"And you know that no matter how tired you are, how hungry you are, how thirsty you are, how hot it is, how humid it is, how sunburnt you are, how sick you are, you cannot give up because then you are letting down the other 149 members of your team. This has caused me to understand that 'the limit does not exist' and if you put your mind to it, you can literally do anything. The sense of teamwork from marching a Drum Corps where everyone is working harder than they've ever worked in their life to accomplish the same goals is unlike any other experience that I have ever had; musical or not musical."
Andrew Kain has Drum Corps in his blood. His father, a former trumpet player for Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps, took him to his first show when he was 9 years old. After seeing the Cavalier's drumline in the warm-up lot, he knew that's what he wanted to be when he grew up.
"I remember walking around the parking lot at Drum Corps shows as a kid and falling in love with the smell of the diesel fuel from all the trucks and busses and pictured myself walking around these parking lots one day as a member of a corps"
By 10th grade, he was serious about spending the summer marching. He auditioned and contracted with a newly formed DCA corps, Cadets2. He spent 2012 and 2013 with Cadets2 before joining the Colts, where he became section leader. Andrew found his final home with the Cadets as their quadline section leader in 2016 and his age-out in 2017.
Needless to say, the marching arts played a huge role in his development as a working professional. Because of his experiences, Andrew was able to begin working immediately after his age-out. He currently teaches with Audio Theater (an Open Class indoor WGI group from Clarksville, Tennessee) and Music City Drum and Bugle Corps (a World Class DCI corps).
The Cadets are notorious for being highly regimented. When watching them at show lots, they perform with a level of precision and seriousness that has become a part of their identity. How did Andrew survive the long, strenuous, and sometimes mentally difficult 90 days every summer?
"I've learned through Drum Corps that you can control your emotions more than you think and you can choose to be happy and relaxed, even during the most difficult part of your summer."
The mind-over-emotions mentality has allowed Andrew to push himself to higher standards because he understands how to find rest in himself, even when everything around him (emotion included) is screaming at him to stop.
With this, Andrew has shaped into a self-motivated individual who encourages the best out of the people around him. As an educator, he holds students to a high level of excellence, while reminding them that on a personal level, "it's just marching band." He is a great example of the balance between competitive success and enjoyment of the activity.
He leaves us with this message:
"There is absolutely nothing in the world that can give you an experience even remotely like the experience you get from marching drum corps. You create lifelong friends that you can connect deep down with because you know that they have made it through the same hardships as you. And even though you may not see them too often after the summer is over, it only feels like yesterday since you were sweating next to each other for hours a day. Although it may be cliché to say that drum corps has taught me that I can do anything, it definitely has. With hard work and determination, the sky is the limit."