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The Cadets in California?

The Cadets in California?

by Drum Corps International

That's right drum corps fans, The Cadets have flown across country to perform in a string of California shows. The Cadets joined 11 other corps last night to perform at the 23rd Annual Moonlight Classic in Stockton, California.

The Division III corps, Southern Oregon Crusaders, opened up the evening with their show, "Sounds of 'Fantasia 2000'." They fired up the Moonlight Classic crowd with Stravinsky's, "Firebird Suite," and the took home the Division III gold medal.

Esperanza, from San Diego, California, maneuvered through the many different meters in the David Holsinger pieces, "Liturgical Dances" and "On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason."

Impulse brought their Southern California charm with last tonight. During their 60-second warm-up, members of the corps coaxed the audience into doing, "The Wave." Followed by a string of cheers, laughs and looks of amazement, the Impulse brought the crowd to life with their "South Pacific Extravaganza."

Last night's bronze medal for Division II was awarded to the Blue Devils B corps. Their repertoire, "Dance Movements," was truly a mesmerizing suite enhanced with their wonderful use of colors and tempos.

The Vanguard Cadets opened their show with a very dynamic performance of Charles Rochester Young's, "Tempered Steel."

The 2001 Moonlight Classic Division II gold medallist was the Mandarins, from Sacramento, Ca. They invigorated the audience with their show, "Festival of Music."

The Blue Knights, from Denver Colorado, painted a splash of color to the Moonlight Classic with the musical and visual romp, of their 2001 show, "Blue Toons." The color guard swirled the field with their vividly hand-painted uniforms and flags, while the rest of the corps put an exclamation mark on what could be the corps most entertaining production ever, Hanna and Barbera's, "Johnny Quest Theme."

Yes, the rumor is true. The Cadets performed their electrifying show, "Juxtaperformance" in Stockton, California last night. The corps had the whole crowd tapping their feet to the swinging sounds of Van Morrison's, "Moondance." Their closer, "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs," was a frenzied barrage of music and motion that can only be The Cadets. The corps was the Division I bronze medallist.

The Santa Clara Vanguard, last night's silver medallist, drew the crowd to the edge of their chairs with a few sets of silent drill. It wasn't long before the crowd was blown back by the corps first piece, "Alarm." This is just the beginning to Vanguard's wild ride through their show, "New Era Metropolis."

The 23rd Annual Moonlight Classic champion was the Blue Devils, from Concord, Ca. The Blue Devils brought down the house with their massive jazz sound and vibrant colors. Their production, "Awayday Blue," turned the crowd inside-out with a multitude of moods and melodies.

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