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Blue Devils set to return to Taiwan next week
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Blue Devils set to return to Taiwan next week

by Chris Weber

The Blue Devils are gearing up for their third trip to Taiwan in the last three years, sending an ensemble to Chiayi City next week to take part in the oldest music festival in the country.

Presented by the Chiayi City Department of Cultural Affairs and managed by CSR Summit Brands Marketing, the multinational 24th annual Chiayi City International Band Festival runs for two weeks beginning December 18.

The Blue Devils ensemble is set to depart from San Francisco International on Sunday, December 13, spending the next three days rehearsing, sightseeing and getting acclimated to its new surroundings.

The 36-member group will present educational clinics as part of the Blue Devils organization’s System Blue series of events, before headlining the opening ceremonies of the festival on Saturday, December 19.

A pair of staged concerts will help close out the festival’s marching band showcase, before the performers are back on a plane to the United States on Tuesday, December 22.

Among other highlights of the trip for the Blue Devils will be the opportunity to perform with Taipei Yuehfu, a Taiwanese drum corps that has competed a number of times as part of the Drum Corps International Tour in the United States, most recently in 2013.

The Blue Devils will send this ensemble to Taiwan as part of the organization’s One Music One World initiative that since started in 2010 has brought performers and educators to South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Lithuania, Malaysia, China, Italy and Taiwan.

“We believe strongly in the value of international exchange,” Blue Devils Executive Director David Gibbs said. “We are proud to be able to expose current and former Blue Devils members to a variety of international experiences while bringing our unique brand of entertainment and excellence in education to fans around the world."

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