Performances Icing On Cake For First-Ever Marching Music Academy
The Washington Post reported two days earlier that a temperature of 99 degrees in Washington, D.C. broke a 116-year-old record, but those extreme conditions didn’t deter a sellout crowd from showing up in Arlington, Va., Saturday, June 26 for the DCI Salutes America Premier Event. Fans were ultimately delighted by the performances of six World Class corps throughout the evening, but the competitive drum corps action was only icing on a multi-tiered cake called the Marching Music Academy.
Hosted as part of MENC: The National Association for Music Education’s Music Education Week in Washington, D.C., the first-ever Marching Music Academy was sponsored by Drum Corps International. Over two days, kicking off on Friday, June 25, the Academy included a series of presentations and workshop sessions covering a variety of marching music topics. From arranging, composing and visual design, to the health and wellness of performers, nearly 50 attendees representing a diverse cross section of high school and college band directors and other music educators, were engaged in sessions by notable marching music personalities including DCI Hall of Fame member Michael Cesario and designers and staff of the Phantom Regiment.
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