IN STEP logoIn the Arizona desert, a new creative hand is guiding The Academy into the 2018 Drum Corps International season. Lindsey Vento, well known in the marching band and winter guard worlds for her contagious energy and groundbreaking show designs, is the corps’ new artistic director. The interview is one in a new series of profiles highlighting the leadership of women in drum corps, as part of DCI's IN STEP: Women in DCI initiative. In this special edition of DCI's Field Pass, Dan Potter has a candid discussion with Vento about everything from her unconventional path to the marching arts, to recent current events, to The Academy's 2018 production "Academic."

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Dan PotterDan Potter has been hooked on drum corps and competitive marching band for almost 40 years. He is the announcer for many Drum Corps International and marching band shows nationwide and is the host of DCI's "Field Pass," the official podcast of Marching Music's Major League™.

Drum Major of the Geneseo Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 1979-1981, Dan was also on the staff of the Glassmen and has taught or consulted high school marching bands in Indiana, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Dan is the host of the "KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter" in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He has been a news anchor, radio personality and manager of newsrooms for 35 years. He is the recipient of numerous broadcast journalism awards including the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for Medium Market Personality of the Year. He's also won the prestigious Radio-Television News Directors Association's Edward R. Murrow award for best radio newscast in the U.S. (2000) and the DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism (2004). In fact, he's the only American radio journalist ever to win all three of those awards.