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Brigs top Empire, Sky cools Heat Wave at DCA Prelims

by Cozy Baker, DCW staff

Syracuse Brigadiers (Syracuse, NY)
Photo by Richard P. Wersinger

August 31, 2002 — Scranton, PA . . . 2002 will go down in a future Drum Corps World history book as a loud success for the Drum Corps Associates Championships. The Syracuse Brigadiers snatched prelims en route to their fourth consecutive championship while the Skyliners claimed Class A bragging rights over Heat Wave. The prelims entries impressed the crowd in Scranton’s familiar Lackawanna County Stadium with their technique and execution. The number of entries raised eyebrows, especially with the welcome addition of Inspires from Yokohama, Japan. Ritchee Price, former Matadors’ soprano soloist, set the tone for a memorable weekend with his startling rendition of the national anthem.

For the past four years, the Brigadiers have been the complete package…

The Empire Statesmen rolled out a show that would have won in most any other DCA season. In brass average, Empire lost by only one tenth of a point, while their field percussion…

The Reading Buccaneers made all but two corps walk the plank…

The Bucs’ mids took first base, mostly with back steps. The sabers’ unified tosses pierced the…

Minnesota Brass, Inc., “Black and Blue,” had taken Drum Corps Midwest’s De Kalb championship by storm and came to Scranton to show DCA that this was Minnesota’s year…

The proud Hawthorne Caballeros will refer to 2002 as not one of their favorites in terms of scores, but the tribute to the 1975 Muchachos was a crowd-pleaser….

The Bushwackers have been right with the Cabs most of the season. Featuring a modern classical show, Bush explored…

Donny Allen is back! The Rochester Crusaders were swinging “In the Key of S,” but “A” should be added for Allen as…

Yokohama, Japan, is the home of Inspires, a first-time entry in DCA. The crowd gave a loud welcome and Inspires gave back a mighty performance. The judges seemed…

The Hurricanes of Derby, CT, have been a crowd-pleaser for years. As three-time DCA champs, they have a history as long as…

Louder is better? Best tenth place corps ever? Lee Rudnicki, corps director, and the Renegades of San Francisco made their first appearance at DCA with a full corps. While they took last year’s DCA Individual and Ensemble in mini-corps, the crowd was thrilled to see their field corps. With soprano players like…

The Kingston, Ontario, Grenadiers were the lone entry from Canada. The Grenadiers have entertained many…

The CorpsVets burned a wide leeward path up from Atlanta to grant the…

Class A was a class act
The Skyliners snatched the Class A honors with an impressive 79.45…

Heat Wave rolled in from Orlando, FL, looking for the sandy beach and left us with the Santana beat when they found no playa to play on.

Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina nowadays. Carolina Gold made its first trek to the DCA Championships in grand style. While they did not leave with the gold, Carolina managed to surprise

NightStorm thundered into the daylight hoping to improve on past showings. While Carolina Gold opened with church charts, the Allegheny unit echoed classical off the hills. With music composed by…

New York Skyliners (Garfield, NJ)
Photo by Richard P. Wersinger

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