BD Performing Arts
A non-profit 501(c)3
youth organization

Mission

Music and the performing arts connect youth with their culture through a common language crossing generational, social, and racial barriers. The activities that a young person pursues influences the type of person he or she becomes. The experience that comes with participation in a performing arts organization builds discipline, character, pride, and self-confidence at a crucial age and forms the springboard to even greater achievements in adulthood.

BD Performing Arts programs permanently enrich the lives of young people through a commitment to youth development and performance excellence while providing enjoyment for our local community and audiences worldwide.

Programs

BD Performing Arts offers young men and women between the ages of 8 and 21 quality educational and performance experiences in the areas of musical and dance performance. Founded in 1957, BDPA's 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 BDPA programs, and over 8,000 young people, in 2,000 families, have been served by the BD Performing Arts organization since 1957.

Entirely community-funded, the direction of BDPA is guided by a dedicated and unified effort of volunteer parents and a professional teaching staff, who work in close harmony with the young members to create and maintain a proud, responsible, youth organization. All instruments, instruction, and costumes are provided to participants who pay a modest annual participation fee. BDPA currently offers seven youth programs:

  • The Blue Devils A Drum and Bugle Corps
    The internationally competitive Blue Devils A Corps is comprised of 150 members between the ages of 17 and 21. The most decorated corps in the history of Drum Corps International (DCI), The Blue Devils A Corps have finished in the top five for the last 29 consecutive years, and have won the DCI World Championship title an unprecedented 15 times. An estimated half-million people view the A Corps each year via the PBS broadcast of the DCI World Championships.
  • The Blue Devils B Drum and Bugle Corps
    An augmentation to the participants' school music and performing arts experiences. The Blue Devils B involves 100+ teenagers from California, ages 14-21. They are DCI Open Class champions for 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • The Blue Devils C Drum and Bugle Corps
    Comprised of 60 members from Contra Costa, Alameda, and Solano counties, The Blue Devils C is a beginning-level music, dance, and marching activity for ages 8 to 14.
  • The Diablo Wind Symphony
    Established in 1996, the Diablo Wind Symphony serves 60 to 80 local students, ages 14 to 21, and offers consistent instrumentation conducive to performing major wind and percussion compositions. Designed as a cooperative interaction with school music programs, the DWS offers a positive learning environment, master classes with professional clinicians, and an annual concert season with internationally renowned soloists.
  • Winter Guard
    Winter Guard is a competitive program for that combines music, dance, and props into a theatrical production performed in a gymnasium. The Blue Devils offer a Winter Guard for ages 14-23 and a Special Needs Guard for ages 12-25.

DCI World Champions 1976, '77, '79, '80, '82, '86, '94, '96, '97, '99, '03, '07, '09, '10, '12, '14
DCI Open Class Champions 2009, '10, '11, '14
World Music Contest 2005
DCI Preview of Champions 1994,'95,'96, '97, '98, '99
DCI South Champions 1983, '87, '04, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '12, '13, '14
DCI MidWest Champions 1976, '82,'86,'88, '03, '04, '06, '07
DCI North Champions 1976, '94, '95, '04, '05, '06, '07
DCI East Champions 1978, '79 , '86, '88, '96 , '97, '99, '01, '03, '04, '06, '07, '09, '10, '12, '13, '14
DCI West Champions 1976, '77, '78, '79, '08, '09, '10, '12, '13, '14
DCI Canada Champions 1980, '85 & '90
DCI Southwest Champions 1998, '99, '01, '07, '08, '09, '10, '12, '13, '14
Drums Along the Rockies 1980,'82, '83, '86, '88, '90, '92, '98, '03, '08, '10
Drum Corps East Champions 1994
Drum Corps West Champions 1996, '97, '98
CYO Champions 1976, '78 & '82
World Open Champions 1976 & '78
U.S. Open Champions 1979
Pacific Procession Champions 1980, '81, '82, '83, '84, '85, '86, '88, '89, '90, '91,92,'93,'94, '95, '96 , '97, '98, '01, '03, '04, '06
Precision West Champions 1980, '81,'82, '83, '85, '86, '88 '90,'91,'92,'93,'94, '95, '96 , '97, '98, '00, '01, '03, 04, '05, '06, '07
WGI World Champions 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998