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The DCI.org interview: Allan Acosta, Cavaliers guard member

The DCI.org interview: Allan Acosta, Cavaliers guard member

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: Allan Acosta, 20, Brick, N.J.



What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? I am in the Cavaliers and I am in the color guard section.



Where I go to school and what I'm studying: Ocean County College studying psychology.







Give us your full drum corps/marching music background: After I age out in '06, I will have marched six years of drum corps. I started out as a brass player in high school, soprano in Jersey Surf '01 and '02, Spartans mellophone in '03, then with the Cavaliers color guard in '04, '05 and '06.



What's your practice schedule like? With my busy schedule, I spin my equipment at home when time permits.



What does your ideal free day consist of? After tour, every day is a free day! But a good one would be a day without any sort of rehearsal, hanging out with friends with a nice lunch and dinner, a stop or three at a local store, preferably Target, Wal-Mart, and a Barnes and Noble to grab those tour essentials. While in the bookstore, grab a cup of frappucino from Starbucks. And at the end of the day, chat with others about how everyone else's free day went.



Favorite pig-out food: Pizza topped with pineapples and mushrooms.



In the shower you can hear me singing: The latest hit songs.



The last good book I read: "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse



The last great film I saw: "The War of the Worlds." I saw it during the San Antonio free day and was excited to see some sights from home because it was filmed in Jersey.



Jobs I have/have had: I have a job at Cingular Wireless. Yeah, it's ironic I know, I work for a cell phone company and my corps does not allow cell phones on tour. I can go three months without a cell phone.



My favorite TV show: "The Simpsons" and "Prison Break."



What has been your formative drum corps moment? The first time I wore my color guard uniform with the Cavaliers and seeing a sea of green around me.



What would you be doing next summer if you were not marching? I can only imagine my summer would be rather boring without marching drum corps, but I I'd be taking summer courses, working, enjoying the beach, running 5k races and going on road trips.



How did you decide to be a member of your corps? Watching the color guard warm up in '03 was what really inspired me.



What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? My high school band director initially sparked my interest and my instructors marched the Cadets in 2000, then I decided to give a local one a try.



What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Go for it! You will have the best experience of your life. There is nothing stopping you from trying.



What I want to be when I "grow up": Four inches taller, at least!



Favorite drum corps personality and why: Jeff Fiedler because I know no other personality like him.



Best drum corps show ever and why: Star of Indiana 1991. That brass line was phenomenal, especially the mellophone section.



The year is 2030. What does a DCI show look like? A show with at most 160 marching members on the field.



Feel free to add anything else you'd like. Splooie!