Here is a complete rundown of yesterday's news stories from Camp Randall Stadium, starting with the final story posted last night and beginning with the first story of the morning:++++++Magic of OrlandoMadison, Wis. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – They are back! Magic of Orlando's performance this evening was truly spectacular. With a superbly mature color guard and horn line, the entire program appears nearly perfectly refined. With dignity the percussion was similarly impressive and will definitely warrant further consideration as the week continues. (I can't wait to see them again tomorrow night!) Magic of Orlando competition score was 97.35.Capital RegimentMadison, Wis. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Capital Regiment has really evolved over the last few years. This mature and focused corps began their show through a linear visual and musical opening sequence that builds to an incredibly powerful and beautifully passionate resolve. Utilizing the entire field, you have to admire the strength and spirit presented here. Both visually articulate and musically proficient, the Capital Regiment will be one to watch as the week of Drum Corps International World Championships evolves. Capital Regiment's competition score was 94.8.MandarinsMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Mandarins scored 94.3 here in Madison tonight.Vanguard CadetsMadison, Wis. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Vanguard Cadets of Santa Clara, Calif., entered the stadium this evening with style and understated grace. As the show begins, the color guard winds up along with support from the horn line and the corps explodes within the first 15 seconds of the show. This year's corps superbly provides the visual feast so expected from Santa Clara. The emotional sculpture presented this evening by the Vanguard Cadets makes for a perfect opening to a week of World Championship performances. Vanguard Cadets competition score was 92.75.RevolutionMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Opening their performance with an intensely articulated horn line and battery, Revolution from San Antonio, Texas, has arrived in Madison thoroughly prepared. The strong, bold contrast of the color guard silks added to the dramatic melodies of the corps second number which later featured a highly skilled rifle ensemble. The color guard's eloquent saber work completed the second number and introduced the final piece with nearly flawless perfection. The setting sunlight entered the stadium as the sabers and flags executed a spectacular toss bringing sincere appreciation from the crowd. A great performance here tonight presented by Revolution. Revolution's competition score was 89.05.East Coast JazzMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Wow! What an impressive sound from this established unit. From Malden Massachusetts, East Coast Jazz has completed their preliminary performance with power and precision, adding another level of success to their history. East Coast Jazz's competition score was 87.5.PatriotsMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Patriots of Rochester, N.Y., scored an 88.8 tonight here in Madison.Tim Popek, a 19-year-old pit member from Hamilton, Ontarion, Canada, said, "WE all just had a really energetic and good show. It's been a fun season."EsperanzaMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Esperanza of San Diego scored an 89.2 in Madison tonight.Esperanza's show consist of "Shadows of the Empire" by Joel McNeely, "The Crystal Chamber" by James Newton, "Cantata" (from Alexander Nevsky) by Sergei Prokfiev and "Destruction of Xizor's Palace" by Joel McNeely.Taipei YuefuMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Taipei, Taiwan's Taipei Yuefu turned in a strong performance early this evening in Madison, scoring 85.85. Allen Li, 21, a snare drummer, said "Even though this is our first year in competition, we are all doing pretty well." Li said that sleeping on gym floors and the difficulties of doing laundry on the road makes touring a challenge, but he also added, "Everything is worth it. Seeing the audience makes it all worth it."Taipei's drum major demonstrated a unique ability to fluidly conduct a difficult Hemiola musical passage (a musical rhythmic alteration consisting of three beats in place of two or two beats in place of three).Capital SoundMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Hometown favorites Capital Sound scored an 84.5 here this afternoon, turning in an 84.5 and turning on their friends and relatives with their 2002 show, "A Momentary Lapse of Reason." The show, which features the music of Elton John and Pink Floyd, also showcased the guard wrapped in mysterious, stretchable, rubberlike body suits.AmericanosMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Americanos of Menasha, Wis., dangled a giant, star-shaped prop resembling a Christmas tree ornament this afternoon, and their program began with a chime riff that sounded like church bells. The Americanos scored 82.8.The Americanos' 2002 Production of "Polaris" is an adaptation of "La Fiesta Mexicana" composed by H. Owen Reed, with additional score elements from "Symphonic Dances number 3" by Clifton Williams, according to the corps' Web site.YamatoMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Yamato of Osaka, Japan and Riverside, Calif., performed "Symphonic Dances" here this afternoon just as the wind picked up. The gusts, which knocked down one of the corps' orange boxy props, didn't affect the corps' score, however - they came up with an 84.7.Marion Glory CadetsMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Marion Glory Cadets of Marion, Ohio, set up six frames of various colors around the field to begin their "Primary Colors" show this afternoon. The corps went on to score 84.15.At one point half of the brass section was centered in a light-blue frame on the 50-yard line. The corps handled the difficult "Symphonic Metamorphosis" with particular ease. "My season has been going great. 'm happy I can end on a good note, this experience has been great," said guard member Heath Richey, 21, of Dayton, Ohio.The 2001 Marion Glory Cadets guard was voted best color guard at Drum Corps Midwest, and the guard performed barefoot this evening.Jersey SurfMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Jersey Surf brought a drum corps classic to life this afternoon with their rendition of "West Side Story" entitled "Our Side of the Story." The corps scored 86.2.The Berlin, N.J.-based corps, decked out in casual denim, set up their pit percussion on the right side of field to begin the show. Eight blue and black portable stages we set up in the backfield, and the guard -- wearing orange, purple and red wigs -- danced on these platforms at one point. At one point the corps broke into "On Wisconsin." This was the most energetic show we've ever performed," said Lara Parizman, 20, a pit member frm East Brunswick, N.J.The Surf is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year.Allegiance EliteMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Allegiance Elite of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, turned in a strong performance this afternoon, scoring an 82.5."This season's been unreal. Today was a very good finish to what we've been able to accomplish this year," said Andrew Parker, 17, of Alberta, Canada. The Allegiance Elite is the defending Canadian Division II champion.Lehigh Valley KnightsMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Lehigh Valley Knights of Allentown, Pa., enthusiastically presented their "Reflections from Earth" program this afternoon and earned an 80.15.The Knights began their show with the corps singing, backed by pit instruments in a nicely understated introduction.ImpulseMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Impulse from Buena Park, Calif., put on an entertaining, eclectic performance that included an appearance by a Lucille Ball imitator and snatches of the pop instrumental "Tequila." The performance earned the Impulse an 81.05.The Impulse percussion section turned in an inspired performance, and the show closed with the Lucille Ball imitator taking the podium to conduct a brief coda. The corps then retreated by scattering into the south end zone.RaidersMadison, Wis., DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Raiders of Hillsdale, N.J., performed a Russian-themed program this afternoon, earning a 78.35 as well as enthusiastic applause from the audience.Scenic CityMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries –Scenic City's tribute to Chicago earned them a 76.85 this afternoon. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based corps employed streetlights and park benches in its program."This is the best show this season. Drum corps has been the best experience of my life," said Jeremy Thompson, 18, a Scenic City trumpet player from Chattanooga. PhoenixMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Phoenix, of Brick, N.J., earned a with an accessible, fun show that showcased guard dance moves and a jazzy "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy" as part of their on-field tribute to actress Bette Midler. The pit created some storm sound effects, and Mother Nature reacted -- the corps performed in a light drizzle here this afternoon.Teal SoundMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Teal Sound's contemporary, accessible performance here earned the Jacksonville, Fla.-based corps a 73.5. Teal Sound was corps director Mike Butler's conception in 1983 (when Butler was 17), although the corps did not become a competing reality until 1999. Their 2002 program features the music of the Dave Matthews band.Cadets of New York CityMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Cadets of New York City scored a 77.9 here today. Their energetic show drove the afternoon Madison audience to applause several times during the corps' performance. The Brooklyn-based corps began in 1993, and is run in association with the First Baptist Church of Brooklyn.Quebec AllianceMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Quebec Alliance scored 74.75 this afternoon in Madison, after displaying an arty show that incorporated the use of 10 mannequins dressed in Quebec Alliance uniforms. The corps began its program by singing, followed by a movement that had the corps marching toward the sidelines with their arms stretched out in a "V" shape." Later on the guard wielded sabers and used large, pink, fan-like flags.San Diego AllianceMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – San Diego Alliance scored a 72.6 here this afternoon. The pit quietly began the corps' program this afternoon, followed by a rousing horn interlude. The Alliance's guard wielded see-through flags at one point, and also wore black derby-style hats. This is the Alliance's third year of existence, and it is the Alliance's first appearance at championships.BandettesMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Bandettes, adorned with festive kilts, played "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music" just after noon today as part of their 2002 show, "Think Outside the Box." The Bandettes scored a 70.1, and their performance left the audience clapping along during the corps' closer. The Bandettes are the only all-girl corps in North America, and they are in their 39th year of existence.Bandette drum major Sandy Howe, 20, of Ontario, was pleased with the Bandettes' performance. "I thought it was fantastic. I thought it was the best show yet, and the girls had a lot of energy. They put their best out there," Howe said. Howe is in her ninth year with the corps, and will be aging out next summer. "I love Camp Randall! Madison is a drum corps town," Howe said.Les StentorsMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Les Stentors, of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, pulled off a 67.4 this morning.Dutch BoyMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Dutch Boy, from Canada, has fielded the biggest corps yet in this morning's competition. A very strong horn line accompanied by a very impressive color guard definitely helped this corps have a strong, aggressive and moving performance. Dutch Boy's preliminary competition score was 70.7Lake Erie RegimentMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Using large guard equipment and props the Lake Erie Regiment seemed to cover space on the field that no other corps to this point has touched. Performing the Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, the corps used body movement and the visual ensemble to enhance their performance. Lake Erie Regiment had a preliminary score of 70.40.StruttersMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – After taking the first scheduled intermission of the morning, we returned from the break with the performance of the Edmonton Strutters. A strong performance both musically and visually that featured a uniform change from the traditional white and green uniform top to black shirts. Edmonton Strutters scored 68.5 in the preliminary competition.TargetsMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Targets from Massachusetts entered the competition fielding the largest horn line thus far this morning (16), but had to work to balance the small drum line (3). This was accomplished rather well throughout their 2002 performance of Chuck Mangione... An Encore. Targets had a preliminary score of 58.50.Racine ScoutsMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – The Racine Scouts, fielding a rather small corps, added some new visual staff in the off-season and it seems to have paid off. Utilizing many aspects of movement and body helped this small corps pull off some big moments. The preliminary score for the Racine Scouts was 57.75.Spirit of NewarkMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – Spirit of Newark took the field with dew still lingering from the early morning start. Performing a sequel of last year's show (Music of Our Homelands) the program featured a very energized corps that at one point featured the horn line playing African drums and not horns. Preliminary score for Spirit of Newark was 57.40St. John'sMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – After a short hiatus from the Drum Corps International SUMMER MUSIC GAMES tour, St. John's has returned to the Division II/III scene. The visual ensemble was one of the largest we have seen yet this morning (about 12+). Their props and uniforms would seem very familiar to those who remember the St. John's of old. St. John's preliminary score is 59.20.Quest from BrooklynMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – As Quest from Brooklyn, NY took the field this morning the sun once again began to duck behind the clouds. The enthusiastic opening statement caught this small, but appreciative crowds attention. The dynamically controlled drum line throughout added a nice touch. Quest scored a 54.65 in preliminary competition.Decorah KiltiesMadison, WI. DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries – One word best describes the performance of the Decorah Kilties... energy! From the start to finish this drum corps was excited to perform and entertain. The preliminary score for the Decorah Kilties is a 48.15.Blue SaintsMadison, WI – DCI Division II & III World Championships Preliminaries - The Blue Saints have now arrived and completed their 2002 program featuring selections from "Pearl Harbor." In difference to the corps prior, the Blue Saints (some in costume rather than uniform) ended their program with subtlety rather than flare. The Blue Saints preliminary score was 38.15.KingsmenMadison, WI. As the Joliet Kingsmen finished their performance, which was culminated by the exciting and energetic closer, a slight haze has begun to form and some low-lying clouds have started to appear. No apparent weather problems, and quite nice temperatures for an early August day. The Kingsmen scored a 46.55.Citations(8:15 A.M. CT) Citations, the first corps of the morning, have just completed a very energetic performance in spite of the early morning step-off. Citations are celebrating an anniversary this season (their 35th) and have chosen selections from the corps past that were handled well by the marching members. The first score posted in DCI World Championship competition is 40.60.
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