Blue Devils Special Needs Color Guard to Perform at the 2014 California Circuit Championships

March 21, 2014 5:00 am · 9 comments


The world renowned Blue Devils of Concord, one of only a handful of special needs color guard groups in the nation, will be performing at the California Circuit Championships on March 29th at Independence High School in San Jose.

Over fifty color guard units from various areas of California will be competing at this event but the Blue Devils Special Needs Color Guard of Concord are in a league of their own.

These youth refuse to let physical or developmental disabilities stand in the way of their passion for performance in the marching and color guard arts. At last year’s California Circuit Championship the group received the only standing ovation, from a crowd of 5,000, of the day.

When they perform they wow the audience and there is never a dry eye in the house, says Annette Odello, instructor of the group. “They give 110 percent at each performance and everyone who sees them leaves feeling good.”

Moreover, the performances give these dedicated youth a chance to feel good about themselves and their hard work. Blue Devil member Spencer Trevarthen, states, “Last year when we performed I felt like a rock star and this year will be even better!”

The Blue Devils will be performing a variety of moves to music along with the spinning of equipment such as flags and banners. They have been practicing weekly for the last six months to make this performance something everyone will enjoy and remember long after the last flag is waved.

The Blue Devils Special Needs Color Guard was founded in 2011 by Annette Odello after seeing the positive impact a special needs color guard had on her able-bodied color guard students. The program is open to all special needs youth ages 12 to 25 and provides them with the opportunity to express themselves through traditional – and not so traditional – color guard routines and pageantry.

For more information please visit the Blue Devils website by CLICKING HERE.

Silva March 21, 2014 at 6:12 AM

That’s FANTASTIC!!! You guys really rock!

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz March 21, 2014 at 8:26 AM

What a wonderful thing…………………….Congrats to the Blue Devils Special Needs Color Guard……….You are the “Best in the West”!!!!!!!!!

Totally awesome. March 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I hope lots of Concordians go to support them.

RanchgirlCA March 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I remember when Concord hosted a Band Review. Parades through the street and a field show at DVC. Fun. Good luck Blue Devils!!

anon March 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Great Job !

BD Fan March 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

It’s true; there isn’t a dry eye in the house. Their performance is so inspiring and is a joy to watch. Please come out to support them! And what the article does not mention is that the Special Needs program is entirely free of charge.

The Blue Devils offer free instruction for their C Corps Color Guard program (for ages 8-14) for the whole month of April, too. Annette Odello has details on that if you’re interested.

aj March 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

My mom and uncle marched in the Blue Devils in the late 70’s- early 80’s. They had a special needs sister, my aunt Kelly. She won the hearts of many while my mom and uncle were in the Blue Devils. This is just wonderful! She has since passed, but I know my auntie would be thrilled, and would have loved to have been a part of this! I’ll try to make it and show my support in honor of her.

Jess March 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

The Blue Devils are a wonderful, family friendly organization based in Concord. They are one of the top drum and bugle corps in the nation. Check them out if your kids are interested in either music or color guard. No experience necessary for the C Corps, which is for kids 8-14. A and B Corps are for college and high school kids. The Blue Devils perform in competitions in California and around the nation during the summer. Attend a show if you can. They are wonderful to see and hear.

anonanonagain March 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

This is awesome!!! Go Blue Devils!! <3

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