The Blue Devils and DEG Music Announce Partnership


Concord, CA - February 2, 2000 - The ten-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps announces a new partnership agreement with DEG/Dynasty Music Products. Under this three-year agreement, The Blue Devils will utilize DEG/Dynasty brass and percussion equipment in all field and stage performances. In addition The Blue Devils will appear at clinics and special performances on behalf of DEG/Dynasty.

This new relationship provides an opportunity for extensive collaboration between Wayne Downey and The Blue Devils brass staff and Mark Schafer, Al Murray and the DEG/Dynasty team to create B-flat and F brass instrumentation specifically designed for outdoor pageantry use. In addition, Scott Johnson and The Blue Devils percussion staff will be working with Al Murray and the DEG/Dynasty percussion team to further elevate the standard for marching percussion equipment.

"The Blue Devils staff has always been at the forefront of designing state of the art instrumentation for drum corps, and DEG/Dynasty has a long and proud history in our activity," said David Gibbs, Executive Director of The Blue Devils. "We believe that the entire pageantry activity will benefit from this collaboration."

These new designs will be extensively tested both in rehearsal and performance by The Blue Devils percussion and brass lines, two of the most highly acclaimed ensembles in the history of Drum Corps International.

"Our Dynasty marching instruments have been the market leader in the marching band and drum corps market for many years," stated Mark Schafer CEO of DEG Music Products, Inc. "Our partnership with The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and their staff will further enhance the design of our B flat and F brass instruments and percussion products."

In addition to an unprecedented ten Drum Corps International World Championships, The Blue Devils "A" Drum and Bugle Corps has been awarded DCI’s High Brass award 17 times and DCI’s High Percussion award 9 times. A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, The Blue Devils’ mission is to offer young people a quality educational and performance experience in the are of performing arts. Founded in 1957, the organization provides a structured and positive learning environment for young people of all ages. A continuing objective of The Blue Devils is to develop personal character through challenging physical, emotional, social and mental activities while promoting the values of dedication through a team effort.

Further information is available through this web page at BD Organization

DEG Music Products, Inc. has supplied a complete line of wind instruments to music dealers since 1965. Their products include Dynasty Bugles and Marching Brass, Dynasty Marching Percussion, Dynasty Concert Percussion, Willson Band Instruments, Weril Band Instruments and a complete line of accessories for wind instruments. DEG Music Products, Inc. is dedicated to developing and marketing state-of-the-art instruments which both enhance performance and further the art form. DEG Music Products is a proud sponsor of the Drum Corps International Championships and the 21st Century Drum and Bugle Corps Foundation.

Further information is available through the DEG Music Products, Inc. web site at or contact
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