For last night, at least, it was the biggest show in town.
The horns sounded, the drums crashed and the crowds roared as eight of the country's top drum and bugle corps teams on Tuesday rolled into East Ridge High School's Nest.
The teams competed for top honors in the River City Rhapsody competition, where contestants earned world rankings for Drum Corps International.
The Cavaliers, a Rosemount, Ill., based team, finished first for world class-level points in the competition, edging the Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio, and the Blue Stars of La Crosse, Wis.
Minnesota Brass - based out of St. Paul - earned first place for all-age corps acts, followed by the Govenaires of St. Peter, Minn. Corps members aged anywhere from teenagers to people older than 60.
Each team performed a routine comprising a blend of horn-based music, percussion and choreographed dancers.
The winning team, the all-male Cavaliers, provided perhaps the most dramatic production. Though its drum-and-bugle corps players represented a standard presentation, the production - dubbed "XtraordinarY" - included dancers in elaborate costume and makeup, some taking the field wearing stilts.