’ nearly two-year winning streak. The Cavaliers had won a record 63 consecutive contests, shattering the old record of 51 in a row that was set by the Blue Devils in 1979-1980. The last time The Cavaliers lost a contest was August 1, 2001, to the Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils are a real taste treat. They may not have the drill The Cavaliers possess, but what they do on that field is exceptional. Musically, they were absolutely hot this evening…

The Cavaliers came in a close second but gave an excellent performance as well. The confidence they portray while performing this show is astounding. They make it look so effortless…

The Cadets are right on the heels of The Cavaliers, and they are doing what they do best: making superb gains at the end of the season. Again, this is a great corps, playing some of everyone’s favorite corps songs of the past few years…

Phantom Regiment has risen back to the top of the ranks. I can now see why they are scoring so high…

Santa Clara Vanguard just might be the spoiler in two weeks. They could rise to the occasion and shock some people. The way they can take a soft moment and make you sit up and want more is indescribable…

Bluecoats have put together a total package this year, and it’s getting them noticed. The guard is exquisite, and the percussion and horn line blend together so well you just get a blast of sound that is so enjoyable to hear. The drill this year is…

Madison Scouts are still wowing audiences with this dynamic show. They improved a spot since the Murfreesboro show the night before..

Boston Crusaders have gone back to a theme they used in 2000, and it is working for them so well. The opening snip of…

Crossmen came out tonight to prove to people their winning performance from this afternoon was no fluke. They seemed even stronger in brass ensemble than before, and the percussion didn’t let up…

Carolina Crown was only two-tenths from the Crossmen, and I actually thought they had overtaken them. The horn line marched a much cleaner show than in the afternoon, and they sounded much stronger…

Magic of Orlando came to play tonight. “Abrahm’s Pursuit” just begins and drives its rhythm so powerfully you aren’t quite sure it will ever end…

Part of this story is the Blue Knights. They and the Glassmen just keep teetering back and forth, and one cannot forget Spirit in this mix as well. “Primary Colors” is a beautiful show, but tonight the Blue Knights just didn’t seem to “sell” it to the crowd the way they did in the afternoon. Music and drill were good, and the guard with those hand-painted flags was great, but it just seemed like they were going through the motions.

Close scores, excitement, pageantry . . . what else could one ask for this year in drum corps? I talked with Tom Turkowski from Wisconsin after the show, and he was amazed at how good “everyone” is this year. He hadn’t planned on attending finals in Orlando this year, but he said he might just have to check on airfares when he gets home. It will truly be a great time in Orlando.

For the rest of this article and much more, pick up a copy of the August 8, 2003, issue of Drum Corps World, or subscribe by clicking on the link below.

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