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What is Phenom?

Phenom is an Open Class Drum & Bugle Corps from Tempe, Arizona operating as a program of the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization.


Phenom was created to fill a summer marching music performance void for individuals at an affordable and local level. We cater to high school and college aged musicians with ages ranging from 14 to 21 years old. The ensemble is open to all marching brass instruments, field battery, mallet percussionists, & color guard performers.


Our Mission:

"To Build Great People Through Great Performances" Phenom achieves this by focusing on quality education, low participation costs, local and regional performances, and an unforgettable experience for all members.

Our Goal:

Phenom is devoted to providing Arizona musicians an affordable outlet to continually develop and excel in the pageantry arts through community based education and life changing performance.

To enrich the lives of our performers through building a community focused on the acceptance of everyone’s individual differences. Never accepting anything less than their absolute best, and to instill an attitude that enables them to never stop pushing themselves toward greatness. Creating not only better musicians, but creating quality human beings.

Our Purpose:

As a 501(c)3 organization, our program and service are designed for motivated individuals who desire the most from their efforts in the performing arts.

We are committed to creating a positive learning and performing experience for all participants, and to providing members with the knowledge and inspiration to take their art to the next level.

"The effort is the prize. The victory cheap and hollow, were it not for the rigor of the game."


Phenom was founded in 2013, and erupted from the idea that all individuals regardless of socio-economic status should have a high quality summer pageantry experience. The seed idea behind Phenom was to create a summer marching ensemble for high school and college students, and to provide the service at the lowest cost possible. This is a core belief of the ensemble that rings true to this day.


This brand new ensemble first took to the field in the summer of 2014 and found great success as Arizona’s very first SoundSport ensemble. In 2015 Phenom began operating as a program of the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts (AAPA), a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. In 2020 Phenom was approved to compete as an Open Class Drum & Bugle Corps within Drum Corps International.

While operating in the SoundSport division of DCI, the ensemble received the Gold Medal in 2017, 2018, & 2019 the highest rating possible within that division.



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