About Imperial Dynasty
Imperial Dynasty is not only a competitive Indoor Drumline & Colorguard, but a learning center and mentoring organization. We thrive on keeping the Art of dance and Music a big part of life in our community but recognize the need to help our Youth advance in education and move towards their dreams. Through partnerships with the Police Athletic League of Wilmington and schools, we offer many programs to help children succeed academically and in life.
Imperial Dynasty is built on positive, often reconstructed discipline, perseverance, trust, self-esteem, teamwork, motivation, positive attitudes, education, awareness and personal success. Our vision came to life in 2003 and has steadily progressed. More children have been removed from the street corners and are using their time in a more positive way in the structured environment offered. We are a competitive drumline and colorguard associated with Winter Guard International (WGI), Tournament of Bands Indoor Association (TIA) and the American Marching Association (AMA) . We have 3 competing squads with 65 active members ranging in ages from 11 - 21. We have successfully completed our 9th competitive season and have won many trophies including seven (7) National Titles and two (2) State Championships in the AMA circuit. In TIA, we have completed our 4th season receiving Gold and Silver medals at Chapter 9 Championships and receiving Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at All-Chapter Championships in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Our goal at this time is to increase parental involvement in assisting with practices, chaperoning and organizing committees. We also plan to implement self- awareness seminars, career opportunity workshops, reading challenges, and acknowledge academic achievement for honor roll and perfect attendance. We encourage “PLAY” and healthy lifestyles with exercise and healthy eating habits. As we continue through the years we look forward to continued growth, ensuring every member has a memorable experience with our organization. We continuously welcome the support of parents and our community.
Imperial Dynasty Statement of Need
Youth are “resources to be developed, rather than problems to be solved.” Since 2003, Imperial Dynasty Indoor Arts Program has been working with inner city children and young adults by removing them from dangerous street corners and placing them in a positive, structured environment where they partake in a healthy youth development program of music and dance education—a program intended to provide them with the appropriate support and resources, positive experiences and opportunities, and caring relationships they need to become successful, productive, competent adults.
The need for this youth music program is twofold: (1) Funding cuts have greatly reduced, if not completely eliminated music education programs in schools, leaving children with no opportunity to develop musical talent or any of the related skills associated with music education, and (2) Appropriate and healthy youth development has been shown to enhance positive factors in the lives of those involved in such programs—factors such as school, family and community connectedness—as well as to reduce or prevent certain health-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, unsafe sexual practices and violence, Music education and appreciation is academic, emotional, physical and lifelong. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Numerous studies have documented the value of music education in and on the lives of children. These benefits result in positive social development and academic achievement. A sampling of the benefits include: increased motivation and self-esteem, more positive peer and adult relationships, improved reading comprehension and language skills, a higher high school graduation rate, and improved social behavior and community involvement.
Anne-Marie Braga, MSSW, LCSW, recently produced a report entitled “Incorporating Youth Development into Prevention Programs”. This report included recommendations by such organizations as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health to incorporate positive youth development into prevention programs. Her report also listed the components necessary to effective youth programs. Among others, an effective program should include or promote: a sense of safety, an appropriate structure, supportive relationships, positive social norms and skill building. In addition, a youth program should present participants with meaningful challenges and leadership/decision-making responsibilities, as well as family-school-community involvement.
Being able to purchase instruments will give Imperial Dynasty the tools to continue working with the youth. Without the proper equipment made available, Imperial Dynasty takes the risk of losing youth due to inactivity in the program.
 J Public Health Management Practice, 2006, November(Suppl), S10-S16 © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
All raised funds will go towards the following:
Majestic V1530S 3 Octave Vibraphone Qty 2 Cost: $7,350
Adams XSKF35 3.5 Octave Xylophone Qty 1 Cost: $2,188
Adams GAF33 Orchestra Bells w/field frame Qty 1 Cost: $3,888
Majestic M1543P 4.3 Octave Marimba Qty 3 Cost: $11,103
Mapex Concert Bass Drum CBD3622TS Qty 1 Cost: $1,023
Zildjian Orchestral Gong w/stand Qty 1 Cost: $655
Zildjian Stadium Medium Cymbals 18” Qty 5 Cost: $2,400
TOTAL COST: $27, 584
All items and prices are on www.Taylormusic.com. This is where we will purchase instruments from.
If goal is not met, we will purchase used instruments. The prices above reflected instruments purchased new.
NOTE: If you cannot contribute monetarily, please consider passing the word around about our project. You could also volunteer time and used instruments to help our cause.
* IF GOAL AMOUNT IS NOT REACHED, WE WILL USE THE FUNDS TO ASSIST US IN COMPLETING THE ITEMS ON OUR BUDGET LIST*
PLEASE VISIT THE GALLERY FOR A DOWNLOADABLE FILE OF THE FULL 2012-2013 BUDGET AND BREAKDOWN.