In front of 26,000 screaming fans, The Cavaliers earned a 99.15 to win the corps' fifth Drum Corps International Division I World Championship. The Green Machine hit on all cylinders to earn a record high score and end the season undefeated. The corps won all captions except Music Percussion, in which it placed third. The Cavaliers took perfect scores in General Effect Visual, Colorguard, and Music Ensemble. The corps also won the Jim Ott Best Brass Award, the Best Visual Performance Award, the Don Angelica Award for Best Overall General Effect, and the George Zingali Best Colorguard Award.Blue Devils (2nd place-97.30) took second in six of the eight captions; General Effect Visual, all three Visual captions, Music Brass and Music Ensemble. The corps sold its charming Jazz—Made in America to a continually delighted audience. The Cadets (3rd place-96.75) won Music Percussion and took second in Visual Performance, adding for Finals a tribute to the firemen of New York City at the very end of its show, mirroring backfield the Iwo Jima re-creation at the front of the field.The corps also won the Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance and the Division I Spirit of Disney Award. In addition, Drum Major Josh Phillips won the Jim Jones Leadership Award.Santa Clara Vanguard (4th place-95.65) took second in Music Percussion and third in Visual Performance and Music Ensemble, it's homage to Sound, Shape and Color mesmerizing and powerful.Boston Crusaders (tie 5th place-92.40) duplicated its highest placement ever from two years ago, sharing the placement and score with Phantom Regiment.Bluecoats (7th place-91.50) opened a slight spread over its friendly cross-state rival Glassmen (8th place-91.00), which took fifth place in colorguard. Crossmen (9th place-89.10) took the rhythms of jazz to new heights, with the highest placement a sixth place in Music Percussion.The next three corps were new to Finals this year from last year's line-up. Spirit of JSU (10th place-85.45) was warmly welcomed back to Division I Finals for the first time since 1990. Magic of Orlando (11th place-84.85) ended the season on a high note after performing all six nights in Madison. Seattle Cascades (12th place-84.05) played in front of its largest audience ever. It's amazing to remember that the corps was in Division III just two years ago.The evening of festivities included exhibitions by International Division Champion Taipei Yuehfu, Division III Champion Revolution, a travelogue through the hits of one of DCI's most beloved drum corps by the Santa Clara Vanguard Alumni Corps, and two stirring sets by the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.We hope you'll join us in Orlando next year for the next Drum Corps International World Championships. Let's see if the corps can top the phenomenal quality of this year's offerings.
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