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BD Performing Arts

Innovative Excellence

aka The Blue Devils   |   Concord, CA   |  http://www.bluedevils.org

Mission

Music and the performing arts connect youth with their culture through a common language crossing generational, social, and racial barriers. The activities that a young person pursues influence the type of person he or she becomes. The experience that comes with participation in a performing arts organization builds discipline, character, pride, and self-confidence at a crucial age and forms the springboard to even greater achievements in adulthood The BD Performing Arts programs permanently enrich the lives of young people through a commitment to youth development and performance excellence while providing enjoyment for our local community and audiences worldwide.

Ruling year info

1974

CEO

Mr. Jim Verrett

Main address

4065 Nelson Ave

Concord, CA 94520 USA

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EIN

94-2216542

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BD Performing Arts permanently enriches the lives of young people through a commitment to youth development and performance excellence, while providing enjoyment for our local community and audiences worldwide. Music and the performing arts connect youth with their culture through a common language crossing generational, social, and racial barriers. The activities that a young person pursues influences the type of person he or she becomes. The experience that comes with participation in a performing arts organization builds discipline, character, pride, and self-confidence at a crucial age and forms the springboard to even greater achievements in adulthood.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Blue Devil 'A' Corps

The internationally competitive Blue Devils “A” Corps is comprised of 150 members between the ages of 17 and 21. The most decorated corps in the history of Drum Corps International (DCI), The Blue Devils “A” have finished in the top five for the last 27 consecutive years, and have won the DCI World Championship title an unprecedented 12 times. An estimated half-million people view the “A” Corps each year via the PBS broadcast of the DCI World Championships.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

The B Corps is a musical marching activity for youth ages thirteen to eighteen that wish to augment other music and dance education experiences offered through the schools. The Blue Devils “B” involves 70-80 Bay Area teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18. Performance skills and self confidence are gained making this group an incredible character building arena for youth in this age bracket.

Population(s) Served
Students
Non-adult children

The C Corps is a musical marching activity for younger participants ages eight through thirteen and is designed for beginning students. The fifty participants receive music, marching, and creative movement training that is often a young person’s first team experience. The skills learned encourage youth to become interested in additional music, performing arts or other group activities. Young people are drawn to the C Corps from Contra Costa, Alameda, and Solano Counties. Referred to as the “Ambassadors of The Blue Devils” the C Corps represents the organization in numerous parades and community events throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Diablo Wind Symphony, a unit of the Blue Devils Parents Association, offers enhanced music education and performance opportunities to Bay Area wind and percussion students ages fourteen to twenty-one. The roster includes  60-80 youth from thirty different area schools who are seeking an advanced music and performing opportunity. Established in 1996, the Diablo Wind Symphony offers consistent instrumentation conducive to performing major wind and percussion compositions. Designed as a cooperative interaction with school music programs, the DWS offers a positive learning environment, master classes with professional clinicians, and an annual concert season with internationally renowned soloists.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Color Guard is a choreographed performance that includes dance moves to music and the spinning of equipment such as flags performed on an indoor basketball court. Instruction includes basic dance moves, traveling combinations, and flag spinning techniques. The final performance is choreographed to highlights each member's skills.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To be the Global Leader and Innovator in youth development through music and performing arts.

BD Performing Arts use performing arts as a conduit for developing young leaders in this world. Our core values are the foundation of everything we do. Our Core Values represent what is important to us and directs everything we do in pursuit of our Vision and Mission.

Innovative Excellence: We strive to achieve excellence through embracing innovation in every aspect of our programs, initiatives, services, products, and operations.

Entrepreneurial: We approach all challenges and opportunities with an entrepreneurial spirit, thoughtfully taking risks to achieve our vision and mission.

Student Focus: We have a relentless focus on students which results in enriching the lives of young people.

Leadership: As an organization and as individuals, we promote, foster and recognize leadership as a key to achieving our mission.

Global Citizenship: We embrace our role as global citizens by demonstrating social responsibility and ethical behavior across all our activities.

Principles: We live by a set of Principles that guide our conduct and behavior.

BD Performing Arts carries our mission and vision through programs and education within the performing arts. We have proven to be an industry leader throughout the last 60 years. Permanently influencing thousands of youth people and helping them develop into entrepreneurial leaders and that influence everyone in their lives.

BDPA is constantly enhancing our culture and philosophy. Always looking for ways to do what we do better. BDPA continues to influence and development youth leaders throughout the world. BDPA is committed to innovative excellence in all things and will continue to strength the brand and push the limits of the performing arts activity to become global citizens.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BD Performing Arts

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Donna Batchelor

Kit Rogers

Cryptography Research, Inc.’

Rosa Lee Harden

Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Noe Valley in San Francisco

Kendall Tieck

Ruth Braden Torrance

JoEllen Abate McEntire

Devika Chawla

Kevin Murray

Cary Reed

Aaron Suzuki

Tom Vandewater

Rick Yee

Greg Gilman

Steve Lee

Phil McArthur

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/2/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/09/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.