Every year, the DCI community is treated to so many great shows from top to bottom of placement. Each day fewer corps perform and only the top 12 are able to play in finals competition. While those are scored by the judges as being the best of the best, there are still plenty of great shows that didn't make the cut. Here are a few of the top shows that weren't able to make finals.
The Spartans are our Open Class champions this year and their performance is certainly that of a high-level ensemble. This year’s show is the culmination of the corps doing 9 years of soul-searching to find the right fit for them as a corps, and then crank it to the highest level possible. This is the first championship win for the Spartans since 2007 when Open Class was still split into two divisions. This is their 6th championship overall.
2019 was Pacific Crest’s best season ever from a competitive standpoint. This is their highest finish in both score and placement for the corps with their show Everglow. The show is a fan favorite for many and is distinguished by their use of LEDs in their triangle props for additional effects. It really pops off the field and the corps performs their show at an incredibly high level overall.
Music City's show is one of the most fun shows of the season in the sense that it tells a childhood story that everyone knows, has a lot of humor in it, and it looks like the performers are having a boatload of fun too. Everyone's heard the story of the Country Mouse and the City Mouse, it just takes it to a different level, and the closer could make even the most bitter drum corps fan smile.
This year is historic for the Scouts as this will be their last season as an all-male corps. This final show is a show clearly designed for the classic drum corps fans out there. From returning the corps to the old fashioned starting line, to the uniforms, and especially the music selection and drill. Everything is top-to-bottom classic Madison. The corps has so much history to share with the community, and it's exciting to see where the next chapter might take them.
Spirit of Atlanta
Spirit of Atlanta just barely missed finals by coming in 13th place this season, with their show Neon Underground, which ties their placement and almost their score from last year. The show features three uniform changes from the corps, moving from an all-black trench coat style, to a white trench coat, and then eventually a more multicolored uniform, with the traditional delta, that emulates the color guard. It’s quite the ride, and the corps never relents with their energy.