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Cavaliers spin their way to the top in Houston

by Jessica Alexander, DCW staff

The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL)
Photo by Dan Scafidi

July 18, 2003 — Houston, TX . . . Even a misunderstanding among the show sponsor committee and Drum Corps International that resulted in a missed performance opportunity for the combined efforts of Texas’ Gulf Coast Sound Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, Bayou City Blues Senior Drum & Bugle Corps and Revolution Junior Drum & Bugle Corps couldn’t damper the audience’s excitement for drum corps as more than 6,500 eager fans came to the Rice University stadium for some of the best drum corps the activity has to offer.

“THE exSIGHTment OF SOUND” started with a pre-game performance by Percussion One, a group of percussion students from surrounding area high schools. The group, composed of seven snares, four tenors, six basses and four cymbals, performed several percussion ensemble pieces that gave the audience a taste of the excitement that was yet to come. The ensemble also played an interesting arrangement of the national anthem.

The Cavaliers’ opening set of a cross grabs the audience’s attention right away. The first move of the show then immediately introduces the audience to the “spinning” of “Spin Cycle,” where a horn member and color guard member maneuver around each other for several counts…

The Cadets, whose on-field warm-up incorporates marching and playing, intrigued audience members as the downbeat to the show was given by the drum major and the corps had already marched into its first set. The contra section opened the show with a beautiful, rich tone and lead into…

The stereophonic effect of the beginning of the Santa Clara Vanguard’s show continues to be a strong point for the corps. The horn line members on either side of the 50 yard-line begin the show by playing toward each other as opposed to the press box. That is something that is not seen much in the drum corps activity…

The Boston Crusaders had another strong night as they performed their best show to date. Mellophone tech Edrick Rhodes said the corps had a phenomenal rehearsal earlier in the day despite the sweltering Houston humidity. “The show went really well tonight,” Rhodes said. “The mellophones are continuing to improve daily both as a section and as individuals. What is so great about these kids is seeing their work ethic and their same love of performing day after day.” The strong work ethic of the corps members certainly showed in…

The Glassmen’s show has come a long way since the summer began. The four elements of earth, wind, fire and water that comprise the show are certainly better represented throughout and make the show more accessible to the audience.

Revolution’s show has also undergone a lot of changes since the summer began. The guard has added new uniforms and flags that go quite well with the show and offer bold color contrast. The guard’s beginning uniform (black on the back, white on the front) added to the huge first statement the corps made as the guard turned to face the audience during the first few counts of the show. The drum line played sensitively throughout the…

Retreat followed and The Cavaliers took the gold medal and played a standstill victory performance that carried as much energy as their show performance had earlier in the night…

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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