Brigadiers on track for undefeated season, fourth consecutive DCA victory

by Vince Lamb, DCW staff

Empire Statesmen (Rochester, NY)
Photo by Alan Winslow

August 17, 2002 — Syracuse, NY . . . Despite a thunderstorm that had swept through the area less than an hour before the show, hundreds of fans were lined up well into the parking lot to buy tickets a half-hour before the largest senior show before DCA championships. They, along with several thousand spectators already in the stands, were rewarded with a great evening of entertaining and competitive drum corps in mild weather beneath skies that remained clear throughout the entire contest.

The Syracuse Brigadiers brass produced a solid, well-balanced and powerful sound. Their guard, which unlike in previous years appeared to be more focused on equipment work than on dance, executed their routine with…

The Empire Statesmen have changed their warm-up during the past month. The earlier flowing drill and narration of a Jack Buck poem have been replaced with…

Buccaneers demonstrated that a corps can present a show that is patriotic and artistic and still appeal to the crowd. They marched a very flashy drill to present the colors within the first 30 seconds of the show, then staged a very effective…

After playing an unconventional arrangement of “God Bless America” for a warm-up, Bushwackers performed what may be the most esoteric show in DCA this year. It made a statement when…

Caballeros did their best to recreate the legendary show of the 1975 Muchachos within the idiom of 21st century drum corps. They succeeded. The stereo effect at the…

Baritone player Dale Fine of the Rochester Crusaders said, “Last week, we were disappointed with our performance, so this week we buckled down and put out a show that was both clean and emotional. It was our statement to DCA that we aren’t going to be put away and that we’re not going to put ourselves away.” He assessed his show accurately. The brass played with a clean…

The Hurricanes drum major was the only one who spoke to the crowd tonight, yelling “This is for you!” before their performance started. Despite the relatively small size of the horn line, the brass players were able to produce a wide-open sound that conveyed…

Grenadiers have continued to clean their visual show while maintaining high performance levels in both brass and percussion in their effort to stay ahead of the CorpsVets and catch up to the Hurricanes. Their individual marching technique, command of…

Three, two, one, let’s jam! CorpsVets came on first and proved that they were ready for open class competition in DCA. The brass put out a wall of sound, the soloists screeched, the guard was…

Skyliners showed that they had a lot of heart as they produced a sound so big that no one would have expected it from any other corps…

Mighty St. Joe’s performed in exhibition before the show, entertaining the assembling fans with…

Before the drum-majors-only retreat, the horn lines of Brigadiers, CorpsVets and Hurricanes combined to play May You Never Walk Alone in honor of all the members of the senior corps family, from the famous to the obscure, who had died in 2001 and so far in 2002. Particularly touching were the hat, mellophone and tympani sticks of Jason Lowe, which were placed on the sidelines during the performance. The CorpsVets have dedicated their season to Lowe’s memory.

The Brigadiers played an encore of their show in front of their appreciative hometown fans to conclude the contest.

Syracuse Brigadiers (Syracuse, NY)
Photo by Patrick O’Toole