Blue Devils Drum & Bu­gle Corps

Ev­ery month, Stu Warm­ing­ton puts the spot­light on march­ing drums

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

Once again we find our­selves back in the land of the free and the home of the brave as we take a look into Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional (DCI) where we meet up with the Blue Devils Drum & Bu­gle Corps.

DCI first started in 1972 and is com­posed of many dif­fer­ent corps who have earned their mem­ber­ship through com­pe­ti­tion. DCI is re­spon­si­ble for en­forc­ing the rules of com­pe­ti­tion and is the sanc­tion­ing body for ju­nior corps com­pe­ti­tions. Indianapolis, USA is home to the DCI HQ. Its Board of Direc­tors is com­posed pri­mar­ily of direc­tors of the mem­ber corps.

The of­fi­cial mis­sion state­ment of Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional is “to bring the life-en­rich­ing benefits and en­joy­ment of march­ing mu­sic per­form­ing arts to more peo­ple world­wide. We do this by cre­at­ing a stage for par­tic­i­pat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­gage in ed­u­ca­tion, com­pe­ti­tion, en­ter­tain­ment, and the pro­mo­tion of in­di­vid­ual growth”.

The DCI com­pet­i­tive sum­mer tour, con­sist­ing of DCI-sanc­tioned com­pe­ti­tions through­out the United States, cul­mi­nates in Au­gust with the week-long DCI World Cham­pi­onships.

The Blue Devils Drum and Bu­gle Corps are a World Class com­pet­i­tive ju­nior drum and bu­gle corps who are based in sunny Con­cord, Cal­i­for­nia. They are a mem­ber of Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional (DCI) and they have a stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion hav­ing fin­ished first or sec­ond for the past 11 years (2007–17). At the time of writ­ing The Blue Devils are the cur­rent DCI Cham­pi­ons, af­ter win­ning their record 18th DCI World Championship on 12th Au­gust 2017.

Other drum corps as­so­ci­a­tions around the world are largely based upon DCI, such as DCA (Drum Corps As­so­ci­ates), DCE (Drum Corps Europe) and DCUK (Drum Corps United King­dom).

NEXT MONTH Jim Kil­patrick MBE & Scot­tish Pipe Band Drum­ming

The Blue Devils are the cur­rent DCI World Cham­pi­ons. hav­ing won their 18th World Championship in 2017

The Blue Devils Drum Corps train­ing hard

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