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The News Top 50 of 2016
50. Relive the performances of the DCE Championships! (1567 views)
29 September 2016
Last Saturday, 30 performances of European corps could be seen live in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium. Now you can watch the shows on the DCE Video Vault, almost all videos have been posted online. Read more. -->
49. Spirit of 52 to participate in DCUK (1602 views)
2 March 2016
This year, Spirit of 52 from Rastede will be taking part in contests in no less than three countries. As well as Germany and the Netherlands, the DCE Premier Class finalist will also make an appearance in the UK, where they will be participating in the DCUK Leicester show. Read more. -->
48. The logo for the DCE Championships 2016! (1602 views)
13 September 2016
Like in previous years, the DCE Championships will have its own logo. Peter Franken has produced a new and fresh design, without leaving the style that distinguishes the championships' logos since 2008. Read more. -->
47. Line up for IMG Forest of Dean show announced (1657 views)
16 April 2016
Cinderford Academy are pleased to announce the line up for the first IMG Forest of Dean show to be held in the Indoor Arena, Forest Oak Farm, Lydney, Gloucestershire on Saturday April 30. The groups appearing are Thurrock Marching Brass, Parkend Silver Band, 614 Lydney ATC Drum Corps, Cinderford Academy and Cinderford Town Band. Read more. -->
46. WGI temporarily suspends Video Zone (1663 views)
8 April 2016
Due to ongoing copyright compliance concerns, Winter Guard International has suspended the Zone until all the necessary requirements to stream performances have been obtained. Read more. -->
45. Dutchman starts crowdfunding to march with Kidsgrove Scouts (1691 views)
21 January 2016
Luuk Zonnevijlle from Zwijndrecht - The Netherlands has a dream: to march with the Kidsgrove Scouts and to go to the US with the corps in 2017. But that costs a lot of money, so he started a crowdfunding campaign, in the hopes of making his dream a reality. Read more. -->
44. The groups of Glasgow’s Indoor Music Games and SoundSport (1738 views)
18 May 2016
On Saturday 21st May at the Bellahouston Sports Centre the sights and sounds of bands, will be a trip down memory lane for those that attended the Scottish Marching Band Championships there in the very early 1980’s. Here is a list of the performers. Read more. -->
43. IPE European Championships 2016 cancelled (1742 views)
6 January 2016
Indoor Percussion Europe has announce that the 2016 edition of IPE Championships has been cancelled. "Due to a lack of entries there really is no other option", IPE's Erwin van Gemert said. Read more. -->
42. Extra education audio files provided at DCE (1757 views)
21 September 2016
At this year's DCE Prelims two extra commentaries will be given to the corps. Marie Czapinski and Dave Cooksey have agreed to provide educational tapes (not judging tapes) to the participating units. Read more. -->
41. DCE Championships Super Seats are nearly sold out (1758 views)
15 May 2016
Last year, it took a month before the Super Seats were sold out for the DCE Championships. This time, nearly all of the luxury seats in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium have been reserved in no-time. Read more. -->
40. Bluecoats steal the show with ‘Down Side Up’ (1770 views)
24 June 2016
Six World Class corps escaped the Indianapolis summer heat under the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday night, as the DCI Tour Premiere presented by French Lick Resort kicked off the 2016 Drum Corps International Tour. Read more. -->
39. IMBA confirms four events for 2016 (1775 views)
8 January 2016
The Irish Marching Bands Association has scheduled four shows this year. One of these is an event as part of the Indoor Music Games/SoundSport. Read more. -->
38. Watch the Video Vault for free until the DCE Championships 2016 (1783 views)
19 September 2016
Anyone who subscribes to the DCE Video Vault now, can watch for free over the coming weeks. This is the result of a promotion in the lead up to the 5000th like on Facebook. Read more. -->
37. Ticket sale for the DCE Championships starts Sunday night! (1794 views)
30 April 2016
The ticket sale for the DCE European Championships will start tonight at 8 pm GMT / 9 pm CET. We know from experience that the tickets will sell incredibly fast in the first few hours, so be on time if you want to secure a seat in the middle of the stand. Read more. -->
36. Millennium’s new show is about Casanova (1802 views)
9 May 2016
Millennium Drum & Bugle Corps, which will be participating in the DCE European Championships this summer after four years of absence, will have an Italian show theme. The corps has based its show on Giacomo Casanova. Read more. -->
35. Troopers present new, lighter uniform (1869 views)
27 March 2016
The Troopers will have new uniforms this year. The new look will be lighter, with rolled up sleeves. Read more. -->
34. Report of a trainee judge: “My Judges’ College experience” (1896 views)
5 January 2016
In May 2015, I set off to Great Britain to attend the DCE Judges’ College. What should I expect? What will others expect from me? Read more. -->
33. Drum Corps World team at DCE Championships (1947 views)
21 September 2016
Drum Corps World publisher Steve will be attending the DCE European Championship this Saturday in Kerkrade - The Netherlands. He will be writing reports on the event and two the American staff photographers, Richard Wersinger and Chris Maher, will be there to shoot along the sidelines. Read more. -->
32. DCE uses Facebook to communicate with corps (1970 views)
7 June 2016
Drum Corps Europe has chosen Facebook as the new communication tool with corps. Until now, they used a platform called Yammer, but that is becoming increasingly unsuitable, leading to a need for change. Read more. -->
31. European Music Games to continue in Ireland this Sunday (1991 views)
17 August 2016
The second half of the Irish season will begin on Sunday in Downs GAA club in Mullingar. It promises to be a very close contest considering that less than three points separated all four corps after the Arklow contest in July. Read more. -->
30. Brianza steps into indoor winds, percussion and guard (2056 views)
29 July 2016
Brianza Parade Band from Veduggio con Colzano has plans to enter the arena of indoor winds, indoor percussion and winter guard of Color Guard Netherlands as part of a big process of growth. Therefore Brianza is looking for a professional tech and choreographer for the color guard section. Read more. -->
29. The Company tops first DCUK contest of 2016 (2113 views)
21 June 2016
The Company has started the 2016 Drum Corps United Kingdom season with a win. On Sunday, the corps received a score of 69.30 at the first DCUK show of the year in Barnsley. Read more. -->
28. DrumLine Battle returns to DCUK Championships (2123 views)
25 August 2016
Following the success of the DrumLine Battle held at the 2015 British Drum Corps Championships, Drum Corps United Kingdom have announced that for the 2016 Championships the event will be expanded to enable double the number of performing teams to take part. Read more. -->
27. 37th Kingswood ceases operation (2155 views)
21 March 2016
37th Kingswood Drum Corps have made the difficult decision to cease to operate as a competitive corps and a performance ensemble with immediate effect. The corps made the announcement on their Facebook page. Read more. -->
26. International instructors at Kadoudal’s Summer Camp (2156 views)
30 August 2016
Kadoudal has just finished their Summer Camp which was held in their home town Quiberon between 22nd and 25th August. The camp was run by international instructors. Read more. -->
25. Vikings win Irish Championships (2200 views)
12 September 2016
Vikings Drum Corps are the Irish champions again after their win in Dalymount Park, Dublin on Saturday. Read more. -->
24. Jubal and Jong Jubal win gold at DCN Championships (2268 views)
15 September 2016
Jubal and Jong Jubal were crowned Dutch champions in Dordrecht on Saturday. It was the fourth time in a row that Jubal took home the title. In addition, the corps won awards in all but two captions. Read more. -->
23. IMG/SoundSport Lydney: ‘New and different’ (2348 views)
5 May 2016
The first IMG SoundSport event to be held in the Royal Forest of Dean proved a big success with participants and fans alike, when this new series of shows rolled into Lydney, Gloucestershire. The Forest, which is a rural area on England's border with Wales, has long been the home of many successful Brass Band contests. But this was something new and different. Read more. -->
22. Spirit of 52 receives support from Vic Firth (2386 views)
13 June 2016
Spirit of 52 has found a partner in Vic Firth. Starting this season, the complete percussion of the corps will be playing with drumsticks from the manufacturer. Read more. -->
21. Starriders win DCE show at Rasteder Musiktage (2502 views)
3 July 2016
The Starriders have won the DCE contest during the Rasteder Musiktage on Saturday. The corps from Bad Münder stayed ahead of Spirit of 52 by 1.2 points with their show 'About Time'. Read more. -->
20. New board of Beatrix wants to put the corps back on the map (2539 views)
21 May 2016
Beatrix Drum & Bugle Corps from Hilversum has a new board. The newly appointed management has stated that it wants to expand the corps and put it back on the map. Read more. -->
19. Double victory for ‘Dordrecht’ at the first DCN contest (2577 views)
30 May 2016
Double success for Jubal at the first DCN show in Roosendaal. Both Jubal and Jong Jubal managed to top the Premier Class and the Junior Class respectively on Saturday. Read more. -->
18. Dates for the 2017 IMG SoundSport series announced (2591 views)
22 September 2016
Drum Corps Europe are pleased to announce the dates for the 2017 IMG SoundSport shows. Following a successful inaugural season last year, the series will again be held across four European countries and will feature two shows in England for the first time. Read more. -->
17. The Company and Concord are the 2016 DCUK Champions (2671 views)
18 September 2016
The Company are the 2016 Drum Corps United Kingdom Open Class Champions. The performance ensemble scored 85.40 points in Widnes on Saturday and also won all caption awards. The Concord Allstars are DCUK Junior Class Champions. Read more. -->
16. Justin Heimbecker succeeds David Gibbs as Blue Devils CEO (2691 views)
19 January 2016
David Gibbs is announcing his decision to transition into a new role. On 29th February, the Blue Devils will welcome Justin Heimbecker as the new CEO of BD Performing Arts. Read more. -->
15. A word from DCI Director Dan Acheson to Europe (2708 views)
23 February 2016
With only a few days to go before the 2016 Indoor Music Games/SoundSport kick off, DCI Executive Director Daniel Acheson sent a note to the participants and organizers. Read more. -->
14. The start of European Music Games live on Facebook (2811 views)
27 May 2016
The start of the European Music Games, this Saturday in Roosendaal, will be broadcast live on Facebook. Anyone who likes the official Facebook page of Drum Corps Europe can watch parts of the event while they happen. Read more. -->
13. Starriders, Blue Bandits and Jong Beatrix win in Hameln (2820 views)
7 September 2016
The drum corps month of the year started with a big bang on Saturday. In front of a full stand in Hamelin, the Starriders, Blue Bandits and Jong Beatrix won the German Open. Read more. -->
12. Live webcast of DCUK Finals (2931 views)
16 September 2016
This year, for the first time in its history, there will be a live webcast of the DCUK Finals, free of charge. The webcast will be available through the UK Fan Network website. Read more. -->
11. Report: Indoor Music Games/SoundSport Glasgow (2965 views)
23 May 2016
After an absence of 21 years, the IMG SoundSport Glasgow show brought the competitive Marching Arts back to Scotland with a bang. The Bellahouston Sports Centre provided an excellent venue, which ironically had also hosted the first Scottish Drum Corps Show in 1982. Read more. -->
10. Brianza wins first IMSB contest of 2016 season (3147 views)
26 June 2016
The first contest of the 2016 IMSB season took place on Saturday 18th of June in Caronno Pertusella (Italy). In front of almost 800 people, four groups performed their shows in a beautiful and festive atmosphere. The contest was also the occasion to celebrate the 120th birthday of the Academy Parade Band that hosted the event. Read more. -->
9. Unity takes Italian title at IMSB Championships (3147 views)
12 July 2016
Unity from Mosson/Besana have won the title in the Premier Class at the Italian championships in Lecco last Saturday. The newly crowned champion scored 89.5 points. Read more. -->
8. The Company in the lead in the UK, Jubal remains in the lead in Europe (3216 views)
6 July 2016
The Company has topped the second DCUK show of the season in Woking on Sunday. Jubal maintains its lead in the European Premier Class ranking. Read more. -->
7. Mosson Secutores as ‘Unity’ at DCE Championships (3260 views)
11 June 2016
The two Italian groups of the Mosson Secutores project will appear under the new name 'Unity' at the DCE European Championships this year. The Drum Corps Europe board has approved the name change in the list of participants. Read more. -->
6. Blue Devils staff join Kidsgrove Scouts (3449 views)
6 September 2016
Some days ago the Kidsgrove Scouts have made an important announcement: three members of the Blue Devils A (Concord, CA) will fly from the USA to Kidsgrove in order to help the Scouts during the Finals week, on the road to the DCE European Championship (Kerkrade, September 24th). Read more. -->
5. The Company and Jong Jubal crowned DCE champions 2016 (3851 views)
25 September 2016
The Company and Jong Jubal are the wDCE European champions of 2016. Over 2,000 visitors were treated to 21 fantastic corps with a total of 33 show performances. Read more. -->
4. DCE publishes Championships schedule (3977 views)
19 September 2016
The order of performances for the Premier Class Prelims and Junior Class Finals this Saturday has been published, based on this season's results at the European Music Games. The list is as follows. Read more. -->
3. Celtic Crusaders win at home in Mullingar (4444 views)
22 August 2016
Celtic Crusaders were the stand-out performance of the day. Their 2016 production “On a String” had much advanced since the Arklow contest and scored 53.70. Read more. -->
2. 2017 DCE Championships participants announced (6708 views)
14 December 2016
21 corps representing five countries appear on the list published by DCE today. Read more. -->
1. Live webcast of the DCE European Championships (20006 views)
23 September 2016
DCE will broadcast this year's Championships live on the internet. The webcast can be watched free of charge, however DCE hopes that fans will support the webcast by becoming a patron. Read more. -->
2017 DCE Championships participants announced
Drum Corps Europe are happy to announce the participants for DCE Championships 2017. 21 corps representing five countries appear on the list published by DCE today.
Five corps are taking part in Junior Class and sixteen in the Premier Class. The maximum number that can be entered in to the event is 22, which leaves one place still open for registration.
Rob Beeren of Drum Corps Europe said "The board are delighted to see the entire top 5 in Junior Class and the majority of the top 10 in Premier Class taking part. We are particularly happy to welcome the first time entrants and have Beatrix back in the contest again."
Beatrix are one of 7 wild card entrants, which also include Beeches Performance Ensemble, Blue Diamonds Drum & Bugle Corps, Heartliner, Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble, Revolution and The Vikings.
The DCE Championships will take place on September 30th 2017 in Parkstad Limburg Stadium, Kerkrade, Netherlands. Tickets go on sale on May 1st 2017.
The full list of participants:
Diamond Cadets (DE)
Jong Beatrix (NL)
Jong Jubal (NL)
Johan Friso (NL)
Jong-Holland Junioren (NL)
Beeches Performance Ensemble (UK)
Blue Diamonds (DE)
Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble (IE)
Kidsgrove Scouts (UK)
Spirit of 52 (DE)
The Company Performance Ensemble (UK)
Vikings Drum Corps (IE)
Wölper Löwen (DE)
High Cross Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps to make IMG debut in the Forest of Dean Show
The High Cross Cadets is the brainchild of former Somerford Sound Corps Director Mike Horlock, to recreate the Drum Corps activity in Christchurch, Dorset, England.
Membership of High Cross Cadets is drawn from all 3 of Christchurch's Drum & Bugle Corps: Somerford Sound, Freelancers and Splitz Show Corps, as well as musicians from other Bands in the area and members who are completely new to Marching Music.
The idea of the new Corps evolved after several years of DCUK, DCE and DCI trips, but it was a trip to the 2015 DCI Soundsport event in Bristol that kick started the Christchurch Mini Corps movement. After a few initial meetings, it was decided that High Cross Cadets would perform under the Soundsport and Mini Corps UK banners.
The show for 2017 is entitled "Return" which features both brass and drum lines. Framing the whole show is a traditional Colour Guard utilising flags and rifles mixed with modern dance ideas.
High Cross Cadets are delighted to announce that they will march in competition in 2017, which will be the first time a Drum Corps from Christchurch has competed since 2001, and will make their IMG debut at the Forest of Dean Show in Lydney Gloucestershire on Saturday 8th April 2017.
The Corps would like to thank the Blue Barons Mini Corps for help with the Bugles, Lee Court of UK Fan Network for donating the Drums, High Cross Church in Somerford for the Rehearsal Facility and Kidsgrove Scouts for the provision of Guard Equipment.
DCE Championships registration closing soon
The registration for the DCE European Championships 2017 will close on November 30th.
The DCE European Championships are the highlight of the European Music Games. The best corps from all over Europe go head-to-head to win the European titles in the Premier Class (all ages) and in Junior Class (up to 16 years old). The European Championships will take place on September 30th 2017.
Registration is available until November 30th here.
Thr registration for the Indoor Music Games (includin Soundsport) still remains open. This series of events will run between February and May, with shows taking place in Ireland, England, The Netherlands and Scotland. The IMG and SoundSport are aimed at encouraging new or former bands and corps to form/reform and get involved in the activity in some way, and at any level that is achievable for them at this point in time. It can also be used by groups who are going through a rebuilding process as the demands are less than that of normal marching band/drum corps competition.
Registration for the Indoor Music Games / SoundSport is open until 28 days before the events.
Thurrock Marching Brass brings IMG SoundSport to Essex in 2017
The Essex show forms part of a series being held in the UK and in Europe, and each show will feature two categories, firstly DCI SoundSport followed by DCE Indoor Music Games. Both formats are aimed at encouraging new or former bands and corps to form/reform and in DCI SoundSport specifically there is no restriction on musical opportunities where any and all types of acts are encouraged to come along and entertain. All shows within this circuit are performed at indoor venues specifically set up to cater for this type of spectacle. Thurrock are particularly keen to provide a platform for alumni groups to get together and have a go.
Thurrock Marching Brass Chairman, Paul Morgan commented “Bringing the IMG SoundSport event to Essex, after a really enjoyable trip to the Forest of Dean earlier this year, means a great deal to us. We are very proud of not only our own borough, but our county as well, and in doing so we genuinely hope that we can ignite some really diverse interest in the show in the former heartland of Essex drum and bugle corps." The venue is easily accessed with major road and rail transport links and has ample car parking. Further information on the Essex show can be provided by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and registration is now open via the Drum Corps Europe website here.
DCE focuses on video on demand
Drum Corps Europe is fully committed to “video on demand” from this year onwards. The DVDs of the DCE Championships will be replaced by the online video platform with unlimited access to the DCE video archive.
The DCE Video Vault has rapidly risen in popularity in recent years, while DVD sales have fallen. With the Video Vault you not only have access to the DCE videos from this year, but those of previous years as well, on your computer, tablet and smartphone. And the cost is a fixed amount per year.
Due to the decreased DVD sales, the production costs of the DVDs have increased compared to revenues, and it has therefore been decided to stop releasing DVDs. DVDs of previous years are still available as usual.
An annual subscription to the DCE Video Vault costs just € 19.95. More information and previews of the videos can be found here.
Hans Wansink and Marco Janssen are leaving DCE
Board members Hans Wansink and Marco Janssen will be leaving the board of Drum Corps Europe. Both were active in the organisation for many years.
Marco Janssen was a co-founder of Drum Corps Europe in 2000 and has since been the secretary of the organisation. Hans Wansink joined the European drum corps organisation in 2004 as Finance Manager. Both have decided to leave to their drum corps career behind them. “With a family, my own business and DCE, it is becoming increasingly difficult to divide my time”, Janssen admits. “Now that the business requires more and more time, unfortunately I can't combine the two anymore. It pains me to say farewell, because DCE is an organisation with fantastic people, whom I have had an incredible amount of fun working with.”
“I am delighted to have had the privilege to be part of an organisation that has put the drum corps activity on the map again in Europe,” said board member Wansink. “Nevertheless, I think it is time to call it a day now, although I will still be busy finalising things for some time. I have always experienced the no-nonsense mentality within the board as very pleasant. This is one of the strong points of the organisation.”
The board of DCE would like to thank Hans and Marco for all the work and the time they have devoted to the organisation.
Thank you to our 2016 live webcast patrons!
Thousands of viewers across Europe and the world logged on to watch the live webcast of the DCE European Championships in September. Almost 50 drum corps fans contributed towards the running costs of the webcast, which made it possible for Drum Corps Europe to once again provide the service free of charge.
The webcast team is entirely made up of volunteers who provided live coverage and analysis throughout championships day. The popularity and standard of the webcast has increased each year and with that, the costs have also risen, which makes the contributions from the patrons extremely important.
Speaking about the patrons involvement, the DCE board said: "It is fantastic to see that so many drum corps fans supported the live webcast. With their support, we can bring the DCE Championships to as many people as possible in Europe and around the globe. We would like to thank every patron for their pledge to the webcast."
Patrons of the DCE live webcast 2016:Brian Yothers € 50,00 Carsten Bamberg € 50,00 Sirus Telecom Ltd (uk) € 50,00 Steve Allen € 50,00 Gary Whitecunas € 40,00 Jim Burnell € 35,61 Dietmar Grudzus € 33,00 Andrew Dallison € 30,00 Jan Schott € 30,00 Ken Manger € 30,00 Ken Mansfield € 30,00 Robert Beckett € 30,00 Sarah Jones € 30,00 Alan Bright € 20,00 Diane Howton € 20,00 Tim Jeans € 20,00 Tony Sawyer € 20,00 Ian Downes € 15,00 Mandi Cornelius € 15,00 Ad Gouman € 10,00 Alan, Carol & Freya Miller € 10,00 Andrew Horton € 10,00 G. Wassink € 10,00 Hilko € 10,00 Iain MacMillan € 10,00 Ian Blundell € 10,00 Jasper de Haan € 10,00 Lisa McLuskie € 10,00 Marcel Bok € 10,00 Mark and Maria Bolton € 10,00 Mark Cresswell € 10,00 P Vernes € 10,00 Paul Rollason € 10,00 Shaun Parker € 10,00 Sven Ludwig € 10,00 Van Doorn € 10,00 Wayne Pedvin € 10,00 William Sweeney € 10,00 Amy Howton € 5,00 Dimitri Provoost € 5,00 Jeroen van Niel € 5,00 Mignot € 5,00 Ronald Verburg € 5,00 Stefan Tetzel € 5,00 Sonja Kränz € 2,00 Stefanie Renken € 1,00
Registration for DCE Championships and Indoor Music Games now open
The registration for both the DCE European Championships 2017 and the Indoor Music Games (including SoundSport) 2017 has now opened. Registration is possible through the DCE website.
November 1st is the start of the DCE registration, and the kick off for the Indoor Music Games and SoundSport. This series of events will run between February and May, with shows taking place in Ireland, England, The Netherlands and Scotland. The IMG and SoundSport are aimed at encouraging new or former bands and corps to form/reform and get involved in the activity in some way, and at any level that is achievable for them at this point in time. It can also be used by groups who are going through a rebuilding process as the demands are less than that of normal marching band/drum corps competition.
Registration for the DCE European Championships is possible during November, and the registration for the Indoor Music Games / SoundSport is open until 28 days before the events.
Juliana will run the Indoor Music Games Middelburg 2017
Juliana from Middelburg will host the Dutch leg of the Indoor Music Games and SoundSport series next year, which will be held on Saturday the 22nd of April. The Corps will take over the organisation of the show from Drum Corps Europe.
The Indoor Music Games consist of a series of indoor events for performance ensembles, marching bands, show corps, indoor percussion groups and other ensembles. In cooperation with Drum Corps International and national partners in Europe, indoor events will be held in four countries between February and May.
Last year, the Indoor Music Games made its debut in Middelburg, and was co-hosted by Juliana and Drum Corps Europe. This time, the organisation is entirely in the hands of Juliana, with DCE providing the judging panel. “The cooperation was excellent last year,” said Edwin Baars from Juliana. “We received a lot of positive feedback from both participants and spectators after the event. So it was a successful test, which we will build on.” The Indoor Music Games will be combined with the now familiar presentation evening of the corps from Middelburg.
Drum Corps Europe are also pleased with the progress of the event. “The Indoor Music Games and SoundSport are a wonderful stage for indoor groups, new corps and smaller ensembles to present themselves to an audience,” explains IMG coordinator Andy Hewlett. “The emphasis is on entertainment, and in contrast to the summer season, the competition is less prominent. The collaboration with Juliana was excellent which is why we are very happy to return to Middelburg.”
Aside from the Dutch Indoor Music Games on Saturday the 22nd of April, there are also competitions in Dublin (Ireland – 18th February), Glasgow (Scotland, 25th March), Lydney (England – 8th April) and Essex (England - 6th May). Registration for all events commences on 1st November.
Concord and Tin Soldiers plan for IMG SoundSport 2017
Preparations for the 2017 IMG SoundSport series are now well underway as bands and corps look towards next season. Concord Youth Music from Sheffield, South Yorkshire have announced their intention to enter the IMG section of The Forest of Dean show next year. The event, on Saturday 8th April, is located in a modern indoor arena on the outskirts of Lydney, Gloucestershire and will feature performances by a variety of different musical groups.
Sheffield will be sending a large group to the West Country, as Concord will be sharing their coach with the Tin Soldiers who will be entering the SoundSport section of the show. It will be a long day for this young group as they aim to leave Sheffield around 9.00 am and return to their Croft House headquarters by approximately 2.00 am on the Sunday morning. The show is timed to end at 8.00pm which should allow some time for socialising after the event, before heading back north.
Corps Director Roger Steele said “This is an opportunity for us to further our reputation and make a real impact in a new genre and with a brand-new audience, in addition to giving our members a totally different kind of performance experience.”
Contest Secretary Sharon Thomas said “We’re absolutely delighted that Concord and Tin Soldiers have decided to enter our show. The Forest of Dean is predominantly a Brass Band area but these two groups will bring a very different style of musical performance to the event, which I’m sure will prove very popular with the audience. We appreciate that it’s a long way from Yorkshire to Gloucestershire and we’re going to do everything we can to ensure that they have a great experience.”
Further information on the series will be published shortly on the DCE website and registration for all shows will open on November 1, also via the website.
A change to DCE news reports
The way in which Drum Corps Europe reports on news is set to change. DCE will be putting a stronger focus on social media and instantly sharing drum corps news through Facebook and Twitter.
Since 2002, DCE has been posting drum corps related news items on its website, to share developments in our activity with as many fans as possible. In recent years, the growth of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter has led to the natural progression of DCE playing a more active role there.
The DCE social media team will monitor developments and messages on social media and communicate news instantly with our followers. The DCE website, which is currently undergoing a redesign, will be used to post news about the Drum Corps Europe organisation itself.
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Relive the performances of the DCE Championships!
Last Saturday, 30 performances of European corps could be seen live in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium. Now you can watch the shows on the DCE Video Vault, almost all videos have been posted online.
Still can’t get enough of the DCE European Championships 2016? Watch all performances as often as you like on the DCE Video Vault, recorded by five cameras. The performances are available as mixed cam and we will add the high cam only version shortly. The current video clips of the DCE Championships 2016 have lower quality because we wanted to upload the clips as soon as possible, however we will improve the quality in the next few weeks.
Free previews are available on http://dce.videovault.eu. Join the DCE Video Vault for only € 19.95 and get unlimited access to all full videos of this year's and previous DCE Championships!
The Company and Jong Jubal crowned DCE champions 2016
The Company and Jong Jubal are the DCE European champions of 2016. Over 2,000 visitors were treated to 21 fantastic corps with a total of 33 show performances.
The Company was already in the lead in the Prelims. That lead was maintained in the evening. 'Inspire Me' was awarded 89.85 points by the judges. That was 0.9 points more than the number two, Jubal from Dordrecht. With 'The Next Ten Minutes', Jubal managed to excel particularly in visual, given the scores by the corps in the Visual captions.
The crowd in Kerkrade loves the Kidsgrove Scouts. This was confirmed again on Saturday, during and after the show 'Symmetricity'. The performance received a big ovation from the drum corps fans in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium. The corps won bronze with 87.00 points. 'Poisoned' by Juliana, the show that will always be known as 'the show with the trees', earned the corps a solid fourth place (82.50), followed by 'About Time' by the Starriders (80.60), who also won the caption award High Auxiliary.
With three corps, both England and Germany were the biggest 'suppliers' of finalists. Cadence managed to reach the Finals for the second year in a row after they entered the DCE arena for the first time last year, and finished ninth with 66.35 points. Besides Starriders, the three German corps making Finals included Wölper Löwen (seventh, 73.40) and Spirit of 52 (eighth, 71.50).
Both Italian participants also reached the ten highest placed corps in Europe. Unity came sixth with 78.85 points (their highest score and place ever) and Millennium made a successful comeback after several years’ absence (tenth, 63.95).
The 'Aqua' programme from Beeches was awarded 63.50 points by the judges, but unfortunately for Beeches this was just outside the top ten. But the corps is progressing well. This year they went up as many as eight places in the European ranking, from nineteenth to eleventh place. Revolution came twelfth, only 0.1 point below Beeches.
Calypso from Belgium is back and its programme 'Colours of Friendship' finished in thirteenth place (62.00). In the ranking of the European Music Games, the corps became fourteenth (out of a total of 28 participants). The Blue Diamonds scored 59.70 (twelfth of Ensemble Visual and eleventh for Visual Field). The Vikings (55.85, fifteenth place) excelled in Visual Effect where they became twelfth.
Jong Jubal took the European title in the Junior Class from Johan Friso. This is the eighth title for the junior corps from Dordrecht (81.55). No other corps has so many DCE titles to its name. Jong Beatrix came second (79.00), the highest position for the corps since 2009. Johan Friso had to take a step back in the final classification this year, but nonetheless managed to take home the bronze (75.50).
Jong-Holland Juniors, Diamond Cadets and Kadoudal made for an exciting international 'battle'. The scores were close together. The Jong-Holland Juniors came fourth (69.30). Less than one point behind were the Diamond Cadets (68.45), and Kadoudal came sixth (68.05) with a difference of only 0.4 points.
Not only in the stands but also at home, thousands of people enjoyed the performances. The scores and recaps are available on the scores page.
Today DCE Championships, tickets still available!
Today is the drum corps day of the year: the DCE Championships in Kerkrade - The Netherlands. Didn't pre-order any tickets online? No problem, you can still buy tickets for the DCE European Championships at the ticket office of the stadium. So do come to Kerkrade, you'll regret it if you don't!
In the online ticket sale, tickets for sections A, B and C of the fantastic Parkstad Limburg Stadium have been sold out. Tickets are still available for sections D, E and F. If you get here early, you can find a good spot in the stands. Like every year, the seat numbers only apply from 5.30 pm.
You can buy a ticket in the grand stand starting at 17.50 Euros. The ticket office for the Parkstad Limburg Stadium opens at 9.00 am. For more information about the programme, click here.
Live webcast of the DCE European Championships
DCE will broadcast this year's Championships live on the internet. The webcast can be watched free of charge, however DCE hopes that fans will support the webcast by becoming a patron.
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 2016 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."
More information will be provided during the 14 hour webcast this Saturday.
Dates for the 2017 IMG SoundSport series announced
Drum Corps Europe are pleased to announce the dates for the 2017 IMG SoundSport shows. Following a successful inaugural season last year, the series will again be held across four European countries and will feature two shows in England for the first time:
Sat 18.02.2017 Dublin, Ireland
Sat 25.03.2017 Glasgow, Scotland
Sat 08.04.2017 Forest of Dean, England
Sat 22.04.2017 The Netherlands (provisional)
Sat 06.05.2017 Essex, England
Each show will feature two categories, firstly DCI SoundSport followed by the DCE Indoor Music Games. Both formats are aimed at encouraging new or former bands and corps to form/reform and get involved in the activity, at a level that is more achievable at this point in time. It can also be used by groups who are going through a rebuilding process as the demands of this type of contest are less than that of normal marching band/drum corps competition.
All shows are held indoors in venues such as sports halls or gymnasiums, similar to those used for Winterguard events and feature just 3 judges. After performing all bands return to the arena at the end of the show where the results of both sections are announced. The season is held in the spring to allow groups who wish to go on and compete in the summer season to do so.
IMG/SoundSport Coordinator Andy Hewlett said "I'm pleased that we've been able to get the show dates agreed early for next year, as it gives potential competitors plenty of time to plan ahead. The 2016 series was a big success and I'm looking forward to building on that for next season"
Full details for all shows will be released shortly, but general information about the series is available from email@example.com.
Extra education audio files provided at DCE
At this year's DCE Prelims two extra commentaries will be given to the corps. Marie Czapinski and Dave Cooksey have agreed to provide educational tapes (not judging tapes) to the participating units. They will look at the level of training, provide advise and give tips and tricks about how to improve the training of members.
Marie is co-founder of Winter Guard International, played a key rol in the formation and development of Bands of America and was DCI Visual Caption Coordinator for many years. She is well known for her clinic presentations, integrity and creativity. At this moment she is also a visual consultant to the Phantom Regiment.
Dave is active internationally as a music adjudicator and brass instructor. He has been a DCI judge and the last 16 years he has been brass instructor for Madison Scouts, Crossmen, Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment where he is currently low brass instructor. Dave is also the music educator for the DCE judging team.
The recordings will be put on the DCE Dashboard. Hopefully this will provide the instructors useful information which can help them plan the next season.
Drum Corps World team at DCE Championships
Drum Corps World publisher Steve will be attending the DCE European Championship this Saturday in Kerkrade - The Netherlands. He will be writing reports on the event and two the American staff photographers, Richard Wersinger and Chris Maher, will be there to shoot along the sidelines.
"I am going to spend a few days ahead of the DCE Championships with my friend Steve Hars, former director of the Basildon Blue Eagles, then travel to Kerkrade on Friday", Vickers says, "I had such a fantastic time last September that I decided six years between visits was too much time to wait. Fortunately, I had enough frequent-flyer miles to arranged a roundtrip flight from Madison to London."
Vickers was quite impressed with every group, even the youngest and smallest. "Corps in North America made up of 12 to 16-year-olds weren’t nearly as solid ad all the ones I saw last year in Kerkrade. And I’m looking forward to seeing European representation in 2017 when Kidsgrove Scouts make another appearance at the DCA Championships and The Company competes at the DCI Championships in Indianapolis. Congratulations to every corps that will be participating in Kerkrade and I hope 2016 will be a great season for the entire roster!"
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Jo Weerts is the new DCE contest director
Jo Weerts is the new contest director for Drum Corps Europe and Drum Corps Netherlands. He succeeds Kees Kopmels, who stepped down last year after 15 seasons.
Weerts is no stranger to the drum corps world. For several years he has been the host of the DCN Championships, and together with Alan Thompson he is the announcer at the DCE Championships (Junior Class). "Because of my presenting work, I have become increasingly involved in the organisation and in what happens on the field in recent years,” Weerts says about his new appointment. “So it was a pretty logical step. I look forward to working with the guys on the field crew."
This Saturday, Jo Weerts will be on the field as the contest director at the DCE Championships in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade. He will also be announcing the Junior Class again.