by Brian Tolzmann, DCW staff
The number of North American junior corps that made it to the field in 2002 has declined for the third consecutive season. A total of 71 junior corps appeared this summer, either as a competitor or as an exhibition performer. That compares with 76 one year ago and 85 in the 2000 season. The first DCI season of 1972 found 442 juniors from the United States and Canada.
The new corps appearing on the field for the first time this year were Dimensions from Grand Rapids, MI; Jester Corps from Phoenix, AZ; Spartan Cadets from Nashua, NH and Quebec Alliance. Returning to the field after some time off were the Magic of Orlando, Ontario’s Emerald Knights and Citations from Burlington, MA.
Missing from the field from the previous season were the Braintree, MA, Braves; Quebec’s Chevaliers/Ambassadeurs; Copper Star from Arizona; the Emerald Knights from Cedar Rapids, IA; Ontario’s H.Y.P.E.; the Kips Bay Crusaders from the Bronx, NY; Micro Magic (who were replaced by Magic of Orlando); the Royal Knights from Washington, D.C.; the Valiants from Boston, MA; the Senateurs and Sentinelles (who merged to form Quebec Alliance) and Tampa Bay Thunder, who gave up their identity as part of the Kiwanis Kavaliers merger.
Since DCI celebrated its 30th anniversary season this summer, an overview of the junior census may prove to be interesting. A state-by-state and province-by province census shows the 30-year highs and lows of all those states and provinces that were home to any junior corps that made the field in 1972-2002. Here are the states that produced at least one junior field corps over that span…