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The DCI.org interview: Chelsea Heathman, Mandarins horn sergeant

The DCI.org interview: Chelsea Heathman, Mandarins horn sergeant

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: Chelsea Renee Heathman 19 years old, Stockton, Calif. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Sacramento Mandarins. This summer I am the horn sergeant and in charge of the low brass. Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I started as a flute player in elementary school and joined marching band in middle school. Then I learned to play several brass instruments. I was in marching band in high school and I joined Mandarins during my high school years. I am a music major at school and give music lessons to middle school children.

Chelsea Heathman
How did you decide to be a member of your corps? I actually joined Mandarins because my older brother was in the corps and he convinced me to join. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? I loved going to watch the shows that my brother was performing in so that made me want to be just like my brother!

What advice would you give to young people who want to march? For any young people who want to march my advice would be that you have to always be willing to work hard. Always believe that you can achieve your goals and let nothing hold you back. The last good book I read: The last good book I read would have to be "The Lake House" by James Patterson. The last great film I saw: The next great film I'm waiting to see would be Star Wars, of course! Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I am attending University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and I am a music therapy major. Jobs I have/have had: I have given music lessons and tutored biology. Three albums I'd want on a deserted island: If I was on a deserted island I would have to have any CDs of Victor Wooten, Brian Culbertson or Duke Ellington. My favorite TV show: My favorite TV shows would be "Family Guy" and "Chappelle's Show." Favorite performers: My favorite performers would be anyone who marches with drum corps! How do you "blow off steam?" To blow off steam I often find myself practicing one of many instruments or writing poetry. What has been your favorite drum corps moment? My favorite drum corps moment ever would be getting on the plane every summer to kiss my worries good bye. Best drum corps show ever: The best drum corps show ever would have to be Blue Devils 1998. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? This summer I look forward to hard work and getting a good tan and laundry days! Best thing about being in a drum corps: The best thing about being in a drum corps besides meeting great people would be the feeling you get taking a great shower after a long day of rehearsal. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: The worse thing about being in drum corps besides the constant weather changes would be the feeling you have after a long day of rehearsal before you get to take a shower. During tour, the best part of the day is: The best part of the day on tour would be waking up every morning to fun music. During tour, the worst part of the day is: The worse part of the day on tour is when the day is over. What I want to be when I "grow up":When I grow up I want to be a music therapist. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. In the year 2015, I think the drum corps shows will be full of electronic music, bright neon colors and motorized guard equipment.

Feel free to add anything else. Drum corps is overall a great experience. I cannot stress enough that you meet the greatest people ever in corps. These are lifelong buddies. They are always there to help you with anything, corps-related or not! I want to say thank you to my wonderful friends and the great staff we have!

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