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THE COMPANY are an organisation based in the Midlands of the United Kingdom. Our aim is to produce high energy musical and visual performances to audiences in both the UK and Europe featuring forward facing Brass Instruments, Marching and Concert Percussion and a dedicated Dance ad Movement section

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THE COMPANY Performance Ensemble updated their cover photo.Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 11:14pm
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THE COMPANY Performance Ensemble updated their profile picture.Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 11:13pm
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THE COMPANY Performance Ensemble shared DCUK : Drum Corps United Kingdom's video.Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 11:56am
THE COMPANY are very excited over this development and we fully support DCUK : Drum Corps United Kingdom with this venture, we have embraced DrumLine Battle over the last 2 years within the United Kingdom and had an amazing time meeting, performing and making friends with some wonderful people within our activity

As part of our 2017 tour to Drum Corps International we are excited to be participating in both DrumLine Battle and SoundSport which will be a different approach for CO

We look forward to showcasing our 2017 Sound Sport production at a venue in the UK prior to our trip to the USA and look forward to working with DCUK and the other UK units to help push this fantastic medium which we hope will encourage some new smaller units the chance to start up and give their members the wonderful opportunity to perform

Well done to all involved
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DCUK : Drum Corps United Kingdom
Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) are pleased to announce that they are entering into strategic partnership with Drum Corps International (DCI) and, as well as continuing to offer DrumLine Battle™, will now also be integrating SoundSport® events into its calendar. #dcuk #dci #soundsport #drumlinebattle #growdrumcorps SoundSport® was introduced by DCI in 2013 and is designed to be local, low cost and entertaining for both the participants and the audience. Teams can be alumni corps, small drum corps or even from colleges/schools - whatever you can dream up. There are no age restrictions, all instruments are legal and you start a team with as little as five members. Shows are 5-7 minutes in length with a focus on music and showmanship. Alan Thompson (Chairman of Marching & Performing Arts UK) and Joe Fitzpatrick (Vice President of DCUK/MPAUK) have held regular meetings with representatives from DCI over the past three years and two seasons ago introduced DrumLine Battle™ to the UK. Now adding SoundSport® to the opportunities available within DCUK is seen as a natural extension to its portfolio and also brings the benefit of a worldwide brand which, since in inception, has seen teams/events in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Holland, Brazil, China, Guatemala & Eastern Europe. “DCUK was re-launched in 2008 and at that time we saw the membership increase however over the past 2 to 3 years there has been a slight reduction in the number of Corps taking an active role and across the activity there has been a general decline in competing units year on year…” said Alan Thompson on behalf of DCUK, “…and so bringing SoundSport® into the range of opportunities we can offer performing groups, specifically with the support and backup that DCI provide, is part of a medium to long term strategy to ensure we can secure our future”. “We’re excited to expand the SoundSport concept through this partnership with DCUK,” said John DeNovi, DCI’s Senior Director of Global Business Development. “SoundSport was created to allow groups of all shapes, sizes and instrumental configurations worldwide the opportunity to take their place on stage in a low-cost, low-barrier to entry marching music performance experience. We’re enthusiastic about the large and immediate potential for growth of the marching arts in the UK.” Alan added “The encouragement and backing offered by DCI when we introduced their DrumLine Battle™ into the past two DCUK British Championships events made it an easy decision to expand our partnership to include SoundSport and I would personally like to thank Dan Acheson, John DeNovi and Eric Hjellming for their continued support of the UK activity and I am excited to see how these enhancements will help us grow Drum Corps for the future.” Full details of the events this summer in the UK offering SoundSport® will be announced soon but any team interested in registering their interest now for SoundSport® or DrumLine Battle™ should contact DCUK at admin@dcuk.org.uk. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SoundSport® & DrumLine Battle™ are programs of Drum Corps International SoundSport® events showcase instrumental ensembles of any instrumentation and any skill level year-round, spotlighting their unique talents and creativity like never before. for more information visit the official website at www.soundsport.com DrumLine Battle™ events showcase marching percussion ensembles of any instrumentation and any skill level year-round, spotlighting their unique talents and creativity in a high energy face-to-face competition and for more information visit the official website at www.drumlinebattle.com.
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THE COMPANY Performance EnsembleThursday, December 1st, 2016 at 11:12pm
We are going to do a #TBT to Monday 22nd September 2014 and the day Santa came to CO

We have told this story previously but for those who do not know let us give some insight

When THE COMPANY was formed in 2009 we started with very little equipment, a few old drums and brass instruments and thanks to the help of volunteers and also Muremo Ratajczak Jean-Paul we managed to get ourselves equipment to see us through the first couple of years

By 2014 the situation had become untenable and we were relying on help from our friends at Trinity High School in Nottingham and Poynton Commodores to loan us equipment each week, we knew we had to do something drastic

As with these type of things fate had played a hand and Richard Steinbusch from Pearl Drums Europe had contacted the Corps about the possibility of working together and we followed that up in July 2014 when we sent a delegation over to meet with both Richard and also Sjonnie Van Eeten from Adams Percussion in Holland

We had a great meeting and came away with an agreement for CO to move everything across to Pearl and Adams for our Percussion section, what was even more amazing was the fact they agreed to have all our new equipment ready for Drum Corps Europe (official) Finals week a mere 8 weeks away

So we decided to NOT tell our members and Staff and worked out a plan that we would travel to Europe straight after DCUK : Drum Corps United Kingdom Finals with an almost empty truck and arrived for our Finals camp in Vorst Belgium on Sunday 21st September 2014. We did tell the members that we had been speaking with Pearl / Adams and that we were to spend the first day of our camp visiting the Adams factory for a tour and that we would play our show to them, in the "hope" of securing some sort of deal

So the video below follows the story and the unaware members and staff are seen in the entrance to the Adams Factory shop and then taken on a tour of the facility whilst those in the know where working hard putting everything together ready for the "reveal"

As they finished the tour they were stopped from entering the grand hall at the factory and explained to that we were hoping to allow them use of some loaned Adams and Pearl equipment to perform the show for the Adams management and unfortunately that wouldn't be possible, so instead they will have to go and perform on the CO's brand new equipment :-)

The faces on the members will be etched in the minds of all present that day, there wasn't a dry eye in the place and we are forever grateful for the help and support of all at both Pearl Drums Europe and Adams Percussion, we are proud to play your equipment and you may never know what that day on Monday 22nd September meant to so many

Thank you x
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THE COMPANY Performance EnsembleThursday, November 24th, 2016 at 3:23am
BREAKING NEWS

THE COMPANY are proud to announce we will be competing at the 45th Drum Corps International World Championships in 2017

Arriving into JFK airport on Monday 31st July the Ensemble will rehearse on Tuesday 1st August before competing in our first World Class Drum Corps show on Wednesday 2nd August in New Jersey against the following Corps

Blue Knights - Denver, CO
Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA
The Cadets - Allentown, PA
The Company - Derbyshire, UK
Jersey Surf - Camden County, NJ
Santa Clara Vanguard - Santa Clara, CA
Spirit of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA

We will then have a free day in New York City on Thursday 3rd August before travelling to the iconic Allentown PA to compete at the J Birney Crum Stadium against these fantastic organisations

Blue Devils - Concord, CA
Blue Stars - La Crosse, WI
Bluecoats - Canton, OH
Colts - Dubuque, IA
The Company - Derbyshire, UK
Mandarins - Sacramento, CA
Pacific Crest - Diamond Bar, CA
Phantom Regiment - Rockford, IL
Pioneer - Milwaukee, WI
Spirit of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Troopers - Casper, WY

We then move overnight to Avon Lake OH where we will compete in the Open Class seeding show with some more great Corps

7th Regiment - New London, CT
Blue Devils B - Concord, CA
The Company - Derbyshire, UK
Impulse - Buena Park, CA
Legends - Kalamazoo, MI
Louisiana Stars - Lafayette, LA
Music City - Nashville, TN
Raiders - Burlington, NJ
Southwind - Mobile, AL

We then move across to Michigan City on Sunday 6th August for a rehearsal day to prepare for the DCI Open Class Chamopionships on Monday 7th August

7th Regiment - New London, CT
Blue Devils B - Concord, CA
Colt Cadets - Dubuque, IA
The Company - Derbyshire, UK
Gold - San Diego, CA
Guardians - Houston, TX
Legends - Kalamazoo, MI
Les Stentors - Sherbrooke, QC
Louisiana Stars - Lafayette, LA
Music City - Nashville, TN
Raiders - Burlington, NJ
River City Rhythm - Anoka, MN
Shadow - Oregon, WI
Southwind - Mobile, AL
Spartans - Nashua, NH
Vanguard Cadets - Santa Clara, CA

This will be followed by Open Class Finals on Tuesday 8th August in Michigan City, we then move to Indianapolis IN on Wednesday 9th for the members who wish to compete in Individuals and Ensembles and will give some free time for the rest

We will have a rehearsal in the evening in Indy to prepare for our very first performance at the Lucas Oil Stadium in DCI World Class Prelims on Thursday 10th August

7th Regiment - New London, CT
The Academy - Tempe, AZ
Blue Devils - Concord, CA
Blue Devils B - Concord, CA
Blue Knights - Denver, CO
Blue Stars - La Crosse, WI
Bluecoats - Canton, OH
Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA
The Cadets - Allentown, PA
Carolina Crown - Ft. Mill, SC
The Cavaliers - Rosemont, IL
Colts - Dubuque, IA
Colt Cadets - Dubuque, IA
The Company - Derbyshire, UK
Crossmen - San Antonio, TX
Genesis - Austin, TX
Gold - San Diego, CA
Guardians - Houston, TX
Jersey Surf - Camden County, NJ
Legends - Kalamazoo, MI
Les Stentors - Sherbrooke, QC
Louisiana Stars - Lafayette, LA
Madison Scouts - Madison, WI
Mandarins - Sacramento, CA
Music City - Nashville, TN
Oregon Crusaders - Portland, OR
Pacific Crest - Diamond Bar, CA
Phantom Regiment - Rockford, IL
Pioneer - Milwaukee, WI
Raiders - Burlington, NJ
River City Rhythm - Anoka, MN
Santa Clara Vanguard - Santa Clara, CA
Seattle Cascades - Seattle, WA
Shadow - Oregon, WI
Southwind - Mobile, AL
Spartans - Nashua, NH
Spirit of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Troopers - Casper, WY
Vanguard Cadets - Santa Clara, CA

Dependant on how we do on Thursday will determine what happens on Friday as the top 25 Corps move through to DCI World Class Semi Finals on Friday 11th - we have some contingencies if that doesn't happen though

The Ensemble will also compete in SoundSport and DrumLine Battle in downtown Indianapolis on the morning of Saturday 12th August prior to the DCI World Class Finals event

We are incredibly excited about the whole tour and want to thank everyone at DCI who have been so helpful and accommodating in our preperations for this amazing trip of a lifetime

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