The Academy send-off performance | The Bee – The Buzz in Bullhead City – Lake Havasu City – Kingman – Arizona – California
June 22, 2022 7:30 p.m. Kingman High School (4182 N. Bank Street)
The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in Tempe, Arizona, made its
northern residence at Kingman for twelve days. Hosted by Kingman Unified
School District #20, more than 150 band members and staff are
calling Kingman High School home before kicking off their competition tour
across the western United States. The visit to the Academy will end with a
free performance for our community at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 22,
2022 in Kingman High School Football Stadium.
Referred to as Marching Music’s Major League, Drum Corp International
(DCI) Sponsored the World’s Best Marching Band Experiences
featuring young adults playing brass, percussion and color
kept for fifty years. Thirteen founding marching units were formed in 1971 to
develop a competitive walking arena focused on youth leadership and
creativity. With 46 competitive marching sets performing across the
In the United States today, DCI is dedicated to bringing the rewarding benefits of life
and the fun of scrolling the music performing arts to more people
worldwide. These activities created the stage to engage in education,
competition, entertainment and promotion of individual growth for its
members. Drum Corps International stands proudly in delivering the message of
excellence in performance and life for five decades to over 7.2 million
young people aged 13 to 21.
The Academy – Arizona’s only drum and bugle corps – left in 2001
in a small group with the vision of improving the culture of music, dance,
and the performing arts. The first steps of the association
worked to raise funds, offer some programs and events and increase
awareness of the ceremonial arts in the region. Today involving more than
150 members and staff, the Academy participates in Drum Corps
World-class international level and travel from Texas and Oklahoma to
the Pacific Coast to Washington State for competitions each summer.
Academy members hail from all parts of the United States
including student musicians from Kingman, Arizona each year. king man
representatives for the 2022 Academy 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 preseason rehearsals in another northern Arizona
community, Michael Schreiber, Director of the Kingman High School Orchestra,
with site and district administration worked quickly to open the doors of the school
at The Academy. More than 150 members and employees rehearse, eat and sleep
the KUSD campus to prepare for the DCI which is fast approaching
The Academy will end its stay at 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. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for empty seating.
Cash donations will be accepted to support this non-profit organization.
During the band’s stay at Kingman, Academy staff and members
help hone the marching and musical skills of local high school musicians by
offering free clinics and workshops.
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