a Way forward
On March 25th the Board of Directors for the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts (AAPA) approved a plan that will enable its largest program, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps to participate in the Drum Corps International Celebration Events this Summer. The decision follows more than a year of planning, waiting, adjusting, and hoping that the circumstances would allow for a confident, safe return to in-person activity this summer.
In the Fall of 2020, the organization set in motion a new educational platform called the Audition Academy, engaging hundreds of participants in a curriculum designed to prepare the students for their next audition.
While we did not know at the time if the world would allow for a drum corps season in 2021, we knew that we could not just sit and wait.
“While we did not know at the time if the world would allow for a drum corps season in 2021, we knew that we could not just sit and wait” said Executive Director, Mark Richardson. “Through the Audition Academy, we were able to keep our mission going, while enabling us to prepare prospective members for a hopeful return to the field in 2021.”
In December, the organization continued taking the steps towards seeking performance opportunities for the corps, and began selecting members who were interested in continuing while those opportunities were yet to take shape. “We have continued to challenge ourselves to navigate the ever-changing dynamics of the world in order to (a) develop a meaningful experience, serving the mission of the organization, (b) that is financially viable for both the organization and our participants, and (c) that can be done in a responsible way, with health and safety at the forefront.” Richardson said.