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The DCI.org interview: Sarah Miler, the Magic baritone

The DCI.org interview: Sarah Miler, the Magic baritone

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Name, age, hometown: Sarah Miler, 19, Davenport, Fla. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? The Magic, baritone Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. Marched flute for two years and baritone for two in high school. I was in all county band in 2004. Kiwanis Kavaliers 2003-2004, The Magic 2005.

Sarah Miler
How did you decide to be a member of your corps? A close friend of mine named Matt Musick used to march at Magic('02-'03). He passed away tragically in the fall of '03. He was a great inspiration for me and taught me a lot about playing baritone. Plus, Magic is close to home and affordable. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? In 2001 the Blue Devils stayed at my high school. I spent the entire weekend watching them rehearse. The talent, energy and unity the members showed was amazing. I knew I had to be apart of something like that. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Not having the money is a bad excuse for not marching. If you want it bad enough, you'll find a way. I know I did! The memories you make in drum corps will stay with you forever. It is a great life experience. MARCH! You won't regret it. The last good book I read: "The Green Mile" by Stephen King Where I go to school and what I'm studying: Polk Community College. I've taken a few music classes but I'm not exactly sure what I want to do yet. Jobs I have/have had: Part-time at Cracker Barrel and visual tech for Haines City High School in Florida. My favorite TV show: I don't watch much TV anymore -- no time for it! Favorite performers: Drum corps performers! How do you "blow off steam?" Play guitar or listen to my favorite songs really loud. What has been your formative drum corps moment? The first full ensemble I did with Kiwanis in 2003. Best drum corps show ever: SCV's "Fiddler on The Roof." Ahh, I love that show. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Getting away from Florida! Best thing about being in a drum corps: Making new friends, traveling the country and doing what I love. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: Waking up and dragging all your stuff to a gym at 3 a.m. During tour, the best part of the day is: The rush you get during a show. Sleep is great too. During tour, the worst part of the day is: Cold or extremely hot showers, waking up. Favorite drum corps personality and why: Ron Coleman. He was my visual caption head at Kiwanis for two years. I've learned a lot from him and he gives the best motivational speeches. What I want to be when I "grow up": I'm not exactly sure but I know it will have something to do with music. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. Hopefully nothing will change. I'm all about drum corps staying traditional. Feel free to add anything else you'd like. Here's a cool quote, I'm not sure where I found this but it is so true! "Drum corps, for those who do understand, no explanation is needed. For those who don't understand no explanation is possible."

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