The Academy

Embarking on its 10th anniversary season, the Academy is reaching out to alums to update their contact information so that the organization can keep them up to date on the latest activities and events in store for the coming year.


The Bluecoats announced that their 2010 production will be titled "Metropolis." Additional details will be forthcoming.

Boston Crusaders

More than 200 people returned for the Boston Crusaders' second round of auditions at the end of December despite a major storm that had hit the eastern U.S. prior to the camp. "We had to scramble a bit to get the word out to everyone that camp was still in session, as the Cadets and Jersey Surf [among others] wisely canceled their camps," said Tom Spataro, executive director. "Fortunately at the time, the weather was passing just north of Florida and had not yet reached Boston—the storm looked like it would have less effect on our two main sources of students and staff, so we decided to soldier on."

The Cadets

This May, the Cadets are planning an educational workshop for students and educators on the theme of "Marching Band for Drum Corps Music Majors." Curriculum topics for the two-day session will include "Programming for small and large bands," "Selecting a staff (if you have the money to do so)," You and your band parents association," "How do we get bands to play together outside," "What do you need to know about percussion, color guard, woodwinds," and more.

Carolina Crown

Barry Morgan (Solicitor General for the Cobb State Court) and Elizabeth Ciardi (mortgage professional and member of Wells Fargo's Leaders Club) have been elected as members of the Carolina Crown Board of Directors. "We are extremely pleased to have Barry and Liz as our newest board members. Combined they bring a tremendous amount of business and performance experience to our organization," said Kevin Smith, executive director.


The Cascades reported on a well-attended December rehearsal, hosting enough members to reach a goal of 112 for the 2010 season. Trumpet player Scott Berkey said about the camp: "One word: Awesome! I thought it was a really incredible start for an even better season that this will be."

The Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are calling for your support as they gear up with Carolina Crown, the Colts and Phantom Regiment to chase down $1 million as part of the second round of the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook.


The Colts' booster organization is planning a trivia night fundraising event for Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Colts Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. CT with games beginning at 7.


The Crossmen are forming a new chapter of their alumni association to keep former members and supporters active with the organization in its home region. "We are looking for alumni, volunteers and Crossmen supporters from the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico to join the new southwest chapter," said Crossmen Alumni Association Southwest Co-Chair Michael Lennox.


Legends hosted their first rehearsal camp of the 2010 season in mid-December. "This is the largest December turnout we've seen since the organization started," said director Ibe Sodawalla. "There were many new faces and volunteers that had a chance to experience Legends, and we are looking forward to a very strong 2010."

Music City

Music City hosted a "spectacularly successful" rehearsal just before the Christmas holiday. Attended by the brass and percussion sections, corps members rehearsed both music and visual techniques before concluding the weekend with a "show and tell" performance for family and friends. Check out a photo gallery from the camp on the corps' Web site.


Musical selections for Mystikal's 2010 production titled "5" will be drawn from Beethoven's fifth symphony, Dave Brubeck's "Take 5" and Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms.


Spirit has postponed its rehearsal camp scheduled for this weekend, Jan. 8-10 due to weather in the Atlanta area.

Teal Sound

Fifth-year member Bobby Duncan and third-year member Kayla Swift will serve as Teal Sound drum majors for the 2010 season. "[Bobby and Kayla's] individual accomplishments both on and off the field have helped them earn the respect of their peers while with the corps," said director Randy Blackburn. "It will be hard to see both of them age out this season, but I am glad that they have spent their time and given of themselves to this program."