The Blue Devils
The Blue Devils
The Blue Devils have also won more brass, drum, guard, and marching titles than any other drum corps. (They are currently tied with Santa Clara Vanguard in most drum titles). The Blue Devils have been crowned DCI Champions eleven times, in 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2003. In addition, they have placed second in finals six times (1981, 1983, 1984, 2001, 2002, and 2004) and third eight times (1975, 1978, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1998, 2000, and 2006). The Devils have long stuck to jazz and Latin repertoires, including their famous use of Buddy Rich's Channel One Suite (at the time of its performance in 1976, the longest single piece ever performed in the DCI circuit), as well as such notable charts from the music of Chick Corea and Chuck Mangione. As a result of their musical style choices, the Devils are the corps most associated with jazz.
The Blue Devils percussion is also one of the best in the activity and has recently been highlighted with the creation of BD Entertainment, a professional percussion ensemble performing at sports, corporate, as well as other venues. BD Entertainment recently performed at the 2005 NBA All-Star game. Their soprano line is well-known to have some of the best and most exciting "screamers" in all of DCI. As such, a high note trumpet solo can be found in almost every show. In January 2006, the corps debuted BlueView, a video podcast that documents the months preceding the summer competitive season as well as the summer competitive tour.
BlueView has been folded into Blue Devils new audio/video media archive page entitled MediaBox'. In 2007 the corps celebrates its 50th anniversary with a production entitled Winged Victory. The repertoire includes Pegasus - a Blue Devils classic from its 1982 championship-winning show, The Ascension, and Heaven. A sneak peek of the music was given in a concert at Concord Pavilion on May 6, 2007. Recently, in the 2007 season BD placed first at the DCI Masters of the Summer Music Games in Murfreesboro, TN and at the Coltrin and Associates DCI Southeastern Championship in Atlanta, GA.
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