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Dci Championships 2010

The Drum Corps International Championships have come to a close for another year. After an exciting DCI season the staff and performers are now enjoying some rest before they head back to school and to their regular lives. It was a scorcher in Indianapolis all week – Lucas Oil Stadium was forced to close the roof on Thursday, and for the rest of the week due to heat and humidity advisories which made is dangerous for the groups performing on the field. But the heat did not stop the corps practicing from morning to night during finals week. These kids are dedicated and tough – a little bit of heat did not faze them in the slightest. Here is a quick recap of the performances from SABIAN’s World Class and Open Class groups.


Although Pacific Crest did not make it past the quarterfinals with their show Maze, the Diamond Bar, California group had an exciting season. Executive Director Stuart Pompel and Percussion Caption Matt Altmire ensured that Maze was a treat for the eyes and ears of the audience, using ”Sam’s Gone” (from I Am Legend) by James Newton Howard and ”Macchu Picchu” by Satoshi Yagisawa.

Drawing inspiration from Cyndi Lauper’s 1986 No. 1 hit “True Colors” (written by Thomas Kelley and William Steinberg), the 2010 Colts show of the same name was a celebration of the human spirit. The Dubuque, Iowa natives finished their season strong in the semi-finals under the direction of Greg Orwoll and percussion caption Max Mullinex.

The Boston Crusaders ended their 70th year in existence with a 9th place finish in the World Class Finals. Under the Executive direction of Tom Spataro and Percussion Caption Omar Carmenates, Thy Kingdom Come featured music from ”Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93, Mvt. II” by Dmitri Shostakovich and ”Planet Damnation” by John Psathas. The Boston, Massachusetts based corps finished with a solid score of 89.35.


Under the direction of Vicki Schaffer, the Dubuque, Iowa Colts Cadets finished in 11th place with a score of 82.3. Sorcerer’s Revenge invited the audience to expect the unexpected in a classic tale of good versus evil.

Forte Drum & Bugle Corps from Grand Prairie, Texas performed an intriguing show entitled Stargazing, under the direction of Landon Tooke and percussion caption Ryan Pride. They finished in 10th place with a score of 82.9.

Legends Drum & Bugle Corps based in Kalamazoo, MI finished in 8th place in the Open Class finals with a score of 86.2. Under the direction of Ibe Sodawalla and percussion supervisor Landon Ewers, the corps performed Ruins, an exploration into the downfall of Pompeii, Babylon and Troy.

The Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps celebrated their 20th Anniversary with Platinum Celebration, which earned them 5th place in the finals, with a score of 89.15. Based in Wayne, New Jersey, the corps is lead by Executive Director Tom Maiello and Percussion Caption Geoff Summers.

Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps missed out on a bronze medal by only 1.4 points with their show Fade to Black, finishing in 4th place with a strong 92.2. The San Antonio, Texas based corps is under the direction of Johnny Rodriguez and percussion caption Carlos Botello.

Enjoy the pictures on the side and don’t forget to check out www.Facebook.com/SabianCymbals for more pictures from DCI!

Report by: Katie Robinson (eMarketing Coordinator)


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