Academy executive director Mark Richardson recently announced new and returning members of the corps' design team for the 2009 season. Newcomers include music arranger Michael Klesch, percussion arranger Jack Mizutani, and drill writer Richard Hinshaw. Returning from last season are percussion arranger Glen Crosby and visual and color guard designers Rob Jett and Brandy Dubose. The team will meet this weekend to begin working on the Academy's 2009 program.
Read more on ArizonaAcademy.org.
Crossmen director Mark Chambers announced this week that Lionell Moore will serve as the corps' color guard caption head for the 2009 season. Moore, a former member of the Sky Ryders and Cavaliers, has served as a staff member for various drum corps and marching band programs. He has worked with the Crossmen in the past, choreographing the color guard's sabre work in 2008.
Read more on Crossmen.org.
The Glassmen will welcome back its entire 2008 design team for the 2009 season led by executive director Brian Hickman and program coordinators Sal Salas and Joe Heininger. The team, also including visual designer Gilles Ouellette and music arrangers Don Hill, Chris Hestin and Rob Ferguson, recently met in Ann Arbor, Mich. for a weekend retreat to lay groundwork for the corps' 2009 program.
Read more at Glassmen.org.
Following a unanimous vote of Drum Corps International World Class member corps on Tuesday, Sept. 30, the southern New Jersey-based Jersey Surf has officially been approved as a World Class unit, effective with the 2009 season.
Read more at DCI.org.
Santa Clara Vanguard
Santa Clara Vanguard recently appointed Jennifer Leseth as the corps' color guard caption manager. Leseth has more than 25 years of performance, design and instructional experience with Phantom Regiment, the Cadets, Bluecoats, Crossmen, Madison Scouts and Carolina Crown among numerous other drum corps, winter guard and marching band programs.
Read more at SCVanguard.org.