Cavaliers defeat Scouts and Glassmen in Crown Point

by Michael Boo, DCW staff

Glassmen (Toledo, OH)
Photo by Ron Walloch

June 17, 2003 — Crown Point, IN… On the warmest night of a cooler-than-normal summer thus far, The Cavaliers and the corps’ “Spin Cycle” show topped Madison Scouts, Glassmen and Colts to remain on top in the Midwest. Perhaps most notable was the first match-up of the season between Madison Scouts and Glassmen, with Scouts demonstrating that the pre-season rumors were not exaggerated.

The Cavaliers won every caption on the way to scoring 75.8 to Scouts’ 69.8 and Glassmen’s 66.75, with Colts not far behind Toledo with a fourth place score of 63.1. The Green Machine dominated in general effect, with a 30.2 to Scouts’ 27.5 and Glassmen’s 25.7.

Things were a little tighter in the visual and music captions; The Cavaliers scored 22.25 in visual compared to Scouts’ 20.5 and Glassmen’s 19.3, and the defending DCI World Champions earned a 23.35 in music to the Scouts’ 21.8 and Glassmen’s 21.75.

The Cavaliers
Maybe I’m getting mellow in my middle age, but The Cavaliers’ guard costumes, so derisively condemned on Internet chat rooms (mostly by people who hadn’t yet seen the costumes live) don’t seem deserving of all the wrist slashing that has accompanied the first photos to appear on the Web. Yes, the costumes are very, very different, but they certainly get one’s attention and from a distance one can see how the difference in the color of the front and back of the costumes is exploited in the drill…

Madison Scouts
Madison Scouts outscored Glassmen in all subcaptions except guard, music ensemble and percussion, which the corps also lost to Colts. Overall, “Gold, Green and Red: The Music of Benoit Jutras” is a total delight, and would be just as delightful even if it didn’t come with the added bonus of the corps being so much better prepared than last year. I wrote in my notes from the show that Madison was on its way back, but I think that is inaccurate. The corps IS back, and the look of the new uniforms gets a thumbs-up from the stands…

Glassmen
Glassmen’s “The Elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water” opens up with the same sort of dramatic searing chords effect I remember experiencing two years ago when “IMAGO” hit the field. I think the corps has found the happy medium between sophistication and accessibility, and I hope that most fans will find this show as easy to listen to as I did…

Colts
Glassmen scored almost as close to Colts (3.65) as the corps did to Madison (3.05 spread). “Symphonic Visions: Ritual, Song and Dance” follows up on Colts’ transformation to a being a unit associated with symphonic music. Look for a variety of ritualistic drill forms in the opener of Cantus Laetus, particularly crosses…

Southwind
From Colts’ 63.1, the score dropped more than 10 points to 52.75, earned by fifth-place Southwind. “Dance Portraits” is based entirely on Khachaturian’s “Gayne Ballet” and sounds somewhat typical of what the corps has offered over the past couple of years. Horns have the ability to deliver power when needed, with a lot of forceful impact…

Marion Glory Cadets
Marion Glory Cadets has only 13 brass to a drum line of 20 and just four in the guard. “Oppressions in Red” is a rather dark show for such a small corps, and as such, it’s a challenge for the corps to deliver on the title. Thirteen horns can only deliver so much violence…

Scenic City
Scenic City had 19 brass, 15 percussion and only three in the guard. If there was a single spin or toss in the show, I missed it. For much of the show, the guard members just stood in position, so there wasn’t much of a guard presence. The “Rhythms” show starts out nice…

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