Kevin Murray, 2-time individual champion and instructor for Blue Devils and Vanguard, has been named Chief Drum Technician with the San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps. “I am excited to work with the Renegades to help them achieve their goal of advancing as players and competitors,” said Murray about the new position.
Kevin has a long history of success in drum corps. His playing career started on snare drum with the Velvet Knights in 1984 where the corps made its first top-12 DCI Finals appearance.
From 1986 to 1988, Kevin played snare drum for the Concord Blue Devils, winning the DCI championship and high percussion in 1986. Kevin won snare individuals in 1987 (winning on his first attempt at competing, an unprecedented feat up to that point) and became section leader in 1988.
From 1990-91, Kevin attended the University of North Texas where the drumline won consecutive P.A.S.I.C. drum titles, with Kevin winning the snare individual championship in 1990 and serving as section leader in 1991.
As an instructor, Kevin taught Blue Knights in 1991 under Ralph Hardimon, Santa Clara Vanguard from 1992-93 under Scott Johnson, and continued on to Blue Devils when Johnson made the change in 1994. The Blue Devils started a dominant run at that time, winning drums and corps titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997.
Kevin authored one of the most popular 60-second warm ups of all time: “The Ditty,” and was instrumental in developing the drumming technique and approach employed by many drum lines since 1994. Kevin also has had a successful career playing drum-set, playing with popular bands in the LA and SF Bay Area.
We have one event left of the spectacular 2009 season — our banquet weekend on October 17-18. We’ll be celebrating with a festive party on Saturday night featuring a performance by a live band — Lyin’ I’s (Rich Duarte’s amazing Eagles cover band). On Sunday, we’ll travel to Dave & Busters for the infamous Awards Banquet. This is a special weekend for a special season. You don’t want to miss it!
Full Details and Ticket Information on our Website: www.renegades.org/banquet/
Renegades have just returned from DCA Championships in Rochester, NY. It was an amazing weekend with perfect weather, a appreciative crowd and — most important of all — a GREAT pair of performances (especially Finals).
The corps finished with an impressive 90.463, putting the corps in a solid 6th place — one of our highest placings ever.
Big thanks to the city of Rochester, Drum Corps Associates, and our fellow all-age corps for welcoming Renegades into your family. Fun times. We’ll be back next summer…. twice!
See you on the 50,
PS: The 2010 Renegades season starts December 5th. More info coming soon…
Director, San Francisco Renegades
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