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Corps beat the heat at ‘Drums on the Ohio’

by Ron Baysinger, DCW staff

Madison Scouts (Madison, WI)
Photo by Ron Walloch

June 24, 2003 — Evansville, IN… The Madison Scouts stepped onto the field on this first really hot night of the summer, and they were on fire. The audience was on its feet several times throughout the show. I, for one, am so pleased with the fact that Madison has once again a top-notch guard that is attitude laden, especially with their hats on in the third number. The high brass doesn’t seem to be squealing as much as in the past, but the quality of the music is outstanding. It’s been mentioned that their score had been declining after the first few shows, but after tonight they have bounced back with notice…

Glassmen seem to be doing everything right with this show. They have big moments in music, then big moments with guard, and the percussion is excellent this year. I wasn’t sure why they weren’t scoring well, but tonight they took the field by storm…

The sound Spirit generates is astounding. They can blow you out of your seat once minute, and then bring it down to a soft, gentle moment to be cherished by all…

Magic of Orlando is back in division I, and what an awesome show with which to come back! The horn line is already playing some runs that sound clean. The guard appears very mature and confident in its work…

I look at Southwind with such pride. This corps is getting better with each contest I see them. Most of the problem with the scores right now is the amount of holes in the drill…

Eklipse is a new corps from Murray, KY. I first saw them in Louisville last Saturday in their first-ever show. They are making quite a statement in their first year. Some people were criticizing their uniforms saying they looked like “band” uniforms. Well, the sound they produce is very much drum corps, and the corps uniforms are just not in yet. They are borrowing Murray State University’s marching band uniforms. Eklipse will have their own uniform soon…

For the rest of this article and much more, pick up a copy of the July 4, 2003, issue of Drum Corps World, or subscribe by clicking on the link below.

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