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2022 World Class Schedule Analysis


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The 2022 DCI Tour kicks off Friday, June 24, 2022 in Oceanside, California and concludes Saturday, August 13, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In between, there will be 41 days with World Class corps in competition, a decrease of four days from the last pre-COVID tour in 2019 and three days from the scheduled 2020 tour.

Key Match-Ups

Blue Devils, Bluecoats, and Santa Clara Vanguard were the top 3 finishers in both 2018 and 2019 with Boston Crusaders, Carolina Crown, and The Cavaliers rounding out the top 6 both years. When these corps begin to meet head-to-head should provide some insights into how the top of the competition field will look this year.

Blue Devils and Santa Clara Vanguard get things started on day 2 of the season, meeting head-to-head at Pasadena, CA, and then again in their next seven shows.  Bluecoats join in on the top 3 action on July 19 in Broken Arrow, OK.

Boston Crusaders and The Cavaliers kick it off in Detroit, MI on June 28. Carolina Crown and The Cavaliers face off in Muncie, IN on July 1. All three won't meet for the first time until Broken Arrow, OH on July 19, for a full Top 6 competition.

The 7-12 spots have been filled with Blue Knights, Blue Stars, The Cadets, Crossmen, Mandarins, and Phantom Regiment for the last two competitive seasons. All of these top 12 corps will meet for the first (and only) time prior to Indy in San Antonio, TX on July 23.

The corps on the cusp here are likely Spirit of Atlanta (#13 in 2018 and 2019) and Pacific Crest (#20 in 2018, #14 in 2019). The earliest gauge of their chances likely come on July 9 for Spirit of Atlanta in Lexington, SC when they meet both The Cadets (#7 in 2018, #9 in 2019) and Crossmen (#12 in 2018, #11 in 2019). Pacific Crest should get an early indication of things with back-to-back-to-back competitions with Mandarins (#10 in 2018 and 2019) on June 24-26 in Oceanside, Pasadena, and San Bernardino, California.

Year-Over-Year Comparison

Jersey Surf is engaging in a more traditional two-phase tour in 2022. As a result, the corps will not make its way to San Antonio. Combined with the alteration to what was the DCI Southeastern Championship in Atlanta this year, all 22 World Class corps do not compete on the same night until they arrive in Indianapolis.

 

2019

2020 

2022

Days with World Class corps in competition

45

44

41

# of times when all World Class corps compete on the same day

(7/13 - DeKalb, Denver, Memphis; 7/20 - San Antonio, 7/27 - Atlanta; 8/8 - Indianapolis)

(7/12 - Denver & St. Louis; 7/18 - San Antonio; 7/25 - Atlanta; 8/6 - Indianapolis)

(8/11 - Indianapolis)

It probably comes as little surprise to see fewer shows on the calendar and corps planning a less strenuous tour in 2022. The reasons are many and beyond the scope of this schedule analysis. 

Only one corps increases its number of shows in 2022 over 2020 - The Cadets (+1). Seattle Cascades stay even. Bluecoats decrease the most by 8 shows from 28 to 20.

Jersey Surf will perform the fewest times (14) and The Cavaliers will perform the most times (26). 

Scheduled Competitions 

(including Day 1 in Indy)

2018

2019

2020 

2022

Difference between 2022 and 2020

The Academy

26

25

25

21

-4

Blue Devils

24

25

23

18

-5

Blue Knights

27

23

24

22

-2

Blue Stars

28

29

29

24

-5

Bluecoats

30

29

28

20

-8

Boston Crusaders

30

25

26

20

-6

The Cadets

29

30

20

21

1

Carolina Crown

27

25

26

19

-7

The Cavaliers

29

28

29

26

-3

Colts

29

28

28

23

-5

Crossmen

28

24

27

21

-6

Genesis

24

21

23

21

-2

Jersey Surf

20

20

21

14

-7

Madison Scouts

26

26

27

21

-6

Mandarins

25

25

26

24

-2

Music City

21

24

25

21

-4

Pacific Crest

23

21

22

19

-3

Phantom Regiment

30

28

28

23

-5

Santa Clara Vanguard

25

25

24

20

-4

Seattle Cascades

20

18

21

21

0

Spirit of Atlanta

27

24

26

20

-6

Troopers

27

26

24

20

-4

The scheduling of an opening weekend in California prior to the Tour Premiere in Detroit changes the calculation a bit on when corps are opening up their seasons although a few changes jump out. Carolina Crown will not participate in a season-opening show, instead entering competition on Day 7. Madison Scouts, Music City, and Spirit of Atlanta are all waiting until the second week of competition to take the field on Day 8. Troopers won’t see the judging community until Day 14 of the tour. 

On the other end of the spectrum, Jersey Surf takes the field a few days earlier than usual on Day 8 and Pacific Crest will begin its season with the other California corps on Day 1.

Days after season opening show when first competition occurs

2019

2020 

2022

The Academy

1

1

0

Blue Devils

1

1

1

Blue Knights

8

8

8

Blue Stars

0

0

4

Bluecoats

0

0

4

Boston Crusaders

0

0

4

The Cadets

0

8

8

Carolina Crown

0

0

7

The Cavaliers

1

0

4

Colts

3

3

7

Crossmen

3

0

4

Genesis

8

8

9

Jersey Surf

12

12

8

Madison Scouts

3

2

8

Mandarins

1

1

0

Music City

4

4

8

Pacific Crest

8

8

0

Phantom Regiment

0

3

4

Santa Clara Vanguard

1

2

0

Seattle Cascades

15

14

14

Spirit of Atlanta

4

5

8

Troopers

1

3

14

I was curious whether COVID protocols would lead any corps to build in more “down” time between shows. Here are the longest stretches without a show over the past three scheduled full seasons. Most of the changes are insignificant or can be attributed to other causes. The Cadets decrease from 8 “no show” days to 4 is likely due to administrative changes and corps management that occurred for the 2020 season. The increase from 2 to 14 for Jersey Surf reflects the early- and late-season tour approach the corps takes this year.

Longest stretch of “no show” days

2019

2020 

2022

The Academy

5

4

5

Blue Devils

5

5

5

Blue Knights

2

3

2

Blue Stars

3

3

2

Bluecoats

3

3

5

Boston Crusaders

4

3

3

The Cadets

2

8

4

Carolina Crown

5

4

6

The Cavaliers

4

4

2

Colts

2

2

2

Crossmen

3

2

4

Genesis

4

3

3

Jersey Surf

2

2

14

Madison Scouts

2

2

2

Mandarins

4

4

8

Music City

2

2

2

Pacific Crest

4

8

7

Phantom Regiment

3

3

3

Santa Clara Vanguard

4

4

5

Seattle Cascades

6

2

3

Spirit of Atlanta

4

2

4

Troopers

4

5

2

The master schedule grid I keep is available here.

Edited by DrumCorpsRadio
Corrected Top 6 paragraph
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@DrumCorpsRadio, very much appreciate the work that went into this. And it was an interesting read. Thank you.

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2 hours ago, DrumCorpsRadio said:

The 7-12 spots have been filled with Blue Knights, Blue Stars, The Cadets, Crossmen, Mandarins, and Phantom Regiment for the last two competitive seasons. All of these top 12 corps will meet for the first (and only) time prior to Indy in San Antonio, TX on July 23.

The corps on the cusp here are likely Spirit of Atlanta (#13 in 2018 and 2019) and Pacific Crest (#20 in 2018, #14 in 2019). The earliest gauge of their chances likely come on July 9 for Spirit of Atlanta in Lexington, SC when they meet both The Cadets (#7 in 2018, #9 in 2019) and Crossmen (#12 in 2018, #11 in 2019). Pacific Crest should get an early indication of things with back-to-back-to-back competitions with Mandarins (#10 in 2018 and 2019) on June 24-26 in Oceanside, Pasadena, and San Bernardino, California.

Kind of sad that in discussions like the one above Madison is out of it. Not even credibly on any cusp. They've fallen back so much.

Here is hoping rebuilding actually happens and takes only a few years. 

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12 minutes ago, IllianaLancerContra said:

I wonder if Troopers coming out 2 weeks after season starts will impact their placement?

I predict them in a tie for 14th with the Cascades. Of course, by that braniac logic, Academy, Mandarins, PC and SCV tie for first. 

 

 

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28 minutes ago, mjoakes said:

Kind of sad that in discussions like the one above Madison is out of it. Not even credibly on any cusp. They've fallen back so much.

Here is hoping rebuilding actually happens and takes only a few years. 

I think if they brought back the 'heartbeat' show it'd place them in the top six.  ❣️ :spitting:

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32 minutes ago, keystone3ply said:

I think if they brought back the 'heartbeat' show it'd place them in the top six.  ❣️ :spitting:

I don't know if they have the heart (the heart the heart the heart) for that.

 

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1 hour ago, keystone3ply said:

I think if they brought back the 'heartbeat' show it'd place them in the top six.  ❣️ :spitting:

I saw that show at its Whitewater premier and can still recall the struggle to want to like it vs major head scratching.

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I am confused.  Why does this article state that Boston is in Ohio on July 2nd when my schedule  has them in two Massachusetts shows on July 2 and 3?

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