Drum Corps International
The DCI.org interview: Rebecca Moser, Kiwanis Kavaliers' guard captain

The DCI.org interview: Rebecca Moser, Kiwanis Kavaliers' guard captain

by Drum Corps International

Name, hometown, corps: Rebecca Moser, a great little farm town called Coloma, Mich. (We grow the best apples!), Kiwanis Kavaliers What is your role in the corps this summer? Color guard captain. Where do you go to school, and what extracurricular activities are you involved with there? Although my home is in Michigan, I attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where I am a junior studying marine biology. At school, when I am not busy studying and making my family jealous for being in sunny Florida when they are in two feet of snow, I am also a member of the club volleyball team.

Rebecca Moser
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 was a member of the Coloma High School band for four years: My first year I played the clarinet and the last three years I was in the color guard. My last year, I was the color guard captain and, for a few years, I held the lead position in the clarinet section in our concert band. I always loved performing but I felt that I needed something better than this band. That is when I became interested in drum corps, but I never thought I was quite good enough to make "the cut." Since I was going to be attending college in St. Petersburg in the fall of 2001, I looked around for drum corps in the area and came upon the Tampa Bay Thunder, a Division II corps. I decided I wanted to be a member and stuck with it. However, in February of 2002, Tampa Bay Thunder and the Kiwanis Kavaliers merged. This was probably the most exciting moment I have ever had! I couldn't believe I was going to be marching in a Division I drum corps against all the big corps that I had always heard about. So I have been in the color guard of the Kiwanis Kavaliers since the beginning of my drum corps career in 2002. Every year keeps getting better and better so I am really excited to come back again. This year I am even more excited to be the captain of the color guard. I have always felt like a leader in the corps, and now I have taken on that role. The last good book I read: Mostly I am stuck reading my boring books for school, but the last good book I read was "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." I love those Harry Potter books! The last great film I saw: "Under The Tuscan Sun." It's really good! Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: DCI 2003 Division I CD set, Josh Groban's "Closer," Justin Timberlake's "Justified" My favorite TV show: Wow how can I choose! I am a sucker for any reality TV show, whether it is "Real World" or "American Idol" or "the Bachelorette" or any of those other crazy dating shows! I love them all! Favorite performers: Well, truthfully, I'm one of those recovering boy band fans! So when it comes to singers, I have always loved those guys, and I'm still a fan of Justin Timberlake. My favorite actress is Julia Stiles, but when it comes to favorite actors, there are too many to name. How do you "blow off steam?" To blow off steam, I guess I just sit at my computer. Since my family is 1,200 miles away, I talk to them all the time about whatever on the computer. I also play games. Ever played Snood? I'm addicted! Why I march with the corps I am in: I march in my corps because I love the people! The staff is great and so much fun! I love it how all the members are there for the same reason -- to have fun and to perform! That's great! Was it always your goal to be in a leadership role? No, I don't think it has always been my goal. I never even though I was good enough to make a drum corps and now I'm a leader of one. It's an honor! How will you go about balancing the roles of leader and corpsmate? When it comes to balancing my roles as a leader and a member, I think my main goal is to just know my stuff -- really well! Knowing what I am doing will just make it easier to help other people learn what they need to do. What has been your formative drum corps moment? I would have to say my very first show, which was at Jacksonville State University in 2002. I had never even seen a drum corps show live, and now I was in one! I remember walking to the gate and I didn't feel nervous at all! After having about the worst time getting ready for the show and the feeling that nothing was going right for me that day, now everything seemed right! I couldn't stop smiling! Best drum corps show ever: Truthfully, I only really know the shows since 2002 because that's when I really first got into it. So within the past two years, I'd say my favorite has been Blue Devils 2003 and Phantom Regiment 2003. It's a tossup! Someone also told me to listen to Phantom Regiment 1996, and I really love it, but have never seen the actual show. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? I'm looking forward to getting close to everyone again and performing! Best thing about being a drum corps leader: Well, it always feels good to be in charge. Plus I know I can help out everyone in my section, and others too, and I am looking forward to it! Worst thing about being a drum corps leader: The worst part is that I know that I have to always be good and do everything with the knowledge that everyone is looking up to me. During tour, the best part of the day is: The best part of the day is when rehearsal ends up to sleeping on the bus. I love packing up my stuff, getting ready for the show, doing the show, and hanging out afterward. And even though I still haven't quite figured out the best way to sleep on the bus yet, I really love that part too! During tour, the worst part of the day is: I think it is that time when you are so tired after rehearsing for hours and you know you still have to do one or two run-throughs of the show! Favorite drum corps personality and why: My favorite drum corps personality is our visual guy, Ron Coleman. Not only is he great at what he does in a visual standpoint, he is a very wise man and has taught us so many lessons. He has also told us some hilarious stories. What do you want to be when your drum corps career is over? Ha! Unfortunately that is an ongoing battle that I am still fighting. I will be graduating from college with my degree in marine biology right before I go on tour for my last summer, so after the summer, I would love to get a job in an aquarium somewhere, possibly working with the larger animals like sting rays. I love sting rays!