Cadets beat Blue Devils leading up to San Antonio showdown

by Ray Barreras and Scott Wolfe

2002 Pioneer (Milwaukee, WI)
Photo by Dan Scafidi

July 18, 2002 — Dallas, TX . . . It was a cooler than average temperature in Texas, but an absolute hotter than normal collection of drum corps. The Cadets prevailed in a very fan-friendly lineup.

One word describes The Cadets — WOW! The crowd responded many times with numerous ovations. Fans said The Cadets show was magic. Indeed, the magic is alive and well in this year’s production. The mellophone runs of old are back, and this Cadet production seems…

Blue Devils had a fire and intensity in their eyes with the crowd very much behind them…

Boston Crusaders performed a gorgeous show that certainly requires multiple viewings to fully grasp. The Appalachian Spring segment is a nice arrangement and is performed with…

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The Canton Bluecoats share resources with Cedar Park, TX, fielding 51 members from the Lone Star State. The horn line has certainly taken a leap in maturity…

Carolina Crown suffered from playing after crowd-favorite Madison. According to first year pit member and Texas native Jordan Stern, Dallas feels like a home show. “It’s great to be playing in front of my hometown crowd,” Stern said. “I felt we had one of our best performances of the year.” This corps, and especially the percussion section is favored here, having 16 members from Texas…

Spirit of JSU certainly is gunning for a spot in the top 12. This show involves much more sophistication than in prior years, evidenced by…

The ever-popular Madison Scouts came on the field with fire in their belly! Staff members complimented the corps for their energy and sound during afternoon rehearsals. It showed in the corps from…

Southwind played some familiar music. Marche Slav passed the “hummable” test in a new and fresh manner. A strong baritone line is…

Pioneer led off the competition with a delightful show based on the music from “Oliver!” From the very beginning Pioneer sells its theme…