Brigs race by Bucs and Cabs at Grand Prix

by Bill Flaker, DCW staff

2002 Hawthorne Caballeros
(Hawthorne, NJ)
Photo by David Rice

July 20, 2002 — Clifton, NJ . . . Under perfect weather conditions and a packed house of drum corps fans, six of senior corps’ finest battled for position at the 38th annual Grand Prix contest sponsored by the Hawthorne Caballeros. DCA’s defending champs for three straight years, the Syracuse Brigadiers, swept all captions en route to a 5.5 point victory over the Reading Buccaneers.

With drum major Trevor Stoyer pushing all the right buttons, the Syracuse Brigadiers had fans excited from start to finish with their 2002 program…

The runner-up Reading Buccaneers paid tribute to our great country with a strong and balanced visual package in their “Anthems of Freedom” show. Along with a range of classical American patriotic music, the Bucs will be among the front-runners all season long…

The host corps Hawthorne Caballeros entertained their hometown crowd with their production of “Muchachos.” Growing up with many of the former members made it easy to identify with the Cabs as they brought fans back to one of DCI’s better known shows…

Don’t look now, but the Bushwackers are starting to make a strong push to get back among DCA’s elite. “Myths of Fire” is…

Also on the way up DCA’s ladder are the Connecticut Hurricanes…

“Love Notes from the City” is the theme for the New York Skyliners’ 2002 production. With former Sky drum major Ray “Konga” Richardson back on the podium the 28 brass members hit fans immediately with a big brass sound and two outstanding soloists…

The Raiders, a DCI Division III corps, put on an entertaining pre-contest exhibition featuring a Russian musical theme. Though small in size, the corps is well balanced and…

The New York Skyliner Alumni Corps also put on a pre-show exhibition with 47 brass and a huge percussion section. With their famed New York style of music, many memories…

To close out the show, the Hawthorne Caballero Alumni Corps came off the line the good old way to the delight of the crowd with Man of La Mancha. Fans have to appreciate drum major Chuck Bishop who has more twists and turns in his conducting than Chubby Checker…

Fans were treated to nine great performances by some great drum corps. The long-time Clifton favorite Yankee Rebels were on the schedule but did not appear…