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Cavaliers take Show of Shows crown

By Allison Close, DCW staff

2002 Kilties (Racine, WI)
Photo by Ron Walloch

July 5, 2002 — Rockford, IL . . . Beautiful weather and a capacity crowd greeted the Show of Shows at Boylan High School stadium in Rockford this evening. In an event that is, for many in the Midwest, one of the most anticipated of the season, the Phantom Regiment organization again put together a top-notch show with a virtually seamless outcome. Many fans note that the Rockford show is exceedingly well organized, and the show experience at Boylan lacked many of the annoyances that plague some other local programs. It’s an absolute credit to the committee that put it together.

It was my first time seeing most of the corps in attendance, with the exception of The Cavaliers, who dominated in my first viewing of them at the DCI show in Orlando. The work these groups have done thus far, sometimes with very limited personnel in terms of corps membership, is particularly impressive.

The Cavaliers do not fail to impress…

The Phantom Regiment program this year, “Heroic Sketches,” is a perfect vehicle for this corps…

Every year, I look forward to Southwind. Their programming seems to have…

The last time I saw the Capital Regiment was at championships last year. The current group has apparently taken up where they left off at their last performance in Buffalo, because the talent level, maturity and showmanship of this group is obviously high…

This year’s Show of Shows marked the first time I’d ever seen Capital Sound in any context. I found their work stunning — they carry off music of Elton John, Kansas and Pink Floyd very well in the context of the drum corps idiom…

What can be said about the Kilties? They tear the house down and take no prisoners. The crowd is at the mercy of the old school when they take the field…

Another corps that I’d never seen before is the Bandettes. The program seems to have underpinnings that are rooted in traditional drum corps…

The Racine Scouts opened the competition tonight with exuberance…

One of the greatest of this evening’s offerings had to be the exhibition by the Royal Airs. This group is talented, huge and a delight to watch…

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