Evans and Blue Devils New Partnership


Evans Drum Heads – The Choice of 12 Time World Champion, The Blue Devils

Concord, CA, March 10, 2009 - The Blue Devils is pleased to announce an extremely exciting partnership with D'Addario & Company, Inc. - the maker of Evans Drum Heads

The relationship between the Blue Devils and Evans is the result of a shared philosophy…the dedication to innovative excellence.  Within the highly competitive activity of Drum Corps, the Blue Devils continuously set themselves apart by exploring every possible avenue for improvement…especially when it comes to their drum sounds.  The continued growth of the Evans product line, including the major strides made in just the last few years, represents the next step in the evolution of the Blue Devils sound and gives them the tools to execute their musical ideas.  “The Blue Devil family is always looking for inventive ways to create the new sounds of tomorrow”, says the Blue Devils’ Director of Percussion, Scott Johnson.  “We are all excited to work alongside the Evans/D'Addario team, as we move forward into next generation of marching percussion.
The partnership also represents an opportunity to explore new product ideas.  The two organizations will pool their collective experience and resources with the goal of designing a line of percussion accessories, under the System Blue™ name, that will provide new sonic, performance, and educational options that will be sure to break new ground in the world of drum corps.

"We are thrilled to embark on this partnership and look forward to an exciting and productive relationship," says Jim Bailey, Evans Educator Relations Manager. "The Blue Devils organization and staff bring the talent and experience essential to Evans’ process of design innovation.  It’ll be like pouring gasoline on the fire.”

“I, for one, am extremely excited about this bold step that propels the Blue Devils and Evans into the future of the percussion soundscapes,” exclaims percussion instructor and Evans artist, Ben Maughmer. “The Evans products have proven to be of the highest quality, and the company has shown the willingness to push the envelope when it comes to innovative solutions to today’s' percussive needs.  Smart, experienced, responsive people along with a vast array of quality product possibilities, have made this union inevitable, the Blue Devils and Evans.

About The Blue Devils
The Blue Devils, founded in 1957, have won the DCI World Championship more times than any other drum corps in history.  Drum Corps International title have been won in 1976, '77, '79, '80, '82, '86, '94, '96, '97, '99. '03 and 2007. Adding to their impressive record setting DCI world championships, The Blue Devils won the prestigious 2005 World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland.

Today the Blue Devils organization encompasses a wide spectrum of programs. The Blue Devils family includes the A, B, & C Drum & Bugle Corps, two Winter Guard Programs, a world-class Twirling Program and a Wind Symphony with over 60 participants. In addition The Blue Devils have a very successful professional entertainment company – BDEntertainment and they also service over 15,000 young people who participate in the Western Band Association. Over 500 young people, ages seven to twenty-one are currently members of the Blue Devils performing units. Over 10,000 young people, in 2,500 families, have been served by the Blue Devils in its 52-year history.

About D'Addario & Company, Inc.
D'Addario & Company, Inc. designs, manufacturers, and markets complete lines of strings for fretted and bowed musical instruments, drumheads, drum practice pads, and guitar and woodwind accessories under the proprietary brand names D'Addario, Evans Drumheads, Planet Waves, Rico, HQ Percussion and PureSound Percussion.  The company also runs the popular Gbase.com, online gear source, as well as D'Addario's musician hub, The Stage (www.tothestage.com).  D'Addario products are marketed in approximately 120 countries.

For more information on Evans, please visit www.evansdrumheads.com

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