A once in a lifetime experience will reward fans in Europe and members of the Blue Devils in 2005. The Concord corps will embark from San Francisco on a three-week tour of Europe June 20.
Sponsored by Dynasty USA and European hosts Muremo/Dynasty Europe, Drum Corps Europe, Vlamo West Vlaanderen, Italian Marching Show Bands, the City of Kerkrade, Holland, and the Kerkrade World Music Contest Foundation, the trip will take the DCI corps away from U.S. competition during the tour, although they will perform at their own show in Concord, CA, the night before departure.
Arrival will be in Amsterdam, Holland, where the corps will transfer to a housing site in La Gorgue, France, to prepare for a performance at a Drum Corps Europe contest sponsored by the European circuit and Muremo/Dynasty Europe at the KV Kortrijk Football Stadium in the town of Kortrijk, Belgium, on Saturday June 25. The Blue Devils will compete with Dutch, German and the United Kingdom’s top drum corps.
Included will be touring in the medieval city of Brugge and the beautiful city of Calais in Northern France.
The corps will then move their base of operation Paris where members and staff will get to see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and Sacre Coeur during two days of exploring and experiencing one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Following the Paris visit, the corps will continue on to the Lombardy region of Northern Italy for six days of performances and sightseeing in Milan, Venice, Modena and Lecco, site of the Italian Marching Band Championships on Sunday, July 3, sponsored by the Italian Marching Show Bands Association.
The culmination of the tour will be an opportunity to compete in the World Music Contest, held every four years in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. Nearly 300 groups from 30 countries will compete in this celebration of the musical marching activity. The Blue Devils will compete on Sunday, July 10.
Previously, Suncoast Sound competed at Kerkrade the year prior to their becoming a drum and bugle corps and the Empire Statesmen competed during one of their European tours several years ago.
The Blue Devils will return to Chicago to join the DCI Summer Music Games tour, tentatively scheduled to compete at the northern regional in Kalamazoo, MI, on Saturday July 16.
The Blue Devils will showcase their 2005 production, “Dance Derby of the Century,” before thousands of fans in four European countries, as well helping encourage the growth of the band and drum corps activities.