Jupiter, Mapex, and Majestic Get Banded at DCI
With the echoes of the fine performances of Marching Music’s Major League still ringing in Lucas Oil Stadium, Jupiter, Mapex and Majestic salute the ensembles who took part in the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championship, the 2014 DCI Open and International Class Championship, as well as participants DrumlineBattle and Soundsport.
The 2014 DCI Finals brought new sounds, new sights, and a noticeable shift of focus within the activity that seems to lend deeper support to the pure love and enjoyment of music and strengthening of bonds cultivated through the pursuit of mutual goals. Though competition still exists at the heart of the event, long passed is the era where militaristic precision is perceived as the ultimate objective. Instead, musically and emotionally expressive performances of programs that push the envelope of artistic design and demand receive top honors, while a heightened sense of community, comradery and mutual respect pervades today’s DCI performers, staff, and volunteers.
The Jupiter, Mapex and Majestic team is proud to be a part of this current culture through continued support of 15 competitive ensembles during the 2014 season. This year, the family of Jupiter/Mapex/Majestic partners expanded to include Medellin Grand Banda, the first group to travel from South America to participate in DCI. This historic moment for DCI, as society becomes increasingly more connected through technology and information-sharing, proves that international interest in the activity internationally has never been stronger. The Patria Drum and Bugle Corps travelled from Guatemala to perform in DCI Open International class Prelims as well as World Class Quarterfinals in Indianapolis on instruments provided in cooperation by Jupiter/Mapex/Majestic, the Blue Stars, and Drum Corps International. Both Patria and Medellin Gran Banda competed in the relatively new DCI platforms of DrumlineBattle and SoundSport which were created, in part, to grow the activity and provide additional outlets for groups to be a part of the summer drum corps experience. Earlier this season, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, from Denver Colorado, were able to send an ensemble to Taiwan to act as ambassadors, perform in exhibition, and participate in DrumlineBattle competitions with local drumlines.
“It was an honor to represent DCI abroad, and to help promote DrumlineBattle and SoundSport internationally,” says Mark Arnold, Blue Knights Executive Director. “The growing interest in these new avenues is very exciting. We know the positive impact that participation in musical ensembles can have over the course of a lifetime, and hope to continue to make these opportunities more accessible.”
With over one hundred events on the DCI summer tour, and performances aired on the big screen through the Big Loud Live movie events interest has never been higher and viewing the activity has never been easier or more universal. Fans saw 15 Open and World Class groups supported by and proudly playing Jupiter Brass Instruments, Mapex Marching Drums and Majestic Percussion instruments including:
- The Boston Crusaders – Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
- The Phantom Regiment – Jupiter
- The Blue Knights – Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
- The Bluestars – Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
- Pacific Crest — Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
- The Academy — Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
- The Jersey Surf — Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
- The Sacramento Mandarins — Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
- Music City Drum Corps — Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
- Seattle Cascades – Jupiter
- Pioneer – Mapex, Majestic
- Genesis — Jupiter
- River City Rhythm – Mapex
- Medellin Grand Banda — Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
- Patria — Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic
KHS America is thrilled to congratulate all of these fine organizations on the level of excellence that they have achieved, the fantastic music and pageantry that was experienced and the lasting relationships that have been established through the excitement of this quality activity.
For more information:
Jupiter Quantum Marching Brass Instruments, Mapex Marching Percussion, Majestic Field Percussion visit: www.QuantumMarching.com.