In one of the most tightly contested championships in years, the exciting RCC presentation topped the 160+ drum lines at the recent WGI Championships, held at the sold out Ervin Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The comments from the judges panel were glowing (396 out of 400 points in GE from Nola Jones!) and the standing ovations that followed the prelims and finals shows were a testament to the ‘freshness’ and excitement that the Riverside performers brought to the ‘big dance.’
In a complete departure from last year, utilizing bold slashes of color on a white floor & bright costumes, the line musically examined the essence of pop culture. The energetic presentation, an original composition by Sean Vegas and Jim Wunderlich entitled “Manifest Destiny,” again explored all aspects of movement. The break dancing that was ‘hinted at’ throughout the show was finally fully realized at the end when the battery members formed the traditional dance triangle and strutted their stuff – including a pretty effective ‘moon walk’ bit that brought cheers from the capacity WGI audience!
This is the 2nd WGI title for the RCC Drumline, having won the world class championship in 2002, and the 4th consecutive year that the group has earned a WGI medal at the season finale. Riverside now has earned an unprecedented gold, silver, silver and gold in the last 4 seasons – their only seasons that included the WGI Championships. The instructional staff includes Sean Vega, Jim Wunderlich, Mike Jackson, Paul Locke, Chris Velez, Chad McCormick, Pete Sapadin, Cory Blee and Jennifer Swanek. RCC would like to take this opportunity to thank Dynasty for the new pit equipment, as well as Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, Taye and Xymox for their support.