by Jack Gerster, DCW staff
July 2, 2002 — Bridgeport, CT . . . The Concord, CA, Blue Devils finally got to perform a victory encore on a steamy night at the annual Barnum Festival “Parade of Champions.” The Blue Devils swept all captions except Percussion, cooking up a first place finish, with a score of 82.00. In hot pursuit of the Devils, were the Crossmen, the Boston Crusaders, Spirit, Carolina Crown and the Kiwanis Kavaliers. In division II, or as Ace Holleran, Drum Corps World writer and the announcer for tonight’s event put it, “division II, in name only,” Magic of Orlando finished with a score of 77.8.
The Blue Devils were “on” this evening. Finally getting out from under the shadow of The Cadets, who spent the day practicing in Massachusetts, the Blue Devils proved to themselves and the large crowd, that they have what it takes to win. The Devils spent two days in Bridgeport cleaning and adjusting their production. According to Jamie Holly of the Blue Devil’s visual staff, “We spent all day yesterday cleaning Channel One Suite. Being the finale, it was the last thing the kids learned and boy, it really needed some work.” When asked if any major edits were in the works for the Blue Devils, Holly responded, “As we speak, the designers are working on some new transitional material.”
The Blue Devils’ performance was much stronger than two days before in Beverly, MA…