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Italian group to Indoor Percussion Europe

News dal sito DCE - Gio, 31/10/2013 - 00:14

The first indoor percussion groups have signed up for the upcoming season of Indoor Percussion Europe. Eight units are already on the list, and for the first time they include an Italian participant.

Indoor Percussion Europe now has participants from four countries for the 2014 season: France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Italy. It is the first time that an Italian group will participate in the European indoor percussion competition: yMe Indoor Percussion from Carnate will participate in the International Marching Class. This ensemble has registered for both IPE and CGN.

For the first time in three years, a Dutch uni will appear at IPE. Harpe Davids from Zoetermeer will enter the European Marching Class. 2011 was the last time that the Netherlands was represented on a European level. The French group Unik Star will bring two units to the floor: Unik Star Open (International Marching Class) and Unik Star Concert (Concert Class).

IPE still expects the number of applications to increase considerably. The provisional list can be found at

DVDs of DCE 2013 will be released this week

News dal sito DCE - Mar, 29/10/2013 - 14:52

The DVDs of the DCE European Championships 2013 will be released this week. Haven’t ordered a copy yet? Do it now, and your DVD will be sent in the first shipment!

This is the first time that the DVDs of Drum Corps Europe will appear just a month after the DCE European Championships. Previously, drum corps fans had to wait until early January, but with the new method the DVDs are available two months earlier.

All performances of the Finals (Premier Class and Junior Class) were recorded with four cameras. The Prelims performances of the corps that did not make Finals are also collected on a DVD set.

Order a DVD set now through the DCE webshop and relive the DCE European Championships whenever you want!

DVD’s van DCE 2013 verschijnen deze week

News dal sito DCE - Lun, 28/10/2013 - 20:33

De DVD’s van de DCE European Championships 2013 verschijnen deze week. Nog niet besteld? Doe het nu, en de DVD wordt direct meegestuurd in de eerste zending naar alle bestellers in de voorverkoop!

Voor het eerst verschijnen de DVD’s van Drum Corps Europe slechts een maand na de DCE European Championships. Voorheen moesten drum corps fans tot begin januari wachten, maar in de nieuwe werkwijze zijn de DVD’s twee maanden eerder beschikbaar.

Alle optredens van de Finals (Premier Class en Junior Class) zijn met vier camera’s opgenomen. Ook de Prelims-optredens van de korpsen die de Finals niet haalden zijn verzameld op een DVD-set.

Bestel direct een DVD-set via de DCE webshop en herleef de DCE European Championships wanneer je maar wilt!

DCE Video Vault expanded with videos from 2012

News dal sito DCE - Lun, 28/10/2013 - 18:50

The DCE Video Vault has been expanded with the show performances of the DCE European Championships 2012. All shows are now available to subscribers of the video platform. In adition, free trailers can be viewed for all of the videos.

Nearly 100 videos have now been added to the DCE Video Vault. Aside from the 2013 recordings, all Finals performances of 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 are now available. We will continue to work towards adding more years to the video platform of Drum Corps Europe.

All the recordings of the top camera of 2013 have now also been added. The performances can now be viewed from multiple camera positions or just from the top camera, both in HD quality. An annual subscription with unlimited access to the DCE Video Vault is available for just 19.95 euros at

Performances from 1998 added to the UK Fan Network

News dal sito DCE - Dom, 27/10/2013 - 09:17

24 new performances from the DCUK Championships 1998 have been added to the UK Fan Network archive. The content is available for subscribers to the network.

The UK Fan Network was set up in September and currently contains more than 300 UK drum corps and Winter Guard performances. Subscribers pay no more than £18 per year and if drum corps fans subscribe now they get over 13 months unlimited access.

”Please note, we've done our best with the audio, but we can't, of course, replace sound that wasn't recorded”, MPAUK states on the DCUK website. ”We do hope you still enjoy these performances.” Hot News Top 5 from September 2013

News dal sito DCE - Sab, 26/10/2013 - 08:27

Every month, we will be giving you an overview of the most watched drum corps news of the past month. Here is the list of the most popular news items from September 2013, including the Corps Page Top 5.

The Hot News Top 5 from September 2013:

1. Free webcast of the DCE European Championships
Date: 25th September. Views: 5288

2. Order of performances DCE Championships announced
Date: 22th September. Views: 2563

3. Jubal European Champions!
Date: 28th September. Views: 2084

4. The drum corps month of the year has arrived
Date: 6th September. Views: 1566

5. Jubal takes the lead at Prelims
Date: 28th September. Views: 1366

The Corps Page Top 5 from September 2013:

1. The Company
2. Jubal
3. Beatrix
4. Kidsgrove Scouts
5. Heartliner

Again more viewers for the DCE live webcast

News dal sito DCE - Gio, 24/10/2013 - 21:19

The live webcast of the DCE European Championships has again drawn more viewers than in the previous year. In total, the broadcast was viewed some 14,500 times, that’s 1,500 more views than in 2012.

The increase is not as spectacular as in the previous year, when the number of viewers almost doubled, but there is still a considerable increase in the number of viewers. At peak time, in evening during the Premier Class Finals as many as 1,000 people from no less than 56 countries were watching at the same time.

"We know that the actual number of viewers was even higher than the figures indicate," said DCE board member and coordinator Rob Beeren. "In various places, drum corps fans were watching together on a big screen. We had viewers from all over the world, including Japan, Malaysia, South Africa and Indonesia."

"Every year we try to improve the webcast and the team has done a great job," adds fellow coordinator Marco Janssen. "For the first time, the team has not only shot the webcast, but also the recordings for the online video platform and the DVD, which meant that they were under more pressure than in previous years. We have received many positive reactions, both from webcast viewers and users of the video platform.

This year, the webcast was once again free to watch. Whether that will remain the case next year is not yet known. The recordings of all performances during the DCE Championships 2013 are available in HD quality on the DCE Video Vault.

Black Knights announce brass staff 2014

News dal sito DCE - Mar, 22/10/2013 - 21:47

The Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps have announced their brass staff for the 2014 season. Continuing his position as Caption Head is Steve Blakeley.

In 2008 Steve become Brass Caption Head where he has remained since. He also took on the role as Senior Corps Co-ordinator from 2009-2013 and show/music coordinator from 2009-2012. "Drum corps has played a massive part in who i am today, it has given me many opportunities and experiences and it has been a great honour to be able to pass on what I have learnt whilst sharing new experiences with the Members of Black Knights", Steve said. "I'm looking forward to working alongside our 2014 brass staff and improving on our 2013 production."

Supporting Steve and becoming Brass Sergeant is Dan Gannaway-Pitts. "This is my second year with the Black Knights, and one which looks to be another step forward for the group", Dan added. "I am excited to be part of a corps with such a great history behind it." Dan has been fortunate enough to march both in the UK and USA, and is a tech at Unik Star based in France.

New to the team this is season is Alex Fricker. Alex has been involved with drum corps since 1992 and was a full time marching member of 37th Kingswood until 2007, marching trumpet, mellophone and contra during this time. Other marching experiences include being a member of 2004 Glassmen as a soloist & mellophone player. He has had a wide range of teaching experience from time spent at 37th Kingswood Cadets, 37th Kingswood, The 6th and Vintage Percussion Ensemble. Alex said: "I am excited to be a part of the 2014 season at Black Knights and I look forward to building on the success and foundations that are already in place."

Taking the position of Music Coordinator is Craig Walker. Craig has been involved in drum corps since 1988 where he marched soprano with Dagenham Crusaders. He also marched at DCI with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in 1996 on mellophone. Craig began his teaching career in 2000 with The Senators, there he held the position of Brass Caption Supervisor until 2008 and during this time won DCUK High Brass on six occasions along with a DCE High Brass award.

Brass players who are interested in being a part of Black Knights can contact Mark Jeffrey 07531 660184 or email

Second DCE judges clinic in Indonesia

News dal sito DCE - Lun, 21/10/2013 - 20:38

Last week, Drum Corps Europe hosted a judges clinic in Indonesia for the second time this year. DCE judges Marco Harder and Wil Bijl were in the Asian country to lead the five-day clinic.

From Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th October, a large number of aspects of judging drum corps and marching bands were discussed, including the reference system, accountabilities, the purpose of the critique after a contest, judging philosophy and leaving comments during a performance. The clinic was based on the DCE Competition Manual.

On Sunday morning, the prospective judges did a certification exam, and there were also exams for existing judges of the organisations Marching Band Indonesia (MBI) and Patresuta Drumband Indonesia (PDBI) for recertification.

This is the second clinic that DCE gave this year in collaboration with the Asian organisations. The first clinic in Indonesia took place in June of this year. Congratulations to all participants of the clinic:

Supriadi - MB. Gita Wibawa Mukti Bandung
Sjamsul Hadi - MB. Gita Wibawa Mukti Bandung
Bambang Ganefa - Bandung
Roman Saputra - MB. Locomotive Bandung
Julianus Andreas Werinussa - MB. Locomotive Bandung
Lukman Firmansyah - MB. Locomotive Bandung
Muchtar Lovi (Ctar) - Jakarta
Mohammad Ilham Izzan - Jakarta
Erick Awuy - Jakarta
Dedi Setiawan - Jakarta
Archil Soekarno - MB. Gema Galuh Ciamis
R. Yuningsih Suryaman - MB. Gema Galuh Ciamis
Joedhi Roedhiantono Roemekso - Jakarta
Teuku Iskandar Muda Cut Lateh (Ipoen) - Jakarta
Gatot Hendarto - Jakarta
Radiansyah - PDBI Bungo - Jambi
Rakhmad Nurdiansyah - PDBI Bungo - Jambi
Mohd Hazarin Bin Mohd Hashim - Malaysia
Affandi Ramly - Makasar
Rossy Rostiawati - Bandung
Adi Junimon Noer (Nimon) - Jakarta

More information about the clinic can be found at

List of open rehearsals in Europe

News dal sito DCE - Ven, 18/10/2013 - 00:34

In the coming months, European corps will open their doors for new members and those who are interested to take a look. Here is a list of all open rehearsals that are coming up. Feel free to visit the corps that you are interested in!

Date and time: Saturday 19th October, 3.30pm
Adress: Via Colombara 7, Mosson
Who can attend: hornline, drumline, guard
Admission fee: free of charge
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Date and time: Friday 25th October, 7.15pm (hornline, guard)
Date and time: Saturday 26th October, 12.21pm (percussion)
Adress: JMC Jan Ligthartlaan 1, Dordrecht
Who can attend: hornline, drumline, guard
Admission fee: free of charge
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Date and time: Saturday 26th October, 1.00 - 5.30pm
Adress: Neuweg 357 Hilversum
Who can attend: hornline, drumline, guard (other location)
Admission fee: free of charge
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Date and time: Saturday 26th October, 1.00pm - 7.00pm
Date and time: Sunday 27th October, 10.00am - 3.30pm
Adress: Kooperative Gesamtschule Neustadt, Leinstraße 85, 31535 Neustadt
Who can attend: hornline, drumline, guard
Admission fee: € 6,00
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Date and time: Sunday 3rd November, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Adress: Halle Feldbreite in Rastede
Who can attend: hornline, drumline, guard
Admission fee: free of charge
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Date and time: Friday 15th - Sunday 17th November
Adress: Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Str. 13, Bad Münder
Who can attend: hornline, drumline, guard
Admission fee: free of charge
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Date and time: all weekends
Adresse: Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre, Leek Rd, Stoke on Trent
Who can attend: hornline, drumline, guard (visual)
Admission fee: free of charge
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The DCE Video Vault is now open!

News dal sito DCE - Mar, 15/10/2013 - 10:11

The DCE Video Vault has officially been launched. Drum corps fans can now watch all performances of the DCE European Championships 2013 in HD quality. Performances from previous years can also be viewed.

Previously, it took more than three months before the recordings of the DCE European Championships were available, now all performances are available to watch a mere two weeks after the event. That includes the Premier Class Prelims that were previously not recorded. Everything is filmed with four cameras and is offered in High Definition quality, a much higher quality than previous years.

A team of seventeen volunteers has worked hard to set up the new video platform and fill it with video recordings. In addition to the recordings of this year, the team is also working on adding the recordings of previous years. 2011, 2010 and 2008 are already available and more years will be added soon.

Subscriptions to the DCE Video Vault are available for only € 19.95 and offers one year of unlimited access to the full content of the DCE Video Vault. For an extra 10 euros, DCE also offers the new VIP Membership which, among other benefits, provides access to this video platform.

DCE would like to thank the team of the Video Vault, Show & Marching Music (sound) and Peter Franken (logo design) for the great result. The Video Vault is a joint project of Drum Corps Europe and Color Guard Netherlands.

-> Click here for direct access to the DCE Video Vault

-> Click here for more information about the VIP Membership including access to the DCE Video Vault

DCE VIP Membership is now available!

News dal sito DCE - Mar, 15/10/2013 - 10:09

The VIP Membership of Drum Corps Europe is now available ! This membership offers some great benefits for die-hard drum corps fans.

For a fixed annual amount (€ 29.95), drum corps fans will get free access to the video platform The Video Vault, as well as the opportunity to order tickets for the DCE European Championships before the ticket sale officially starts!

The DCE VIP Membership is the perfect opportunity for die hard drum corps fans to enjoy the DCE European Championships to the full, both in the stadium and at home. A subscription to the new video service The Video Vault is included and VIP Members also have the opportunity to get hold of tickets before the official start of the ticket sales in May.

-> Click here for direct access to the VIP Membership

DCE Championships are the cover story of Drum Corps World

News dal sito DCE - Lun, 14/10/2013 - 16:53

The DCE European Championships are the cover story of the October issue of Drum Corps World. Europe is covered extensively in the latest issue of the magazine.

Drum Corps World launches a whopping eight-page review of the European Championships. Editor Hans Kloppert and photographer Richard Wersinger of Drum Corps World bring you a comprehensive report, in words and in pictures, of all participants in Kerkrade.

The DCUK Championships and the DCN Championships get a lot of attention too, with a four-page article each. In addition Drum Corps World features European news about the UK Fan Network, the Stafford Lancers and the launch of the mobile app DCE Mobile.

You can subscribe to Drum Corps World for free by signing up on

Drum Corps Media posts thousands of DCE photos online

News dal sito DCE - Sab, 12/10/2013 - 18:54

Drum Corps Media has posted the pictures of the DCE European Championships 2013 online. It has once again become a huge photo collage. The individual pictures can easily be ordered.

All participants in the Premier Class Prelims, Junior Class Finals and Premier Class Finals feature on plenty of photographs by Maarten van het Hof from Drum Corps Media. After more than a week of work, everything is sorted now, and drum corps fans can view the pictures on

If you want to have a picture, you can download or order a photo for a small fee.The ordering options are listed below each photo. The sale of pictures will allow Drum Corps Media to continue to carry out its activities in the coming years.

Former Carolina Crown instructor becomes show designer Black Knights

News dal sito DCE - Ven, 11/10/2013 - 11:13

The Black Knights from Gravesend has appointed Andrew Ebert, a former instructor of Carolina Crown, as their show designer for 2014. Ebert will join the corps staff in the week before the DCE European Championships.

Andrew Ebert began his marching career with the Glassmen, where he marched for four seasons including time on soprano and as drum major. Then he moved to the Blue Devils where he aged out as a Mellophone player. After aging out in 2004, Andy became a staff member at Carolina Crown. He was moved in to the role of Visual Caption head at age 24 for the 2007 season, a position that he held for five years. During his time as caption head, Crown went from 8th at DCI finals to 2nd in three years. He is currently the visual designer for the Madison Scouts and the Casper Troopers.

In addition, Ebert is also making the trip from the US to join the corps at their base in Belgium in the run up to DCE 2014. For the first time the Black Knights will be spending the whole week in Belgium leaving the UK on the Monday after DCUK Finals. "I am extremely excited to be joining the Black Knights family', Ebert said. "I've been a fan of DCE for years and am greatly looking forward to working with the team to make an entertaining and competitive programme. Here's to a great 2014!"

Ryan Gledhill will be the new Visual Caption Head for the Black Knights. Gledhill has been in the drum corps activity for fifteen years and is very excited to take on the position as visual caption head for the 2014 season. He has been a marching and staff member at Black Knights for the past four years and has also marched three seasons at The Cadets ageing out in 2013, which included a World Championship win in 2011. Gledhill is very excited for the future of the corps with the new management team and members coming through.

Those who are interested in being a part of Black Knights can contact Mark Jeffrey 07531 660184 or email

New management for Black Knights

News dal sito DCE - Gio, 10/10/2013 - 20:48

The Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Gravesend - Kent have announced their new management team for the 2014 season. Taking over as corps director is Mark Neilson, who replaces Paul Richards.

Paul Richards is stepping down after four years in charge to focus on the corps cadet activity. Paul says: "After leading the organisation for 4 years I am glad to be able to take a step back and concentrate on my new family whilst a great new team have been formed to take Black Knights into the future. It will be an honour to work alongside Mark and his new team."

New corps director Mark Neilson comments: "I would like to thank Paul for everything he has achieved as corps director. I have worked alongside Paul for the past 2 years and know first hand what he has done for the corps. It is a great honour to take this position and follow in line with some great BK corps directors."

Mark Neilson is joined on the new management team by Mark Jeffrey as the senior corps coordinator, replacing Steve Blakeley. Mark Jeffrey says: "I feel honoured and privileged to be stepping in to this position. Steve has been an inspiration not only to me but all of us at Black Knights, and hope he enjoys a little more time with his family. This is a new chapter in Black Knights history and I am looking forward to being part of it."

Steve Blakeley who now focuses on his position as Brass Caption Head added, "It has been a great pleasure taking the reigns of the senior corps for the last 5 years and watching the group grow year on year. Mark Jeffrey has been a part of BK for the last two years. From the get go he couldn't do enough to help the corps in any way possible. I’m very excited to see where Mark J and Mark N take the corps. They both have a great drive and passion to take the corps forward and I’m very much looking forward to working with them in 2014 and onwards."

Mark Neilson concludes: "We are committed in taking Black Knights to the next level and in doing so build an environment for our members to compete at the highest standard. The management team promise to serve the members and staff, making sure they get the best support possible." The Black Knights 2014 programme will be announced on 9th November.

Kidsgrove Scouts returning to WGUK Open Class

News dal sito DCE - Mar, 08/10/2013 - 23:11

For 2014, the Kidsgrove Scouts are coming back to Open Class competition of Winter Guard United Kingdom. The guard won the High Auxiliary award at the DCE European Championships.

"The whole organisation is very excited about the 2014 programmes not just for winter but also for summer 2014", said corps director Rob Swindells of the Kidsgrove Scouts. Guard Caption Head Pete Lippiatt commented, "we’ve had to be patient and bide our time but we are now in a strong position to re-enter Open Class and our accomplished design team is excited to bring Titanium to life."

The winter guard show of the Kidsgrove Scouts Open is called 'Titanium'.

BYBA Championships conclude European summer season

News dal sito DCE - Lun, 07/10/2013 - 23:19

The pinnacle of the BYBA 2013 season concluded on Sunday 6th October 2013 with the BYBA National Championships held once again at Keys Park Stadium, Hednesford Town Football Club in Cannock. The competition marked the end of the European summer season.

Division 3 saw Phantom Knights crowned as Champions, with Comets PE taking 2nd place followed by Halifax BB/GB in 3rd place, Doncaster Danum Scouts in 4th Place and Blazing Brass in 6th place. 11th Northampton BB were crowned Champions in the Traditional Class as the only unit in competition in their class on the day. Thurrock Marching Brass were crowned Cadet Champions, with 37th Kingswood Cadets in 2nd place.

Stafford Lancers were crowned Division 2 Champions, followed by Revolution Show Corps in 2nd place, Liberty Drum Corps in 3rd place, Lanesfield BB/GB in 4th place, 1st Ibstock Scouts in 5th place and Uckfield PE in 6th place. Spirit of Coventry were crowned Champions in the Associate Division as the only unit in competition in their division on the day.

In Division 1 East Coast Elite were crowned Champions, with Cadence in 2nd place, 37th Kingswood in 3rd Place and Beeches PE in 4th place. Although both Division 1 and Associate are judged by the same criteria and are both printed on 1 summary sheet, placings and caption wins are split into the separate divisions allowing both divisions to compare scores across the board.

Full recaps have been uploaded to

Starriders announce their 2014 show: Avantgarde

News dal sito DCE - Lun, 07/10/2013 - 22:56

The new show by Starriders Drum & Bugle Corps from Bad Münder has been announced. The programme will be entitled 'Avantgarde'.

As the title suggests, the programme will have avant-garde elements: traditional practices must make way for new, progressive developments. The pillars of the show will be: innovation, provocation, creativity and reflexivity.

The show consists of the tracks 'Fanfare For the Common Man' (Aaron Copland/Emerson, Lake & Palmer), 'Thanks For the Memories' (Fall Out Boy), 'Smile' (Charlie Chaplin), '4:33' (John Cage), 'Peppy & George' (The Artist OST) and 'Path of Destiny' (Soul Calibur OST).

The design team of the Starriders consists of programme coordinator Thorsten Heintz, brass arranger Andy Cartwright (The Company), percussion arranger Henning Homeier, show designer Gareth Skipp and designers for the colour guard Melanie Schiebler, Becki Buckley (Black Knights) and Joel Brogan.

Kidsgrove Scouts set record with 10th medal position

News dal sito DCE - Dom, 06/10/2013 - 14:12

A record has been set by the Kidsgrove Scouts. The corps has become the first DCUK Open Class corps to achieve ten consecutive medal positions. The Kidsgrove Scouts have announced their new programme for 2014: 'Miss Saigon'.

By reaching the 2nd position in the Open Class (Premier Class) at the DCUK Championships last month, the Kidsgrove Scouts achieved their consecutive 10th medal position. The previous record was jointly held by three huge iconic DCUK corps from the past: Dagenham Crusaders (1980-1988), Blue Eagles (1988-1996) and Senators (1997-2005).

The Kidsgrove Scouts have announced their 2014 production: 'Miss Saigon'. This epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Since Miss Saigon’s sensational record-breaking run 25 years ago, it has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world.


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