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The season is over, time for the open days!

Gio, 08/10/2015 - 00:36

With a big bang, the European Music Games 2015 ended on Saturday night, 26th September. Were you in the stands or did you watch the webcast, and want to be on the field yourself next year? Grab your chance and go along to the open days of corps in your area!

Revolution
Friday 9th October 2015
19.00 hours
Queensbury Secondary School, Deanstones Lane, Queensbury
Admission fee: free
More information: www.revolutionshowcorps.org.uk

Jong Jubal
Saturday 10th October 2015
10.00-13.00 hours
JMC, Jan Ligthartlaan 1, Dordrecht
Admission fee: free
More information: www.jubal.org

Jubal
Saturday 10th October 2015
13.00-17.00 hours
Brass, percussion: JMC, Jan Ligthartlaan 1, Dordrecht
Color guard: Sports hall Noordendijk 264, Dordrecht
Admission fee: free
More information: www.jubal.org

Mosson
Saturday 10th October 2015
15.00 hours
Via Rito Carlassare, Mosson
Admission fee: free
More information: www.mosson.org

Nexus Junior Corps
Sunday 11th October 2015
10.00 hours
Sandy Place Academy, Bedford
Admission fee: free
More information: www.nexus-dbc.co.uk

Cadence
Saturday 24th October 2015
10.00-18.00 hours
Sunday 25th October 2015
11.00-16.00 hours
Kings International College, Watchetts Drive, Camberley
Admission fee: £5.00
More information: www.cadencedrumcorps.org/joining-cadence/

Con Spirito
Every Wednesday night in October 2015
19.30-22.00 hours
De Triangel, Vegelinsweg 6a, Joure
Admission fee: free
More information: www.conspirito.org

Showband Marum
Every Friday night in October 2015
19.30-22.00 hours
Ons Centrum, Kruisweg 30, Marum
Admission fee: free
More information: www.showbandmarum.nl

Wölper Löwen
Saturday 31st October 2015
13.00-19.00 hours
Sunday 1st November 2015
10.00-15.30 hours
Feuerwehr-Gerätehaus, Lindenstraße 17, Neustadt am Rbge
Admission fee: €6.00
More information: www.woelper-loewen.de

Beatrix
Saturday 31st October 2015
14.00-17.00 hours
VBK Club home, Neuweg 357, Hilversum
Admission fee: free
More information: www.beatrix.org

Beeches
Sunday 1st November 2015
10.00 - 16.00 hours
North Birmingham Academy, Birmingham
Admission fee: free
More information: www.beeches.org.uk

Kidsgrove Scouts
Sunday 8th November 2015
11.00-17.00 hours
Chesterton Community College, Kidsgrove
Admission fee: free
More information: www.kidsgrovescouts.com

Juliana
Friday 13th November 2015
19.30-22.00 hours
Brass: Generaal Hakewill Smithlaan 11, Middelburg
Percussion: Vlissings Bolwerk 2, Middelburg
Guard: Prinsenhove 3, Middelburg
Admission fee: free
More information: www.juliana.org

The Company
Saturday 14th November 2015
Sunday 15th November 2015
Heritage High School, Boughton LaClowne, Chesterfield
Admission fee: free
More information: www.theco.org.uk

These patrons made the DCE live webcast possible

Lun, 05/10/2015 - 22:18

The live webcast of the DCE European Championships 2015 has been made possible by 95 drum corps fans who have donated more than 1,700 dollar. Thanks to these patrons, Drum Corps Europe was able to run the webcast for free again. The webcast had almost 13,000 viewers.

This summer, Drum Corps Europe was forced to reconsider the continuation of the 14-hour webcast during the DCE European Championships in Kerkrade. The webcast of the Championships has become steadily more popular every year but also costs a lot of time and money, even while working with only volunteers. Thanks to the enthusiastic fans listed below, the webcast could remain free this year. A big thank you to all patrons, on behalf of the DCE team and the webcast team!


PATRONS OF THE DCE LIVE WEBCAST 2015
(in alphabetic order, some fans requested not to mention their name)

Adam Doherty
Alan Bright
Alan Thompson
Andrew Dallison
Andrew Pentecost
Andy Gutteridge
Angela MacDonald
Angela Westwood
Anthony Burke
Artdevelopment.nl
Bas van Breugel
Bas Vernes
Bert Bouwhuis
Bettesworth Family
Carla Wilson
Carsten Helms
Christine Butler
Dale Willis
Damian Quinn
Danny Behrendt
Dave Arnold
David Jones
Dean Greene
Deanna Gallichan
Dennis Harris
Drumcorps in Progress
Emily Ward
Emma Weir
Eoin & Aoife O'Keeffe
Femke Goedhart
Gillian Hill
Graham Collicott
Graham Entwistle
Ian Downes
Ian Scaife
Ivo Calermo
Jackie Lloyd
James Burnell
James Robertson
James Taylor
Jason Hawke
Jason Howard
Jeroen van Niel
Joe Fitzpatrick
John Childe
Jule Labno
Julia Rivett
Kash Barker
Katie Jenkins
Kev Stock
Kevin Morgan
Kimberley Morrison
Lesley Parker
Lisa McLuskie
Liza Calvert
Lorenzo Zanini
Mandi Cornelius
Marchingband.it
Marco Janssen
Mark Bolton
Mark Hammond
Mirco Attocchi
Mike Waddington
Mike Williamson
Nathan Rourke
Nicola Esposito
Nick Campbell
Paul Collier
Paul Smart
Paul Walmsley
Phil Collins
Pierluigi Turella
Richard James
Richard Sennett
Rob Beeren
Robert Patrick
Sally Ellis
Sarah Ford-Smart
Sarah Jones
Shaun Parker
Simon Fry
Sirus Telecom
Stephen Bayliss
Stephen Corcoran
Stephanie Sutton
Steven Chambers
Sue Lindsay
Sylvia Vos
Thomas Buckler
Thomkat
Tim Gardiner

Kidsgrove Scouts to return to DCA in 2017

Lun, 05/10/2015 - 10:39

The Kidsgrove Scouts will return to the United States in 2017 to participate in the Drum Corps Associates competition. It will be their fourth American tour in seven years time.

In 2010, the Kidsgrove Scouts made its first crossing in order to participate in the all-age competition, and repeated this in 2012 and 2015. This year, the Kidsgrove Scouts took sixth place in the DCA Open Class Finals.

In two years time, the newly crowned European Champions will travel to the United States again. The corps has chosen DCA rather than DCI. In an interview during the live webcast of the DCE Championships, corps director Rob Swindells said that DCA is an obvious choice: "When we come back into Europe we can keep that momentum going all the way to the end. It just works for us."

All members who march the Kidsgrove Scouts in 2016 will secure a spot for 2017.

Relive the performances of the DCE Championships!

Dom, 04/10/2015 - 19:34

Last Saturday, 32 performances of European corps could be seen live in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium. Now you can watch all shows in HD quality on the DCE Video Vault, all videos have been posted online.

Still can’t get enough of the DCE European Championships 2015? Watch all performances as often as you like, in High Definition quality on the DCE Video Vault, recorded by five cameras. The performances are available as both mixed cam and high cam only.

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!

BYBA crowns national champions

Dom, 04/10/2015 - 16:47

Yesterday saw fifteen bands and corps take part in one of the most exciting and closest fought British Youth Band Association National Championships in recent years. The titles went to East Coast Elite (Premier Class), Lanesfield BB/GB (Championship Class), Dynamic Vibe (Associate Class) and Cadence Juniors (Cadet Class).

In the Premier Class East Coast Elite took the title for the third year in succession moving from third place to first (80.75), beating league champions Beeches PE (80.67) and Revolution Show Corps (79.57), the latter by just 0.08 points. Just like in the Premier Class, the band ranked third coming into Finals Lanesfield BB/GB took the gold medal, ahead of Ibstock Scouts in second and league champions Stafford Brigades in third.

In the Cadet Class, Cadence Juniors took top honours over Liberty Juniors, while Associate Class went to Dynamic Vibe Ensemble. Recap sheets and a full review will follow soon on the BYBA website.

Indoor Percussion Europe launches new website

Mer, 30/09/2015 - 18:56

DCE's strategic partner Indoor Percussion Europe has launched a new website. The new site includes an uncluttered design. "Our goal with the new website was to make it faster, easier to navigate and more user friendly", IPE states.

Being Europe’s leading indoor percussion organisation, it was important for IPE to make information regarding their events and the indoor percussion activity as easily accessible as possible for their current and prospective indoor percussion ensembles and fans. "We make it a point to provide our ensembles with the most accurate, up-to-date information and share our knowledge and expertise in the field of indoor percussion."

The IPE team consists if Erwin van Gemert (director), Mark Bassett (adjudication manager), Bart Verhelst (logistisc and venues), Mathieu Meulenaere (sponsors and relations), Harrold de Raad (social media) abd Art-Jan Joosse (web design). The website of Indoor Percussion Europe can be found at www.indoorpercussioneurope.org.

Kidsgrove Scouts are European champions

Sab, 26/09/2015 - 21:06

After a thrilling final, the Kidsgrove Scouts are the European champions. Although the British corps was behind The Company in the Prelims, in the evening it overtook its opponent. With 91.25 points, the corps won the title.

The Finals flew by. It was unprecedented to see how the entire top ten went the extra mile. Such intensity, such power and so much emotion. The stadium was sizzling with excitement. The Company came second (90.20) and Jubal came third (88.00). 

Results Premier Class Finals

1. Kidsgrove Scouts 91.25
2.The Company 90.20
3. Jubal 88.00
4.Juliana 82.50
5. Starriders 79.60
6. Spirit of 52 75,25
7. Mosson Secutores 72.30
8. Wölper Löwen 71.87
9. Cadence 67,30
10. Revolution 65,30

 

Johan Friso are European champions

Sab, 26/09/2015 - 15:22

Johan Friso are the European champions in the Junior Class. The corps from Middelburg won the title in Kerkrade with a strong show (82.75). Jong Jubal were very close (82.20),  Jong Beatrix came third (76.45).

The youth are the future. And how! All corps in the Junior Class made ​​it into a sizzling final. The audience thoroughly enjoyed themselves. What wonderful shows. Congratulations to all participants.

Uitslag Junior Class Finals

1. Johan Friso (82.75) – high visual, high percussion, high music, best front ensemble
2. Jong Jubal (82.20) – high auxiliary, high field music, high effect
3. Jong Beatrix (76.45)
4. Jong-Holland Junioren (70.00)
5 Thurrock Marching Brass (59.20)
6. Diamond Cadets (56,40)

 

 

The Company in the lead after Prelims

Sab, 26/09/2015 - 14:00

 

It’s D(CE) Day and how! The tension in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium is unprecedented, after the thrilling result of the Prelims. The top two are only two-tenths away from each other, with The Company as the leader for now.

The Company is in the lead after the Prelims with 89.45 points. But the Kidsgrove Scouts (89.45) are not far behind. Jubal came third in the Prelims (86.15). The three corps brought fantastic shows, which received standing ovations and gave the audience goosebumps.

The DCE European Championships have been a true drum corps party. The sun is shining, the level of all corps is unprecedented and the stand is already nicely filled. What a day!

 

Results Premier Class Prelims

1. The Company (89.45)
2. Kidsgrove Scouts (89.25)
3. Jubal (86.15)
4. Juliana (84.55)
5. Starriders (81.60)
6. Spirit of 52 (75.20)
7. Wölper Löwen (72.75)
8. Mosson Secutores (70.35)
9. Revolution (68.50)
10. Cadence (68.35)
11. 37th Kingswood (66.15)
12. Jong-Holland (63.10)
13. The Vikings (59.95)
14. Blue Diamonds (58.80)

Not in Kerkrade and want to know what's going on?vWatch the free webcast:

 

DCE 2015 – With thanks to the sponsors!

Ven, 25/09/2015 - 23:38

As in previous years, the DCE European Championships are once again made possible thanks to the support of various sponsors. It is our pleasure to introduce you to them: The most drum corps-loving companies can be found at the DCE Market Place in front of the Parkstad Limburg Stadium on Saturday.


MMC MUSIC & MARCHING CENTER

MMC Music & Marching Center supplies instruments to corps all over Europe. The company has customers in the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, the UK, Austria and Switzerland. "As a Sales Manager at MMC Music & Marching Center, I can proud to be a sponsor of Drum Corps Europe," says Mark Gjaltema. "Many of our customers are active in the marching world and that is why it is important for us to be there for our customers, especially in the DCE Finals. Drum corps brings together people and nationalities, we also see that at MMC."

The company's stand can be found at the Market Place, where all nationalities are welcome to visit. "We may not speak each other's language, but everyone understands the language of music and that is why music/drum corps connects people from all over the world.


DEMOULIN / MARCHINGSHOP.COM

DeMoulin Bros. & Co. was founded in 1892 and is the world's largest and oldest manufacturer of quality apparel for the music industry. Our products include a full line selection of uniforms for the marching arts as well as formal concert apparel and accessories for performing ensembles. DeMoulin is represented in Europe by Remco Groenewegen of Marchingshop.com.

MarchingShop offers a large range of specific marching products. Whether it involves the right instruments, uniforms, maintenance or accessories, you will find it there. Thanks to the many years of experience in the whole marching world, from harmony to show corps, the company guarantees a good knowledge, excellent service and top quality products.


ROTEX TEXTILE PRINTING

Corps and/or members who are looking for nice, fun, functional and original clothing with a personal (or club-related) print can visit the ROTEX Textile Printing stand. Qualities of ROTEX: no minimum order quantity, printing on your own clothing (at your own risk) is possible, available 365 days a year for orders etc., textiles or products are also available without print, nearly everything is made on site and while you wait.

As well as textiles, ROTEX also supplies sunshades for the car, drink mugs, bottles and photo key chains. EXCLUSIVELY available from Rotex this year: the DCE t-shirt with the Championship logo in white or black or mini-shirt. ROTEX would love to attend your event. Please visit the blue tent to ask us about the options.


MAJESTIC

Majestic Percussion Instruments. “Sound Technology, Innovation & Creativity" is the motto that this company has upheld for decades. Majestic has belonged to the world of show/marching bands and drum corps for over 50 years, and is a worldwide provider of marching and concert percussion instruments. Majestic and its partners in America and Asia also have links with organisations such as DCI, BOA, WMC, GPMB and WMBC. What's more, various top corps use their set of instruments. Both in European and US style.

"DCE is a top event with a fantastic no-nonsense organisation with which we have been very comfortable for many years," says managing director Peter Vulperhorst. Majestic wishes all participants lots of luck during the DCE Finals!


MUSIC INSTRUMENTS

Musix Instruments is a European supplier of instruments, based in the northern part of France. Musix is specialised in marching drums, marching brass, orchestral percussions, woodwind, brasswind, mallets, drumsticks, drum heads, uniforms, and sheets music for all bands. This company has passion for drum corps, so be sure to visit Musix!


TIMS TOMS

Tims Toms is a well known name in the drum corps world, and this year they are present at the Parkstad Limburg Stadium. Owner Hans Tims has all skills and know how in the field of drums. The company offers everything that is related to drumming, including a large number of drum stick brands, drum kits, congas, bongos, djembe heads, cymbals and accessories.

"Know how, respect for the different music styles and almost unlimited service is our focus", Tims says. He has a great passion for offering drummers the best possible equipment and solutions. "Try me!"

Enjoy shopping at the Parkstad Limburg Stadium

Ven, 25/09/2015 - 01:04

Drum corps fans won’t be bored for a single moment in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium next Saturday. But for those who still just want to stretch their legs, there is fun to be had outside the stadium too. In front of the stadium we will once again have an impressive market place where you can go shopping.

In front of the entrance of the Parkstad Limburg Stadium, there will once again be various stalls of companies in the music business. This time those include Majestic, MMC, Tims Toms, Rotex, MarchingsShop/Demoulin and Musix, who will be selling their latest products at the DCE Market Place. In addition, several corps will once again have a stall with merchandise for their loyal fans. DCE will sell the famous patches of the DCE Championships (design by Peter Franken), and DVDs.

Like in previous years, you can once again order an exclusive t-shirt from the DCE stand this year with the logo of the DCE Championships 2015 (in collaboration with Rotex). This shirt can only be purchased on the day and is therefore a unique collector's item!

The square in front of the stadium is also traditionally the place to catch up with other fans with a snack and a drink. And to discuss the scores of the Prelims. The fun begins outside. See you in Kerkrade! Don’t have tickets yet? The box office open at 9 am on Saturday.

The programme of the DCE Championships 2015

Mer, 23/09/2015 - 23:40

The programme of the DCE European Championships has been published. After the DCUK Finals, the order of the Premier Class Prelims and the Junior Class Finals have been determined, based on the European ranking.

The DCE European Championships will guarantee a full day of top shows. Sleeping in would mean missing out, because the drum corps action will start from 10:00 am. And the Mosson Secutores from Italy are the perfect sound to wake up to! They are on first because they haven't received a score yet. Next up are the Irish Vikings and the German Blue Diamonds, before the first Dutch participant Jong-Holland makes an appearance. Revolution, 37th Kingswood and Cadence close the show before the break.

At 12:45 pm, it is Wölper Löwen’s turn. They are followed by Spirit of 52, German champion Starriders and Juliana. Dutch champion Jubal will perform shortly before 2:00 pm, with Kidsgrove Scouts and the British champion The Company closing the Prelims.

The Junior Class Finals will start at 15:00 pm, with the Diamond Cadets and Thurrock Marching Brass (both debuting at the DCE Championships), Jong-Holland Juniors, Jong Beatrix, Jong Jubal and Johan Friso. At 16:45 pm, the European champion of the Junior Class will be announced.

The evening programme will start at 6:15 pm with the champion show of the winning junior corps. Then it is the turn of the ten best Premier Class corps for the Finals. Don’t have tickets yet? The box office will open at 9 am on Saturday. Make sure you're there!

DCE continues live webcast of the DCE Championships

Mer, 23/09/2015 - 20:05

DCE will have a live webcast of the DCE European Championships this year. There was some uncertainty about whether the online broadcast could be continued, but thanks to a crowdfunding project, the live webcast has been made possible. Thank you!

This summer, Drum Corps Europe was forced to reconsider the continuation of the 13-hour webcast during the DCE European Championships in Kerkrade. The webcast of the Championships has become steadily more popular every year, but also costs a lot of time and money. Thanks to enthusiastic fans and sponsors supporting it, the webcast will remain free this year.

Because the target amount has not been reached yet, the crowdfunding will also continue during the broadcast itself. “We knew that the live webcast was highly appreciated, but we are happy that people have shown their appreciation in this way”, said webcast coordinator Rob Beeren. “Now we can broadcast the event on the internet for people who for some reason are not able to join us on the day.”

The support of drum corps fans remains welcome. The possibilities range from small gestures of only one dollar per webcast, to larger amounts. Visit the Patreon page for the complete list of sponsorship opportunities and the rewards you can get for your generosity.

DCE re-launches Indoor Music Games, a series of SoundSport sanctioned events

Mer, 23/09/2015 - 00:58

2016 will see the re-launch of the Indoor Music Games across Europe, a series of SoundSport events produced by Drum Corps Europe in cooperation with Drum Corps International and the national sanctioning organization in each country sponsoring an event.

The series will debut in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday 27th February 2016 and finish in Glasgow, Scotland in May. There are also additional shows currently being planned for England between those dates, and one in mainland Europe in April.

This announcement follows a very successful pilot show held in Bristol earlier this year, produced in partnership with Drum Corps International. The re-launch of this exciting new marching music project will make marching music activities accessible to a huge range of performing groups as well as existing drum corps and marching bands. The shows will be hosted in sports halls and arenas, similar to venues used for winter color guard competitions.

In addition there will be the Premier Class and Junior Class for drum & bugle corps including a scoring system. The Junior Class is for groups with members aged 16 and under, while the Premier Class has no age limits.
  
DCE Chairman Marcel Matthijsse said, "The Indoor Music Games and SoundSport are excellent ways to get new groups involved in marching music activities and provide an achievable performance opportunity to groups which are looking to potentially reform but don't currently have the resources to compete in the summer season. In SoundSport there is no requirement for groups to march a show, as overall entertainment is the key factor. We realised that there are also a number of groups looking to perform a full marching show and want to be scored on a more traditional linear system. Therefore we have decided to reintroduce our ‘Indoor Music Games’ series, which we ran successfully in the early 2000s – this time with the addition of the SoundSport format – creating even more opportunities for participation."

IMBA Chairperson Oisin Molloy said "We are very excited to be launching the Indoor Music Games in Dublin and hope that these shows will make our activity easily accessible to other performing ensembles."

Further details on these shows will be posted in the coming weeks on the DCE website, and groups interested in participating can email Andy Hewlett: andy@drumcorpseurope.org.

Diamond Cadets play on instruments of their own making

Lun, 21/09/2015 - 18:10

For the members of a junior corps, it is often difficult to carry heavy instruments. The Blue Diamonds from Nienhagen solved that problem by developing their own series of instruments: Diamond Musical Instruments.

Two years ago, the board of the corps decided to replace the heavy instruments of their junior corps with lighter ones. In cooperation with Asian partners, they produced instruments including the smallest marching tuba in the world, based on a euphonium.

Other mini-instruments such as mini trumpets and lightweight mellphones have now been added. For Advendo Kids from Sneek in The Netherlands, a small sousaphone of Diamond Musical Instruments was developed, and a mini percussion series is also in the making. During the production of the instruments, the focus lies on ease of use, while the instrument must continue to maintain a good sound.

The smallest marching tuba can be seen on the field on Saturday during the debut of the Diamond Cadets in the Junior Class of the DCE European Championships in Kerkrade.

DCE Championships ticket sales close on Tuesday

Lun, 21/09/2015 - 02:06

Don’t have tickets yet for the grand finale of the European Music Games, the DCE European Championships? Order them now! The ticket sales for the European Championships close on Tuesday.

All European top corps are back for the DCE European Championships on Saturday 26th September at the Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade - The Netherlands. The race for the title promises to be unprecedented. In total, as many as 20 corps from all over Europe will appear at the starting line. Not just the competition in the Premier Class (with corps from Ireland, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy), but also the competition in the Junior Class promises to be exciting, with three nationalities (England, The Netherlands and Germany). From 17.50 euros you can buy a ticket and enjoy a wonderful day of music and show.

Tickets can be ordered here. For more information about the programme, directions and any overnight accommodation options, go to www.drumcorpseurope.org/visit.

The Company are 2015 DCUK champions

Dom, 20/09/2015 - 20:56

The Company are the DCUK champions of 2015. With a score of 85.85, the corps from Stanfree took the Open Class title in Widnes last Saturday with their show 'Voyage Spectacle'. The Kidsgrove Scouts came second, with a difference of only 0.25 points.

The Company had the highest score in Prelims, with a lead of 0.4 points, and managed to keep the leading position. The Kidsgrove Scouts took the silver with their production 'The Stone Circle'. Third place went to Cadence (66.15). 37th Kingswood came fifth in the Prelims, but climbed up one place iin the evening with 65.45 points at the expense of Revolution (64.65). East Coast Elite came sixth (61.20). Seventh place went to Beeches (55.90), passing Liberty (54.95) in the Finals.

The Pacemakers won the A-Class (54.90), while the Stafford Lancers came second (52.55). In the Junior Class, the victory went to Concord AllStars (60.75). SThurrock Marching Brass came second (56.90).

The DCUK Championships were the last national competition of the European Music Games 2015. The EMG season will be concluded next Saturday with the DCE European Championships in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade. Tickets can still be ordered online at www.drumcorpseurope.org/tickets.

Tickets for the DCE Championships are selling fast

Ven, 18/09/2015 - 20:31

The ticket sales for the DCE European Championships are going well. Drum Corps Europe has sold more tickets already than in 2014.

The DCE European Championships will take place next week, Saturday the 26th of September. Once again, the top European drum corps will be coming to Kerkrade. Almost 2,000 tickets have already been sold. Tickets for sections A, B and C are sold out. Don’t have a ticket? No worries. Seats in blocks D, E and F will also give you a good view of the field.

Order your tickets now, and be part of the Grand Finale of the European Music Games 2015!

Tickets: www.drumcorpseurope.org/tickets
Travel information and tips for your stay in Kerkrade: www.drumcorpseurope.org/visit

Blue Devils International plan second European tour

Mar, 15/09/2015 - 00:14

Blue Devils International has started preparations for the second European tour, which will take place in 2016. Auditions for BDI have been announced.

The corps will tour Europe in July and August 2016 with approximately 100 performers made up of brass, battery percussion and color guard. Performers pay $1,500 which covers all flights, hotel, meals and transportation. Members of BDI will be between 18 and 25 years of age.

BDI debuted this in Leeuwarden - The Netherlands on 27th June, and also performed in England (DCUK Woking show), Italy and Switzerland. More information can be found here.

DCUK to host first British DrumLine Battle

Dom, 13/09/2015 - 23:56

DrumLine Battle, a rapidly growing series of worldwide competitive and exhibition music ensemble performance opportunities produced by Drum Corps International, and Drum Corps United Kingdom are pleased to announce the first officially sanctioned DrumLine Battle in England in conjunction with the 2015 British Drum Corps Championships.

“We are thrilled to have an official DrumLine Battle affiliated with DCUK” DrumLine Battle Events and Promotions Manager Eric Hjellming said. “This event will not only introduce DrumLine Battle to England, but it will also expose the audience to unique performances in head-to-head match ups like never before.”

Hosted Saturday, September 19th at Select Security Stadium in Widnes, Cheshire, UK, the 2015 British Drum Corps Championships feature 12 of the best Drum Corps based throughout the country. Four of these corps, Concord AllStars, The Pacemakers, The Company and Thurrock Marching Brass, will have the distinction of being DCUK’s first DrumLine Battle participants. The battle will occur after the completion of Finals competition, immediately before final retreat and scores.

Alan Thompson, on behalf of DCUK, added “Having seen the DrumLine Battles in Indianapolis at this year’s Drum Corps International World Championships and the excitement they generated I could see how we might be able to incorporate this into our Championships day and I see this as being a first of many Battles we hold here in the UK.”

Tickets for the DCUK Championships are available at www.dcuk.org.uk.

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