Drum Corps International
The DCI.org interview: Trevor Terrill, Crossmen euphonium

The DCI.org interview: Trevor Terrill, Crossmen euphonium

by Drum Corps International

Name, age, hometown: My name is Trevor Terrill. I am 21 years old. I live in Scottsdale, Ariz. What corps are you in and what is your role this summer? I am a Member of the Crossmen. I play the euphonium. Give us your full drum corps/marching music background. I did all four years of high school marching and jazz band. I also did winter percussion and a season of winter guard as well. I marched the last two seasons in the San Francisco Renegades on bass 5. How did you decide to be a member of your corps? Well, the whole time I was in the Renegades people always told me that I needed to age out of a junior corps. I love playing jazz, and I have always loved the image of the Crossmen. So I said, "What the heck, they may be across the country, but I've only got one year to do this, and I'm gonna do it right."

Trevor Terrill
What first attracted you to the drum corps activity? My high school drum instructor Danny Deluna gave me my first taste of corps. We were on the bus going to a band competition, and he handed me the 1995 DCI championships CDs. The first thing I listened to was Cavaliers "Planets" show and I was instantly hooked. That summer I watched the 2000 DCI World Championships PBS broadcast and saw corps for the first time. Ill never forget that was the first time I saw the Blue Devils. And to this day, the "Methods of Madness" show is still one of my favorites. I also remember being absolutely blown away by Cavaliers drill, and the Cadets style of entertainment.
What advice would you give to young people who want to march? Start early, because the sooner you start and get the experience, the sooner you could be in the corps you want to age out in. I'll never regret my time in the Renegades, but I think I'll always wish I had more then one year in the Crossmen. Definitely follow your dreams. I never thought I would be in a top-12 corps, and it just sank in this weekend when I was being fit for my uniform. The last good book I read: I've never been a big book reader. I think the last thing I read was the Renegades Journal, written by Lee Rudnicki. It's a story about the birth of the 2002 Renegades and their first trip to DCA finals. Awesome book, I read it all in two days. The last great film I saw: It's been a while since I've seen a "great film," But I think I've watched "Napoleon Dynomite" a thousand times since its release. I can never get enough of it. Jobs I have/have had: I've worked so many different places. I currently work at Motel 6 as a desk clerk. I am also working for two different high schools as a tech for their percussion programs. My main program, Casa Grande High School, is an amazing program to be a part of. Every single person has drum corps experience from somewhere, headed by band director Martin Hebda, who marched early '90s Blue Knights.
Three albums I'd want on a deserted island: Jason Mraz, "Live at Eagles Ballroom"; Taking Back Sunday, "Where You Want to Be"; and 311's "Greatest Hits." My favorite TV show: Don't have too much time to watch TV, but I'm a closet "Real World" Fan. How do you "blow off steam?" I've been so busy lately, Crossmen have kind of been my vent every three weeks. But I enjoy going to concerts, going on road trips, just being with my friends and my amazing girlfriend (who is also in Crossmen). What has been your formative drum corps moment? I would have to say DCA prelims last year. We received a standing ovation a minute and a half into the show, and five more followed that same performance. Talk about adrenaline. Best drum corps show ever: Easy pick: Santa Clara 2004. It's an absoluteley amazing show. I watched it grow over the summer and it gave me goose bumps every single time. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? I'm really looking forward to actually being on tour. Being on the bus, playing shows almost every day, and experiencing what it's like to be on the field at DCI finals. Best thing about being in a drum corps: I'm a sucker for crowd reaction. When I'm on the field and people are screaming and yelling for something I just did, that's worth every penny right there. The friendships you make are the best as well.
Worst thing about being in a drum corps: Waking up on Sunday after a long Saturday rehearsal. And I'm sure while your on tour -- waking up ANY morning!
During tour, the best part of the day is: Either the break right before a show where you're getting your uniform on, or right before you go to sleep. Putting the uniform on is such a focused time for me. I'm usually listening to music and focusing on my show and kind of "de-hyping" myself. But if it's a non-show day, then I would have to say right before you go to sleep. You feel good about the day's work, and even though you're in a sleeping bag, everything kind of feels content. During tour, the worst part of the day is: 8:30 in the morning when I hear the words, "Good morning Crossmen!" Favorite drum corps personality and why: There's 2 people, and I don't think I could break the tie. First is Lee Rudnicki. I've looked up to him a lot since I joined the Renegades drum line in 2003. He's had such an accomplished drum corps career and he's still going strong as a "Renegade" in the activity. He's taught me a lot, not only about marching percussion, but about real-life situations as well.
The other person would have to be Rich Hinshaw. He Marched '92 Velvet Knights, and has taught Impulse, Colts, and most recently the Seattle Cascades. Since I moved out to Arizona he has been a major part of my learning experience, and is a fountain of knowledge. What I want to be when I "grow up": Right now I'm studying to become a firefighter, but I'm starting to have second thoughts and leaning towards teaching. We'll see after I come home from tour.