The 1984 Drum Corps International World Championships at Georgia Tech’s Grant Field were originally to be held at Miami’s Orange Bowl Stadium for the second year, but various factors led DCI to move the final week of the season to Atlanta without affecting the rest of the original schedule.
The Garfield Cadets’ title-winning “West Side Story” show led the corps to achieve 76 wins over two seasons in a row, a DCI record. It almost didn’t happen, though, as Blue Devils surged at the end and came within a tenth of a point of ending Garfield’s reign on the last night of the season.
Madison Scouts’ fifth-place show began with Victor Shoen’s “Ballet in Brass,” an opener the corps had performed in 1962, 1973, and 1974, and would also bring back in 1985 and 2001. Shoen was the music and orchestra director of “The Big Record” television series that was hosted by pop singer Patti Page and was sponsored by Oldsmobile. The production started with an extremely brief and relatively quiet chorale, then jumped into “The Fire and the Flame,” the most volatile, screaming segment from the suite.
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Michael Boo was a member of the Cavaliers from 1975-1977. He has written about the drum corps activity for more than a quarter century and serves as a staff writer for various Drum Corps International projects. Boo has written for numerous other publications and has published an honors-winning book on the history of figure skating.
As an accomplished composer, Boo holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music theory and composition. He resides in Chesterton, Indiana.