Sunday, August 10, 2014

Roll credits: Blue Devils finish 2014 with record-setting score

Roll credits: Blue Devils finish 2014 with record-setting score


Blue Devils are presented the DCI Founders Trophy at the 2014 World Championship Finals.
History was made at the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championship Finals on Saturday, as the Blue Devils scored a record-breaking 99.650, shattering the previous high score (99.150, 2002 Cavaliers and 2005 Cadets) by half of a point.

For executive director David Gibbs, this year’s win is a testament to the tireless effort put in by both members and staff.

“The most important thing, is that these kids set out to perform and be the best Blue Devils they can be,” said Gibbs. “They work hard all the time, everyday, all day long. They were persistent, and they never gave up.”

In addition to their record breaking high score and newly claimed World Championship title, the corps from Concord also earned caption awards in visual performance, general effect, brass and color guard. This is the corps’ 16th title since 1976, also a record for the World Class corps.

“It’s all about continuing the legacy,” said drum major Kristen Lichtenthal when asked what comes next for the newly crowned World Champion. “It’s what we’ve done for years and what we hope to do in the future. We have to take another step up from here.”

After finishing third in Friday night’s Semifinals competition, the Bluecoats made a last minute surge that gave them the edge to finish in second place over the Cadets with a score of 97.175. That marks the highest placement and highest score the Bluecoats have ever received.

“Sometimes you don’t get the best run on Finals night. Sometimes you get it on Semis, or on Prelims, or sometimes even none of those,” said drum major Willie Veenstra. “But for your last performance to be your best performance, just as you’re on your way out the door, you can’t ask for anything better than that.”

Bluecoats
The corps’ production, “Tilt,” is one that executive director David Glasgow says is at the top of the Bluecoats’ greatest.

“From the very first time that we started to see this show come to life we thought that it had a lot of potential,” Glasgow said. “When we really saw it start to come to life toward the end of spring training and during the first couple shows of the summer, we had an idea that this was definitely going to be the best thing we’ve ever done.”

The Cadets fell in the standings overnight from second to third (96.875), but are not discouraged. According to corps administrator Bruno Zuccala, the staff is still incredibly impressed with what the corps members have accomplished this season.

“This is my 47th year doing drum corps and I have to say this, by far, had to be the most spectacular performance I’ve ever seen any of my students perform. We’re all very, very proud,” Zuccala said.

Santa Clara Vanguard
Although Santa Clara Vanguard finished fourth overall (96.075), the California corps took home the Fred Sanford high percussion award with a score of 19.75 in the caption.

“To win a Fred Sanford award with [caption head] Paul Rennick is amazing. He’s been at Vanguard for four years now, and to be part of his legacy is incredible,” said front ensemble corps member AJ Covey. “You always hope that it gets better every night, and sometimes it does, but sometimes it doesn’t. I’d say we’ve hit our stride.”

This is the 10th high percussion award that Santa Clara Vanguard has won, coincidentally with the most recent being in 2004 with the corps’ first production of “Scheherazade.”

Carolina Crown
After an “Out of This World” performance, Carolina Crown secured fifth place with a score of 95.675. Last year’s World Class Champion may not have taken home a victory tonight, but horn sergeant Kevin Leboeuf believes the corps ended its season on a high note.

“This is a drum corps that woke up every morning and faced the challenge of trying new things,” said Leboeuf. “We had the responsibility to follow a championship-winning year and move the activity forward. It didn’t really come together until tonight, but it was an incredible way to end the season,”
The Cavaliers ended their season in sixth with a score of 93.675, one placement higher than they finished in 2013.

“Whether cruddy rehearsals or great performances like this, it’s always the memories that will stick out the most,” said assistant drum major Nick Hansberry. Performing for thousands of people feels wonderful, and I’m glad I get to do it with the guys.”


Phantom Regiment
In the Finals competition, Phantom Regiment (7th, 91.425) jumped ahead of the Blue Knights (8th, 91.150), a swap that Regiment music coordinator Jeremy Earnhart says is the result of a last minute push from the corps.

“Like most groups for most seasons, you walk before you can run. We walked a little longer, and these few weeks have been a sprint to the finish line,” said Earnhart. “The energy level was off the charts fantastic tonight, and I really feel like the members maxed out the program.”

According to Blue Knights color guard member Sarah Anderson, the 2014 season was everything she had hoped.

“This season and our show has taught me to live in every single moment, especially here this summer.” said Anderson. “I know I’ve got to do my best in everything, even outside of drum corps. Never sell yourself short.”

Blue Stars
Blue Stars finished ninth with a score of 89.600, jumping three placements from last year’s 12th-place finish. Drum major Jacob Carpenter looks forward to watching the corps build on this momentum.

“You can’t ask for much more than a high energy performance where everyone’s trying to get it right for the final time. When everyone’s putting in 100 percent, it really is a special feeling,” Carpenter said.

Boston Crusaders earned 10th place with a score of 88.950 after delivering one last provocative performance of their 2014 production, “Animal Farm.”

“There was a synergistic quality of both the heart and brain, making everything fire on all cylinders. It was the culmination. This is where they peaked for the season,” said corps director Andy Waldukat.

Madison Scouts
The Madison Scouts took home 11th place with a score of 87.575 after delivering their last performance of “Time Trip” for the crowd in Lucas Oil Stadium.

According to director Chris Komnick, the corps’ biggest takeaway this season has been learning to never let down all the way to the Finals, even with hardships along the way.

“We put something amazingly challenging in front of them,” said Komnick. “For us it was a way of pushing demand in a new level among the corps, and they responded very effectively for it.”

Crossmen (12th, 86.225) members relished their opportunity to perform as a finalist corps for the first time since 2012.  

“Back in 2012 we had a fairly young drum corps that somehow pushed into Finals, and this year we did it again,” said fourth-year snare drummer Brandon Fish ”There were tears going down our faces because we knew this was our best run of the season. It was an incredible moment of brotherhood and unity.”

Contributing to this report: Nelson Jimenez, Johnny Gilbert, Robert Kaczanowski, Christina Mavroudis, Katy Nowak, Linda & Sid Unser, Chris Weber

2014 DCI World Championship Finals recap


Recap Roundup: 2014 World 

Championship Finals


Here is a look at the scores awarded to the 12 corps competing at the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championship Finals, Saturday, Aug. 9.

There are two judges for GE 1, GE 2, and Percussion, with scores from each of those pairs of judges averaged together for the total caption score. The scores of the two Effect captions are counted for full value, but each of the scores of the three Visual captions (Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Color Guard) and three Music captions (Brass, Music Analysis and Percussion) are first divided in half, with each of those half scores added together for the Total Visual and Total Music scores.

Blue Devils set a record high score at the Finals competition, despite their score being a tenth behind tying a record during Friday's Semifinals. Blue Devils' Finals score of 99.650 smashed the previous record by 0.50, previously shared by the 2002 Cavaliers and the 2005 Cadets.

View a complete recap of scores from this event.

Blue Devils (1st, 99.650) once again took 1st in every caption except Percussion, in which the corps placed 2nd by 0.15. The corps achieved perfect scores in both General Effect captions, from all four GE judges, and also received perfect scores in all three Visual captions; Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Color Guard, after receiving 19.90 in each of those captions at the Semifinals. Brass received 19.80, Music Analysis 19.90, and Percussion 19.60.

Bluecoats (2nd, 97.175) achieved their highest placement ever by taking 2nd in both GE captions and Visual Analysis. Brass and Percussion each took 3rd, Visual Proficiency and Music Analysis 4th, and Color Guard 5th, down from 3rd in Semifinals. The corps’ overall score was 0.30 over the Cadets, the corps that had taken 2nd in both Prelims and Semifinals.

In Semifinals, Bluecoats’ spread over Cadets in GE was only a tenth. In Finals, the GE spread was 0.40, 0.10 more than the 0.30 total spread between the two corps. Bluecoats’ deficit to the Cadets in the total of all three Visual captions was 0.20, and the corps’ advantage in the three Music captions (Brass, Music Analysis and Percussion) was 0.10. Without GE, Bluecoats were 0.10 down to the Cadets. Add in the 0.40 advantage in GE, and the corps was 0.30 over the Cadets. Therefore, GE made all the difference in earning Bluecoats members their first silver medals.

The Cadets (3rd, 96.875) took 2nd in Visual Proficiency, Color Guard and Music Analysis, 3rd in both GE captions, and 4th in Visual Analysis, Brass and Percussion. The corps was just a tenth over SCV in both total GE and total Music, so it was the 0.60 advantage over SCV in total Visual that mostly put the corps 0.80 over SCV in the total score.

Santa Clara Vanguard (4th, 96.075) won Percussion by 0.15 over the Blue Devils. The corps finished 3rd in Visual Analysis and 4th in both GE captions. Visual Proficiency, Brass and Music Analysis all finished 5th, and Color Guard placed 6th.

Carolina Crown (5th, 95.675) was second in Brass by a tenth under the Blue Devils. Visual Proficiency, Color Guard and Music Analysis placed 3rd. The corps took 5th in both GE captions and Visual Analysis, and 7th in Percussion.

The Cavaliers (6th, 93.675) took 5th in Percussion, 6th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis, Brass and Music Analysis, and 7th in GE 2 and Color Guard.

Phantom Regiment (7th, 91.425) was 7th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Brass, 8th in GE 2 and Music Analysis, and 9th in Color Guard and Percussion.
The corps passed up Blue Knights by closing a 0.75 deficit in Total GE during the Semifinals to just 0.10 in the Finals. They also opened a 0.20 advantage in Total Visual during the Semifinals to 0.65 in the Finals. The corps’ 0.275 advantage in Total Music during the Semifinals was cancelled out by Blue Knights’ exact same advantage in the Finals.

Blue Knights (8th, 91.150) was 6th in GE 2 and Percussion, 7th in Music Analysis, 8th in GE 1 and Brass, 9th in Visual Analysis, and 10th in Visual Proficiency and Color Guard.

Blue Stars (9th, 89.600) soared to 4th in Color Guard after placing 6th in that caption in Semifinals and 8th in Prelims. Percussion finished in 8th, GE 2, Visual Proficiency and Music Analysis in 9th, GE 1 and Visual Analysis 10th, and Brass 11th.

Boston Crusaders (10th, 88.950) was 8th in all three Visual captions (Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Color Guard), 9th in GE 1, 10th in Brass and Percussion, and 11th in GE 2 and Music Analysis.

Madison Scouts (11th, 87.575) was 9th in Brass, 10th in GE 2 and Brass, 11th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency and Percussion, and 12th in Visual Analysis and Color Guard.

Crossmen (12th, 86.225) was 11th in Visual Analysis and Color Guard and 12th in all six other captions.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Blue Devils within reach of record high score

Blue Devils within reach of record high score

Semifinals competition narrows field to top 12 advancing corps




Blue Devils
Blue Devils lit up Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday and continued to impress the judges with their 2014 program “Fellniesque,” capturing yet another first-place finish with a score of 98.950 and sweeping the overall captions.

The record high score at the World Championship Finals was set at 99.150 by the Cavaliers in 2002 and was tied in 2005 by the Cadets. Many are already speculating if we may just be looking at a new record holder if the Devils can find it in them to jump two tenths of a point overnight.

“We’ve been rehearsing hard every day, and we’re becoming more and more cohesive as an ensemble,” said front ensemble member Gabe Monteyor. “It would be really exciting to set a new standard for the activity.”

The Cadets
The Cadets are going into the Finals in second place (96.700) while the Bluecoats (3rd, 96.550) are sitting just fifteen hundredths of a point behind the Allentown corps. This marks the closest the race has been between the two competitors all season. The Bluecoats were second in overall general effect and tied the Cadets for second place in overall music.

Santa Clara Vanguard (4th, 95.650) once again had the top percussion score of the evening with a 19.5, and although the Bluecoats are nipping at their heels, Vanguard’s percussion arranger and caption head Paul Rennick has faith in the members to pull off one more high score tomorrow.

“One of the hardest things to do is to hit that three times in a row,” said Rennick. “But I think we’ve reached such a consistent level of performance that we’re just building on our own confidence.”

Carolina Crown
Carolina Crown took home fifth place with a score of 95.300, the Cavaliers received sixth with a score of 93.275, and the Blue Knights followed in seventh with a 91.825.

Phantom Regiment members (8th, 91.550) came into tonight’s competition feeling comfortable and confident after their Prelims performance and delivered their best performance of the season according to brass caption head Christian Carichner.

“I think this show has so much incredible depth and beauty to it, and the amount of expression that’s developed over the season is absolutely remarkable,” said Carichner. “I’m looking forward to watching them take over the show. At this point, it really does completely become theirs. It’s out of everybody else’s hands.”

Even though the gap in score decreased, Blue Stars (9th, 89.225) kept hold of their lead on Boston Crusaders (10th, 89.050), and the Madison Scouts took 11th with a score of 87.650.

Crossmen
The Crossmen (12th, 85.450) from San Antonio snuck into the “Top 12” after missing out last year with a 14th-place finish. This is only the second time in the last 10 years that the corps has advanced through the Semifinals, and for drum major Jordan Schock, it’s a dream come true.

“Icing on the cake,” said Schock. “It’s my fifth year with the corps and I’ll be sad to see it go, but it’s been nothing short of spectacular. I’ve grown a lot and had the best time of my life.”

The Texas corps received a one-point penalty Friday night that according to contest director Tony DiCarlo was assessed to the corps for a warm-up violation. The deduction put the Colts (13th, 85.350) within a tenth of a point of securing a spot in the Finals competition for the first time since 2007.

Blue Devils B
The Troopers (14th, 84.775) kept their distance from Open Class Champions Blue Devils B (15th, 82.325), but overnight the California corps surged past three World Class ensembles including the Academy (16th, 81.875), Spirit of Atlanta (17th, 81.550), and Oregon Crusaders (19th, 80.100).
Vanguard Cadets (18th, 80.200) also made an impressive jump ahead of its World Class competition, placing ahead of the Oregon Crusaders and Pacific Crest (20th, 78.900).

Mandarins members performed their program “Unbreakable: The Human Spirit is Limitless,” and finished 21st with a score of 78.150. Drum major Barrett Juhrend believes that the show title is a fitting tribute to the corps’ 2014 campaign.

Mandarins
“In drum corps, you have to have an unbreakable spirit to push through the season and survive the days that you may not have much going your way,” said Juhrend. “You may ache and you may be sore, but at the very end you’ve accomplished so much.”

Jersey Surf (22nd, 75.80), Genesis (23rd, 74.075), Spartans (24th, 74.050), and 7th Regiment (25th, 71.475) rounded out the Semifinals competition and brought their summer seasons to an end.
On Saturday, the 12 highest scoring corps will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium to perform one last time as the 2014 Drum Corps International Tour comes to a close.

Contributing to this report: Christina Mavroudis, Katy Nowak

2014 DCI World Championships Semifinals Recap Roundup

Recap Roundup: 2014 World 

Championship Semifinals


Here is a look at the scores awarded to the 25 corps that competed at the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championship Semifinals, Friday, Aug. 8.

Only twice in DCI’s history, in 1992 and 2004, did as many as nine corps break 90 points at the World Championship Finals. That could easily happen again this year, as eight corps did so in Semifinals and two more corps were within a point of the milestone. There has never been as many as 10 corps at 90 points or higher at the Finals.

There are two judges for GE 1, GE 2, and Percussion, with scores from each of those pairs of judges averaged together for the total caption score. The scores of the two Effect captions are counted for full value, but each of the scores of the three Visual captions (Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Color Guard) and three Music captions (Brass, Music Analysis and Percussion) are first divided in half, with each of those half scores added together for the Total Visual and Total Music scores.

While Blue Devils may well be on track to set a record high score in the Finals, their Semifinals score did not set a record. In the 2002 DCI World Championship Semifinals, the Cavaliers scored 99.050 to BD’s 98.950 this year, the score differential being only 0.10. The Cavaliers’ Finals score in 2002 was 99.150, matched in 2005 by the Cadets, whose Semifinals score that year was 98.125, a full 0.825 under what BD scored Friday night.

So, let’s have a little speculative fun: If Blue Devils picked up the 0.10 that Cavaliers picked up between Semifinals and Finals, they’d still only have a 99.050. However, if BD picked up the 1.025 that Cadets picked up in 2005, their 2014 Finals score would be 99.975, just a quarter tenth from a perfect 100.

The other score of extreme interest was Crossmen making it into the Finals by just a tenth over the Colts due to a one-point warm-up violation.

Blue Devils (1st, 98.950) took 1st in every caption except Percussion, in which the corps placed 3rd, just 0.10 under 2nd and 0.20 under 1st. Therefore, a caption sweep is still a possibility, just as the corps had done at the DCI Eastern Classic in Allentown just a week ago (with the highest overall score ever achieved at that show). BD scored a perfect 20 from one of the GE 1 judges and was just 0.10 away from a perfect score from the other GE 1 judge. The corps also scored a 19.90 in all three of the Visual captions; Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis, and Color Guard.

The Cadets (2nd, 96.700) finished 2.250 behind BD in overall score and just 0.15 above Bluecoats. In Prelims, the corps was 1.125 above Bluecoats, so Bluecoats picked up 0.975 on the Cadets in one day. Cadets were 2nd in GE 2, Visual Analysis, Color Guard and Music Analysis, 3rd in Visual Proficiency and Brass, and 4th in Percussion.

Bluecoats (3rd, 96.550) took 2nd in Percussion; just 0.10 under SCV’s winning score, and tied for 2nd in GE 1. The corps placed 3rd in GE 2 and Color Guard, and 4th in Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis, Brass, and Music Analysis.

Santa Clara Vanguard (4th, 95.650) won Percussion and tied for 2nd in GE 1. The corps finished 3rd in Visual Analysis, 4th in GE 2, 5th in Visual Proficiency, Color Guard and Music Analysis, and 7th in Brass, down two spots from Prelims.

Carolina Crown (5th, 95.300) placed 2nd in Visual Proficiency and Brass, 3rd in Music Analysis, 4th in Color Guard, 5th in GE 2 and Visual Analysis and tied for 5th in GE 1, and 7th in Percussion.

The Cavaliers (6th, 93.275) were 5th in Percussion and tied for 5th in GE 1, took 6th in Visual Proficiency and Brass, and placed 7th in GE 2, Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Music Analysis.

Blue Knights (7th, 91.825) were 6th in GE 2, Visual Analysis and Music Analysis, 7th in GE 1, 8th in Brass and Percussion, 9th in Visual Proficiency, and 10th in Color Guard.

Phantom Regiment (8th, 91.550) took 5th in Brass, 6th in Percussion, 7th in Visual Proficiency, and 8th in the remaining five captions.

Blue Stars (9th, 89.225) captured 6th in Color Guard, 9th in GE 2, 10th in GE 1 and Percussion, and 11th in the remaining four captions.

Boston Crusaders (10th, 89.050) was 8th in Visual Proficiency, 9th in GE 1, Music Analysis and Percussion, 10th in GE 2, Visual Analysis and Brass, and 13th in Color Guard. In the Prelims, Boston’s guard placed 9th.

Madison Scouts (11th, 87.650) was 9th in Color Guard (up from 12th in Prelims) and Brass, 10th in Visual Proficiency and Music Analysis, 11th in GE 2 and Percussion, and 13th in GE 1 and Visual Analysis.

Crossmen (12th, 85.450) had that full 1.00 penalty for a warm-up violation, nearly knocking the corps out of the Finals competition. They tied for 11th in GE 1, took 12th in GE 2, all three Visual captions (Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Color Guard), Brass and Percussion, and 13th in Music Analysis.

Colts (13th, 85.350) placed 9th in Visual Analysis, tied for 11th in GE 1 and took 11th in Color Guard, 13th in Visual Proficiency, 14th in GE 2, 15th in Brass, 16th in Music Analysis, and 17th in Percussion.

Troopers (14th, 84.775) were 12th in Music Analysis, 13th in GE 2, Brass and Percussion, 14th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency and Visual Analysis, and 15th in Color Guard.

Blue Devils B (15th, 82.325) was 15th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency and Visual Analysis, 16th in GE 2 and Color Guard, 17th in Brass and Music Analysis, and 18th in Percussion.

The Academy (16th, 81.875) was 15th in GE 2 and Music Analysis, 16th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency, Brass and Percussion, 18th in Visual Analysis, and 20th in Color Guard.

Spirit of Atlanta (17th, 81.550) was 14th in all three Music captions (Brass, Music Analysis and Percussion), 17th in GE 2, Visual Proficiency and Color Guard, tied for 18th in GE 1, and was 21st in Visual Analysis.

Vanguard Cadets (18th, 80.200) took 14th in Color Guard, 16th in Visual Analysis, 17th in GE 1, 18th in Visual Proficiency, 19th in GE 2, 20th in Brass, and 21st in Music Analysis and Percussion.

Oregon Crusaders (19th, 80.100) took 15th in Percussion, 17th in Visual Analysis, 18th in GE 2, Brass and Music Analysis, tied for 18th in GE 1, took 20th in Visual Proficiency, and finished 23rd in Color Guard.

Pacific Crest (20th, 78.900) was 19th in Visual Proficiency, Brass and Percussion, 20th in both GE captions and Music Analysis, and 22nd in Visual Analysis and Color Guard.

Mandarins (21st, 78.150) was 19th in Visual Analysis, Color Guard and Music Analysis, 20th in Percussion, and 21st in the remaining four captions.

Jersey Surf (22nd, 75.800) took 18th in Color Guard, 23rd in Brass, 24th in Visual Analysis, and 22nd in the remaining five captions.

Genesis (23rd, 74.075) was 24th in Color Guard and Brass, 25th in Visual Proficiency, and 23rd in the remaining five captions.

Spartans (24th, 74.050) was 20th in Visual Analysis, 21st in Color Guard (down from 15th in Prelims), 25th in Brass, and 24th in the remaining five captions, tying for 24th in GE 2.

7th Regiment (25th, 71.475) was 22nd in Brass, 23rd in Visual Proficiency, tied for 24th in GE 2, and placed 25th in the remaining five captions.

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 DCI Prelims leaves much up for grabs

Prelims leaves much up for grabs

Many tight races develop from top to bottom after day one of

 World Championship competition




Blue Devils
Blue Devils came within two tenths of setting a record on Thursday when the Concord corps conquered all at the 2014 DCI World Championship Prelims.

Their score of 98.550 just barely misses the previous Prelims high score of 98.700 held by the 2002 Cavaliers.

Snare drummer Brandon Olander is new to the Blue Devils, and at 16 years old he is the youngest member of the corps. Coming that close to setting a new record was a really exciting moment in his young drum corps career.

“It feels great. We’ve just been working really hard all season, not just for the scores, but also for ourselves. It looks like that work has really paid off,” said Olander.

Blue Devils took home first in all captions except percussion, which was reclaimed by Santa Clara Vanguard (4th, 95.450) with less than one tenth to spare.
Bluecoats
Bluecoats (3rd, 95.800) finished a mere four-tenths ahead of Vanguard and the two corps’ color guards tied for third place.
 
The Cadets, who received second place with a score of 96.925, also took second in the overall general effect, overall visual and overall music captions.
 
Last year’s World Class Champion, Carolina Crown's award-winning horn line finished second by a tenth under the Blue Devils, taking home fifth place (94.750) overall.

The Cavaliers finished sixth with a score of 93.600, while the Blue Knights (7th, 91.650) were more than a point behind the Green Machine.

Blue Knights front ensemble member Heather Rau has enjoyed her time with the corps and is experiencing mixed feelings about the Prelims performance.

“It feels great, but it’s also heart wrenching because you know there are only two more [performances] and then you’re done,” said Rau.
Phantom Regiment
Phantom Regiment’s performance of “Swan Lake” earned them a score of 91.025, good enough for eighth place. Meanwhile, Blue Stars (9th, 89.375) crept ahead of Boston Crusaders (10th, 89.125) for the first time since the 2010 DCI World Championship Finals.

After the first night of competition in Indianapolis, Madison Scouts (11th, 88.425) Crossmen (12th, 86.250), and Colts (13th, 84.725) find themselves on and around the cutoff of the 12 corps who will advance to the Finals competition on Saturday.

Though a little more than one and a half points behind the Crossmen, Colts director Vicki MacFarlane says that her corps members still have plenty of performance left in them.

“Everything we’ve got. Every moment. There’s no letting down,” MacFarlane said. “We shouldn’t depend on numbers to find motivation. Whether we’re 14th, 12th, or anywhere in between or around that, the Colts have the inner drive it takes to be great no matter what anybody says about them.”
Oregon Crusaders
Troopers (14th, 84.600), Spirit of Atlanta (15th, 82.300), the Academy (16th, 81.875) and Oregon Crusaders (17th, 81.050) made it through to perform at the Semifinals on Friday, and joining them is 2014 Open Class World Champion, Blue Devils B (18th, 80.800).

“There were some new challenges we had to face, but that didn’t stop us from performing like the Open Class Champions we are,” said drum major Albert Lin. “We’re basing all our hype off the championship win. We just want to recreate and build off that feeling that we had on Tuesday.”
After Pacific Crest’s 19th place finish (79.375), the Vanguard Cadets (20th, 79.300) join the ranks of the “Top 25.” Mandarins (21st, 77.750) and the Jersey Surf (22nd, 75.550) come next, followed by the last three advancing Open Class groups, Genesis (23rd, 75.175), Spartans (24th, 74.425), and 7th Regiment (25th, 72.350).

This is the first year that 7th Regiment will advance to the Semifinals, a milestone that drum major Dalton Gyorda is proud to say the corps has been working hard for this season.
“We’ve been pushing for it this year, really hoping to take this corps to the next level,” said Gyorda. “We rehearsed all day yesterday, and it’s been a constant process to get better.”
Cascades
Cascades (26th, 72.250), Music City (27th, 71.575), Gold (28th, 71.250), Legends (29th, 71.000), and Pioneer (30th, 68.850) made their final performances at Lucas Oil Stadium Thursday, but the end of the season brings reflection for many of the non-advancing corps.

“At every show, the kids have gotten even better and stronger,” said Gold director Donald Flaherty. “Some seasons you have good shows and bad shows, but this year the corps has been very consistent about getting better. There’s been a tremendous amount of growth.”

The Raiders (31st, 66.250), Colt Cadets (32nd, 63.150), Coastal Surge (33rd, 60.625), Les Stentors (34th, 57.425) and the Racine Scouts (35th, 55.600) also finished their seasons after their Prelims performances.

The Racine Scouts will walk away from their 2014 tour winning the Most Improved Open Class Corps award, as voted on by the Open Class corps directors.
Racine Scouts
“It’s a testament to our hard work, and given the history of the corps, it’s really exciting to receive this recognition. We put in a lot of effort every day, and we love what we do,” said drum major Aeris Kania.

Two international corps, the Blue Saints from Canada (36th, 51.250) and Patria (37th, 46.375) from Guatemala, round out the bottom of the rank, but take home wonderful memories of their competitive tours.

“Being in this stadium with DCI has fulfilled a dream of mine,” said Patria director Gabriel Estrada. “We’ve seen almost every group perform, and we’ve learned a lot form this experience. It’s not very easy for us to travel all this way, but we would love to come back in the future.”

The top 25 corps from tonight’s competition will return to Lucas Oil Stadium to perform in the Semifinals Friday, Aug. 8. The top 12 from that event qualify for the Finals competition on Saturday.

Contributing to this report: Christina Mavroudis, Katy Nowak

2014 DCI Prelims

 Recap Roundup: 2014 World Championship Prelims




Blue Devils (1st, 98.550) took 2nd in Percussion (0.10 under SCV) and 1st in the other seven captions, capturing a perfect score in Visual Analysis.

The Cadets (2nd, 96.925) were 2nd in all captions except the three Music captions, placing 3rd in Music Analysis and 4th in Brass and Percussion.

Bluecoats (3rd, 95.800) was 3rd in General Effect 2, Color Guard, Brass and Percussion, and 4th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Music Analysis.

Santa Clara Vanguard (4th, 95.450) was 1st in Percussion, 3rd in GE 1 and Visual Analysis, 4th in GE 2 and Color Guard and 5th in Visual Proficiency, Brass and Music Analysis.

Carolina Crown (5th, 94.750) was 2nd in Brass (by 0.10 under BD), 2nd in Music Analysis (by 0.20 under BD), 3rd in Visual Proficiency, 4th in GE 2, 5th in GE 1 and Visual Analysis and 6th in Color Guard and Percussion.

The Cavaliers (6th, 93.600) took 5th in GE 1, Color Guard and Percussion and 6th in the remaining five captions.

Blue Knights (7th, 91.650) placed 6th in Percussion, 7th in GE 1, Visual Analysis, Color Guard and Musical Analysis, 8th in GE 2 and Brass, and 9th in Visual Proficiency.

Phantom Regiment (8th, 91.025) was 7th in GE 2, Visual Proficiency and Brass, 8th in GE 1, Visual Analysis and Music Analysis, and 10th in Color Guard and Percussion.

Blue Stars (9th, 89.375) was 8th in Color Guard, 9th in GE 2, Visual Analysis, Music Analysis and Percussion, 10th in GE 1 and Visual Proficiency, and 11th in Brass.

Boston Crusaders (10th, 89.125) took 8th in Visual Proficiency and Percussion, 9th in GE 2 and Color Guard, 10th in Visual Analysis, Brass and Music Analysis, and 11th in GE 1.

Madison Scouts (11th, 88.425) placed 9th in GE 1 and Brass, 12th in Color Guard and 11th in the remaining five captions.

Crossmen (12th, 86.250) was 11th in Color Guard, 15th in Visual Analysis, and 12th in the remaining six captions.

Colts (13th, 84.725) was 12th in GE 1, and Visual Analysis, 13th in GE 2 and Visual Proficiency, 14th in Color Guard, 15th in Music Analysis, and 17th in Brass and Percussion.

Troopers (14th, 84.600) was 13th in GE 2, Visual Analysis, Color Guard and Brass, 14th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency and Brass, and 15th in Percussion.

Spirit of Atlanta (15th, 82.300) was 13th in Brass and Percussion, 15th in GE 2, Visual Proficiency and Color Guard, 17th in GE 1 and Music Analysis, and 19th in Visual Analysis.

The Academy (16th, 81.875) placed 14th in Music Analysis, 15th in GE 1 and Brass, 16th in Visual Analysis and Percussion, 17th in GE 2, 18th in Visual Proficiency, and 20th in Color Guard.

Oregon Crusaders (17th, 81.050) was 13th in Percussion, 16th in GE 1, Brass and Music Analysis, 17th in Visual Proficiency, 18th in GE 1 and Visual Analysis, and 23rd in Color Guard.

Blue Devils B (18th, 80.800) was 14th in Visual Analysis, 16th in GE 2 and Visual Proficiency, 18th in GE 1 and Color Guard, 19th in Brass and Percussion, and 20th in Music Analysis. BDB was the highest placing and scoring Open Class corps at the Prelims.

Pacific Crest (19th, 79.375) was 17th in Color Guard, 18th in all three Music captions, 20th in GE 1, GE 2 and Visual Proficiency, and 21st in Visual Proficiency.

Vanguard Cadets (20th, 79.300) took 17th in Visual Analysis, 18th in GE 2, 19th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency and Color Guard, 20th in Percussion, and 21st in Brass and Music Analysis.

Mandarins (21st, 77.750) placed 19th in Music Analysis, 20th in GE 1, Brass and Percussion, 21st in GE 2, 22nd in Visual Proficiency and Visual Analysis, and 24th in Color Guard.

Jersey Surf (22nd, 75.550) was 24th in Visual Proficiency and Brass, 25th in Visual Analysis, 26th in Color Guard, and 22nd in the remaining four captions.

Genesis (23rd, 75.175) was 21st in Visual Proficiency and Color Guard, 24th in Visual Proficiency, 26th in Brass, and 23rd in the remaining four captions.

Spartans (24th, 74.425) was 15th in Color Guard, 20th in Visual Analysis, 24th in GE 2 and Percussion, 25th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency and Brass, and 27th in Music Analysis.

7th Regiment (25th, 72.350) will make its first appearance in the Semifinals by placing 23rd in Visual Proficiency and Brass, 25th in Music Analysis and Percussion, 26th in GE 2, 27th in Color Guard, 28th in Visual Analysis, and 29th in GE 1.

The following corps will not be advancing to Friday night’s Semifinals.
Cascades (26th, 72.250) was 22nd in Brass, 30th in Color Guard, and between 24th and 27th in everything else.

Music City (27th, 71.575) was 24th through 30th in all captions.

Gold (28th, 71.250) was 22nd in Color Guard, 23rd in Visual Analysis, and 27th through 30th in the remaining six captions.

Legends (29th, 71.000) was 30th in Percussion and 26th through 29th in everything else.

Pioneer (30th, 68.850) was 26th in Percussion and 29th through 32nd in the remaining seven captions.

Raiders (31st, 66.250) was 28th in Color Guard and 30th or 31st in all other captions.

Colt Cadets (32nd, 63.150) was 31st through 33rd in all captions.

Coastal Surge (33rd, 60.625) was 32nd through 35th in all captions.

Les Stentors (34th, 57.425) placed 34th or 35th in all captions.

Racine Scouts (35th, 55.600) was 33rd through 35th in all captions.

Blue Saints (36th, 51.250) was 37th in Color Guard and 36th in all other captions.

Patria (37th, 46.375) was 36th in Color Guard and 37th in all other captions.