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The DCI.org interview: Clif Mooney, Blue Knights mellophone

The DCI.org interview: Clif Mooney, Blue Knights mellophone

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: Clif Mooney, 19, Lubbock, Texas.

What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Blue Knights mellophone player, "Heck yes."

Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I go to school at South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas. I am taking prerequisites for nursing school.

Clif Mooney (right) and Jeremy Romero after finals in 2005.
Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I marched soprano at Revolution in 2003, and took off 2004. Came back to march with Blue Knights in 2005 and this is my second year with the corps.

What's your personal practice schedule like? I practice usually late at night, and when my roommates aren't in the apartment. Usually two hours a day.

What does your ideal free day consist of? Wearing flip-flops! Those who march drum corps can attest that not wearing tennis shoes and a godsend.

Favorite pig-out food: Pizza. Period. In the shower you can hear me singing: I don't sing really, I whistle more than anything. I whistle drum corps shows that my roommates blare through the apartment. They both march drum corps, one is a three-year vet with the Bluecoats, and the other is a two-year year vet with the Blue Knights. The last good book I read: "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal" by Eric Schlosser. It was a very interesting book. The last great film I saw: "Brokeback Mountain" Jobs I have/have had: I am a waiter at a local restaurant downtown. My favorite TV show: Anything on "Adult Swim." What has been your formative drum corps moment?What would you be doing next summer if you were not marching? Eew. Been there, done that. Working, wishing I was in drum corps, taking summer school to occupy my time. Seeing as many drum corps shows as possible. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? After watching their 2000 show on VHS (I know people still watch those), I was beside myself. The Blue Knights have such grace in what they do, the movement BK does in shows is beautiful. I knew that someday I wanted to be doing barrel turns, pas de chats, jetes, etc. in the middle of shows. Also the prep step, awesome! What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? My first live drum corps show was in Dallas in 2001. The first corps on were the Colts, the opening statement blew me away. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Nike says it best when they say, "Just Do It." Seriously, get out there and march. Drum corps is the most amazing thing I will ever do. It honestly has made me who I am today. It brings out the best in a person. I would also say learn about the corps you want to audition for, and march for your own reasons. What I want to be when I "grow up": If all goes well, a surgical RN. Favorite drum corps personality and why: Robbie Billings, the Blue Knights drill, guard and show designer. Amazing to work with all summer. Best drum corps show ever and why: Blue Knights 2000 -- amazing choreography, and Santa Clara 1989 -- way ahead of its time. Also Phantom Regiment 1996 -- awesome brass line. The year is 2030. What does a DCI show look like?Feel free to add anything else you'd like. "Live"