Twenty-five high school marching bands will take the field this Saturday at the 61st annual Band Day at Arizona State University - The Sun Devil Showdown. Performing among the ranks of the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band will be 34 past members of the Academy.
The Cadets have added a 2006 Ford E 450 Super Duty Diesel Box Truck to their vehicle fleet. With a piddly 44,000 miles clocked on the odometer, Cadets transportation manager Tim Gallagher says the truck is in perfect condition to take over as the vehicle that pulls the corps' souvenir trailer during its annual summer tour.
The Cavaliers released the names of their 2010 visual staff who will be led by longtime staffers and corps alums Jud Merritt and Matt Heard. "The experience and talent of this team is just incredible!" said visual designer Michael Gaines. "They have proven time and time again that they are the best in the business, and I look forward to watching the 2010 corps excel under their instruction."
The Colts made several new staff appointments including Dr. Ramon Vasquez as brass caption head and Bret Kuhn as program coordinator. "Ray brings a tremendous amount of experience and a proven track record with him and will be the key to really unleashing the brass program," said Greg Orwoll, executive director. He added, "The wealth and breadth of [Bret's] experience and success at the highest levels of music and marching will be tremendous for our program and most importantly our members."
Aaron Goldberg will return for a third year as brass caption head of the Crossmen in 2010. "We are so pleased to have Aaron returning. He is a capable leader and an excellent teacher. He has assembled a great team for this season." said Crossmen corps director Mark Chambers. That team will include Gary Barnard who will step in as assistant brass caption supervisor, as well as a highly qualified brass support staff.
The Legends Performing Arts Association recently debuted a new look to its Web site which features the latest news and information about the organization's drum corps, indoor ensemble, winter guard and other initiatives.
The Madison Scouts appointed DCI Hall of Fame member Thom Hannum as the corps' new percussion arranger and consultant. He will be assisted as James Ancona as percussion caption supervisor and front ensemble arranger and Nick Angelis as percussion caption head. The organization also extended the contracts of Dann Petersen as corps director and Jeff Spanos as development director.
Pacific Crest's 2010 competitive production will be titled "Maze." Music for the four-movement program will be drawn from video games, film soundtracks and contemporary wind ensemble literature including John Mackey's "Asphalt Cocktail."
Members of the Phantom Regiment front ensemble will perform as part of an educational clinic at the upcoming Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) on Nov. 14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The clinic will be led by Sandi Rennick on the topic of "Addressing the Expanding Demands of the Present Day Front Ensemble."
Pioneer is drumming up support for former color guard member Julie Dickmeyer Zerhusen who over the last several years has become afflicted with Pick's Disease; a progressive frontal temporal lobe disorder.
Santa Clara Vanguard
Santa Clara Vanguard has announced its 2010 design team and caption managers. The veteran design team will be made up returning staffers who were responsible for creating the corps' popular 2009 "Ballet for Martha" program.
Spirit will be moving its operations base back to Atlanta, Ga., as part of a long-range plan for the continued success and development of the corps. Atlanta is the city where the group was founded back in 1976 by DCI Hall of Fame member Freddy Martin. "We are excited about the opportunity to return to Atlanta and look forward to the continued growth of the organization," said Joel Vincent, Spirit executive director. "Our relationship with the city of Jacksonville, Ala. and Jacksonville State University remains a strong part of the corps' history dating back to the corps' beginning and will continue to be an integral part of the corps' plan."