Three generations of family members in particular have been involved with the success of Spirit from Jacksonville State University this year. Trey Ware, 18, is a soprano horn player in his second year with the corps, and his participation in the drum corps activity has motivated his mom, Geralyn, and grandmother, Sandy, to help volunteer on the corps' summer tour. The two family members have been very humbled by Trey's participation in the activity and are more than happy to help out the corps. I really love volunteering here. It's so fulfilling to see the looks on these kids faces and the appreciation that they have of the support we give them. "I'm really proud of my grandson as well as the entire corps," said Sandy. "It's been a lot of work to be on tour with them even for just a few days, but these kids are working extraordinarily hard. They get up, eat breakfast and go to work all day long whether rain or shine. It's very inspiring to see." Initially hesitant to have her son involved in such a demanding activity, Trey's mom now has a strong appreciation for what he's doing after seeing how much good came out of his experiences with the corps last year. The two family volunteers also say they are very lucky that Trey has chosen to participate in such a positive activity, and are grateful for the opportunity to give back to the corps.
"I really love volunteering here. It's so fulfilling to see the looks on these kids faces and the appreciation that they have of the support we give them," said Geralyn. "I wish I could stay on tour and do this throughout the entire season. The members are just so thankful and it's very fulfilling. They make everything we do worth it." Along with his family, Trey feels lucky to have such supporting family members. Although they cannot stay for the entire tour, he is glad his mom and grandmother could stop by and support him and the corps for a little while. "It's really important that family members get involved with their kids and drum corps because it really does help out a whole lot," said Trey. "It's fun to be away from home and be with your friends, but it's also great to have your family come and support you in the activity you love to do."
Sandy, Geralyn and Trey Ware