American rock band “The Academy Is…” announced yesterday that the band was breaking up.

“After nine years and three albums, The Academy Is… have decided to go our separate ways. We began in 2003 as three young friends in the suburbs of Chicago, with dreams of creating music that meant something to us. Dreams of leaving those suburbs behind and seeing all of the beautiful things that this world has to offer,” the band wrote on it’s website.

Until earlier this year, the members were William Beckett: lead vocalist and guitar; Mike Carden: rhythm guitar, backing vocals, Adam T. Siska:  bass, backing vocals; Andy “The Butcher” Mrotek: drums, percussion, backing vocals; and Michael Guy Chislett:  lead guitar, backing vocals, piano.

Andy Mrotek & Michael Guy Chislett announced in May that they were leaving the band to pursue their own musical careers. The remaining members announced on October 8th that they had “decided to go their separate ways.”

The band said of their work “The music we have made together is our gift to you. From this point on, The Academy Is… belongs to you. Feel free to listen. Listen as loud as you’d like.”

The Academy Is released three full length albums, “Almost Here”, in 2005, Santi, in 2007, and Fast Times at Barrington High in 2008. They followed those with EP’s The Academy, in 2004, From the Carpet, in 2006, Warped Tour Bootleg Series, in 2006, and Lost in Pacific Time: The AP/EP, in 2009.