Arsenal was the first competitive ensemble to take the field at the Drum Corps International Southwestern Championship in San Antonio on July 22nd. Opening with a flamboyant trumpet solo rendition of our State song, ‘O Fair New Mexico’, Arsenal set the standard for SoundSport at the event, with DCI’s Dan Potter remarking “what a way to start off the day” as the corps headed off to the tunnel. A few hours later Arsenal returned to the field, this time accompanied by Horizon Drum and Bugle Corps and Bayou City Blues. The three SoundSport teams combined their brasslines to perform ‘Raise Your Voice’, the official Anthem of DCI’s SoundSport program.
Scores were announced shortly thereafter with Arsenal receiving Gold overall, as well as the highest overall score of the event, granting the corps the additional accolade of ‘Best of Show’. Of the three captions scored, Arsenal received Gold in the SoundSport equivalents of General Effect and Music, and received Silver in Visual for an overall rating of Gold. Following the announcement of scores, Arsenal’s battery took the field to perform in DrumLine Battle with Let Them Drum! a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life through percussive experience.
After the equipment was loaded back onto the truck, members of Arsenal got the opportunity to go into the stands and watch the rest of the corps perform. For many of them, it was their first time ever watching a live drum corps show, let alone a major competition like the San Antonio Regional. Following the announcement of scores the corps boarded the bus to head back to Las Cruces for our end-of-season banquet and an emotional farewell to the 2017 season. Members and staff shared a few minutes before the corps was called to attention and dismissed one last time.
Overall, Arsenal had an amazing experience in San Antonio this season, and we cannot wait to return next year!
For more information, read the official DCI article here.