Academie Musicale

Sherbrooke, QUE Canada
Founded: 1982

Inactive Junior
Division I
1988 305 72.700 (Repertoire not available)  
1989 305 81.400 The Crystal - Liberty * Fourth Symphony, Third Movement * Celebration * Fourth Symphony, Second Movement  
1990 22 73.900 Liberty Fanfare * Fourth Symphony * Slavonic Dances * Young Sherlock Holmes  
1991 206 86.400 Variation on a Theme - Liberty * Roman Dances * Slavonic Dances * Be  
1992 304 81.800 Russlan and Ludmilla * Hungarian Dances Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6 * Prelude (from Coppelia) * Finale (from Pulcinella)  
1993 210 80.900 Lieutenant Kije * Marche Slav  
1994 211 81.600 (Repertoire not available)  
1995 19 73.500 Music from the Empire of the Sun - Cadillac of the Skies (from Empire of the Sun) * Jim's New Life (from Empire of the Sun) * Return to the City (from Empire of the Sun) * Streets of Shanghai (from Empire of the Sun) * Toy Planes (from Empire of the Sun) * Home and Heart (from Empire of the Sun)  
1996 18 74.900 Waterworld - Escaping the Smokers (from Waterworld) * Swimming (from Waterworld) * Slide for Life (from Waterworld) * Dry Land (from Waterworld)  
1997 16 79.400 Metamorphisis: A Choreographic Suite in Four Acts - Totus Tuus * Quasi Una Fantasia, 5th Movement * Symphonie of Psalms, 3rd Movement * Pie Jesu (from Requiem)  
1998 (did not compete or parade) - Titanic  
1999 318 73.800 Take her to sea Mr. Mudduck (from Titanic) * Z's Alive (from Antz) * Z to the Rescue (from Antz) * The Big Shoes (from Antz) * Cocoon * Willow  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos

Académie Musicale drum and bugle corps was formed in the fall of 1982 and was built from a staff of professional musicians right from the start. The organization’s major focus was on achieving high quality musical standards that quickly allowed the organization to grow into a strong drum corps contender.

They also founded a “Lobster Festival” as a 
major fundraiser that would solidify their financial future. Having been dismissed as an aberration in their inaugural competitive season as “Class C” FAMQ member, they wore a red t-shirt over black pants as a uniform and played arrangements of classical music.

The following year, Académie Musicale was 
crowned the FAMQ “Class C” champions and quickly learned that its unique drum corps brand led to better competitive success. The 1985 FAMQ summer featured a season long fight for "Class A" with Académie always playing poor cousin by placing three to five points behind the leaders. At the Drum Corps East “Class A/60” contest, the corps defeated both corps while finishing 3rdmissing out in the finals by one spot. 

The following season, they continued their 
surge to the top of the FAMQ circuit with a 2nd place finish in the “Class A” division championships and followed up as the 1987 “Class A” FAMQ champions. In 1988, the corps appeared at their first DCI “Class A/60” championship, earning a finalist spot with a 5th place finish, repeating the same feat in 1989.

Anyone who attended the 1990 DCI championships had 
four opportunities to witness eleven minutes of pure magic. A relatively obscure class A/60 corps, Académie Musicale stormed the event out of nowhere, not only capturing the DCI Class A/60 title, but also making a splash in the quarterfinals by placing 22nd. The tiny unit’s 23 member horn line even defeated DCI finalist Spirit of Atlanta in the brass caption.

The corps’ classical repertoire was performed 
to near perfection. Never before had any class A/60 corps dared to tackle such a difficult musical book. Arrangements were full of intricate brass articulations and continuous tempo changes. They never forced the volume levels, choosing instead to dazzle the crowd with magical interpretative qualities.

The corps, even though much too small to achieve 
significant field coverage, delighted the crowd with brilliantly designed body moves performed by all musicians. The show ended with brass members switching from playing their instruments to singing softly one after another.

The resulting delicate finish turned out to be one 
of the most amazing sound displays ever heard at a DCI Championships. The culminating hum haunted the memories of all in attendance. They also added their 2nd FAMQ “Class A” championship and were voted Drum Corps East corps of the year.

In 1991, Académie moved up to the “Class A” 
division at the DCI championships with a 6th place finish before going back to the “Division III” class the next season, finishing in 4th place at the finals. The next two seasons saw the corps return to DCI “Division II” competition with 10th and 11th finishes, the latter year opting not to participate at FAMQ sponsored events.

The 1995 season was a very successful year for 
Académie as they bounced back with another DCI “Division III” championship title and finished 19th at the quarterfinals. They also captured the FAMQ “Class A” division trophy. The corps moved up to the “Division I” class in 1996 and finished 18th at the DCI quarterfinals and a 2nd place finish at the FAMQ “Division I” championships.

1997 proved to be the corps’ highest ranking 
in their history when they qualified for the DCI “Division I” semifinals with a 16th place finish as well as winning the FAMQ “Division I” title. Although taking 1998 off to regroup financially, the group returned to the field of competition the following year with an 18th place showing at the DCI “Division III” championships, culminating that year with a 3rd place finish in the FAMQ “Division II” group.

Due to a lack of membership, the corps disbanded in 2000.

Paul Legault (DCX)

Members (7)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Champagne, Stéphan drum 1990
Champoux, Véronique Horn Line 1996 to 1997
Drouin, Alex soprano 1989 to 1993
Lamothe, Annie drumline 1982 to 1995
Proulx, Maxime Front Ensemble 1999 to 2000
Ruiz, Carlos Snare 1997
St. Jean, Pierre Drill designer 1983; 1986 to 1988
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