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Recap Roundup: 2014 World Championship Finals

Recap Roundup: 2014 World Championship Finals

by Michael Boo





Here is a look at the scores awarded to the 12 corps competing at the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championship Finals, Saturday, Aug. 9.



There are two judges for GE 1, GE 2, and Percussion, with scores from each of those pairs of judges averaged together for the total caption score. The scores of the two Effect captions are counted for full value, but each of the scores of the three Visual captions (Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Color Guard) and three Music captions (Brass, Music Analysis and Percussion) are first divided in half, with each of those half scores added together for the Total Visual and Total Music scores.



Blue Devils set a record high score at the Finals competition, despite their score being a tenth behind tying a record during Friday's Semifinals. Blue Devils' Finals score of 99.650 smashed the previous record by 0.50, previously shared by the 2002 Cavaliers and the 2005 Cadets.



View a complete recap of scores from this event.



Blue Devils (1st, 99.650) once again took 1st in every caption except Percussion, in which the corps placed 2nd by 0.15. The corps achieved perfect scores in both General Effect captions, from all four GE judges, and also received perfect scores in all three Visual captions; Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Color Guard, after receiving 19.90 in each of those captions at the Semifinals. Brass received 19.80, Music Analysis 19.90, and Percussion 19.60.



Bluecoats (2nd, 97.175) achieved their highest placement ever by taking 2nd in both GE captions and Visual Analysis. Brass and Percussion each took 3rd, Visual Proficiency and Music Analysis 4th, and Color Guard 5th, down from 3rd in Semifinals. The corps' overall score was 0.30 over the Cadets, the corps that had taken 2nd in both Prelims and Semifinals.



In Semifinals, Bluecoats' spread over Cadets in GE was only a tenth. In Finals, the GE spread was 0.40, 0.10 more than the 0.30 total spread between the two corps. Bluecoats' deficit to the Cadets in the total of all three Visual captions was 0.20, and the corps' advantage in the three Music captions (Brass, Music Analysis and Percussion) was 0.10. Without GE, Bluecoats were 0.10 down to the Cadets. Add in the 0.40 advantage in GE, and the corps was 0.30 over the Cadets. Therefore, GE made all the difference in earning Bluecoats members their first silver medals.



The Cadets (3rd, 96.875) took 2nd in Visual Proficiency, Color Guard and Music Analysis, 3rd in both GE captions, and 4th in Visual Analysis, Brass and Percussion. The corps was just a tenth over SCV in both total GE and total Music, so it was the 0.60 advantage over SCV in total Visual that mostly put the corps 0.80 over SCV in the total score.



Santa Clara Vanguard (4th, 96.075) won Percussion by 0.15 over the Blue Devils. The corps finished 3rd in Visual Analysis and 4th in both GE captions. Visual Proficiency, Brass and Music Analysis all finished 5th, and Color Guard placed 6th.



Carolina Crown (5th, 95.675) was second in Brass by a tenth under the Blue Devils. Visual Proficiency, Color Guard and Music Analysis placed 3rd. The corps took 5th in both GE captions and Visual Analysis, and 7th in Percussion.



The Cavaliers (6th, 93.675) took 5th in Percussion, 6th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis, Brass and Music Analysis, and 7th in GE 2 and Color Guard.



Phantom Regiment (7th, 91.425) was 7th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Brass, 8th in GE 2 and Music Analysis, and 9th in Color Guard and Percussion.



The corps passed up Blue Knights by closing a 0.75 deficit in Total GE during the Semifinals to just 0.10 in the Finals. They also opened a 0.20 advantage in Total Visual during the Semifinals to 0.65 in the Finals. The corps' 0.275 advantage in Total Music during the Semifinals was cancelled out by Blue Knights' exact same advantage in the Finals.



Blue Knights (8th, 91.150) was 6th in GE 2 and Percussion, 7th in Music Analysis, 8th in GE 1 and Brass, 9th in Visual Analysis, and 10th in Visual Proficiency and Color Guard.



Blue Stars (9th, 89.600) soared to 4th in Color Guard after placing 6th in that caption in Semifinals and 8th in Prelims. Percussion finished in 8th, GE 2, Visual Proficiency and Music Analysis in 9th, GE 1 and Visual Analysis 10th, and Brass 11th.



Boston Crusaders (10th, 88.950) was 8th in all three Visual captions (Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Color Guard), 9th in GE 1, 10th in Brass and Percussion, and 11th in GE 2 and Music Analysis.



Madison Scouts (11th, 87.575) was 9th in Brass, 10th in GE 2 and Brass, 11th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency and Percussion, and 12th in Visual Analysis and Color Guard.



Crossmen (12th, 86.225) was 11th in Visual Analysis and Color Guard and 12th in all six other captions.



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