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Blue Devils fly victorious in Kalamazoo

Blue Devils fly victorious in Kalamazoo

by Drum Corps International


Blue Devils
The Blue Devils (82.150) won tonight's competition in Kalamazoo, Mich., taking the gold medal away from the Bluecoats (80.900), and the previously undefeated Cavaliers (81.900). Their 2007 production, "Winged Victory" has flown past their competition during the corps' last four shows, and looks to be getting stronger every night as seen on the score sheets. Although their 2007 production is in good shape right now, the corps, specifically the percussion ensemble, is constantly trying new things to make the show even better and more enjoyable. "We are really excited about the whole percussion section this year; the drum line as well as the front ensemble," said Scott Johnson, percussion caption head for the Blue Devils. "We are doing a lot of different things such as body movement with the battery, which we've done in the past but not to this extent. I like to keep trying to push the envelope a little bit by trying a lot of different moves, tambers and sounds in the front ensemble." The Cavaliers have not lost a contest since July 11, 2006 in Mankato, Minn., where they scored 85.225 against the Blue Devils' 86.875. "It was a really good show for us tonight," said Blue Devils color guard captain, Janelle Yuen. "There were a lot more people in the audience than we're used to, and it was great to show them what we had. Tonight was the color guard's first time in full uniform, so the audience got a first look at our bird-like imagery throughout the show." Also performing tonight in Kalamazoo were the Glassmen (73.60), Cascades (69.05), Troopers (68.20), Colt Cadets (57.70) and Memphis Sound (66.50). The victorious Blue Devils will now continue their tour through the Midwest as they work to improve on tonight's performance. As no Division I corps now remains undefeated during the 2007 Summer Music Games Tour, the journey to Rose Bowl Stadium will undoubtedly be filled with excitement and suspense.

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