Horn Sergeant Cory Gates discusses the difficulty of overcoming the "physical wall" in drum corps, and the importance of relying on others in the activity.
Beginning his fifth year with Carolina Crown, Percussion Director and Arranger, Thom Hannum, says "it is a dream come true" to work with the Crown design and instructional team for 2016.
Visual Caption Supervisor Ron Hardin is entering his fifth year with Crown. He has helped lead the Crown visual program to two John Brazale Best Visual Awards and is looking forward to another outstanding season with the corps.
Ron and his team supervise the members as they learn drill and perfect their marching and movement technique. The Crown members have been working hard since moving into Spring Training at Gardner-Webb University this past Saturday.
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."