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This weekend saw two shows in the European Music Games series. Juliana topped the show in Leeuwarden - The Netherlands, while the Starriders won the contest in Rastede - Germany.
In Leeuwarden Juliana scored 67.35 points, the highest score so far in this year's European ranking. Jong-Holland came second with a score of 57.55. Showband Marum, again present at a DCN contest after several years of absence, ended in third place with 52.90. Jubal decided to do a concert performance only, because there were no yardlines available on the field. The corps board found it too dangerarous for the members to march. Therefore, they didn't receive a score.
In the Junior Class, Johan Friso continued their winning streak with a score of 70.40, followed by Jong Jubal (67.40), Jong-Holland Junioren (61.70) and Jong Beatrix (59.35).
The contest was part of the Proud Event, where other corps performed too: Pasveer, Advendo, Takostu, Jong Pasveer, Jong Advendo and Jeugdband Takostu. They were judged in exhibition and no scores were announced for them. The ice on the cake was Blue Devils International Corps from Concord - California. They did two performances during the day. Several drum corps classics like 'When a Man Loves a Woman', 'Rhapsody in Blue' and 'Channel One Suite' got the crowd on their feet.
The contest at the Rasteder Musiktage in Rastede - Germany was the first German show of the season. The Starriders started the season with a score of 64.00, followed, also winning the Effect and Visual captions. Spirit of 52 followed in second place (60.65), taking the Music caption home. Wölper Löwen scored an impressive 57.55, almost five points higher than at the Rastede show last year. The score resulted in a firm third position. Blue Diamonds came fourth with 49.60 and the Dutch corps Con Spirito fifth with 45.25.
All scores and recaps can be found on the score page. The next show is th European Music Games Regional on Saturday 4th July in Woking. Corps from the UK, Ireland as well as the Blue Devils International Corps will take part in this big international event.
Drum Corps Europe and Color Guard Netherlands have launched the new Video Vault. The new version adds a lot of new functionality to the video platform, and loads pages and videos much faster. The Video Vault is also optimised for mobile use.
The Video Vault has a complete new design, and the team led by Rob Beeren worked hard to improve the loading times of the pages and the videos, which results in a better user experience. Subscribers now have the option to collect the videos they love on a personal 'Favourite videos' page for quick access without having to search for it ever again. Commenting on videos is also possible.
Both CGN and DCE offer a year subscription for € 19.95 with access to the complete video archive. Joining takes less than a minute, and the vault will instantly unlock. Take a look at the new Video Vault at www.videovault.eu.
With the Drum Corps International tour well underway in the United States, another group, Blue Devils International, is preparing to take the stage in Europe. The group's members landed in Frankfurt, Germany on Tuesday to commence a 28-day tour that will take them to five different countries.
Consisting of 97 drum corps alums from the Blue Devils and other World Class corps, BDI is a group separate and apart from the Blue Devils drum corps that is currently touring the United States as part of the annual DCI Summer Tour. Earlier this year the Blue Devils organization had open auditions for the ensemble. “We put word out about auditions, and more than 1,000 people were interested in the opportunity”, Blue Devils executive director David Gibbs said.
Having started rehearsals in Concord, California, on 19th June, BDI members have prepared a seven-minute production that is specifically designed to showcase the talent of the performers and bring a taste of American drum corps to European audiences. The group consisting of brass, percussion and color guard performers will showcase a variety of iconic Blue Devils musical selections, as well as elements from other productions.
During the tour through Europe, BDI will take part in a number of high-profile events, including the Drum Corps Netherlands show / Proud Event in Leeuwarden this Saturday, and the Drum Corps United Kingdom show in Woking on 4th July. The corps then travels to Italy (San Felice en Lecco) and Switzerland (Basel Tattoo). (Source: dci.org)
The Video Vault, the video platform by Drum Corps Europe and Color Guard Netherlands, will see a new version soon. The platform will get a new design, and will be faster and more user friendly, especially on mobile devices.
With the new version of the Video Vault, you will hold the complete DCE video archive in your pocket and watch videos when and wherever you want. Navigation will become much easier and videos are loaded much faster than before. The new Video Vault is designed to work on any mobile device with an internet connection. Subscribers of the Video Vault can create their own collection of facourite videos, and it will be possible to comment on videos.
The release of the new Video Vault is scheduled for later this month. Subscribe for only € 19.95 (approx. £ 15) per year and get full access to the DCE video archive! More information and instant access: http://dce.videovault.eu.
The 2015 Drum Corps International Tour officially kicked off on Wednesday with six corps debuting their competitive productions at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Cadets kicked off the season with a score of 69.850 resulting in a first-place finish.
Rainy weather made for a wet entrance into warm-ups, and the anticipated opening of the stadium roof was also called off. Regardless, inclement weather didn’t stop the intensity of the tour’s premiere performers, which included the Madison Scouts, Blue Stars, Carolina Crown, Cavaliers, Cadets and Bluecoats.
The Cadets’ 2015 production 'The Power of 10' proved to be a fast-paced and intense interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 'Symphony No. 10'. On the score sheets the Allentown corps took first in overall General Effect and Percussion. Just over a point and a half behind, the Bluecoats took second with a score of 68.250. Carolina Crown placed third (68.10) with its show 'Inferno', which illustrates themes from Dante’s literary classic of the same name. An opening flag routine by the color guard and daunting music quickly captivated the audience, earning the corps first place in the overall Visual and the Brass captions.
Members of the Cavaliers earned a fourth-place finish with a score of 63.10. Athleticism is showcased through quick movements highlighted by modern film scores in the corps’ 2015 program, 'Game On'. The Madison Scouts, who started the evening with their show, '78th and Madison', finished in fifth with a score of 61.50. The Blue Stars took sixth place, scoring 60.950. 'Side Show', which is set during the Great Depression, surprised audience members with illusions of eye-catching jugglers, sword-swallowers and clowns.
With the 2015 DCI Tour officially underway, these six corps will hit the road heading to their next competitions. Just 51 days from now they'll end up back at Lucas Oil Stadium for the DCI World Championships. Scores and recaps: www.dci.org.
Drum Corps International has re-launched their website and online store, in addition to the new DCI Live! streaming video service. To do so, DCI has forged a strategic partnership to leverage the expertise the content-delivery platform of NeuLion.
"Our corps, their participants and former marching members along with their fans around the globe will now have even more ways to appreciate that inspiration thanks to this outstanding new partnership and the vastly expanded capabilities it provides", said DCI Executive Director and CEO Dan Acheson.
NeuLion offers an end-to-end solution for delivering live and on-demand content to internet-enabled devices. NeuLion enables content owners, distributors, and rights holding companies to capitalize on the massive consumer demand for viewing content on PCs, smartphones, tablets and other connected devices.
The adventure of the four Italian formations that have joined the project called Mosson Secutores continues. The four groups are Mosson Drum & Bugle Corps, Besana Secutores Drum & Bugle Corps, yMe Indoor Percussion and Associazione Culturale A.N.I.M.A.
Today Mosson Secutores has published the news about the 2015 production ‘UNITY - Passionate hearts committed to a shared vision can accomplish the impossibile’. After a year break from the 2014 competitions, Mosson and Besana Secutores Drum & Bugle Corps are going back to the field, together, and with new energy. Unity is a show project that aims at breaking limits and overcoming boundaries. Unity is a joint venture that gives its members the opportunity to join in this activity, and perform a show that lives up to the expectations.
Besana Secutores Drum & Bugle Corps, Mosson Drum & Bugle Corps, yMe indoor percussion and Associazione Culturale Musicale ANIMA are all part of this unity and sustain the project. With the communication of the show title and concept, the organisation has launched a facebook page that describes the next Italian tour, composed by four appointments: the fourth one is the IMSB Italian Championship (Stadio Rigamonti-Ceppi, Lecco, 12th July) in which the four groups will take the field together for the national championship, under the name of Mosson Drum & Bugle Corps.
Brass: Simeone Riva
Percussion: Jeff Tinsley, Maarten Deschacht
Choreo: Elana Siegel
Drill: Preston Howard
The Kidsgrove Scouts have won the Open Class at the first DCUK show today in Featherstone. The corps scored 65.95 with their programme 'The Stone Circle'.
With this score, the Kidsgrove Scouts are in the lead of the European Music Games ranking 2015. 'Voyage Spectacle', performed by The Company, was awarded with 64.80 points and a second place, 1.15 points below Kidsgrove. Revolution ended in third place (48.45), followed by East Coast Elite (44.85) and Beeches (40.80). In the Junior Class, Concord AllStars were the only competitior. They scores 40.00 points.
Recaps will be available on the DCUK website: www.dcuk.org.uk. The next DCUK show is on Saturday 4th July in Woking, with a big line-up including international corps and Blue Devils International.
Drummers of The Company, Beatrix and European X have performed together at the opening ceremony of the UEFA Champions League Final. The performance took place at the world famous Kraftwerk building in Berlin.
The Company were asked to provide fourteen drummers, which provided them with significant logistical obstacles to overcome as it required members travelling to Berlin midweek, so they decided to work with Beatrix and European X from The Netherlands. Two members from the Company five from Beatrix and seven from European X travelled to Berlin.
After a long rehearsal day with the rest of the show cast which featured professional dancers, aerialists, three opera singers and a multitude of lighting, lasers and performers, and another day with dress rehearsals, the live performance took place in front of the head of Heineken and 1100 other dignitaries and guests of the Champions league sponsor.
All members agreed that it was an amazing experience and an great collaboration between the three groups, which featured drummers from England, The Netherlands and Germany on stage.
The Starriders from Bad Münder have unveiled their new uniform. The new look has been deigned by the Dutch artist Peter Franken.
"We have been using the old uniform design for fifteen years, it was time for a change", said corps director Tobias Platow. The new uniform, produced in the United States, consists of black pants, a red and white jacket, a black shako and a white plume.
The investment in the new look has been made possible by several sponsors and individual donators. "But we have not reached the financial goal yet", said Starriders' spokeswoman Sandra Stephan. The corps will continue their fundraisers. A 'thank you' from the Starriders goes to DeMoulin, and Remco Groenewegen from Marchingshop.com. The corps also thanks Peter Franken for his support on the design.
Some details have not been released yet and will be shown at the first contest German contest in Rastede on 27th June.
For the first time ever, the annual Drum Corps International Tour will get its start exactly where it will end. when an exciting lineup of six World Class groups march into Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday 17th June for the DCI Tour Premiere.
The DCI Tour Premiere features the Bluecoats, Cadets, Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Blue Stars and Madison Scouts. Less than two months later these corps, and more, will return to the familiar confines, as World Championships week gets under way in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.
Drum corps fans in the United States can watch the The DCI Tour Premiere live in a cinema in their own area. More than 500 cinemas across the US will have the season opening on the big screen.
The latest issue of Drum Corps World that came out today features an inside look at the Blue Devils International Corps as they head to Europe.
Drum Corps World's Jacob Franklin spoke with Pete Emmons, the corps director of the Blue Devils International Corps. Emmons The production of BDI will include the music pieces 'Rhapsody in Blue', 'Channel One Suite' and 'When a Man Loves a Woman'. BDI will be wearing the 2013 Blue Devils uniforms. Most of the 97 members are from the United States, but it truly is an international membership with participants from Japan, Australia, Sweden, Italy and The Netherlands.
The full article can be found in the June 2015 issue of Drum Corps World on page 40-43. If you are not a subscriber yet, you can register free of charge at www.drumcorpsworld.com.
The third European SoundSport event will be held in Marquise - France. The event will take place on 11th July in fron of the town hall, and also includes a DrumLine Battle.
Endorsed by the French musical instruments manufacturer Winged and in conjunction with DCI SoundSport and Drum Corps Europe, this event will offer French units the opportunity to experience the SoundSport and Drumline Battle events. But the event is also open to other European units. The city of Marquise is situated in the North of France, close to Calais and Boulogne sur Mer, but also close to Belgium and The Netherlands.
"We think that it would be great for bands in France to meet other teams at events like this, as it will be an inspiration to the performers", says event manager Cédric Paques. "It's a challenge to break down the barriers that units may have for their own projects.
The event is free for visitors. Besides the competition, there will be showcases, exhibitions and fun entertainment. "A good way to appreciate the performances of the units and definitely a chance for the performers to be encouraged by a larger audience." Information on the event can be found on Facebook, groups can register at www.wingedinstruments.com.
Drum corps fans who were at the Drum Corps Netherlands show in Roosendaal last Saturday have probably noticed: both DCE crew members and judges have new outfits.
The black jackets and polo shirts have been replaced by ones in royal blue for the crew members and forest green for the judges. The jackets and shirts for the crew members also carry the logo of the European Music Games on the back. The DCE logo on the former clothing was still the old black and white one, and has now been replaced by the colour version.
Want to enjoy the luxury of a Super Seats at the DCE European Championships 2015 in Kerkrade - The Netherlands? Act now, as the Super Seats are almost sold out.
Super Seats are available for 125 Euros, with overnight stays at the stadium hotel as an optional extra. In addition to your own seat with a great view on the field, a Super Seat also offers complimentary refreshments, lunch, dinner and a one year subscription to the DCE Video Vault.
The Super Seats were introduced in 2011 as a special arrangement, and the Super Seat tickets are selling faster than ever. There are only a few seats left. You can order your Super Seat in the DCE Ticket Store.
The European Music Games 2015 have started! Jubal from Dordrecht topped the DCN Premier Class last night in Roosendaal - The Netherlands. Johan Friso from Middelburg won the Junior Class.
The start of the season featured a packed stand, good weather and great shows from the seven corps that participated. Jubal took the lead in Premier Class with 63.90 points. Juliana from Middelburg came second (61.80), while Jong-Holland from Zwijndrecht ended up third (52.45). Drum corps fans were looking forward to the come back of the Federatieband but they had to withdraw, so fans have to wait a little longer to see this corps on the field again.
In the Junior Class, Johan Friso from Middelburg (63.15) passed the current Dutch and European champions Jong Jubal from Dordrecht (60.40). After coming fourth at the DCN Championships last year, Jong-Holland Juniors from Zwijndrecht raised the bar and reached third place (53.85). Jong Beatrix from Hilversum came fourth (52.15). The season just started, so everything can happen from here.
Scores and recaps can be found on the score page. The next European Music Games show is the DCUK contest in Featherstone.
Nexus Drum and Bugle Corps will be withdrawing from all drum corps shows for the 2015 season. With a reduced membership and spiraling costs, it has been decided by the Nexus Performing Arts Management Committee, that committing to the summer circuits would seriously put the group at risk of closure.
"The corps have spent many years focusing on a competitive summer season and now feel it is time to take some time out to recruit and dedicate finances, time and effort, towards securing and developing the organisation", corps director John Dimmick explains. "These activities will include major local recruitment drives, focused on introducing younger people into the organisation and at the same time, developing new and exciting performance opportunities for its membership."
Although not a competitive unit on the drum corps field in 2015, Nexus will remain active and is working hard to secure its future. "The committee would like to thank all of its staff, instructors and members for their hard work in trying to make 2015 a reality", Dimmick continues. "We wish DCUK, DCE and all its member corps good luck for the 2015 season."
Jayson Brinkler, an eight time DCUK champion and snare drummer with the Dagenham Crusaders and Blue Eagles, broke the Guinness World Record on Saturday 16th May in Dartford - England to beat the world's longest individual drum roll of 12 hours and 3 seconds, to set a new record time of 12 hours, 5 minutes and 5 seconds.
The record, which raised money for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, must be continuous without a single break, was first brought to Jayson's attention back in August of 2014, when a post on Facebook appeared on his timeline of someone attempting the drum roll record, but failed, and thought he could do better.
Jayson, a DCE and DCI alumnus, and sponsored by Tama Drums, thought it would be a fitting way to mark his 30th anniversary year in drum corps by bringing the record to the UK and the drum corps community for the first time - breaking it using a pair of drum sticks he has had for 30 years to mark his anniversary year.
The yearly DCE Judges College will take place in Chesterfield this weekend. Almost all DCE certified judges will attend the college.
DCE Adjudication Manager Mark Bassett and DCE Director of Education Bob Thomas, who comes over from the United States, will lead the DCE Judges College. During the weekend, the DCE Judging Manual will be discussed in depth. Not only existing judges will participate, also six trainee judges will take part during the weekend. The college is also the place where exams take place for existing judges and trainees.
The European Music Games season starts next Saturday 23rd May in Roosendaal - The Netherlands.
Cadence Drum & Bugle Corps and DCUK are offering the facility to pre-purchase tickets for the International Summer Spectacular contest on Saturday 4th July.
Presale prices will be £10 for Adults and £5 for Concessions (U16, OAP and Disabled) with On The Day prices being £12 and £6 respectively. Orders can now be made at www.dcuk.org.uk/iss/. Prior to the main contest the members and staff of the Blue Devils International Corps will be holding a 'hands on' clinic at 1pm and full details of this will be announced shortly. There will be a small charge made to take part in the clinic although ticket holders will be able to sit in the stand and watch as this take place.
The contest is scheduled to start at 3pm and will follow the normal order for a DCUK contest (i.e. Junior Class followed by Open Class) and then at the end the exhibition by Blue Devils International will take place which will be followed by a drum major only retreat for the contest results to be announced. A more detailed timetable will be issued shortly.