The Academy Alumni Association 2016 November (RE)cap

Hey Alumni! After a season of making history with the 2016 Drum Corps(e), the Academy Alumni Association is excited to see all the new and exciting things awaiting our organization this year! 2017 Auditions The Academy has a record number of applicants for the 2017 season, and it’s growing each day!  We are excited to see the eager and talented prospective members next month, but we need your help to make sure the audition process goes smoothly.  This year, the audition camps are broken down into two weekends: December 2-4: Guard and Percussion Auditions December 9-11: Brass and Drum Major Auditions Both audition weekends will be held at Casa Grande High School.  If you are interested and able to volunteer at either audition camp, please contact our new volunteer coordinator, Melissa Ziervogel, at volunteer@arizonaacademy.org. Alumni Store Don’t forget to grab your Academy Alumni swag online at http://www.shop.academycorps.org/. Many items are…

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Welcome Home, Academy!

$31,033 as of 12/31/16 ($30,000 goal) 103% As of December 31st, we have exceeded our $30,000 goal!!!  Thank you to all who have made this accomplishment a reality!  Happy New Year! Dear friends, 2016 was a very special year for The Academy. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the hundreds of people who have donated, volunteered, cheered and supported us throughout the years.  We now have a success problem—it is no longer feasible for us to operate from people’s houses. It may surprise you that for over 16 years we have been operating out of the homes of our staff and volunteers! We need office, warehouse and vehicle storage space. Please help us realize this goal: to give our organization a place to efficiently meet, plan and work toward continued growth and success. UPDATE - WE HAVE FOUND A HOME!  As of December 1, we have secured a location for...
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Southern California Remote Evaluation Event

Southern California Color Guard performers…. Coming to your area is The Academy’s Remote Evaluation Event on Sunday, November 6th. New this Fall, The Academy will be hosting four remote evaluation events in Southern California, Houston, Dallas, and South Florida.   These sessions are designed to allow prospective members who reside a large distance away to “test drive” The Academy before investing in the travel expense to attend auditions.  Here, students will be exposed to instructional sessions with members of The Academy staff, where they can learn more about the specifics of The Academy techniques and membership expectations.  This offers the chance for prospective members to understand how to better prepare for the Audition Camps that follow just a few weeks later.  During the session, individuals who are interested in auditioning for the 2017 corps will be interviewed one-on-one with a staff member and have the prospect of being elevated to “Callback”…

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Houston, TX Remote Evaluation Event

Houston area performers…. Coming to your area is The Academy’s Remote Evaluation Event on Sunday, November 20th. New this Fall, The Academy will be hosting four remote evaluation events in Southern California, Houston, Dallas, and South Florida.   These sessions are designed to allow prospective members who reside a large distance away to “test drive” The Academy before investing in the expense of a plane flight to auditions.  Here, students will be exposed to instructional sessions with members of The Academy staff, where they can learn more about the specifics of The Academy techniques and membership expectations.  This offers the chance for prospective members to understand how to better prepare for the Audition Camps that follow just a few weeks later.  During the session, individuals who are interested in auditioning for the 2017 corps will be interviewed one-on-one with a staff member and have the prospect of being elevated to “Callback”…

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Dallas, TX Remote Evaluation Event

Dallas area performers…. Coming to your area is The Academy’s Remote Evaluation Event on Sunday, November 13th. New this Fall, The Academy will be hosting four remote evaluation events in Southern California, Houston, Dallas, and South Florida.   These sessions are designed to allow prospective members who reside a large distance away to “test drive” The Academy before investing in the expense of a plane flight to auditions.  Here, students will be exposed to instructional sessions with members of The Academy staff, where they can learn more about the specifics of The Academy techniques and membership expectations.  This offers the chance for prospective members to understand how to better prepare for the Audition Camps that follow just a few weeks later.  During the session, individuals who are interested in auditioning for the 2017 corps will be interviewed one-on-one with a staff member and have the prospect of being elevated to “Callback”…

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South Florida Remote Evaluation Event

Florida Brass & Percussion performers…. Join us at the Florida Remote Evaluation Event on Sunday, November 6th. New this Fall, The Academy will be hosting four remote evaluation events in Southern California, Houston, Dallas, and South Florida.   These sessions are designed to allow prospective members who reside a large distance away to “test drive” The Academy before investing in the expense of a plane flight to auditions.  Here, students will be exposed to instructional sessions with members of The Academy staff, where they can learn more about the specifics of The Academy techniques and membership expectations.  This offers the chance for prospective members to understand how to better prepare for the Audition Camps that follow just a few weeks later.  During the session, individuals who are interested in auditioning for the 2017 corps will be interviewed one-on-one with a staff member and have the prospect of being elevated to “Callback”…

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Las Vegas Area Open House Details

Las Vegas Open House events to be held November 12th! Join us at the Las Vegas Open House on Sunday, November 12th.  The Open House sessions are an opportunity for prospective members, parents, and fans to learn about many of the plans for the 2018 season, meet a few of the staff, get to know some of our veteran members, and gain a better understanding of the expectations of membership for the corps. It is also an opportunity for performers to discover some of The Academy techniques and audition expectations with full instructional segments given by key staff members. Each of these sessions are FREE to all who attend. The session begins with a meeting with Director Mark Richardson, who will give everyone a feel for what lies in store for the 2018 corps.  Then, Brass, Guard, Front Ensemble, and Drumline students will have the chance to work with our…

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Drum Corpse Bride PROPS & COSTUMES for Sale!

Did you LOVE our 2016 production, Drum Corpse Bride?  Your interest in the production might have come from our wonderful costumes, props, and silks that helped to tell our love story of an unusual kind.  Still available are some of materials used in the production. Perfect for your next winter or fall production, take a look at what may be able to enhance your visual design for high school, college, or independent groups. Contact us right away to secure your order for this limited supply of used equipment. email@arizonaacademy.org / 480-838-4203 Drum Corpse Bride Costumes The colorguard performers in this year’s show wore costuming designed and produced by Michael Cesario and Fred J. Miller, Inc.  We have available 14 male sets which include pants, jacket, vest/sleeves, and tie.   Also available are 26 female costumes.  Starting price is $150 per male and $100 per female set.  Interested in buying the entire…

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The Academy Alumni Association – May (RE)cap

Hello Academy Ladies and Gents! The days are starting to get hotter, summer is at our doorstep and The Academy is officially starting their next season. This past weekend our beloved Drum Corps rehearsed at Campo Verde High School, located in Gilbert, Arizona. On Memorial Day, The Academy performed their 2016 production of Drum Corpse Bride for more than 200 hundred of their fans, family members and alumni in a nice air conditioned auditorium. There was no seat left in the house! Seriously, check out the picture above! For the next two weeks of June, The Academy will be housed at Apache Junction High School for their all days until June 12th, when they will be continuing their journey to Page, Arizona. The next chance to see The Academy perform will be at the send off show on June 11th. We hope to see you there! Upcoming Events:    Alumni…

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The Academy Alumni Association – April (RE)cap

Hello Academy Fam! Can you believe that Drum Corps season is just around the corner? This past camp was a busy weekend for the corps. All sections were in attendance in preparation for their 2016 production as well as the Meet The Academy event. On top of that, the Brass section performed for Music Under the Stars at The Tempe Center of the Arts shown in the picture above. Upcoming Events: Alumni Donating Campaign – April 25th – May 23rd Memorial Day – May 30th 12PM (Campo Verde High School) June 11th – Send off Show (Campo Verde High School) June 18th – Alumni History Night 7:30PM (Location TBD)   “The More you Give the More you Get” Campaign The Academy Alumni Association Board is excited for their first ever monthly donation campaign. All the funds raised from this campaign will go towards supporting The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps…

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