Help Chase March Legends!
Organized by: Chase Malcom
Hey, I'm Chase, and I REALLY like band. Like, enough to pursue a degree in music education and, most recently, join a drum and bugle corps!
Drum corps crash course (skip ahead if you already know about DCI): Drum Corps International is like the NFL for marching band. Every year, thousands of high school and college students join one of 37 corps from all around the country. Members attend rehearsals throughout the winter months and then "move-in" to a site, typically a college or high school, to begin spring training, which is basically the most intense band camp you can imagine. Spring training normally starts late may or early june and consists of 12-16 hours per day spent in rehearsal, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, then sleep and do it all again. Spring training ends when the season begins, in late June, during which my corps will have 20 performances all over the United States, carted around on charter busses and sleeping on vairious high school gym floors (if you aren't on the bus). As you can imagine, this costs A LOT of money. Drum corps is a truly special activity, and even with 150 members paying fees, the corps still relies hevily on external donors, fundraisers, and merchendise sales to make ends meet.
I'm going to be filling a trumpet hole that recently opened up with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2016 season. Legends is an open class corps, and you can check out their website here. Since I will be coming later in the season, my tuition is reduced, however it is still a huge chunk of money: $2000 plus money for athletic clothes, laundry money, section specific supplies, and mandatory corps clothing. I am not a person who asks for money lightly; if you cannot or do not want to donate, I completely understand. However, if you do decide to pitch in, know that ANY bit helps, even if it's $5 or $10 or even $1, and I am incredibly greatful for your support.
BONUS: click here to see a schedule of what I will be doing this summer