It may seem surprising, but the color blue is a relatively modern invention. The only ancient culture that had a word for blue was the Ancient Egyptians. And yet, the color BLUE has flourished in a multitude of incarnations reaching far beyond the discovery of Lapis Lazuli. Dancing on the historical timeline of this mysterious, dynamic color, the 2022 Blue Devils celebrate their 65th Anniversary with TEMPUS BLUE.
This summer, Blue Devils B is proud to present their 2022 program – "I AM". This year’s show celebrates the nuance of individuality through 4 distinct movements that explore the way we express ourselves and connect with others. Featuring original music with diverse influences and a classic drum corps treatment, this year's show is sure to excite audiences as BDB returns to Open Class Championships for the first time since 2018!
Featuring Nick Platoff of the San Francisco Symphony, current Trumpet players from the Blue Devils, and debuting a piece by BDPA's own John Meehan, you do NOT want to miss this event.
This summer, USBands is bringing exciting educational opportunities to students and educators across the country! DCI Event Day Clinics, powered by USBands and Drum Corps International, will be held at select DCI events this summer and feature fast-paced, content-rich clinics for students and educators of every level of experience. And with the return of our in-person multi-day USBands Summer Education Camps, there's something for everyone's schedule, learning goals, and areas of interest.
In 1989 Eldon found his way to the Blue Devils, and as an experienced truck driver took the wheel of Devils Food and stayed on for the next 18 years. “His main responsibility was driving Devils Food” says longtime corps manager Pete Emmons, “but that was only the beginning. He was not only a superlative driver and cook, but a more than capable mechanic, a confidant and a valued friend.”
After 2 years away, Blue Devils C is back in action this summer and incredibly excited to announce their 2022 program – It’s About Time! At its heart, this year’s program is literally about exploring the concept of time and how we experience it in our daily lives. However, the title is also a play on words to acknowledge that after so long without drum corps, “It’s About Time” we’re back together again!
After an extensive search, BD Performing Arts is pleased to announce that Jim Verrett will be joining the organization as Chief Executive Officer in early May 2022! Verrett, who resides in Vallejo, CA, has been a member of the BDPA Board of Directors since 2018 and brings over 30 years of experience helping brands reach their full potential and leading teams to growth and success.
The Gail Schultz International Fellowship committee is proud to announce that Sean Molloy of Ireland and Kaito Watanabe of Japan have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the Gail Shultz International Fellowship award for 2022!
For the first time since 2019, The Blue Devils will be back on the road this summer headed to a city near you! We're extremely excited to once again be performing for stadiums FULL of screaming fans, and if you want to make the most of your event experience, make sure to purchase your seats in The Blue Devils ticket block!
This year, as we celebrate the 65th Anniversary of BD Performing Arts, we are looking back to honor the amazing individuals whose lasting contributions have brought us to where we are now. Throughout BDPA’s rich history, Rick Odello has been a pillar of our organization and today it is with mixed emotions that we announce his well-earned retirement.
2022 marks the 65th anniversary of BD Performing Arts, and we're planning an action-packed weekend to celebrate with our friends, family, alumni, and fans! It all kicks off on Sunday, July 9 with a friendly Golf Tournament and relaxing Spa Getaway before we gather for an unforgettable evening at the Sapphire Summer Gala. And don't forget the triumphant return of The Blue Devils at DCI West on Sunday!
This weekend, RCC Indoor Percussion will debut their 2022 program "The End is The Beginning" in at Arcadia High School in Southern California. Order your show shirt today and cheer them on in style!
Please join us in celebrating the life of Ann Odello, who passed away this week at the age of 93. Ann Odello co-founded the Blue Devils alongside her beloved husband Tony Odello, setting in motion an organization that would not only encompass three generations of Odellos, but impact thousands of lives across the world for over eight decades.
RCC Indoor Percussion is proud to present their 2022 program – “The End is the Beginning.” This year’s production centers around an abstract depiction of a Nordic tribe and their journey to search for what has been lost. Along the way they discover the essential elements of life needed to survive.
Shaun Gallant, who has been with the organization since 2018, will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer to explore other opportunities outside of the organization and activity.
Please join us in celebrating the life of Ron Menke, who passed away on January 13 at the age of 70 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Ron joined the Blue Devil’s drum staff in 1972 and would stay on thru the 1979 season. Over those 8 years the corps grew from a 70-member local-based youth group to a 3-time Drum Corps International World Champion with back-to-back high percussion trophies.
With preparations for the 2022 drum corps season well underway and a brass callback camp right around the corner, The Blue Devils are proud to introduce Corey Castillo as the newest member of our Drum Major team.
For nearly 2 decades, BDEntertainment (BDE) has been offering fully customizable entertainment experiences for pro sports teams, Grammy award winning recording artists, and high-profile corporate events throughout California and beyond. Today, we are excited to announce a new and exciting expansion as we partner with STRYKE Percussion in South Florida to rebrand their entertainment division as BDE Miami!
Register to attend in-person auditions for BDB in December!
The Blue Devils are gearing up for a triumphant return to the field in 2022, and we want YOU to be there with us. As COVID restrictions loosen around the country, we are excited to launch some incredible nationwide learning opportunities and talent searches, each designed to give you a glimpse of what it means to be part of the Blue Devils.
Since 1957, BD Performing Arts has set out to be the global leader and innovator in youth development through music and performing arts. Each new relationship we develop is critical to our success. Today we are proud to announce that we are teaming up with Stanbury Uniforms to be the exclusive uniform company for BDPA.
In honor of her global stewardship and compassion, BD Performing arts and Gail's family have established the Gail Schultz International Fellowship to help non-US citizens offset participation costs and achieve their dreams of joining a US-based Junior drum and bugle corps.

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