The Academy

Eight years in the making, the Academy is working to form an alumni association for former members of the organization's programs including its brass and percussion ensemble, drum and bugle corps and winter color guard. The association will work to support current projects of the organization in addition to hosting social events and coordinating fundraising efforts.


Blue Devils

The Concord, Calif. Historical Society has announced plans to honor the 51 years of the Blue Devils organization and its founders, Tony and Ann Odello, during the society's third annual Black and White Gala on Friday, Nov. 21.

Proceeds from the fundraising event will support the development of a future museum site for the City of Concord where among other items will be plaques noting the Blue Devils' place in the city's history.

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Blue Stars

Tom Aungst will join the 2009 Blue Stars percussion staff as a consultant under the lead of returning staffers Brent Montgomery (percussion caption head) and Seth Adams (director of the front ensemble program).

"Having Tom at the Blue Stars is a tremendous development for our players and the drum corps. He will be an integral part of the design process and also heavily involved in ensuring the best possible ensemble cohesion for the percussion and drum corps," said Montgomery in a press release.



The Bluecoats announced several new additions to the organization's design team including visual coordinator Michael Gray, visual designer Jeff Fackler, and color guard caption head and designer Dave Meikle.

Percussion arranger Tom Rarick and brass arranger Doug Thrower will return to their positions with the Bluecoats in 2009 to round out the corps' design team.


Carolina Crown

Carolina Crown announced the return of the organization's winter color guard program, "CrownGUARD," which will be led by recent staff hire Adam Sage. The group will be based out of Atlanta and compete as part of Winter Guard International's World Class.

"The opportunity to offer a winter performance ensemble for the many talented guard performers in the southeast is very exciting to the Crown organization and just another step in our continued development," said Carolina Crown chief operating officer Jim Coates.

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Pacific Crest

Pacific Crest is the recent recipient of an Arts Education Partnership Program grant which will be used to support the instruction of the organization's educational workshop programs and drum and bugle corps.

"This is incredibly exciting!" said Pacific Crest executive director Stuart Pompel. "Grants from foundations have increased over the past three years, and to receive a grant of this amount from such a prestigious program is an honor."