Three years removed, the Kidsgrove Scouts are once again Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) champions, winning the annual event in Widnes, England on Saturday, September 22.
With a final score of 86.800 out of 100 points, Kidsgrove manage to stay more than a point ahead of THE COMPANY Performance Ensemble (2nd, 85.550), ending the group’s three-year hold on Britain’s top spot.
In the process, the Scouts also laid claim to top marks on the judges’ sheets in Field Music, Ensemble Music, Overall Visual (including Color Guard), and Overall Effect. THE COMPANY’s strong lead in Percussion helped the corps from Derbyshire, England finish a tenth ahead in the Overall Music caption.
Posted by Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps on Saturday, September 22, 2018
Other DCUK finalists, Beeches Performance Ensemble (3rd, 77.300) and Cadence (4th, 75.750), finished in the same placements as they did in 2017, while East Coast Elite (5th, 72.800) managed to leapfrog Revolution (6th, 69.100) year over year by a margin of more than three and a half points.
In other competitive divisions, the Concord AllStars of Sheffield, England finished first in DCUK’s Junior Class, while the Vikings, the sole representative of Ireland at the event, finished atop the “A” Class.
Special moment: THE COMPANY Performance Ensemble challenged Concord Youth Music in a friendly DLB with the winner...Posted by DrumLine Battle on Sunday, September 23, 2018
Helping to round out the festivities, a DrumLine Battle event saw the Concord AllStars emerge victorious over Thurrock Marching Brass, with an additional bonus round featuring Concord and THE COMPANY allowing the winner to play all corps back onto the field for the finale of Saturday’s event.
The attention for a number of these DCUK units will now shift to this coming weekend, with corps traveling to the Netherlands for the Drum Corps Europe Championship (DCE) in Kerkrade on Saturday, September 29.
British corps have enjoyed tremendous success on the broader European stage, winning four of the last five DCE titles, including THE COMPANY in 2017, 2016 and 2014, and Kidsgrove Scouts in 2015.