Tour Of Champions Concludes the Cadets Home Show Season

Huge crowd cheers on the corps

A record number of fans crowded the New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday bringing an end to drum corps competition on the East Coast as the Tour of Champions Grand Finale treated guests to some of the finest performances of the season.

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The day kicked off with nearly 200 Cadets alumni and guests for the 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and annual alumni reception. Alums from every generation of the corps gathered to reconnect and make new friendships with those who are bound by the maroon and gold.

At the same time dozens of marching band students were participating in the Cadet Experience, a full-out interactive chance to engage with The Cadets during the corps ensemble rehearsal.

Members of the Maroon & Gold Club convened in the West Hall Club for the opportunity to socialize with one another and meet some of the VIPs and dignitaries within the activity leading up to show time. Meanwhile, a feature of the Tour of Champions format was the individual and ensemble performances by members of each of the participating corps in and around the stadium complex prior to show time. Fans 10 deep at times were watching, snapping photos and otherwise interacting with members giving a special, up-close feel to the event prior to the corps taking to the field.


Finally, after a slight delay in order to accommodate late arriving guests who were part of a larger than anticipated walk-up crowd, the show kicked off with a great performance by the Blue Stars. One after another, the top corps took the field with the Bluecoats, The Cavaliers and Blue Devils all performing at championship-week levels. With the corps in high gear, the large and responsive crowd cheered and applauded each production more than the next.

During intermission, a brief shower that had been threatening the event from the very start of the evening passed overhead doing little to dampen spirits, but did clear the skies for the second half of the show. A brief ten minute expansion of intermission allowed fans to take their seats before Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment and Carolina Crown took to the field.

Then it was time for the act everyone had come to see: the "Angels and Demons" of The Cadets. And the corps sure did not disappoint. From the opening notes, it was clear that the two days of rehearsal in the stadium was going to pay off. The corps performed their show to two full standing ovations, and this show which can be enjoyed completely in the large stadium setting was overwhelming for many fans.


A standing ovation with nearly a minute left in the performance was the exclamation point to a wonderful home show season and a remarkable run by The Cadets. Unfortunately, due to the weather delays and an ambitious travel schedule by the corps, the oft-publicized en masse finale had to be canceled, but by the looks of the smiles on fans faces and the buzz on the escalators and at the gates on the way out, most fans enjoyed their experience at the Tour of Champions Grand Finale to its fullest.

The Cadets hope you'll be there to join them in 2012. Schedules are already being discussed to return in early August to New Meadowlands Stadium with this very special event. Make plans to be there with The Cadets.


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