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Blue Devils are back to winning ways

by Scott Wolfe, DCW staff

Blue Devils (Concord, CA)
Photo by Francesca Colombini

July 17, 2003 — Dallas, TX . . . Following a narrow loss to The Cavaliers the night before, the Concord Blue Devils returned to their winning ways at the 27th annual “Festival of Drums and Bugles.” The Blue Devils secured a comfortable win by playing some “Cool” jazz.

The “Phenomenon of Cool” show is that and so much more. Fans have come to know the Blue Devils for their searing brass charts, aggressive drums and saucy guard work. The fans in Dallas got that and a whole lot more…

The Cadets finished in second place. With an on-field warm-up played backfield of My Favorite Things, the New Jersey corps stepped off to the familiar strains of…

In a phrase, the new Madison Scouts are back! A new uniform, new director and a fresh source of repertoire cannot hide the traditions of this venerable corps. The toe curls, high mark time and aggressive attitude are alive and well in this group from Madison…

Fourth place belonged to a crowd-favorite Crossmen. A strong front ensemble set up the beginning of this color-inspired show followed by a familiar tune in Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It felt like opening credits were rolling and a classic story was about to be told…

Carolina Crown snared fifth place. This is another corps with new uniforms on display. Their show revolving around bells was the first show to garner a standing ovation on the evening…

Glassmen play a sophisticated show with many changing moods and sounds based upon elements of the Earth. This was a new uniformed corps as well…

Kiwanis Kavaliers played a fun show based upon Beatles tunes. The kids’ facial expressions radiate their enjoyment of this show. The all-white guard uniforms are…

A corps new to Texas, Capital Regiment of Columbus, OH, secured eighth place. The crisp uniforms provide a solid framework for…

Southwind uses the “Gayne Ballet” as the source material for this solid show. They perform some nice moments with some strong visual movements including…

Pioneer opened the show with a 65.80. The Irish corps put the crowd in the mood with a warm-up to Danny Boy. They have a nice low brass sound and feature some nice sounds in a beautiful…

For the rest of this article and much more, pick up a copy of the July 18, 2003, issue of Drum Corps World, or subscribe by clicking on the link below.

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