The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps is back on top after capturing its latest Drum Corps Associates World Championships title with a record-setting performance.
The independent, all-ages group swept all scored categories, earning high honors in visual, brass, percussion, color guard, music and overall effect in the 48th annual competition held Saturday and Sunday nights at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.
The Buccaneers defeated the 2011 champions, Minnesota Brass of St. Paul, Minn., which last year in Rochester, N.Y., ended the Buccaneers’ record streak of 64 consecutive victories as well as its six-year streak of DCA World Championships wins.
“It was kind of sweet to take the championship back to Reading where it belongs,” said Thomas Moore, public relationships manager for the Buccaneers.
But even more impressive than reclaiming the title was the way the men and women performed to close out the 2012 season undefeated, Moore said.
Buccaneers scored a record 99.030 out of a possible 100 points in Sunday’s championships final. The score breaks the previous record of 99.025 points, set by the Buccaneers in 2009.
In Saturday’s preliminary round of competition, the Buccaneers placed first among 20 competing units and scored a DCA preliminary round record 98.50 out of a possible 100 points, earning one of the 10 final performing slots for Sunday’s Open Class finals round of competition.
With the victory, the Buccaneers have won 11 DCA world championships, including seven of the past eight years.
The snare drum line received high honors for showmanship.
-Article by Steve Henshaw, Reading Eagle
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