by Rob Sheiffele, DCW staff
June 22, 2002 — Norwalk, CA . . . Southern California’s drum corps season had its official launch at a show sponsored by the Impulse Youth Arts Organization and Cerritos College. The venue, Falcon Stadium, has not seen a drum corps event since the legendary Anaheim Kingsmen and the Velvet Knights competed there in 1986! Thankfully, Impulse has brought drum corps back home to Los Angeles County and to this great, drum corps friendly, concrete stadium. The event, titled “The Southern California Classic” offered the debut of the new senior corps, SoCal Dream and confirmed that Pacific Crest, Esperanza and Impulse will provide formidable competition in their respective divisions this season.
The first half of the evening featured several units in exhibition including the Long Beach Royal Syncopated Regiment Drum Corps, the Rhythm Regiment (the youngest Impulse group) and the Mystical Percussion Theatre (Impulse B level group). A much-anticipated performance by SoCal Dream, the new senior corps off-shoot of Impulse, wowed crowds with their renditions of America the Beautiful, Walk Him Up The Stairs and El Gato Triste. Although small in numbers, SoCal Dream is a welcome addition to California’s growing senior corps presence ushered in by the San Francisco Renegades.
The first corps up after intermission was San Diego Alliance. The only corps of the evening in division III, Alliance’s program, “Misdirection,” features musical selections from the score of the 1995 motion picture “The Usual Suspects.” Even though almost half of the corps is in the pit, Alliance manages to pull off some nice drill visuals with clever use of the percussion section. Hopefully the corps will pick up some additional brass players en-route to Madison to help augment the dynamic (but lonely) eight horns currently on the field.
Next up and winning division II was Esperanza, also from San Diego…