Next is the Royal Crusaders of Finleyville, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh), who actually placed 7th in the prelims with a score of 84.85, but dropped down to 9th in the finals with an 82.40. This was their best season ever, having placed 16th and 17th in 1973 and '74, respectively, before dropping back down into the high teens-low 20s in the late 70s. I had the pleasure of competing against them a number of times in 1978 (in which they kicked our butts every time). The corps folded in 1981, although there was a brief comeback attempt in 1998.
In eighth place was the Cavaliers of Park Ridge, Illinois. The Cavaliers had placed eleventh in the prelims with a score of 81.40; however, they had a slightly better showing in the finals with an 82.95. There is a video of this corps available at Youtube, but due to their role in the disqualification of the Hawthorne Muchachos, I will never play it on this blog.
Which leads us to the Kilties of Racine, Wisconsin. The Mad Plaid, who were celebrating their 40th season in 1975, had placed eighth in the prelims with a score of 83.05; in the finals they moved up to seventh, with an 85.30.
One other note: The 2008 drum corps season starts today in the U.S. Support the corps! Go to some shows and help the corps out in any way you can, even if it's buying some souvenirs.
The Repertoire: The Third Hoorah * Carmina Burana * Roll Over Beethoven * Don't You Worry Bout A Thing * Auld Lang Syne