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BDE Performs in South Korea
No strangers to international travel, BDEntertainment, a group made up of current and former drum corps veterans, is currently headed to Seoul, South Korea, where they will perform with groups from all over the world as part of the Seoul Drum Festival, playing both classical and ethnic percussion as well as some fusion.
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“This has been a very busy and amazing past four months for The Blue Devils and BDEntertainment,” said David Gibbs, executive director of the Blue Devils. “The European tour for the 'A' Corps was incredibly successful this past summer. We wowed the audiences and our members had an experience of a lifetime,” Gibbs said.
The Blue Devils have been embarking on international travels for more than 20 years. Here is a rundown of their travels over the years:
1983 -- The ³A² Corps attended the 21st Century Celebration in Osaka, Japan
1988 -- The percussion section featured as the centerpiece of a weeklong schedule of performances at Japan Greenland
1988 -- The BD winter color guard traveled to Den Haag, Holland, to conduct clinics and perform at the Dutch Finals Color Guard Championships.
1992 -- The Blue Devils traveled to Nice, France, to participate in Winter Carnivale
1996 -- A 10-day tour of Japan, including clinics, field shows and indoor theatre performances
1998 -- The "B" Corps participated in the World Marching Festival in Kanagawa, Japan
2000 -- The "A" Corps thrills audiences throughout Europe with a three-week tour, appearing in Germany, Holland, Belgium and France
2000 -- Diablo Wind Symphony had a very successful 14-day Australian tour
2002 -- A 38-member ensemble from the 'A' Corps was the guest of the city of Okayama, Japan
2003 The Diablo Wind Symphony embarked on an 18-day Scandinavian tour In October
2003, a 58-member select ensemble of the 'A' Corps returned to Japan as guests of the city of Okayama
2005 -- A three-week tour, where the Blue Devils culminated the trip with a World Championship at the World Music Contest
Why such an emphasis on international performances over the years? Gibbs said, “Travel enriches our lives, spreads prosperity, dissolves political barriers, promotes international peace, and brings excitement and change to our lives. The Blue Devils organization has a strong commitment to afford members an opportunity to experience a variety of diverse cultures, traditions, customs and contemporary lifestyles of the world community through performances and personal interaction. And we perform for the enjoyment of our world fans and expose the talents of our activity to all,” Gibbs said.
In September, BDEntertainment opened with a great flourish the 2005 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. They performed the following week for three days at a series of parties geared at high-tech European sales forces, including Cisco, at Pier 49 in San Francisco.
The next week was Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel to perform for an executive branch meeting for Wells Fargo. Then, at the end of September, BDEntertainment put on an intricate, elaborate and exciting opening show for Sterling Jewelers’ 2005 Managers Meeting as they met at the beautiful Coronado Resort in Orlando, Fla. 3,000 people were on the feet at the end of this incredibly successful event. All had drumsticks in their hands, interacting with the 48 BDEntertainment performers.
This winter, BDEntertainment will again be producing the PHX percussion for the Phoenix Suns as they ride on their success from last season¹s All Star performance.
BDEntertainment is in negotiations with the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, LA Clippers, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors.
Because of the success of last years NBA percussion groups produced by BDE, it has opened up opportunities for YEA, Magic of Orlando and other organization to work with teams in their areas.
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