Name, hometown, corps: Casey Hawthorne, Tyler, Texas, Bluecoats What is your role in the corps this summer? Drum major

Casey Hawthorne
Where (if) do you go to school, and what extracurricular activities are you
involved with there?
I attend Tyler Junior College. I'm a two-year member of the color guard there, and I was captain of the color guard in 2003. I am also the director of the color guard at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas. 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'm a second-year member of the Bluecoats color guard. I was captain of the guard in high school, and a color guard member before that. I marched at Tyler Junior College my freshman year and during my sophomore year I became guard captain. I was a member of the varsity choir all four years in high school, a vocalist for the high school jazz band my senior year. I was also a state solo and ensemble participant all four years in high school. The last good book I read: Anything by John Grisham The last great film I saw: "The Pianist" Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: Perfect Circle, Incubus, Staind My favorite TV show: "Dateline" and "20/20" How do you "blow off steam?" Running/jogging/working out Why I march with the corps I am in: I have been attending the Bluecoats shows since my freshman year in high school. I was intrigued by all the talent in the performing arts. The Bluecoats serves as my second family. The people you meet and the friends you make are beyond anything I have had before, and the learning experiences are priceless. Once a Bluecoat, always a Bluecoat. Was it always your goal to be in a leadership role? No, I wasn't planning on it, but the opportunity was there, and I have been in a leadership role before, so I took a shot at it. I greatly enjoyed spinning in the guard last season, but you only live once, so I took a chance, and now I'm experiencing something that is beyond words. How will you go about balancing the roles of leader and corpsmate? I see myself as the go-between, I am here for the members and my ears are always open. I believe relaying the message between staff and members and staying balanced as a corps is very important. I will maintain discipline and encouragement for the members, while seeing that all jobs are taken care of and that as a whole we are all successful this season. Best drum corps show ever: I enjoyed the Bluecoats' "Homefront" show in 1995. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Our show. I can't wait to see the response our show brings from the crowd. Best thing about being a drum corps leader: You get to see things from a different prospective. You learn a lot from the members, and learn a lot about yourself. Worst thing about being a drum corps leader: If something goes amiss, they'll look to you first. During tour, the best part of the day is: Full ensemble, and final run-through. It's a great feeling to end your day knowing that you're one step closer to your goal as a corps. During tour, the worst part of the day is: Wakeup. Not everybody is a morning person. What do you want to be when your drum corps career is over? Currently I am a broadcast journalism major. I want to replace Barbara Walters on "20/20" one day. Maybe teach elementary education along with color guard on the side as well. I live to take advantage of all of life's options -- to live for today, and to look for tomorrow. I am forever thankful for all of God's many blessings in my life and I tend to use them to their full extent.