The Academy Send Off Performance

Published by The Bee News

June 18, 2022

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June 22, 2022 7:30 P.M. Kingman High School (4182 N. Bank Street)
The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps of Tempe, Arizona has made its
northern residency in Kingman for twelve days. Hosted by Kingman Unified
School District #20, over 150 members & staff of the marching band are
calling Kingman High School home before launching their competition tour
across the western United States. The Academy’s visit will culminate with a
free performance for our community at 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, June 22,
2022 in Kingman High School’s football stadium.

Referred to as Marching Music’s Major League, Drum Corp International
(DCI) has sponsored the world’s finest marching band experiences
featuring young adults performing brass instruments, percussion & color
guard for fifty years. Thirteen founding marching units formed in 1971 to
develop a competitive marching arena focused on youth leadership and
creativity. With 46 competitive marching ensembles performing across the
United States today, DCI is dedicated to bringing the life-enriching benefits
and enjoyment of marching music performing arts to more people
worldwide. These pursuits have created the stage to engage in education,
competition, entertainment and the promotion of individual growth for its
members. Drum Corps International stands tall in delivering the message of
excellence in performance and life for five decades to more than 7.2 million
young people ages 13 to 21.

The Academy – Arizona’s only drum and bugle corps – stepped off in 2001
as a small group with the vision to enhance the culture of music, dance,
and the performing arts. The first steps of the non-profit organization
worked to raise funds, offer a few programs & events, and increase
awareness of the pageantry arts across the region. Today involving over
150 members and staff, The Academy competes in Drum Corps
International’s World Class level and travels from Texas & Oklahoma up
the Pacific coast to the state of Washington for competitions each summer.
Members of The Academy originate from all parts of the United States
including student musicians from Kingman, Arizona annually. Kingman
representatives for The Academy’s 2022 season include Scott Custer,
Euphonium (Lee Williams High School), Sean Hernandez, Color Guard

(Kingman High School), and Apollo Ry-Allen Akres, Saber (Kingman High

Originally slated to hold pre-season rehearsals in another northern Arizona
community, Kingman High School Band Director Michael Schreiber along
with site & district administration worked quickly to open the school’s doors
to The Academy. Over 150 members & staff alike rehearse, eat & sleep on
the KUSD campus to prepare for the quickly approaching DCI

The Academy will end its time in Kingman on Wednesday, June 22, 2022
with a free performance open to the public at Kingman High School (4182
N. Bank Street) at 7:30 P.M. Gates open at 7:00 P.M. for open seating.
Monetary donations will be accepted to support this non-profit organization.
During the group’s stay in Kingman, The Academy’s staff & members will
help hone the marching & musical skills of area high school musicians by
offering free clinics and workshops.




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