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The DCI.org interview: Olyvia Jin, Glassmen guard captain

The DCI.org interview: Olyvia Jin, Glassmen guard captain

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Name, hometown, corps: My name is Olyvia Jin. I from Campbell, Calif., and I march with the Glassmen from Toledo, Ohio. What is your role in the corps this summer? Guard captain

Olyvia Jin
Where (if) do you go to school, and what extracurricular activities are you involved with there? I currently do not attend school right now, but will be attending West Valley Community College after I age out this summer.^ Give us your full drum corps/marching music background, and how each position prepared you for the leadership role you're in this summer. I marched with my high school for four years and was guard captain for three of them. I also marched with the San Jose Raiders "A" guard in '99 and was captain in 2000, and I marched with the San Jose Raiders World guard (2001 to current). I joined the Glassmen in 2001 and had no clue what I was getting myself into. I just wanted to perform. This summer will be my age-out. With each year that went by I understood how important it was to have a leader that you respected and believed in. I wanted to give what the others have given me to believe. I want to be able to be a leader once again this year, and give the respect that everyone deserves. The last good book I read: The fifth Harry Potter book. Yeah, yeah, I know ... The last great film I saw:I loved "Mona Lisa Smile" Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island:
1. My 21st birthday CD made for me by my friend Adrianne
2. Beyonce, "Crazy in Love"
3. Janet Jackson, "Just a Little While" My favorite TV show: "American Idol" -- who can resist Simon" Favorite performers: I really don't have a specific group or person. I have always admired people that just give it their all, no matter what they are doing. How do you "blow off steam?" By reading or writing in my journal. Why I march with the corps I am in: I love the organization and all the people I march with. There is no better to call family. Was it always your goal to be in a leadership role? No, but I thought about it at times. I just wanted to do something that I always enjoyed doing and that was performing. How will you go about balancing the roles of leader and corpsmate? I will listen to the corps wants and needs and still be able to have fun with them on the side. What has been your formative drum corps moment? Performing our show at semifinals last year and putting everything that we owned on the field and just doing it. Best drum corps show ever: Star of Indiana '93 (I believe) What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Being with the people I love and being able to perform with them again. Best thing about being a drum corps leader: That people listen to you when you have something to say. Worst thing about being a drum corps leader: Telling your friends what to do and hope they don't get mad at you. During tour, the best part of the day is: Relaxing, knowing you did your job after a long hard day. During tour, the worst part of the day is: Eating, packing and get ready for a show, if we have a short amount of time What do you want to be when your drum corps career is over? Hopefully, to become a pediatric nurse, I love kids.

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