Blue Devils alumni undertake new CD recording session

by Jeff DeMello and Chris Nalls

March 14, 2004 — This was not your typical Sunday in Concord, CA. This was to be another one of the magical days in the history of the Blue Devils.

On this day, two different musical ensembles came together to record four legendary and classic Blue Devils tunes: Channel One Suite (1976, 1977, 1986), When a Man Loves a Woman (1992), Dindi (1980, 1981) and Everybody Loves the Blues (1983).

The session had been long in the planning stages. Conceived and co-produced by Jeff DeMello (BD 73-78) and Todd Tanji (BD 81-82), this session is to be a part of a CD that will showcase the talent of former BD members.

The two ensembles consisted of different instrumentation: a “G” group — playing on bugles — and a “Bb” group — playing on traditional instruments. The “G” group consisted of the undefeated DCA World Champion mini-corps, the San Francisco Renegades, along with invited BD alumni as guest performers, and were led by the artistic director, Chris Nalls (BD 78-80).

The Renegades mini-corps consists of a majority of BD and SCV alumni, along with alumni from the Cadets, Madison Scouts and other corps.

The “Bb” group consisted of a mix of BD alumni and invited guests, and was directed by BD alum and former brass instructor Dave “D.C.” Carico (BD 80-81) . . . read the rest of the article in the May 2004 issue of Drum Corps World . . .