Glassmen, Phantom Regiment take top-two places in opener

By Andrew Wheeler, DCW staff

June 14, 2002 — Oswego, IL . . . In a repeat of a familiar refrain from DCM competitions last year, Glassmen and Phantom Regiment finished first and second in the corps’ first show of the season, the acclaimed “Festival of Brass.” The Madison Scouts finished third with their lowest score of the season on a night once again bothered by rain, slippery grass and faint field markings.

Chicago Royal Airs (reunion corps)
Photo by Ron Walloch

The evening began with a display and narration of historical American flags in honor of Flag Day and a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by the Oswego High School Band. The band returned for a standstill exhibition during the show’s intermission and kept most of the audience in their seats with their full, rich sound as they played through several tunes including some patriotic numbers and Amazing Grace.

Glassmen (Toledo, OH)
The Glassmen began their show, “Odyssey,” with the corps spread across the entire length of the field in a serpentine formation…

Phantom Regiment (Rockford/Loves Park, IL)
Phantom Regiment took the field with the horn line in a company front formation…

Madison Scouts
For the fourth time this season, the Madison Scouts had the fans cheering before they even took the field…

Blue Knights (Denver, CO)
“Fear and Trembling,” a show combining works from Shostakovich and Barber, began in a T-formation, with the hornline facing the rear sideline and the percussion on the 50 as the vertical line…


Capital Sound (Madison, WI)
From the rainbow in the sky as the corps took the field to the consistent play of the brass and percussion to the smiles of the guard as the corps passed in review, one word summed up the feel of this show: radiant…

Kingsmen (Joliet, IL)
The Kingsmen opened their show with “My Favorite Things.” Some uncertainty in the visual drill was offset by clean music from both the brass and percussion sections and an eye-catching flag drill…

Chicago Royal Airs (Reunion)
The applause began before the Royal Aires even took the field…

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