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Starriders top Drum Corps Germany Finals

by Tom Roehr, DCW staff

September 14, 2002 — Hameln, Germany . . . The first Drum Corps Germany Finals were held together with the fifth German Open, one of the most popular events for show bands, marching bands and drum corps. Fourteen corps and bands fought in four different classes, including parade marching, marching, block show and field show, for the victory. The Starriders came out on top in the field show category by four-tenths of a point.

The most interesting class for drum corps nuts is the field show class. The other three classes are for marching or for standard formations. The Musikcorps “Ahoi” from Hamburg, Germany, won the parade marching class with a score of 41.00. Trompetercorps Osnabrueck and Schaumburger Herolde competed in the marching class. The Herolde did not have a field show this year due to rebuilding their corps….

In the block show class the audience saw the Musikcorps “Ahoi” again. They were the only competitor in this class because the Devils Show and Marching Band from Witzenhausen had cancelled…

The field show class included nine competitors.

Taking first place was the host corps, the Starriders from Bad Muender. Their program, “Artistry in Jazz” included Artistry in Rhythm, Pegasus and Ballet in Brass. Brass arranger Dave Hill wrote…

Finishing in second place was the defending champion in the field show class, the Woelper Loewen Drum & Bugle Corps from…

Juliana Drum & Bugle Corps from Middelburg, the Netherlands, was the last corps to take the field, and they finished in third place. Their theme for this year was…

Excelsior Drum & Bugle Corps from Goes, the Netherlands, did a Spanish show that included…

Storman Magic, a marching band from Bad Oldesloe, was a newcomer to the competition. The corps is off to a brilliant start in the German Drum Corps scene….

This was the first season on the field since 1989 for Fidele Vogelsanger Drum & Bugle Corps…

Showband Rastede played main themes from several musicals, including…

The Blue Lions Drum & Bugle Corps from Rastede changed their music style this year…

Red Stars Drum & Bugle Corps had an all-female brass line…

In the time before the retreat, the marching band Dietemann Eschwege gave a concert for the audience…

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