Adam Noaeill is in his second year of being head drum major for Capital Regiment. He's a music education major at Ball State University. I came into the corps after auditioning on mellophone. They asked if I would rather play tuba. At the January 2004 camp the previous year, the drum major decided not to come back. The staff decided to hold open auditions for drum major and I decided to try out. I was drum major in high school for three years.
I was surprised I got the position, as I felt there were some that were better than me, but the staff liked my style. It was tough being thrown into the position. It was stressful and I had to mature quickly. But, it was an experience I would never give up. Because of that experience, I'm back for the second year. This year so far has been a lot of fun. We've been having great shows and good progress so far. The members get a long well and seem to be having a good time. Our show is very interesting -- the way we take the light to dark theme and make it into times of day. The show starts at midnight and as the show progresses, it gets later in the day. By the third number, we're in the fun energetic time of day -- everyone's partying and having a good time. That's the hardest part of the show to work on as it has to groove and have a Latin feel. Getting the feet together with the music is the hardest part, but it's also the most fun. We end the show at about 5 or 6 in the evening. There's more to come later in the season. What you see now is not the end. I would tell anyone to "go for it" if they're thrown into a position they might not feel ready for. You learn maturity and you learn more about yourself, about what you can handle and how far you can go. And drum corps is probably one of the best places to learn and grow as an individual. You learn how to push yourself to the limit and get along with others while having to do things on your own.