The first regional of the season last weekend in Minneapolis, coupled with a large show in Denver, helped shake up our DCI power list in week four.
The Blue Devils and The Cadets traded spots nearly every night this week, with the Blue Devils using the highest score seen in DCI this season (85.500) to boost themselves into the top spot in our power rankings for the first time in 2015.
The Bluecoats and the #FirePantsBand (a.k.a. Carolina Crown) are keeping things very interesting at the top – a mere 1.6 points separates the top four (down from 2.3 a week ago). The race for the bronze medal could prove to be very interesting.
Spots five through eight remained unchanged as the Blue Knights kept pace with the corps above them and closed the gap between fifth place slightly. BK still has a two point cushion between them and The Cavaliers. BK’s highest finish ever at DCI Championships was sixth; the corps is certainly on pace to match that.
Aided by two fantastic scores on home turf in Laramie and Casper, The Troopers were the biggest winners in World Class this past week, jumping from 13th to ninth, while Madison Scouts dropped from ninth to 12th.
The spread between first and 12th widened slightly this week, from 10 points last week to 10.4 this week.
Another weekend means another regional, as all World Class corps will be on display at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio. Fueled by the head-to-head competition, the most interesting race to watch this next week will be what happens with the corps currently sitting between ninth and 15th. Troopers, Blue Stars, Boston Crusaders, Madison Scouts, The Academy, Crossmen, and Colts are all separated by exactly three points.
Shifts and movements in Open Class have to be taken with a grain of salt. Due to the limited touring model of many open class corps, and with several corps still yet to enter the ring for the first time this season, you can’t always take these rankings at face value.
For example, newer corps (like Columbians) have already completed their 2015 tour, so their rank will continue to fall when compared against other open class corps that continue to compete during the summer or that enter the tour late in the season.
In week 4, Blue Devils B and Vanguard Cadets used strong showings to pull away from Legends (Kalamazoo, MI), who have a been coming on strong during the corps’ tenth year in operation.
The spread between first and fifth doubled this week, while the distance between fifth and sixth sky-rocketed. Spots six through 11 are only separated by 0.70 points.
Making their season debut this week – and making the most of it – was Louisiana Stars (Lafayette, LA) who vaulted themselves into eighth place. Open Class’ biggest climber in week four was Music City who jumped four spots.
22 of the 27 Open Class Corps have made their debuts in 2015. Three corps will join tour this week – Guardians (Houston, TX) on July 16, Les Stentors (Sherbrooke, Quebec) on July 18th, and Southwind (Mobile, AL) on July 21. The two remaining corps – Heat Wave (Iverness, FL) and Coastal Surge (Myrtle Beach, SC) – will both make their debuts on July 24.