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The DCI.org interview: Lee-Erik Eachus, Madison Scouts guard

The DCI.org interview: Lee-Erik Eachus, Madison Scouts guard

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Name, age, hometown: Lee-Erik Eachus, 21, Lexington, Ky. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer?<.B> I'll be marching with the Madison Scouts as a member of the guard -- get it! Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. This is my first and last year with any drum corps, but they always save the best for last. I did, however, march guard two years in high school and wouldn't mind doing winter guard in the future.

Lee-Erik Eachus and his cousin, Christie
How did you decide to be a member of your corps? I really wanted to march someplace where my abilities could be appreciated, and at the same time I wanted a place where I could really learn how to make myself better from the help of my fellow guard members as well as the staff. The Scouts felt like the perfect place for me. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? I love performing and making the crowd happy -- and that's what it's about! What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Do it! As cliche as it may sound, you never know until you try. Who cares if you're any good going in to auditions, it's about what you look like when you come out that counts. Go for it! Do you have any favorite road anecdotes? Let's what until I get back from tour, and then I'll write you a book about them. The last good book I read: "A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry" by Czeslaw Milosz The last great film I saw: Napoleon Dynamite Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I got to school at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., (no, our mascot is no the vampire) and I'm studying dance and anthropology. Jobs I have/have had: Currently, I work at Tates Creek High School, where I teach dance to the guard. I also coach the Southern School Dance Team. Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: David Gray, "White Ladder"; Frou Frou, "Details"; John Legend, "Get Lifted" My favorite TV show: "Golden Girls" and "Desperate Housewives" Favorite performers: I love watching John legend perform -- and of course, Alicia Keys, but Beyonce isn't too bad. How do you "blow off steam?" Dancing, just doing it out of nowhere without any real choreography. It's such an easy way to forget about everything and focus on something you're passionate about. What has been your formative drum corps moment? So far, meeting Sal Salas and Micahel Cesario! They're both such characters that it is impossible not to immediately love both of them and their insights into the world. Best drum corps show ever: I liked the music and staging of SCV's "Scherezade," but the best ever is by far the Scouts rendition of "Jesus Christ Superstar." What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Everything. Honestly, I can't pinpoint the one thing I most look forward. I look forward to exhausting rehearsals, new friendships, incredible performances and countless memories. Best thing about being in a drum corps: It's the ability to do something you love with 100-plus other people who love it just as much. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: And as much as I may pretend to like those exhausting rehearsals now, I can guarantee they'll be the same things I learn to hate -- well, maybe it's a tie between that and early mornings. Favorite drum corps personality and why: Definite tie: Michael Cesario and Sal Salas, director of the Madison Scouts. They both are too much fun for words! What I want to be when I "grow up": Well, I'd love to dance in a professional ballet, but I'm not sure my bones will let that dream live for too long. Post that, I'd love to teach anthropology at a university. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. Lots of technology, I'm talking real digital enhancements. At the same time, though, I'm sure it'll stay true to its roots and nothing too ridiculous. All the same, I'm sure I'll love it just as much.

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