Drum Corps International
The DCI.org interview: Shane Cordray, Spirit baritone

The DCI.org interview: Shane Cordray, Spirit baritone

by Drum Corps International

Name, hometown: Shane Cordray, Gulfport, Miss. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Spirit from JSU, baritone Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. Three years with Teal Sound. This is my first year in Spirit.

Shane Cordray
How did you decide to be a member of your corps? I love to march and Spirit is a good corps. They are also close to home. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? My mother and grandfather marched. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Go for it. That and there is no shame in marching Division II or III. Do you have any favorite road anecdotes? There are to many to tell, but I think that I'll tell the one about a school we stayed at in Pennsylvania. We arrived at this school at 3 in the morning in the middle of a storm. The place looked like it belonged in a horror movie. Not only that, but you would walk into the gym and see everybody's stuff. You walk out of the gym and into another one that looks the same, but it was completely abandoned. If you weren't paying attention, you got mixed up really fast. The last good book I read: "The Path of Daggers" by Robert Jordan. The last great film I saw: "The Phantom of the Opera" Where I go to school: St. Stanislaus High School Jobs I have/have had: Part-time plumbers assistant Three albums I'd want on a deserted island: DCI 1980; Metallica, "S and M"; Green Day, "International Superhits" My favorite TV show: "Family Guy" Favorite performers: Metallica How do you "blow off steam?" Play music and listen to music What has been your formative drum corps moment? Getting off the field in Denver after finals. Best drum corps show ever: Honestly, I couldn't tell you, I have too many favorites. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Marching Best thing about being in a drum corps: The family that develops Worst thing about being in a drum corps: The heat During tour, the best part of the day is: Shows During tour, the worst part of the day is: Waking up Favorite drum corps personality and why: Bones. He's just a drum corps legend. My mom marched with Crossmen so I got to hear the story of Bones. What I want to be when I "grow up": Band director Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. Hopefully the same way it does now, with better shows. Feel free to add anything else you'd like. Just recently, I had the opportunity of getting a person involved with drum corps. It's a feeling that I enjoy and one that I've gotten to experience a few times. It was kind of unusual because the corps that the guy settled on is one that I have never marched with. In fact, it's a corps I've marched against. But at that moment, I really didn't care who he marched with. I just wanted him to march. I have since gotten three other persons involved in marching.