Chelsea Arenas Joins Zephyrus as Color Guard Coordinator

Zephyrus Arts is thrilled to announce the Chelsea Arenas will be joining our staff for the 2019 Zephyrus Marching Academy as Color Guard Coordinator!

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Chelsea Arenas is a graduate of Norwin High School, just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. She attended the University of Houston to study Dance Education while minoring in Early Childhood Development and American Sign Language. She has been teaching children of all ages since the age of sixteen. She has spent the past eight years as an educator in the Texas and DC areas. Chelsea enjoyed teaching both dance and color guard in the Texas public school system. She worked with The Woodlands High School and was the color guard director at The Woodlands College Park from 2011-2013.

In addition to her many years of teaching color guard, Chelsea was a featured performer with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008-2011, where she helped to capture their 10th DCI World Championship. She has also performed with the WGI World Class Champion color guard Pride of Cincinnati in 2010 and 2012. Most recently, Chelsea performed in Japan with the tour of Blast! The Music of Disney during the summer of 2016.

Chelsea is the Color Guard director at Union High School in Tulsa, OK.

Zephyrus Marching Academy Expands Age Limit

We are thrilled to announce we will be taking students from both high school AND college age groups! This will allow older members to perform at a competitive level and, if they so desire, train for future performances in college or drum corps programs. It will also bring the ensemble’s performance quality to new heights!

Register now to audition on February 2, or April 6, 2019!

David James to Speak at Zephyrus Marching Academy

He has worked on countless blockbuster films, and now he will be speaking at the 2018 Zephyrus Marching Academy!

David Reed James has been a professional sculptor for more than 20 years. Since 1997 he has created huge, immersive sets and props for more than 50 major motion pictures including Avatar, Black Panther, Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Team America, Jurassic World, National Treasure, Indiana Jones, Kill Bill, The Grinch, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

His personal work employs whimsical conceptual and kinetic elements often created using discarded and repurposed materials. A great-stellated-dodecahedron shape made from real cheese pizza slices and a moving ring of dominoes that perpetually knock themselves down are just a couple examples.

In the summer of 2013 he moved to Tulsa where he spends his free time with his 10-year-old daughter.

During the seminar at ZMA, we will have a discussion about how to take the arts into adult life, and express creativity in everything you do.

ZMA (Zephyrus Marching Academy) is a one-week experience for Tulsa, OK-area marching band students who wish to maximize their talents and abilities. Registration ends July 8th.

Jeremy Stevens to Speak at Zephyrus Marching Academy

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Samuel Jeremy Stevens is currently the Education and Development Coordinator for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, having spent the last 10 years as a public school teacher with Broken Arrow Public Schools and Union Public Schools. Jeremy has a degree in Piano Performance, Voice Performance, and Clarinet Performance, and a minor in Theatre, from Arkansas Tech University. As a strong advocate for the arts, Jeremy has been on stage either as a director or performer for most of his life and values the educational process that it brings.

Jeremy is a supporter of Zephyrus Arts Institute and will be speaking at the 2018 Zephyrus Marching Academy.

ZMA (Zephyrus Marching Academy) is a one-week experience for Tulsa, OK-area marching band students who wish to maximize their talents and abilities. Registration ends July 8th.

SoundSport Arrives in Oklahoma with Zephyrus Marching Academy

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We are thrilled to announce that the Zephyrus Marching Academy will also be Oklahoma's first official SoundSport team! We are proud to present our Beta ensemble in a performance Friday evening, July 13th at Bixby High School.

SoundSport is a component of Drum Corps International which helps provide accessible performance opportunities. We've been working with SoundSport since late 2017 to make this dream a reality. As we go forward, ZEPHYRUS will continue to work with SoundSport and other organizations to provide the Tulsa area with more chances to perform, compete, and inspire.

For more information about SoundSport go to

It's not too late to sign up for the 2018 Zephyrus Marching Academy! The camp takes place at Bixby HS, South of Tulsa, OK July 9-13th. You can find out more on our FAQ page.

You've Never Seen a Marching Band Do This...

Participants, staff, and 23,342 paying fans at the 2017 DCI world championships

Participants, staff, and 23,342 paying fans at the 2017 DCI world championships

Marching band has changed a lot in the last several years. The old days of simple geometric shapes and follow-the-leaders to your favorite top-40 hits are over. Marching band, drum corps, and other pageantry arts have evolved into deeper, more complex mediums for storytelling and entertainment, and it shows.

The devout audience of these groups craves excellence and innovation. We've all been spoiled in recent years to see groups like the Bluecoats (Canton, OH) and Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA) try out new tricks with electronics, props, instrumentation, and dance work to force the viewer to erupt into applause. However...

You've never seen a group do this.

That is unless you were at the Pride of Bixby Community Performance on Halloween of 2017. That night, the award-winning band from Bixby High School put on their last performance of the 2017 season, celebrating their fourth consecutive State Championship, a Class AAA BOA Super Regional Championship in St. Louis, and other successes. The season finale has become a tradition over the last few years and is well attended by parents and community members. There are always a couple of tricks saved for the end, but last year, that audience received a real treat.

High school and college marching bands have been known to perform in the dark from time to time. Most often, the performers wear small lights or glow sticks, and perform the show exactly the same way (just in the dark). The performance you are about to see though, is different. There are no lights attached to performers, no glow sticks. At this show, Bixby brought in T-Town Productions and designed a light program from the press box, set-by-set, to match the scenes created during the show.

The video below shows all of this combined in an impressive display. As the show begins, lights fade in on the field from the front sideline, casting shadows on the visitor stands. Spotlights follow soloists; blackouts and flashes are in sync with major hits; and colors change to follow the mood of the story. Seeing all of that with the electrified props and the powerful performance makes us wonder... is this a glimpse into the future of marching band?

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This was the first experiment with a full light production set to a competitive marching band that we could find, and it won't be the last. In fact, the next experiment with this technique takes place at the 2018 Zephyrus Marching Academy. There, Tulsa-area high school band students will be coming together for one week to prepare for the upcoming season and be a part of an experimental ensemble, Zephyrus Beta.

Header photo taken by Angie Ball

Get 5% Off ZMA 2018!

We're thrilled to continue early registration discounts at 5% off your total fee for attending the 2018 Zephyrus Marching Academy! If you register during the month of May, the discount will automatically apply to your checkout. The discounted price is $237.50 for the week.

The full registration price of $250 will go into effect June 1st as we approach the camp.

For more information on the camp, check out our FAQ page.

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DCI's Dan Potter to Speak at Zephyrus Marching Academy 2018

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Zephyrus Marching Academy, July 9-13, will feature a seminar by one of the most prominent current figures in Drum Corps International; Dan Potter. His work as director and host of DCI's Field Pass, and day job as the voice of KRMG News in the morning might give you the idea that he's a speaker. This is an understatement. On the radio in Tulsa, Dan is the recipient of the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 Marconi Award for Medium Market Personality of the Year. However, that is just the beginning. His experience in the marching activity is only matched by his passion for it.

Drum Major of the Geneseo Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 1979-1981, Dan was also on the staff of the Glassmen and has taught or consulted high school marching bands in Indiana, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

ZMA (Zephyrus Marching Academy) is a one-week experience for Tulsa, OK-area marching band students who wish to maximize their talents and abilities. Early registration ends April 30th.