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Magic tops marathon day of drum corps at division II/III prelims

by Michael Carlson, DCW staff

2002 Patriots (Rochester, NY)
Photo by Richard P. Wersinger

August 5, 2002 — Madison, WI . . . The culmination of the long hot summer is finally here with DCI Division II/III Championships. At the conclusion of round one, Magic of Orlando and Revolution remained No. 1 in their divisions.

The first show using the new division II/III finals format, today’s prelim show was a marathon event with almost 13 hours of drums corps. Under the new rules the five top division II corps and the seven top division III corps advance to the division II/III semifinals. In addition, the next five highest scores from this show — from either division — will also compete at semifinals.

Magic of Orlando
Dominating division II all season, Magic of Orlando gave the Madison crowd an in-your-face look at a championship corps. Capturing all captions, the Florida corps put on a wonderful command performance…

Capital Regiment
Capital Regiment has come a long ways in tightening up their show the past couple of weeks. Tonight’s stellar performance is the payoff for the endless hours under the hot sun…

Mandarins
The Mandarins know championships. With game face on, the Sacramento group turned up the heat and hit the field with horns blazing…

Vanguard Cadets
The Vanguard Cadets stormed the field with a performance that surpassed their championship show of 2000…

Spartans
The Spartans’ “Guardians” continues the gladiator theme from last year, which works very well with the corps’ bold, brassy sound…

Esperanza
The division II surprise of the year, Esperanza continued to amaze audiences as the little known California corps delivered a championship caliber performance…

Revolution
In their second year, the Lone Star State’s Revolution has dominated division III for the past couple of weeks…

Patriots
As part one of “First Flight” erupted on the field, the Patriot’s color guard pulled out the stops early with some of the highest flying rifle tosses of the day…

East Coast Jazz
East Coast Jazz has a tradition of making quantum score leaps coming into finals…

Blue Stars
The Blue Stars were ready for finals — something that always makes them dangerous this time of year…

Jersey Surf
Many drum corps fans in Madison will agree that Jersey Surf’s “Our Side of the Story” is the most entertaining show of the 2002 season…

Taipei Yuehfu
The music of Yasuhide Ito and Tetsunosuke Kushida combine classical and Chinese folk music to provide Taipei Yuehfu with their best competitive year…

Yamato
Opening with the delicate grace of a Japanese painting, Yamato is off to its best year ever and has found itself within reach of the division gold…

Capital Sound
It’s always amazing to see the effect a hometown crowd has on a drum corps, which helped Capital Sound deliver one heck of a command performance…

Marion Glory Cadets
The “most improved corps in a season” award has to go to the Marion Glory Cadets…

Americanos
A mellophone fanfare sounded the Americanos forward with one of their best shows in recent years…

Allegiance Elite
Allegiance Elite came to go the distance with their powerful show, “Empire of Paradise.” The Calgary corps hit the tour with a take-no-prisoners attitude…

Impulse
Just when you think there are no more stops to be pulled out on their show, Impulse pulls a rabbit out of their hat…

Lehigh Valley Knights
In its two-year history, the Lehigh Valley Knights made achievements many corps only dream about…

Raiders
Last minute changes to their production, “Balance,” created renewed energy into the Russian themed program…

Cadets of New York City
To say the Cadets of New York City came ready for this show is an understatement…

Scenic City
Scenic City has enjoyed one of the best years in its short history…

Phoenix
If someone told you a corps was going to put the raw zaniness of Bette Midler on the field, the cute kids from Brick, NJ, probably wouldn’t come to mind. However…

Quebec Alliance
“Sketches in Jazz” is an original composition created especially for division III’s newest corps, Quebec Alliance…

Teal Sound
Teal Sound continues its tradition of bringing popular contemporary music to drum corps…

San Diego Alliance
San Diego Alliance’s first tour to DCI Finals has been causing quite a stir within division III…

Dutch Boy
Dutch Boy has adapted well to this year’s Spanish motif…

Lake Erie Regiment
Although Lake Erie Regiment is much smaller that last year, the corps has done an awesome job producing the big sound necessary for Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite…

Bandettes
“Think Outside the Box” returns the Bandettes to the cool jazz that served them well over the years…

Edmonton Strutters
“The Elements” brings the Strutters into a new musical direction…

Les Stentors
Les Stentors provided a nicely executed show with…

St. John’s
“We are ready to go,” says Director Sue Gadsby. “We’ve been getting them up at five each morning to ensure they are wide awake today.” Another returning corps after an extended absence, St. John’s has been…

Targets
Probably the most underrated corps in division III, the Targets returned with the ever-popular music of Chuck Mangione…

Racine Scouts
The Racine Scouts’ 2002 production, “Polished Chrome,” a tribute to America’s greatest generation, was a championship-level appearance…

Spirit of Newark
“Music of our Homelands, II” continues Spirit of Newark’s tradition of rhythmic music and dance…

Quest
According to Director Thomas Fisher, this is a rebuilding year for the corps — and they are off to a great start…

Decorah Kilties
“Release the fury,” cries Drum Major James Jevne to the members on the field, and the Decorah Kilties returned to DCI Finals after a one-year absence…

Kingsmen
The Kingsmen fielded one of the best corps in their 19-year history…

Citations
The Citations are celebrating their 35th year with their first DCI Finals appearance in a few years…

Blue Saints
The Blue Saints’ production, “The Music of Pearl Harbor” provides a fitting tribute to the men and women caught up in one of the darkest moments in American history…

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