In early December, a cast of 25 current and recently graduated Blue Devil guard, percussion and brass performers traveled to Taiwan to be featured performers and clinicians at the Taoyuan County Instrumental Festival.
Sponsored by the Taoyuan County Department of Cultural Affairs and managed by CSR Summit Brands Marketing, this multinational festival takes place the weekend of December 7-9, 2013. The Blue Devils are excited to make a return appearance in Asia, having presented System Blue clinics in Taiwan in 2012, Blue Devil ensemble performances and System Blue clinics in Malaysia in 2010 and 2013 and Blue Devil ensemble performances in Japan in 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2007.
Shu-ting Yang of CSR Summit Brands Marketing, an arts booking and festival management company, states that "we are very happy to have the world-famous Blue Devils come to Taoyuan County as part of this festival, which will highlight performers from a wide variety of music and art styles."
David Gibbs, Executive Director of the Blue Devils, is excited to include this trip as part of the organization's growing One Music One World initiative, an effort that allows the Blue Devils organization to integrate its members, teaching staff and System Blue Clinics in order to serve a variety of international requests.
Says Gibbs, "We believe strongly in the value of international exchange and are proud to be able to expose current and former Blue Devil members to a variety of international experiences, while bringing our unique brand of entertainment and excellence in education to fans around the world."
In the past two years alone the Blue Devils' One Music, One World initiative has had performing ensembles and staff teams perform and teach in Lithuania, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brazil, Guatemala, and South Africa.
To learn more about the Blue Devils' One Music One World initiative, visit bluedevils.org/omow.
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