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The DCI.org interview: Sean Salvador, Cavaliers color guard

The DCI.org interview: Sean Salvador, Cavaliers color guard

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: I'm Sean Salvador. I'm 20 years old and I'm from the LC -- Las Cruces, N.M. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? I am a marching member of the Cavaliers, and this will be my second year performing with the color guard. Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I am currently a junior at New Mexico State University, where I am studying journalism and mass communications.


Sean Salvador
Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. At Mayfield High School, I played clarinet for four years. I was also in the winter guard for two years. In 2004, I was part of the Capital Regiment color guard. In 2005, I was a member of the Cavaliers color guard. What does your ideal free day consist of? Waking up at 10 or 11 and not rehearsing. Going to eat breakfast at some nice cafe with some of the guys. Then going to see a movie. Afterwards, eating some lunch and then checking out a bookstore and ending with Starbucks.

Favorite pig-out food: Pizza and boneless buffalo wings. In the shower you can hear me singing: "Blue Moon" and a bunch of other oldies. The last good book I read: The entire set of the "Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis (I know, kind of dorky, but hey, I used to watch the cartoon when I was small). The last great film I saw: "A History of Violence" Jobs I have/have had: In the summer, I had water crew and bus loading. At home, I work at a movie theater, KRWG-TV and teach at Coronado High School. My favorite TV show: "Smallville" and "Nip/Tuck" -- both are great shows! What has been your formative drum corps moment? In 2004, I went to Northern Illinois University and at the time the Cavaliers were there rehearsing in the stadium. I walked out onto the field from the locker room and was on the same field with them as they rehearsed. It was probably the most amazing rehearsal I had ever seen. The work ethic and performance that each person on the field had was incredible. What would you be doing next summer if you were not marching? Working and making money. Or traveling in Europe.

How did you decide to be a member of your corps? The Cavaliers have always been a corps that is always pushing the envelope. Their classiness and standards stuck out respectively among others. So in 2004 I thought I would give it a shot. I didn't make it then but I marched with Capital Regiment. I remember going into retreat one night and seeing Bruno Zuccula, the Cavaliers' color guard caption head. He said "hello" to me and I was floored that he remembered me from auditions. Also, Jeff Fiedler, The Cavaliers' director, came up to me after a show in Ohio and he knew my name. He took the time to ask how I was and asked how my summer was going. He encouraged me to audition for 2005. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? In high school, I would always watch the Cavaliers' 2000-2002 shows and the Cadets' 2000 show, and I always thought how awesome it would be to be in one of those shows. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Audition. Just audition anywhere, you will get a lot better and have a great experience in that
weekend. Also, if you don't make the corps that you wanted to march with the first time, don't be discouraged. Audition again the next year. What I want to be when I "grow up": I would like to be a television or movie producer.

Favorite drum corps personality and why: Jonny Amos. When Jonny walks into a room everyone knows he is there. He is always so intense, funny and is not afraid to tell it how it is. Best drum corps show ever and why: 2002 Cavaliers. I love that show. The drill, guard, music, everything. The year is 2030. What does a DCI show look like? Where DCI shows have come from 25 years ago in the '80s to now is incredible. In 25 more years, I cannot even imagine what the shows will look like. The drill will probably be insane and the music will be incredible. Feel free to add anything else you'd like. I had a great time in 2005. I miss all the guys that I marched with and I am looking forward to the 2006 season.

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