The Academy

Council members recently voted unanimously to recognize the Academy as the official drum and bugle corps of the City of Tempe, Ariz. Tempe has been the official hometown of the Academy since the organization was founded in 2001. Fifteen corps members were in attendance to perform at the council meeting which aired live on the local government network and the Internet.



The Citations announced that their 2009 competitive program will be titled "Portraits of Desire." Relying on Spanish-influenced sounds and rhythms to tell a story, musical selections will include compositions by Astor Piazzolla and Chick Corea, among others.


Madison Scouts

The Madison Scouts will host their annual Rockin' for a Cure benefit for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) on Saturday, April 18 in Madison, Wis. Now in its ninth year, Rockin' for a Cure recognizes Scouts alum Steve Weekes who founded the event in 1999 and sadly passed away in 2005. All proceeds will go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute for Augie's Quest of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Spirit continues to build momentum toward the 2009 summer season with only one rehearsal camp to go before corps members "move in" for their spring training. Staff members have been speaking very highly about the talent, commitment and energy of corps members. According to Spirit program and educational director Mark Waymire, "It is something that you hope for, but something you expect to take perhaps a few seasons to develop; members and staff agreeing in detail on what we want, and agreeing eagerly and willingly on how to get there."