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Scouts continue winning streak in Menomonie

by Chuck Kukura with assistance from Scott Helland

Colts (Dubuque, IA)
Photo by Ron Walloch

June 15, 2003 — Menomonie, WI . . . What a great evening for a drum corps competition! The Don & Nona Williams Stadium is a beautiful, 2-year-old facility. The seats face east, so there are no sun problems, (for the viewers), and the field is made of AstroTurf. The place reminds me of De Kalb’s stadium, but only about a third as high. The organizers did a fantastic job!

I would like to preface this review by stating that all of the corps performing tonight had drill, marching and form issues. This is normal this early in the season, and I’m certain everyone knows this, especially the corps.

Madison Scouts
The Madison Scouts are always a crowd-pleaser, as is their tradition. This year is no exception. The first impression I had of the Scouts this year is that they have a point to prove. They’ve had a rocky couple of years, and they came out of the gates tonight showing what drum corps is all about: pleasing the fans…

Colts
Colts perform “Symphonic Visions” this year. They looked sharp on the field, even before they started playing. When they did start, all I could say was “Holy sound, Batman!” This was the first corps of the evening to really blow you away with the “wall of sound” that we all know and love so much — music you can feel, not just hear…

Minnesota Brass, Inc.
Minnesota Brass’s show this year reminds me of the 1994 Blue Devils. The music has a Spanish feel, partly composed by Chick Corea…

Capital Sound
Capital Sound performed their program, “Passages,” by various composers. This was the first corps to fill the stadium with sound. The brass line was solid — very good balance across the voices…

Pioneer
Pioneer’s show this year is titled “Spirit of Pioneer” and is music composed by David Holsinger. I always enjoy Pioneer, and this year is no exception. The music was good, and the guard really performed…

Blue Stars
The Blue Stars have a solid opening statement musically. The sound was loud and full. The opening song has a technical lick that, when cleaned up, will really make a statement…

Americanos
The Americanos chose to perform Thomas Horner’s “Mask of Zorro,” staying with their traditional Spanish sound. The numbers for this corps seem to be down, and it showed. The brass section was bottom heavy. Not that I mind, being a bari/contra player, but balance is good. The Americanos compensated for this by performing very emotionally…

Chops, Inc.
Chops’ show this year has real potential, as they’re playing music from the movie “The Blues Brothers.” The program name is “Four Fried Chickens and Some Dry White Toast.” As usual, I sit back and expect to be entertained when Chops takes the field. The drum major was dressed as a nun, and I was thinking, this is typical Chops…

Decorah Kilties
The Kilties took the field, and you could see right away what was going on. The corps size was small, only 26 members performing, so this limited their visual show, somewhat. The performance rarely went beyond the 35 yard lines, the corps choosing to stay centered. The music was very recognizable (John Williams), making this show a real treat to listen to…

For the rest of this article and much more, pick up a copy of the June 27 issue of Drum Corps World.

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