2012 DCI World Class Championship Results

1. 98.70 – Blue Devils
2. 97.65 – Carolina Crown
3. 96.55 – Phantom Regiment
4. 95.05 – Cadets
5. 94.45 – Santa Clara Vanguard
6. 92.55 – Bluecoats
7. 89.10 – Boston Crusaders
8. 88.85 – Cavaliers
9. 88.00 – Madison Scouts
10. 86.70 – Blue Knights
11. 84.40 – Spirit of Atlanta
12. 84.00 – Crossmen

Jim Jones Leadership Award – Shawn Phalen – Madison Scouts
George Zingali Best Colorguard – Blue Devils
John Brazale Best Visual – (tie) Blue Devils/Carolina Crown
Jim Ott Best Brass – Carolina Crown
Fred Sanford Best Percussion – Blue Devils
Don Angelica Best General Effect – Blue Devils

Show Review

LIVE FROM THE STANDS Coverage of 2012 DCI Championships TONIGHT!

I am sitting in the press box of Lucas Oil Stadium as I write this as, in about 2 1/2 hours, the top 12 junior drum and bugle corps in the world meet one last time to compete for the title of Drum Corps International World Champion in 2012. I will be giving you Live From the Stands coverage on Drum Corps Planet so be sure to watch the discussion thread here for all the updates.

My view:

Marching Arts Show Review

2010 Cavaliers Show Review

Show Theme:
Mad World – Fight It or Embrace It

Show Music (from
Mad World by Orazbal, Roland
Harrison’s Dream by Grahm, Peter
Dismantling Utopia by Metheny, Pat
Smile by Chaplin, Charlie

The 2010 Blue Devils’ and Cavaliers’ shows, at first glance, seem to occupy two totally different places in the hearts of the average DCI fan. On the one hand, the discordant, cerebral, and prop filled BD show seemed to have a difficult time making an emotional connection to the majority of fans in the stands. If they did connect, it was sometimes in a negative manner, as some fans questioned the path the Devils took this past season. On the other hand, the Cavaliers were a fan favorite in 2010, and took on the role of dark horse, making a late season surge into championship contention, riding the waves of roaring crowd applause. A closer look, however, shows that both shows had similarities, as well. Both shows featured ballads that were twisted from their original arrangement. Both shows also featured stabbing discordant musical moments. On the visual side of the equation, both shows exhibited two of the best visual designs of the year. Ironically, both shows started the season as shows I didn’t care for, yet came to understand and cheer for by Finals.