July 21, 2012 -- Downingtown, PA . . . Today a cool wave has swept over Eastern Pennsylvania. At show time it is in the low 70s and cloudy, a welcome relief from the blistering heat of the past several weeks. I'm attending the DCA competition sponsored by the Downingtown Music Parents Association and the Reading Buccaneers.
The master of ceremonies, Ed Otto, is the Downingtown West band director. He is also the MC for the Collegiate Marching Band Festival show held at J. Birney Crum in Allentown, PA, this year on September 30, 2012. Thanks to Mr. Otto, the crowd was ready and anxiously awaiting the show to begin.
Atlanta's CorpsVets, known now as Atlanta CV, was set to perform next. The title of their show is "God Save the Queen," inspired by the legendary rock group Queen. The corps used melodies from such composers as Elgar, Shostokovich and Sir William Walton, weaving them in and out throughout their show.
The program opened with the corps lining both sides as gates, while the guard came through. Guard costumes and silks were absolutely stunning, blending seamlessly into the show. The Mellophone solo was excellent. The show has a lot of power and a lot of color. This will be a corps that will surprise a lot of people this year. Sign up below to read Mr. Eckert's complete review of all of the corps in attendance.
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This review of Atlanta CV appears in the July 27th edition of Drum Corps World and is republished here with permission of the author, Larry Eckert and the publisher of Drum Corps World, Steve Vickers.