BDEntertainment Launched

For Immediate Release:

WORLD CHAMPION DRUM CORPS TO COLLABORATE ON NEW ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION COMPANY

San Francisco, May 10, 2004----The multi-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps after numerous requests from corporate event planners and entertainment promoters will form BDEntertainment. Although the Blue Devils boast some of the most highly respected performers and designers in the unique world of pageantry arts, the types of entertainment offered will be vast. Dancers, musicians, singers, twirlers, acrobats and all styles of drumming will fill quite a roster of entertainment possibilities.

Adding to the excitement is the affiliation with Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), the leading East coast organization promoting music education and youth participation in the performing arts.

David Gibbs is passionate about the future of this new entertainment venture. "Now is the time," noted Gibbs, who has served as the Executive Director of the Blue Devils for the past 14 years. "The phone calls and emails are a strong indication that this unique type of entertainment is in demand for corporate gatherings and who better to serve that need than the Blue Devils and YEA!"

Corporate event planners have long known the impact live entertainment adds to sales meetings, trade shows and conventions. BDEntertainment will weave together a virtual mosaic of sight, sound and motion guaranteed to compliment any theme, promotion or product launch.

BDEntertainment will provide cutting edge event theatre that is special, rhythmical and astonishingly physical. Large and small-scale events will benefit from this new and exciting, site-specific entertainment. Each event will be individually crafted to suit the client's vision and Gibbs believes this is one of the offerings that will make BDEntertainment stand out in the minds of event planners as they search for fresh and innovative entertainment. Companies such as Johnson and Johnson, LifeScan and Allstate have already involved this type of entertainment into their corporate events with great success.

In announcing the association, George Hopkins, the Executive Director of YEA! said, "Collaboration between YEA! and the Blue Devils has been of growing interest to both of our organizations. In BDEntertainment, we will be able to bring access to East coast venues and events. Indeed, our work in the recent past with Macy's, the Late Show with David Letterman, Broadway productions and various high profile sporting events such as the Olympics has shown all of us what is possible. The opportunities before us are extremely exciting and it is wonderful to be collaborating with the talents of the Blue Devils' organization as they begin this new venture."

BDEntertainment will in no way interfere with the busy competitive schedule of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps or the YEA! Performing Ensembles. Gibbs plans to partner with artists and performers worldwide as well as involving the uniquely trained alumni of the Blue Devil Organization. The Blue Devils have developed a strong presence throughout Europe and Japan while YEA! brings access to countless East coast performers.

With a long history of excellence in the field of pageantry arts as well an impressive resource base of creatives and performers, BDEntertainment promises to provide only the finest event entertainment.

Press materials available upon request.

Contact: Michael Turner, General Manager, (415) 254-6555 / mturner@bdentertain.com
2004-05-05