Name, age, hometown: Hi! I am Brianna Seidlitz. I am 18 years old and my hometown is Chippewa Falls, Wis. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? I am a member of the Colts of Dubuque, Iowa. I will be playing soprano this summer. Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and am pursuing a major in music education.
Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I marched four years of high school marching band at Chippewa Falls Senior High School, (trumpet three years, mellophone one year). I marched in the summer of 2005 with the Colts (soprano), in the fall of 2005 with the UWEC Marching Band (trumpet), and now in the summer of 2006 with the Colts (soprano). What's your practice schedule like? There's a trumpet in my hand almost every hour of every day! At school I am a part of the UWEC jazz ensemble, symphony band, marching band, trumpet choir and a trumpet quartet. With the Colts, it is the typical hour after hour on the field, marching, playing, running, push-ups -- it is great! What does your ideal free day consist of? Definitely somewhere cool, with air-conditioning maybe? I love the sun, but in the middle of a drum corps season, AC is a great break! Also, water! Swimming at Put-In-Bay was the best break on tour last year. Also swimming at the lake in Marlborough, Mass., (where we stayed for finals 2005) was great! Favorite pig-out food: Pineapples and mangoes, real vanilla ice cream! In the shower you can hear me singing: Something by Rascal Flatts or Counting Crows. The last good book I read: "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda. The last great film I saw: "School of Rock." I know it came out a while ago, but I just saw it for my first time! Jobs I have/have had: I worked at an animal hospital for almost three years as a kennel girl. My favorite TV show: "Desperate Housewives," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" What would you be doing next summer if you were not marching? Working and trying to pay for school, gas, and my apartment for next year. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? My friend Phil Snyder helped out with my high school and talked me into going to auditions last winter. He marched with the Colts for four summers and aged out in 2004. Also, my band directors, Brian Collicot and Doug Greenhalgh, were both members of various drum corps and thought I would be a great candidate for the drum corps activity. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? Freshman year of high school, my band director, Brian Collicot, showed me numerous videos of the Madison Scouts when he had been a member there. My other band director, Doug Greenhalgh, really motivated me around audition time and had a lot of faith in me, which helped tremendously. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Go for it! I regret not auditioning at a younger age. I take every day I have on the field to learn more things, and become better, not only musically, but as a person. It is a great sport to get involved in. What I want to be when I "grow up": When I grow up, I want to be a music teacher. I hope to have a great jazz band and marching program. Favorite drum corps personality and why: Tom Lizotte. He is an amazing guy that everybody should know. He has such a free spirit and works wonders with people. He is definitely a role model to me, and I'm sure many others. I hope to become as great as him someday. Best drum corps show ever and why: This is way too hard of a question. So many shows are so great in many different ways. Everybody ever involoved in any drum corps has accomplished something that some people can only dream of. The year is 2030. What does a DCI show look like? There is going to be a lot more abstract props and music. A lot more technology will most likely come into play as well.