2023 Season Planning

The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps is excited to begin planning for the 2023 season, our 17th year as a World Class institution.  While details are yet to be announced, plans for our summer competition tour are already in the works, and audition opportunities are being finalized.   

Auditions

Auditions begin this fall with opportunities for students to audition virtually through an initial video evaluation and through our primary audition camp held in December.   Return here frequently, as smaller, remote audition events may be held in an area near you.

Prospective members attending a LIVE event may be offered a membership position or callback to the January camp, when most of the membership placements occur.  Staff are not able to place a student in a membership position without an in-person evaluation.  If attendance at a LIVE event is not an option, Video auditions are the next best way to get into the mix in order to be invited to the Callback camp.  Special circumstances may allow for membership placement without attending a live event, determined on a case by case basis, typically with an accompanying staff recommendation.  

Health and safety guidelines

While our guidelines will be evolving over time, we anticipate that updated vaccination for COVID-19 will remain as a requirement for participation in 2023 live program events, including overnight audition events, program camps, rehearsals, and tour.  Only exemptions include medical reasons with doctor notification.  

Upcoming Live Audition Event Locations

Arizona FULL CORPS Audition Camp - December 2-4
Date

December 2-4

Location

TBA

Sections

All Sections

Video auditions
While the live audition events are the primary method of achieving membership, a video evaluation is your way to get in the mix NOW, particularly if you just can’t attend our scheduled live events. Here are your guidelines to get going on that process.  Here, the process becomes simply to Register, Prepare, Upload, and Submit.  Visit the Video Audition Guidelines page for all of the details. 
Audition Packets

Once available, Audition packets are provided for FREE when you register for one of our audition events listed above.  However, if you want to only purchase the packets to learn more about The Academy and our technique and exercises, you can purchase that individually by following the links here (coming soon).

Brass Packet coming soon
Drumline Packet coming soon
Front Ensemble Packet Coming Soon

MORE ABOUT THE 2023 SEASON

2023 Season Training Camps

For those planning on joining us for the 2023 season, below are our live training camps scheduled to prepare for the rigors of the summer tour. Training camps for the 2022 season have been preliminarily set for the following dates:  

November TBD – Remote Audition Events (One Day events)
December 2-4 – Move-in Audition Camp (All Sections)
January 13-15 – Audition & Training Camp #1 Callbacks/Members/Applicants (All Sections)
February 10-12 – Audition & Training Camp #2 (Brass Only)
March 24-26 – Audition & Training Camp #3 (Brass Only)
April 28-30 – Audition & Training Camp #4 (All Sections)

Summer Tour

The Summer experience begins for the 2023 corps with a TENTATIVE move-in date beginning no earlier than May 26.  An 80-day period follows with the conclusion of the season in Indianapolis for Drum Corps International World Championships.  While details for the summer tour are yet to be announced we can say that the summer experience begins with a 4-5 week training and production period, followed by a 5-6 week tour where the corps will compete in approximately 20 shows from coast-to-coast including Championships.  Members will travel to Phoenix Arizona on or around May 26 and then return home from Indianapolis on August 13.  

Tuition

As plans are still in development, the tuition cost has yet to be finalized.  However, the anticipated cost of tuition for 2023 membership to be approximately $4,900.

Brief History

In 2001, The Academy Brass & Percussion Ensemble was formed to give some of Arizona’s finest young musicians an introduction to the incredibly unique activity of drum and bugle corps. Over the course of three summers, the young group of 52-60 performed for several local events and had taken the opportunity to perform in exhibition at its home show, the Southwest Corps Connection. In 2004, the group added the final element of the color guard, was accepted as a DCI sanctioned unit, made the name change to The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and began competing for the first time. In 2006, the corps had grown to 128 members and competed for the first time in Drum Corps International World Championships in Madison, Wisconsin where they earned the title of Division II World Champion. 2007 marked their first year competing in Division I, now called World Class, where they continue to compete today. In 2009, The Academy was named the official drum and bugle corps of the City of Tempe. 2016 marked an historic season for the corps with its first appearance in World Class Finals competition, placing 11th overall. The Academy postponed operations in 2020 for Covid-19 related reasons, and made its successful return to the big stage in August of 2021.  We look forward to 2023, our 17th year as a World Class corps.

Questions? Who do I contact?

General questions about auditions or The Academy: email@arizonaacademy.org