The 2014 Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships concluded on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, California, finished their season with a resounding record high score to win the finals. The evening began with an exhibition by the Blue Devils “B” corps, who had won their 4th Open Class Championships last Monday, with tensions then mounting when the final 12 corps took the field as it was still up in the air as to where the top 5 after the semifinals -- Blue Devils, Cadets, Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Carolina Crown -- would finish both overall and in the captions.
The Blue Devils had completed the semifinals with a score of 98.95, distancing themselves from the 2nd place Cadets (96.7) and taking 1st place in every caption other than Percussion. As the finals got underway, Carolina Crown set the top 5 pace with a score of 95.675, and was followed by Santa Clara Vanguard (96.075), Cadets (96.875), Bluecoats (97.175), and the now 16-time world champion Blue Devils with a record finals score of 99.65.
This year’s championship week caps an epic season for the Blue Devils -- the corps achieved the amazing feat of an undefeated season, set a new record DCI finals score, and captured Best Color Guard, Best Visual Performance, Best Brass Performance, and Best Overall General Effect, in addition to their “B” corps’ Open Class Championships win of last Monday.
Conn-Selmer would like to congratulate the Blue Devils on their stellar season. “The Blue Devils stand for excellence in the performing arts. This year has been an incredible journey for the organization and we are extremely proud to be an educational partner with them.” said Michael Kamphuis, Managing Director of Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education. The Blue Devils perform exclusively on King System Blue Marching Brass, manufactured at the Conn-Selmer Eastlake, Ohio, facility. Through Conn-Selmer’s System Blue Educational Events, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice-President of Education at Conn-Selmer, and Frank Troyka, Educational Specialist for Conn-Selmer, assist with student leadership events during the Blue Devils season.
For more information on the Blue Devils, including auditions, System Blue products, and video, go to www.bluedevils.org. Conn-Selmer, Inc., makers of King System Blue Marching Brass, is a corporate partner of Drum Corps International www.dci.org. For more information on Conn-Selmer, go to www.conn-selmer.com.
12 86.225 Crossmen
11 87.575 Madison Scouts
10 88.95 Boston Crusaders
9 89.6 Blue Stars
8 91.15 Blue Knights
7 91.425 Phantom Regiment
6 93.675 Cavaliers
5 95.675 Carolina Crown
4 96.075 Santa Clara Vanguard
3 96.875 Cadets
2 97.175 Blue Coats
1 99.65 Blue Devils – New DCI Finals Record
Jim Jones Leadership Award – David Warren Phantom Regiment – Best Drum Major
George Zingali Award for Best Color Guard – Blue Devils
John Brazale Award for Best Visual Performance – Blue Devils
Jim Ott Best Brass Performance – Blue Devils
Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance – Santa Clara Vanguard
Don Angelica Best Overall General Effect – Blue Devils