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Cavaliers recapture gold in Alamodome

by Ray Barreras, DCW staff

The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL)
Photo by Dan Scafidi

The Cavaliers edged out the Blue Devils by just six-tenths of a point to capture the gold medal for a second straight year. Their undefeated season so far places them in a strong position to capture an unprecedented fourth consecutive world title for a total of six. The “green machine” mesmerized the crowd with their innovative “Spin Cycles” program, exemplifying that spinning on the field can get you just as far as running…

The Blue Devils began and ended their program with a snare drummer playing licks centerfield showing everyone what cool is all about. Their “Phenomenon of Cool” program offered sophistication, brilliant sounding brass and a guard that continued to outperform all others, garnering best guard caption…

The Cadets rocked the dome in what was a surprising tie for third place with Phantom Regiment. The Cadets came on with a strong opening statement from…

Phantom Regiment impressed the audience right from the start with Canon in D. Phantom is fielding one of the best brass lines in the activity…

The Santa Clara Vanguard placed fifth with their “Pathways” program, beginning with a drill formation that divides the corps on both goal lines with guard across the field. Visual staff member Brian Soules said…

The Bluecoats and the Boston Crusaders battled fiercely for a sixth and seventh place finish, respectively. With only a .15 difference in score, Bluecoats’ “Capture and Escape” program began with a nicely voiced horn solo in the backfield. The guard frames…

The Boston Crusaders opened with bold brass and nice trumpet exposure. Their handling of Latin music was executed well with…

The Madison Scouts are sporting new uniforms, new direction and a new attitude, earning them an eighth place finish. The Scouts scorched their way into the audience’s heart with a solid presentation honoring their glorious past and promising future. Winning the gold medal in the afternoon prelims, the Scouts entertained with confidence and style…

The Crossmen placed ninth opening with a beautiful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The guard uses brilliant fabric at impact to form triangles from head to foot. This show is another crowd-pleaser that earned the corps a silver medal in the afternoon…

Carolina Crown earned the bronze medal in the afternoon and placed 10th in the evening with their “Bell-isimo” program. Carolina Crown’s strength lies in their ability to finesse the audience with showmanship and style…

The Blue Knights placed 11th in the evening, producing good moments with their “Primary Colors” program. The show consists of body movement, spins, high mark time and chanting. Their performance in the afternoon earned them…

The Glassmen placed 12th in the evening, presenting their “Elements” program with style and grace. The corps is doing a lot of things right in conveying the theme’s message. The brass volume was…

Magic of Orlando was narrowly edged out of the evening competition with a fifth place afternoon finish. Their “Silver Voices” program was aggressive with contras providing a big, brass backbone…

Spirit of JSU earned a sixth place finish with their “Time” program. What stands out about this corps is its clean, bottom-end sound. Contra and bass drum tonality provides…

Seattle Cascades placed seventh in the afternoon, performing their “Festiva Danza” program. This show has great potential with plenty of impact points and tasty riffs…

The Colts and Mandarins placed eighth and ninth, respectively. The Colts’ “Symphonic Visions” program establishes a tonality similar to a British symphonic sound. From the bold opening statement to aggressive marching to the bold closing statement, this version of the Colts breaks new ground in design.

The Mandarins were equally impressive with a controlled sound and punchy drum book. Their “Black Market Bazaar” program includes a feisty rendition of…

Capital Regiment and Kiwanis Kavaliers placed 10th and 11th, respectively. Capital Regiment presented their “Brave New World” program with a dark, mysterious opening chord statement. Visual caption head Brian Tracht said…

Kiwanis Kavaliers offered up “The Music of the Beatles” for their program. This show is fun and very entertaining as the corps intertwines familiar melodies with…

Southwind, Troopers and Pioneer placed 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively. Southwind presented their “Dance Portraits” program with the music from “Gayne Ballet.” This is a sophisticated show for the corps with many good moments that embrace new territory.

The Troopers began their “Reflections of the Blue and Gray” program with a simulated locomotive buildup from bass drums, guard and pit. This is a solid show with a large sound from a small but mighty brass section. Troopers performed well and proved they are still America’s corps.

Pioneer presented their “Spirit of the Pioneer” program with music from the “Song of Moses.” The Holsinger arrangement had the pit and battery maintaining intensity throughout. Program coordinator Mickey Hartzog said, “The corps has a lot of room for improvement which should give us a competitive edge.”

Revolution was the only division II corps, but the corps could have been mistaken for division I based solely on their drill execution…

The venue provided a great day of drum corps competition from a multitude of outstanding performers and countless volunteers. The professionalism and artistry of the corps continues on a positive pathway that is truly a celebration of musical artistry, pageantry and future promise.

DCW staff member Scott Wolfe contributed to this article.

Crossmen (Newark, DE)
Photo by Dan Scafidi

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