A Cavalcade of Brass

It’s considered the major league of marching music. Drum Corps International (DCI) has 23 world-class member teams who compete, just as professional baseball teams would. The average age for men and women in the corps is 20 years old.

North Central College was host to the 27th Annual Cavalcade of Brass on July 11, put on by the Cavaliers of Rosemont, IL. The Cavaliers are currently ranked number 5 in the league, with an average score of 86.8 points out of 100. The Blue Devils from Concord, CA rank first with an average score of 88.2 points. The Cavaliers were the highest ranked team at the cavalcade.

The Cavalcade of Brass was just another stop in the long list of summer competitions for DCI. 8 teams made the journey to compete. The Classic Cavaliers, a group of elder Cavalier alumni, performed an exhibition.

It was looking to be an intense competition until rain and lightning forced the show onto the Al Carius indoor track. It was to be performed as a standstill unfit to officially judge. 4 out of the 8 teams decided not to perform and left the grounds. Fans who made the long trip from neighboring states to pay for tickets and be forced to sit on the field house floor weren’t too happy at first.

However, once inside and the performances started up again, the people’s mood changed for the better. For those who heard DCI music for the first time, the experience was an ear opener.

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