The Academy is excited to introduce three additional talented staff members working with the corps within the Production Team in 2018. New to the corps will be Derrick Shannon, and Kim Kras, who joins returning member Chris Velez.
Working with The Academy for the first time, Derrick Shannon will be working with the music design team in the creation of the digital sound design.
Also new to The Academy is Kim Kras, who will be serving on the production team, assisting the corps with the implementation of the production design.
Kim is excited to join the production team at The Academy for the 2018 season. Kim has 17 years of experience working with marching bands and winter guards across the US. In marching band, Kim has acted as an instructor, designer, color guard choreographer, movement designer, clinician, and adjudicator. In the winter guard season, she has directed, instructed, designed, and choreographed programs at a variety of levels.
Kim’s drum corps experience began as a color guard member with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps followed by the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Kim marched winter seasons with the Pride of Missouri State University Winter Guard.
Apart from her work in the pageantry arts, Kim earned her doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2014. Kim now resides in Boston, Massachusetts where, she is an Assistant Professor of Criminology.
Production Team/Brass Choreographer
Chris Velez returns for another season working as an additional specialist to help implement the show design. Chris will also be specializing in the area of movement choreography for the brass section of the corps.
Chris Velez began his performing arts career with Riverside Community College Marching Tigers, Fantasia Winter Guard, and the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Leaving his performing days behind him, Chris transitioned into the role of choreographer, designer, and instructor.
Over the course of 10+ years, he has had the privilege of working with several groups that include Ramona High School, Poway High School, Chino Hills High School, RCC Marching Tigers, Fantasia, and their Winter Drum Line, and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also been fortunate enough to work with organizations in Japan such as the Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps and the Yokohama Scouts.