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San Francisco Renegades Celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead with their 2009 Production, “Dia de los Muertos”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Oct. 22, 2008) – The San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps, the official drum & bugle corps of the city of San Francisco and a seven-time Drum Corps Associates finalist, announced their 2009 production at their awards banquet held October 20. The show, entitled “Dia de los Muertos,” is a step in a new and exciting direction for the corps, while at the same time remaining true to the group’s unique identity.
The show will reflect and represent the moods of the Spanish holiday, primarily celebrated in Mexico, that gathers families and friends together to remember those who have passed on and honor their memory.
The Renegades design team openly solicited show ideas from the corps members. The hundreds of submissions assisted them in selecting a show that best mixed the corps’ creative drive with that of its long-standing identity.
“The 2009 Renegades design team has done an amazing job sifting through many pages of wonderful show suggestions from our members and fans. Our final choice not only reflects California’s close ties with Mexico, it also gives all sections – especially our color guard – an opportunity to bring the intense excitement and pageantry of this vivid holiday to the field. It’s a perfect show to showcase what’s sure to be one of Renegades’ best seasons,” said Greg Gilman, corps director.
Songs selected for the program include Elton John’s moving “Funeral for a Friend,” “The Heat of the Day” by Pat Metheny, and the Latin drum corps favorite “One More Time, Chuck Corea.” Other selections will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition to the show selections, it was also announced that almost the entire 2008 staff is returning for the 2009 season. The brass staff will be headed by Rich Duarte, in addition to Chris Nalls, David Landers, Greg Gilman, and returning after a yearlong absence, Larrie Dastrup. Key Poulan, noted brass arranger for groups such as the Santa Clara Vanguard, will once again write the Renegades horn book. The color guard staff will remain completely intact, with award-winning designers Mark Metzger and Vince Velasquez both returning from the 2008 staff. The visual staff, lead by caption head Dave Watrous, also remains completely intact from 2008. Assisting Watrous will be Dave Leon, Anne Bragstad, Jim Jackson and Jed Roach. Jay Murphy, visual designer for numerous bands and drum corps throughout the country, including the 12-time DCI Champion Concord Blue Devils, will return as the Renegades’ drill designer. The percussion staff includes caption head Thom Shearer, Kelly Garcia and Dan Hudson. Mike McCool, renowned program designer and consultant, will assist the corps as its Design Guru. Lee Rudnicki, a veteran of the corps staff, will return as the 2009 Renegades Executive Producer.
“Given the Renegades amazingly fun and successful 2008 season, I’m thrilled to see the return of almost every staff member for the 2009 season,” Gilman said. “The year-to-year consistency is sure to make the upcoming summer even better.”
About the Renegades
The San Francisco Renegades were founded in 1996 by a small group of people that got together simply for the love of the drum corps activity. The mission of the Renegade organization is to bring an unprecedented awareness and appreciation of the drum corps activity to the public through a comprehensive marketing and financial plan. In 2002, the Renegades became the first California all-age corps to compete at the Drum Corps Associates Championships, becoming both Finalist and Member in its first year. Since then, the Renegades have been finalists every year at the DCA Championships.
Día de los Muertos
Featuring hot Spanish jazz and other great music, including:
One More Time Chuck Corea
Heat of the Day (Metheny)
More selections to be announced at December Camp.