Drum Corps Competition Entertained Thousands at Alabama A&M on Saturday Evening

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Normal, Ala. (WHNT) – More than 3,000 people packed the stands at Louis Crews Stadium on the campus of Alabama A&M University on Saturday evening to watch and listen to the musical performances of more than a dozen squads competing in the Drum Corps International (DCI) event.

DCI, also referred to as Marching Music’s Major League, is the world leader in producing events for the most elite and exclusive marching bands for student musicians and performers. DCI North Alabama is just one in a series of more than 100 competitive events. These events are part of Drum Corps International‘s national summer tour which is held from June through mid-August.

The weather was perfect.  Mild temperatures for late July certainly helped the turnout.  WHNT News 19 meteorologist Jennifer Watson says the temperature at 7:00 p.m. was around 81°.  By 11:00 p.m., the temperature had cooled to around 72°.

The performances were a combination of traditional marching band music, percussive drum beats and flag twirling while also blending many theatrical elements featuring interpretive dancing, elaborate props and unique costumes.

The drum corps competition scores were:

World Class:

  1. Madison Scouts (Madison, WI) – 85.95
  2. Boston Crusaders (Boston, MA) – 84.200
  3. Blue Knights (Denver, CO) – 83.600
  4. Spirit of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) – 82.150
  5. Blue Stars (LaCrosse, WI) – 81.400
  6. Crossmen (San Antonio, TX) – 79.900
  7. Troopers (Casper, WY) – 78.850
  8. Colts (Dubuque, IA) – 77.200
  9. Pacific Crest (Diamond Bar, CA) – 76.200
  10. Oregon Crusaders (Portland, OR) – 75.300
  11. The Academy (Tempe, AZ) – 74.850
  12. Jersey Surf (Camden County, NJ) – 72.100
  13. Cascades (Seattle, WA) -70.050
  14. Pioneer (Milwaukee, WI) – 69.700

Open Class:

  1. Music City (Nashville, TN) – 82.100