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1968 VFW “Million Dollar Pageant of Drums” CD – Volume 2

Disc 2 starts off with the inimitable sounds of Blue Rock . . . and then, the title battle, with five corps packed within 0.9 of each other in prelims.  First, the strongest Royal Airs contingent since their '65 triumph whipped the crowd into a frenzy, a mere one-point penalty made the difference between second and fifth place in this tight contest.  Next up were the popular Kilties with their revitalized brass program led by Ken Norman; the corps had managed to defeat each of the title contenders one-at-a-time without winning any major contests prior to VFW.

As much as the preceding two units excited musically, the Troopers won the crowd over visually, with their ever-improving musical skills, threatening a repeat of their '66 victory.  Then, it was Big Red, the Des Plaines Vanguard, in their best-ever year, going for the gold that would be theirs if their prelim fortunes held.  Cavaliers, defending champion status notwithstanding, couldn't possibly be expected to repeat that feat after all those outstanding performances, but their own performance exceeded expectations.

Volume 2 includes:
Blue Rock,  Wilmington, DE
Chicago  Royal Airs, Chicago, IL
Racine Kilties, Racine, WI
Casper Troopers, Casper, WY
Des Plaines Vanguard, Des Plaines, IL
Chicago Cavaliers, Chicago, IL

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