Santa Clara Vanguard’s 1.275-point victory over the Blue Devils in 2018, marked the 10th largest spread between first- and second-place corps in DCI history. Counting down the top-10 largest margins of victory...

 

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2018

2018 - 1.275 Points

Santa Clara Vanguard | 1st | 98.625
Blue Devils | 2nd | 97.350

Nineteen years removed from the corps’ last World Championship title, Santa Clara Vanguard sat atop the leader board all of July and August.


 

9a

1986

1.400 points - 1986

Blue Devils | 1st | 98.400
Santa Clara Vanguard | 2nd | 97.000

Back-to-back World Championship titles for the Blue Devils, was accompanied by back-to-back silver medals for Santa Clara Vanguard.


 

9b

1999

1.400 points - 1999

Santa Clara Vanguard & Blue Devils | 1st (tie) | 98.400
The Cavaliers | 3rd | 97.000

With Santa Clara Vanguard and the Blue Devils locked at the top for the second World Championship tie in DCI history, the two California corps managed to stay well ahead of The Cavaliers, who managed to pass up The Cadets on the final night of the season to grab a medalist position.


 

8

1975

1.500 points - 1975

Madison Scouts | 1st | 92.500
Santa Clara Vanguard | 2nd | 91.000

Save for one second-place finish early in August, the Madison Scouts were nearly untouchable in 1975 as the Wisconsin corps powered its way through the DCI World Championships in Philadelphia.


 

7

2005

1.525 points - 2005

The Cadets | 1st | 99.150
The Cavaliers | 2nd | 97.625

Earning a 99.150, The Cadets managed to tie the 2002 Cavaliers for the then-highest score ever in DCI World Championship competition.


 

6a

2003

1.550 points - 2003

Blue Devils | 1st | 98.800
The Cavaliers | 2nd | 97.250

With the Cavaliers riding a 64-win streak dating back to 2001, it wouldn’t be until more than two-thirds of the way through the season in Indianapolis that the Blue Devils finally gained the upper hand. The Concord, California corps never looked back from there, winning every competition through the end of the DCI World Championship Finals in Orlando.


 

6b

2009

1.400 points - 2009

Blue Devils | 1st | 99.050
Carolina Crown | 2nd | 97.500

Even with Carolina Crown having one of the best seasons in the history of the South Carolina organization, the Blue Devils held strong at the top all season long on the way to an undefeated season.


 

5

1982

1.700 points - 1982

Blue Devils | 1st | 95.250
Santa Clara Vanguard | 2nd | 93.550

Suffering one of the narrowest losses ever at the 1981 World Championships Finals (0.3 points), the Blue Devils came back with a vengeance to win it all in 1982, for the second year the DCI World Championship was held in Montreal.


 

4

2002

1.850 points - 2002

The Cavaliers | 1st | 99.150
Blue Devils | 2nd | 97.300

Nobody could come close to The Cavaliers in 2002, as the corps shattered the record high score and earned a coveted spot in the history books as one of only two World Class corps to ever earn three consecutive World Championship titles.


 

3

1976

2.000 points - 1976

Blue Devils | 1st | 92.700
Madison Scouts | 2nd | 90.700

In just the corps’ fourth trip to the DCI World Championships, the Blue Devils left nobody wondering if the corps was one to be reckoned with as it took home its historic first championship title.


 

2

2014

2.475 points - 2014

Blue Devils | 1st | 99.650
Bluecoats | 2nd | 97.175

2014 was a magical season for the Blue Devils, as the corps earned perfect general effect scores from four different judges, as well as perfect scores in all three visual captions on the way to a new record high score.


 

1

1973

2.500 points - 1973

Santa Clara Vanguard | 1st | 88.650
Troopers | 2nd | 86.150

Santa Clara Vanguard dazzled with a “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” introducing audiences to a corps that would push the envelope while marching to two different rhythmic meters at the same time.