The 2009 members of the Academy will be back to work this weekend during the corps' February rehearsal camp at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz. The group will continue learning the 2009 production titled "The Ascent."
Read more at ArizonaAcademy.org.
The Blue Devils announced a new partnership with the Roland Corporation, a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments. "We are very excited about using Roland products and partnering with the world's leading electronic music manufacturer," said Blue Devils executive director David Gibbs. "The Blue Devils continue on a mission of educational, creative and performance excellence, and with Roland, we believe we have found just the right partner."
Read more at BlueDevils.org.
According to the Cadets' Web site: "Rested and thawed from their whirlwind Inaugural experience in Washington, D.C., just 17-days ago, the Cadets will gather in southern New Jersey this weekend. Their focus: Music. And plenty of it." Among highlights of the upcoming rehearsal camp will be work on two pieces of music from the corps' Leonard Bernstein-inspired production, including "Cool" and a "A Boy Like That," both from Bernstein's "West Side Story."
Read more at YEA.org.
The Cavaliers have launched a T-shirt design contest, giving fans the chance to see one of their designs mass produced and added to the corps' 2009 line of merchandise.
Learn more about the contest at Cavaliers.org.
With a late start as a result of their participation in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in January, the Colts completed their first rehearsal camp of the 2009 season last weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. In an article posted by Colts operations director Mike Grimes: "This was our second largest turnout in the history of the Colts and we couldn't have been more pleased with the talented young people who came through the doors."
Read more at Colts.org.
Dutch Boy hopes to take audiences to an "alternate reality" with the corps' 2009 production titled "Bizarro." The program will feature music by Michael Daugherty and Anthony DiLorenzo.
Learn more at DutchBoyDrumCorps.org.
Continuing where they left off last summer during their debut season, members of the Orange, Calif.-based Incognito will present a program titled "Life" in 2009. The production will feature a series of original compositions by staff composers.
Learn more at TheMusicLife.org.
The Madison Scouts are calling on all alumni and fans of the corps to submit their favorite dishes for inclusion in a new recipe book. Recipes can be submitted through an online form and are requested by Feb. 28.
Submit your delicious dish at MadisonScouts.org.
Memphis Sound announced that CJ McCrory will serve as the corps' 2009 drum major. A senior in high school, McCrory has been a drum major for the Collierville, Tenn. High School marching band for the last three years.
Read more at MemphisDrumCorps.org.
A new three-year strategic plan was adopted during an annual meeting of the Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization Board of Directors in January. Under the leadership of board president Rick Dissinger, a committee of board members, alumni, and staff members spent 15 months assessing, developing, and planning for the next three years, in the process revising the organization's mission statement.
Read more at Pacific-Crest.org.
"ElementALL" will be the title of Revolution's 2009 production. According to the corps' Web site, "ElementALL focuses on those 'simple gifts' that are frequently overlooked in daily life. Connecting all 4 elements with the past, the present and the future and stepping off in great new directions." Music will be arranged from works by Metheny, Mancina, Holsinger, Howard, Glass and Brackett.
Read more at RevolutionYPA.org.
Santa Clara Vanguard
An article on the Santa Clara Vanguard Web site recaps some of the corps' most recent rehearsal camps and looks forward to some of the organization's scheduled events for the coming summer.
Read more at SCVanguard.org.