Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps
Every month, Stu Warmington puts the spotlight on marching drums
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).
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The Blue Devils are the current DCI World Champions. having won their 18th World Championship in 2017
The Blue Devils Drum Corps training hard