Racine Scouts host home show

by Roger and Mitzi Ellis

Racine Scouts (Racine, WI)
Photo by Ron Walloch

June 14, 2002 — Racine, WI . . . The Racine Scouts held an early-season show tonight at Case High School under less than ideal conditions. The dark sky dropped rain periodically during the evening and temperatures were in the high 50s. Many umbrellas, parkas, rain ponchos, blankets and sleeping bags were seen in the stands.

The show opened with an exhibition by the Racine Scouts. The Scouts are celebrating their 75th anniversary this summer, making them the oldest active junior drum and bugle corps in the country. While small in numbers, their spirit and tradition were as big as any corps on the field tonight. The Scouts performed a big band show that included Moonlight Serenade, Bye Bye Blues, The Best Is Yet To Come and a patriotic medley. Their drill was not complete tonight, so the second half of the show was presented at a standstill. Congratulations to the Racine Scouts on reaching this incredible 75th anniversary season.

Six corps competed at the show. The Cavaliers came out on top with a score of 74.75 points. Their 2002 production followed the formula that led them to the top of DCI: a design that emphasized demand. If you like frenetic music, chanting, rhythmic dancing and equipment work featuring PVC pipe then this is the show for you. The color guard is clad in gray from head to toe, with various parts of the body highlighted by multi-colored stripes. The gray uniforms combined with the fact that the guard used plain white and green (probably practice) flags lessened their visual impact.

The second place Colts scored…

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