Since 2001, caption awards at the Drum Corps International World Championship have been determined by averaging the scores from all three nights of the World Championship competition.

According to the DCI rulebook:

At the World Championships, World Class caption awards will be determined by averaging scores at Prelims, Semifinals, and Finals. Ties will stand.

BEST BRASS – based on Music Brass score

BEST PERCUSSION – based on the total Music Percussion score

BEST VISUAL – based on Visual Proficiency score

BEST COLOR GUARD – based on Visual Color Guard score

BEST OVERALL GENERAL EFFECT – based on combining 4 General Effect scores

The average for each double-paneled caption will be used in determining caption awards.

2017 World Class Caption Award Winners

Carolina Crown brass
Carolina Crown won its second straight Jim Ott Best Brass Performance Award at the 2017 DCI Finals.

Donald Angelica Best General Effect Award
Blue Devils

Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance Award
Santa Clara Vanguard

John Brazale Best Visual Performance Award
Blue Devils

George Zingali Best Color Guard Award
Santa Clara Vanguard

Jim Ott Best Brass Performance Award
Carolina Crown

2017 Open Class Caption Award Winners

Caption awards for Open Class corps are determined by scores earned during the Open Class World Championship Finals competition. The "Most Improved" corps award is determined by a vote of Open Class directors.

Vanguard Cadets
Vanguard Cadets swept the caption awards during the 2017 DCI Open Class World Championship Finals.

Best Brass Performance
Vanguard Cadets

Best General Effect
Vanguard Cadets

Best Visual Performance
Vanguard Cadets

Best Percussion Performance
Vanguard Cadets

Best Color Guard
Vanguard Cadets

Most Improved Corps
Louisiana Stars