Drum Corps International
The DCI.org interview: Liam Lynch, Kiwanis Kavaliers lead mellophone/horn sergeant

The DCI.org interview: Liam Lynch, Kiwanis Kavaliers lead mellophone/horn sergeant

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: Liam Edward Lynch, 19 but soon to be 20; Waterloo, Ont., Canada, but now I live in Tampa, Fla. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Kiwanis Kavaliers: Lead mellophone and horn sergeant. Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I marched back in high school for three years. In '03 I tried out with a corps. But I didn't make it, so I tried out at Kiwanis and was put on lead trumpet, which I marched for the past two years. Last summer I was named horn sergeant and am taking the position again this year.

Liam Lynch
How did you decide to be a member of your corps? Well, after I tried out with that other corps, my dad found out that Kiwanis holds camps down here in Florida, so I figured that I would give it a shot, especially since they are from my hometown. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? My middle school teacher showed us a video just before the end of the year but I didn't know what it was fully until one of the other trumpet players in high school marched and he really got me interested in the activity. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? I know that everyone says this but start as soon as possible because it is such a great life experience. Don't make excuses as to why you can't march, just do it, you will love it. One more thing -- camps are not drum corps. You have to fight through the hard times to get to the good stuff. Do you have any favorite road anecdotes?The last good book I read: Harry Potter, "The Order of The Phoenix" The last great film I saw: "Robots" Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I am currently attending the University of South Florida and am currently studying mechanical engineering, but I am switching to music education. Jobs I have/have had: Well for the next month I am a busser at Lee Roy Selmon's Restaurant here in Tampa. Then once I get back I'll be working with my alma mater's marching nand. Three albums I'd want on a deserted island: Weezer, "Blue Album"; Counting Crows, "Films About Ghosts"; and Less Than
Jake, "Hello Rockview." My favorite TV show: "Family Guy," I am so happy it's back on the air, but angry because I am going to miss most of the new season. Favorite performers: Dane Cook and Less Then Jake How do you "blow off steam?" I play hockey so that is a good way to blow off steam, but during the time in between hockey and drum corps I go to the driving range or go running. Best drum corps show ever: Any show where the crowd has jumped to its feet at the end of our show. The most vivid was a show in Illinois when we performed after the Cavaliers. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? I get to go home ever summer and see relatives that my family doesn't get to see too often. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: Tour spread is the worst (tour spread is when you suitcase seems to explode over a few days when you are in one place for more then two days). During tour, the best part of the day is:During tour, the worst part of the day is: The time you have to eat, pack, shower, shave and load. It so hectic that it is the worst part of the day Favorite drum corps personality and why: Adam Ellis: He's the current brass caption head with Kiwanis, he knows just how hard to push us and is always quick with a good joke or story from when he marched. He did a great job last summer when he was the only brass staff for the last few weeks of tour, and he is already doing a great job this year. What I want to be when I "grow up": Well I would like to teach Canadian kids how to play music and get them interested in marching, because I had no clue that music was such a great thing to know how to play until I moved to Florida. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. Well, things are obviously going to change in the next 10 years -- they have to, it is just the nature of the beast. But I can only hope that the instruments stay the same. Feel free to add anything else you'd like. I would like to say that being in drum corps has had the largest impact on my life. No matter were I go where I have a job to do, now I do it with all of my ability, because that is what you have to do all summer and it is now a part of me. "Always do everything to the best of your ability because it's not worth doing if your not will to put forth the effort."