2022 Season Planning

The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps is excited to begin planning for the 2022 season, Drum Corps International’s 50th Anniversary.  While details are yet to be announced, plans for a robust summer competition tour are already in the works, and audition opportunities are being planned.  To be the first to know about the 2022 auditions, submit the preliminary interest form and we will contact you as information become available.  


We will be hosting several one-day remote audition events in November across the country, with a primary move-in audition camp to be held in the greater Phoenix area on December 3-5.  The Callback camp for all sections is scheduled for January 14-16.  In addition, we will be offering a video audition opportunity as a way of entry into the process for those unable to attend a live event. 

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 in November/December 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.  

Health and safety guidelines

While our guidelines will be evolving over time, know that vaccination for COVID-19 will remain as a requirement for participation in 2022 live program events, including audition events, program camps, rehearsals, and tour.  

Upcoming Audition Event Locations

Oklahoma Remote Event - December 12

Sunday, December 12


Choctaw HS
Choctaw, OK


Color Guard

California Remote Event - December 19






Arizona 3-day Audition Camp #2 - January 14-16

January 14-16


Casa Grande Union HS
Casa Grande, AZ


Brass, Drumline, Color Guard, Front Ensemble

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

Audition packets are ready for you and available 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 do that by clicking one of the links below.

Brass Packet
Drumline Packet
Front Ens Packet


2022 Season Training Camps

For those planning on joining us for the 2022 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 3-5 – Move-in Audition Camp (All Sections)
January 14-16 – Audition & Training Camp #1 Callbacks/Members/Applicants (All Sections)
February 18-20 – Training Camp #2 (Brass Only)
March 25-27 – Training Camp #3 (Brass Only)
April 29-May 1 – Training Camp #4 (All Sections)

Summer Tour

The Summer experience begins for the 2022 corps with a move-in date beginning on May 27.  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 6-7 week tour where the corps will compete in approximately 27 shows from coast-to-coast including Championships.  Members will travel to Phoenix Arizona on May 27 and then home from Indianapolis on August 14.  


As plans are still in development, the tuition cost has yet to be finalized.  However, the anticipated cost of tuition for 2022 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 2022, celebrating DCI’s 50th anniversary.

Questions? Who do I contact?

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

FACEBOOK INTEREST GROUPS – Join the Facebook Interest Groups below and start to chat with and get to know the others within your section.  Ask questions of returning members and staff as the audition events approach.