January Camp Recap

The 2018 Arsenal brass and percussion assembled January 19th through January 21st at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over the three days the brass section worked on the first two movements of our 2018 production, while the battery focused on unification of technique and approach. The front ensemble experimented with an early […]


Arsenal Welcomes New Battery Staff for 2018

Arsenal Performing Arts is pleased to welcome an entirely new battery staff for the 2018 season. Regarding the change, corps director J. Spenser Lotz said “We’re very excited to welcome a number of new staff members to the team this season, but we’re especially excited about the new battery staff that will be joining us. […]


Announcing our 2018 Design Staff

Arsenal Performing Arts is incredibly excited to announce our 2018 Design Team. Bill Spencer-Pierce – Brass Arranger Best known as arranger and consultant to marching band programs, Spencer-Pierce has served some seventy school districts, having written hundreds of band arrangements for groups of all ability levels and sizes. His writing is informed by thirty years […]


Announcing Our 2018 Caption Heads

Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce our 2018 Caption Heads.   Brass Caption Head: Rusty Briel Charles Russel “Rusty” Briel has been professionally involved in music education for 38 years, serving for 15 of those years as Executive Director of the Indiana State School Music Association.  Rusty joined Arsenal’s Instructional staff midway through the […]


Arsenal Performing Arts Partners With Dynasty USA

Arsenal Performing Arts, the parent organization of Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corps of Albuquerque, N.M. is proud to announce a partnership with Dynasty USA. As per the agreement, Dynasty will provide all of Arsenal’s battery equipment and Bergerault will provide all of Arsenal’s concert equipment, including front ensemble keyboards and accessories. “Arsenal used Dynasty drums […]


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, […]


Arsenal Performing Arts Announces Annual Fund

Looking Forward As we set our sights on Open Class for 2019 we must remember how important the coming season is going to be for this young drum corps. In 2018, Arsenal will be the laying the groundwork for our future and there’s a lot that has to happen between now and our Open Class […]


Duke City Drum-Off 2017

Last year, Arsenal took over the Duke City Drum-Off, an Albuquerque based marching percussion competition. We adopted the DrumLine Battle format from Drum Corps International, and in the process transformed the event into a more approachable experience for performers and audience members alike. Overall, we were very pleased with how the day turned out and […]


Arsenal Performing Arts Partners with Wessex Tubas

Arsenal Performing Arts is happy to announce a new partnership with Wessex Tubas. Following a successful competitive season using Wessex brass instruments, Arsenal reached out with regards to the possibility of becoming a Wessex Artiste. With both parties agreeing that such a relationship would be mutually beneficial an agreement was reached, making Arsenal the first […]


Where do we go from here?

As of last Saturday, the 2017 DCI season officially ended with Finals in Indianapolis. Now, only a few days later, equipment trucks are locked up, rental vehicles have been returned, and instruments have been sent in for cleaning and repair. Now there’s just one question on the mind of every corps director: Where do we […]

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