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09 Oct

Pearl Welcomes The Concord Blue Devils

The Blue Devils have won a total of 13 DCI World Championships and 11 High Percussion Awards, and are the 2009 DCI World Champions and High Percussion Award recipients. As a perennial powerhouse in DCI, The Blue Devils have finished in DCI’s top 5 for the last 28 consecutive years. 

Also joining Pearl’s roster of world-renowned artists and educators is The Blue Devils Percussion Director, Scott Johnson. Johnson is one of the most sought after percussion arrangers and marching percussion clinicians in the world today, with personal awards including 13 DCI championships, 12 DCI High Percussion Awards, 2 WGI Championships and the 1977 DCI Individual Snare Championship.  The addition of both the Blue Devils and Scott Johnson fortifies an already impressive DCI roster that includes the Santa Clara Vanguard, Boston Crusaders, Blue Stars, Blue Knights, The Troopers and Spirit.

“We at the Pearl Corporation are very proud to have the Blue Devils and Scott Johnson as part of the Pearl family of artists,” said Rudy Gowern, Marketing and Product Manager for Pearl Marching Percussion. “We believe we manufacture the very best drums and percussion instruments available in the world today, along with distributing the amazing Adams family of instruments, and part of that confidence includes having the very best organizations stand behind your product.”

David Gibbs, Executive Director of The Blue Devils Organization, said, “The Blue Devils always seek to produce the highest quality educational and performance experiences in the areas of musical and dance performance. This new partnership with Pearl and Adams will allow us to maintain our great tradition while creating new opportunities for continued growth and success.”

“Pearl is a great company to work with and they're known for quality products. I have always had a very positive experience with Pearl and I am looking forward to our renewed partnership, “ said Scott Johnson, Director of Percussion for The Blue Devils

Pearl and Adams will be exclusively used by all divisions of the Blue Devils Organization, which includes the most decorated corps in the history of DCI, the A corps, the 2009 DCI Open Class Champion B corps, the C Corps and Blue Devils Entertainment.