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Cavs, Blue Stars, MBI win DCM Finals, PR nips Glassmen

by Cozy Baker, DCW staff

The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL)
Photo by Dan Scafidi

July 13, 2002 — De Kalb, IL . . . A plethora of inspiring notes warmed the hearts of Drum Corps Midwest Championships fans under a gorgeous night sky for the 25th anniversary of the corn country circuit. Jeff Fiedler’s Cavaliers confidently demonstrated that last year’s honors would not be rested until far more 2002 trophies are added. While the Glassmen and Phantom Regiment had tied at the previous night’s prelims, PR edged out the G’men in the finals. In division III, the Blue Stars beat out the Americanos, while Minnesota Brass clinched Minnesota and DCM Senior bragging rights over the Govenaires.

Andrea Birbilis, from Northern Aurora days, performed another spine-tingling Star Spangled Banner to arouse the large crowd. Roman Blenski, executive director of DCM, stated, “Andrea Birbilis, manager of the Racine Scouts, sang the Liberty Weekend Rededication version of the National Anthem originally performed and recorded by Sandi Patty.”

The Rosemont, IL, Cavaliers took the field at…

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