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The DCI.org interview: Will Stephenson, Capital Regiment drum line section leader

The DCI.org interview: Will Stephenson, Capital Regiment drum line section leader

by Drum Corps International

Name, hometown, corps: Will Stephenson, originally Louisville, Ky., but now live in Richmond, Ky., and I march with Capital Regiment.

Will Stephenson
What is your role in the corps this summer? I am center snare and section leader of the drum line.^ Where do you go to school, and what extracurricular activities are you involved with there? I go to school at Eastern Kentucky University and I am involved with the marching band, wind ensemble, concert band, orchestra, percussion ensemble, indoor drum line, steel band and African drum and dance ensemble. 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 did marching band and winter drum line in high school and joined Capital Regiment during my junior year. This will be my third year with the corps. The last good book I read: A vampire novel called "I Am Legend." The last great film I saw: I watched "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" this afternoon and that's a pretty good one. Three CDs I'd want on a deserted island: Hmmmm.
1. Incubus -- "A Crow Left of the Murder"
2. Dave Matthews -- "Some Devil"
3. My DCI CDs from this past summer My favorite TV show: "Chapelle's Show" Favorite performers: The cast of "Blast!" How do you "blow off steam?" I usually practice to take my mind off other things. Why I march with the corps I am in: I didn't know a lot about the corps when I joined in 2002, but after that first year the staff, the members, and the director, Rick Bays, had such a positive effect on me that I don't think there is any place better to march. Was it always your goal to be in a leadership role? No. I didn't think I could handle the responsibilities, but the staff stood behind me last year and that really helped me to be a strong section leader. How will you go about balancing the roles of leader and corpsmate? To try and realize when to have fun and when to work. I don't think anybody can have too much of one and not enough of the other to really have a great summer. What has been your formative drum corps moment? Division II & III finals in 2002. The drum line was great, and that night we turned it on and had a great show. Best drum corps show ever: I don't have just one favorite. I really like Blue Devils 1996, SCV 1998, the top four from 2000 and SCV 2003. What are you most looking forward to about the summer? Championships in Denver. Best thing about being a drum corps leader: Being looked up to by others in the corps. Worst thing about being a drum corps leader: Yelling at people when they're acting up. During tour, the best part of the day is: Warming up in the lot. During tour, the worst part of the day is: Getting ready for that last run-through of the day. Favorite drum corps personality and why: I really respect Jim Casella at the Santa Clara Vanguard. He does great writing their book and brings out a strong line year after year. What do you want to be when your drum corps career is over? I'm not sure, but I am a music major, so whatever it is, it will have to do with music.

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