Band Students Win Second World Title

Senior Tevin Mitchell and junior Grace Miller are among the dozens of talented members of the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, which won its second consecutive world title at the 2010 Drum Corps International's World Championships.

Foothill graduate Anthony Mogannam, class of 2009, is also part of the Blue Devils.

The finals were held in mid-August in Indianapolis when that part of the nation was in the grip of a record-breaking heat wave. Despite wearing uniforms with long sleeves and slacks, the Blue Devils persevered to garner a near-perfect score of 98.9.

Tevin and Grace were fortunate enough to be part of both this year's and last year's championship corps.

The Blue Devils, based in Concord, is a highly skilled competitive drum and bugle corps. The corps that won the international title is the "B" corps, which includes Bay Area students ages 13 to 18. (There's an A corps for young adults and a C corps for younger students.)

The Blue Devils practice relentlessly, tallying at least 60 hours per week of training. They then embark on a grueling road trip that takes them to competitions throughout the country. This year's competition tour ended when the B corps clenched the championship title in Indiana.

Students were awarded gold medals and championship rings for their hard work and talent.

Congratulations to Tevin, Grace and Anthony for their outstanding work!

Posted Wednesday, August 25, 2010

PHOTO: Tevin Mitchell, Grace Miller & Anthony Mogannam.