Drum and bugle corps returned to the Midlands of South Carolina on Friday, July 8, 2016 at River Bluff High School of Lexington. Performing corps included the 10-time DCI World Champion The Cadets of Allentown, PA, the 2016 World Champion Bluecoats of Canton, OH, Boston Crusaders of Boston, MA, Crossmen of San Antonio, TX, Jersey Surf of Camden County, NJ, Spirit of Atlanta of Atlanta, GA, and Legends of Kalamazoo, MI.
It seems like only yesterday that we were at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the conclusion of the 2015 season, and there we were again in that iconic drum corps environment on June 23rd for the season premier. It’s an exciting time for all, but a nervous one for those new to Crown or any of the other five corps that competed. Think about it: It is the stadium where fan expectations are high, where months on the road terminate in perseverance for a medal position, and where your corps may have won gold, as Crown, Cadets, Phantom, and Cavaliers have done in the past. It is your first show, but in many respects you want it to be your best show, as first impressions set the tone for grueling weeks ahead. “Inferno” burned up the stadium in 2015, with deafening ovations that earned the top General Effect award and the silver medal. “Relentless” is clearly what Crown is all about, which is the 2016 show title, and an adjective, as in “their relentless pursuit of excellence.”
The 2016 opener was packed with outstanding preparation, as the Boston Crusaders, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Cadets, Bluecoats, and Crown opened the season with what was arguably the best first performances witnessed in memory. In past years we often saw unfinished shows, or finales that were hastily assembled to meet first-show deadlines. Not so for 2016. In fact, at least four of the corps had completed first iterations of their shows between a week and ten days earlier. Crown, for example, not only completed the performance structure, but spent days refining elements before arriving at Lucas Oil Stadium. Most of the competitors hosted preview Web-casts in the past week that telegraphed just how serious Spring Training programs had been about starting the season on the most positive note possible.
The 2016 Drum Corps season officially gets underway tonight at the DCI Tour Premiere in Indianapolis, IN. Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the DCI World Championships, will again host this first of the season show.
The annual Crown Preview Show will kick off at 6:00pm this Sunday, June 19, at Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill, SC. This is an important opportunity for Crown to partner with our friends at Nation Ford High School and help the band raise money and awareness for their 2017 trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.