The Cadets
High Scores

World Class: The Cadets (76.05), June 21, Akron, OH, and Blue Devils (76.05), June 22, Sacramento, CA

Open Class:
Vanguard Cadets (56.10), June 22, Sacramento, CA

High Caption Scores

World Class:
Brass: Blue Devils (15.4), June 22, Sacramento, CA
Percussion: Bluecoats and The Cavaliers (16.6), June 21, Akron, OH
Color Guard: Blue Devils (15.5), June 22, Sacramento, CA

Open Class:
Brass: Blue Devils B (11.0), June 22, Sacramento, CA
Percussion: Blue Devils B (12.9), June 22, Sacramento, CA
Color Guard: Vanguard Cadets (11.5), June 21, Stanford, CA

Storylines to Watch

The Cavaliers
First performance jitters: The first recorded scores of 2014 for last year's finalists tended to trend below where they finished on their first night of competition in 2013. The following numbers indicate the points above or below a corps' first performance of the season this year compared to last: Carolina Crown (-2.4), Blue Devils (-1.15), The Cadets (-2.0), Santa Clara Vanguard (-1.0), Bluecoats (+2.8), Phantom Regiment (-3.0), The Cavaliers (+.06), Boston Crusaders (+2.1), Madison Scouts (-2.5), Blue Knights (-0.65), Spirit of Atlanta (-5.2), Blue Stars (+0.7).

Percussion pointers: Santa Clara Vanguard's percussion section finished on top in all three of its competitions last week. It was the only caption that the Blue Devils didn't win outright at those events. Back in the Midwest the percussion caption has been up for grabs. The Cadets took top honors in Indianapolis on June 18. In Akron, Ohio on June 21, the Bluecoats and Cavaliers tied for first, which put the Cadets third, Phantom Regiment fourth and Carolina Crown fifth in percussion. On June 22 in Bowling Green, Ohio, Carolina Crown went ahead of the Cadets by a tenth of a point.

Why so low? Many may wonder why scores for Open Class corps look lower to start this season than they did last. This past winter, Open Class groups voted on and unanimously supported the decision to utilize the same scoring system as World Class units throughout the entire summer. Previously this was only the case starting with the World Championships in August.

BAC (Bay Area Competitors): The defending Open Class World Champion Vanguard Cadets finished ahead of Blue Devils B to kick off their season on June 20 in Clovis, California. That's the first time since 2008 that the Vanguard Cadets have finished ahead of Blue Devils B in the first event of the season.

Midwestern rivalry: In their first matchup of the season on June 21 in Akron, Bluecoats finished 0.75 ahead of Phantom Regiment. In 2013, Phantom Regiment bested the Bluecoats 19 of the 25 times the corps met each other. It wasn't until the last week of the season last summer that the Bluecoats pulled ahead of the Rockford corps for good.

Who's got Spirit? After narrowly missing the 12th spot in the 2013 DCI World Championship Finals by 15 hundredths of point, Troopers are showing early signs that they're aiming for a spot in the 2014 Finals. The Wyoming corps finished eight tenths of a point ahead of Spirit on June 20 in Rockford, Illinois. Prior to Friday's event, the corps hadn't beat the Atlanta corps since July 21, 2011. However, the Blue Stars, who were just ahead of the Troopers in 2013, finished 2.7 points ahead of the Troop last week in Rockford.

Stepping up to the plate: As the 2014 Drum Corps International Tour marches into its first full week of competition, corps that will be making their first performances of the season include: The Academy (June 26, Mesa, AZ), City Sound (June 26, Mesa, AZ), Impulse (June 27, Oceanside, CA), Gold (June 27, Oceanside, CA), Watchmen (June 27, Oceanside, CA), Incognito (June 27, Oceanside, CA), 7th Regiment (June 28, Jackson, NJ), Raiders (June 28, Jackson, NJ), Racine Scouts (June 28, Madison, WI), Spartans (June 29, Lawrence, MA). Upcoming Events

TroopersThe 2014 Drum Corps International Tour
Wednesday, June 18 through Sunday, June 22