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Blue Devils dominate West Coast

By Michael Carlson, DCW staff

2002 Impulse (Costa Mesa, CA)
Photo by Jeff Sallee

July 7, 2002 – Concord, CA . . . The past few weeks have seen an ongoing battle in division I. While the Blue Devils have been finishing up their early season eastern tour, the Santa Clara Vanguard, Madison Scouts, Seattle Cascades and Pacific Crest have blessed audiences with the best edge-of-your-seat competition the West Coast has ever seen.

The near sellout crowd at Diablo Valley College Stadium was packed to not only welcome back the Blue Devils, but also experience first hand the competitive exhilaration enjoyed the past weeks by fans in Washington and Oregon.

Blue Devils
This weekend is the first West Coast contests for the Blue Devils this season. After a struggling short tour against The Cavaliers and The Cadets, the hometown crowd welcomed the California corps back with open arms…

Santa Clara Vanguard
The Santa Clara Vanguard’s 2002 production, “Sound, Shape and Color” focuses on new directions of artistic visual design. Each of the three acts evolves around a different geometric figure. In concept, this continues the corps’ tradition of maintaining the cutting edge of new drum corps concepts and ideas. Unfortunately, the artistic value is lost to fans sitting in the lower stadium seats…

Seattle Cascades
The Seattle Cascades step off the line with a focused mission and determination into their first explosive impact. To no one’s surprise, that mission is to break the top 12 gridlock in their first year in division I…

Madison Scouts
This was the final performance of the third West Coast visit by the Madison Scouts. And in their wake they will leave behind a growing army of die-hard fans…

Pacific Crest
Although this weekend-corps from Southern California is celebrating its 10th year, it has yet to make its way back to DCI Championships. However, you would not know it by the quality and professionalism they display on the field…

Mandarins
Sporting new uniforms, the Mandarins’ opener erupts into a flash flood of 16th notes for 24 counts that would tax the ensemble abilities of any other corps…

Vanguard Cadets
The Vanguard Cadets will be returning to DCI Division II/III Finals this year and have put together a tight, championship-focused show. Turning to the music of…

Esperanza
Esperanza was the surprise performance of the evening. Fielding a much…

Blue Devils B
Blue Devils B continues to shy away from its jazz roots. The opening impact of this year’s show reaches out and pulls the audience into…

Impulse
Lucille Ball is the theme and hero of this year’s Impulse production…

Blue Devils C
Dubbed by the announcer, “The future of drum corps,” the youngest group in the Blue Devils organization is testing the competitive waters of division III for the first time…

Renegades
If you want a show that is LOUD, put your seat belt on and set yourself down on the 50-yard line of a Renegades show…

River City Regiment
After two years in the making, the River City Regiment is living up to the Sacramento performance standards set by corps like the Mandarins and the Freelancers. The small but powerful sound delighted the audience by…

2002 Seattle Cascades (Seattle, WA)
Photo by Karen Sunmark

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