From the Carolina Crown Web site:

Carolina Crown hosted its 20th annual NightBEAT competition in Charlotte, N.C. on Sunday, July 15. The CrownEvents committee, who puts on the show each year, decided to give fans a special opportunity to experience the event first-hand.

"Why not involve selected fans in the presentation of medals and the announcement of scores?" writes Carolina Crown staff writer Gwen Tant. "For those fans that might not have ever marched drum corps, getting a chance to be 'on the field' sounded like a fun experience that we could provide."

Longtime Drum Corps International broadcaster Steve Rondinaro also was recognized at the event and received an award for 10 years of service as the show's announcer and emcee.