Twenty-two drum corps performed at Pasadena City College's Robinson Stadium today for the Drum Corps International World Championship Division II & III Prelims competition presented by A.J.Wright. Jersey Surf (93.750) won the Division II competition, barely edging past the Spartans (93.700) and members of Memphis Sound (90.975) won the Division III competition maintaining their lead ahead of Fever (88.025). This is the first season Jersey Surf has been on top of the prelims competition and the entire corps was very pleased with tonight's performance. They're very excited to compete in the World Championships and will continue to refine their show looking for the chance to capture their first championship title. "The show we performed today was probably the best performance of my entire life," said 21-year-old Jersey Surf mellophone player Andy Johnson. "I can't wait to see what we do in the next few days left in the season." Memphis Sound also is looking forward to the two remaining competitions as they lead the Division III crowd and possibly make their way to their first championship title as well.
"We've put a show out there that is second to none and we nailed it today in our performance," said 22-year-old Memphis Sound tenor drummer Will McAlister. "Everyone is feeling really good right now; it's an incredible feeling to perform at the World Championships. I know in only a few days this is going to be my last time to ever do this again so I'm really milking it for all it's worth." Also performing at today's competition in Division II were Teal Sound (89.900), Blue Devils B (87.800), Vanguard Cadets (85.800) and Raiders (80.075). In the Division III competition were Revolution (83.325), Dutch Boy (81.850), Oregon Crusaders (79.075), Impulse (78.225), Velvet Knights (75.975), Mystikal (75.525), Gold (74.225), Citations (74.025), Spokane Thunder (73.550), HYPE (70.575), Racine Scouts (66.175), Spirit of Newark / New Jersey (64.150) and Blue Devils C (62.400). The Yokohama Scouts (85.650) also competed in the International Division. The top-scoring corps in today's event will now prepare for the Division II & III Semifinals on Friday, Aug. 10 again at Pasadena City College's Robinson Stadium.