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The DCI.org interview: Elliott Bowman, Glassmen bass drum

The DCI.org interview: Elliott Bowman, Glassmen bass drum

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Name, age, hometown: Elliott Bowman, 20, Maineville, Ohio (20 miles north of Cincinnati). What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? The Glassmen, bottom bass drum. Where I go to school and what I'm studying: Bowling Green State University, hospitality management.

Elliott Bowman
Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. Four years in high school (Kings High School), three years of indoor in high school. Three years at BGSU, one year at Rhythm X indoor line (rack), one year at Northcoast Academy Indoor line (bottom bass) and one season with the Glassmen. Of my past 13 seasons, 11 have been on bottom bass drum. What does your ideal free day consist of? Hanging out with the boys, and maybe hanging out with some of my friends in the horn line. Favorite pig-out food: Currently, Tostitos chips and cheese dip. In the shower you can hear me singing: I'm a drummer -- I don't/can't sing. The last good book I read: Haven't in a long while. The last great film I saw: I won't lie – "Madagascar." Jobs I have/have had: Food service positions at Kings Island, The Beach Water Park, GFS and BGSU dining services. I have also worked with Mason High School's drum line, and Arcadia High school's drum line, and Prebel-Shawnee's bass line. All are high schools in Ohio. My favorite TV show: "CSI." What has been your formative drum corps moment? Three-way tie: Actualy being in DCI finals, having my mom see me on the field, or in Pitt, Kan., after a practice day. This little kid was running around and was a big drum corps fan, even if he didn't know what corps was, he still loved it. He was getting sticks from some of the drummers and I decided to get an old bass head from the truck, have the bass line sign it, and give it to the little guy. His face lit up so much when he saw that. I made his day and that was awesome! What would you be doing next summer if you were not marching?Working or taking classes. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? I have always loved the Glassmen, and I had a teacher that marched snare there in 1995. He said it was a great place, so I went. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? The fact that I get to drum all day for three months with some awesome people and travel the country, and the world. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? DO IT. Don't be scared, just go to camps and take in as much information that you can. I was cut in 2003 because I wasn't good enough. It didn't stop me, I practiced and went back and now I'm marching. You just gotta go in there and be yourself and have fun. This activity is around for people to learn and have fun, not be scared and afraid to do any thing. Just do it!

What I want to be when I "grow up": No clue. Favorite drum corps personality and why: The Blue Devils guard girl that does all the interviews (Jessica Allen). She's tall and gorgeous. I'm tall -- come on ... Best drum corps show ever and why: Cavaliers "Frameworks." The drill was amazing. SCV 04 -- just AWESOME. 27th Lancers alumni corps show (1994) with that big corps. I only saw it on video, but that show was awesome! They had like 20 or 30 snare drummers -- and it sounded pretty good! The year is 2030. What does a DCI show look like? Hopefully just the same as it does now. There is no need for electrical anything. Just go out there and march and play well. Feel free to add anything else you'd like. Thank you to all the fans out there who, night after night, state after state, give it up every night at the end of the show. As long as you guys give it up, it's all worth it. We could come in dead last, but if the crowd still gave us a standing ovation every night because they liked the show, it would still be worth it to me! Keep supporting anyone you know that's marching -- without them, there is no drum corps.

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