Crown Age-Out Josh Waite says Fill My Guard Spot!
If Crown can give someone like me a chance, they will definitely give you a chance. Crown taught me character, responsibility, self confidence, hard work, and determinatiom. But most importantly, whatever you do in life do it with passion and put your whole heart into it. If you're apprehensive about auditioning for the colorguard, brass, or percussion don't be. We have the most talented staff in the world and whatever the outcome of your time here is, even if it's just one camp, it will surely be the best time of your life. Come to Crown and Fill My Spot!
Name: Joshua Waite
Hometown: Pearl, Mississippi
School: Hinds Community College, Raymond, MS
Year joined Carolina Crown: 2012
How did you start in guard and marching?
I've always had a love for music. I participated in honor choirs during elementary school. What sparked my interest in marching band was that I wanted to be like my brother and follow in his footsteps. He was a member of the drumline and was the drum captain at the time, and so I was always around marching band growing up. Once I auditioned, I made the junior high band on trumpet and played that for three years. Once I got into high school, I switched to tuba and played that for four years and eventually in college, all while pursuing an associate's degree in music education. I was a member of the wind ensemble, low brass ensemble, and brass quintet. I also studied abroad my first year at Bridge Water College in Bridgewater, England. We did a study on music performance and technology. While in high school, I was a member of the marching band, concert band, symphonic band, winter percussion, and winterguard. I also did alot of musical activities outside of band including Statement Independent winterguard, MS Lions All State Band, musicals, and numerous honor choirs and honor bands.
What brought you to Carolina Crown?
The first drum corps show I ever saw was when I watched finals in 2007 on ESPN! I was never able to march outdoor color guard in high school, so I thought it was the coolest thing that men and women were outside working together and doing something so beautiful. So I told myself that no matter who doubted me, I would put in the hard work and dedication to pursue my marching musical and pageantry endeavors.
I had seen a couple of crown shows previous to auditioning and the choreography and drill looked so challenging. After seeing the 2008, 2010, and 2011 productions, I knew that I had to be a part of an organization of this caliber. I went to November Camp in 2011 and fell even more in love. Over the next few months I got in shape and improved my technique and was granted a spot to march my dream corps in April of 2012. Little did I know, I was about to embark upon a 3-year journey that literally would change my life.
What are you doing today?
Today I live in Kennesaw, GA with my two best friends Rose Walker and Mackenzie Maslanka! They both March in Phantom Regiment. I plan to start school in the fall at Georgia State University double majoring in International Business and Accounting. I march Paramount World Winterguard in Atlanta, GA. I teach at South Forysth High School in Cummings, GA and am also a stock/design associate at West Elm at Avalon in Alpharetta, GA. I also choreograph for a number of programs including Pearl High School from Pearl, MS and Magnolia Independent from Fulton, MS.
How has being a part of Crown helped prepare you for the future?
When I came to Crown, I was very overweight and basically self-taught as far as technique goes. Crown gave me a chance to march outdoor colorguard, and for that I'm forever grateful. I love to perform, be emotional, and share my passion for this activity with others. Crown has been my outlet for the past three years. This organization has allowed me to share my story woth not only the members, but also the entire fan population. I have built lifelong friendships, overcome a tremendous health change, and had the chance to become someone in this activity.