2014 December

The Academy Giving Campaign is underway!

Click here to donate today! 2014 is in the books and for the Academy it was a very good year indeed. Thank you to all who contributed to the success of Academy this past year. It takes tremendous effort, time and money to continue to produce a world class corps and our fans, friends and families came through brilliantly in 2014. For that we are extremely grateful. We need your help again! Like most independent arts programs, The Academy depends on the generosity of people like you to help fund our programs. This year we are especially needing donations for the new equipment trailer, additional scholarship money and expanded days of “Spring Training” tour. We are introducing all new donor levels and offering exciting new benefits in recognition of your generous donations. Please see the chart below. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to The Academy of the Performing…

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New Name, Same Great Show

The annual DCI drum corps competition sponsored by the Academy has been re-named: “DRUMS ACROSS THE DESERT – Your Southwest Corps Connection.” Mark this date on your calendar: JUNE 29th, The Academy will once again host a DCI Summer Music Games tour event featuring: The Academy Summer Youth Guard – Tempe, AZ Phenom Sound Sport – Phoenix, AZ City Sound – Long Beach, CA Golden Empire – Bakersfield, CA Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA The Academy – Tempe, AZ More information coming soon….  

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The Academy Audition Camp in the books

Things are just now settling down from what was a spectacular launch to the 2015 season for The Academy.   The primary audition camp saw a record attendance for The Academy with just under 300 participating in the first round.  180 of those attending were residents of Arizona, and the remaining joined us from California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Canada, and Japan. Most of the weekend featured a lot of fundamental training and technical exercises for each of the sections.  Participants dove into detail the musical elements of the technique packets that the corps will reference all season long.  The Colorguard focused on basic exercises as well as learned a few dance, flag, and weapon pieces as well.  The brass section held intensive visual sessions, too, to get their feet moving and begin sculpting the visual program for the future members….

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Trailer Campaign Continues

Now at the 40% mark, the trailer campaign continues to be a high priority for The Academy.  With this progress, the corps now has the funds to purchase and refurbish the trailer that was found for this project.  We can’t wait to use this trailer at our next camp as loading and unloading three Uhaul trailers each camp is not only time consuming and hard on our equipment, but expensive, too!  The next step in the Trailer campaign is to fund the buildout of the interior with a second deck, lighting, shelving, and tricking it out with the features we need to efficiently travel across the country. WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Any support that can be given to this project is greatly needed and appreciated.  Our members our in great need of this piece of equipment and cannot properly outfit the trailer without significant financial support.  Please visit the campaign…

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