Cavaliers top Midwestern Regional finals

by Ron Baysinger, DCW staff

2002 Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL)
Photo By Mark Prosperie

July 27, 2002 — Indianapolis, IN . . . Cavaliers: WOW! There isn’t much else to say. I have seen this show many times this season, but I can truly say that each time I view it, there is something new that I missed before. That is what makes a good drum corps show. They never cease to amaze me. The final seconds of the show are so fast and furious, but they still perform it like they were moving in slow motion. The guard was on top of their game. The ballad has always been a little dirty, but tonight they danced and spun with such grace and control that it gave me cold chills.

That’s what this corps is all about this year. They are in such control of what they are doing. David Adams, from Indianapolis, said he is amazed at all the subtleties in the show. He said after viewing them several times now, he loves to watch the little things that most people miss the first few times — the turn of the head, the body positions and the feet that work in unison. The Cavaliers scored a 95.20. What does that mean for them the next two weeks? Corps director Jeff Feidler said there are still many things that need cleaning, and he said there might even be some changes in the show the next few days….

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