The Academy

Academy show designers recently gathered for their first 2010 planning meeting. "Part of the success of 2009 was attributed to the design team's investment of time and an organized approach to meetings and goals," said Academy Director Mark Richardson. "What we learned in past seasons is that it is never too early to begin planning and developing concepts for such a large scale production as a drum corps show."


Blue Knights

The Blue Knights will host their annual awards banquet on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Four Points Sheraton in Denver, Colo. Tickets to the event which celebrates the accomplishments of the organization's drum corps and winter guard and percussion programs cost $40 if reserved by Nov. 13.

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Blue Stars

Michael Shapiro will return to lead the Blue Stars' color guard program in 2010. "I am absolutely thrilled to have Michael back for the 2010 season," said Executive Director Brad Furlano. "His creative genius has taken the corps to places I couldn't have conceived, and I can't wait to see what he has in store for the guard next season."



With a few key additions, the Bluecoats will welcome all of their instructional leaders from 2009 back to their positions in 2010. "Consistency is an important element to the success of any organization, and it is our privilege to continue to work with such a fine group of educators," said Executive Director David Glasgow.



The Cascades report that their design team is in place for the 2010 season, primarily consisting of returning individuals from the corps' 2009 staff.


The Cavaliers

After the resignation of Bruno Zuccala in mid-September, the Cavaliers Board of Directors has appointed Adolph DeGrauwe to the corps director position. DeGrauwe previously served as director of the Cavaliers from 1979 to 1990 and was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2000. Several announcements about the Cavaliers' 2010 design and instructional staff have also been made.



Laying the groundwork for the upcoming year, the Glassmen will welcome back seven returning staff members to its design team. Joining the veteran group will be Pete Weber as visual designer.



Incognito Director Tony T. Nguyen is featured in a recent bilingual television interview with Vietnamese singer/song writer Kristine Sa. In addition to his work in the marching arts, Nguyen is an accomplished musician and composer. In the interview, Nguyen talks with Sa about his career in music.

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Pacific Crest

Pacific Crest Executive Director Stuart Pompel recently announced that Gordon Henderson and Gene Monterastelli will join the corps' design and instructional teams for the 2010 season. "This is a first for us," said Pompel. "Gordon and Gene have a combined 75 years experience in the activity, and I was pleased to learn that they were interested in our future."


Phantom Regiment

Phantom Regiment has hired Myron Rosander as its visual designer. Working with several corps over many years, Rosander was the visual designer for the Santa Clara Vanguard from 1987 to 2005. "I hope to interact with the array of creative talent on the staff to help ensure a strong direction for many years to come," he said. "Anything and everything is within our grasp right now, which means the positive possibilities are endless … I have absolutely no doubt that an extremely powerful product is in our very near future."


Teal Sound

Teal Sound announced that Jared Johnson will serve as percussion caption head and Amy Metzler as color guard caption head. The two will work alongside several other returning staff members to head the corps' educational program in 2010.