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Bluecoats hold slim margin in Kentucky
Bluecoats perform Saturday, July 9 in Alexandria, Kentucky.Photo by: Drum Corps International

Bluecoats hold slim margin in Kentucky

by Andrea Neff

Outperforming everyone they’ve faced to date on the DCI Tour, the Bluecoats may have a new threat on the horizon after tight competition in Alexandria, Kentucky on Saturday.

The hills were alive with the sound of drum corps as the stage was set at DCI Kentucky presented by DeMoulin Brothers. Skills were put to the test, and corps members were reminded that every moment counts.

Bluecoats held onto its undefeated streak, just barely sliding into first place at Campbell County High School with a score of 83.300. Carolina Crown (2nd, 83.125) broke 80 points for the first time this season while pulling within 0.175 points of the Ohio corps.


Carolina Crown

Bluecoats drum major Samuel Crawford said his corps is looking forward to the additional competition, especially as they get ready to meet Carolina Crown again as well as fellow undefeated corps the Blue Devils on Sunday in DeKalb, Illinois.

“It’s tempting to think about how we’re going to get scored and how we’re going to stack up to [all the competing corps], but I feel like nothing can really stop our positivity,” Crawford, said. “Even though we want to do the best we can, our biggest competition really is ourselves.”

The Cadets’ scoring may not be as definitive as its marble, statue-like props, but the corps continues to improve. Tonight's score of 80.900 was just five tenths of a point less than its performance last night in Huntsville.

“This show is very hard and very different than what we’re used to [from years past],” Cadets drum major Kendall Stevenson said. “And with that comes a lot of growth, but they’ve been handling [changes] super well.”

Coming in fourth place (74.375) was the Crossmen, improving nearly a point from Huntsville while performing original works this season by staff composer Andrew Markworth.


Boston Crusaders

The Boston Crusaders finished fifth with a score of 71.725 points and will now hit the road for their next performance on July 18 in El Dorado, Kansas.

Although not on home turf again until July 30 when the DCI Tour returns to the Georgia Dome, Spirit of Atlanta members brought a little piece of home with them while performing their program “Georgia,” and taking sixth place (65.700).

The debut of the show’s new closer went off without a hitch in Kentucky. Spirit drum major Collin Rishell said: “The corps has done a great job of picking up the changes and really performing them like they’re not changes.”

A seventh-place finish from Jersey Surf (61.200) rounded out the World Class competition.

As the sole representatives of DCI’s All-Age division, Cincinnati Tradition competed in its third performance of the season Saturday. The corps received a score of 55.900, compared to its only other scored performance (48.000) on June 27 in Dublin, Ohio.

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