Syracuse bests strong field in Binghamton

by Adam Burdett, DCW staff

2002 Bushwackers (Harrison, NJ)
Photo by David Rice

June 29, 2002 — Binghamton, NY . . . Four fine senior corps met in Binghamton for what was shaping up to be a strong early season showdown between the Bushwackers, Connecticut Hurricanes, Syracuse Brigadiers and Hawthorne Caballeros. While there were several nail biters in the four corps field, first place proved to be academic for the Syracuse Brigadiers, who powered their way to a full caption sweep and a 4.5 point victory over the Hawthorne Caballeros with the Hurricanes and Bushwackers lurking not far behind.

The Syracuse Brigadiers showed little sign of opening night jitters with their 2002 program of “Picasso Sketchbook.” Their show sets to approach the life of Pablo Picasso, which was evident with their various murals of his paintings placed throughout the field.
The first half of the Brigadiers program was extremely similar to the 1994 Blue Devils musically, with their own visual twist, of course…

Finishing second this evening were the Hawthorne Caballeros with their entertaining production of “Muchachos.” One felt like they entered a time machine as the Cabs brought back the program of the 1975 Hawthorne Muchachos, led by the immortal Jimmy Russo on the podium. After the traditional tossing of the cape, we were off to 1975.

Pictures of Spain opened with the familiar…

The Connecticut Hurricanes have regrouped and reloaded for 2002 with a strong program that finished third in a close battle with the Bushwackers. The Hurricanes program is titled “Fanfare for the Common Men” with music of Copland, Bernstein and Holsinger. The Hurricanes were guided tonight by perhaps the best conducting drum major of the evening, Jaime Cutrone.

The Hurricanes opened with…

Not to be outdone, the Bushwackers continue to push the envelope in DCA with their technically demanding, yet extremely audience appealing production titled “The Myths of Fire.” Despite the complexity of the music, it was plenty for the crowd to appreciate from this talented corps.

Opening with Inferno, the horn line played with ferocity through very difficult arrangements. Also noted throughout the show was the extreme complexity of the Bushwackers visual book. Many multi-tempo areas and difficult transitions were performed quite well for such an early stage of the season…

Magic of Orlando
In exhibition this evening was one of DCI’s old friend’s returning to the field in 2002, Magic of Orlando…

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