Saturday, August 13, 2011

DCI World Championship Finals

What an exciting summer in Drum Corps. I was able to see my boys in Green, The Cavaliers, at the end of June, and was able to spend a couple of days watching The Cadets rehearse their show prior to DCI's first Regional of the summer at the University of Minnesota.

It was truly shaping up to be one interesting battle for the top, and I must say, from DCI Minnesota all the way through tonight's Championships, I was on edge. I knew I wasn't going to be able to watch via the DCI Fan Network due to me flying, but once I was able to get to a hotel and/or get back to an internet connection, I would get the scores and recaps of that nights performance.

I was pretty upset when my computer wouldn't connect tonight in our crew lounge in Miami operations, but once I was able to, I quickly was able to get tonight's updates. I know how hard every member of every corps worked this summer, and I must first congratulate The Cadets for taking their 10th Championship!

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DCI World Championship Finals

Place Corps   Score
 World Class
1 The Cadets 98.350
2 Blue Devils 97.800
3 The Cavaliers 96.850
4 Carolina Crown 95.300
5 Phantom Regiment 95.050
6 Santa Clara Vanguard 92.200
7 Bluecoats 92.050
8 Boston Crusaders 90.650
9 Blue Knights 89.200
10 Madison Scouts 87.550
11 Blue Stars 86.200
12 Spirit of Atlanta 85.350

It started with the Kingsmen in 1972. And it stretches in an unbroken chain from then until this day. Every summer, the top corps in the country gather in one place to vie for the title of DCI World Champions. In our Hall of Fame, we are pleased to salute the latest winner and honor all those who have come before. To be listed here is no small achievement. The following corps names reflect the efforts of many individuals. Who have worked hard. Struggled long. And achieved much.
Year Corps                              Location                Score
2011 The Cadets                      Indianapolis, IN     98.350
2010 Blue Devils                     Indianapolis, IN     98.900     
2009 Blue Devils                     Indianapolis, IN     99.050 
2008 Phantom Regiment         Bloomington, IN    98.125 
2007 Blue Devils                     Pasadena, CA         98.000 
2006 The Cavaliers                 Madison, WI           97.200 
2005 The Cadets                     Foxboro, MA           99.150 
2004 The Cavaliers                 Denver, CO             98.700 
2003 Blue Devils                    Orlando, FL             98.800 
2002 The Cavaliers                 Madison, WI           99.150 
2001 The Cavaliers                 Buffalo, NY            98.350 
2000 The Cadets                     College Park, MD   97.650 
2000 The Cavaliers                 College Park, MD   97.650 
1999 Blue Devils                     Madison, WI           98.400 
1999 Santa Clara Vanguard     Madison, WI           98.400 
1998 The Cadets                      Orlando, FL            98.400 
1997 Blue Devils                     Orlando, FL            98.400
1996 Blue Devils                     Orlando, FL            97.400 
1996 Phantom Regiment         Orlando, FL            97.400 
1995 The Cavaliers                 Buffalo, NY            98.300 
1994 Blue Devils                     Boston, MA            98.400 
1993 The Cadets                      Jackson, MS           97.400 
1992 The Cavaliers                  Madison, WI          97.500 
1991 Star of Indiana                 Dallas, TX             97.000 
1990 Cadets of Bergen County Buffalo, NY          97.700 
1989 Santa Clara Vanguard     Kansas City, MO    98.800 
1988 Madison Scouts              Kansas City, MO    97.100 
1987 Garfield Cadets               Madison, WI          97.900 
1986 Blue Devils                     Madison, WI          98.400 
1985 Garfield Cadets               Madison, WI          98.400 
1984 Garfield Cadets               Atlanta, GA            98.000 
1983 Garfield Cadets               Miami, FL              94.400 
1982 Blue Devils                     Montreal, Canada   95.250 
1981 Santa Clara Vanguard     Montreal, Canada   94.000 
1980 Blue Devils                     Birmingham, AL    90.600 
1979 Blue Devils                     Birmingham, AL    93.550 
1978 Santa Clara Vanguard     Denver, CO            91.550 
1977 Blue Devils                     Denver, CO            92.050 
1976 Blue Devils                     Philadelphia, PA     92.700 
1975 Madison Scouts              Philadelphia, PA      92.500 
1974 Santa Clara Vanguard     Ithaca, NY               89.500 
1973 Santa Clara Vanguard     Whitewater, WI       88.650 
1972 Kingsmen                        Whitewater, WI      88.100

Love when a hotel offers free Breakfast

Yesterday when in San Jose, I was excited to go down to the restaurant for the free breakfast buffet, however I got there a little late because after my awesome adventure walking around in Quito, my sunburn started peeling so I had to do a little exfoliating of my scalp.

I should have started a little earlier, but it was unfortunate that the hotel didn't give any of us crew-members the required wake-up call on our phones that we all requested. One of my crew-members called me to ensure I was awake since I wasn't already down at breakfast and when I did finally make it down, WOW....what a spread!

I didn't get any pictures of the spread, but on the way down, I caught a glimpse of an awesome view. It really made me wish I had a longer stay to enjoy what the hotel had to offer. I don't believe it was an all-inclusive resort, but it was pretty much close to it.

With outdoor pools, a golf driving range and the Kuo Spa the luxury San Jose hotel is perfect for an ideal Costa Rica vacation. I'll have to really enjoy my next two trips here when I can. The weird part was it was very rustic and the smell reminded me of Puerto Vallarta. I truly can't wait to go back and take in more of what the hotel has to offer!

DCI World Championship Semifinals Recap

The top 18 corps finished in the same placement as in the Prelims.

The Cadets (1st-97.80) received a perfect 20.0 from one Music Effect judge on the way to winning both Visual Effect and Music Effect. Visual Performance and Music Ensemble took 1st and Visual Performance and Music Ensemble took 2nd. Percussion was 3rd, 0.30 under 1st place Cavaliers and Color Guard took 3rd, 0.50 under 1st place Blue Devils.

Blue Devils (2nd-97.30) took 1st in Visual Ensemble and Color Guard, 2nd in Visual Effect, Visual Performance, Music Ensemble and Percussion, 3rd in Brass and 4th in Music Effect. The most noticeable change in score was Visual Performance, which increased 0.60 over the Prelims.

The Cavaliers (3rd-96.90) took 1st in Percussion and 2nd in Music Effect and Color Guard. Visual Effect was 3rd as was Visual Performance and Visual Ensemble. Brass was 4th and Music Ensemble 5th, both down from 3rd in Prelims. Still, the corps maintained a 0.90 deficit to Cadets, the same as in the Prelims.

Carolina Crown (4th-95.65) was 1st in Brass by 0.10 and 3rd in Music Effect and Music Ensemble. Visual Performance dropped to 4th from 2nd in Prelims, while Color Guard and Percussion moved up to 4th from 6th and 7th. Visual Effect ended 5th, as did Visual Ensemble, both the same placement as in the Prelims.

Phantom Regiment (5th-93.95) was 4th in Visual Effect, Visual Ensemble and Music Ensemble, 5th in Music Effect and Visual Performance, 6th in Color Guard and Brass and 7th in Percussion, the last two captions slipping one spot each from the Prelims.

Santa Clara Vanguard (6th-92.20) was 5th in Color Guard and Percussion, both dropping from 4th in Prelims. Visual Performance and Visual Ensemble took 5th and Visual Effect, Visual Performance and Visual Ensemble 6th. Music Effect and Music Ensemble finished 7th and Brass was 8th, up from 11th in the Prelims.

Bluecoats (7th-91.60) was 5th in Brass, 6th in Music Effect, Music Ensemble and Percussion, 7th in Color Guard, (up from 10th in Prelims), and 9th in Visual Effect, Visual Performance and Visual Ensemble, the latter two down from 7th in Prelims.

Boston Crusaders (8th-90.35) was 7th or 8th in all captions except for 10th in Music Ensemble and 11th in Percussion, each of the last two captions down two placements from Prelims.
Blue Knights (9th-89.40) was 8th through 10th in all captions.

Madison Scouts (10th-88.35) was 8th through 10th in six captions, 11th in Color Guard and 13th in Percussion, both those last two captions up from Prelims.

Blue Stars (11th-87.00) was 9th in Percussion, 10th in Color Guard, and 11th or 12th in all other captions.

Spirit of Atlanta (12th-86.55) increased its score from Prelims by 1.05, the most of the top 18 corps. This increased the corps’ cushion over 13th place from 2.55 to 3.15. Percussion was 8th, Music Ensemble 11th and all other captions 12th, except for 13th in Visual Ensemble, the only caption not in the top 12.
Glassmen (13th-83.40) was 14th or 15th in every caption. 
Troopers (14th-83.20) was all over the board, from 11th in Visual Ensemble, (the only caption in the top 12), to 18th in Percussion.

The Academy (15th-82.65) was 12th in Percussion, the corps’ only caption in the top 12. Brass and Music Ensemble took 13th and the remaining captions placed between 14th and 17th.

Colts (16th-82.25) was 13th in Music Effect and Color Guard and 15th through 17th in the remaining captions.

Crossmen (17th-81.05) was 14th in Visual Ensemble, 15th in Color Guard and 16th or 17th in everything else.

Pacific Crest (18th-77.75) was 18th or 19th in every caption except for 20th in Visual Ensemble and 22nd in Percussion.

Blue Devils B (19th-76.45) moved up from 21st by adding 1.30 to its Prelims score. Percussion was 17th and Visual Effect and Visual Ensemble 18th. All other captions were 20th or 21st.   
Teal Sound (20th-75.75) was 19th in Music Effect, Music Ensemble and Percussion. Color Guard and Brass took 20th, and the remaining captions 22nd through 24th.

Mandarins (21st-75.70) was 23rd in Brass, 22nd in Music Ensemble and 19th through 21st in everything else.       

Oregon Crusaders (22nd-75.15) had a wide spread of placements; 18th in brass to 24th in Visual Ensemble and Color Guard. Remaining captions placed 19th through 22nd.  
Vanguard Cadets (23rd-72.85) was 22nd through 24th in all captions except for 25th in Brass.
Cascades (24th-72.20) was 22nd in Visual Performance and Brass and 23rd through 25th in all other captions.

Jersey Surf (25th-71.35) was 21st in Visual Ensemble, 23rd in Color Guard and 24th or 25th in the remaining six captions.