With a very heavy heart BDPA and the Blue Devils must announce that we lost a rare gem. Gail Schultz was the face, heart, and soul of the Blue Devils in so many ways and for so many years. Words fall short in describing the impact she made on our organization, but we can definitely say that we would not have the Blue Devils we know today without her. We all will miss her greatly.
In the many roles she played with the Blue Devils, Gail was simultaneously an unabashed enthusiastic supporter, graceful ambassador, and incredibly hard worker who was willing to take on any task asked of her. Through her natural friendliness and communication savvy, Gail’s efforts connected us to our local community, the country, and the world. She interacted with literally everyone at the Blue Devils, was a joy to work with, and made a positive difference in the lives of all she touched.
Gail started her involvement with the Blue Devils in 1971 when her daughter Christine joined the Twirlers and was a member of the USTA National Champions Annette’s Pets Twirling Team. Gail's son Steven participated in the Jr Drum & Bell Corps. Gail managed the Junior and Senior Twirling Corps as well as the Winter Guard, and served on the Board of Directors from 1976 to 1990. She was Board president in 1977–1978 and from 1985–1987 and also chaired the Precision West committee from 1985–1992. As Marketing and Development Director, Gail coordinated special events and recruitment drives, created public relations materials, and represented the Blue Devils to the City Chamber of Commerce. As Promotions Manager, Gail coordinated all aspects of the souvenir sales: on the road with the A Corps during the summer and from the office during the off season.
"Gail was so proud of having been the first female to be president of the Blue Devils," said Donna Batchelor, president of BD Performing Arts. "When Rosa Lee (Harden) and I came along she was always proud of the women that came after her. We had big shoes to fill. She will be truly missed."
"When Gail retired, we all missed her amazing personality and it was never the same without her infectious presence”, said David Gibbs. "This is truly a sad day for all of us, but our fond memories and our love for Gail will live on forever".
Article from the local Concord newspaper: "Face of the Blue Devils"
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