Cavaliers win gold and remain undefeated in Alamo showdown

by Ray Barreras, DCW staff

2002 Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL)
Photo by Ron

July 20, 2002 — San Antonio, TX . . . “It’s drum corps time in Texas!” With that statement from announcer Dan Potter, the DCI Southwestern Championship Alamo showdown began an unforgettable day of drum corps competition. “Remember the Alamo” could also be applied as The Cavaliers bested the competition capturing the gold medal, remaining undefeated and earning a season high of 92.45 with 11 days still left in July!

The Cavaliers took the field and took no prisoners as they displayed a dazzling array of considerable signature maneuvers, an aggressive musical approach and energetic showmanship. Their “Frameworks” production is considered by many in the drum corps intelligentsia to be cutting edge that is elevating the art form to a new plateau…

The Cadets scored two points behind the Cavies to earn a second place finish. The one word description still stands — WOW! The Dallas show two days earlier was awe-inspiring, but the San Antonio performance gave that inspiration a whole new meaning. The Cadets performed their hearts out and were easily considered the crowd favorite. The color guard…

The Blue Devils placed third just under Cadets by 0.15. The opener teased the audience with anticipated horn blasts that weren’t delivered until the end of the production. The brass were tight with searing licks of jazz composed of 16th note runs that seemed to be played effortlessly by the…

Santa Clara Vanguard came onto the field with confident style and determination. This corps is steeped in a tradition of excellence and showmanship. The 2002 production is sophisticated and still has the corps evolving with its complex formations and demanding transitions. Musically, the low brass…

The Glassmen started their “Odyssey” program with a loud and confident horn line. There were plenty of impact hits and running drill that generated lots of excitement. The snare line…

Phantom Regiment had the pleasure of performing last, but also had the daunting task of following The Cavaliers. Nonetheless, Phantom did an outstanding job of presenting their 2002 classical program. A strong statement of…

The Boston Crusaders won the gold medal in the afternoon competition and placed seventh in the evening competition. Boston nailed their program during the day but didn’t quite match up to the same level of performance in the evening. The program is a vehicle that showcases the many talents…

The Bluecoats began their program with guard members running through the horn ranks displaying some terrific color schemes. Horns handled the opening statement quite nicely with a pair of terrific soloists screaming out notes that seemingly punched holes in the dome! The percussion battery added to the visual impact by performing difficult maneuvers while building musical emotion and artistry. The “park ‘n’ blow” section of the show really delivered and easily won over the crowd with a standing ovation. The frantic pace established during their closer added to an exciting finish.

The Crossmen presented an intricate jazz show that was a real visual treat to observe. Solos were smooth and flowing, the pit offered up nice rhythms and tempo setups, and the guard tossed solid flag work. The percussion, brass and guard scores are very consistent and…

The Seattle Cascades won the silver medal in the afternoon and tied for tenth place with Spirit of JSU during the evening competition. Seattle’s scores were higher during the day, but both performances were strong and surprised many fans. The brass section delivered…

Spirit of JSU edged out the Madison Scouts by 0.15 for a spot in the evening show. Spirit did very well in both competitions and has improved dramatically, according to brass arranger Jared Johnson. “We’ve added a new ending to the show and our rehearsals have been very productive,” he said. “I have no doubt we’ll make the top 12 this year.” There was nice volume control from…

It was unusual not to have the Madison Scouts perform in the evening competition. An obvious favorite, the Scouts had the crowd eating out of their hands in the afternoon with their marching warm-up and Conquistador program. Madison generated good musical execution that actually earned them a first place in the brass and ensemble captions and a second place in…

Carolina Crown placed sixth in the afternoon competition with their “Greek Mythology” show. Crown is on the move this year covering lots of ground in their maneuvering. The technically proficient guard captured first place in their caption, and a driving percussion section earned a respectable…

The Colts placed behind Crown with a two-tenths of a point difference. Their “Revolutions” program began with a nicely executed ethereal feel in the backfield. The visual program captured attention immediately with…

Southwind had a strong opening statement with a powerful dynamic intensity. The brass accented with strong hits for a full-bodied sound. The baritone work during…

Troopers, Pioneer and Kiwanis Kavaliers proudly presented their 2002 programs to open the division I competition. The Troopers’ “Red, White and Blue” show exuded patriotism and enthralled the audience with…

Pioneer continues to entertain with their “Oliver!” production, and audiences responded affectionately to the corps. Pioneer had…

Kiwanis Kavaliers’ “Hall of Justice” show was entertaining and audience friendly. The superhero themes were easily identified, yet demanding in musicality. The Kavaliers earned…

Revolution was the only division III corps represented and the only official corps from the Lone Star State in competition today. The state can be proud to claim this fine unit as its own as the corps continues to improve in presentation and showmanship. Revolution’s “Celestial Mysticisms” show took the audience on…

2002 Seattle Cascades (Seattle)
Photo by Karen Sunmark