The Cadets

The Cadets announced that they will return to Johnstown, Pa., this May for their pre-season rehearsals. Lessening the off-season schedule by two rehearsal camps, the "move-in" date for corps members to the Johnstown spring training facility is earlier than usual. "We are making up the rehearsal time in spring training, prompting less flights and cost to the corps, and the kids," said Cadets assistant director Justin Heimbecker.


The Cavaliers

The Cavaliers recently completed their February rehearsal camp. In addition to normal practice routines, members of the brass and percussion sections had the opportunity to attend a nutrition seminar presented by Cavaliers alum, Dr. Mike Green. Also during the weekend, corps management announced several corps members who will serve as part of the group's junior leadership team.



One-hundred students attended the Crossmen's February rehearsal camp at a brand new facility in San Antonio, Texas. Brass and percussion corps members worked on the group's 2009 production "Forbidden" throughout the camp. "We made great progress this weekend in learning music for the show. The corps also learned some drill on Saturday, thanks to great weather," said Crossmen director Mark Chambers.



Mandarins strength and conditioning coach, Christopher DaPrato, has posted the first in a series of conditioning and wellness tips for corps members on the organization's Web site.

Check out DaPrato's February tips at

7th Regiment

The 7th Regiment announced the selection of third-year corps member Jonathan Miller as drum major for the 2009 season. Miller, a sophomore at the University of Connecticut, is majoring in biological sciences.



Spirit drum major Lauren Lingerfelt gives fans an inside look at the 2009 corps, interviewing executive director Joel Vincent and co-brass caption heads Ray Vasquez and Mark Waymire in a video posted on the Spirit Fan Network.

Watch the video on the Spirit Fan Network.

Teal Sound

Teal Sound, Inc. and Pageantry Arts Concepts, Inc., recently announced a merger of the two organizations. As part of the agreement, Pageantry Arts Concepts will become a division of Teal Sound, Inc., and operate as the chief management company of the corporation's winter programs which includes five percussion ensembles and a winter guard.

"It was our goal from the beginning to bring groups like these together as an opportunity for the musical and visual art students within Florida. This will allow us to offer more quality opportunities for Florida's youth to perform within their own state rather than having to go elsewhere. These programs will benefit any level of student, guaranteed," said Teal Sound director Randy Blackburn.