Why is “Clash Of The Corps” Important?

Next week is the premiere of an 8 part docuseries, called “Clash of the Corps” on the Fuse Network. It’s a reality show that follows two legendary drum corps, the Blue Devils from Concord, California, and the Cadets from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is an executive producer on this show and his team followed these two rival corps through the 2016 Drum Corps International season. We follow¬†the marching... Read More

Special Fundraiser Screening for the Blue Devils “C” Corps

The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps and the directors of the feature length documentary ?Scouts Honor: Inside A Marching Brotherhood? are pleased to announce a special screening of the film in Concord, California. On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the movie will be shown at the Brenden Theatres located at 1985 Willow Pass Road in Concord. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the film will start at 7:00 p.m. Also appearing for a Q&A session after the... Read More

A Chance to Grow Drum Corps

Each drum corps has their own style, history and rabid fan base. You can compare drum corps to professional football teams in many ways, and you could argue for?days whether each group had a good year, a bad year or if they are heading in the right or wrong direction with their program. This is a competitive activity and the public likes to see a clear winner and analyze the scores. We understand that there are fans of the activity that live and... Read More

Reflecting Back & Moving Forward

The end of the year is a good time to assess what’s been achieved and what’s still left to be done. ?We’ve made great strides over the last 12 months with the documentary. While we had the majority of the footage shot before this time last year, none of it had been edited together. Our post production interns were organizing the media by synchronizing audio to video and adding valuable metadata to make it easier to find the necessary... Read More

The Blue Devils, the Madison Scouts & Monsters University

Recently the announcement was made that the Blue Devils drum and bugle corps from Concord, California were involved with the soundtrack for the latest Pixar film “Monsters University” (in theaters nationwide starting today). I’m certain that their distinctive sound fits in well with Randy Newman’s score. ?You ask what does this have to do with the documentary about the Madison Scouts? Well, it turns out that “Scouts... Read More

Music in the Smith House & How I Ended Up Marching Drum Corps

Following our brother during a high school band parade in Omaha, Nebraska. (1979) Music was ever-present in my life from a very young age.? I was born with much older siblings who played the tuba, and bass in various ensembles.? They took after our father who played tuba from his childhood through college and beyond.? My Dad was in the Harvard marching band in the late 40’s and early 50’s, and got to play one of the world’s largest... Read More

Our First Editing Intern

2012 member of the Blue Devils' snareline, Adam Clay I have to share a pretty cool experience that I had coming back from DCI Finals in Indy a couple of weeks ago. ?My crew member, Jon “JT” Torrijos and I were in the Las Vegas airport to catch our last flight home when we spotted a guy wearing a “BD” hat at our gate. ?I could tell that he was a member of the Concord “Blue Devils” (another drum corps in the same... Read More