Blue Devils euphonium horn player Joseph Ricard had a deformation of an artery in his brain since birth that suddenly burst while the Blue Devils 'A' Corps was in Landisville, Pa., Wednesday, July 30. The pressure from the resulting clot pushing against the bottom of his brain was relieved by surgery. It may be three days or more before it is know if he will have any lasting effects.
Ricard is in his first year with the Blue Devils and marched as a member of the Blue Devils B from 2004 to 2007. He graduated from De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.) this summer and will be going to the Berklee College of Music.
The Blue Devils organization prayers and thoughts are with Joe and his family. The corps is determined to perform their collective hearts out the final week of the summer tour so Joe can feel their energy as he recovers in the hospital. The Blue Devils will pass on thoughts and well wishes to Joe through e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.