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Blue Devils
DCI Drum Corps, Concord, CA - United States

Overview

In 1957 Bill Martin resigned as manager of the The Martinettes (an all boy drum corps and girl drill team). Ann and Tony Odello and the Concord branch of the V.F.W. acquired the unit and founded The Blue Devils (named "Blue" for the V.F.W. color and "Devils" after Concord's local land mark, Mt. Diablo). Starting with less that 50 young members, the organization began as an all-boy "Drum Corps" unit with only percussion instruments, and a separate all-girl marching team.

The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps was created in the fall of 1970 by Jerry Seawright with a nucleus of percussion and color guard members from the existing Drum & Bell Corps. The Blue Devils toured on a National level for the first time in 1973 and gained Associate membership in Drum Corps International by placing 23rd at the DCI Championships in Whitewater, WI. In 1974 the Corps earned a full DCI membership by their 9th place finish at the DCI Championships in Ithaca, NY. In 1975 the Corps placed 3rd, and in 1976 won their first Drum Corps International Championship. Since 1975 the Blue Devils have never placed out of the top five at Championship and have won the DCI World Championship title in 1976, '77, '79, '80, '82, '86, '94, '96, '97, '99. '03, '07, '09, '10, '12. Adding to their impressive record setting DCI world championships, The Blue Devils in 2005 won the prestigious World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland. Along with the world championships, the Blue Devils Winter Guard won the Winter Guard International Championship in 1995, in 1996 with a record score of 99.45, 1997 and again in 1998.

Today the Blue Devils organization encompasses a wide spectrum of programs. The Blue Devils family includes the A, B, & C Drum & Bugle Corps, three Winter Guard Programs and a world- class Twirling Program. In addition the Blue Devils offer a Music School for children aged four to nine and a Wind Symphony with 60 participants. Over 500 young people, ages seven to twenty-one, are currently members of the Blue Devils performing units. Over 6,000 young people, in 1,500 families, have been served by the Blue Devils in its 43 year history.

Local, National, and International Titles

  •     DCI World Champions: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009
  •     World Music Contest Championship: 2005
  •     Winter Guard International Champions: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
  •     World Team Twirling Champions: 1983, 1984
  •     DCI Preview of Champions: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  •     DCI South Champions: 1983, 1987, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  •     DCI Midwest Champions: 1976, 1982,1986,1988, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
  •     DCI North Champions: 1976, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  •     DCI East Champions: 1978, 1979, 1986, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009
  •     DCI Mid-America Champions: 1995, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008
  •     DCI Southwest Champions: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009
  •     DCI Canada Champions: 1980, 1985, 1990
  •     DCI West Champions: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 2008, 2009
  •     Drums Along The Rockies Champions: 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990,1992, 1998, 2003, 2008
  •     DCE Champions: 1994
  •     Drum Corps West Champion: 1996, 1997, 1998
  •     CYO Champions: 1976, 1978, 1982
  •     World Open Champions: 1976, 1978
  •     U.S. Open Champions: 1979,1992
  •     Pacific Procession Champions: 1980,1981.1982,1983,1985,1986,1988, 1990,1991,1992,1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
  •     Precision West Champions: 1980,1981,1982,1983,1984,1985,1986, 1988, 1989,1990,1991,1992,1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Links

The Blue Devils 

Pearl/Adams DCI Website