Inside & Outside Indiana
By Ray Ludwin
DCN Sept. 12, 1962 issue
Hello people!!! It's been quite some time since my last column, but with nothing to write about I decided a lay off would be in order.
First in order, I owe my readers an apology for not printing the results of my all-time favorite drum corps songs - so:
1. The All-Time Favorite - "Love For Sale" - Pittsburgh Rockets - 113 first place votes.
2. "Battle Hymn" - Chicago Cavaliers - 82 first place votes.
3. "Siboney" - Hawthorne Caballeros - 41 first place votes.
Well, half the battle is over and it was a close one at Minneapolis, with the Cavies retaining their VFW title, close pressed by the Chicago Royal Airs. The midwest has come out 1 - 2 VFW-wise.
Garfield feeling the sting of the top two not only at Minneapolis but at Skokie and Momence, are not to be denied the true champions that they are. Providing a much more open and exciting drill than other corps, their downfall was simply that they did more on the field than the winners. I personally feel that this holds true for all the eastern corps.
St. Mary's Cardinals put on a beautiful show, but gave the judges too much room to cut them down. Further, I feel the Cambridge Caballeros really got the short end of the stick. They put on a much better show than their score indicated.
Reading Bucs proved too big, too powerful and too good for their competitors. Hilton did a fine job for their first national try.
Prior to the Nationals, the Cavies, Royal Airs and Garfield finished 1,2,3 in that order at Skokie, Ill. and Momence, Ill. However, while the Cavies were taking State Fair honors from the Royal Airs, Garfield topped Madison at the Stillwater "Drum Beauty". Some one said Miami beat Madison's horns at Stillwater. This I can't believe, for I, personally,feel Madison was the best horn line in the mid-west this year.
Half the sweat is over, and next it's Las Vegas. I wish all my readers would go back to the October 6, 1961 issue of DCN, where I predicted a National Championship for the Royal Airs. Garfield will have to work hard to beat them out west.
We saw corps from the east, west, north, south, and mid-west at Minneapolis and they all represented themselves as true corpsmen and corpswomen. The best VFW show in sometime. Nice job, Tony.
Many Fleetwood bags seen in the midwest.
Watch for at least 8 new Fleetwood releases soon.
Dave King at VFW all the way from Alaska.