11 year of 27th Lancers

6 years of 7th Regiment

1 show from Academie Musicale

1 show from Americanos

3 year of Anaheim Kingsmen

2 years of Argonne Rebels

1 show from Beatrix

1 show from Black Knights

1 show from Bleu Raeders

39 years of Blue Devils

9 years of Blue Devils B

28 years of Blue Knights

4 years of Blue Saints

18 years of Blue Stars

26 years of Bluecoats

17 years of Boston Crusaders 

8 years of Bridgemen

6 years of Capital Regiment

18 years of Carolina Crown

14 years of Cascades

3 years of Citations

1 year of City Sound

6 years of Colt Cadets

29 years of Colts

1 year of Commodores

38 years of Crossmen

1 year of  DelaSalle Oakland

1 year of Des Plaines Vanguard

4 years of Dutch Boy

3 year of East Coast Jazz

3 years of Esperanza

1 year of Fever

3 years of Forte

10 years of Freelancers

4 years of Genesis

26 years of Glassmen

2 years of Gold

4 years of Guardsmen

7 years of Jersey Surf

1 year of Jubal

6 years of Kilities

9 years of Kiwanis Kavaliers

6 years of Legends

3 years of Les Etoiles

6 years of Les Stentors

41 years of Madison Scouts

15 years of Magic of Orlando

13 years of Mandarins

3 years of Memphis Sound

3 years of Muchachos

5 years of Music City

3 years of North star

2 years of Oakland Crusaders

7 years of Oregon Crusaders

11 years of Pacific Crest

5 years of Patriots

40 Years of Phantom Regiment 

12 years of Pioneer

1 year of Purple Lancers

4 years of Racine Scouts

6 years of Raiders

5 years of Revolution

1 year of Royal Crusaders

41 years of Santa Clara Vanguard

11 year of Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets

2 years of Seneca Optimist

6 years of Sky Ryders

8 years of Southwind

6 years of Spartans

33 years of Spirit of Atlanta 

3 years of Spirit of Newark

2 years of Spokane Thunder

10 years of Star of Indiana 

2 years of Stangnas

7 years of Suncoast Sound

1 year of Taipei Yuehfu

1 year of Tarheel Sun

7 years of Teal Sound

8 years of The Academy

33 years of The Cadets

40 years of The Cavaliers

33 years of Troopers

13 years of Velvet Knights

2 years of Yamato

2 years of Yokohama Scouts

People often ask me what it was like to win DCI Open Class - to become a world champion. Though I’d love to romanticize the experience as much as possible, the truth is that anyone who has ever performed their show on finals night is familiar with the same nervous euphoria that I was on August 6th, 2013. Not a single person who has ever marched drum corps needs a gemstone-validation that their limitless energy paid off that summer, because in everyone’s heart is a reminder of the legacy they created. An instructor I once had would frequently say “the effort is the prize, the victory cheap and hollow were it not for the rigor of the game.” I cannot think of a better phrase to describe the activity. #dci #drumcorps #scvc #vanguardcadets

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Every day I question my ability as a musician. Just a few days ago I found myself talking to the wall in my living room, asking the universe if I am a good musician.
Whenever I practice, I look only at what I’m doing wrong and never at what I’m doing right. I tear myself apart and never let myself see the good in what I am doing. When I put my instrument away, I feel like crap. It doesn’t matter what instrument it is, because no matter what it is I know I will never be good enough.
Reading this after putting away the my clarinet in frustration over not being able to play sixteen seconds sustained at forte and not being able to play sixteenth note runs over the break seamlessly suddenly broke that view. I almost started crying.
My 8 year old self never would’ve expected me to still be playing, much less be dedicated to spending the rest of my life spreading music.
Just a year ago as a freshman, I never thought I would be able to play the folk song suite, even if I had 100 years to practice it. Now, as a sophomore, I can play all three movements better than anything else I’ve ever played. I never would’ve thought I’d be volunteering to play a part by myself when there’s 3 people on a part and it splits. I never would’ve thought I’d audition to be section leader, drum major, a vanguard cadet. Hell, two years ago i had never even heard of any of those things. All three of them will happen within the next year.
When I started, I never thought I would pick up another instrument. I now play clarinet, guitar, and mellophone. I also sing and compose. I am also beginning to learn mallet percussion, piano, and flute. I am hoping to add saxophone to that list soon.
Looking at where I am now from the eyes of my third grade self, I see a strong, dedicated, talented musician.
Yes, for once I see myself as a true musician instead of a girl with a plastic tube that makes noise.
When I was eight years old, I never could’ve imagined I would come this far, and I can only begin to imagine how much farther I will go.