The Blue Devils have made two new hires to support the organization's System Blue educational initiative. Former Phantom Regiment director Patrick Seidling will join the team to organize live educational events throughout the year, and music industry veteran Allan Murray will come on board in a product development role, managing relationships with System Blue partner companies.
This Saturday, Oct. 17, the Blue Knights will partner with Longmont, Colo. High School to sponsor the Friendship Cup, a marching band competition featuring 18 performing groups. Competition begins with a preliminary round at 10 a.m. MT. Tickets giving you access to the prelims and finals competition to this event cost $15.
"Throw it Down," the feature-length documentary film chronicling the 2006 Bluecoats will be shown this Saturday, Oct. 17 as part of the Hot Springs Film Festival in Hot Springs, Ark. The movie has already garnered national attention, winning the award for Best Music Documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival and the Silver Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.
Cadets alumni can come together on Dec. 5 for the First Annual Alumni Holiday Bash. Hosted at the VFW in Garfield, N.J., $25 admission will cover food, drink and entertainment. RSVPs are requested by Nov. 20.
The Citations will take time off in 2010 from the annual DCI Tour. "We will take this time to restructure staffing, work on our infrastructure and retire a small amount of long-term debt. This was a very tough but well thought out decision that was made in the best interest of the organization at this time," said director Donna Monte. While continuing fundraising efforts throughout the coming year, the group intends to return to the competitive field in 2011.
Max Mullinix will return to the Colts in 2010 as percussion caption head and arranger. "We have a great deal of momentum building in the Colts percussion program, and many would agree that the level of performance and design achieved last year showed tremendous growth and success," said Colts Executive Director Greg Orwoll. "We are pleased to have Max back with us where he will continue to help the Colts percussion program reach new levels of excellence."
The Portland-based Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) has issued an Opportunity Grant to the Oregon Crusaders to aid in reducing the organization's debt incurred in 2009. "The Oregon Crusaders' program reaches into the area's high school and college band programs resulting in quality programming and a high level of impact on the youth participants," said RACC Executive Director Eloise Damrosch. "We believe the Oregon Crusaders are a positive influence in the Portland community."
Angela Tousley has been named Pacific Crest's color guard caption supervisor. "I'm impressed by Angela's training and depth and breadth of experience," said Executive Director Stuart Pompel. "I know our color guard performers will have an amazing experience under Angela's leadership, and I'm confident that her design skills will help shape our success."
Rod Owens will join the Troopers' administrative team as tour director. "Rod Owens comes to the Troopers with a wealth of experience in logistics planning, administrative experience and tour management," said Troopers Director Fred Morris. "I am thrilled to have Rod on board; he will be a huge asset in continuing the further success of the entire Troopers organization." The corps also recently finalized positions for its 2010 brass instructional staff.