Blue Devils The Blue Devils announced that their 2009 production will be titled "1930," focusing on the time period that led into the Great Depression. According to a release on the corps' Web site, "With an undeniable foot in the present, the 2009 Blue Devils take a look back at a year when faith and uncertainty were suddenly in a dance of the indefinite." Musical arrangements will draw from Gershwin's "I've Got Rhythm," Copland's "Piano Variations," and the classic "Happy Days Are Here Again," among other pieces. Read more at BlueDevils.org.
Crossmen Percussion instructors Michael McIntosh and John Brennan will join the Crossmen as consultants for the 2009 season. "We are so excited to have both Mike and John with us this year," said corps director Mark Chambers. "Both bring so much knowledge and experience to our team and will really help in the development of our percussion program." Read more at Crossmen.org.
Madison Scouts The Madison Scouts wrapped up their April rehearsal camp last weekend in Madison, Wis. Though the corps' percussionists were given the month off with many who were busy at the Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships, color guard members rejoined the corps for the first time since November, and with members of the brass section, learned the opening drill sets to their 2009 visual program. Read more at MadisonScouts.org.
Pacific Crest Pacific Crest named six members who have been selected as recipients of the corps' Eugene Rothstein Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship supports corps members who have financial need, and is awarded based on essay compositions. Read more on Pacific-Crest.org.
Spirit Spirit will rehearse as a full corps for the first time this weekend, April 24-26 in Jacksonville, Ala. Fans can keep up with the rehearsal by following the corps' new Twitter account.
Check it out at Twitter.com/spiritdrumcorps.