Hiding in the corner of the coffee shop I call my second home, I'm currently drinking my last Purdy's cold brew for the next 60 days. Tonight I head to Ohio and tomorrow I fly to San Antonio to start a summer administrative internship with Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
Everything I own is either in a storage tub or a suitcase by my side. The normal worrier in me isn't saying anything, which is unusual. Instead, I just feel incredibly free. For the next two months, I will be in a completely different world of people, learning about myself and the profession I'm exploring, not held back by anything but my own inhibition.
For two months, I will be surrounded by musicians and music educators creating a musical product that will travel the country and influence thousands of people. Five years ago, I was one of those eyes-wide people in the stands, and it's incredibly humbling to be a working part of such an organization.
Each week, I plan to keep a working journal of my adventures. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or reach out through social media. I'd love to use this opportunity to explore and educate on any and all of your inquiries.
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If you have any questions about the drum corps activity as a whole, feel free to check out my DCI series in the archives. This winter, I had the pleasure of spotlighting several other artist's summer experiences, and while each member worked in a different role than I will, they paint a picture of the core of the activity.
Thank you to each and every person that has been by my side this year, and the many years preceding, allowing me to cultivate my musical explorations. I've always struggled to imagine big dreams being a part of reality, but every day, I'm learning that with hard work and the right support system, the music community makes that possible.
Here's wishing you a summer full of warm sun and cool breezes, laughs and smiles, good music and good friends, and always, lots of love.