Empire Statesmen Winning Champions Of Sound In Salem, Ohio
Rochester’s Empire Statesmen are the Champions of Sound in Salem, Ohio, scoring 86.013 to take top place in the first-ever Drum Corps Associates (DCA) contest in Salem, on July 28. The win was the second of the season for Statesmen, who have finished in third place behind Reading Buccaneers and Hawthorne Caballeros in three earlier contests this season.
The Champions of Sound brought corps from three points of the compass to the contest field in Salem: Statesmen from the east; Minnesota Brass, Racine Kilties and St. Peter Govenaires from the midwest and Atlanta CorpsVets from the south. Minnesota Brass finished second, with 83.475. CorpsVets scored 79.863 to finish third. Kilties were fourth with 71.513. Govenaires finished fifth, with a score of 71.025.
The Empire Statesmen, the featured performers in Salem’s bicentennial celebrations last summer, served as the host corps for the first Champions of Sound contest, organized by the Salem Chamber of Commerce.
Statesmen and Buccaneers will meet again in Binghamton, New York on August 4. The Statesmen and Caballeros will meet on the field the following week, in Kingston, New York. The Sounds on the Susquehanna contest in Binghamton will feature the White Sabers, Rochester Crusaders, Buccaneers, Statesmen and Syracuse Brigadiers. The March of Champions in Kingston, New York August 11 will feature Sunrisers, White Sabers, Connecticut Hurricanes, Hawthorne Caballeros, Bushwackers and Empire Statesmen.
The next time the Statesmen, Buccaneers and Caballeros meet on the same field will be during the DCA championship tournament on Labor Day weekend.
The Statesmen are also sponsoring the DCA world championship tournament on Labor Day weekend. The weekend schedule includes the popular Individual and Ensemble competition on Friday evening, August 31 in downtown Rochester, the 32nd annual banquet and induction ceremony of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, the DCA Class A and Open Class preliminaries beginning at 2 pm and running through the evening of Saturday, August 1, the Alumni Classic field show exhibition starting at 10 am on Sunday, September 2 and the DCA finals beginning at 5:30 pm on Sunday evening to determine the 2007 DCA world champions.
Ten of the 42 DCA championships from 1965 to 2006 have been held in Rochester: four from 1968 to 1971; four from 1973 to 1976; in 1996 and 2006. Ticket information about the 2007 championship weekend is available through the DCA website, at http://www.dcacorps.org/
The Empire Statesmen organization offers opportunities for involvement beyond participating as a performer or support staff volunteer in one of North America’s most popular drum and bugle corps. The Statesmen also operate the Empire Cadets marching band for area boys and girls as a community outreach program. Both groups regularly perform in winter concerts, at no cost to organizers, to help support various school and community music programs.
The Empire Statesmen drum and bugle corps is a self-supporting independent group that represents the city of Rochester across the United States and Canada and as far abroad as Europe, the Caribbean and South America.
The organization kicked off a major capital fund raising campaign during the 2006 DCA tournament. Funds will be used to support the operations of the Empire Statesmen and Empire Cadets and other charitable and education activities.
For information, call (585) 266-2232 or visit the Empire Statesmen Web site at: www.statesmen.org