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The following corps has registered:
Beeches – Birmingham – GB
Blue Diamonds – Nienhagen – D
Cadence – Surrey – GB
Inbhear Mor – Arklow – Ir
Jubal – Dordrecht – NL
Juliana – Middelburg – NL
Kadoudal – Quiberon – F
Kidsgrove Scouts – Kidsgrove – GB
Liberty – Northampton – GB
Showband Spirit of ’52 – Rastede – D
Showband Calypso – Zwevegem – B
Starriders – Bad Münder – D
The Company – Chesterfield – GB
Vikings – Dublin – Ir
Wölper Löwen – Neustadt – D
Diamond Cadets – Nienhagen – D
Johan Friso – Middelburg - NL
Jong Holland Junioren – Zwijndrecht – NL
Jong Jubal – Dordrecht – NL
Unfortunately this edition will miss Beatrix and Jong Beatrix from Hilversum, Netherlands.
The corps decided not to compete for a while and focus on paid performances. Due to lack of brass
players, Unity from Bosson – Besana, Italy is not able to compete this season. Finally Jong Holland
from Zwijndrecht, Netherlands, also decided not to compete this year.
Back on the field are Kadoudal from Quiberon, France, who celebrate their 10th anniversary and
showband Calypso from Zwevegem, Belgium.
The Championships will be held in the Parkstad Limburg stadium, Kerkrade, on
Saturday September 29th 2018. The timetable and program for the day will follow later this year.
It is expected that ticket sales will start around April 1st
More information will follow soon!
Most drum corps has received an invitation. Those who haven’t are requested to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Registration is open until March 1st.
We’re also happy to announce that the 2018 European championships will be held in Kerkrade Saturday September 29th.
More information about ticket sales will follow soon. The website of DCE is currently offline untill 1 February due to technical issues.
On the photo, made during the partner meeting last Saturday:
Standing left to right:
Sandra Stephan - German Open
Mark Nicholson - DCUK Board
Mark Basset - European Judges team
Oisin Molloy- IMBA Chairman
Alan Thompson - MPAUK Chairman (DCUK)
Bert van Maaren - New treasurer DCE
Rob van Koningshoven - New chairman DCE
Ralf Eversen - Juliana
Monique Wassink - Jubal
Torsten Wilters - Rasteder Musiktage
Michael Fischer - German Open
kneeling left to right:
Harrold de Raad - Juliana
Joe Fitzpatrick - MPAUK Deputy Chair (DCUK)
Hans Kloppert - Jubal
As a result the agenda for Rob and Bert for the short term will be the following:
1. Establish a new Association (European Drum Corps Association) and register at the chambers of commerce;
2. Work out the details of the rules and regulations of the EDCA;
3. Invite all participating drum corps to become a member of EDCA;
4. Secure the partners of DCE to remain partner of EDCA;
5. Secure the judges panel remain as part of the EDCA;
6. Secure the volunteers of DCE remain as part of the EDCA;
7. Start to investigate the possibility to have European Championships in Kerkrade again on September 29th 2018;
There has been chosen to establish an Association instead of a Foundation.
Reason is the strong felt need from the participating drum corps to have a direct say in the way the organization has to go (grow) and the way they want to be judged.
Participating drum corps will become a member of the EDCA, which will have an annual meeting to determine the direction of the EDCA, evaluate last year and elect the board of directors.
This will generate more involvement of the drum corps with the EDCA.
As soon as step 1 and 2 are done, more detailed information will become available. If you have any question or remark, please feel free to contact:
Rob van Koningshoven
0031 – (0)6 – 414 03 011
Bert van Maaren
0031 – (0)6 – 51 33 45 85
More info: www.dceurope.org
This year was the last year of a multiannual contract with the Parkstad Limburg Stadium. The contract needs to be renewed, and it is also a year in which we needed to make decisions on several new investments. The question for the DCE board to ask is how we can keep the foundation healthy (in regard to the organisation and the finances) in the short and long term. Also, in the light of the decreasing number of corps.
We have great volunteers and judges who are prepared to spend a lot of their free time to support the events and continue to develop and educate themselves. The staff, judging team and board of DCE consists of volunteers only. In the last couple of years we have seen people leave, and we couldn’t find suitable candidates for a management functions, despite various attempts. For the three remaining board members, the time has come to take a step back. Changes in our personal lives mean we can’t spend as much time as we would like to on the activity, and as much time as is needed. We noticed that sometimes we were delivering half a job, and even worse, we weren’t developing the future of the activity.
Of course we have considered continuing the current path for another year or two, but finally agreed that stopping at a height is better than having to stop because there is nothing left. We see that there is still enough potential to build a future with new initiatives.
Our decision does not mean that the legal entity of Drum Corps Europe will be terminated. The foundation will start and manage the DCE Heritage Fund. The foundation is currently healthy and with the available funds, the foundation wants to support new initiatives that are focused on keeping and growing the drum corps activity in Europe. Most importantly, the initiative needs to have the goal to keep the European Music Games alive. There must also be a solid business plan that shows that activities can be guaranteed over several years at a high standard with independent judging by qualified judges. Applications can be honored for as long as a budget is available. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
We would like to thank all present and past volunteers, judges, partner organisations, sponsors, corps, fans and everyone involved for their fantastic support during the last 17 years. It has been an amazing journey. We wish you all the best for the future and hope to see the first proposals for a new music games competition in Europe soon.
The board of the Drum Corps Europe foundation
It was a worrying start to the day at Parkstad Limburg on Saturday when torrential rain poured down on the stadium. The start of prelims was delayed in an effort to wait for the rain to pass. Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble came on fifteen minutes later than planned. The worries soon turned in to applause and laughter as Inbhear Mors smiles and an impromptu pre-show fun and guitar playing lightened the mood. Inbhear Mor were later named by many in the stadium as a highlight of the day with their thoroughly entertaining programme “Pulse”.
Performances followed from fifteen corps in total during prelims. As the scores came through, it was clear that we were going to have tight competition to make finals. The top three were grouped together with high scores between 87.55 to 89.00. The tenth qualifying place was also tight on scores, with Cadence going through with 70.80 for their show “The theory of everything”.
Five corps took part in Junior Class Finals. There were a couple of groupings in the scoring, with 5th and 4th separated by just over two points, while Johan Friso edged ahead of Jong Beatrix as runners up with their production “United”. A trombone solo from Jong Jubal hushed the stadium as everyone watched the opening of “Sensei” from the corps who succeeded in winning Junior Class finals with a score of 80.75.
The weather cleared for finals and a packed stadium and thousands of webcast viewers at home were treated to a feast of drum corps. The Company were coming fresh from their victory in DCUK and an excellent prelims performance, while Kidsgrove Scouts had performed immensely well earlier in the day and were only a fraction of a point behind. Jubal were a certainty to improve on their prelims score. It was impossible to predict.
Scoring in the middle of the ten was tight, as 0.35 separated Spirit of 52 and Starriders. The Italian corps Unity edged just ahead of the group to 5th place with one of the stand-out performances of the night.
Jubal did improve by almost two points, and finished in third place. Kidsgrove Scouts both passed the 90 point mark and gave some of the most passionate, emotional and technically excellent performances seen at the stadium.
All scores are available to view on our scores page.
Nothing is better than being at the fantastic Parkstad Limburg Stadium and enjoying the music, show and atmosphere. However, the webcast offers an alternative for everyone who is unable to travel to Kerkrade. The show is hosted by Robby Overvliet and Michelle Vaughan. Analysts Joe Fitzpatrick and Paul Doop will give their views on the shows. The webcast will start Saturday at 9:30 (local time GMT+1) and can be accessed through a banner on the DCE website.
Drum corps fans who enjoy watching the event from their own home will be asked to become a patron of the 2017 webcast. “We know that the live webcast is highly appreciated, and with so many drum corps fans becoming a patron of the webcast we could keep it free last year", Rob Beeren from Drum Corps Europe said. "We hope that viewers will become a patron this year as well, so we can keep the webcast available to as many people as possible."
Schedule 30 September 2017:
09.00 DCE stand open
09.00 Ticket sale starts and doors open
10.00 Start day competition
10.00 Premier Class Prelims
10.05 Inbhear Mor
10.23 The Vikings
10.41 Blue Diamonds
11.53 Wölper Löwen
12.45 Spirit of 52
14.32 Kidsgrove Scouts
14.49 The Company
15.15 Junior Class Finals
15.15 Diamond Cadets
15.32 Jong-Holland Junioren
15.49 Jong Beatrix
16.06 Johan Friso
16.23 Jong Jubal
16.45 Award Ceremony Junior Class
17.30 End day competition
18.00 Champions show Junior Class
18.15 Premier Class Finals
18.15 10th place Premier Class Prelims
18.33 9th place Premier Class Prelims
18.50 8th place Premier Class Prelims
19.08 7th place Premier Class Prelims
19.26 6h place Premier Class Prelims
20.15 5th place Premier Class Prelims
20.33 4th place Premier Class Prelims
20.50 3rd place Premier Class Prelims
21.08 2nd place Premier Class Prelims
21.26 1st place Premier Class Prelims
21.50 Award Ceremony Premier Class
22.45 Champions show Premier Class
23.00 End evening competition
Outstanding Performances at the Drum Corps United Kingdom British Drum Corps Championships on Saturday 23rd September at the Select Stadium, Widnes, Cheshire.
The Company Performance Ensemble achieved their 4th consecutive DCUK title to be crowned Open Class Champions with the production "Tomorrow - is just around the corner" which now put them in prime position at the top of the European Rankings.
In the Junior Class Concord AllStars production the "Final Frontier" saw them achieve their 3rd consecutive title this being their 33rd year competing in the DCUK Championships a proud unbeaten record
Full Results can be found here
DrumLine Battle rocked the stadium at the Championships in which four percussion units complete in the contest. Top Honours went to Concord Allstars percussion achieving the title ofthe 2017 DrumLine Battle Champions
Presentations for the Drum Corps United Kingdom Hall of Fame were made which saw three candidates inducted for 2017, Joe Fitzpatrick, John Johnson and Mark Mayes
For more information on the Hall of Fame
Drum Corps Fans, members, staff members, volunteers and board members can set their profile picture for the upcoming DCE European Championships in order to show their involved with the activity.
You can find the themes on this page on Facebook. Just go to your profile picture and click on update. You are able to adjust with a Frame. Use the search option to look for DCE2017.
From 12.40pm DCUK and the UK Fan Network will give you a rundown of the day’s events followed by all 9 Open Class Corps in Prelims competition as well as the semi-finals of Drumline Battle. After a short interval they will be back at 17.40 with the build up to Finals and 11 more performances from the Junior and Open Class Corps. You can stay with us right through retreat and the awards ceremony, and, time permitting, the encore from this year’s British Drum Corps Champions.
Our program will be hosted by Joe Fitzpatrick and Michelle Vaughan, and we’re also pleased to announce that joining the team this year, down on the field, will be Tammy Clegg. Tammy will be in the thick of the action, speaking to members from the competing units throughout the day.
If you can’t make it to Widnes, then join us for the 2017 British Drum Corps Championships LIVE from Widnes, only on UK Fan Network and it's FREE. www.ukfannetwork.org
New candidates for the Hall of Fame have been nominated and second and discussed by the Hall of Fame assessment Team and Drum Corps United Kingdom are pleased to announce that the three successfull candidates for the Hall of Fame 2017 are Joe Fitzpatrick, John Johnson and Mark Mayes
Presentations will be made on Saturday 23rd September at the Drum Corps United Kingdom - British Drum Corps Championships
For more information Drum Corps United Kingdom Hall of Fame
Concord Allstars - Sheffield
Thurrock Marching Brass - Essex
Beeches Performance Ensemble - West Midlands
Cadence Drum and Bugle Corps - Surrey and Berkshire
Dynamic Vibe Performance Ensemble - Warwickshire
East Coast Elite Brass and Percussion Corps - Lincolnshire
Kidsgrove Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps - Staffordshire
Liberty Drum Corps - Northamptonshire
Revolution Show Corps - West Yorkshire
The Company Performance Ensemble - Derbyshire
The Pacemakers Drum and Bugle Corps - St Mary's Cray, Kent
In addition four units will be competing in the DrumLine Battle - Concord AllStars, Liberty Drum Corps, The Pacemakers and Thurrock Marching Brass. This will follow by some exhibition performances (Information to be announced).
Doors Open at 12.00
Prelims Start at 12.45
DrumLine Battle at 16.15
Exhibitions at 16.45
Junior Class at 17.45
Open Class Finals at 18.12
DrumLine Battle Final at 21.00
All Results at 21.15
For more information and tickets www.dcuk.org.uk
The Company are now in prime position at the top of the Premier Class rankings with a score of 83.20 with their 2017 production " Tomorrow - is just around the corner" - this was the corps first contest since returning from participating in Drum Corps International
Beeches finished in 2nd place at Birmingham with their 2017 production "The 5 Senses" with a score of 71.65
In the Junior Class - Concord Allstars increased their score to 58.55 with their 2017 production "The Final Frontier" which puts them currently in 6th place in the rankings.
Due to the recent DCA tour Kidsgrove Scouts did not perform at this contest
A full breakdown of the scores can be found here
The full European rankings as of the 10th September can be found here
Drum Corps United Kingdom
Junior Class: (from 14.00)
Open Class: (from 14.24)
Comets Performance Ensemble
Dynamic Vibe Performance Ensemble
Pacemakers Drum and Bugle Corps
Liberty Drum Corps
East Coast Elite Brass and Percussion Corps
Revolution Show Corps
Cadence Drum and Bugle Corps
Beeches Performance Ensemble
The Company Performance Ensemble
Moseley Rugby Club
Yardley Wood Road
Saturday 9th september 2017 there will be the Dutch Music Games Championships
in the Riwal Stadium in Dordrecht the Netherlands.
There will be 4 corps participate in the Junior Class and 8 corps in the Premier Class.
This will be the programm of the day in Dordrecht:
14.00 Info desk open
14.30 Ticket box open
15.30 Start contest
15.30 Jong-Holland Junioren
15.45 Jong Beatrix
16.00 Johan Friso
16.15 Jong Jubal
16.30 Concert performance Junior Class
16.45 Award Ceremony Junior Class
18.15 Champion performance Junior Class
19.10 Blue Diamonds
20.30 Wölper Löwen
21.10 Spirit of 52
21.50 Concert performance
22.00 Award Ceremony Premier Class
22.30 Champion performance Premier Class
We wish all the corps the best of luck and we still hope the weather forecast
will change his mind...
After two nights of excitement in Rochester NY, the 2017 Drum Corps Associates World Championships have finally drew to a close ... The Reading Buccanneers held strong with an impressive 98.93 in the Finals, this being the corps 11th title, with Atlanta CV second with 96.63.
During the tour on Friday 1st September John Swindells (Group President) and Robert Swindells (Corps Director) were inducted to the Kidsgrove Scouts : Hall of Fame for their amazing commitment and loyality to development of the Organisation.
Here are the results of the German Open:
EMG Junior Class:
Diamond Cadets 64,65
Showband Rastede Youngstars 51,90
EMG Concert Class:
Blue Bandits 61,70
Brass&Drum Corps Kriffel 55,00
Flying Drums Hannover 54.50
Stormarn Magic 49,30
Phoenix Performance E. 41,50
EMG Premier Class:
Spirit of 52 71,90
Wölper Löwen 67,75
Blue Diamonds 64,00
Celtic Crusaders started their season at Rasteder Musiktage and have increased their score throughout the year, achieving a score of 56.20 at the Irish Marching Bands Association Championships on Saturday 2nd September
Recenty the Irish Marching Bands Association were saddened to lose their close friend and Honoury Vice President Jim Carrigan. Celtic Crusaders were presented with the Jim Carrigan memorial cup.
As part of the Championships saw the very first performance of the Vikings Cadet Corps from Tallaght, Dublin
Scores from the IMBA Championships :
Celtic Crusaders - 56.20
Vikings Drum Corps - 49.50
Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble - 48.30
On Saturday 30th September both Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble and Vikings Drum Corps will be competing in the DCE European Championships (Highlight of the European Music Games)
On Friday 1st September at the Drum Corps Associates Press Conference which marked of the official opening for the DCA World Championships Weekend at Rochester NY the first inductees were honoured
John and Robert Swindells were inducted to the Corps Hall of Fame for their amazing commitment and loyality to the development of the organisation.
Allen Buell, President of Drum Corps Associates presented both John and Robert with this honour in front of the local press, DCA officials, local governing bodies and members of the Kidsgrove Scouts touring party.