Last week on DCI.org, we focused 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. My name is Alicia Whorley, and I was a member of Dimensions' front ensemble for two seasons. I would have to say the best of being in the pit is "pit love." The deep friendship that blooms our unique section each year is priceless; so is the brotherhood that we share with pits of other corps as well.
Last season I remember when our equipment truck broke down on the way to a show. The rest of our corps loaded the battery, horns and guard equipment on our bus, but our pit equipment was left behind in the truck. We were pretty bummed, but our quick-witted staff was able to borrow some equipment from two other generous corps, Marion Glory Cadets and Ekilpse, once we were at the show site. Thanks to those front ensembles' willingness to share their "babies" with fellow pit "brothers," we were able to perform another great show that night. Maybe to the audience it appears that we're all battling it out for the perfect percussion score, but we're really all about respect and "pit love." I hope all the front ensemble rookies keep that in mind this season as they try to figure out this crazy cool thing called drum corps. And I hope to see all my front ensemble brothers/sisters on the 50 this summer as I begin my first season with the generous Marion Glory Cadets.