Drum Corps International's top eight drum corps took the field at Middle Tennessee State University's Floyd Stadium Friday, July 13, for the annual Masters of the Summer Music Games major event. One of the very first and only a handful of times that all of these corps will see each other head-to-head before making their way to the West Coast over the next few weeks, corps were looking for one last chance to establish themselves before moving down the road. "This is a huge show," said the Blue Devils' color guard captain Janelle Yuen. "Because of its scope, a lot of people were calling this show 'DCI [World Championships] in July.' Everyone is here up against each for the first time together and it's pretty intense knowing all eight top competitors are here." Carolina Crown Drum Major Evan VanDoren also called tonight a big event for the corps. "Certainly it's an honor for us to be here among the elite of DCI," VanDoren said. "We're kind of one of the new guys, so it's great to be around all of these fine organizations and in front of this great crowd." As longtime Drum Corps International announcer Brandt Crocker revealed Murfreesboro's final placements, Blue Devils (87.675) captured the coveted "Masters" title, with the Cadets (87.575) in second and the Cavaliers (87.550) in third place. Phantom Regiment (86.325), Bluecoats (84.750), Santa Clara Vanguard (84.700), Carolina Crown (83.350) and Blue Knights (78.975) rounded out the remaining five top corps. "The corps had a really good performance tonight," said Yuen. "The energy was high and it was really fun performing with the top eight corps all together." All eight of these corps will have a chance to meet again tomorrow at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for Saturday's Coltrin & Associates DCI Southeastern Championship.
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