Drum Corps International
The DCI.org interview: Amy Frost, Santa Clara Vanguard trumpet

The DCI.org interview: Amy Frost, Santa Clara Vanguard trumpet

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: Amy Frost, 20, Phoenix. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Santa Clara Vanguard, trumpet and full-time rock star. Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I go to school at Arizona State University and I am studying instrumental music education.

Amy Frost (left) and her twin sister Abby.
Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. In 2001 I got a call from a corps director out here in Phoenix and he told me that he needed trumpet players for his corps (Copperstar). I had no idea what it was, and wanted nothing to do with marching band during the summer (It's hot here!). So I end up getting talked into it and marched our only show, which was the Phoenix show. That night I saw SCV and just told myself I have to march there one day. I started at SCV in 2003 and will be aging out this year. What's your personal practice schedule like? I actually scheduled time into my class schedule this semester to practice! On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday I am practicing for at least three hours! IT ROCKS! What does your ideal free day consist of? Not wearing tennis shoes, getting to dress and act like a girl, seeing the local sites, hanging out with friends. And eating some good, cheap food! Favorite pig-out food: Pizza. You have to have pizza on laundry days. In the shower you can hear me singing: I actually whistle a lot -- and more than likely it is "If I only had a brain" from the Wizard of Oz. Don't ask me why I whistle that song because I can't give you an answer.

The last good book I read: "In the Grip of Grace: Your Father Always Caught You. He Still Does," by Max Lucado.

The last great film I saw: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"

Jobs I have/have had: I work in the music library at my university and for a friend who is a phenomenal composer/arranger!

My favorite TV show: "Myth Busters"

What has been your formative drum corps moment? Finals night 2005; getting to re-warm up right there and to do 8's and 8's before stepping onto the field was unbelievable. Gail really pulled through for us on that one.

What would you be doing next summer if you were not marching? Hoping to teach a corps or practice like a madwoman.

How did you decide to be a member of your corps? The Phoenix show in 2001; I heard SCV play "Send in the Clowns" and I knew that I had to be playing that song some day.

What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? Vanguard and their intensity and attention to detail in everything they do.

What advice would you give to young people who want to march? If you have a dream/goal/passion for something (anything!), put every ounce of energy, hope, desire, love, passion and dedication that you have in your entire body and throw it all into that one idea that you have and focus on that thing like it is all you have. That is how you will become successful with everything you do in life, especially drum corps.

What I want to be when I "grow up": A middle school band director, a DCI adjudicator, and one day a college music education professor, and a mommy.

Favorite drum corps personality and why: Rick Valenzuela. Remember what I said earlier about putting all you have into your dreams? I learned that from him.

Best drum corps show ever and why: A tossup between SCV 1999 and 2000. I'm biased; what can I say?

The year is 2030. What does a DCI show look like? The same as it does today BUT the talent level, and talent pool, is much greater and larger simply because there will be AMAZING educators out there. The number of junior Division I corps increases like crazy; members get paid to march; the quality of shows and performers is better than a top-five professional symphony.

Feel free to add anything else you'd like. "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."