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.

As outlined in 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.

2022 World Class Caption Award Winners

Boston Crusaders
The Boston Crusaders won their third-straight color guard caption award in 2022.


Donald Angelica Best General Effect Award
Blue Devils

Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance Award

John Brazale Best Visual Performance Award
Blue Devils

George Zingali Best Color Guard Award
Boston Crusaders

Jim Ott Best Brass Performance Award
Blue Devils

2022 Open Class Caption Award Winners

Vanguard Cadets Caption Award
The Vanguard Cadets made a clean sweep of caption awards at the 2022 DCI Open Class Finals.


Caption awards for Open Class corps are determined by scores earned during the Open Class World Championship Finals competition.

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