Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - August 19, 2011

Of Note

Strike up the band for the Blue Devils

Three Foothill High students who spent their summers rehearsing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week to prepare for the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indiana were rewarded last week when their Blue Devils B cinched its third straight Open Class World Championship. The Foothill students are Paige Arcieri, color guard, class of 2014; Grace Miller, percussion, class of 2012; and Tevin Mitchell, percussion, class of 2011. He will be attending TCU Texas Christian University this fall and will be a member of its award-winning Marching Band.

"I spoke with my daughter, Grace Miller, last night and she was so hoarse from screaming with joy," wrote Holly Higgins in an email Wednesday. "Both she and Tevin are now three times World Champions and this is Paige's first time."

Blue Devils B earned a score of 95.00 at the Open Class Finals in Michigan City, Ind., edging out the Oregon Crusaders by 3-10ths of a point. The Devils join the ranks of only two other Open Class corps and four corps in any division that have won three times in a row. The California corps had a nearly perfect season, winning all but one competition with their show, "Synchronicity."

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