Friday, August 12, 2011

Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade

Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade
A part of the 2011 Drum Corps International World Championships

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Location: Downtown Indianapolis
Free and open to the public

Hosted as part of the annual Drum Corps International World Championships, the first-ever Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade will bring more than 30 of the world's finest marching music ensembles from around the world together with members of the local Indianapolis arts community in the most musical, creative and fun-filled parade to ever hit the streets of the Circle City.

Stepping off at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 13, the parade will wind through the streets of downtown Indianapolis, ending on the Indiana War Memorial Mall (431 North Meridian St.). Concluding the event in the early afternoon will be a tribute to America, as more than 2,000 brass musicians assemble to play an en masse rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Drum Corps International will host its annual World Championship Finals later that evening at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Parade Route

The parade will start at North and Pennsylvania and head south on Pennsylvania. A right turn on New York and another right turn on Meridian will bring it all to an end at St. Clair. The route from start to finish is just under a mile long.

DCI World Championship Semifinals

Here are the results of DCI World Championship Semifinals. One more exciting night which is usually the best night, DCI Finals is the culmination of countless hours, sweat, and tears.

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Place Corps   Score
 World Class
1 The Cadets 97.800
2 Blue Devils 97.300
3 The Cavaliers 96.900
4 Carolina Crown 95.650
5 Phantom Regiment 93.950
6 Santa Clara Vanguard 92.200
7 Bluecoats 91.600
8 Boston Crusaders 90.350
9 Blue Knights 89.400
10 Madison Scouts 88.350
11 Blue Stars 87.000
12 Spirit of Atlanta 86.550
13 Glassmen 83.400
14 Troopers 83.200
15 The Academy 82.650
16 Colts 82.250
17 Crossmen 81.050
18 Pacific Crest 77.750
19 Blue Devils B 76.450
20 Teal Sound 75.750
21 Mandarins 75.700
22 Oregon Crusaders 75.150
23 Vanguard Cadets 72.850
24 Cascades 72.200
25 Jersey Surf 71.350
Corps Scramble for top spot at marathon Prelims Competition

The Cadets
In a scramble for the 2011 Drum Corps International World Championship title, the Cadets came out on top Thursday, Aug. 11, prevailing over the Blue Devils by half a point at the World Championship Prelims. The Cadets received top honors with their score of 97.35 over 40 other corps from all divisions in this unprecedented “all-skate” drum corps competition that pitted World, Open and International Class corps against each other for the very first time.
Kicking off bright and early at 9 a.m., the event came to a close more than 14 hours later.
The corps with the top 25 scores from Thursday’s Prelims will move one step closer to the 2011 top prize at the Semifinals scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12.

Moments after the final scores were announced at Lucas Oil Stadium, Cadets director George Hopkins explained that winning a championship is the hopeful result of all his corps’ hard work, but not the goal. Rather, “it's about doing a great job and going for a level of excellence that's ridiculous and unbelievable,” he said.

Hopkins is cautious but confident in his corps’ ability to prevail in the final two days of the 2011 season. “The Blue Devils are serious business and the Cavaliers are great,” he said. “I will say on our behalf, though, we've been great for a week now. We've been great every day, day after day after day.”

Blue Devils
Ben Pouncey, Cadets drum major, remarked that the corps’ goal was to set the bar high and improve every day of competition. According to Pouncey, winning was great but does not affect the corps’ actions. “We’ll still be getting up in the morning and going after it tomorrow,” he said.
Blue Devils snare drummer Matt Keown said his corps’ performance, which earned a 96.85 for second place, “felt amazing” because the corps has been anxiously awaiting the last shows of the season. “We have only a few rehearsal days to get better in time for this final push,” he said.

Trailing only four tenths of a point behind were the Cavaliers (3rd, 96.45), whose drum major Brandon Cave joined the ranks of Green Machine corps members who perform upside down as part of their eccentric “XtroardinarY” production.

“I think I might be the first person in the history of mankind to have conducted upside down,” joked Cave, who was assisted by his fellow drum major Andrew Rhebergen up on his podium on the 50-yard line. Rhebergen said they have been working on the trick for two weeks and finally unveiled it at the Prelims.