Two-year DSP vet, Melony Robinson is marching bass 4 with The Academy this summer. The Academy's new slogan is "Heat Forged" and they certainly are burning up the scores earning their organization's highest score to date (88.55) in Allentown, PA.
Melony got her marching start at the Palisades Charter HS where she was first a member of the trumpet section, later their drum major and drummed all 4 years in their indoor program. She is currently a geology major at Cal State University Northridge.
Melony recognizes Jeremy Miller, Frank Connelly, Arwen Hernandez, Sean McDermott, Otto Peralta, and DSP instructors, Caleb Gastieger and George Collins as "incredible teachers" that she looks up to and is quick to appreciate all they have taught her on her marching journey. When she's not marching, Melony enjoys learning songs on the ukulele and taking dance classes.
Edgar Chavez is marching his first DCI season with the Mandarins. Edgar takes on the bottom bass duties for both WGI and DCI seasons. He started his marching career at Downey HS and is a 3-year vet of the Dark Sky bass line. Like his DSP bass pal, Blake Dimas, Edgar is attending Long Beach City College. His plan is to earn his AA in Administration of Justice and then a BA in Criminal Justice. Better follow the law around this guy or you may see him in court some day!
Edgar appreciates the support of his family and girlfriend and the strong influence of the Dark Sky members and staff. We wish Edgar a great time at this first DCI Championships this coming week!