“Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

In mythology, folklore, epic poems and the oldest extant literature, metamorphosis (or shape shifting) has long been present. It remains a common trope in modern fantasy, children's literature, and works of popular culture. The shaman and the showman both have pondered the mystery and magic of metamorphosis. This most profound act of change can emerge beyond the scientific explanation to reveal a metaphor of growth, evolution, and inspiration.

With a multilayered musical and visual tribute to the past, present and future, the Blue Devils present their 2017 program Metamorph. From a California community of rhythmical dreamers to a global brand of music and motion, the Blue Devils take flight from a cocoon of history and imagination. Metamorph resonates with music by composers such as Peter Graham and Simon Dobson and, at its heart, the prophetic "Everything Must Change" by Bernard Ighner. Metamorph rises in an upward trajectory of reflection and revelation.

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde

As the Blue Devils organization celebrates its diamond anniversary, the transformation unfolds as a feast of memories and exploration. The creativity and excellence of 60 years is a vast legacy of incredible performers and the ascension of a drum and bell corps to Drum Corps International's most honored ensemble. Showcasing 150 talented performers, the 2017 Blue Devils travel the United States shifting shape and sound through the discovery and artistry of Metamorph.

Steps in the musical metamorphosis include:

Birth of Eternity, Dreamscape, Facing Future
Dave Glyde
The Triumph of Time
Peter Graham
Flight of the Bumble Bee
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Everything Must Change
Bernard Ighner
Simon Dobson

Steps in the musical metamorphosis include:

  • "Birth of Eternity, Dreamscape, Facing Future" Dave Glyde
  • "The Triumph of Time" Peter Graham
  • "Flight of the Bumble Bee" Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • "Everything Must Change" Bernard Ighner
  • "Crystal" Simon Dobson
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