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The DCI.org interview: Neil Plumbley, Madison Scouts color guard

The DCI.org interview: Neil Plumbley, Madison Scouts color guard

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: Neil Plumbley, 19, Austin, TX What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? This is my second year with the Madison Scouts color guard. Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. Three years with Crockett High from Austin, Texas. 2002, Revolution; 2004-2005, Madison Scouts. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? In 2004 when Revolution went inactive for the season, I became very luck to find a spot in the middle of all-days with Madison, and I practically took the first flight up there.

Neil Plumbley
What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? What first really attracted me to the activity was when my brother, having marched corps himself, (Pioneer 01), would watch the PBS specials. I knew from that point on one of my goals was to be a part of DCI. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? My advice would be don't give up on your dreams and find a way to march -- it's the best experience of your life. The last good book I read: I'm not much of a reader. I'm still trying to finish the book I brought on tour with me, Ellen DeGeneres' "The Funny Thing is ..." It's great when you're frustrated and just need a good laugh. The last great film I saw: The 2004 Finals DVD of the Madison Scouts – duh. Jobs I have/have had: I just started working at Mervin's so hopefully I can start paying my DUES! Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island:
Kelly Clarkson, "Breakaway"
Britney Spears, "Greatest hits"
Christina Aguilera, "Stripped" My favorite TV show: "SpongeBob SquarePants" Favorite performers: There's this girl in the 2001 Cadets video in a red dress that shakes it like no other, and she is oh so diva. I don't know who she is but she's the greatest. How do you "blow off steam?" To blow off steam I either write or spin. What has been your formative drum corps moment? 2002 Division II & III finals, just the fact that I made it though the whole summer with out giving up was the best felling, and winning helped too. Best drum corps show ever: Cadets 2002 What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Just being away from everything stressful in my life and doing what I love with my brothers. Best thing about being in a drum corps: The lifelong friends and bonds that you make during the summer. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: The worst thing about being in drum
corps is paying for it. During tour, the best part of the day is: During tour the best part of the day is the performance, either (at) a final run-through or a contest. During tour, the worst part of the day is: I wouldn't really say there's a worst part to my day during the summer, except maybe if we have to run. Favorite drum corps personality and why: I met Michael Cesario the first day I got to the Madison all-days, and without really even knowing who he was, I could tell he had compassion about his work. What I want to be when I "grow up": When I grow up I still see myself in the color guard community. I love this sport, so I want to make sure that I follow my heart. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. I think a typical DCI show will look a lot like today's, but with spiffier uniforms.

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