Crusaders top Glassmen in late-season showdown

by Eric Senzig, DCW Staff

2002 Magic of Orlando (Orlando, FL)
Photo by Dan Scafidi

July 31, 2002 — Rome, NY . . . On a warm, humid night in central New York, the crowd favorite also went home the champion. Besting the Glassmen by more than a point and surging ahead of them for the first time this season, the Boston Crusaders took first place. In the division II/III competition, Magic of Orlando maintained their strong lead over the rest of the field.

The Crusaders’ show continues to gather momentum this season. Audiences continue to be drawn in and moved by the patriotic-themed show, and if tonight was an exception, it was because of the crowd reacting with even more emotion than usual. Mellophone player Kevin Punch said…

The Glassmen have a very tastefully done show this year, titled “Odyssey.” The show begins with a very long, curvilinear form, from which the battery percussion splits apart to the left while the brass section plays a chorale. A timpani player all the way on the left end zone establishes…

Right from the beginning of the Crossmen’s opener it was evident that the guard was having an excellent show, with eye-popping weapons catches and precision flag work throughout. The brass section, in particular the middle voices, has really…

The Seattle Cascades, darlings of the division I tour this season, are nipping on the heels of the Crossmen. The show, comprised of various Leonard Bernstein works, has a lot of aggressive drill, courtesy of Myron Rosander, who has written Santa Clara Vanguard’s drill for many years as well….

While the Kiwanis Kavaliers were nearly 10 points behind their nearest competitors on the score sheets, their performance was easily just as entertaining and memorable as the rest of the division I corps. Much musical cleaning has taken place in the last few weeks, and the result is a tighter…

In the division II portion of the competition, Magic of Orlando emerged with the gold medal. Musically, Magic has a very commanding and authoritative presence. Only once or twice could any inconsistencies be heard in the brass line or ticks heard in the drum line. Many small drill and music changes have been added to enhance the show…

In second place in division II were the Patriots. This show has gotten a much-needed spark of energy courtesy of many musical changes that have been added recently. For instance, where the show used to begin with…

East Coast Jazz, the first competing corps of the evening, placed third in division II. Their show of “Further Adventures in Jazz,” based in part on Stan Kenton’s classic work “Adventures in Time,” is clean and well performed in all areas…

In a judged exhibition was Jubal, Europe’s oldest active drum and bugle corps. Jubal is on their first North American tour. Their program is titled…

2002 Boston Crusaders (Boston, MA)
Photo by Dan Scafidi