Arsenal Announces Show Committee

September 22nd- Arsenal Performing Arts is pleased to announce the formation of a committee centered around the creation of a Drum Corps International show in New Mexico.

Historical Background

The last DCI show to take place in New Mexico was Drums Along the Sandias (DATS) in 2012. DATS was primarily hosted by Ascend Performing Arts, the parent organization of the Blue Knights, and was presented intermittently from 1992 to 2012. In 2012 the show took place in Las Lunas and featured the Academy, Blue Knights, Phantom Regiment, and the Santa Clara Vanguard; the year previous the contest was held in Albuquerque and also included the Cadets and Blue Devils.

In continuing its effort to develop the Drum Corps culture in New Mexico, Arsenal seeks to reestablish this contest under a new name and new management. Working with the DCI Pacific Circuit, Arsenal intends to host an exhibition show featuring World Class Corps in 2018 and to grow the show into a true contest in 2019. Arsenal’s Board of Directors acknowledges that the motivation for the creation of this show is two-fold, and that in addition to the obvious benefits of presenting World Class corps to New Mexican audiences, the organization also wishes to establish the contest as a fundraising event for the corps. Specifically, Arsenal hopes to use the contest to raise the funds needed to purchase a full set of uniforms currently in development for the corps’ move to Open Class in 2019.

The Show Committee

The Show Committee will work in tandem with Arsenal’s Board of Directors and Executive Director to directly oversee the creation and management of a Drum Corps International sanctioned contest. Consisting of between 5 to 7 people, the Show Committee will be responsible for securing a venue, corporate sponsors, and volunteer staff for the event.

While anyone is welcome to apply to serve on the show committee, Arsenal is specifically looking for people familiar with hosting marching arts contests such as New Mexico’s Pageant of Bands and Zia Marching Fiesta. Candidates with experience in event planning, logistics, corporate relations and marketing are especially desirable.  The Committee will be led by a chairperson who will assist in the recruiting of additional committee members as needed. Committee Meetings will be on an ad hoc basis as determined by the Committee Chairperson.

Interested Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Following review, candidates may be asked to attend an Arsenal Board meeting, or to meet with Arsenal’s ED and Board President.