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The DCI.org interview: Bryan Marion, Boston Crusaders drum major

The DCI.org interview: Bryan Marion, Boston Crusaders drum major

by Drum Corps International

Name, hometown, corps: Bryan Marion, Terryville, Conn., Boston Crusaders

Bryan Marion
Where do you go to school, and what extracurricular activities are you involved with there? I'm currently a junior at Boston University, majoring in psychology with a focus on self-regulation and the addictive behaviors. At BU I'm involved in the
Undergraduate Psychology Association, the Addictive Behaviors Lab, and am a student affiliate of the America Psychological Association ^Give us your full drum corps/marching music background, and how each position prepared you for the leadership role you're in this summer. I began marching in 1998 with the Boston Crusaders as a mellophone player. In 1999 I was the mellophone section leader and served as the in-line drum major in 2001. For the last two years I have been a conducting drum major. The last good book I read: "The Lord of the Rings" The last great film I saw: Same as above Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: "The Best of Arturo Sandoval," any Dave Matthews CD, some Shostakovich would be nice too My favorite TV show: "Seinfeld" Favorite performers: Cast members from "Blast!," etc., and anyone on Broadway that can peform day-in and day-out like it's their first time out there. How do you "blow off steam?" Usually by hanging out with friends in Boston or running What is your role in the corps this summer? Conducting drum major Why I march with the corps I am in: I march with the Boston Crusaders because it is more than just a corps. It is my extended family and it has influenced so much of my life that I want to do anything I can to have the same affect on the members marching now Was it always your goal to be in a leadership role? Not from the very start, but early into my marching years I discovered that people generally had respect for me. I thought I could make a difference in the corps and decided that becoming a drum major would be my best chance at achieving this. How will you go about balancing the roles of leader and corpsmate? By always keeping in mind what is best for the corps as a whole, and remembering that this is not always the same as what is best for some individuals What has been your formative drum corps moment? Making finals for the first time in '99, and conducting during finals in Madison Best drum corps show ever: Phantom Regiment '89 What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Having a great age-out with friends I've been marching with for many seasons Best thing about being a drum corps leader: Having the opportunity to represent a corps with so much tradition and history Worst thing about being a drum corps leader: Having to wake up earlier/get to sleep later than everyone else
During tour, the best part of the day is: The couple hours between the end of rehearsal and the show when you get a chance to mentally prepare yourself for the show During tour, the worst part of the day is: When the alarm goes off What do you want to be when your drum corps career is over?
Once I age out I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology

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