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  1. The online score databases are not complete. Here are Madison's losses in '74, prior to DCI: 6-21 Auburn, NY to Muchachos 7-28 Racine, WI to SCV 8-1 Bluegrass Nationals prelims to SCV (probably would have lost finals too, but SCV was rained out at finals) 8-3 Cincinnati OH to SCV 8-4 Key to the Sea prelims to Kingsmen 8-4 Key to the Sea finals to Kingsmen 8-9 US Open prelims to SCV
  2. Madison lost 7 times prior to DCI in '74: 6-21 to Muchachos 7-28 to SCV 8-1 to SCV 8-3 to SCV 8-4 to Kingsmen 8-4 to Kingsmen 8-9 to SCV Blue Devils lost 2 times in '76: 6-25 to 27th Lancers 7-16 to SCV (by over 2 points)
  3. A big part of Madison losing 74 finals came with their M & M problems in the opening minutes of the show. They went from beating SCV in M & M by 1.55 points at prelims, to losing to them by .60 at finals. That turned out to be a major factor in the final scores for both corps.
  4. As good as the '75 corps were, they were still susceptible to individual variances from performance to performance. This "great unknown" made following drum corps extremely exciting decades ago. The instructional/rehearsal techniques and talents of staff and performers have made things pretty consistent these days. The drum corps of today doesn't leave much room for those surprises.
  6. Thanks for posting that clip, mingusmonk! Great to see Joe Bruno working the mic.
  7. Well.....Vegas did host the 1962 American Legion National Championship (won by Garfield and Caballeros). But that was held on October 6 & 7.
  9. I always thought marching in cowboy boots must be just about the worst thing you can do.
  10. Which Colts look, Keith? The pre-1977 cowboy uniforms, with vests and cowboy boots.... or the 1977 riverboat gambler uniforms? Most people don't know that Drum Corps World owner Steve Vickers came up with the design for those 1977 orange gambler uniforms.
  11. To quote myself (it originally appeared in my DCW column) from the February 28 posting on the Drum Corps World Facebook page: "The 1950 Magna, UT, junior corps was one of the most secluded corps in U.S. drum corps history. Denver was more than 500 miles away and the corps of southern Montana was equally distant. A few years later a corps started up in Brigham City, UT, to give Magna company. Despite lack of competition, Magna competed at the American Legion Nationals in 1941 (Milwaukee, WI), 1946 (San Francisco, CA), 1949 (Philadelphia, PA), 1950 (Los Angeles, CA), and 1952 (New York City, NY)." Sugarhouse was another Utah corps from the 1940s/1950s.
  12. 5th Maine Regiment (Portland, ME) was active through the 1979 season. 20th Maine Regiment (Oakland/Waterville, ME) was active in 84, 85 and 86.
  13. Corps of the North was supposed to compete at the 1965 American Legion Nationals in Portland, but due to the powerful earthquake that hit Alaska in March, 1965, they had to put their money and energy elsewhere at home.
  14. Maybe have to include Black Gold for Oklahoma, since they did make DCI top 25 a couple of times. Also, the Enid Legionettes All-Girls were a very successful Oklahoma corps in the 50s and 60s.