10: Velvet Knights 1988- Besides being absolutely hilarious the battery is damn clean, did I mention how funny it is too?
9: SCV 1989- A great hornline and percussion complete with the greatest high step in DCI history, the passion in this show is immense.
8: Phantom Regiment 2003- It may not be the cleanest show but that doesn’t change the fact that I get chills every time the hornline hits the final impact for “Canon in D” to close the show.
7: Cadets 2011- It may have been gimmicky but the General Effect of the Angels and Demons uniforms was too good to ignore. The opening hit was something fierce too.
6: Blue Devils 2009- This show has my favorite opener of all time, the chairs , the yellow GE skirts that all move the same way, the incredible guard. There’s a reason I’m listening to this show as I type this list. It’s also probably one the smartest designed shows on this list.
5: SCV 2013- This show is just so strong in almost every aspect, visual, brass, percussion especially. The uniforms were absolutely beautiful, not to mention it also had the best “Vanguard!” moment in over 10 years.
4: Carolina Crown 2013- The brass in this show is mind blowing, sure the love story is cheesy and “Einstein on the Beach” is an atrocious opera. But the performance quality of the guard and hornline especially ensure it’ll be one of the biggest fan favorites for years, if not ever. 6 standing ovations don’t lie.
3: Blue Devils 2013- This show is the “Rite of Spring”, everything about it is so well designed, the guard’s work, the perfect samples, the forest. Not to mention it has some of the best form control I’ve ever seen. The infectiously funky part 2 is a show stopper.
2: Blue Devils 2012- Not a single weakness comes to mind when I think of this show, the visual technique is so locked in that it almost comes alive. The call and response between the trumpets and euphs is out of this world. The percussion was innovative and satisfying. Combined with it’s ability to not only make fun of itself but also other groups, namely the Cadets who beat them the year before; this show is one I can watch at any time, in any mood. It’s also the most beautiful the BD hornline has played in years.
1: Cavaliers 2000- Wow, this show just blows my mind every time I watch it. Michael Gaines truly outdid himself with this drill composition, of course it wouldn’t matter one bit if it weren’t piss clean, fortunately it is. The hornline is absolutely incredible this year, the percussion equally so. All of this culminates in the fiercest jam out I’ve ever seen, and the most incredible closer drill put on a football field.