This past weekend, many of my acquaintances, along with their clients and proteges, performed in the Drum Corps International (@DCI) championships. I have been out of the loop for some time now, but I must acknowledge that my work now is part of the continuum of my time with both the Blue Devils and the Cadets. Having gotten interested in the activity when I was just too old, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had to work within both organizations at such intimate levels.

I did not witness the extreme spectacles in person, but I did watch through live stream. And, my goodness…the levels of proficiency — levels — are indescribable. Furthermore, and equally important, the ways each group was able to connect with the audience was unlike I have seen before. BRAVO

I have soft spots for both the Blue Devils and the Cadets because of my direct involvement in years past; however, all groups were stellar!

The Blue Devils on Twitter
The Blue Devils Performing Arts
The Cadets on Twitter
The Cadets/Youth Education in the Arts

And, congrats to the Vanguard organization for their successes this year!

Santa Clara Vanguard on Twitter
Vanguard Music and Performing Arts


About mundyviar

Mundy Viar, PhD, is an educator, administrator, researcher, and musician. A credentialed educator and education administrator in California, Dr. Viar has practiced in several school districts throughout the Golden State, leading instrumental and vocal music programs in the K-12 systems. Prior to working in the K-12 system, Dr. Viar served as a Program Director for the Blue Devils, an internationally celebrated youth organization dedicated to performance excellence, based in Concord, California. During his time with the Blue Devils, the "B" Corps performed as a Div. II Finalist at the 1997 Drum Corps International World Championships in Florida, and as the US representative at the 1998 World Marching Band Festival in Kanagawa Prefecture Japan. Additionally, Dr. Viar is an adjunct facilitator for the University of the West Indies Open Campus, where is has served as doctoral Research Supervisor, thesis defense committee member, and course tutor. Dr. Viar is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (PhD); the University of California, Berkeley (MA); and, Virginia Commonwealth University (BS). Key attributes: communication, collaboration, shared and distributed leadership, ABCD, PAR
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