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Drum Corps International visits Waukee for annual event

Chris Davidson - For DCN:  The Blue Devils from Concord, California.
Chris Davidson - For DCN: The Blue Devils from Concord, California.
Chris Davidson - For DCN: The Blue Stars from La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Chris Davidson - For DCN: The Blue Stars from La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Clint Cole - DCN: The Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois.
Clint Cole - DCN: The Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois.
Chris Davidson - For DCN: The Colts from Dubuque, Iowa.
Chris Davidson - For DCN: The Colts from Dubuque, Iowa.

A near-sellout at Waukee High School Stadium looked on as some of the best Drum Corps in the world showed their talents in music and precision marching on July 2. The Colts, from Dubuque, hosted the Celebration in Brass in Waukee as eight groups from Drum Corps International performed.

72 percent of the members in each corps are full-time college students with 59.6 percent of them pursuing a degree in music education, according to www.dci.org.

The corps from “Marching Music’s Major League” in attendance were: The Colts, the Blue Devils, the Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, the Blue Stars, the Troopers, Jersey Surf and the Colt Cadets.

The Blue Devils won the event with a score of 84.900 with the Cavaliers behind them in second place with a score of 81.000. Phantom Regiment took third, the Blue Stars took fourth and the Troopers took fifth.

The Colts, who performed their show, “The Dark Side of the Rainbow,” a darker look at the land of Oz, went last and then did in encore performance for the crowd. The Colts took sixth place with a score of 67.800 and Jersey Surf rounded out the World Class division in seventh place.

The Colt Cadets, also from Dubuque, and made up of mostly middle school and high school students, went first and were the only Open Class corps to compete and got a 49.200 score.

While the show was not complete sold out, nearly 2,500 fans attended the show. They were just a couple of hundred tickets short of the sellout, according to Dallas County Supervisor and Publicity Chair for the show.

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