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Magic remains undefeated through division II/III semifinals

by Bill Thorpe, DCW staff

2002 Capital Sound (Madison, WI)
Photo by Ron Walloch

August 6, 2002 — Madison, WI . . . This was one of the most exciting division II/III semifinals in recent memory, as 18 of the finest II/III drum corps competed head-to-head to emerge as a member of the elite top 12 corps for Wednesday evening’s division II/III finals competition. Hot on the heel of the corps fantastic prelims performance, Magic of Orlando performed their “Desert Winds” production, taking complete control of the field with large serpentine forms that resolve to constantly changing block forms.

Magic swept all captions and scored perfect 10.0 in general effect, visual ensemble and on the music ensemble sheets. The corps actually scored a 98.10, but they received a one tenth timing penalty.

Beautiful corps uniforms gave the Mandarins from Sacramento, CA, a unique look. The corps’ powerful program…

With a strong musical and visual program called “Climbing Everest,” the Capital Regiment from Columbus, OH, came to claim their place in drum corps history…

When Vanguard Cadets from Santa Clara, CA, came out of the tunnel, their large size — especially in the color guard — was evident. The Cadets excited the crowd right from the start with…

The consistent style and quality of the Spartans’ 2002 “Guardians” production was impressive. The corps performed another smooth program…

The majestic style of Esperanza’s program and their excellent color guard for their 2002 production of “Conquest: The Rise and Fall of Empire” was…

The surprise corps from San Antonio, TX, called Revolution that has been besting many this season came on to the field to perform their 2002 production, “Celestial Mysticisms.” This corps kicked off with the fastest tempo of…

The Patriots from Rochester, NY, performed a very clever and original production using the music of…

Blue Stars from La Crosse, WI, performed a tribute show to their own organization with a show titled “Three Decades.” The show kicked off with…

East Coast Jazz from Malden, MA, has a very exciting program called “Adventures in Jazz” that was simply smoking…

Dubbed by some as the Velvet Knights of the division II/III sect, Jersey Surf from Berlin, NJ, brought their hilarious antics into semifinals and impressed judges and fans alike…

Taiepei Yeufu arrived from Taiwan in early July to perform on a North American tour. They were ready to entertain and take their place in drum corps history…

Capital Sound has an interesting program, strangely named “A Momentary Lapse of Reason,” that is a lot of fun to watch. Each section contributed to…

With performers from Japan and California, Yamato truly is an international melting pot corps. Their “Symphonic Sketches” production had an entertaining and imaginative visual program…

The Americanos from Appleton, WI, took the field with a very intriguing program that was at times…

With a program aptly titled “Primarily Colors” and the competition field adorned with several different colored props of various size squares, rectangles and even a trapezoid, the Marion Glory Cadets wowed the audience…

The Lehigh Valley Knights from Allentown, PA, had a very interesting program called “Reflections of Earth.” The corps has made such strides this year they should be voted most improved…

The Raiders from Lodi, NJ, performed a well-crafted and complex program titled “Balance” that opened with the majestic Festive Overture with the corps in a scattered drill performing backfield. The clean visual program and…

2002 Americanos (Appleton, WI)
Photo by Dan Scafidi

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