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Drumcorps.org.uk: Year in review 2010
Dec 31, 2010

News on the Kidsgrove Scouts dominated 2010: the corps celebrated their 100th anniversary, were very succesful at the DCA Championships, took the DCUK title and became DCE Champions for the first time. But there was more in 2010, here is the year in review. DCE wishes everyone a happy newyear and all the best for 2011!


Drum Corps Europe has launched its official DCE iPhone app. The application for the popular Apple phone is now available in the App Store. The app provides the latest news from the DCE site in five languages. Owners of the DCE app can read the latest drum corps news on their phone. The DCE app is available as a free download from the App Store, both on the web and on the iPhone itself.

Nexus is a new drum corps project from Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom. Formed as an amalgamation of the county's two drum & bugle corps organisations – Equinox and Distant Thunder – Nexus Drum & Bugle Corps will be taking to the field in BYBA for the first time in 2010. The new organisation is based in both Biggleswade and Bedford with rehearsals taking place in both locations. John Dimmick and Andy Rees will serve as joint corps directors. Both are the former directors of Distant Thunder and Equinox respectively.

The second European Drum Corps Symposium in London was a great success. Dozens of staff and board members have enthusiastically exchanged experiences and discussed the future of drum corps. The breakout sessions were also well attended. The special guest was DCI director Dan Acheson, who was pleasantly surprised by the discussions at the symposium. "What I've learned is that the passion for drum corps is the same everywhere", Acheson said afterwards. "I should not be surprised by this, but it was overwhelming. This kind of meeting really makes a difference, significant progress has been made."

Drum Corps Europe will be changing the names of the different classes. The ancient terms Open Class and Cadet Class will disappear with immediate effect. From 2010, DCE will use the terms Premier Class and Junior Class. This was announced by the DCE management team at the symposium.


Drum Corps United Kingdom has announced that 18 corps have registered for the 2010, and 31st consecutive, season. New registrations include, in only their second year of existence, Liberty Drum Corps from Northampton and The Company from Barnsley. Following last years successful exhibition performances, the 4 times British Champions Dagenham Crusaders also return as a competitive corps. Dagenham last competed in 1988.

As part of their 100 year anniversary, the Kidsgrove Scouts will visit the USA for two weeks before completing the tour at the Drum Corps Associates World Championships in Rochester, New York. The tour has been planned to be fully inclusive of everyone and to create a fantastic experience for everyone taking part. Already 120 people have signed up for the tour, and there only a few spots avaliable.

Drum Corps Europe has appointed a new Adjudication Manager. As part of the DCE management team Douglas Caldwell will lead DCE's judging organisation, with immediate effect. Douglas was born in Glasgow in 1961. "My first musical instrument was the piano but stopped playing a few years later as rugby was better fun", Douglas says. At Boys' Brigade he learned the Bb bugle and when he went to Senior School graduated onto trumpet. He played in a variety of military bands, big bands, brass bands and orchestra's.

In what became a huge battle for first, Beatrix outscored The Pride by 0.2 points in Finals after a Prelims defeat. The Independent A-Class was won by the Starriders and the Junior Class and Cadet Class titles went to The Pride. 37 units from The Netherlands, Germany and France entered the European Winter Guard International Regional in Drachten. The Pride won the Open Class Prelims over Beatrix by 2.1 points but Beatrix improved their score with 3.1 points in the evening. In the A-Class the Starriders became the European champions.


The Academy's creative director, and WGUK judge Darren Darton has spent time in Italy teaching an up and coming Italian colourguard, who are part of a successful Italian Marching band, Giuseppe Verdi Marching Band. The Academy is delighted to be hosting the young members of this Italian guard for a weekend in March, in which they will spend time with The Academy in training, and will also for the first time attend a winterguard show at Burgess Hill on 14th March.

Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps from Dordrecht has found a new partner for their percussion section. Majestic Instruments from the town of Nijehaske in Friesland - The Netherlands will provide their fielddrums and front ensemble instruments for the corps for the coming years. This means that Jubal will say goodbye to their long-time relationship and collaboration with Dynasty.

Jubal Indoor Percussion (International Marching Class), New Spirit (European Marching Class) and Southern Aurora (Concert Class) have topped the Indoor Percussion Europe contest in Dadizele. More than 150 people witnessed the performances of six competing units from the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and France. The audience loved the performances, including US World Class drumline Tyler Junior College.


Vintage , Southern Aurora and New Generation are the new European indoor percussion champions. Last Sunday they topped the International Marching Percussion Class, European Marching Percussion Class and the Concert Class at the IPE European Championships. Two of the three new champions are from the United Kingdom: Vintage beat DrumSpirit from Belgium in the International Marching Percussion Class. Unik Star from France became third, followed by GOT Motion from Sweden and Alliance.

After making their way through the first preliminary round at the WGI World Championships (9th April), both British units were fighting it out against 23 others to secure a place in their respective Finals and be amongst the top 15 in their class. In the Independent World Class Mayflower moved up the rankings from Prelims to be in 13th Place whilst Northern Academy, in the Independent Open Class, came in 15th and grabbed the last spot in their class. The Pride from the Netherlands missed out on a Independent Open Finals place by 0.3 points.

The British Youth Band Association (BYBA) has announced that the 2010 BYBA National Championships will be held at Crewe Alexandra Stadium in Crewe - Cheshire. The stadium is the home of Coca Cola Football League Two Team, Crewe Alexandra Football Club.


The Knights Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps have now completed their indoor rehearsals and from Sunday 9th May will be moving outside to Stanmer Park in Brighton. The corps will be performing at the DCUK and DCE Championships this year.Their repertoire features music from the Imperial Knights and Southern Knights, British Championships winning years of 1984 and 1988 including 'Prisoner of Zenda', 'Sambandrea Swing' and 'Romeo & Juliet'.

Drum Corps Europe had expected a run on tickets to the 2010 DCE European Championships, but even those expectations were exceeded. All 500 tickets for the centre section (section A) sold out within 30 minutes of the start of the tickets going on sale. The adjacent sections are filling up rapidly as well.

Sem Vanhessche and Maarten Descamps are joining the Kidsgrove Scouts this year. It is the first time that Belgians have joined an English drum & bugle corps. Reports of their experiences are published on Facebook and their website about the UK adventure. The 99 members of Kidsgrove Scouts will be travelling to America this year to participate in the Drum Corps Associates championships.

Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps from Dordrecht won the European season opener in Middelburg on Saturday. Juliana was a close second. A much improved Johan Friso claimed the victory in the Junior Class.

To celebrate the Centenary of the reigning DCUK champions Kidsgrove Scouts, Premier has provided a full set of custom Revolution Series marching drums to the corps in a specially commissioned, unique lacquer finish called 'Century Sparkle Fade'. The Kidsgrove Scouts are celebrating their Centenary in 2010 with a 100-strong membership and a fantastic tour of the USA. The corps will fly out to the US on the 24th August, compete in the DCA Bridgeport show and then move to Rochester, NY to compete at the 2010 DCA World Championships which take place September 3rd to 5th.


Drum Corps Europe has introduced a new logo. The well-known three letters have received a full makeover to mark the 10th anniversary of DCE. The new logo was designed by artist Peter Franken. In recent months, many designs have been reviewed. Peter Franken introduced several surprising creations where the letters were sometimes entirely revamped. Eventually the DCE management team, with Peter's input, chose to restyle the existing logo.

The Cadence Spectacular Show saw the start of the 2010 British Youth Band Association Competitive Season on Sunday 13th June at the Aldershot Military Stadium. 6th Hove Scouts kicked off their 2010 Season with a 1st place win in Division 1, with 37th Kingswood coming in 2nd place. Black Knights took 1st Place in the Associate Division. Division 3 saw the newly formed Nexus Drum & Bugle Corps taking 1st place honours

Drum Corps Europe and its Certified Partners will give corps free rein for the use of electronics. From next season all electronics and instruments will be allowed at DCE Certified Shows. Amplification has been permitted since the start of this year. Following the example given by DCI, various corps requested implementing new and exciting techniques. At the European Drum Corps Symposium in London in January it was found that most corps did not object to this. After extensive consultation with partner organisations and with the judging community, corps will be given free rein from 2011.

Jubal has also topped the second Drum Corps Netherlands contest in Huizen. Juliana and Beatrix follow at 0.75 and 1.4 points respectively. Jubal was strongest in almost all musical captions. They took the captions Music Effect, Field Percussion and Ensemble Muziek. Field Brass went to Beatrix. Surprisingly, Juliana came in second place and scored especially well in the Visual caption, winning both the Visual Effect and Visual Field captions.


The 2010 Drum Corps United Kingdom got off great start at the Northwood Stadium in Stoke On Trent on Sunday 4th July with 9 Corps in competition. The Kidsgrove Scouts received the highest score in the European season so far: 71.00. In the Junior Class the Kidsgrove Scouts Juniors took the honours and this group have come on leaps and bounds over the past 2 seasons.

 17th July 2010 saw a very windy Academy Brass Show at the Barnsley Football Club Training Ground, Barnsley in South Yorkshire. The Company took the gold in the Associates, closely followed by Kidsgrove Scouts (2nd place). The Black Knights (3rd) and Cheshire Cadets (4th) concluded the division. With 19 units performing on the day, all units gave it their all and the competition was strong.


The 2010 World Championship Finals ended with the color gold for the Blue Devils. For the second year in a row, the corps won the gold medal in the World Class, concluding one of the most competitive Drum Corps International seasons in recent history. The Cavaliers became the runners up, and the Bluecoats took the bronze medal. Other finalists are Carolina Crown (4th), The Cadets (5th), Phantom Regiment (6th), Santa Clara Vanguard (7th), Blue Stars (8th), Boston Crusaders (9th), Madison Scouts (10th), Blue Knights (11th) and Glassmen (12th).

The Kidsgrove Scouts entered the Drum Corps Associates contest in Bridgeport. The corps ended in 4th place, less than three points below the Bushwackers. The Hurricanes topped the show.

By unanimous consent of its board of directors, Daniel E. Acheson has been renewed as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Drum Corps International, the Indianapolis based event marketing and management organisation providing leadership to competitive scholastic marching music ensembles around the world.

The Bluehawks from Clonmel remain at the top of the Irish Marching Bands Association competition. Sunday, the corps scored 60.3 points in the Premier Class.The Tallaght Youth Band came second at the IMBA contest in Clonmel, which was the start of the second part of the European competition season. 


Starriders Drum & Bugle Corps won the German Open in Hameln. With a comfortable lead, the title of the Premier Class went to the corps from Bad Münder. The Starriders took all captions and scored 69.85 points, a good ten points more than they did at the DCN contest in Huizen. The Devils came second with 61.80 points. Showband Rastede participated in a DCE certified contest for the first time this year and came third with 59.40 points.

The Kidsgrove Scouts finished in sixth place in the Open Class of the Drum Corps Associates Championships. This meant the British corps retained the place they had already secured in the Prelims. The Buccaneers can add another title to the series they already have. In the Finals, the Kidsgrove Scouts gained more of a lead on their rival Alliance and scored over 90 points.

Juliana Drum & Bugle Corps are the new Dutch champions in the Premier Class. Saturday, the corps from Middelburg beat their fierce rivals, Jubal from Dordrecht and Beatrix from Hilversum. And, as if that wasn't enough, Johan Friso won the Dutch Junior Class title in the FC Dordrecht stadium and brought it to Middelburg.

The 2010 IMBA season drew to a successful close with 8 bands competing in the Irish Championships which were hosted in Athlone Football Stadium in Co.Westmeath – Ireland. The Clonmel BlueHawks won the Premier Class. Ravens Marching Showband won the Junior Class title.

The Kidsgrove Scouts are the new DCUK Cchampions in both the Open Class and Junior Class. In the Open Class Kidsgrove and The Company tied (both 81.85), however the DCUK rules include a tie breaker: the corps with the highest score on Effect wins. Eight corps made Open Class Finals, and five corps battled for the A-Class title (the DCUK A-Class are judged to the DCE Premier Class criteria, not the A-Class criteria). The Cheshire Cadets became the DCUK A-Class champions.

The Kidsgrove Scouts are the new European champions. The corps won the DCE Premier Class. The Company came second, and Johan Friso won the Junior Class. The audience saw very exciting shows at the DCE European Championships in Kerkrade.


The Senators and The Company are starting up an indoor drum line this year. Both indoor drumlines have registered for the indoor percussion competition of Indoor Percussion Europe/Winter Guard United Kingdom. Not only will the two English drum lines participate in the IPE Regional in England, but also in the IPE Championships, which will be held in Doornik - Belgium. The Senators have also registered for the contest in Estaimpuis on the Belgian-French border.

The European drum corps community Drumcorpstalk.com has been completely renewed. The new version has a new look, and loads of new features for forum members. One of the new feature is integration of Twitter and Facebook. It is now possible to check Drumcorpstalk.com on a smartphone. If you visit the forums on your iPhone or on another phone, you will automatically see a version tailored for mobile use.


The Norwegian drum line Complete performs in the latest hit video of one of the countries most popular and influential rap acts - Erik & Kriss. In the video to the duo's latest hit single 'Lighter', the drum corps displays their drumming talents and Premier drums to great effect.

Beatrix Drum & Bugle Corps wants to get back in the lead. To achieve this, the board has presented a 'vision plan'. Time, patience and a consistent policy are needed to reach this goal, says President Gerard Eijlers. The corps from Hilversum will continue work on improving their standard. The aim of the vision plan is to raise Beatrix and Jong Beatrix to a higher level, both musically and visually.

Heartliner Drum Corps is closing down. The German corps which participated in the drum corps competition for three years has had so many setbacks in such a short time that the administration sees no possibility for the corps to continue.

The Nexus organisation and Encore Drum & Bugle Corps have formed a partnership to launch a new junior drum corps unit to be based in Sandy, Bedfordshire. The launch sees the Encore name return to youth marching music activity for the first time since 2003.


Firefighters have been tackling an arson attack at the Kidsgrove Scouts headquarters. The corps has stated that the headquarters have minimal damage. Crews from Kidsgrove and Sandyford were called out to reports of a blaze at an outbuilding in The Avenue. Firefighters used one hose to the tackle the fire. The fire is believed to have been started deliberately and could have potentially caused serious problems for passing trains. The main building of the Kidsgrove Scouts was untouched.

The list of participants for the DCE European Championships has been announced. All European top corps are back for the European Championships. Drum Corps Europe is also pleased to greet newcomers from Ireland and Italy. Next year, 22 corps will compete for the European titles. In the Premier Class, 17 corps will take the field.

After months of discussion, it is confirmed that 6th Hove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, as we know it, will not be competing for the foreseeable future. Corps Director, Phil Clegg, has resigned his position, along with his loyal staff. Clegg has now successfully negotiated taking over the charity that is currently known as Southern Aurora, who's remaining management have welcomed Phil with open arms. Essentially he will be forming a new independent unit, who will perform under a new name - currently a working title of 'The 6th'.

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