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New closer fuels Crown in Muncie
Carolina Crown performs Friday, June 29 in Muncie, Indiana.Photo by: Drum Corps International

New closer fuels Crown in Muncie

by Jeff Griffith

MUNCIE, Ind. — Carolina Crown earned first place out of eight World Class corps at the DCI Central Indiana presented by Woodwind and Brasswind event, with a top score of 75.550 at Ball State University’s Scheumann Stadium.

Fresh off of several days’ rehearsal since its last performance, Crown led the way in most captions, with its biggest advantage coming in general effect after having added the final movement of its 2018 production “Beast.”

“We definitely improved on our closer because we just added it a couple nights ago and we performed it for the first time tonight,” drum major Elayna Youngson said. “It’s such a perfect ending to our show.”

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While The Cavaliers (2nd, 74.300) saw their deficit behind Crown nearly double from the two just over a week prior, the Green Machine still picked first-place finishes in the percussion and color guard captions.

Fellow Illinois corps Phantom Regiment (3rd, 69.750) also held a significant lead over Crossmen (4th, 67.950), an increase of more than 1.5 points from the gap that separated the two Saturday in Akron.

The San Antonio corps held a slim advantage over a familiar foe, edging the Blue Stars (5th, 67.750) in the first meeting of the two in 2018. Last season, Crossmen and Blue Stars spent almost the entire season separated by less than a point.

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“Every time I talk about the show it puts a smile on my face,” Crossmen drum major Randall Himes said. “I can’t put it into words, it’s awesome. We love it, the corps is just committing 100 percent to everything we need to do and I’d say tonight we really left it all on the field.”

Madison Scouts (6th, 64.850) saw a slight increase in its slim lead over the Colts (7th, 64.200), marking the second-straight meeting in which less than a point stood between the two corps.

For the Colts, Friday’s result continued the corps’ successful start to the season, remaining within striking distance of its Midwestern rival.

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“We’re loving the show,” Colts drum major Elijah Elmshaeuser said. “The corps has fallen in love with it, the programming and everything is just all falling into place very well.”

Genesis capped off the score sheet in eighth place with a score of 58.350, marking a three-point improvement from the corps’ individual score from this time a year ago.

Going forward, six of Friday’s corps will head to Lisle, Illinois for one of The Cavaliers’ home events, with Carolina Crown headed for Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Madison Scouts bound for La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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