Drum Corps Europe is proud to introduce the new presentation team for the 2019 Finals of the European Music Games. The “new” speaker will be Andy Hewlett. He was already speaker with DCE in the past, until he decided to march again.
The new analysts will be Robby Overvliet, who is well known for his interviews on the field and Koen Otten.
Below you’ll find a short background of all the “new” members of the presentation team.
Andy Hewlett became involved in Marching Bands at the age of 11 when he went from the Cubs to the Scouts and joined his local Scout Band as a brass player. The Band went on to become the City of Bristol Drum Corps, one of the founding members of DCUK, and he competed in the first season in 1980.
After a spell with the Bristol Unicorns, Andy went to march in DCI in 1983 with Alliance of Greater Boston and 27th Lancers in 84. On returning to the UK he set up the Pride of Bristol Drum Corps which competed in DCUK until 1994, when they undertook a successful tour of DCI.
Andy became the announcer for DCE in 2004 before returning to the field and marching with Kidsgrove Scouts, completing two DCA tours in 2012 and 15. He also ran the first IMG show in the UK in 2015 and is now actively working to see that circuit grow.
Andy is pleased to be invited back to announce at DCE once again and is looking forward to being back on the microphone.
Out of the long list of various functions Robby Overvliet full filled, this is just a summary:
Over 25 years of (international) teaching/designing experience in various performing arts activities. Over 20 years of (international) adjudication experience (Winterguard International / Drumcorps International and various local performing arts circuits).
Recent experience includes:
– Directing / managing organizations (20-100 students) at various levels within Performing Arts,
– Adjudicating Performing Arts competitions (Visual Analysis, Color Guard and Dance),
– Staging / Drill Design for field shows,
– Staging for Indoor Percussion and Winterguard
His own performing experiences include:
2000: Emerald Marquis Color Guard – Wakefield, MA
1992: Blue Wave Drum & Bugle Corps – IJmuiden, NL
1991-1995: Art Development Winter Guard – Rijswijk, NL
1989-1991: Freelancers Drum & Bugle Corps – Sacramento, CA
1988: Don Bosco Winter Guard – Rijswijk, NL
1985-1990: Don Bosco Drum & Bugle Corps – Rijswijk, NL
DCI Visual / Color Guard Adjudicator: Judged at DCI World Championships in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 (World Finals), 2014 and 2015
Host for the DCE European Championships webcast: september 2012 – present
Koen Otten started as a 9-year old trumpet player at Jong Beatrix and later moved on to Beatrix’.
Koen also marched with Blue Knight and Blue Devils, with whom he became World Champion in 2014 with an unparalleled score until this day.
He joined the Blue Devils International corps in 2015 who made an European tour. After that he returned to Beatrix again as a staff member. At this moment Koen is a drill designer for several European corps.
Drum Corps Europe owes a big thank you to Alan Thompson, Joe Fitzpatrick and Paul Doop, who contributed many years to the European Championships as the former presentation team.