2018 Friends of Drums Along the Mohawk Award
2018 Friends of Drums Along the Mohawk Award Winner
Trevor's letter to Drums Along The Mohawk:
I am involved in the Drum Corps activity as a new member of the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps from Nashua, New Hampshire, because I was exposed to DCI, thankfully, at a very young age and knew then that this was an activity that I wanted to be a part of. My mom marched a small junior corps and both my parents marched senior corps, in fact, that is where they met. They claim that I have a natural gift for tempo because my mom was always near the Dr. Beat as a colorguard staff member before I was born.
At the age of four I started taking piano lessons and in 2013 as a 4th grader, I added French horn. I began private lessons soon after starting to play in school. I was able to join the marching band as an incoming 7th grader and am starting my third season as a mellophone with the Baldwinsville Marching Bees. I have performed on French horn with several honorary ensembles such as All County Band and Orchestra, Syracuse University Honors Band, Westside Horns and am currently preparing to audition for the Syracuse Youth Orchestra. For the last two summers I also attended the Eastern US Music Camp at Colgate University. I am extremely proud that I have also achieved a perfect score on my NYSSMA solos for the fourth year in a row, the last two being on Level 5. Just this week I was honored with the "Most Outstanding 8th Grade Musician" award at my school. I have been able to achieve all of my musical accomplishments while also maintaining high grades and being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Throughout all of this, I also play soccer and compete with my school’s Modified team.
In 2016 my parents took me to the "Drums Along the Mohawk" show. We arrived early enough so that we could watch the corps warm up. I vividly remember standing in front of The Academy mellophone line. The mellos were just doing warm-up exercises and I was blown away! I was hooked and knew I wanted to march DCI. From that moment, I was counting the days until I could audition for a corps.
I have been travelling to Nashua for camps since November. When I was offered a contract with the Spartans, it was as if all of my hard work had paid off! I am extremely excited to spend my summer marching with the Spartans. It has been great to meet so many people that love the drum corps activity as much as I do. I am learning a great deal from the staff as well as the returning vets. Ultimately, the main reason I am involved in Drum Corps is to help me become a better performer and in turn share my experiences with my fellow Marching Bees while becoming a role model to help drive Baldwinsville to greater achievements.
Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship!