Essay on Band Corps : My Passion

1196 Words May 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Drum Corps is my passion, something that I love to do, and it has changed my life. Drum corps is a less known sport/art, that has evolved and grown in the past 44 years. It has affected me differently depending on when it was. My views on some things changed since I was actively there, but I would not want to lose that time for anything. Drum corps is an activity that I feel very strongly about, as well as the group of people that form the community, joining and doing it has been one of the best Ideas I have ever had, and it has aided me in my pursuit of happiness.
Eruption drum and bugle corps was a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Drum corps is a marching band that has been taken to the next level. Larger, faster, stronger and better all over. We do much more intense and louder shows, making them better every time that we perform them. In a typical drum corps, there are 150 performing members from the ages of 14 through 21. However in the corps I was with, there was only about 60 members. Many of our practices would make some call us insane, they were intense and long. We would spend about 12-15 hours each day practicing, then spend a week playing at shows around Washington and Oregon, unlike some corps that play in all sorts of stadiums across the country, and cap it all off with 3 performances in Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, and Finals. I played baritone, a marching bell front instrument. In addition, there are Trumpets, Mellophones(Marching…

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