Cavaliers remain undefeated, Crown beats Spirit in Kennesaw

by John Huston

2002 Carolina Crown (Ft. Mill, SC)
Photo by Harry Heidelmark

Kennesaw GA — 7/24/02 . . . With conditions greatly improved over last year’s rained-out event, the Cavaliers framed a resounding victory over the competition at Kennesaw Mountain High School in East Cobb County, GA, just down the road from Bands of America and Winter Guard International powerhouses Lassiter (1998 Grand National Champions), Walton and Pope high schools.

The audience knew drum corps, and the Cavies captivated it from the moment they took the field. “Refined” and “finished” are the words that came to mind while watching their show. The details were evident at all levels from large ensemble work down to individual presentation, and that makes all the difference. But the frequent “wow!” moments are what make this year’s production special….

In late July 30 years ago, my dad took me to my first drum corps show in Titusville, PA. We sat in the end zone (!) and watched the contest. One of the groups performing was a little A corps from Canton, OH. They didn’t win, but for some reason, they left a lasting impression on me. And I’ve been a fan ever since. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a Bluecoats show as much as I enjoyed this year’s production. From the opening sunrise set…

In my mind, I had placed Spirit of JSU ahead of Carolina Crown. But the judges put Crown ahead by .75. The show based on Greek mythology is brought to life by a…

Playing to what amounted to a hometown crowd, Spirit from Jacksonville State University is acting and sounding like a top-12 corps. From the opening moment when the guard member is tossed into the air, this corps…

I was prepared to come to this contest and write that the judges were burning the Madison Scouts and underscoring them. But after seeing the performance both my wife and I think they’re being evaluated fairly…

Competing immediately after they had played the national anthem, the Troopers performed a solid show featuring a fine trumpet soloist, and their “Red, White and Blue: The American Spirit” program evoked appreciative applause and cheers from the audience. There is a lot of potential in…

Atlanta’s own Corps Vets senior corps took the field in exhibition. Completely…

2002 Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL)
Photo By Larry Stolldorf