Warrington United Kingdom
|1986||The Man I Love * Love for Sale * Catching the Sun * Razulli * Teach Me Tonight|
|1987||Artistry in Rhythm * Good News * Blue Rondo A La Turk * Teach Me Tonight|
|1988||Concerto in F * Rocky Point Holiday * Autumn Leaves * Everybody Loves the Blues|
At the end of the 1985 season, that number was reduced by one, with the merger of The Sentinels and The Purple Phantoms, both spectacularly unsuccessful in the preceding years. The new corps was to be called Valley Sound, and nobody suspected the impact this new organisation would have on drum corps in Britain.
From the very first competition, VS made a loud and clear statement that they were there to rattle a few cages. With a horn line that combined sublime quality and roof-lifting power, they did just that. In their first year, VS
took the eighth and last Finals spot, after running ninth for the whole season, a remarkable achievement for a new corps. Controversially, the horn line, which had remained unbeaten all season (including Prelims), was pushed back into sixth place, even after taking all but one sub-caption with their Finals performance.
The following year, the corps took third place, and looked destined for greatness. Disappointment followed 12 months later, however, when a very poor Prelims show left VS floundering in sixth place. Although they picked up a position in Finals, it was just too little too late. Once again, a controversial judging performance left the horn line out of first place, despite being universally acknowledged as the best that DCUK had ever seen.
After three excellent years, the corps didn't make it out for the 1989 season, and folded just a matter of weeks before the opening day of the season. Those who were there that fateful April night look back with regret that the corps didn't have one last shot at a championship, with a show that was already looking like it could take it all.
Even now, debate still rages as to the quality of the VS horn line of 1988, but all those who were there will tell you that they've heard nothing like it before or since.
Highest Score 69.100
Final show in DCX Archives September 26, 1986 DCUK Open Class Finals Wolverhampton United Kingdom placed 8 with a score of 69.100
Highest Score 81.300
Final show in DCX Archives September 26, 1987 DCUK Open Class Finals Birmingham United Kingdom placed 3 with a score of 81.300
Highest Score 88.700
Final show in DCX Archives September 24, 1988 DCUK Open Class Finals Birmingham United Kingdom placed 4 with a score of 88.700