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Jubal tops first European contest; European drum corps news roundup

Jubal tops first European contest; European drum corps news roundup

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From various European drum corps press releases: Jubal, from Dordrecht, the Netherlands, familiar to American drum corps audiences for their frequent U.S. tours, has topped the first Drum Corps Europe show of the 2005 season. That contest took place in the Dutch city of Middelburg. The power of Jubal's "Danzón" program was credited with 60.850 by the judges. In the open class, four corps entered the field: Jubal, Juliana, Jong-Holland and DAP. Jubal topped the effect, brass, music and visual captions. Juliana, from Middelburg, performed a show called "Red Revolution' with Russian music, including the very famous "Kalinka." This show is somewhat of a departure for Juliana, after four years of jazz programs. Juliana took field percussion and color guard. Second, 54.575. Jong-Holland, from Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands, took third with a score of 43.625 points. Their show is a mix of the classic musicals "Les Mis?©rables" and "Phantom of the Opera," and included a conjuring trick at the end. DAP, from Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, is laying a show called "Hete Bliksem," which could literally be translated as "Hot Lightning." This show includes recognizable tunes like "Aztec Fire" and "Birdland." DAP earned fourth place with a score of 40.300. In the A-Class, only one corps entered the field: Blue Phoenix from Axel. Two years ago, Blue Phoenix competed in DCE for the first time, only several months after their founding. This year, the sweaters are replaced by real uniforms, and the corps has grown with 30 percent. Their show includes pieces like "Paint it, Black" and "In the Army Now," and they earned first place with a score of 29.325. The cadet class featured two corps: Jong Avalance from Zwijndrecht and Jong Axel from Axel. Jong Avalance topped the cadet class with 41.875 points, while Jong Axel came in second with 32.300 points. Scores and recaps can be found at www.drumcorps.org.uk. For a photo gallery, please visit www.drumcorpsmedia.com. Stafford Lancers celebrate 10th anniversary From a Stafford Lancers press release On June 8, 2005, the Stafford Lancers will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the day that this English corps tentatively opened its doors for the first time! So much has happened in that time which has seen the organization develop into the largest independent youth group in Stafford and one of the finest groups of its type in the UK! Many months of planning had gone into the preparations for the launch of the corps: Putting in place a basic staff team, obtaining old, secondhand instruments and finally securing a venue from which to base the corps. Read more. Dutch individual and ensemble contest to feature European flavor From a Color Guard Netherlands press release: A European flavor will pervade the 5th annual Color Guard Netherlands (CGN) individuals and ensemble contest on October 15. Several French contestants have already signed up to perform this year. "We expect participants from Belgium, Germany and the UK like last year. Everyone is more than welcome," CGN public relations manager Peter Jan de Werk said. "Last year we had 51 performances, and we started with six just five years ago," Jan de Werk said. The contest will once again be open for brass, percussion and color guard. This year the mixed ensemble plus category has been added, in which amplification can be used. "If more participants sign up, we will have to be creative with time and space. Our goal is to keep this contest a relaxed, fun atmosphere for everyone involved," Jan de Werk said. Information, rules and forms can be found at www.individualsensembles.org .

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