In the tradition of the overwhelmingly successful "Current Year CD" format, The Blue Devils are proud to present their 2001 program, "Awayday Blue". The first corps to produce their own CD's, the Blue Devils introduced this format as a means of merging several important goals, including: providing our members with unique performance opportunities with major musical artists, exploring the most advanced digital technology and recording methods, and supplying our audience with a top-quality, hot-off-the press recording of our current year program. Only on these recordings will you find the unique blend of major guest artists in joint performance with the one-of-a-kind sound of The Blue Devils.
These artists come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, from jazz to classical to rock & roll. The legendary Tower of Power contributes two former drummers to this recording—David Garibaldi and Russ McKinnon. Mr. Garibaldi joins The Blue Devils Percussion section on "The Groove 1999," while Mr. McKinnon can be heard with The Blue Devils Brass section on "You’re Still a Young Man" and "Squib Cakes." Alex Acuna, former latin percussionist with the likes of Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, U2, Paul McCartney, Yellow Jackets and Ella Fitzgerald, appears with the internationally reknowned Walfredo Reyes, Sr. on "The Groove 1998." Bob Montgomery, trumpet player for Clark Terry, Chuck Mangione, Louis Bellson and Tony Bennett, can be heard on "Well You Needn’t!", while "Someone’s There," and"Mattress Mambo" feature trumpet player Jim Manley.
We hope you will find this collaboration of outstanding musicians as exciting to listen to as it was to produce. We thank the creators, instructors and performers of The Blue Devils organization who made this recording possible, and we look forward to a long and ever expanding partnership with you, our fans and audiences. Thank you!
Blue Devils 2001
1-3. Awayday Blue
4. Overture by Bjork
5. Dance Movements — Movement #3
6. Planet Krypton
7. Latin Fanfare
9. Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor
10. Everybody Loves The Blues
11. The Groove 1999 –Special Guest Artist, David Garibaldi
12. God Bless' The Child
13. Someone's There - Special Guest Artist, Jim Manley
14. Mattress Mambo - Special Guest Artist, Jim Manley
15. You're Still A Young Man
16. Squib Cakes - Special Guest Artist, Russ McKinnon
17. The Menace
18. Well, You Needn't! - Special Guest Artist, Bob Montgomery
19. The Groove 1998 - Special Guest Artists, Alex Acuna and Walfredo Reyes, Sr.
20. When A Man Loves a Woman
21. Adagio for Strings
22. 13th Hour
23. F Tuning
24. It's a Boy
25. The Ditty
26. Blue Devils 2000 Championship Recording
The first corps to introduce this overwhelmingly popular "Current Year" format, The Blue Devils have once again created a top-quality, hot-off-the press recording of our 2001 program "Awayday Blue", as well as collaborative performances with major artists in the musical world and favorites from past repertoires—all captured in CD format using the most advanced digital technology and recording methods. Only on these recordings will you find the unique blend of major guest artists in joint performance with the one-of-a-kind sound of The Blue Devils!