The Reading (Pa.) Buccaneers sailed away from Rochester, N.Y. after Labor Day Weekend with a record fifth straight win at the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) World Championships. The corps defeated 24 other competing all-age corps during the annual series, capping off their strong finish with a score of 99.025, the highest in DCA Championship history.
"This is a very special drum corps," Buccaneers director James Gruber said in a post on the corps' Web site. "We're proud to bring the world championship back home to Reading. It was an incredible pair of performances under very difficult circumstances."
After their victory on Sunday, the Buccaneers can tout an undefeated streak of 47 consecutive victories over five seasons. The corps is now tied with the Hawthorne Caballeros for the most DCA World Championship titles of all time with nine.
Members of the Minnesota Brass of St. Paul helped pull off the organization's best finish ever with a score of 97.588 that was good enough for a second place finish. The hometown Empire Statesmen of Rochester took third with a score of 96.200.
In Class A competition, the Govenaires of St. Peter, Minn. captured first place over three other finalist corps with a score of 82.400.
View a recap of all DCA Championship scores at DCAcorps.org.
Read more about the Buccaneers' accomplishments at ReadingBuccaneers.org.