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Newsletter - August 2017

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Paul Rennick Inducted into DCI Hall of Fame!

The Drum Corps International legacy continues with the induction of Paul Rennick, Percussion Caption Manager/Arranger for Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, into the 2017 DCI Hall of Fame.  Established in 1985, the DCI Hall of Fame recognized Paul for his ground-breaking contributions to the marching activity.  The induction occured during the DCI World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

Paul's percussion legacy includes three Fred Sanford High Percussion Trophies with Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006, 2008, and 2010 and most recently, three trophies with Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014, 2016, and 2017.
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Bagad Cap Caval Crowned 2017 World Bagad Champions for the Third Year!

IP Artist Ensemble Bagad Cap Caval from Ploemeur, France was crowned the 2017 World Bagad Champions for the 3rd year in a row and the 6th time over the last decade. The Champions of Brittany, France also took the top prize in percussion as well as drum corps (battery) for the 2017 season. 
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IP Welcomes Versatile Drummer Kevin Hernandez!

Like many great musicians who grew up in Louisiana, Kevin was heavily influenced by the rich musical culture. He realized a deep love for music at a very early age and was fortunate to play and study with some of the best including New Orleans legend Johnny Vidacovich. After relocating to south Texas, he was recognized as a serious player with an instantly identifiable southern feel. Over the past 20 years, he has performed and recorded many styles of music in various settings across the country and shared stages with several big name artists. He is an in demand live and session drummer in the San Antonio / Austin music scenes and maintains an active teaching roster.
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Santa Clara Vanguard Wins DCI Percussion Title!

Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, CA captured the DCI Fred Sanford High Percussion Award on Saturday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN with their 2017 presentation Ouroboros. This marks the 3rd High Percussion win for Santa Clara Vanguard and Arranger/Composer team Paul and Sandi Rennick with a final score of 19.65.  

Other world class corps that gave outstanding performances include The Cavaliers, Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, Phantom Regiment, Crossmen,  Mandarins, The Academy, Colts, Troopers, Spirit of Atlanta, and Pioneer! Congratulations to the members and staff on an extraordinary 2017 season.

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Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Win Percussion Award & Open Class Titles!

Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets swept all captions and were crowned Open Class DCI World Champions with a score of 80.725 for their full corps 2017 presentation In Pieces on August 8th in Michigan City, Indiana. SCV Cadets also captured the Open Class High Percussion Award with a final score of 16.25. Other outstanding performances were given by following Open Class corps throughout the summer: Legends, Music City, Lousiana Stars, River City Rhythm, Colt Cadets, Golden Empire, Watchmen, and Impulse.

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The NZ-1 was designed to the specification of studio drummer Nir Z. Constructed of white hickory, the NZ-1 features a Jewel Tip with integrated taper and no visible collar. 

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Composer: Mark Ford
For: Marimba - Method Book

"Each of the 16 etudes in this superb collection is composed to assist the intermediate four-mallet marimbist in learning a specific pedagogical technique. The 16 marimba solos are varied in their musical style, and each focuses on a specific technique.

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