The 2011 Drum Corps International Open Class and World Class Championships took place in Michigan City and Indianapolis, IN last week. After months of practicing, 23 World Class corps and 18 Open Class corps descended on Indiana to show their fans, friends and family what they had been working all summer.
The Open Class Championships were held in Michigan City, IN on Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9. For the first time ever, all Open Class corps were also invited to compete head-to-head against the World Class corps later that same week.
With temperatures reaching over 100°F throughout most of the championship week, it was clearly evident that this sport is truly a feat of athleticism, stamina and talent. The dedication of the performers, staff, volunteers and family members was astounding – the sport literally takes over their lives during the summer months. DCI groups have already started their post try-out sessions for the 2012 season – if you are interested, visit www.DCI.org and get involved!
OPEN CLASS RESULTS
With Midnight, the Spartans (Nashua, NH) went a step further into the dark, rich sound that they are well known for. Midnight featured the music of Key Poulan as well as selections from the blockbuster hit movie Twilight, including a production of Bella’s Lullaby. Under the direction of Richard Rigolini and Percussion Caption Chris Dufault, they finished a strong 4th place, with a total score of 91.5. www.spartansdbc.org
The excitement you feel when you get behind the wheel of fast, new car; or the thrill and awe you experience as a plane clears the runway and takes flight – those are the feelings that Revolution hoped to convey with their production, RIDE! Under the direction of Johnny Rodriguez, the San Antonio, TX group finished with a score of 89.25, finishing in 5th place. www.revolutionypa.org
With their production Skyscapes, Legends (Kalamazoo, MI) finished their DCI season in 10th place with a score of 82.3. Under the direction of Ibe Sodawalla and Percussion Caption Landon Ewers, Skyscapes is a depiction of the sky, putting the viewer into a trance with its portrayals of the aftermath of a storm, a rainbow, a meteor shower, the night sky, Aurora Borealis, and the crisp pale of daylight. www.legendspaa.org
The Raiders (Wayne, NJ) presented Blueccentric, using the music of icons Dave Brubeck and George Gershwin to express a complex fusion of emotions. Under the direction of Tom Maiello and Percussion Caption Jamie Szeinberg, the Raiders finished in 11th place, with a final score of 81.9. www.raidersdbc.org
In DreamZzz, Forte explored the fascinating world of sleep in four separate movements. REM Sleep, featuring original music from brass arranger Marty McCartt, led the audience into the dream cycle. In the piece’s second movement Mystical Dreams, a haunting ballad by Eric Whitacre delved into an even deeper dream state. Music from The Matrix introduced the audience to Nightmare, the show’s third section. Thankfully, the dark spell broke in the final movement, Dreams into Life, as Karl Jenkins’ Song of Aeolus led the audience safely back into consciousness. Under the direction of Chris Green and Percussion Caption Tyler Orbison, the Grand Prairie, TX group placed 13th with a score of 79.2. www.fortecorps.org
Throughout history, the world's greatest composers have often written about the most unscrupulous factions of society. Villains have been characterized by expressive portraits of sound in the most famous concert halls and movie houses in the world. From songs of the high seas, to sounds of the Wild West, the Colt Cadets brought many of those bold pieces to life in their 2011 program, Notorious<. From Dubuque, Iowa, under the direction of Vicki Schaffer and Percussion Caption Brian Zeglis, the Colts Cadets placed 14th with a score of 79.15. www.colts.org
The Boston Crusaders’ 2011 aptly-named production revolved around the concept of Revolution, featuring primary source material from the world renowned musical, Les Miserables. Under the direction of Tom Spataro and Percussion Caption Ellis Hampton, the Crusaders took home 8th place with a score of 90.65 in the World Class Finals. www.crusaders.com
Inspired equally by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's epic ballet Swan Lake and Darren Aronofsky's mesmerizing Academy Award nominated film Black Swan, the Colts (Dubuque, Iowa) presented their own tale of deception, exploring the jagged edge between innocence and the darkness within. Deception: The Jagged Edge, was directed by Greg Orwoll and Percussion Caption Jerry Carpenter, and earned the Colts a 16th place finish in the semi-finals, with a score of 82.25,. www.colts.org
Pacific Crest (Diamond Bar, CA) melded music with the movement of body and form into Push, Pull, Twist, Turn, a four-movement suite. Their 18th place semi-finals performance earned a score of 77.75, under the direction of Stuart Pompel and Percussion Caption Matt Altmire. www.pacific-crest.org
**Program/performance descriptions taken from the 2011 Drum Corps International Souvenir Yearbook and www.DCI.org.
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