Cavaliers continue unbeaten streak

by Andrew Wheeler, DCW staff

2002 Santa Clara Vanguard
(Santa Clara, CA)
Photo by David Rice

July 28, 2002 — Des Plaines, IL . . . With their highest score of the season, besting by nearly a point their previous high in Indianapolis, The Cavaliers continued their undefeated season, outdistancing a strong field that included four other potential division I finalists. The 19th Annual Cavalcade of Brass, one of two annual home shows for The Cavaliers, took place on a perfect drum corps night, with warm but breezy weather and stands packed full of cheering fans (including a special section for the 1988-1992 Cavaliers alumni). This was one of several shows where the success and popularity of the show has exceeded the accommodations of the venue. Surely this attests to strong show promotion and to the continued ability of this show to attract top competition. Congratulations to contest director John Noonan for another spectacular evening of drum corps competition.

The Cavaliers
Sooner or later, one would expect that a show this full of exciting and complex visual drill simply would not have any room for further additions. Amazingly, The Cavaliers seem not to have hit that limit yet as they continue to…

Santa Clara Vanguard
Invading the Midwest to a warm welcome from the fans was Santa Clara Vanguard. Their show, “Sound, Shape and Color,” like The Cavaliers’ “Frameworks,” places a heavy emphasis on the visual aspect, particularly with the flags and props used by the guard to emphasize the “shape” and “color” aspects of…

Phantom Regiment
Phantom Regiment entered the field with a prop that has been added since DCM Championships — a white valance-and-drape sort of prop that was staged backfield. Other than serving as a blind for a backfield guard uniform change, the purpose of this prop was not immediately clear; presumably further drill to be added will include more work with this prop. Oppression opened with an eye-catching formation…

The Colts’ program, “Revelations,” featured eye-catching symmetrical drill at various points of the show and a solid all-around performance by every section. The judges rewarded them with…

Blue Knights
The Blue Knights had some difficulty getting on the field but very little difficulty after that, as evidenced by their highest score of the season so far. The Blue Knights traded punches with the Colts in the captions, taking fourth place in total visual and…


The Troopers’ show, “Red, White and Blue,” continues to improve in execution, particularly in the area of the color guard. Breaking 70 for the first time this season, the Troopers notched their highest scores of the year in total GE, total music and…


Surely one of the most improved shows over the course of the year, “Oliver” has become much more readable and coherent. The brass line has improved tremendously and the low tables used for props, which were problematic at the beginning of the season, are now used effectively within the context of the show. Pioneer nearly broke 70 with…

Mandarins (division II)

The Mandarins performed in judged exhibition, and their 88.45 was their highest score of the season, including season-best performances in six out of eight captions. The corps set up their pit on…

2002 Phantom Regiment
(Rockford, IL)
Photo by David Rice

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