Drum Corps International
Recap Roundup: Open Class World Championship Finals

Recap Roundup: Open Class World Championship Finals

by Michael Boo

The Drum Corps International Open Class World Championship Finals on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, featured the top 12 corps from Monday night's Prelims in competition, joined by the Blue Saints and Les Stentors in exhibition. The competing corps returned to the welcoming confines of Ames Field in Michigan City, Ind. – the fifth time Open Class Championship events have been held in the Northwest Indiana locale. In the caption awards, Best Percussion was won by Blue Devils B, Best Color Guard went to Spartans, and Oregon Crusaders took Best Brass Performance, Best Visual Performance and Best General Effect. When looking at the recap, scores of the Visual Effect and Music Effect captions are counted for full value, but the scores of the three Visual and three Music captions are divided in half before being added to the final score, since each of those six judges scores on a scale up to 20.0 max. All Open Class corps now head to Indianapolis, where they will compete head to head with all the World Class corps at the DCI World Championship Prelims on Thursday. Those corps that place among the top-25 will compete on Friday at the Semifinals. View the complete recap of scores from this event. Oregon Crusaders (1st-95.25) won both Visual Effect and Music Effect, earning a 0.80 spread over Blue Devils B and a 0.90 spread over Vanguard Cadets. Both those spreads were counted in full in the final score. Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis, Brass and Music Analysis also placed 1st. Color Guard was 3rd, but only 0.20 under BDB. Percussion was also 3rd, a large spread of 0.90 under BDB. The corps also won Total Visual by 0.55 over BDB and Vanguard Cadets, and 0.20 over Spartans. Total Music was 2nd to BDB by only 0.05. Blue Devils B (2nd-93.85) won Percussion by 0.30 over Vanguard Cadets and 0.90 over OC. Visual Effect, Visual Proficiency, and Music Analysis all took 2nd to OC. Color Guard took 2nd to Spartans, but was only 0.20 above OC. Music Effect was 3rd to OC, as was Brass. Visual Analysis finished in 4th, 0.70 down to OC. The corps was 3rd in Total Effect and Total Visual, but 1st in Total Music by 0.05, despite that 2nd place finish in Music Analysis and 3rd place finish in Brass, due to that 0.90 spread in Percussion over OC. Vanguard Cadets (3rd-93.80) was 2nd in Music Effect, 0.30 under OC; 2nd in Visual Analysis, 0.10 under OC; 2nd in Brass, 0.30 under OC; and 2nd in Percussion, 0.30 under BDB. Visual Effect was 3rd, 0.30 under OC, as was Music Analysis, 0.50 under OC. Visual Proficiency finished in 4th, 0.80 under OC and Color Guard also finished 4th, 0.70 under Spartans. The corps finished 0.10 above BDB in Total Effect and tied BDB for 2nd in Total Visual. The loss to BDB by 0.05 was due to a 0.15 deficiency in Total Music. Spartans (4th-91.15) won Color Guard by 0.40 over Blue Devils B and was 3rd in the remaining Visual captions, Proficiency and Analysis. Percussion was 5th, 1.7 under BDB. The remaining four captions all placed in 4th. 7th Regiment (5th-86.35) placed 5th in Visual Effect, Visual Analysis and Color Guard, 6th in Music Effect and Music Analysis, and 9th in Visual Proficiency, Brass and Percussion. Genesis (6th-85.50) took 4th in Percussion, 5th in Music Effect, Brass and Music Analysis, 6th in Visual Effect, 8th in Visual Proficiency and Analysis and 10th in Color Guard. Gold (7th-84.30) was 6th in Visual Proficiency and Color Guard, 7th in Music Effect and Visual Analysis, 8th in all three Music captions (Brass, Analysis and Percussion) and 9th in Visual Effect. Legends (8th-83.95) was 5th in Visual Proficiency, 6th in Visual Analysis, 7th in Brass and Music Analysis, 8th in Music Effect and Color Guard, and 10th in Visual Effect and Percussion. Music City (9th-83.85) placed 6th in Brass and Percussion, 7th in Visual Proficiency and Color Guard, 8th in Visual Effect, and 9th in Music Effect, Visual Analysis and Music Analysis. Raiders (10th-82.00) placed 7th in Visual Effect and Percussion, 11th in Visual Proficiency and Color Guard and 10th in the remaining four captions. Revolution (11th-78.50) was 9th in Color Guard, 10th in Visual Proficiency, 12th in Visual Effect and 11th in the remaining five captions. Colt Cadets (12th-75.40) took 11th in Visual Effect and 12th in the seven remaining captions. Read more about this event. View a complete schedule of World Championship events.