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Best 10 corps to never win DCI

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Name your top 10 DCI corps of all time who did not win the championship.  Here is my list (no particular order)

Bridgemen (broke the mold with their style and use of humor.....seriously contended for title in 1977 and 1980)

27th Lancers (also had their own unique crowd-pleasing style, with dazzling visual/guard...contended in 1980)

Argonne Rebels (won brass in prelims in consecutive years, with Sandra Opie ahead of her time)

Spirit of Atlanta (contended in 1979 and 1980......legendary brass sound and a  great Tom Float drumline)

Crossmen (although didn't contend for title at end of any year, the many time finalist won some Regionals and beat everyone at some point, with some legendary drumlines)

Troopers (contended for title in DCI's first 3 years, including 2nd in 1973...….western aura, the sunburst, and precision marching/guard made them a crowd favorite)

Muchachos (contended for title in 1974 and especially in 1975......Spanish look/sound with a flare...….performed in 75 prelims but disqualified...judges certainly put down their

                          numbers, but what that score was remains a mystery....crowd pleaser/very entertaining)

Blue Stars (serious contender 1972-1973......finalist first 8 years of DCI...…..rebuilt corps into world class finalist after being in Division 3 and Division 2 for quite a number of years)

Kilties (although they didn't contend, with their 5th in 1973 being the highest, they were competitive, and a crowd pleaser....also notable was their jump from 29th to 10th in 1977)

Oakland Crusaders (although Oakland was only in 2 finals, they actually did something in a non-finalist year, 1977, that might not ever happen again.....winning high percussion

                                     in prelims but not qualifying for finals)

 

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Late 70's North Star with the Chrome wall drumline is another great corps, for a few years anyway.

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On board with several in the OP.

Bridgemen and 27th Lancers 1980.

Spirit, also 1980.

Blue Stars, 1972 and '73.

Muchachos, 1975.

Troopers, 1973.

Argonne Rebels, 1972... and pre-DCI, 1971. If their drum line had ever matched that horn line... look out.

Sky Ryders, 1987.  A 12th-place corps... but one of the coolest shows I've ever seen.

Crossmen, 1992.  An iconic year for them.

Boston Crusaders, 2000.

 

 

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I would also go with Velvet Knights, Sky Ryders and Freelancers.  Outstanding corps with iconic shows and Sky Ryders possibly the best 12 th place corps ever.

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On 10/4/2018 at 4:10 PM, Fran Haring said:

On board with several in the OP.

Bridgemen and 27th Lancers 1980.

Spirit, also 1980.

Blue Stars, 1972 and '73.

Muchachos, 1975.

Troopers, 1973.

Argonne Rebels, 1972... and pre-DCI, 1971. If their drum line had ever matched that horn line... look out.

Sky Ryders, 1987.  A 12th-place corps... but one of the coolest shows I've ever seen.

Crossmen, 1992.  An iconic year for them.

Boston Crusaders, 2000.

 

 

"No Rings":

27th Lancers 1975. (Fab "Comeback season", just no room left at the top)

Muchachos 1974  (Actually a better corps than 1975    Placement in Prelims may have hurt them).

Troopers 1974.  (Faded at Nationals after beating the pack early on).

Troopers 1973  (Only corps to beat Santa Clara that year)

Elphaba     :flower:

 

 

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On 10/4/2018 at 11:43 AM, Bob984 said:

Name your top 10 DCI corps of all time who did not win the championship.  Here is my list (no particular order)

Bridgemen (broke the mold with their style and use of humor.....seriously contended for title in 1977 and 1980)

27th Lancers (also had their own unique crowd-pleasing style, with dazzling visual/guard...contended in 1980)

Argonne Rebels (won brass in prelims in consecutive years, with Sandra Opie ahead of her time)

Spirit of Atlanta (contended in 1979 and 1980......legendary brass sound and a  great Tom Float drumline)

Crossmen (although didn't contend for title at end of any year, the many time finalist won some Regionals and beat everyone at some point, with some legendary drumlines)

Troopers (contended for title in DCI's first 3 years, including 2nd in 1973...….western aura, the sunburst, and precision marching/guard made them a crowd favorite)

Muchachos (contended for title in 1974 and especially in 1975......Spanish look/sound with a flare...….performed in 75 prelims but disqualified...judges certainly put down their

                          numbers, but what that score was remains a mystery....crowd pleaser/very entertaining)

Blue Stars (serious contender 1972-1973......finalist first 8 years of DCI...…..rebuilt corps into world class finalist after being in Division 3 and Division 2 for quite a number of years)

Kilties (although they didn't contend, with their 5th in 1973 being the highest, they were competitive, and a crowd pleaser....also notable was their jump from 29th to 10th in 1977)

Oakland Crusaders (although Oakland was only in 2 finals, they actually did something in a non-finalist year, 1977, that might not ever happen again.....winning high percussion

                                     in prelims but not qualifying for finals)

 

I do not believe Crossmen ever beat Star

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Bridgemen, Two-Seven, definitely on the list. I'm not as familiar with the early Blue Stars to have a thought on them.  Spirit.... yes, 1980 was iconic... though visually, even then it wasn't up to snuff as compared to the other 4 of the top 5.

 

I'll throw in 1985 Suncoast into the mix. Some of the others, while respected.... Honorable Mention to BK when they did Trittico the second time.... just don't have that cachet.

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