DCUK and DCN adopt DCE Certified Partner Status
Two of Europe’s leading National Drum Corps organisations are pleased to
announce that they have agreed to embrace the recently announced Drum
Corps Europe Certified Partnership scheme.
Drum Corps Netherlands (DCN) and Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) have
formally adopted the working framework of certified partnership status
with Drum Corps Europe (DCE) and as such both organisations are looking
forward to working closely together, and with DCE, with the goal of
standardising many elements of the Drum Corps activity throughout Europe.
This exciting news heralds a further advancement of the road map for
European Drum Corps agreed at the Brussels summit meeting of October 2006.
The certified partner accreditation and partnership scheme brings many
benefits to the Drum Corps activity within each of the respective
countries as well as fully embracing the many shared philosophies on the
future of the Drum Corps activity and how it can further progress and
prosper on a wider European stage.
The shared aims and goals are the pursuit of achieving European uniformity
at all Drum Corps contests organised by DCE certified partners. By
competing in a certified partner organised contest it will be possible to
draw a direct comparison from the scores of the different DCE Certified
competitions and contests. The use of the same judges manual will be a
huge benefit along with the use of DCE accredited judges who are specially
trained on the use of the DCE judging manual.
On behalf of Drum Corps Netherlands, the Drum Corps Netherlands Chairman
Kees Bourquin remarked “We are working with the system from Drum Corps
Europe for two years now and are proud to officially become a Certified
Partner. I think this standardisation is an important step to bring the
European drum corps activity to a higher level and we hope that a lot of
other organisations will follow”. MPAUK Chairman, Alan Thompson speaking
on behalf of Drum Corps United Kingdom added “Last year DCUK decided to
transfer across to using the DCE Judges Manual but wanted to use the 2007
season to ensure the system fitted with the new direction for Drum Corps
in the UK. Following these successful trials the decision to become a
Certified Partner was an easy one and we are really pleased to be at the
forefront of this new initiative”
2008 promises to be an extremely exciting year for the European Drum Corps
scene. There are already to date ten scheduled competitions and
contests both in the UK and the Netherlands which will all run with an
identical judging system and will all be judged by fully accredited DCE