|Rehearsal Camps This Weekend|
Jan. 22–24, 2010
|Rehearsal Camps Next Weekend|
Jan. 29–31, 2010
|Blue Devils B||Blue Devils B|
|Music City||Dutch Boy|
|Spirit of Newark/New Jersey||Mystikal|
Vote 4 the Drum Corps!
Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers, Colts and Phantom Regiment have all been gunning for $1 million dollars this past week as part of the Chase Community Giving campaign on Facebook. The last day to cast your ballot for these worthy organizations is today, Friday, Jan. 22. Place your votes before 11:59 p.m. ET!
The Academy is working to raise funds as part of Birdies for Charity in correlation with the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Last year through the same program, the organization raised more than $20,000.
The Blue Knights completed their auditions during a rehearsal camp last weekend in Englewood, Colo. "We have never auditioned as many students for the corps as we did this year," said executive director Mark Arnold. "We have auditioned over 350 students and are really excited about the level of talent we have in the corps this year. " Check out the Blue Knights Fan Network for a video featuring a "show-and-tell" performance that concluded the weekend along with a discussion with program coordinator Marc Sylvester on the corps' 2010 production.
The Crusaders were back in action last weekend in Bradenton, Fla., for their January rehearsal camp. After being forced indoors on Saturday due to rain, corps members made it back outside on Sunday afternoon playing through three minutes of their 2010 production as a full ensemble.
Cadets alum DeAnna Queen-Imbro has pinpointed a new fundraiser for the organization, assembling collectible pillows handmade with authentic Cadets uniform parts from the 2000s. Check out a behind-the-scenes series of Cadets Pillow Project photos on the corps' Web site.
Crown completed its third rehearsal camp of the 2010 season last weekend in Ft. Mill, S.C. With color guard members absent during the indoor winter season, the brass and percussion sections worked ahead on basic techniques as well as music for the group's 2010 production.
First-year member Patrick Beare will take the reigns as the 2010 Cascades drum major assisted by Bennie Hodder, a second year member from the corps' euphonium section.
The Colts recently announced that their 2010 competitive production will be titled "True Colors," featuring musical selections by Michael Torke, Jeff Beal, Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly and Paul Halley.
Listen to members of the Madison Scouts' brass section play through parts of their 2010 production in a behind-the-scenes video shot during the corps' December rehearsal camp.
The Mandarins posted a new photo slideshow that gives fans an inside look at the corps' recent January rehearsal camp.
Phantom Regiment Executive Director Rick Valenzuela received a proclamation from the corps' hometown city of Rockford, Ill. on Jan. 19, declaring this "Vote for Phantom Regiment Week" in support of the organization's quest for $1 million through the Chase Community Giving campaign. Check out a video of the presentation on the Phantom Regiment Fan Network.
Santa Clara Vanguard
Vanguard will be sponsoring two winter color guard contests over the next few weeks. The first will take place on Jan. 30 in San Jose, Calif., and the second on Feb. 13 in Fresno. The Fresno event is a Winter Guard International regional competition.