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The DCI.org interview: Siobhan "Chevy" Lee, Southwind guard section leader

The DCI.org interview: Siobhan "Chevy" Lee, Southwind guard section leader

by Drum Corps International

Name, hometown, corps: My name is Siobhan Kelsea Lee, but all my friends and family call me Chevy. I guess it is a lot easier to say than my real name. I live in Greenup, Ky., and I am marching with Southwind for my sixth and age-out year.

What is your role in the corps this summer? Color guard section leader. Other than that, my role this summer is to be a friend to all the color guard members and help them when they need someone to look up to. I want the girls to have the best summer that they can have. Southwind is a good corps makes sure all its members are happy.

Chevy Lee
Where do you go to school? I'm going to Ashland Community College where I am studying to be a radiologist.   

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 started marching at the age of 15 in high school and with Southwind in 1999. I wasn't a good performer, but Southwind worked with me and made me the performer that I am today. The leadership skills I have now are the result of the leadership of all the people that have helped me.

The last good book I read: "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red," by Ellen Rimbauer

The last great film I saw: The "Lord of the Rings" movie. I love movies about fairy tales and "What if?" movies.

Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: Voodoo Pirates (my friend's band), Godsmack and a Southwind guard mix CD. Those are my favorite CDs that I listen to all the time.

My favorite TV show: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I like the way that she faces things without fear. That's the way that I look at life, without fear. There are some people that want you to show them fear, but I don't show my fear.

How do you "blow off steam?" I blow off steam either by practicing, or going out with my friends. It just matters what and where I am when I need to. At drum corps there is always a friend that will let you talk to them. At home I like to go outside and practice color guard. Just to get away from it all is what I like to do the most.

Why I march with the corps I am in: I am asked a lot "Why Southwind? Why don't I go to another corps?" I tell them that Southwind is my family and I will never leave my brothers and sisters. I have the best family that I can ever ask for because they look out for one another, and this is the group I want to be a part of.

Was it always your goal to be in a leadership role? Being a leader hasn't been a goal for me. Just being friends with all the girls is what my goal has been. I think that a friend to all is the best thing I would ever want. I know that I will not be friends with them all, that is the way it goes. But I will try my best to be friends with them all.

How will you go about balancing the roles of leader and corpsmate? When I have to be a leader I will be one and when I have to be a corpsmate I will be one. Knowing which role I have to be in at any specific time will help me be a good leader and a corpsmate.

Best drum corps show ever: The best drum corps show that I have done is the Southwind's 2000 show, when we performed "Legends." That year we did our best and worked very hard.

What are you most looking forward to about the summer? I'm looking forward to having the best drum corps summer ever because it is my last summer that I can march. I have been marching for six summers without taking time off. I just hope that we have the best summer that we can ever have.

Best thing about being a drum corps leader: The best thing about being a drum corps leader is that I can show and tell the other members that all you have to do is just be yourself, try your hardest and all will be OK.
        
Worst thing about being a drum corps leader: The times that I will have to get on a person's bad side to help them out is what I hate the most about it. I hope that I will not have to do that this summer. I just want to have lots of fun performing this summer.

What has been your favorite drum corps moment? My favorite drum corps moment was when my dad came on tour to help cook for the whole summer. On the days that the corps had off, my father and I would spend the whole day together because at home we get so busy that we don't spent time together very often.

During tour, the best part of the day is: The best part of the day on tour is when we go to do a show. I love to show off to thousands of drum corps fans. The fans are the ones that tell us what kind of show we had that night.

During tour, the worst part of the day is: The worst part of the day on tour is the hours that seem to go on forever on the days that we don't have a show. On those days we fix and change the show to help it, but it just takes so much time to do it all in one day.

Favorite drum corps personality and why: My favorite drum corps personality is Cedric Nicholson because he says and does things that make your day a whole lot better then what it was. He also can be very hard on you, but it is just to make you stronger than you are. Cedric is the best inspiration I have ever had in my whole color guard career. What do you want to be when your drum corps career is over? I would like to come back and teach at Southwind. Even if I don't come back on staff, I will always be a part of Southwind.

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