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Owasso Drumline Snare Cam

For the last home football game before BOA Grand Nationals, we hooked up a GoPro HD Hero camera to the carrier of one of the snare drummers. Here is the end result:

The Cadets Win the 2011 DCI World Championship

DCI 2011 World Championships


In a tight race to the finish, The Cadets win the 2011 DCI World Championship with a Final Score of 98.35. The Cadets swept the GE caption with 1st place finishes in all subcaptions, won the Music Ensemble subcaption and tied the Blue Devils for the overall Music Caption. The Blue Devils finished in 2nd place with a score of 97.80. Besides tying in the Music Caption, they won the Visual Caption by two tenths of a point over The Cadets. They also won the High Color Guard Award with a final score of 19.8.

The Cavaliers finished in 3rd place with a score of 96.85. The ended up winning the High Percussion Award with a score of 19.6. Rounding out the top four was Carolina Crown with Final score ended up being a 95.30. Crown took home the High Brass Award with a 19.5, edging out The Cadets that scored a 19.4.

Overall, it was a fantastic year with a lot good shows. The spread of the subcaption awards shows there is some real competition and that it was anyone’s game to win. Congratulations to The Cadets on their championship and we can’t wait to see what the corps bring to the audiences during the DCI 2012 season.

Cadets Win DCI Semifinals

The 2011 DCI World Championship Semifinals results are in and for the second night in a row, The Cadets pulled ahead of the Blue Devils to win the DCI World Championship Semifinals. The Cadets scored a 97.80 while the Blue Devils ended up with a 97.30 – at this point it is still anyone’s to win. Here are the top scores from tonight:

The Cadets 97.800
Blue Devils 97.300
The Cavaliers 96.900
Carolina Crown 95.650
Phantom Regiment 93.950
Santa Clara Vanguard 92.200
Bluecoats 91.600

For a complete recap, check out: http://www.dci.org/scores/#ixzz1UsdUfsmY

DCI Prelims Recap

After a long day, The Cadets edged out the Blue Devils to take 1st place in DCI Prelims. The Cadets scored a 97.35 over BD’s 96.85, a half point (.5) ahead, which may not seem like much but it is a game of tenths and one hundredths of a point. The real difference showed up in the Visual Performance caption where The Cadets were .8 points ahead of the Blue Devils (3rd in the caption) and .4 ahead of Carolina Crown which placed 2nd. That was interesting because the rest of the Visual caption was clearly won by the Blue Devils.

The biggest surprise of the night relating to percussion? The Academy placed 15th overall, but their percussion section placed 10th beating the likes of the Blue Knights and the Madison Scouts.

How did the rest of the Percussion sections fare?

  1. 19.6 — Blue Devils
  2. 19.3 — The Cavaliers
  3. 19.0 — The Cadets
  4. 18.8 — Santa Clara Vanguard
  5. 18.7 — Bluecoats
  6. 18.6 — Phantom Regiment
  7. 18.3 — Carolina Crown
  8. 18.2 — Blue Stars
  9. 17.8 — Boston Crusaders
  10. 17.1 — The Academy
  11. 17.0 — Blue Knights
  12. 16.9 — Spirit of Atlanta

Percussion Performance: Allan Kristensen


Here are some other interesting items to take note:

  • Three Open Class corps have earned their place among the 25 corps who will advance to the Semifinals on Friday – Blue Devils B, Oregon Crusaders and Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets.
  • Carolina Crown won the Brass subcaption, beating out BD by .1 with a score of 19.5.
  • In contrast to Crown, SCV placed 11th in the Brass subcaption.
  • The Madison Scouts placed 10th overall, but 14th in percussion.
  • Crown placed 4th overall, but 7th in percussion.
  • No perfect scores in subcaptions, but several 9.9s. The corp with the most 9.9s tonight was The Cadets with five 9.9s.


DCI Broken Arrow 2011 Review

Broken Arrow, OK – There were so many good corps at the Broken Arrow show this year that I had to come to the realization that it was going to be impossible to get them all. Keep in mind the Broken Arrow High School campus is about the size of a small college and there are tons of places to spread out. True, I could have run around to each drumline and got two or three minutes of random footage (and you can find all of it on YouTube), instead I decided to focus on getting prime spots for a few groups before it got dark and get as much quality footage as possible of each one.

So here’s the video footage I got and my take on each corp:


The first group I ran into and one of the drumlines I wanted to see, was the Colts. I had heard some good things about the Colts drumline and they didn’t disappoint. Rolls were clean between the snares and tenors, the snare drums had a nice organic sound, and they players had a level of maturity in their approach to the drum that produced a nice full bodied snare sound. The bass line had some nice notes and musical parts in the book that required a skillful approach. They were accurate in their unisons at all playing levels and even had some extremely exposed unisons that they pulled off effortlessly. You could tell this was a strong bass line and that proved true when they recently won I&E.


Beautiful drums, aggressive playing, and fast rolls are what personify the 2011 Glassmen drumline. Their style seems to be polar opposite of the Bluecoats, more along the lines of Cadets and Crown…a strong front grip on the fulcrum at the index finger. It does thin out the sound a little, but when you hear the stuff they are playing and the tempo at which it is played, you will understand the technique approach.

All the low heights come out clean and controlled, but once it gets past a “level 9″ the accuracy level in the snares start to waver a little and I saw a few snares extend beyond the vertical plane. That may very well be their approach but then again not all of them are doing it. I expect to see them move up if they can control the potential over hype.

The Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are starting to sound really good mid-season. The paradiddle-diddle sound quality from the snares is some of the best I’ve seen this Summer. The bass drums sound great (I’m biased), and the open tone really helps to separate the muffled sections. There are so many cool things happening in this Mike McIntosh drum book that it deserves multiple listens.


I started to record the Bluecoats drumline, but we ran out of daylight. There was no light source within 100 yards so it was fairly dark. I was able to snap a few pictures so check those out in the gallery below. As for playing I thought they would have been farther along since I last saw them in June. I would describe the performance as “uncharacteristic” of what I’ve come to expect of the Bluecoats but then again a couple of things could have contributed to the lackluster lot: a lot of the corps were putting in modifications at this point in the season, it was very hot, or it could have just been a bad warmup – it happens.