Drum corps members say there is a wall they hit during Spring Training. It creeps up on them at about day six or seven. They say when they get through that wall it's smooth sailing through to the first show of the season.
Carolina Crown members have seen that wall and and they have relentlessly pushed through it as they complete week one of Spring Training. After a successful week of rehearsals the 150 crown members have learned part one of the 2016 show, Relentless.
Many of you have heard the name Donnie VanDoren: DCI Hall of Fame member and longtime brass instructor for corps such as the Crossmen, Garfield Cadets, Star of Indiana and more. Over his career, Donnie has influenced a tremendous number of instructors, including Crown’s very own brass caption supervisor, Matt Harloff, and his team. But Donnie influenced a person with a far more personal connection-his son, Evan. Evan was a trumpet player and drum major with Crown from 2004 through 2008. And after five years working with the Madison Scouts, Evan returns home again to the corps he cut his teeth with.
We caught up with Evan this spring at one of the first camps of the season. We got the chance to talk with him about his return to Crown, what he’s been up to, and his relation with his famous father.
Carolina Crown is excited to announce that the 2016 Preview Show date and location have been changed to Sunday, June 19, at Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill, SC. This move has been made to help promote the Nation Ford HS Marching Band's recently announced invitation to this years Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "The Fort Mill community has been tremendously generous to Crown over the years, helping us with camp housing and rehearsal space," said Executive Director, Jim Coates. "Crown cares about our neighborhood and this event gives us the chance to give back to them and support one of our important local band programs." The 2016 Crown show and uniform will be revealed along with the 2016 Hall of Fame Class.
First-year recipients of CrownCARES benevolence included Samaritan Ministry of Winston-Salem, a downtown homeless shelter and soup kitchen and the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School District Music Program. Through a generous donation of time and sharing of revenue from NightBEAT presents Tour of Champions, both organizations received needed funds to continue their respective programs.