The Academy The Academy will host its seventh annual Memorial Day celebration at Tempe Beach Park in Arizona on Monday, May 25. Free and open to the public, the event will include a patriotic salute to U.S. servicemen and women and the debut of music from the Academy's 2009 production. Learn more at ArizonaAcademy.org.
Blue Knights Fans of the Blue Knights can now follow the corps' daily happenings on Twitter.com.
Check it out at Twitter.com/TheBlueKnights.
Blue Stars The Blue Stars organization is reaching out to all of its former members. As an incentive for updating contact information on the corps' Web site, alums will receive a free pin. Learn more at BlueStars.org.
The Cadets The Cadets' 2009 production, "West Side Story: Celebration and Conflict," will feature music from Leonard Bernstein's classic score arranged by newly inducted DCI Hall of Fame member Jay Bocook. "As the Cadets enter their 75th Anniversary, the corps this summer returns to the field as the Holy Name Cadets, celebrating their past with a revisit to the corps' favorite source for musical inspiration, Leonard Bernstein," said Cadets director George Hopkins. "The Cadets have performed the music of 'Lenny' nine times since 1983, and 'West Side Story' has been the centerpiece of their 50th and 60th anniversary shows in 1984 and 1994, respectively." Read more at YEA.org.
Mandarins The Mandarins will debut a performance of their 2009 production, "ABSOLUTE," at the Pacific Rim Street Fest in Old Sacramento, Calif. on Sunday, May 17. This annual event celebrates the heritage and traditions of Sacramento's diverse Asian Pacific Islander communities. Learn more at Mandarins.org.
Spirit Spirit recently recognized alum Kevin Powell for donating his time in giving the corps' Web site a fresh new look. Check out the updated site at SpiritDrumCorps.org.
Velvet Knights The Velvet Knights named Kriss Sakurai as the corps' drum major for the 2009 season. A high school junior in Chino, Calif., Sakurai is an active pianist and clarinet player and in the future hopes to major in diagnostic medicine with a minor in music composition and software engineering at UCLA. Read more at VKYAO.org.