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From the PBS perspective I thought the top groups were amazing, and certainly Garfield was a big WOW! This really was their era. Their show in 82 gave us a glimpse of where they were heading. The 1983 expanded on that and their brass line was exceptional. The intricacy of music to movement and the complexity of timing and artistry was stunningly different from what we had seen in the late 70s and early 80s. Choosing to perform Bernstein's Mass along with Rocky Point Holiday was a bold move.

BD and SCV were truly fantastic as always. I liked Phantom better in 84. Madison was great! 

Here are the semifinal scores. Garfield did not jump from 3rd to first. They were the leaders coming into Finals week and maybe lost only 1 show all season. But at Semis they did tie BD for 2nd and SCV was 1st. 

Miami, FL                                      DCI
   Semi Finals                                       
                                                     
    1 Santa Clara Vanguard                      91.90
    2 Garfield Cadets                           91.15
    ^ Blue Devils                               91.15
    4 Phantom Regiment                          88.45
    5 Suncoast Sound                            84.80
    6 Madison Scouts                            83.90
    7 Spirit of Atlanta                         83.45
    8 Freelancers                               81.95
    9 27th Lancers                              80.50
   10 Cavaliers                                 80.30
   11 Bridgemen                                 79.55
   12 Sky Ryders                                78.70
   13 Crossmen                                  78.60
   14 Alliance                                  77.10
   15 Troopers                                  76.85
   16 Knights                                   73.95
   17 Velvet Knights                            71.45
   18 Valley Fever                              69.55
   19 Les Eclipses                              67.25
   20 Avant Guard                               64.65
   21 Boston Crusaders                          63.75
   22 Colts                                     60.60
   23 Dutch Boy                                 59.60
   24 Glassmen                                  58.25
   25 Pride of Cincinnati                       56.65
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Some of the notable shows with Garfield and top competitors from that season:

  ----------------  Friday, July 8  ----------------
                                                     
   Hamilton, ONT                                  DCI
   DCI Canada Prelims                                
                                                     
    1 Garfield Cadets                           80.80
    2 Madison Scouts                            73.45
    3 Knights                                   65.95
    4 Alliance                                  63.80
    5 Bridgemen                                 60.20
    6 Boston Crusaders                          54.60
    7 Dutch Boy                                 53.75
    8 Les Eclipses                              50.80
    9 Avant Guard                               50.40
   10 Colts                                     44.70
   11 Canadian Knights                          39.40
   12 Krescendos                                37.25
   13 Ventures                                  35.35
   14 Brangford Girls                           27.50
   15 K. Kavaliers                              26.25
   16 Bandettes                                 21.35
   17 Mello-Dears                               12.80

- wow, there were some low scores in this one for July 8. But this is how it was back then during the tick days. Mello-Dears...sheesh!


July 9 - Ypsilanti, MI                                  DCI
   DCI North                                         
                                                     
    1 Garfield Cadets                           82.85
    2 Phantom Regiment                          78.85
    3 Madison Scouts                            74.20
    4 Crossmen                                  67.95
    5 Cavaliers                                 66.55
    6 Knights                                   66.05
    7 Alliance                                  65.00
    8 Bridgemen                                 62.15
July 23 - DCE Championship/World Open                       
                                                     
    1 Garfield Cadets                           84.05
    2 27th Lancers                              69.75
    3 Alliance                                  68.20
    4 Crossmen                                  66.65
    5 Bridgemen                                 65.10
    6 Boston Crusaders                          57.05
    7 Les Eclipses                              52.40
    8 Dutch Boy                                 50.20
    9 Valley Airs                               50.15
   10 Avant Guard                               48.85

 

DCE Championship/World Open                       
                                                     
    1 Garfield Cadets                           84.05
    2 27th Lancers                              69.75
    3 Alliance                                  68.20
    4 Crossmen                                  66.65
    5 Bridgemen                                 65.10
    6 Boston Crusaders                          57.05
    7 Les Eclipses                              52.40
    8 Dutch Boy                                 50.20
    9 Valley Airs                               50.15
   10 Avant Guard                               48.85

- seeing 27th and Bridgemen this low had to be heartbreaking to many

---------------  Friday, July 29  --------------- 
                                                     
   Madison, WI                                    DCI
                                                     
    1 Garfield Cadets                           86.10
    2 Santa Clara Vanguard                      82.30
    3 Phantom Regiment                          76.75
    4 Madison Scouts                            76.20
    5 27th Lancers                              70.85
    6 Bridgemen                                 69.35

 

 --------------  Saturday, July 30  -------------- 
                                                     
   Whitewater, WI                                 DCI
   DCI Midwest Prelims                               
                                                     
    1 Garfield Cadets                           84.90
    2 Blue Devils                               82.75
    3 Santa Clara Vanguard                      82.05
    4 Phantom Regiment                          75.55
    5 Madison Scouts                            75.10
    6 Spirit of Atlanta                         74.10
    7 Suncoast Sound                            72.15
    8 27th Lancers                              69.75
    9 Knights                                   68.85
   10 Freelancers                               68.75
   11 Cavaliers                                 67.15
   12 Sky Ryders                                67.05
   13 Bridgemen                                 66.20
   14 Crossmen                                  65.75
   15 Troopers                                  64.65
   16 Valley Fever                              62.55
   17 Velvet Knights                            59.00
   18 Glassmen                                  54.25
   19 Les Eclipses                              53.80
   20 Colts                                     50.50
   21 Saginaires                                48.75
   22 San Jose Raiders                          47.30
   23 Argonauts                                 47.25
   24 Night Hawks                               41.60
   25 Rivermen                                  34.25
                                                     
   Whitewater, WI                                 DCI
   DCI Midwest                                       
                                                     
    1 Garfield Cadets                           86.10
    2 Blue Devils                               84.85
    3 Santa Clara Vanguard                      83.75
    4 Phantom Regiment                          75.55
    5 Madison Scouts                            73.95
    6 Spirit of Atlanta                         72.10
    7 Suncoast Sound                            71.70
    8 27th Lancers                              69.20
    9 Freelancers                               66.70
   10 Cavaliers                                 63.55
   11 Knights                                   61.90
   12 Sky Ryders                                61.85

 

As I looked through the season it seems Garfield did not lose a single show, including all meeting with BD and SCV, until Semifinals where they tied for 2nd, and then won the title. 

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2 hours ago, jwillis35 said:

Sadly I only saw one show in 1983. I spent the summer at the Chautauqua Institute (upstate NY) playing trombone in the youth orchestra for the summer. My only show was in the Dayton, OH area in early June. Pretty sure we saw Madison and Spirit of Atlanta but forget the others. Will have to check. I had seen Garfield in 1982 at Finals so I was not surprised to hear that they were in the hunt for the title from friends back home. But as was the case back in those days, keeping up-to-date with DCI and scores was not so easy. Unless you saw a show live or had a chance to get DCW news at shows where it was sold you were usually out of the loop. 

My son played cello for the CYO in 2019. He was sorry to miss out on DCI, but had a great summer.

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7 minutes ago, mfrontz said:

My son played cello for the CYO in 2019. He was sorry to miss out on DCI, but had a great summer.

Great to hear. I love that place. A terrific place to spend a summer for sure. 

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23 hours ago, IllianaLancerContra said:

And the way I heard the BAC story was there were local toughs harassing  a young Corps as Boston happened to be rolling by. The Southies hopped of the bus to ‘assist’ the young Corps. Score: Boston 1, Miami 0. 

Nice story but not quite how it was.  No other corps involved.  Boston was protecting its own.  Boston was warming up sections near the Orange Bowl. A local gang didn’t want Them there and decided to go after the little band, particularly after the drum line.  It didn’t work out so well for the locals, although there was damage on both sides.  It was chaos.  Within minutes of it being over, Boston went in for their performance truly fresh off the altercation.  Cops were dealing with the locals who were thought to be from Overtown.  A dangerous area of Miami.  Mind you Boston did their show minutes after this incident and only had 51 or 53 members total as well.  Made DCI Associate member, the smallest corps ever to do so.

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38 minutes ago, LabMaster said:

Nice story but not quite how it was.  No other corps involved.  Boston was protecting its own.  Boston was warming up sections near the Orange Bowl. A local gang didn’t want Them there and decided to go after the little band, particularly after the drum line.  It didn’t work out so well for the locals, although there was damage on both sides.  It was chaos.  Within minutes of it being over, Boston went in for their performance truly fresh off the altercation.  Cops were dealing with the locals who were thought to be from Overtown.  A dangerous area of Miami.  Mind you Boston did their show minutes after this incident and only had 51 or 53 members total as well.  Made DCI Associate member, the smallest corps ever to do so.

Ok. Thanks 

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