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The Blue Devils

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Founded in 1957 in Concord, California, the Blue Devils started as an all-boy Drum Corps with only percussion instruments and less than 50 young members. In 1968 de group made the transition to a full Drum and Bugle Corps and in 1970 the group did their first summer tour to compete with groups in the Pacific Northwest. The Corps did very well and changed their category from "B" to "A" status that same year.

The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps first toured on a national level in 1973, competing with hundreds of other organizations across the nation in Whitewater, Wisconsin. By placing a very respectable 23rd in the Whitewater "National" competition, The Blue Devils "A" Corps gained associate membership in prestigious Drum Corps International association ( a status given to only the top 25 national groups.) Also during 1973, the Junior Drum and Bell Corps was converted to a "B" Bugle Corps, and an even younger-aged "C" Bugle Corps was established.

In 1974, the older "A" Corps earned a full DCI membership by their 9th place finish at the DCI Championships in Ithaca, New York and in 1975 the "A" Corps made a tremendous jump to 3rd place at the DCI Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was in 1976 that the "A" corps won their first Drum Corps International Championship, sweeping all categories. Since 1975 the Blue Devils have never finished out of the top five at Championship and have won the DCI World Championships Title in 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012. The Blue Devils' record of 15 DCI international championships stands as an envied accomplishment in the drum corps activity. Adding to their impressive record setting DCI world championships, The Blue Devils in 2005 won the prestigious World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland.

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