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The DCI.org interview: Daniel Feast, Blue Devils' assistant drum major

The DCI.org interview: Daniel Feast, Blue Devils' assistant drum major

by Drum Corps International

Name, hometown, corps: My name is Daniel Feast, I'm from Boise, Idaho, and I am marching with the Blue Devils from Concord, Calif. What is your role in the corps this summer? Assistant drum major

Daniel Feast
Where do you go to school, and what extracurricular activities are you involved with there? I currently attend Albertson College of Idaho where I am actively involved in all intramural events and am on the cricket team.^ 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 was in high school marching band for four years and then joined the Blue Devils in January of 2002. Each year that I have marched has given me a deeper understanding of the activity, and educated me enough to the point where I now feel comfortable leading the group. The last good book I read: "Shogun," written by James Clavell The last great film I saw: "Kill Bill" (best movie ever) Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: Well, assuming that I could make a CD player out of coconuts, which of course I can because I'm practically MacGyver, I would choose:
(1) Bob Curnow's L.A. Big Band, "Music of Pat Metheny"
(2) Pink Floyd's "Momentary Lapse of Reason"
(3) Bob Marley's "Legend -- the Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers" My favorite TV show: "The Family Guy" Favorite performers: Cirque du Soleil How do you "blow off steam?" Sleep Why I march with the corps I am in: I love Jazz. I love power. I love perfection. And it fits my personality -- totally laid back and relaxed, but when it comes to a gig nobody performs like a Blue Devil. Was it always your goal to be in a leadership role? No, I came to the Blue Devils as a soprano player. Only last year (2003) did I start to feel the need to be a leader. How will you go about balancing the roles of leader and corpsmate? Having marched two years as a sop, I have a better understanding and can closely relate to what everyone goes through both on and off the field. Therefore, bringing leadership into the camaraderie isn't a problem. What has been your formative drum corps moment? Doing the victory gig on finals night last year. Just being able to do our show without a care in the world, surrounded by my closest friends and to still do it flawlessly was an experience I'll never forget. Best drum corps show ever: 1982 Blue Devils What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Having four prepared meals every day. Best thing about being a drum corps leader: Having people listen while I'm talking. Worst thing about being a drum corps leader: Having to tell my friends to stop screwing around even though I know that if I were in their position I would have been doing the same thing. During tour, the best part of the day is: Immediately following the run-through. During tour, the worst part of the day is: "Let's set up for a run-through." What do you want to be when your drum corps career is over? I'm studying to be an engineer.

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