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Cabs remain undefeated at ‘Grand Prix’

by Bill Flaker, DCW staff

July 20, 2003 — Clifton, NJ . . . With a huge and supportive crowd on hand under perfect weather conditions, the Hawthorne Caballeros remained undefeated by topping a strong field of DCA’s best. Fellow DCW staff writer Fran Haring served as master of ceremonies for the night and did a fine job of keeping the fans updated with information. The 39th “Grand Prix” was sponsored by the Caballeros and also featured three fine exhibition corps.

This may finally be the year that the Hawthorne Caballeros have been waiting for to regain the DCA world title. The total package is in place as “El Toro Nuevo” is shaping up to be one of the corps’ best shows ever. With Jim Russo at the controls, the opening set is spread across the field from end zone to end zone as the drill pattern changes from backfield playing to a full scale run-and-gun fast paced feature…

The Reading Buccaneers are also a serious contender, as their program, “The Sea,” is enjoyable to watch and listen to. Their opening statement is fluid with a strong representation of water and portrayal of the show theme as the brass line performs songs of sailor and sea…

The surprise corps tonight was the CorpsVets from Atlanta, GA. A solid third place finish made the long bus ride well worth it as the fans really took to this performance…

In the past it was said that the programs of the Bushwackers were not fan friendly and not easy to understand. This year’s “Journey To The Moon” program has connected to the fans and judges! The show is divided into four sections and salutes our brave men and women of this country’s space program…

Move over Wayne Newton and Elvis, because the Connecticut Hurricanes have taken over Las Vegas with their 2003 program “Hurcs in Vegas.” The show is based on Eric Whittaker’s “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas” and takes you through the casinos and different styles of music…

Hawthorne Caballeros (Hawthorne, NJ)
Photo by Moe Knox

The most improved corps of the night was the “Big City Dreams” show of the New York Skyliners. Up eight full points from last week in Reading in total score, Drum Major Ray “Konga” Richardson had Sky really “making the doughnuts” tonight…

Welcome back to the Sunrisers! For the first time since 1999 they are back on the field of competition. Their program for 2003, “Celtic Sun,” has the brass line…

The first corps in exhibition was the Raiders a division III DCI corps with their “Carmina Burana” show. Though small in numbers, they put on a fine performance…

The New York Skyliners Alumni corps took fans down memory lane with a huge blast from the past. A long white limousine brought the drum majors to center stage…

The Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Corps came off the line from the left goal line with Man of La Mancha. The fans responded with a standing ovation as the corps put on a strong performance…

All of tonight’s corps are to be commended for their performances as this season’s DCA competitions are really heating up. If all things stay as-is next weekend, then drum corps fans will definitely want to be in Providence, RI, August 2 as the Brigadiers and Caballeros finally go head to head for the first time this year.

To conclude tonight’s performances, the combined Caballeros corps brought down the house with a reprise of Flamenco Cha Cha…

For the rest of this article and much more, pick up a copy of the July 25, 2003, issue of Drum Corps World, or subscribe by clicking on the link below.

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