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Pit stop: Carolina Crown camaraderie

Pit stop: Carolina Crown camaraderie

by Drum Corps International

This week on DCI.org, we'll be focusing some editorial firepower on anecdotes and stories related to front ensembles. Think back to those formative, funny, inspiring or memorable front ensemble stories and send them in! They can be as long or as short as you would like. Attach a picture of yourself or the situation you're writing about if you can. And by all means, pass this on to your pit-lurking friends! We'll edit these stories for clarity, grammar and appropriateness. If you have a pit-related anecdote or story, send it to content@dci.org. By Beth Bolger I am a member of the Carolina Crown front ensemble from 2003. I don't think there is a single moment from the 2003 season that I will ever forget. Without those 13 other people that made up the 2003 Crown front ensemble, my life would not be the same. Sure, like every family, there were the occasional arguments, but what kind of family doesn't have the occasional fight? The greatest memories I have always seemed to occur around the truck. Oh the wonderful instrument trailer (top right) -- the center of everything that you are, the instruments you play, and the uniforms you cherish. The second picture is the entire front ensemble (bottom left). This was taken by a good friend of mine, Patty the Crossmen pit section leader from 2003. Almost every time we were at shows together I can remember hanging out with my Crossmen friends. Part of the reason I was so close to the Crossmen pit is their new section leader Dave Champagne goes to my rival high school. This is a great picture of Dave (top left) sporting his wonderful red poncho. Rain is a large part of being in the pit because when it rains the joy of pulling out the tarp begins. The most interesting memory I have about rain comes from a rehearsal day we had in Philadelphia. I think we tarped the pit seven or eight times. It seemed like every time we would be ready to get more things accomplished, it would start to rain again! Many inspirational talks came throughout the summer. We always seemed to have them right at the point when we needed them. Some of the greatest talks I remember came from none other than Andre Feagin (bottom right). I remember at one point during a rehearsal block, we adopted Andre as part of the section. He is such a great guy. I wouldn't change any moment of the 2003 season. Without my first season in drum corps, I wouldn't be the person that I am today. I have everyone from the Crown front ensemble to thank for that. Without Andy and the 13 amazing people that were in the section with me, I wouldn't be the musician I am today. Thank you guys, I will never forget you and the greatest summer of my life!

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