Name, hometown, corps: Jamie Elise Mauldin. I am from Midland, Texas, and I march with the Blue Knights from Denver. What is your role in the corps this summer? Guard captain Where do you go to school, and what extracurricular activities are you involved with there? I go to Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. I am a senior political science pre-law major. I am in Ko Jo Kai Women's Club, a junior class senator in our student association, Pi Sigma Alpha, spring break campaigns, and Meals on Wheels.
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 have been involved with music my whole life. I started playing piano very young and joined band in the 7th grade. I played the French horn. When I got up to the high school band, I decided I didn't want to march with my instrument so I joined color guard, not really thinking I would like it too much. I feel in love with spinning. I always watched drum corps on TV and wanted to be a part of the excitement. I auditioned my senior year in high school and began marching. I am aging out this summer having marched four years in the Blue Knights color guard. The last good book I read: I only read books for school The last great film I saw: "The Princess Bride," because it is my favorite Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: Dave Mathews Band, my '80s mix, and John Mayer My favorite TV show: "Friends" How do you "blow off steam?" I like to run or sleep. Why I march with the corps I am in: I have made some lifetime friendships in my corps. I also think we have a great staff. I love marching Blue Knights because we aren't afraid to do something different and push the boundaries of the activity. Was it always your goal to be in a leadership role? I like to be in leadership positions, so yes. How will you go about balancing the roles of leader and corpsmate? I am a pretty easygoing person but people know when I mean business. I think it will be important to become good friends with the people in the guard before anything. I think one of the most important things about being a leader is being a servant first. I will take care of my business and have my act together to be a leadership example. What has been your formative drum corps moment? It is always standing on the field with the crowd going crazy and being able to feel the energy on the field from my corps. Best drum corps show ever: The last show of every season. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Making the most of every moment because it will be my last summer. Best thing about being a drum corps leader: Sharing the passion and love for what we do with the people just beginning their marching career. Worst thing about being a drum corps leader: Sometimes you have to ask people to do things you don't even want to do. Especially when you're tired, sore, hungry, and you've slept on the bus all night long and you're in the 12th hour of rehearsal. During tour, the best part of the day is: The run-through During tour, the worst part of the day is: Waking up Favorite drum corps personality and why: Well, the people that I have been in the guard with for the past four years because we share a special bond. What do you want to be when your drum corps career is over? I will be graduating the semester. After I age out, I will be getting a job until the next fall, when I will hopefully be attending law school.