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The DCI.org interview: Chadwycke Smith, Glassmen horn line

The DCI.org interview: Chadwycke Smith, Glassmen horn line

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: Chadwycke Smith, 16, Miamisburg, Ohio. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Glassmen horn line member. Where I go to school and what I'm studying: Miamisburg High School, college prep/honors courses/every music class we have.

Chadwycke Smith
Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. This will be my second year with the Glassmen, and prior to that, only two years of high school marching band. What's your practice schedule like? I practice anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half a day. What does your ideal free day consist of? Good food, good people, my aviators, and some air conditioning. Favorite pig-out food: Pasta salad from the chuck truck. In the shower you can hear me singing: Frank Sinatra The last good book I read: "The Grapes of Wrath" by
John Steinbeck. Sure, it was for school, but its still a wonderful piece of literature.

The last great film I saw: "Cinderella Man" Jobs I have/have had: I am a busser at Bob Evans (gotta pay that tour fee somehow). My favorite TV show: "Family Guy" What has been your formative drum corps moment? Looking up into the crowd on Finals night in Foxboro, realizing that every painful, sweaty second of my summer couldn't have been spent better. What would you be doing next summer if you were not marching? Working, going to arts camps, working out. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? My high school band director was soprano tech at Glassmen from '98-'00 and my private teacher/current assistant band director marched from '98-'02. He is now the tuba visual tech. It just seemed natural, and I always loved the sophistication associated with the Glassmen and knew that it was something I had to be a part of. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? I was 13 when I saw my first show, so my instinctive thought was "LOUD NOISES!" What advice would you give to young people who want to march? You're never too young to start. I marched my first summer in a Division I corps at age 15. I was scared out of my mind, but you just have to take the plunge, and you will not regret it. What I want to be when I "grow up": A music teacher of some sort, whether it be a choral director, private teacher or band director.

Favorite drum corps personality and why: Frank Williams, because he's been around for awhile, and he instills fear into the hearts of men, although in reality, he's just like a big teddy bear. Best drum corps show ever and why: Glassmen 1998,
because it's Glassmen 1998, and the shield was ridiculous. The year is 2030. What does a DCI show look like? Mellophones in E-flat. Drum majors are ACTUAL robots to keep time, and corps will have 153 members. Feel free to add anything else you'd like. "Wait
longer. Move faster. Hit harder." "Sooner!"