Jersey Surf: 1997


The 1997 season featured “More Cool Tunes.” The corps continued to expand its touring radius, adding “mini-tours” to the far reaches of Western Pennsylvania and New York. A highlight of the corps’ season was a special parade performance through Manhattan as a part of the World Premiere of Walt Disney’s Hercules. The corps was treated a huge live audience of more than 2 million lining the route along NY City’s famed 42nd street. At the DCI World Championships in Orlando, the corps finished in 6th place. Highlights of championship week included a one-night stay in the grand ballroom at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, which had only been opened for eight days prior to the corps’ arrival; and an all-day rehearsal session on the perfectly manicured fields of Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The corps staff was recognized at the World Championships as DCI’s “Volunteers of the Year.”