Cavaliers are victorious in Broken Arrow

by Eric Senzig, DCW staff

The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL)
Photo by Ron Walloch

July 22, 2003 — Broken Arrow, OK . . . On a night with near-perfect weather for viewing drum corps, The Cavaliers won all captions and captured first place with a score of 92.85. Their show, “Spin Cycle,” captivated the audience with innovative drill and many references throughout of the concept of spinning, whether in large drill forms, individuals turning around while playing, or brass instruments spinning in place…

In second place were the Boston Crusaders (placing second in most captions). Their show, “Bravo,” lives up to its name, as the highly appreciative crowd voiced its approval at several times during the show. While many are drawing strong comparisons between this show and the “Red” production from 2000, no one seems to mind…

Moving up in placement from the San Antonio show, Magic of Orlando (second in percussion and music ensemble) barely edged out the Blue Knights for third place. Their “Silver Voices” show begins with about a minute of percussion playing. A very unique effect has various battery percussion members playing finger cymbals from locations all over the field, creating a bell-like ringing sound that seems to come from everywhere. The guard uses…

While they suddenly found themselves a hairsbreadth behind Magic tonight, the Blue Knights still have much to be proud of from their performance. Solid leads over Magic in GE (nine-tenths of a point) and brass (three-tenths) were enough to keep the margin very close…

The Glassmen are finding themselves behind some other corps at this point in the season, but their show remains accessible and entertaining due to their presentation of “The Elements.” The opener, representing “Air,” begins…

The Seattle Cascades are presenting a sophisticated program this year titled “Danzon,” drawing upon five Latin American musical selections. The corps begins the show in four identical angular formations, which quickly collapse and then expand into blocks. The first impact features…

Capital Regiment continues to improve with their “New World” program. The corps is about the same size as last year — 45 brass, 30 guard and 27 percussion — and performed with a presence and impact that impressed many in the crowd…

Opening the competition were the Troopers. The corps is sizably bigger than last year (50 brass, 30 percussion, 18 guard) and has the bold, commanding presence that seems to have been missing in recent years…

The show was held at Broken Arrow Senior High School for the first time after being held in other Tulsa locations in years past, and the choice of venues could not have been better. There was ample parking for fans and corps buses alike, plenty of space on campus to hold warm-ups far away from the stadium, excellent sight lines in the stands and a very appreciative audience for all of the performers in the corps.

The national anthem was performed by a 12-piece trumpet ensemble from Broken Arrow HS before the show, and a 120-member drum line, consisting of participants from the recent Yamaha “Sounds of Summer” percussion camp, played the corps on the field for retreat. Show chairman Robert Lux and all of the show staff are to be highly commended for putting on an extremely well run and enjoyable drum corps show.

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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