Name, age, hometown: Lauren Lucero, 19, Houston. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Bluecoats mellophone section leader.
Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. This summer will be my fifth year marching with the Bluecoats. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? My band director in middle school, Ken Fanti, marched with the Bluecoats for six years. In 2000 the Bluecoats held camps in Texas for the first time, and he convinced me to give it a shot. I was hooked ever since then. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? The dedication and precision that is put into the shows. I had never seen anything like it. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? I always meet these kids who say they want to march but they're going to wait until they're 20 or 21. But almost every "rook-out" I've marched with has regretted not getting involved in the activity earlier. My advice would be to shut up, get in the car, and go audition somewhere. You have nothing to lose, and you just might gain something. Where I go to school and what I'm studying: University of Houston, music. My favorite TV show: "Family Guy" What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Since 2001 this corps has gotten significantly better each year. So it's pretty exciting to think about how we're going to do this year. Best thing about being in a drum corps: Getting an awesome tan. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: Trying to explain to people how I managed to get that tan. During tour, the best part of the day is: The performance run. During tour, the worst part of the day is: "Good morning Bluecoats ..." Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. Robots and 3-D drill.