Congratulations to all of our corps members on a great opening weekend!
Our beloved Corps Director celebrated his birthday at camp.
Elvis has something to say about that!
In order to get a semi-performance in before the June 21st season opening show in Concord, we would love to cordially invite our Friends, Friends and Alumni to attend our camp run through this Monday afternoon, May 26, at 4 p.m.
If you have marched with us before, you know how important it is to have those pre-season “performances” that imitate our “show day performance schedule,” and help to shake those pesky pre-show jitters. Besides, it’s always more of an adrenaline rush to have someone out there in the audience cheering the corps on – or, as Dugada would say, “make someone in the audience (his) b*tch”!!! Plus – the corps is doing great this year!! Very exciting stuff is happening!!
Monday’s Run through/Performance Information:
Newark Junior HS
6201 Lafayette Ave,
Newark, CA 94560
See you in the bleachers!!!
Covering the first five years in the life of everyone’s favorite Evil Drum Corps, this video features pictures from the earliest days up to just before the corps’ first trip to DCA in 2002.
The concept behind the Renegades show is that the musicians represent the Strangers, and the color guard represents the human citizens of Dark City. As in the film, the Strangers freeze time and change the “reality” three times throughout the show. The Renegades production is not a literal telling of the story from Dark City, but the Renegades paint the emotional landscape of three different realities in Dark City, each of which is preceded by the Strangers freezing time.
Act 1: Dark City – “Prologue to Evil,” which may be the most intense Renegades Opener to date, is an original composition by Key Poulan. This piece reflects the beginning of what is to come in the world of Dark City. “Prologue” then morphs into “Metamorphosis,” the drum feature written by Thom Shearer and Chris Corriea, which dances around highly driven drum beats, rhythmic writing, diverse timbre, and some highlighted soli sections. Rounding out the day is “Space Shuttle,” written by John La Barbera and arranged by Key Poulan. This groovin’ little jazz piece allows great interplay of brass and guard and represents daily city life before … reality changes …
Act 2: Contention and Sorrow – “At Midnight, Everything Changes” is an original composition by Key Poulan based on the contention of two pivotal characters in Dark City. This contention leads to great sorrow as one of our characters is taken from the City during the rock power ballad, “Dust in the Wind,” by Kansas. Haunting melodies and visual nuance will leave the audience emotionally rendered in this epic ballad before … reality changes …
Act 3: Revenge and Fortitude – “The Theme from Predator” develops this final act of intense battle and dismay before courageous strength of mind prevails into a celebration of light and rapture, with “Ave Maria.”
Within Dark City’s framework, towering skyscrapers project long shadows where light interplays between huge swaths of darkness. A deep, thick fog descends upon the streets and narrow alleys. Color guard members move slowly… intently… deliberately… from shadows into the light and back into darkness again. Is it real? Is this my imagination? Is this another dimension? Come join the 2008 Renegades and explore this realm that lies on the edge of reality.