Wednesday, March 24, 2010

DCI Minnesota's Drum Corps at TCF Stadium UofM

I know I keep talking about Drum Corps or airline stuff, I just can NOT wait for July 17th to come. Even though there will be the annual drum corps show in Stillwater on June 27th, Minneapolis Pride will be taken place and I'll be pretty busy there. To give a little more info on the corps who will be in attendance on July 17th, I went to each corps' website to give you a brief synopsis of who they are.

In one of the biggest events to hit the upper Midwest since the 2006 DCI World Championships, the 2010 Drum Corps International Tour will roll through Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday, July 17, for a first-ever event at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Home of the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers, this brand new venue will host a whopping lineup of 24 World, Open and All-Age Class corps during one fun-filled and exciting evening.Taking place two weeks earlier, don’t forget to purchase your tickets to Drum Beauty in Stillwater, Minn. on June 27.

 The Blue Devils offer young men and women between the ages of 7 and 21 quality educational and performance experiences in the areas of musical and dance performance. Founded in 1957, The Blue Devils’ objective is to develop personal character through challenging physical, emotional, mental, and social activities while promoting the values of dedication, hard work, and commitment to a team effort. Over 450 young people currently participate in The Blue Devils programs, and over 8,000 young people, in 2,000 families, have been served by The Blue Devils organization since 1957. 
DCI World Champions: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1994, 1996*, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009 

The story of the Blue Knights began in an improbable way. The corps was founded by Fred and Fae Taylor, ex-vaudeville comedians and musicians who had appeared at many east-coast nightclubs (including the famous Palace Theater) and on the Ed Sullivan Show. Growing tired of life on the road, the Taylors moved to Denver in 1951 to look for steadier work. Shortly after they arrived, Denver’s first television station, KFEL Channel 2, hit the airwaves and was in desperate need of programming to fill up its airtime. Fred and Fae talked the station’s owner into letting them produce a teen-age “Soda Shop” show, which quickly drew the loyal following of many Denver adolescents after they got home from school.

Blue Stars provide the membership with educational and performance opportunities in the area of performance arts to help them to develop life skills. Members learn through teamwork, dedication, a strong work ethic, setting goals, and discipline, that success can be achieved both on and off the performance field.

The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps provides a program for youth in music and performance training. Leadership, personal, character and social development skills are emphasized through the challenge, excitement, and self-discipline presented by the corps through travel, competition, and pursuit of excellence.

The Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, founded in 1940, is the third-oldest junior drum and bugle corps in the nation and is proud to be a founding member of Drum Corps International. The corps, composed entirely of brass players, percussionists and color guard members under the age of 22, travels over 10,000 miles each summer, performing in more than 40 competitions and exhibitions before a combined audience of over 300,000 fans.

The organization started in January 1988 as the Charlotte Drum Corps Association. Originally, the Carolina Crown organization resembled a fraternal organization, holding periodic meetings at the Holiday Inn -Woodlawn or a local Charlotte (NC) restaurant. The association members, made up of drum corps enthusiasts and/or alumni originally from the Northeast, Midwest and South, watched videos and discussed the happenings of the day in the activity.

 The Colt Cadets are an outstanding performing group primarily made up of members in middle school and high school from Dubuque and the tri-state area. Founded in 1967, the Colt Cadets are one of the few remaining cadet corps in the country!

The Colts are comprised of 135 members, 30+ staff, and hundreds of volunteers who all care deeply about this activity. Membership comes from all over the nation and overseas. We begin rehearsals and auditions in December, meeting one weekend a month, and twice in April, for a rehearsal “camp” until June, when we go on tour until mid-August.

Formed as a result of the merger in 1975 between two smaller corps in the outskirts of Philadelphia, the 507 Hornets and Keystone Regiment, The Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps has grown to become a perennial Drum Corps International (DCI) World Champion Finalist, reaching the DCI Finals 22 times in the corps' brief 35 year history.

Dutch Boy experience is to provide a positive atmosphere to build leadership and citizenship qualities in youth through music, the arts, travel and competition.

 The GLASSMEN provide opportunities that promote and develop life skills and personal enrichment through education, participation and performance. 

As one of the oldest competing drum corps in the world and as one of only three competing drum corps in the state of Minnesota, the Govenaires are truly good will ambassadors for St. Peter, the State of Minnesota, and the drum corps activity.

The Legends Performing Arts Association was formed on September 18, 2006.  Those involved with forming this organization are Ibe Sodawalla of Thoughts In Progress Productions and Patrick W. Flynn of the Portage Central Bands. Their goal is to develop and promote opportunities in performance through music and movement. These ensembles are to include a drum & bugle corps, wind ensemble, and winter guard and percussion ensembles.  Members will be instructed in the areas of music and the visual performing arts and will learn important life lessons in leadership, commitment and teamwork.

For over 70 years the Madison Scouts has developed and shaped young men’s lives through musical enrichment and performance arts. Values such as honesty, integrity and accountability are taught and practiced through the activity that is modern day drum & bugle corps. A commitment to personal excellence and altruism serves as the foundation for the ultimate goal of teaching our members important life changing skills that will guide them now and in the future.
World Champions: 1975, 1988

 Minnesota Brass is a nonprofit volunteer charitable corporation. Each year members elect a board of directors which in turn appoints the administrative staff. "Admin" recruits the support staff and hires the design and instructional staff.

 The Phantom Regiment is a youth organization dedicated to the development of self-esteem and self-reliance. It encourages team work, sportsmanship, civic pride and contributions of one's personal best to a group effort. These lessons are learned through a musical and marching activity in which there is a blending of the arts and athletics.
World Champions: 1996*, 2008

Pioneer prepares and inspires young adults to serve as leaders and role models for their peers by maintaining a strong emphasis on instilling positive leadership traits and principles, the development of individual moral character, goal setting and teaching the importance of responsibility and maintaining a strong work ethic.
Founded in 1927, the Racine Scouts are the oldest, continually competitive Junior corps in North America. Originally formed as a Boy Scout organization, the corps continues to promote scouting values in today’s highly competitive marching music activity.
Drum and bugle corps is a highly specialized musical art form. Originally organized as a musical and social outlet by veterans returning from World War 1, most groups were community based. Drum corps of the 21st century draw members from around the world and represent many socio-economic backgrounds.

 Since 1967, the Santa Clara Vanguard has set the example and provided the opportunity for young men and women to grow, mature, and compete in the drum and bugle corps activity. Recently our programs have expanded to extend this experience into the winter guard arena and the Santa Clara community through "Children's Adventures in Movement."
World Champion: 1973, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1989

Established in the fall of 1976, Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps was the creation of Freddy Martin, a successful suburban Atlanta band director, and his wife, Lynda. That summer, That summer, they and Bob Hoehn partnered with a local network television affiliate to realize their dream of an Atlanta area junior drum and bugle corps.
The original corporate vision of the organization included new drum and bugle corps across the country, wherever sister television stations to the one in Atlanta were based. This dream was short-lived and, in fact, Spirit was on its own by 1979.

 The Teal Sound is located in the River City of Jacksonville, Florida and represents the state as “Florida’s Premier DCI Touring Drum & Bugle Corps”. The corps is made up of 135 of the top talented high school and college music students from all over the southeastern U.S. Each year we audition more than 200 prospective students from the ages of 15 – 21 for a chance to participate with the Teal Sound as we tour across the United States competing against other drum & bugle corps. These students come to us as dedicated musicians that want to excel at the visual marching arts.
We provide and offer top quality instruction by a staff that is made up of both college and high school band directors as well as others from the fields of dance and the arts. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the activity of Drum & Bugle Corps and invite you to take a minute and learn about Drum Corps International (DCI); “Marching Music’s Major League”.

The Cadets are one of the oldest and most honored marching music ensembles in the world. Formed in 1934 in Garfield, N.J., as the Holy Name Fife and Drum Corps, the Cadets are nine-time Drum Corps International World Champions and 19-time National Champions.
World Champions:  1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2000*, 2005

The mission of The Cavaliers is to provide the members with life changing experiences, educationally and socially, which help each individual member gain realworld life skills, musical training and performance experiences. Through the development of the character traits of dedication, discipline and teamwork, each member of this close knit, all male fraternity learns what is required to be successful on and off the performance field. Participation in the Cavaliers instills confidence, quality of character and a strong work ethic that cannot be taught in any college or university and is desirable in the real world workplace. 
World Champions: 1992, 1995, 2000*, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006

 The Troopers are the only competitive junior drum and bugle corps in the state of Wyoming. The corps was founded in 1957 by Casper businessman James E. Jones. The Troopers represent the state of Wyoming in numerous performances and events during the year and competes in the Drum Corps International Summer Music Games tour during the summer months. The Troopers are a 9-time DCI World Championship finalist and have a long history of excellence and innovation on the field.


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