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DCI Rewind: The After Party!
Learn about the shows we've recently added to our library of DCI archives that were premiered in DCI Rewind: The After Party on August 8th.
1989 Phantom Regiment - "From The New World... Into A New Age"
The 1989 season for Phantom Regiment ended with one of the corps' most successful finishes previous to their win in 1996. After seeing considerable success in the late 1970s but getting stopped at silver three times in a row, the corps struggled to sustain its success through the early 80s.
In 1987, however, the story shifted. The all-white clad Regiment would jump five spots in finals from '86 to '87. By 1989, Phantom Regiment was winning most of the shows they attended (27, to be exact)—they only lost shows against three corps. On Finals night, the corps tied the previous DCI high score—98.4.
- "Symphony No. 9 Mvt 1" by Antonin Dvorak
- "Symphony No. 9 Mvt 2" by Antonin Dvorak
- "Slavonic Dances No. 1" by Antonin Dvorak
- "Symphony No. 9 Mvt 4" by Antonin Dvorak
1995 The Cavaliers - "The Planets"
The Cavaliers' second DCI World Championship title came just three seasons after their first. Although they had a spectacular start, it was a battle for the corps during the middle of the season as they lost shows to corps like the Blue Devils, The Cadets, and Madison Scouts—but by finals week, those losses were quickly forgotten.
During the 1995 DCI World Championships in Buffalo, NY, The Cavaliers opened the gap from 1st to 2nd from two-tenths to 1.1 points.
- "Mars" from The Planets by Gustav Holst
- "Venus" from The Planets by Gustav Holst
- "Mercury" from The Planets by Gustav Holst
- "Jupiter" from The Planets by Gustav Holst
2005 Madison Scouts - "The Carmen Project"
The Madison Scouts did not recognize a woman performer as a full member until their 2018 season which included flugelhorn soloist Megan Hutera. Before then, women performed with the Madison Scouts only three other times but were considered "guest performers."
In the midst of the 2019 season, Madison Scouts announced that it would open their auditions and membership to include all genders through the adoption of a broad non-discrimination policy.
- "Carmen" by Georges Bizet
2019 Blue Devils - "Ghostlight"
19th DCI World Championship title in 2019. The Blue Devils performed their show "Ghostlight" as yet another modern depiction of melding the theatre and the turf.
The ghost light is the last light left on near center stage as a means of navigating through a dark theater to find the light panel and turn on the lights... Common superstitions say that the ghost light may keep the spirits at bay, others say that the ghost light gives the spirits enough light to perform under themselves.
- "Cycle Song" by Imogen Heap
- "Rhythm Song" by Paul Smadbeck
- "A True Passion" by Lorne Balfe
- "Stroke of Genius" by Lorne Balfe
- "Symphony No. 3" by Aram Khachaturian
- "Ghostlight" by Dave Glyde
- "Circus" by Benjamin Joseph Levin (Benny Blanco), Lukasz Gottwald
2004 Santa Clara Vanguard - "Attraction: The Music of Scheherazade"
The story of Scheherazade is one worth doing research on to understand the full background, but Michael Boo explains the main points succinctly:
In the original story, the Sultan was grumpy due to discovering his wife had been unfaithful to him, and so he handed her over to his vizier (sort of like an ancient prime minister) to have her put to death by the sword. After his wife's death, he married a new woman every day and had each executed at sunrise, convinced each was unfaithful. Scheherazade was the vizier's brave daughter; she begged her father to present her to his boss. On her wedding night, she started to tell the Sultan a story, but by dawn, she was not yet finished. The Sultan, now engrossed in how the story would end, spared her every day as she continued the story. With this story, SCV created one of the greatest narrative productions in DCI's history.
- "Scheherazade" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
2014 Santa Clara Vanguard - "Scheherazade: Words 2 Live By"
The 2014 season was filled with some of the best drum corps shows the activity has ever seen. One would think that shows like "Felliniesque" and "Tilt" might overshadow others at the top, but Santa Clara Vanguard's modern take on Scheherazade—one decade after their last—stuck out as a must-see.
During the offseason preceding the 2014 competitive season, the DCI voting membership voted to allow all instruments from the brass family including the trombone and horn. Vanguard pounced on this opportunity and placed 24 trombones on the front sideline. It quickly became one of the best moments of the season.
- "Scheherazade" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
2012 Phantom Regiment - "Turandot"
Phantom Regiment does few things better than bringing storytelling to the field. "Turandot" set the canvas for the corps to bring their powerful brass and color guard to the forefront.
The show earned Phantom Regiment a bronze medal after opening up the gap between The Cadets from about half a point to a point and a half. It is their only medal since winning in 2008 with "Spartacus."
- "Popolo Di Pekino!...Indietro, Cani" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
- "Gira La Cote!...Perche Tarda La Luna?" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
- "O Mondo, O Mondo... O Tigre, O Tigre!" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
- "Gravi, Enormi Ed Imponenti" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
- "Gloria, Gloria" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
- "Tre Enigma M'Hai" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
- "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
2010 Blue Knights - "Europa!"
"Europa!" was the Blue Knights exploration of music which sounds traditional and familiar, while filling the heart of the show with emotional, dark melodies.
- "Farandole" from L'Arlesienne by Georges Bizet
- "W.N." from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar
- "Nimrod" from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar
- "First Symphony Mvt 4" by Johannes Brahms
2001 The Cavaliers - "Four Corners"
"Four Corners" was the second of three visits in a row to DCI World Championships for The Cavaliers which ended in gold medals. Their victory in 2000 would have to be shared with The Cadets after The Cavaliers gained more than a point between Semis and Finals.
- "Four Corners" by Richard Saucedo
2002 The Cavaliers - "Frameworks"
"Frameworks" brought The Cavaliers the second undefeated season in the history of the Green Machine. Their score of 99.15 was the highest at the time and wouldn't be topped until the 2014 Blue Devils earned their 99.65 (The Cadets earned a 99.15 in 2005).
The entirely original music repertoire matched with the unparalleled expertise of the visual team made The Cavaliers THE unstoppable force in Drum Corps International in the summer of 2002.
- "Frameworks" by Richard Saucedo, Bret Kuhn, and Erik Johnson