Phantom Regiment, Blue Devils Form Education and Event Company

Phantom Regiment and Blue Devils are pleased to announce a partnership between their two world-renowned youth music organizations to form Precision Arts.

Precision Arts is a collaboration between the 11-time Drum Corps International champion Blue Devils from Concord, Calif., and the 1996 Drum Corps International champion Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Ill. These two groups have been dedicated to the education and development of young people for decades.

Precision Arts was formed with the goal to be the ultimate destination for educational events, products, and opportunities. Precision Arts will be dedicated to the education and development of young people and as a resource for educators.

The centerpiece of this first-of-its-kind partnership will be “The Ultimate Band Camp Experience.” This camp will bring together some of the world’s best music, marching and visual educators – all staff members of the two great drum corps and the most sought after clinicians from around the world – to teach students and directors for four days at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Also included is a very special bonus of attending and performing with both corps at the Drum Corps International Masters of the Summer Music Games in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The goal of the Ultimate Band Camp is to give young people an experience of a lifetime that will aid in their positive development. Both organizations have been doing this for many years while competing in Drum Corps International events. However, the number of students who can participate in the drum corps is limited, so by creating this partnership, the educational value and experience can be expanded to many more students, directors and events.

Other initial clinics presented by Precision Arts include the wildly successful Drum Major and Snare Drum camps for high school students with additional offerings in development. The Drum Major Camp is entering its fourth year – attendance has more than doubled since its first year – and the Snare Drum Camp has reached capacity each of its first two years. Both are held on the campus of Rockford College in north central Illinois.

This year’s program dates are:

Snare Drum Camp, Rockford College, Rockford, IL-June 2-4               
Drum Major Camp, Rockford College, Rockford, IL-June 6-9               
The Ultimate Band Camp Experience, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN-July 25-28

For more information about Precision Arts, contact Rick Valenzuela at 815-226-2837 or [email protected]. Precision Arts’ Web site is www.precisionarts.org. For more information on Phantom Regiment or Blue Devils, go to www.regiment.org or www.bluedevils.org.

2/19/2006