Ten drum corps took the field tonight at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. for the second and final night of the DCI Eastern Classic. The Blue Devils (86.475) won tonight's competition, breaking ahead of the Cavaliers (85.325) and the Bluecoats (84.750). The Blue Devils have been switching top positions with the Cavaliers during their last few meetings at Drum Corps International competitions, and even though the West Coast corps earned the highest score of the 2007 Summer Music Games to date tonight, they will continue to challenge themselves to make sure each upcoming performance is better than their last.
Also performing at tonight's competition were the Blue Knights (79.075), Colts (76.525), Glassmen (75.925), Blue Stars (73.800), Crossmen (72.775), Cascades (69.375) and Pioneer (65.025). Although the Blue Stars are only in their second season as a Division I corps in recent years, they are having a strong year with their 2007 program "Power and Grace," and remain confident that their season will only get stronger. "This year, our music and our show is a lot more challenging, and I think we've been rising to the occasion to perform the show we have been given," says Brandon Dooley, a tuba player for the Blue Stars. "Tonight was my best performance of the season so far, and I think the corps members are now starting to realize our full potential." The scores from this weekend's competitions also determined the corps lineup for this Friday's Masters of the Summer Music Games major event in Murfreesboro, Tenn. There the top eight drum corps of the season will face off yet again. See the lineup for the Masters of the Summer Music Games.