Crown Drum Major Emily Salgado is beginning her second and final year with Carolina Crown. She is returning to lead the Crown drum corps with second year member Ross Werner. Emily spent three years as drum major of her high school marching band and is currently working on her music education degree at Furman University in the upstate of South Carolina.
One of Emily's friends at Furman, fellow percussion major and Crown alum Jared Best, encouraged Emily to audition for drum major at Crown in the fall of 2014. "I auditioned in November, got a call back, and didn't really think anything of it," said Emily. "I didn't really know what Crown was or drum corps was at the time, but I came back to the December camp and auditioned again and was offered a spot."
Emily spent the 2015 season as co-drum major along with Ross Werner and age-out Hunter Bown. She grew tremendously as a person as she helped to lead Crown through an incredibly successful season.
"The Crown Organization is such a family and we're here for one another and we love each other no matter what," said Emily. "We go through some really hard times for three months and it's amazing to be able to see where we are going for this season."
Being a rookie drum major in 2015 was certainly a challenge for Emily. She was not only brand new to Crown, she was totally new to DCI.
"A lot of my spring training in 2015 was learning to mentally push myself through a 6:00am wake up through a 1:00am to bed day for a whole month," said Emily. "It was excruciating, but it really helped us prepare for tour because tour is like spring training but on a whole new level."
"On tour every challenge you face is going to be unique. You have to be able to change and mold yourself to solve and overcome those challenges and spring training really helped us focus in and become one as a drum corps."