Blue Devils are undefeated DCI 09 World Champions

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Blue Devils won their 13th DCI World Championship in convincing fashion by scoring 99.05, 0.65 higher than their score from the Semifinals. They were able to increase their spread over second place Carolina Crown to 1.55 from 0.85 at the Semifinals.

Along the way, the corps won four of the five special caption awards that were determined by averaging the scores of Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals, losing only Brass Performance to Carolina Crown. Those four awards included Overall General Effect, Visual Performance, Color Guard and Percussion Performance.

The only captions on the score sheets the corps didn’t win were Brass and Music Ensemble, leading to a 0.10 deficit to Carolina Crown in total Music. The corps received a 19.95 for Music Effect, just 0.05 from a perfect score after both judges were combined. Visual Performance was in at 19.9 and both Visual Ensemble and Color Guard nailed perfect scores of 20.0 so that the total Visual score came in at 29.95.

Remember that only the averaged scores from the two judges in each Visual Effect and Music Effect aren’t divided in half before being added to the final score. The scores for the three Visual captions (Performance, Ensemble and Color Guard) and the three Music captions (Brass, Ensemble and Percussion) are divided in half before being added to the final score.

All in all, Blue Devils got perfect scores from three of the 10 judges; one of the Music Effect judges and those for Visual Ensemble and Color Guard, with perfect scores in eight sub-captions.

The score of 99.05 comes within 0.10 of the highest score recording at a World Class Finals, set in 2002 by the Cavaliers and matched in 2005 by the Cadets.

Perhaps more amazing is that Blue Devils have now won at least three championship titles in four consecutive decades. (1976, 1977, 1979/1980, 1982, 1986/1994, 1996-tie, 1997, 1999-tie/2003, 2007, 2009.)

Results World Class Finals
1 • 99.050 • Blue Devils
2 • 97.500 • Carolina Crown
3 • 97.200 • Holy Name Cadets
4 • 96.150 • Cavaliers
5 • 95.650 • Sanra Clara Vanguard
6 • 93.150 • Bluecoats
7 • 90.700 • Boston Crusaders
8 • 90.050 • Blue Stars
9 • 89.900 • Phantom Regiment
10 • 87.750 • Glassmen
11 • 86.450 • Blue Knights
12 • 85.100 • Troopers

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9th August 2009



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