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The DCI.org interview: Meghan Davis, Bluecoats mellophone

The DCI.org interview: Meghan Davis, Bluecoats mellophone

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: Meghan Colleen Davis, 21, Arlington Heights, Ill. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Bluecoats, mellophone Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I marched on flute and piccolo in high school before becoming a drum major, and taught myself mellophone last fall in order to march drum corps. I marched with the Bluecoats during 2004, and this coming summer will be my ageout.

Meghan Davis
How did you decide to be a member of the Bluecoats? I asked around a lot to try and find a corps that I would be happy in. Both my high school marching instructor, Jeff Fiedler, and my friend, Pete Weber (who is now writing drill for the Madison Scouts), recommended the Bluecoats. I'm eternally grateful to both of them for helping me find my corps family. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? The level of performance and dedication. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Practice hard, don't give up, and keep an open mind and open ears. The last good book I read: "Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil" by John Berendt
The last great film I saw: "Sideways" Where I go to school and what I'm studying: University of Illinois, a senior studying music education (flute) Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: Jeff Buckley, "Grace"; Vladimir Ashkenazy with the London Symphony, Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 1-4; and the Chicago Symphony under Solti, Mahler Symphony No. 5 My favorite TV show: "Family Guy" or "The West Wing" Favorite performers: The Bluecoats, the 2004-2005 Fighting Illini basketball team, and my sister, Sarah How do you "blow off steam?" I cook or bake. Sometimes I clean, but that's not as good
because I don't get to eat afterwards.
What has been your formative drum corps moment? Figuring out how to handle an injury during the summer. Best drum corps show ever: 2004 Bluecoats, 2002 Cavaliers, 1993 Phantom Regiment
What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Seeing how far the 2005 Bluecoats can go, and being with my family again. Best thing about being in a drum corps: Going to sleep at the end of the day knowing that you gave everything you did that day 100 percent, and knowing that you get to do it again tomorrow. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: Having to explain it to people that will just never get it. During tour, the best part of the day is: The part where I get to eat, and taking a hot shower. During tour, the worst part of the day is: Strength tones, taking a cold shower. What I want to be when I "grow up": Happy. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. Everyone will take the field in flying cars. We're supposed to have the flying car by then, right? Feel free to add anything else you'd like. Go Bloooo!

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