The Reading Buccaneers were on top again as the world’s best all-age drum and bugle corps competed at the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) World Championships over Labor Day Weekend in Rochester, New York.
The corps from Pennsylvania sailed through the Prelims and Finals competitions held at Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6, finishing more than a point ahead of the nearest competition with a final score of 97.580.
The Bucs, who have been nearly untouchable in recent years including this season's undefeated run, have now won the DCA Open Class World Championship title for four years in a row and a total of nine times in the last 10 years.
Congrats to the 2015 DCA World Champion Reading Buccaneers! A great performance across the board from ALL corps' !!!! pic.twitter.com/T5BENzUoxI— Reading Buccaneers (@RdgBuccaneers) September 7, 2015
With a late-season surge to the top, members of Cadets 2 of Allentown, Pennsylvania, found themselves in a spot they’ve never been in before on Sunday, finishing in second place behind the Buccaneers with a score of 96.330.
One of the newest corps on the Drum Corps Associates circuit, Cadets 2—a corps that is run as part of Youth Education in the Arts, the parent organization of Drum Corps International’s Cadets—has attended the DCA World Championship just three other years, finishing in fifth place each time. In addition to its highest finish ever on Sunday, the corps also won caption awards for Best Visual and Best Color Guard, which is a section of the corps that director George Hopkins was especially proud of.
"The Cadets 2 members were spectacular with a special shout out to the (color) guard—a tremendous performance. It's been thrilling to be a part of this ride,” Hopkins said.
Finishing just five-hundredths of a point away from the Buccaneers on August 15 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Hawthorne Caballeros had to settle for fourth place (94.880) in Rochester after falling behind members of Minnesota Brass who finished in third place with a score of 95.400.
Class A competition this year was dominated by the Govenaires who took first place with a score of 82.450. That kept the corps from St. Peter, Minnesota more than two points ahead of the nearest competition which included Alliance (2nd, 80.380), the Kilties (3rd, 74.280) and Cincinnati Tradition (4th, 73.650). 2015 marks the Govenaires' fourth Class A DCA title after previous wins in 2006, 2009 and 2011.
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