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The DCI.org interview: Jonno Lee, Mandarins tenor

The DCI.org interview: Jonno Lee, Mandarins tenor

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Name, age, hometown: My name is Jonno Lee, I'm 18 years old, and I live in Sacramento, Calif. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? I am in the Mandarins, and I am center tenor this year.

Jonno Lee
Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I'm still in high school, but I hope to major in either film studies or music education. Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I started marching with my high school, C. K. McClatchy, when I was a freshman. My freshman year, I played 2nd bass. My sophomore year, I played tenors. Both my junior and senior I was center snare. I joined Mandarins my sophomore year in the tenor line. What does your ideal free day consist of? Ideal free day? Hmm. Probably something along the lines of sleeping in for an hour, and then hanging out with my corps friends. Favorite pig-out food: Cheddar and sour cream Ruffles. In the shower you can hear me singing: Whatever's stuck in my head at the moment. The last good book I read: "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield. The last great film I saw: "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." But if you're talking about seeing one in theatres, then "Serenity." Jobs I have/have had: I helped tech a local drum line during the winter season (my high school doesn't do winter lines). My favorite TV show: "The Daily Show." Jon Stewart is a comedic genius. Really. What has been your formative drum corps moment? Probably one day in Alabama. It was 116 degrees, super humid, and I got a bloody nose right before the last block. Not to mention the field was lumpy and the grass was real thick. What would you be doing next summer if you were not marching? Probably trying to do something drum-related. Maybe start a band with my guitar-playing friends. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? Mandarins had done a couple clinics at my high school, and I thought that it looked really neat. Also, my high school percussion instructor (Kevin
Goings) is the tenor tech at Mandarins. Around January my sophomore year, he told me that they needed to fill a tenor spot. I jumped at the opportunity, and made the line. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? I was pretty leery about joining the marching band at my high school, because I had only done set and concert percussion. However, playing bass was one of the most fun things I had done up to that point in my life, and I knew that marching was my thing. Drum corps is an excellent way to further my percussive abilities, and have fun at the same time. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Drum corps takes tons of dedication. If you're unsure about it, or not sure that it's really your thing, then don't do it. However, if you love what the activity is about, and want to do it, then go for it. You won't regret it. What I want to be when I "grow up": Hahaha. I wanted to be a magician up until I was 5. But nowadays, realistically, I'd like to do something either in film or in music. Maybe both? Who knows. Favorite drum corps personality and why: Kevin Goings! He's our tenor tech, and he is hilarious. He makes the funniest references, and is an all-around great guy. Best drum corps show ever and why: Too many to choose from here. I'll stick with Vanguard 2004. Percussion was awesome, and the whole ensemble blended really well. The year is 2030. What does a DCI show look like? Hopefully not too different. I imagine that the maximum size would probably be made bigger, like about 160 per corps. And the Cavaliers will probably be doing something nuts, like running from one sideline to the other in 16 counts. Feel free to add anything else you'd like. Blue team what!

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