DCA I&E contest draws record entries

by Bill Flaker and Adam Burdett, DCW staff

Members of the Empire Statesmen won six gold
medals at DCA I&E
(Photo by Richard P. Wersinger)

August 31, 2002 — Scranton, PA . . . A record number of entries kept a large number of drum corps fans entertained at this year’s DCA I&E contest. The University of Scranton hosted the event under threatening skies as some of DCA’s finest individuals rocked the tall buildings of downtown Scranton.

Kristi Fleck of the Syracuse Brigadiers took home the gold medal in individual flag with her behind the back catches and wonderful artistic expression. Terry Kent of the Corps Vets captured the silver medal in his first-ever individual contest and Will White of Heat Wave took bronze honors with a silk toss that he caught behind his…

Where are all of DCA’s talented rifles that have been seen all summer? There were only three entries in this category and all three were male! Matt Winans of the Empire Statesmen scored a perfect 100 as he…

Kristen Geswaldo of the Syracuse Brigadiers won the gold in the individual saber event. Her silk and saber combo routine was filled with energy and artistic design. Alton Major of the San Francisco Renegades took silver honors using…

The color guard duet of Polvino and Winans from the Empire Statesmen scored…

The 10-member ensemble from the Hawthorne Caballeros did an excellent job, despite the fact that they performed it twice because each time the CD they were using was defective…

All corps, both competing and alumni units, were represented well in the percussion categories. Kelsey Stanford of the Kingston Grenadiers was unopposed in the bass drum category, as was Cam Griffith of the Rochester Crusaders in the timpani category. Despite the lack of competition here, both medalists turned in noteworthy performances…

While Darrell Wahlberg from Florida Heat Wave brought his talent…

Steve Regener of the Empire Statesmen held off a pair of cymbal players, Barbara Flowers and Larry Eckert, from the Caballeros Alumni corps to take top cymbal honors. James Christian of…

The team of Morales and Wasserman of the Skyliners Alumni took the percussion duet category by a slim…

There was no Iron Man category this year, but this is a title that could easily be given to…

The Empire Statesmen’s brass line impressed the audience earlier in the day with their amazing prelims performance. It was no surprise that members of Empire took three of the seven brass categories. Super soloist Joe Pero took the top honors in soprano, mellophonist…

The Bushwackers’ impressive brass sound also carried over to the French horn category, where Steven Behnke took first place in…

The Brigadiers executed a one-two sweep in the brass duet category with the team of…

The chorus category was also run uncontested with…

Opening up the mini-corps competition was the Chicago Royal Airs Alumni Corps from Illinois…

The Erie Thunderbirds won this year’s version of the mini-corps competition with an impressive…

There were six newcomers to the competition.

Closing the competition, were the Ghost Riders from parts unknown. Two years ago, they hailed from Bayonne, NJ, and dazzled the audience with Land of Make Believe. 2001 saw them move to the West Coast, clad in SCV threads and a Bottle Dance. While I predicted last year that we’d see a group from Revere, MA, I was incorrect as the Riders represented the great state of…