Drum Corps International
The DCI.org interview: Teigan Gulliver, Southwind tenor player

The DCI.org interview: Teigan Gulliver, Southwind tenor player

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, and hometown: Teigan Gulliver, 19, New Brighton, Minn. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? Southwind, tenor player

Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. Irondale Marching Band for 3 years, Southwind for one year How did you decide to be a member of your corps? Paul Weber instructs at Southwind, and he instructed my drum line at Irondale

Teigan Gulliver
What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? All of the students who graduated before me went and had a good time. I have always enjoyed working hard and feeling the reward after. What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Work out as hard as possible before you go to everydays (when you move in with the corps) because it will make things a lot easier during those first few weeks. I found this out the hard way. Also, don't expect anything (mercy, a rainy day, even what it might be like on tour) because you never get what you expect. This might make it hard for you to adapt. Do you have any favorite road anecdotes? We went to Krispy Kreme in the middle of the night because our bus broke down. After that bus broke down, another bus broke down. Overall, the corps was spread over four different states. Since we didn't all arrive at our destination at once, we couldn't practice. So we went swimming instead. The last good book I read: On tour I read "The Hitckhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but in general, the last good book I read was "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," about native Americans. The last great film I saw: I saw "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" on video. Where I go to school and what I'm studying: I go to the University of Minnesota and am studying mechanical engineering and geology. Jobs I have/have had: Tutor Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, and a wide variety of classical music My favorite TV show: "Family Guy"

How do you "blow off steam?" Pound on stuff really hard. That's why I'm a drummer. What has been your formative drum corps moment? After a show, our tech (paul Weber) asks us, "So, what was dirty?" And we say "Absolutely nothing. Everything was clean." Best drum corps show ever: Blue Devils 1995. They had a sweet tenor line that year. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Seeing all of my southwind family on tour again. Living with them. It brings the terms devotion, family and love to a new meaning. Best thing about being in a drum corps: I get to meet new people all around the world who I really care about and who really care about me. Worst thing about being in a drum corps: Trying to sleep on a freezing bus.

During tour, the best part of the day is: Listening to our drum line hype CD while dressing for a show. I get so pumped up! During tour, the worst part of the day is: Standing in retreat at set for an hour.

Favorite drum corps personality and why: They are all good. What I want to be when I "grow up": A mechanical engineer, I get to work in the field all I want. Describe what you think a typical DCI show will look in 2015. Like a WGI show, except with more people and horns.