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The DCI.org interview: Rebecca Moser, Phantom Regiment color guard

The DCI.org interview: Rebecca Moser, Phantom Regiment color guard

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: Rebecca Moser, 21, Coloma, Mich. (although currently attending school in St. Petersburg, Fla.).

Rebecca Moser
What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? I will be in the color guard for the Phantom Regiment! ^Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I marched the clarinet for one year in high school marching band and then switched to color guard for the next three years. When I came to Florida for college, I wanted to try drum corps out, so I auditioned for Tampa Bay Thunder, a Division II corps. But a few months later, they merged with the Kiwanis Kavaliers. I marched in the Kavaliers since 2002. This summer I will age-out with the Phantom Regiment. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? I fell in love with the Phantom Regiment in 2003 and I knew then that I needed to march there before I aged out. I never thought I could make their guard, though, because they seemed to have an all-weapon guard line -- and I don't spin a weapon. But I went anyhow, and now it's history! What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? I was always looking for "something more" in my high school marching band. So I got interested in drum corps after seeing it on PBS, and decided to try it out. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Definitely go for it! It could be the greatest thing that has ever happened to you! As cliche as it sounds, you never know until you try! Do you have any favorite road anecdotes? This past summer, the Kiwanis Kavaliers were rehearsing in Alton, Ill. The brass got kicked off of the field for a bit because the Discovery Channel was taping something about hidden treasures. When we were allowed back on the field, the cameras were still there and people were saying we were going to be taped for the end credits of whatever show it was because they kicked us off the field. So I was standing around where they told me to be when I hear our percussion instructor behind me introduce "Nikki," the host of this show. Well, I whipped my head around, recognizing her name immediately as the host of the TLC show "Perfect Proposal" -- a show that I used to watch on a daily basis! The show did air in September, and there I was right up in front. I'm actually one of the only people you can see because I am right behind the host (who was standing on the podium). It was
AWESOME, even if they did say we were there for a marching band competition. I have it on tape! The last good book I read: "The Bend in the Road" by Nicholas Sparks The last great film I saw: I just saw "Robots." Very funny! Also "The Notebook" was great! Yet another creation by Nicholas Sparks -- can you see a trend? Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I am a senior at
Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., studying marine biology. Sixty days until graduation! Yikes! Jobs I have/have had: Right now I only do a work-study job, which doesn't pay very well. However, every summer after I come back from tour, I work in the coolest place in my town -- the Fruit Acres farm market! You may laugh, but it's very well-known for its great Michigan fruit! I grew up on a fruit farm so it's a lot of fun for me! Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: A compilation of my DCI CDs, Josh Groban's "Closer," and I would have to make a mixed CD.
My favorite TV show: I love reality TV! "American Idol," "The Bachelorette," all of those MTV shows and the dating shows -- I can't resist. Favorite performers: Everyone in the Phantom Regiment of course! Also the "Blast!" performers. How do you "blow off steam?" I sit at my computer and talk to people online. I am so far away from home so this is the easiest way to talk to everyone. TV helps to "blow off steam" too. What has been your formative drum corps moment? I used to say that my formative moment was my first show. But now it would definitely have to be the night I got the e-mail saying I made the Phantom Regiment color guard -- it changed everything! I was in awe. And there were some tears involved. Best drum corps show ever: Phantom Regiment 1996 -- I've never actually seen it but the music is great! Props to the person who told me about it! What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Learning all of the Phantom Regiment traditions, meeting and performing with 134 awesome people, and everything in between. Best thing about being in a drum corps: That feeling you get after you hit the last position in your show and you know it was an awesome show! Worst thing about being in a drum corps: I'm poor now! But hey -- all these years I could have been wasting my money on something else so I will say that this was a pretty good investment! During tour, the best part of the day is: Honestly, I loved retreat! Especially last year when I went up with my "partner-in-crime" to get scores! Those were some good times. During tour, the worst part of the day is: The buzz of the gym lights coming on in the morning! Favorite drum corps personality and why: Dan Acheson -- for a funny reason. At the afternoon retreat in Indy, he presented ME with the medal instead of the drum major! I had been waiting for that day -- and he was actually the only person to ever give me the medal! Hey, it's the little things in life! What I want to be when I "grow up": Oh boy. That's still yet to be determined. Just as long as I'm happy and have good people in my life! Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. I think the drill is just going to get even crazier -- the guards will be spinning crazy things -- but the identity of the corps will still be easily recognizable! Feel free to add anything else you'd like. Drum corps is the best thing I have ever done. I have learned so much and met so many awesome people! All of my new and old friends, you guys are great! Especially everyone from last year -- we had some good times. Thanks to all the staff I have ever worked with -- I wouldn't be where I am without you!