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The DCI.org interview: Mike Morrow, Santa Clara Vanguard front ensemble

The DCI.org interview: Mike Morrow, Santa Clara Vanguard front ensemble

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Name: Michael (Mike) Andrew Morrow What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? I am in the Santa Clara Vanguard, in the front ensemble (a.k.a. the pit).

Mike Morrow
Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I did four years of high school marching band, two years on tenor drums, and my junior and senior year in the pit. Also I "marched" in the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets from 2001-2004. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? I guess you could say that it's in my blood, my mom was a member of the SCV rifle line from 1972-1976. Since then I think that I have been to every Vanguard show since about 1989ish. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? Again, my mom. When I was young and getting dragged to all these shows, all I would think was, why am I here? I could be out playing with all my friends. But now I am thankful for it. At our last corps meeting our director was asking when was the first time people had seen a drum corps show? I was just thinking to myself, 1989, while everyone else's answer's were 1999, 2000 or never. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Work hard, don't let any one stop you from achieving your dreams The last good book I read: I'm currently rereading "To Kill A Mockingbird" The last great film I saw: "The Hostage," With Bruce Willis Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I go to San Jose State University, currently I am undeclared. Jobs I have/have had: I work at Subway, eat fresh! Whoot, whoot! Three albums I'd want on a deserted island: The Postal Service, "Give Up"; The Killers, "Hot Fuss"; and probably Maroon 5, "Songs About Jane." My favorite TV show: I'd say either "Gilmore Girls" or "Will and Grace," or the ever classic – "I Love Lucy"! How do you "blow off steam?" Talk to my girlfriend, call one of my best friends/section leader, or I practice. What has been your formative drum corps moment? The end of the 2004 SCV show when Scheherazade comes out wearing white. Best drum corps show ever: Probably 1989 SCV, but 2000 Boston has a special place in my heart. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? "Marching" with two of my closest friends, one of which I have been friends with since my 2001 season in the SCV Cadets, and the other since 2002 in the SCV Cadets. Best thing about being in a drum corps: Getting something soooo close to perfect, I don't know, it kind of gives me a high when we're playing something and it sounds just -- perfect. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: The time it takes to get it sounding so perfect, but the end results are worth it. During tour, the best part of the day is: Going to sleep. During tour, the worst part of the day is: Unloading. Favorite drum corps personality and why: The guy who announces at finals (Brandt Crocker). What I want to be when I "grow up": I really don't know right now. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. Things are changing so much from year to year now, I can't even imagine what they will look like!

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