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Tomorrow EMG German Open

Ven, 01/09/2017 - 07:00

The event will take place in Hamelner Weserberglandstadion, which is located on the Kuhlmannstraße 13, 31785 in Hameln. The show will start at 16:30 and the venue will open at 15:30.

The full cast list for this show:

Cadet Class:

  • Showband Rastede Youngstars – Rastede
  • Diamonds Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps – Nienhagen

Concert Class:

  • Blue Bandits Drum & Music Corps – Hagenburg
  • Phoenix Performance Ensemble – Norderstedt
  • Storman Magic Marchingband – Bad Oldesloe
  • Brass & Drum Corps Kriftl – Kriftel
  • Marchingband  Flying Drums – Hannover

Premier Class:

  • Blue Diamonds Drum & Bugle Corps – Nienhagen
  • Spirit of 52- Rastede
  • Wölper Löwen Drum & Bugle Corps – Neustadt am Rbge.
  • Starriders Drum & Bugle Corps -Bad Münder

IMBA changes location of IMBA Championships

Gio, 31/08/2017 - 07:01

Because of the hardworking crew at Mullingar Townband/Celtic Crusaders, IMBA was able to arrange an alternative venue at a very short notice. 

Another update from IMBA is that this Saturday, it will be the first time for Vikings Cadets to perform in exhibition at the end of the show. Other casts that perform during the show are Vikings, Inbhear Mor, Celtic Crusaders.

The show starts at 14:00 local time and ends around 16:00. 

Jubal sets sights on 2018 U.S. tour

Gio, 24/08/2017 - 09:55

The trip will mark the Dutch corps' fifth trip to the United States, after last participating in DCI Tour events during the summer of 2015.  

One of Europe's most well traveled and successful marching music ensembles, Jubal makes trips nearly every summer, having spent time in Italy in 2016 and France in 2017 since its last journey to America.

“Our U.S. trip will be a little shorter in 2018 than in 2015,” Jubal director Hans Kloppert said. “Plans for our tour will take us to — among other locations — the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania."

The corps will wrap up its two-and-a-half-week tour performing at the 2018 DCI Open Class World Championship Prelims and Finals in Michigan City, Indiana, before heading to Indianapolis for DCI World Championship events at Lucas Oil Stadium in August. A multi-time Drum Corps Netherlands and Drum Corps Europe champion, Jubal will once again set its sights on DCI's International Class title, which it previously took home in 2015.

“It is exciting news that Jubal will be returning to compete in Drum Corps International events,” DCI Open Class coordinator David Eddleman said. “Their creative programming, along with the international flair that their presence adds to events, makes Jubal a crowd favorite.”

Outside of the competitive performances, Jubal's tour will also give its corps members the opportunity for sightseeing and for cultural exchanges with their American corps member counterparts. 

The corps' complete tour itinerary will be announced with the anticipated release of the 2018 DCI Tour schedule in November.  Follow Jubal via Facebook for the latest updates on the corps' 2018 U.S. tour.

Source: dci.org

Kidsgrove Scouts to set off to compete at Drum Corps Associates World Championships

Dom, 20/08/2017 - 07:00

On the 22nd of August the group will be spending some time in New York and will do some sight seeing.

As part of their tour the cast will have several extensive rehearsal days to further develop their 2017 production entitled Montagues & Capulets. The locations where they are reheasing are:

23rd - 25th August
Passaic County Technical Institute
45 Reinhardt Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

29th - 31st August
Waterloo High School
96 Stark Street, Waterloo, NY 13165

1st - 3rd September
McAvoy Park
1615 Winton Road, Irondequoit, NY 14609

These venues and dates are subject to change, which Kidsgrove Scouts will publish any differences on Facebook.

Drum Corps Europe is wishing cast, crew and staff all the best for their 4th DCA adventure. 

The Company wins International Class at DCI

Mer, 16/08/2017 - 07:00

At DCI Prelims last Thurday, they ended on the 30th place, with a score of 70.038, still above 7th Regiment.

It was the first trip to compete at the DCI Championships for the Company. A cast of 92 and a staff/crew of 45 persons from all over Europe and the US joined the Company for their tour. 

They ended their tour last Sunday where the DCI Tour Banquet at the Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis was held, joined by John DeNovi, Eric Hjellming, Sue Kuehnold and Duffy Teague as well as their USA staff Andrew Markworth Mike Bishop and their lovely wives.

The members were present with their 2017 DCI International Class Champions patches together with s stunning Corps photo and individual photo taken by Jolesch Photography.

The Company donated their air beds, sleeping bags and pillows to local homeless charities which was organised through the Indianapolis Mayors Office and the USA props and flag poles were donated to West Milford High School as a thank you for lending them the equipment.

The cast of The Company were in the USA for 14 days and performed at 1 exhibition show and 6 DCI shows. They were DrumLine Battle semi finalists and SoundSport World Champions. The cast are back rehearsing for the rest of the season over the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

Diamond anniversary yields gold for undefeated Blue Devils

Mar, 15/08/2017 - 20:55



The Blue Devils victory came in front of a record crowd of 23,342 Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, marking the seventh straight season the Finals have drawn record attendance in Indy. 

“Being a world champion is such an indescribable feeling,” said Blue Devils mellophone player Trevor Stojanovich. “Knowing that this is our 18th championship, and being able to represent all the Blue Devils from the past 60 years, is something I never thought I would do. Ever since I was 15 years old, I dreamed of this night, and it's a dream come true.”

Source: Drum Corps International
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Like and watch the DCE Video Vault for free

Mar, 15/08/2017 - 07:48

Drum Corps Europe will host their 15th DCE Championships since 2003. First held in The Hague, later in Rotterdam and finally in Kerkrade, Drum Corps Europe is very proud to be able to help the activity in providing them a European competition closed with a Championships in a great atmosphere. 

To celebrate this with as many friends as possible, DCE started a like and win to retrieve at least 6000 friends (currently 5538 friends) on their official Drum Corps Europe facebook page. When they hit the 6000 friends, a coupon will be provided where all friends are able to watch the DCE Video Vault for free and look back on 14 great championships years and videos, as well as a lot of other national competition videos from the last 14 years (over 400 videos).

So make sure to like the Facebook page, share the post or this news item. The sooner we have the 6000 friends, the longer you are able to watch the DCE Video Vault for free.

(Disclamer: This promo is only avaialble for new Video Vault subscribers. Current subscriptions will not be extended. The coupon have no cash or residual value.)

Drum Corps United Kingdom launch Hall Of Fame

Ven, 21/07/2017 - 19:06

DCUK was formed in 1980 and the original vehicle for recognising the great work of individuals and their contributions to the UK activity was the DCUK Fellowship, which began in 1985, and 18 people were inducted. These eighteen people will be automatically inducted into the DCUK Hall of Fame this year.

The first entrants to the new Hall of Fame will be inducted at the British Drum Corps Championships on Saturday 23rd September. Nominations are now being invited and full details of how to nominate and the criteria required is available at the Hall Of Fame webpage. These awards are for recognition for the overall activity and not for recognition for work with individual Corps and the nomination must reflect this.

Fully completed nominations must be received by 11pm on Sunday 20th August 2017 – any received after that date or any received not fully completed will not be considered. This is an exciting new development for DCUK and a way of saying “thank you” to those past and present that have shaped and/or still are shaping our activity.

The Company lead rankings after win at Leicester

Lun, 17/07/2017 - 12:56

The first part of the European Music Games came to a close on Sunday July 16th as the DCUK show in Leicester saw performance levels continuing to grow and ranking changes taking place. 

The Company took their first Premier Class win in DCUK this year with their 2017 production "Tomorrow".  They increased their points by 3.95 from their last outing in Woking on July 2nd.  As a result, The Company sit on the top of the European rankings going in to the summer break. 

Kidsgrove Scouts also improved points-wise on the last contest and scored 76.90 with their performance of "Montages and Capulets". 

Visiting corps Starriders from Germany finished in third place with 67.90, which leaves them 4th in the overall rankings before the German Open on September 2nd. 

Scoring remained close in the middle of the group, with just 0.15 seperating Beeches and Cadence. 

The scores in Junior Class also increased, with Thurrock Marching Brass again taking first place, just 0.60 ahead of Concord AllStars. 

The Soundsport series also continued in Leicester with Stafford Brigades being awarded a silver award, while The Company were awarded gold. 

A full breakdown of the scores from Sunday can be found here. The full European rankings as they stand at the summer break can be found here

 

 

Celtic Crusaders win close contest in Arklow

Sab, 15/07/2017 - 21:44

The Irish season got underway on Saturday July 15th in Arklow Celtic Football Club. The conditions were somewhat difficult for groups, as high temperatures and high gusts took to the field with them. 

Celtic Crusaders, from Mullingar had started their season at Rasteder Musiktage two weeks ago, and it proved beneficial as they increased their score by 2.70 points. Their show "Pulse" also picked up caption awards in High Effect, High Field Music and a tie with Clondalkin Youth Band in High Visual. 

The scores in the top three were extremely close. Visiting corps from Northampton in England were just 0.10 behind Celtic Crusaders with their production "The Bench". The music programme included Coldplays "Fix You" and "Morning" from Peer Gynt by Edvard Greig. The show centred around a bench and more particularly a bench which a homeless man used as his home. The theme was well portrayed by the use of props and guard. 

The close scoring continued as Clondalkin Youth Band were placed third with the seperation of only 0.05 behind Liberty Drum Corps. Their show was called "The Book" and told the story of The Book of Kells, a book of great historical importance in Ireland. 

The tight scoring didn't finish there, as Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble and Vikings Drum Corps were seperated by just 0.15, which leaves the rest of the season very unpredictable in Ireland. 

The contest in Arklow was hosted by Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble, who celebrated 25 years in existence. Director Mary Kirwan spoke to the large audience and thanked the local and banding community for their continued support. She also presented their longest serving member, Oisin Molloy with a momento of his hard work and dedication. 

The Irish Championships take place in Mullingar on Saturday September 2nd. More information on their facebook page here

 Results: 

5th Vikings Drum Corps (41.45)
4th Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble (41.60)
3rd Clondalkin Youth Band (50.55)
2nd Liberty Drum Corps (50.60)
1st Mullingar Town Band - Celtic Crusaders (50.70)

Kidsgrove Scouts win at Woking

Dom, 02/07/2017 - 19:46

The weather and performances were again at a high level in the latest DCUK European Music Games contest, which took place in Woking today, Sunday July 2nd. 

Kidsgrove Scouts improved on their score from Barnsley by over six points and achieved 75.10 with their performance of Montages and Capulets. The Company were just behind with 73.50. 

Scoring is close in all groupings in Premier Class, with just over two points seperating Beeches (62.05) and Cadence (59.90). Just over three points seperated Liberty (51.40) and The Pacemakers (48.15). 

Thurrock Marching Brass took part in their first contest of 2017 and won in Junior Class with a score of 49.85. Cadence Juniors were placed second with 41.65. 

DCUK also introduced the Soundsport category as part of outdoor contests this year, and Cadence Cadets and The Company both took part, achieving Bronze and Silver awards.

The DCUK season continues in Leicester on July 16th. Runners up in Rasteder Musiktage, Starriders will be travelling to take part. 

The full scores can be found on our scores page. The full list of rankings are also available here

Spirit of 52 wins Rasteder Musiktage

Dom, 02/07/2017 - 07:49

Spirit of 52 was able to improve their score with almost 4 points since last week's DMG show and scored 66.150 points. Follow up was Starriders. It was the first time the corps competed in the EMG competition this year and they scored 65.000 points. The Irish cast Celtic Crusaders was also participating in Germany yesterday. They ended on the 6th place with 48.000 points.

Wölper Löwen ended in third place (60.950), followed by Blue Diamonds (4th - 59.850). In 5th place Fanfarenzug des KSC Strausberg e.V ended with 52.000 points.

EMG Premier Class

1

 

 

Spirit of 52

 

66.150

     

2

 

 

Starriders Drum & Bugle Corps

 

65.000

 

 

 

3

 

 

Wölper Löwen

 

60.950  

 

 

 

4

 

 

Blue Diamonds

 

59.850

 

 

 

5

 

 

Fanfarenzug des KSC Strausberg e.V

 

52.000 

 

 

 

6

   

Celtic Crusaders

 

48.000

 

 

 

                 

All scores are available on our website and can also be found on the ranking page

Kidsgrove Scouts win at Barnsley

Lun, 19/06/2017 - 14:40

Eight corps in total took part, with seven in Premier Class and one in Junior Class.  The Premier Class got off to a very close start between the top two corps. Only 0.40 separated The Company (68.50) and Kidsgrove Scouts (68.90), which sets up a close contest so early in the summer.

Sunday also saw the first ever performance at the European Music Games from the Dynamic Vibe Performance Ensemble from Tamworth who were placed 6th in Premier Class with their show “Whole”,  which depicted the large range of human emotions.

Concord AllStars were the only group to take part in the Junior Class and they achieved a score of 46.50 with their show “The Final Frontier”.

The European Music games continue in Huizen, the Netherlands this Saturday June 24th.

The full scores from Barnsley:  

EMG Premier Class

1

 

 

Kidsgrove Scouts

 

68.90   

     

2

 

 

The Company

 

68.50   

 

 

 

3

 

 

Beeches

 

55.40   

 

 

 

4

 

 

Revolution

 

52.90   

 

 

 

5

 

 

East Coast Elite

 

49.50   

 

 

 

6

   

Dynamic Vibe

 

38.55   

 

 

 

7

 

 

Comets

 

32.55   

 

 

 

EMG Junior Class

1

 

 

Concord AllStars

 

46.50   

 

 

European Music Games continues in Barnsley this weekend

Lun, 12/06/2017 - 10:27
Eight corps in total will take part, with seven in Open class and one in Junior class. The first contest of the year is always an exciting time for all involved, and camps and rehearsals have been taking place across the UK in the last number of weeks and months.

The European Music Games got off to a start in the Netherlands on June 3rd, when Juliana won in the Open Class with a score of 61.40 points and Jong Jubal won the Junior Class with their show “Sensei” and achieved a score of 62.05.

Sundays contest will take place in Barnsley FC Training Academy and begins at 14:00 GMT. More details can be found on the DCUK website and on our show page. Please notice that the DCUK page is leading for information.

Juliana and Jong Jubal win first DMG contest

Dom, 04/06/2017 - 11:32
The start of the European Music Games 2017 is a fact. Five corps took the field in Roosendaal to present their show for the first time to the audience and judges. With their show “Magnetico", Juliana took the lead and scored 61.400 points. Jubal scored 60.600 points with their show "Never Grow Up", with music from the movies Frozen and Peter Pan.

The feeder corps of Jubal, Jong Jubal, won the Junior Class in Roosendaal. With their show "Sensei" they had a good start of the season and scored 62.050 points. Johan Friso ended on the second place and Jong-Holland Junioren ended on the third place.

Next stop in the European Music Games competition is DCUK Barnsley in 2 weeks, where the next show in the Netherlands will be the DMG contest in Huizen.

Recaps can be found here and scores are available here.

Juliana and Jong Jubal win first DMG contest

Dom, 04/06/2017 - 11:32
The start of the European Music Games 2017 is a fact. Five corps took the field in Roosendaal to present their show for the first time to the audience and judges. With their show “Magnetico", Juliana took the lead and scored 61.400 points. Jubal scored 60.600 points with their show "Never Grow Up", with music from the movies Frozen and Peter Pan.

The feeder corps of Jubal, Jong Jubal, won the Junior Class in Roosendaal. With their show "Sensei" they had a good start of the season and scored 62.050 points. Johan Friso ended on the second place and Jong-Holland Junioren ended on the third place.

Next stop in the European Music Games competition is DCUK Barnsley in 2 weeks, where the next show in the Netherlands will be the DMG contest in Huizen.

Recaps can be found here and scores are available here.

First EMG contest of 2017 in a few days

Gio, 01/06/2017 - 13:08
Social media is teeming with messages about successful rehearsals, camps and new shows. Everyone seems to be looking forward to the European Music Games. The season will start in the Netherlands this Saturday, as is tradition.

This year, the European Music Games include twelve contests in the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland and Germany. The full schedule can be found in the schedule page.

:The show in Roosendaal will begin at 7:30pm and cash register will open at 6:30pm. There are still enough tickets available at the venue. More information can be found at the show page.

First EMG contest of 2017 in a few days

Gio, 01/06/2017 - 13:08
Social media is teeming with messages about successful rehearsals, camps and new shows. Everyone seems to be looking forward to the European Music Games. The season will start in the Netherlands this Saturday, as is tradition.

This year, the European Music Games include twelve contests in the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland and Germany. The full schedule can be found in the schedule page.

:The show in Roosendaal will begin at 7:30pm and cash register will open at 6:30pm. There are still enough tickets available at the venue. More information can be found at the show page.

First judged experience for Showband Axel in Middelburg

Dom, 07/05/2017 - 20:03

Last Saturday in Middelburg I had the chance to be present to the first judged performance of the Showband Axel (Axel, The Netherlands) inside the SoundSport/IMG circuit. After some years of inactivity, in 2014 a group of music fans have decided to refound the band, following the simple rule to have fun with quality. In a year a complete group was field for the parade's activity, and two years later they decided to take part in this adventure. For this reason we've decided to interview Marco van Ham, brass & show instructor of Showband Axel, in order to know better this new Dutch ensemble.

Hi Marco: congratulations for the impressive performance you've field on SoundSport Middelburg.
Thank you Nicola for the opportunity that Soundsport gave us to compete in this competition.

Marco, would you like to tell us the circumstances that moved a group of passionate musicians to refound the Showband Axel?
In September 2013, we’ve organized a reunion in Axel because the city existed 800 years. We’ve thought that we could bring on 40 old members to perform once more….but we had that number after 1 ! week. We’ve ended with almost 80 members (from all over the country and Belgium) and it was one big party from the beginning till the night we’ve performed. After that we’ve talked with a few people why not try to restart Showband Axel. So we did…with some of my contacts in the DCE field we bought instruments from bands who stopped or bands that bought new instruments and we arranged some instructors and started practising on the property of the soccer club of Axel which allowed us to use their buildings and fields.

What kind of performance activity did you choose to follow after the refoundation? And what kind of philosophy is driving the group?
First of all we didn’t start as a group with a show.. we want to do some street performances. We practised once per two weeks but after a few month we were grown to 30 members which was amazing considering all the groups who stopped in this activity. After 1 year we had 40 ! Members. After that first year we evaluated with the group what to do to ensure the future. We decided to change the overall instructor and made the decision to make a show. With new music of a higher level and start training every week.

How and why did you choose to participate into the SoundSport / IMG circuit?
This Soundsport-event was close to Axel and is a low level activity to start with clear reports to improve the whole organisation of the Showband.

How was this experience for the members?
They were excited! It was so much better than expected to present our show for the first time. We just finished our show 2 weeks earlier and it was our third full run. And it was our first performance in front of a stand with spectators who know what it takes to bring a good show.

And for the staff?
I think the staff was more nervous than the members..not about the contest..but for the members. But we were so proud of the members and how they performed.

Do you think that the SoundSport experience has been an enrichment for the Showband Axel? If yes, how? And could it be possible to repeat it in future?
Definitely! If you start in this activity and don’t have much experience you definitely want to start in Soundsport. The feedback we’ve got was amazing and constructive to build a secure future for our organisation. Next step is to take this show outside on a field. But we definitely will return to Soundsport.

Last thing: if I was a musician (or want to become one) based around Axel's area, and I wanted to march with you or just to have more information about Showband Axel, who do I have to contact?
Please contact Machteld Heerspink: Machteld@showbandaxel.org

Where on internet can I find info, news, photos and videos about you?
We have an internet site: www.showbandaxel.org and on facebook: showbandaxel

Thank you so much Marco and best wishes for a brilliant future.
Salute

First judged experience for Showband Axel in Middelburg

Dom, 07/05/2017 - 20:03

Last Saturday in Middelburg I had the chance to be present to the first judged performance of the Showband Axel (Axel, The Netherlands) inside the SoundSport/IMG circuit. After some years of inactivity, in 2014 a group of music fans have decided to refound the band, following the simple rule to have fun with quality. In a year a complete group was field for the parade's activity, and two years later they decided to take part in this adventure. For this reason we've decided to interview Marco van Ham, brass & show instructor of Showband Axel, in order to know better this new Dutch ensemble.

Hi Marco: congratulations for the impressive performance you've field on SoundSport Middelburg.
Thank you Nicola for the opportunity that Soundsport gave us to compete in this competition.

Marco, would you like to tell us the circumstances that moved a group of passionate musicians to refound the Showband Axel?
In September 2013, we’ve organized a reunion in Axel because the city existed 800 years. We’ve thought that we could bring on 40 old members to perform once more….but we had that number after 1 ! week. We’ve ended with almost 80 members (from all over the country and Belgium) and it was one big party from the beginning till the night we’ve performed. After that we’ve talked with a few people why not try to restart Showband Axel. So we did…with some of my contacts in the DCE field we bought instruments from bands who stopped or bands that bought new instruments and we arranged some instructors and started practising on the property of the soccer club of Axel which allowed us to use their buildings and fields.

What kind of performance activity did you choose to follow after the refoundation? And what kind of philosophy is driving the group?
First of all we didn’t start as a group with a show.. we want to do some street performances. We practised once per two weeks but after a few month we were grown to 30 members which was amazing considering all the groups who stopped in this activity. After 1 year we had 40 ! Members. After that first year we evaluated with the group what to do to ensure the future. We decided to change the overall instructor and made the decision to make a show. With new music of a higher level and start training every week.

How and why did you choose to participate into the SoundSport / IMG circuit?
This Soundsport-event was close to Axel and is a low level activity to start with clear reports to improve the whole organisation of the Showband.

How was this experience for the members?
They were excited! It was so much better than expected to present our show for the first time. We just finished our show 2 weeks earlier and it was our third full run. And it was our first performance in front of a stand with spectators who know what it takes to bring a good show.

And for the staff?
I think the staff was more nervous than the members..not about the contest..but for the members. But we were so proud of the members and how they performed.

Do you think that the SoundSport experience has been an enrichment for the Showband Axel? If yes, how? And could it be possible to repeat it in future?
Definitely! If you start in this activity and don’t have much experience you definitely want to start in Soundsport. The feedback we’ve got was amazing and constructive to build a secure future for our organisation. Next step is to take this show outside on a field. But we definitely will return to Soundsport.

Last thing: if I was a musician (or want to become one) based around Axel's area, and I wanted to march with you or just to have more information about Showband Axel, who do I have to contact?
Please contact Machteld Heerspink: Machteld@showbandaxel.org

Where on internet can I find info, news, photos and videos about you?
We have an internet site: www.showbandaxel.org and on facebook: showbandaxel

Thank you so much Marco and best wishes for a brilliant future.
Salute

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