Drum Corps International World Class Champions

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At the end of the summer season, Drum Corps International (DCI) World Class corps compete to earn the title of DCI World Class Champion (formerly DCI Division I World Champion). The championships consist of 3 rounds—Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals—held on the first or second Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of August. Through 2010, all active World Class corps (23 corps as of 2010) competed in the Quarterfinals, with the top 17 advancing to the Semifinals. The top 12 corps from Semifinals then advanced to the Finals. Since the 2011 season, all active DCI corps (Open and World Class) have been permitted to compete for the championship. In this format, over 40 corps compete in Quarterfinals, while the top 25 advance to Semifinals, and the best 12 advancing to Finals. The champion is determined by the overall high score in the Finals competition. There are also a number of caption awards (high brass, high percussion, high visual, etc.), though the process of determination for those awards has changed from year to year.

Only 9 corps have ever won the title (including 3 ties):

The Anaheim Kingsmen and Star of Indiana are no longer in active competition. The six corps with the greatest number of titles are often referred to as the "Top 6", due to their consistently high performance and fan support. These corps also typically attract the greatest number of prospective members each year. The historical "Top 6" corps have not finished in positions 1–6 every year, however; since 1987, only seven corps[1] outside the "Top 6" (excluding Star of Indiana) have managed to place in one of the top six positions, and only two have ever finished higher than fourth.[2]

Year Date Champion & Repertoire Score Location Venue
2014 9 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • Felliniesque
    • Act 1- Fellini's Religion
      • Old Toys
      • La Strada
    • Act 2 - Fellini's Circus
      • The Clowns
      • Circo Compagnia
    • Act 3 - Fellini's Fantasy
      • Be Italian
      • Movie Studio
99.650 Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium
2013 10 August Carolina Crown (Fort Mill, South Carolina)
  • E=mc2
    • Einstein on the Beach
    • Also Sprach Zarathustra
    • Walking With Heroes
    • The Devil's Bridge
    • The Abyss
    • The Light Fantastic
    • The Dark Side of the Moon
98.30 Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium
2012 11 August

Blue Devils (Concord, California)

  • Cabaret Voltaire
    • Harmonielehre
    • Morrison Mania
    • Children's Hour of Dream
    • Symphonies: V
    • Bird and Bela in B Flat
    • Gymnopedies Amazon
    • Ballet Mecanique
    • Peppy and George (from The Artist)
    • Dr. Bones
    • New Arrival (from Corpse Bride)
    • Tevot
    • Rhapsody in Blue
98.700 Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium
2011 13 August

The Cadets (Allentown, Pennsylvania)

  • Between Angels and Demons
    • Angels in the Architecture
    • 160 BPM from Angels and Demons
    • Doxology/Amazing Grace
    • Finale
98.350 Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium
2010 14 August

Blue Devils (Concord, California)

  • Through a Glass, Darkly
    • City of Glass Suite
    • Conflict
    • Mirage
    • Trajectories
    • Incident in Jazz
    • Laura
    • La Suerte De Los Tontos
98.900 Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium
2009 8 August
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Blue Devils (Concord, California)

  • 1930
    • Get Happy
    • Happy Days Are Here Again
    • Playing Love
    • Piano Variations
    • Rialto Ripples
    • I Got Rhythm
    • Piano Concerto in F
    • Caravan
    • Rhapsody in Blue
99.050 Indianapolis, Indiana[3] Lucas Oil Stadium
2008 9 August
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Phantom Regiment (Rockford, Illinois)

  • Spartacus
    • Ein Heldenleben
    • Selections from Spartacus
    • Toccata from Piano Concerto No.1
    • Dance of Ecstasy
    • Battlefield from
98.125 Bloomington, Indiana[4] Memorial Stadium
2007 11 August
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Blue Devils (Concord, California)

  • Winged Victory
    • Pegasus Fantasy
    • Ascension
    • Heaven
98.000 Pasadena, California Rose Bowl
2006 12 August

The Cavaliers (Rosemont, Illinois)

  • Machine
    • Genesis
    • Wired
    • Premonition
    • The Machine Age
97.200 Madison, Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
2005 13 August

The Cadets (Allentown, Pennsylvania)

  • The Zone: Dreamscapes in Four Parts with a Door
    • Twisted Nerve from Kill Bill
    • Liquid
    • Overture to a New World from Dancer in the Dark
    • Cvalda from Dancer in the Dark
    • Vertigo
    • False Mirrors
99.150 Foxborough, Massachusetts Gillette Stadium
2004 7 August

The Cavaliers (Rosemont, Illinois)

  • 007
    • Goldeneye
    • Hovercraft from Die Another Day
    • Tomorrow Never Dies
98.700 Denver, Colorado INVESCO Field at Mile High
2003 9 August

Blue Devils (Concord, California)

  • The Phenomenon of Cool
    • Concierto de Aranjuez
    • Take Five
    • Blue Rondo A La Turk
    • Unsquare Dance
98.80 Orlando, Florida Citrus Bowl
2002 10 August The Cavaliers (Rosemont, Illinois)
  • Frameworks
    • Melody
    • Harmony
    • Rhythm
99.15 Madison, Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
2001 11 August The Cavaliers (Rosemont, Illinois)
  • Four Corners
98.35 Orchard Park, New York Ralph Wilson Stadium
2000 12 August The Cadets (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
  • We Are the Future
    • Disney Millennium Celebration

The Cavaliers (Rosemont, Illinois)

  • Niagara Falls
    • Niagara Falls
    • Richard Saucedo Original Composition
97.65 College Park, Maryland Byrd Stadium
1999 14 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • Rhythms...At the Edge of Time
    • Estancia Ballet (Rhythm 1 – Afrocuban/Malambo)
    • Powerhouse: Rhumba for Orchestra (Rhythm 2 – Rhumba)
    • Powerhouse: Rhumba for Orchestra (Rhythm 3 – Samba)
    • Adios Nonino (Rhythm 4 – Tango)
    • Unchained Melody (Rhythm 5 – Jazz)
    • The Dirty Boogie (Rhythm 6 – Swing)

Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, California)

  • Inventions for a New Millennium: Music by Samuel Barber and Frank Ticheli
    • The Canyon
    • Symphony No. 2
    • Symphony No. 1
    • Blue Shades
98.40 Madison, Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
1998 15 August The Cadets (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
  • Jan Van der Roost's Stonehenge
    • Stonehenge
    • Canterbury Chorale
98.40 Orlando, Florida Citrus Bowl
1997 16 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • As Time Goes By...
    • Casablanca
    • Bangkok
    • A Night in Tunisia
    • As Time Goes By
98.40 Orlando, Florida Citrus Bowl
1996 17 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • Club Blue: A Gangster Chronicle
    • Children's Hour of Dream
    • Desi
    • Tess' Theme from Dick Tracy
    • Trouble from Mission Impossible

Phantom Regiment (Rockford, Illinois)

  • A Defiant Heart: The Music of Dmitri Shostakovich
    • Fourth Ballet Suite
    • First Symphony, Second Movement
    • Fifth Symphony, Fourth Movement
97.40 Orlando, Florida Citrus Bowl
1995 12 August The Cavaliers (Rosemont, Illinois)
  • The Planets
    • Mars
    • Venus
    • Mercury
    • Jupiter
98.30 Orchard Park, New York Rich Stadium
1994 20 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • My Spanish Heart
    • Spanish Fantasy Part I
    • Night Streets
    • Day Danse
    • My Spanish Heart
    • Spanish Fantasy Part 4
98.40 Foxborough, Massachusetts Foxboro Stadium
1993 21 August The Cadets of Bergen County (Bergen County, New Jersey)
  • In the Spring, At the Time When Kings Go Off to War
    • In the Spring, When Kings Go Off to War
    • Ballet Sacra
    • On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss
97.40 Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
1992 15 August The Cavaliers (Rosemont, Illinois)
  • Revolution and Triumph
    • Gavorkna Fanfare
    • Cornish Dances, 4th Movement
    • English Dances, 4th Movement
    • Peterloo Overture
97.50 Madison, Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
1991 17 August Star of Indiana (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • Roman Images: The Music of Ottorino Respighi
    • Roman Festivals – Movement I
    • The Pines of Rome – Movement I
    • Roman Festivals – Movement II
    • Roman Festivals – Movement III
    • Roman Festivals – Movement IV
97.00 Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl
1990 18 August The Cadets of Bergen County (Bergen County, New Jersey)
  • A Bernstein Celebration
    • Overture to Candide
    • Mass
    • Somewhere from West Side Story
    • Fancy Free Ballet
97.70 Orchard Park, New York Rich Stadium
1989 19 August Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, California)
  • Phantom of The Opera
    • Angel of Music
    • Masquerade
    • Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
    • Track Down this Murderer
98.80 Kansas City, Missouri Arrowhead Stadium
1988 20 August Madison Scouts (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Concerto For Guitar and Jazz Orchestra
  • Malagueña
97.10 Kansas City, Missouri Arrowhead Stadium
1987 15 August Garfield Cadets (Garfield, New Jersey)
  • Appalachian Spring
97.90 Madison, Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
1986 16 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • Channel One Suite
  • Conquistador
  • Spanish Fantasy
  • Chick Corea Suite'
98.40 Madison, Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
1985 17 August Garfield Cadets (Garfield, New Jersey)
  • Jeremiah Symphony
  • Overture to Candide
  • Make Our Garden Grow from Candide
98.40 Madison, Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
1984 18 August Garfield Cadets (Garfield, New Jersey)
  • Selections from West Side Story
98.00 Atlanta, Georgia Grant Field
1983 20 August Garfield Cadets (Garfield, New Jersey)
  • Rocky Point Holiday
  • Mass by Leonard Bernstein
94.40 Miami, Florida Miami Orange Bowl
1982 21 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • T.O.
  • Pegasus
  • Paradox
  • One More Time Chuck Corea
  • People Alone from The Competition
95.25 Montreal, Quebec Olympic Stadium
1981 22 August Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, California)
  • Northridge
  • A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
  • Slava
  • Don't Cry For Me Argentina from Evita
94.00 Montreal, Quebec Olympic Stadium
1980 16 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • New York Fantasy
  • Ya Gotta Try
  • Pegasus
  • Free
  • La Suerte de Los Tontos from Cuban Fire Suite
  • Pauper in Paradise
  • Dindi
90.60 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field
1979 18 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • Chicago III Suite
  • La Suerte de Los Tontos from Cuban Fire Suite
  • My Heart Belongs to Me
93.55 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field
1978 18 August Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, California)
  • Overture to a New Era
  • Dance of Welcome from Gayne Ballet
  • Adagio from Gayne Ballet
  • Lezghinka from Gayne Ballet
  • Gopak from Gayne Ballet
  • If You Believe from The Wiz
  • Bottle Dance from Fiddler on the Roof
91.55 Denver, Colorado Mile High Stadium
1977 19 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • Channel One Suite
  • Spanish Fantasy
  • Gonna Fly Now from Rocky
92.05 Denver, Colorado Mile High Stadium
1976 21 August Blue Devils (Concord, California)
  • Channel One Suite
  • Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor
  • Chase the Clouds Away
92.70 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Franklin Field
1975 16 August Madison Scouts (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Slaughter on 10th Avenue from On Your Toes
  • Mac Arthur Park
  • Rhapsody in Blue
  • Dueling Banjos
  • The Way We Were
92.50 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Franklin Field
1974 17 August Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, California)
  • "Siegfried's Rhine Journey" from "Die Gotterdamerung"
  • A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
  • Overture to Candide
  • A Little Night Music
  • Weekend in the Country from A Little Night Music
  • Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music
89.50 Ithaca, New York Schoellkopf Field
1973 17 August Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, California)
  • Fanfare and Allegro
  • A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
  • Wedding Celebration and Bottle Dance from Fiddler on the Roof
  • Chava Ballet from Fiddler on the Roof
88.65 Whitewater, Wisconsin Warhawk Stadium
1972 18 August Anaheim Kingsmen (Anaheim, California)
  • March from Folk Song Suite
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Mickey Mouse Club March
  • Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo
  • Sing Sing Sing
  • Exodus
  • King of Kings
88.10 Whitewater, Wisconsin Warhawk Stadium
  1. ^ The seven non-"Top 6" corps that have finished in the top six are: Crossmen (6th, 1992, 1997); Oakland Crusaders 6th,1975 Glassmen (5th, 1998, 1999, 2001); Boston Crusaders (5th, 2000, 2002; 6th, 2003); Blue Knights (6th, 2000); Bluecoats (6th, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012; 5th, 2005, 2013; 4th, 2006; 3rd, 2010; 2nd, 2014); Carolina Crown (6th, 2007; 4th, 2008, 2010, 2011; 2nd, 2009, 2012; 1st, 2013)
  2. ^ In 2009, Carolina Crown became the first drum corps outside of the "Top 6" since 1987 to finish in the top three, placing second. The Bluecoats managed the feat in 2010, placing third. Crown won in 2013.
  3. ^ DCI has contracted with the City of Indianapolis to hold the Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium every year through 2018.
  4. ^ The 2008 Championships were originally to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium but were moved to Indiana University's Memorial Stadium in Bloomington due to construction delays.

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