Name, age, hometown: Stephen Matthew Hendricks, 21, Savannah, Ga. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Carolina Crown, lead baritone Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I spent four years in the Richmond Hill high school marching band and this is my fourth year marching for Carolina Crown.
How did you decide to be a member of your corps? One of my good friends marched at Crown in 2001, so in 2002 I decided to audition -- I haven't been able to stop doing it ever since. It's an addiction. What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? The quality of the performance, the education opportunity and the chance to work with other people that are just as passionate as I am about that I'm doing. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Practice, save money, and don't give up when you get to the audition camp and realize that there are a hundred people auditioning for the same spot you are. The last great film I saw: Well, the last movie I saw was "Home Alone." Where I go to school and what I'm studying, if applicable: I'm a junior at Armstrong Atlantic State University. My major is music education. Jobs I have/have had: I work at Outback Steakhouse Three albums I'd want on a deserted island: Anything by Dave Matthews, Three Doors Down or John Mayer would do just fine. My favorite TV show: TV rots your brain. Favorite performers: Dave Matthews Band How do you "blow off steam?" Actually I usually call one of my drum corps brothers and give them the pleasure of hearing me yell and complain; it usually turns into both of us doing the same, but in the end it's so cool to be talking to them, that it puts you in a good mood. What has been your formative drum corps moment? I have a lot of them -- my first DCI show, making finals in 2003, my finals warmup in 2004, there are way too many to count. Best drum corps show ever: Carolina Crown 2004 What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Escaping reality and getting to do something I love one last time. Best thing about being in a drum corps: Performing every night in front of people who would do anything to be in your shoes at that very moment. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: Well, in the beginning, you hate everything about the activity. It seems like there's nothing harder in the world. As you progress through the summer, the things that you hate become things that come natural to you and before you know it you realize the things you once hated are the things you miss the most. During tour, the best part of the day is: The adrenaline rush you get just before the show starts. During tour, the worst part of the day is: Waking up and forcing myself to get out of my sleeping bag. Favorite drum corps personality and why: That's one of the cool things about drum corps, there are so many people with so many different personalities -- it's hard to pick one that I like the most. What I want to be when I "grow up": A good teacher. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. Probably about the same as they do now.
Stephen Hendricks (right) and former Crown drum major David Roth.