Code of Conduct

The goals and objectives of BDPA are many. Our priority is to provide a quality educational experience for our members. As we strive to be the best competitively, our focus must be on setting new standards both creatively and through performance. With our hard work and dedication we will remain one of the elite of the activity, respected by our peers and audiences.

We are a team sport in which we all depend on one another to perform at the highest level. In order to achieve our goals, all performers must adhere to the same policies, rules and guidelines. If we fracture as a group, we as individuals will perform at a lower level.

Drum Corps International and the BDPA Board of Directors have stringent policies on the use of drugs and alcohol. You must adhere to these policies while you are in a BDPA organization and hopefully you will continue to do so throughout your life.


Drugs: The Blue Devils is a 100% drug free experience, including the use and/or possession of marijuana. Drugs are not to be used at rehearsals, camps, functions, nor on tour, regardless of the age of the performer and/or the legal status of the drug in a particular location while on tour. BDPA will be concerned with the possibility of a negative influence drugs may have on the company, and will take corrective action to fix any such problem.

Alcohol: Alcohol is not permitted or to be used at rehearsals, camps, functions, and on any of the tours regardless of the members age.

Harassment: BDPA takes bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault very seriously. It is understood that language, actions, and sexual advances that are not welcomed are inappropriate and unacceptable. This is a place where everyone can feel safe, regardless of age, gender, or orientation, and the organization will take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure that is the case.

Language: We are judged by our every word and action. The language you use can sometimes be offensive. Profanity is not allowed at rehearsals, functions, and when in uniform.

Smoking: By law, California is a “smoke free workplace” state. Smoking is not allowed. Education and/or help will be provided to the smokers in the group to help them quit. The policy is that YOU CANNOT smoke on ANY school grounds, at facilities, on buses, around vehicles, in uniform, or during meetings. You are not allowed to smoke during rehearsals or on your breaks during the length of the rehearsals.

Attitude: The attitude you bring to and develop is very important. The staff will consider your attitude as you audition. We are an organization with many people, not a specific section or individual. We are all working hard and dedicating ourselves to a common goal. In order to achieve that end, we must all have the same positive approach.

Manners: BDPA believes that how you interact with people is extremely important. We will encourage courtesy and manners. We are very fortunate to have many hard working volunteers. These people put in many long hours for no other reason than for the love of the organization. Please take the time to thank the people who make all of this possible.

Stealing: Stealing is illegal and not tolerated. Examples in the past have been taking other people shoes, plumes, uniform parts, clothing, wallets, school property, etc. These and any other offenses will be dealt with severely.

There are many high-quality groups around the country for us to enjoy and respect. One of the greatest experiences in this activity is getting to know others and watching them work as hard as we do. Learn from, and applaud, their efforts and achievements.

BDPA is a family. You will make friendships in these years that will continue long into the future. Do not overreact to things you do not have any control over. Concern yourself with your own efforts. There are many memories waiting for you – don’t cheat yourself out of them.

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