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DCI Atlantic presents division II/III show in Massachusetts

by Roland Bough, DCW staff

2001 Spartans (Nashua, NH)
Photo by Ron Walloch

June 29, 2002 — Malden, MA . . . Orange, white and silver colors pass by almost blending with the darkness of the night in front of your eyes with motion and speed seldom seen anywhere near a drum corps field, accompanied by pitches never before reached by any lead soprano soloist in drum corps history, all set against an aural backdrop of a deep rumbling roll reminiscent of the earth being moved.

You might think the preceding description was of one of the best drum corps shows ever performed. It is actually a description of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Subway Train, lovingly called the “T” by Boston commuters, which could be seen in the distance behind a few of the corps performing at the DCI Atlantic Division II/III drum corps show in Malden, MA. This is a great show coordinated by Thomas Chopelas, executive director for East Coast Jazz, who were the hometown favorites.

The Spartans performance began with a single baritone refugee in the midst of a huge sea of color guard with the rest of the corps lined up on the 25-yard line…

Patriots opened with a HUGE color guard, intricate drill lines and diagonals twisting and rotating within one other…

East Coast Jazz placed third overall, trailing Patriots by less than 0.6 — the closest overall scores of the evening…

Raiders placed fourth overall. They placed third in the brass sub-caption and sixth in the percussion sub-caption. Raiders had a precision-guided opening hit, with elegant color guard flags…

The Cadets of NYC placed fifth overall with an amazing percussion performance, taking first place in the percussion sub-caption with a 14.90 over Spartans 14.50. “(We had) a rough rehearsal today, percussion has been wonderful all year, it paid off; they won this (competition) overall in percussion,” said Robert Craig, percussion caption head.

The Targets placed sixth overall, scoring 52.60. There was a very minor flaw with the horn lines first impression on their horns up, but that was almost immediately forgotten when the bright, hot, sizzling upper brass punctured the atmosphere with their Mangione-based line. This large brass sound just doesn’t seem possible with such a small horn line, but they are able to pull it off. One member even pulled double duty by switching his soprano with a mellophone, and turning his sizzling soprano sound into a beautifully rendered mellophone solo.

Quest Finished in seventh place overall and placed seventh in almost all sub-captions except percussion, where they came in fourth behind Spartans with a 13.70…

In exhibition, the audience was treated to the Spartan Cadets, a young corps with great energy, and promising abilities. The Citations were second to perform in exhibition and returned to the field after a two-year absence…

The Silver Knights were the last of the pre-show exhibitionists. The Knights presented a powerful show, with crisp horn moves and disciplined visual presentation displaying the advanced maturity of this group.

The last corps to perform (also in exhibition) was the Boston Crusaders who graced the audience with a phenomenal performance. It began with…

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