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Blue Devils and Renegades Announce Alliance
San Francisco, CA, December 2, 1999: The DCI World Champion Concord Blue Devils and the San Francisco Renegades Senior Drum and Bugle corps announced today that they have formally entered into a written "Alliance."
The Alliance, believed to be the first of its kind in drum corps history, is an agreement between the two corps designed to facilitate combining forces in several key areas of corps operations, including fundraising efforts, marketing campaigns and corporate grant writing.
Under the terms of the Alliance, the Renegades have also aligned their marching, brass, percussion and colorguard technique programs with the Blue Devils for the purpose of increasing participation of Blue Devil alumni in the Renegades. To align the instructional programs as closely as possible, several key members of the Blue Devils staff will also be serving as consultants to the Renegades, and both corps hope to hold one or more joint rehearsals or performances this season.
"The Renegades offer an extension of the Blue Devil philosophy into the senior corps arena, and we are happy to welcome them into the Blue Devil family" said David Gibbs, Executive Director of the Blue Devils. "This will be a natural addition to our organization that currently has eight programs. Young people can start in the Blue Devil C Corps when they are seven years old, and then move up through the B and the A corps. With this Alliance, it is now possible for them to continue the Blue Devil experience after they have aged-out." Gibbs also added that "the Renegades have undertaken a very innovative approach to fundraising and our new development Director, Juli Kramer, looks forward to working with them on several projects in the future."
Renegades Director Brandon Wilson added that "we have always admired the way that the Blue Devil organization has been run, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to learn from the very best in the activity."
Although the Renegades are not officially joining the Blue Devil organization at this time, both corps have agreed to explore this possibility for the future. For more information on membership in the Renegades please visit their websites
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
The Blue Devils' mission is to offer young people a quality educational and performance experience in the area of performing arts. Founded in 1957, the organization provides a structured and positive learning environment for young people of all ages. A continuing objective of the Blue Devils is to develop personal character through challenging physical, emotional, social and mental activities while promoting the values of dedication, hard work and commitment through a team effort.
About the Blue Devils
ABOUT THE RENEGADES
The Renegades were founded in 1996 by a small group of people that got together simply for the love of playing their instruments. In February of 1999, the corps put the "Renegade 2000" plan in to motion, and added an infrastructure that not only included a world-class instructional staff, but a "Promotions Team" that included marketing, financial and legal consultants.
The mission of the Renegades organization is to bring an unprecedented awareness and appreciation of the drum corps activity to the public through a comprehensive marketing and financial plan.
The Renegades made their DCI debut in July 1999, at the Moonlight Classic contest in Stockton, California, and are one of two charter members of the DCI-Pacific senior division. Future plans include performing in many venues previously unknown to drum and bugle corps, and competing in the DCA Championships.
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