On May 25th, I will begin my journey through summer as a new member of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. For approximately 2.5 months we will be touring the country, starting on the West coast in California, and making our way East to finish on August 11th in Indianapolis, Indiana. During this tour of the country, we will travel over 12,000 miles, and perform in more than 40 competitions.
The history of the Boston Crusaders dates back to 1940, and is one of the founding members of Drum Corps International. For the past 70 years, the Boston Crusaders have provided students with an intense musical and visual experience. The Boston Crusaders have placed in the Top 12 in the world for the past 13 years. Although the Boston Crusaders have a passionate, competitive drive, they also cultivate a strong family environment.
This summer will be my first year experiencing drum corps, and I will be marching Baritone. However, my primary instrument is the saxophone. I started learning the baritone in September before the audition camp in November. I really wanted to have the experience of marching a season of drum corps; thus, I had to learn a brass instrument. I practiced daily until the audition camp, and I am very thankful for receiving the callbacks to continue coming to camps, until finally receiving the contract to march with the 2012 Boston Crusaders.
Although it is only my first year in drum corps, I can easily say that the Boston Crusaders implement core values that make each member feel valuable and part of a family. I know that marching with the Boston Crusaders will help me grow not only as a musician and performer, but also as a human being.
I am asking for help from my family, friends, and any alumni to help me march this summer with the Boston Crusaders. Please click the DONATE button and make a taxdeductible donation to the March-a-thon.
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