The 2018 Arsenal brass and percussion assembled February 23rd through February 25th at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over the three days the brass section worked on clarity of sound and a small excerpt of the third movement. The front ensemble began preparing the first movement in earnest, and tested out the first draft of a lot tune that will be refined between camps. The battery continued to work on unification of technique and approach.
We are grateful to Brian Weller and the administration of West Mesa High School for allowing us to use their space for rehearsal. We’re also very grateful to the West Mesa United Methodist Church for providing housing space, and the Riverpoint Sports and Wellness Center for providing shower. We would also like to thank the Lannon and Amador families for preparing our meals and the wonderful volunteers who helped transport our students!
Arsenal is pleased to announce that we’ll be attending Drums Across the Desert in Mesa, Arizona on July 2nd! We’re excited to share the field with Phenom, a SoundSport team affiliated with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. We’re also pleased to announce that we have also been confirmed for the Southwestern Championship in San Antonio, Texas. We’ll be announcing additional shows and performances as the season progresses, so stay tuned!
At this point, Arsenal has the following open spots:
• 6 Trumpets
• 5 Mellophones
• 6 Bari/Euphs
• 1 Tuba
• 2 Snares
• 3 Tenors
• 1 Bass
At this point the front ensemble is full and we will no longer be taking applicants. Color guard auditions will take place at the April camp, and audition applications will open within two weeks; be on the look out for an announcement on Arsenal’s social media.
Open Audition Policy
Auditions for the remaining spots will be conducted on a rolling basis. Students are welcome to show up to camp and audition as walk-ins, or to submit a video for comments prior to camp. Students must register here to receive audition materials. There is a $25 audition registration fee.