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The DCI.org interview: Adam Swan, Spirit lead baritone player

The DCI.org interview: Adam Swan, Spirit lead baritone player

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: My name is Adam Swan. I'm 21 years old and I live in Lawrenceville, Ga. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? I march with Spirit from JSU and I am a lead baritone player. Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. This will be my third year as a marching member of Spirit. I started marching band in 1998 with Collins Hill High School. I then came to JSU and have been in the Marching Southerners for 3 years now. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? The first time I actually saw Spirit was in 2001. That show just blew my mind! By that time I had pretty much decided that I was going to attend JSU, so it was very convenient for me. And, of course, it took a lot of convincing with the parents as well. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? The thing that attracted me most was the pageantry and the performance. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Do it. There will come a time when you can't march anymore and that will be the time that you wished you had marched more than when you actually could've marched. Do you have any favorite road anecdotes? None that I can disclose on here! The last good book I read: I know I'm going old school with this one, but "The Andromeda Strain." The last great film I saw: "Ray." Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I am currently a music education major at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville,
Ala. Jobs I have/have had: I worked as a "scooper" for Bruster's Ice Cream for two years, I worked for Music and Arts for about two months as a chem cleaner, I've worked for my mom off an on for about three years at her office, the GEMC (Georgia Electrical Membership Cooperative) Federal Credit Union, I've worked as a drink specialist at a coffeehouse, and I've worked as a carpenter for one of the deacons at my church. Three albums I'd want on a deserted island: 1. The Spirit of Atlanta "Glory Years" CD
2. Dave Matthews Band, "Live At Red Rocks"
3. Outkast, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" My favorite TV show: "Family Guy" Favorite performers: Besides the other members of my corps, I would have to say "Blast!" How do you "blow off steam?" I practice and I play golf. Best drum corps show ever: Star of Indiana 1991. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Being able to perform for thousands and thousands of people one last time. I am also looking forward to the great relationships that I am going to start and/or build upon as the summer goes along. Best thing about being in a drum corps: The sense of family that you get from a corps is amazing. I always refer to Spirit as my second family. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: The day after finals when you have to leave everyone. During tour, the best part of the day is: Saying "The Lord's Prayer" right before we go on the field. During tour, the worst part of the day is: WAKING UP! Favorite drum corps personality and why: Gail Royer. He did so much for the drum corps activity, and even today, the effects of his work can still be felt throughout the drum corps community. What I want to be when I "grow up": I want to be a music educator. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. I'm hoping that the activity won't be much different because it is fine just the way it is now. Feel free to add anything else you'd like. HAIL SINFONIA!

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