Blue Devils, Esperanza, San Diego Alliance top divisions in Norwalk

by Bob Olsseski, DCW staff

Blue Devils 2002 (Concord, CA)
Photo by Francesca Colombini

June 20, 2003 — Norwalk, CA… Cerritos College provided hundreds of enthusiastic drum corps fans with an outstanding venue to witness 11 West Coast corps as they presented their new programs for the first time.

Under near perfect conditions, the Blue Devils “Phenomenon of Cool” show was deemed victorious and they retained their position as leaders of the West in division I. Esperanza was crowned division II champion with “Reflections” as its theme, and San Diego Alliance captured the division III title, performing with a six-member brass line. Santa Clara Vanguard finished as runner-up in the top division followed by the Blue Knights, Pacific Crest and Mandarins respectively. Vanguard Cadets took second in division II with Blue Devils B and Impulse following close behind.

“It’s great to see the drum corps activity so popular once again in southern California!” commented former Velvet Knights drum major (1986-‘87) and longtime show announcer Ryan Turner.

The Blue Devils program opened with four diamond formations center field around a single snare drummer that shortly after that first beat left no doubt of the definition of cool…