Drum Corps International
The DCI.org interview: Julio J. Sequeira, Impulse drum major

The DCI.org interview: Julio J. Sequeira, Impulse drum major

by Drum Corps International

Name, hometown, corps: My name is Julio J. Sequeira and my hometown is the city of Angeles, Los Angeles. I am one of the drum majors for Impulse. Where do you go to school, and what extracurricular activities are you involved with there? I am a current member of the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band, The Spirit of Troy bandsman. I play clarinet, yes clarinet, in the marching band.

Julio J. Sequeira
Give us your full drum corps/marching music background, and how each position prepared you for the leadership role you're in this summer. In middle school I played clarinet and string bass. I was in marching band all four years of high school. I served my last three as drum major for the Belmont High School Sentinel's Marching Band. I also played lead guitar in the jazz band for four years and would play the bass on occasion. I played mallets for two years in drum circuit at Belmont High School. In college I've played in the Spirit of Troy Trojan Marching Band and various local concert bands. I am a guitarist by training. All of my previous exposures have given me a little bit of knowledge to execute my duties as drum major. Although I do not know all the right answers, I will ask all the right questions. If it wasn't for my high school band director, Mr. Tony Feliz, I wouldn't be writing this letter and I wouldn't be where I am today. He gave me the opportunity to lead the marching band and learn his "Felizian" style of leading. Feliz, Brian Higa and Edwin Galan showed me how to lead by example, listen to all sides, do what's best for the group, and try to be perfect. They have molded me into the musician and person that I am today. The last good book I read: Hillary Clinton's "Living History" The last great film I saw: "The Passion of the Christ" Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: "Francis Albert Sinatra and
Antonio Carlos Jobim," any Beatles CD, and any Diana Krall My favorite TV show: "Frasier" Favorite performers: Santana, Julio Iglesias, and marching bands/drum
corps How do you "blow off steam?" Through my music at home with the guitar or fencing. Why I march with the corps I am in: The staff is knowledgeable and motivated to make us better. And of course, the camaraderie. Was it always your goal to be in a leadership role? Not always. At first
I just wanted to do what was best for the corps/group and the powers that
be saw me fit as a leader. How will you go about balancing the roles of leader and corpsmate? There are certain things that a guy can tell his barber that he won't tell his doctor. There has to be some line of demarcation where I can relax with my corpsmates and where they will see me as the their leader. What has been your formative drum corps moment? Ummm ... It's tie between making finals and the buses breaking down ... hehehe. Best drum corps show ever: Every show is unique. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Hitting road with the corps. Best thing about being a drum corps leader: The camaraderie with other leaders of other groups that you normally wouldn't meet or have the chance to talk to. Worst thing about being a drum corps leader: Sometimes the "drama" and stress take a toll on you. At times like that you can't show it in front of the corps. They can show it, but not a leader. During tour, the best part of the day is: The run-through where it "clicks." During tour, the worst part of the day is: Waking up sore, sleepy and hurting all over the place. Favorite drum corps personality and why: Ummm ... Charlie Groh. If you've met him, you know why. What do you want to be when your drum corps career is over? I'll concentrate on my major, music education. After that, become a music educator.