DCJ Hachioji Open Report
The Pride of Soka Drum & Bugle Corps hosted the 2006 Drum Corps Japan (DCJ) Hachioji Open this past Saturday in Tokyo, Japan to a standing room crowd in Soka University’s Main Gymnasium. Six corps from around the Kanto Region participated in this annual event, with a special guest performance by the Soka Renaissance Vanguard Drum & Brass Corps (2006 Kanto Regional Grand Prix Champion). The Yokohama Inspires literally rattled the complex with their powerful eight and a half rendition of Malaguena with a score of 72.9, taking the High General Effect and High Brass captions as well. In second was the defending 2006 DCJ champions, the Yokohama Scouts with a score of 71.1 and taking the High Percussion caption, performing their program "Colored Jazzy Volcano." Tokyo Phoenix came in third with a 69.4, taking the High Visual Caption, and Pride of Soka rounded out the division I competition with a score of 69.2. In Division II, Tokyo Phoenix retook their lead over the Sonic Lancers with a score of 62.8. Sonic Lancers came in second with a score of 55.9.
During this year’s Hachioji Open, a film crew from Tokyo Broadcasting Station (TBS) was on sight, taping the entire contest for an upcoming episode of their Tuesday night (10:00 p.m. JST) variety show called "Lincoln." Comedians from the hit variety show were on hand, both on the floor giving an exhibition performance and in the stands giving commentary during performances. The episode will air next year on TBS stations around the the nation, so stay tuned.
The 2007 Drum Corps Japan Championships will occur on Sunday, January 28th at the Yokohama Culture Gymnasium (Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan) in Yokohama, Japan. For more information, please visit the DCJ website at dcjpn.org.
2006 Hachioji Open Recap – http://www.dcjpn.org/cgi-bin/dlcnt/dlcnt.cgi?file=f_hachioji2006
Lincoln Variety Show – http://www.tbs.co.jp/lincoln05/top.html